• By CATHY GILLENTINE
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Many of the people who landed in Galveston as immigrants ended up in La Grange and its neighboring cities and the effects of those Germans and Czechs and Wends are everywhere.

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In the anything but halcyon early days of the Texas Republic, Galveston wasn’t a particularly inviting place — many residents lived in tents, those better off occupied shacks, and the island’s brackish water was barely potable — but it was the gateway into and out of the new nation.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Last weekend was the final day for the seasonal lifeguards to work. This means no more towers or tower lifeguards until next March. We’ll still have patrol units staffed with our full-time guards out until December, and they’ll be back out patrolling on Feb. 1, 2018.

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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What happens in Vegas can no longer be allowed to stay in Vegas after disgruntled gambler, Stephen Paddock, committed the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Using a device called a “bump stock” Paddock modified one of the dozens of guns found in his hotel room allowing it to f…

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Yesterday brought to close National Newspaper Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the important role newspapers play in everything from communities to democracy. And while those lofty topics are important, I’d rather tell you a bit about two groups of people behind The Daily News.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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My friend David and I were 11 and 10 when we made skim boards. We rode them after the rains in the flooded ditch in front of my house until our moms couldn’t put up with all the cuts and scrapes anymore and my mom started taking us to the beach.

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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In August 2016, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during a pregame performance of the national anthem to protest the treatment of African-Americans in the criminal justice system. Kaepernick has since been vilified by many as ungrateful and unpatriotic.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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We are now officially in the nicest time of the year in Galveston. Cooler weather is almost upon us, but the water will be warm enough to enjoy without a wet suit for several weeks.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Supervisors Dain Buck and Thomas “TK” Mills made their way carefully through the dark night to the other side of the ship channel to the North Jetty. They squinted through the spray kicked up by big, rolling swells as the powerful watercraft motor churned them along.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE Columnist
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Phil Roberts, who prepares lots of last wills and testaments, reminded his civic club audience last week of his lifelong motto: “You can’t take it with you.”

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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It took a hurricane of biblical proportions, with a second even larger storm looming off the coast, but the Trump Administration finally passed a piece of legislation. Of course, the president did have to partner up with unlikely Democratic allies, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, to broker t…

  • By PETER DAVIS
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The lone lifeguard stood on Stewart Beach. The air was thick as a dark, green frontal system moved in from the north. In the distance, lifeguard trucks drove up and down the beach using their loudspeakers to let people know lightning was moving into the area. Bolts of lightning struck nearby.

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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Two weeks ago Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with all of its fury and delivered a powerful blow from Corpus Christi to Beaumont. Thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed or significantly damaged and dozens of folks lost their lives due to the severe flooding caused by record amounts of r…

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My mother would, when faced with a difficult situation or going through a trying time, always step back and put things in perspective with a few simple words.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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As beach patrol supervisor Austin Kirwin navigated his Jet Ski to the side of the highway to drop off another group of rescued people, his partner helped them dismount the rescue sled attached to the ski and walked them to shore.

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The Daily News is proud of Galveston County. Faced with one of the most difficult chapters in regional history, our community has come together with remarkable compassion, resourcefulness and good, old-fashioned Texas work ethic. We salute you.

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Hey America. Are you watching Texas? No, not the floodwaters — the people and how they are getting along during the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

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Now we rebuild. With Tropical Storm Harvey behind us, Galveston County is left with the monumental task of rebuilding lives, homes and businesses. And in many cases, these threads creating the fabric of our communities are at risk.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Michelle Gomez slid off the rescue sled and into the water. She half swam and half waded to the door of the house. Calling out to anyone who might be in there, she entered the dark cavern of the downstairs.

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The Daily News is going to do all it can to help our local businesses recover. While many have sustained storm damage, others are opening their doors to customers. And more will reopen in the coming days. What we hope to do is help get the word out of who is open for business.

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Harvey, please go away. If it wasn’t bad enough you came ashore near Rockport, dumping feet of rain on Galveston County, you backed up and made another pass — this time south of us on your way to Louisiana.

  • By CATHY GILLENTINE Columnist
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I usually try to stay out of politics, at least in print. But events in the last few weeks have got me riled up.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Time slowed as I jumped off the wall and ran to the water. I noticed two groups of people in the water and a woman running out. A group of four was three quarters of the way out to the end of the 33rd Street groin and right in the middle of the “no swimming” area.

  • By ROBERTO TORRES
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On Aug. 11, Nazis and an assortment of white nationalists descended like locusts upon Charlottesville, Va., purportedly to protest the town’s decision to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue erected in 1924.

  • By BYRON YORK
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Some Democrats and their advocates in the press have been quick to denounce the Raise Act, the new immigration reform bill proposed by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue and endorsed by President Trump.

  • By PETER DAVIS
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Last week our junior lifeguard and lifeguard teams competed in the United States Lifesaving Association National Lifeguard Championships in Daytona Beach. This competition is the culmination of multiple events all over the country.

  • By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER
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Many years ago, when Chile was on the verge of civil war, a Belgian Jesuit priest named Father Roger Vekemans impressed me with his unsentimental compassion and political positioning.

  • By NEIL G. BARON
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The big question for the Trump presidency so far has been how the administration will react to its first major international crisis. Well it looks like we are getting ready to find out and the initial reviews are not good.

  • By ANN COULTER
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Last week, President Trump joined Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) to announce legislation that would make seminal changes to our immigration laws for the first time in more than half a century, profoundly affecting the entire country.

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A friend was telling me about how in high school he missed an important test. He had gone out of town on a Thursday night with a friend to a concert, and on the way back their car broke down. Unable to get home, they stayed the night with a friend’s family member, eventually making their way…

  • By TOM BASSING
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With The Daily News operating out of Houston because of a wartime order for civilians to evacuate Galveston, and with telegraph service disrupted, it took the paper the better part of two weeks to report the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

  • By BYRON YORK
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As part of what he calls a “redesign” of the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has surveyed more than 35,000 employees on the most fundamental questions facing the organization.