A tropical depression the Gulf of Mexico isn't expected to come to Texas, but that doesn't mean the state won't feel some effects from it.
A tropical depression the Gulf of Mexico isn't expected to come to Texas, but that doesn't mean the state won't feel some effects from it.
New research from the University of Texas Medical Branch has determined that the Zika virus passes from adult female mosquitoes can pass the virus on to their eggs and offspring.
After a hard-fought victory against county rival Texas City last season, little did Dickinson defensive end/tight end Garrett Kettler know that his toughest battle yet was about to occur away from the gridiron.
You’re sick, it’s Sunday afternoon, and you need your doctor. You’ll have to wait hours at your local emergency room, and besides, all you really need is to have the doctor OK a refill for your prescription.
Recently, mega-billionaire George Soros’ emails were hacked. All 2,576 of these emails were released to the public last week granting us a clearer view into Soros’ left-wing empire. In one instance, he used his close relationship with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, telling her of his wish to manage the foreign affairs in Albania suggesting who should be dispatched to Tirana with the purpose of ending the unrest there. Shortly thereafter, the Department of State dispatched Soros’s hand-picked “negotiator” to Albania.
In today’s courtrooms lawyers come to trial armed with iPads, PowerPoints, laser pens and laptops hooked up to large drop-down screens. These electronic tools help present evidence to juries composed of persons hooked on social media, the internet and electronic devices.
I’m lucky to be alive.
Staring out at the delightful Dana Point harbor, paddle boarders gliding over the smooth water, I am distracted by a group of kids in blue Ocean Institute shirts. Nicole and I came for the tour, which was truncated to accommodate the last summer camp session. The Ocean Institute is a nationally known marine science and history educational center for thousands of students and teachers.
“Tower 1 to area supervisor, I just advised two surfers they can’t surf at East Beach Park, but they told me they’re doing it anyway. Could you come assist?”
After being rescheduled from May because of rainy weather, the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects held its 30th annual sandcastle contest at Galveston’s East Beach this past weekend. This time, the weather cooperated and the event drew thousands to the island.
I am mourning the passing of Dr. Lee Emory. I imagine there are probably thousands of others feeling the loss.
As you drive America’s highways you will see billboards, road signs and warning notices of all different colors, shapes and sizes. Among them are the blue and white signs that tell you there is a hospital in the neighborhood.
When you hire employees you expect them to accomplish the job you have hired them to do. Likewise, when you become someone’s employee you sign on to diligently strive to accomplish the goals your employer has set for you.
Once again, Gov. Abbott, Attorney General Paxton and Lt. Gov. Patrick seem determined to prove the truth of the old adage about the definition of insanity. Just last year I reported that a three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit, the most conservative federal circuit court in America, had struck down the Texas Voter ID law (SB14) because it discriminates against racial minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Democracy is alive and well — at least in one small town in the Hill Country of Texas.
Turning to my good friend Bill Flores, I said, “Can’t believe we are driving through Los Angeles at 70 miles an hour.” Of course it was 12:30 a.m. on the 210 to the 101. Keeping freeway numbers straight is harder than remembering passwords. Around SoCal, it’s, “take the 5 to the 57, off on the 91 and you are there.” At least there are a plethora of road signs.
We are in some weird weather patterns fluctuating between storms and heat waves. Although in Galveston the actual temperature isn’t really that high, the real thing that worries us is the heat index, which is a combination of relative humidity and air temperature. When the relative humidity is more than 60 percent it hampers with sweat evaporation and hinders your body’s ability to cool itself. Since in Galveston the humidity is pretty much always over 60 percent heat-related illnesses are an ever-present danger in the summer.
Last week, more than a dozen area citizens interviewed for four board seats on the Park Board of Trustees. It’s exciting to see that there’s so much interest in these volunteer positions among those who live and work here.
Hard to believe it’s been 30 years since we first heard those glorious words “Don’t Mess With Texas.”
Let’s make some assumptions. It’s late at night and you suddenly develop severe chest pain. A family member drives you to a nearby emergency room at the hospital. Let’s assume you have no health insurance. And, let’s assume you are not rich.
Last week, questions surfaced about Hillary Clinton’s health. It started when The Drudge Report ran a story, with photos, of Clinton needing assistance from two people to climb a short flight of stairs. Drudge laid out a timeline of Hillary’s “episodes” spanning several years.
The United States Department of Justice released a report citing the Baltimore Police Department with regularly violating the Constitutional rights of black citizens. The report concluded that a law enforcement culture of “us vs. them” contributed to the crisis.
Newton had his apple; I have my acorn.
As most readers of this column understand, I really get into exploring boats and ships. From aircraft carriers such as USS Midway in San Diego to cruise ships, to bulk carriers and even 1936 sailboats now on display in the mountains of New Mexico. I am intrigued by the construction, operation, history and names of each craft.
Sometimes the uneventful moments in your life are the most significant.
It’s one thing to think you’re succeeding in your profession — but it’s another thing when you receive validation from international industry leaders. For the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, the latter occurred this month at the Destination Marketing Association International annual conference, where the bureau was recognized as “Best in Class.”
I can’t remember if the saying goes that “life imitates art” or “art imitates life.” I think it’s the latter.
Perhaps you’ve heard the story. A man dies and goes to heaven, where Saint Peter tells him that everyone is of equal status. The man sees someone break into the front of the line at the cafeteria, however, dressed in a mask and a green suit.
Last Friday, Brazil officially welcomed world athletes to the Games of the XXXI (31st) Olympiad. The modern games began in Athens in 1896, where 14 countries — 250 competitors — participated and with over 100,000 fans filling the stadium. This year, over 10,000 athletes will participate in a record number of sports. Since the first modern games, the Olympics reconvene every four years with the exception of the 1940 and 1944 games, during World War II.
At a recent rally, Donald Trump announced that he been given a Purple Heart medal by a supporter who had been awarded the medal. Trump said that he told the veteran that gave him the medal, “Man, that’s like big stuff. I’ve always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier. But I tell you, this was such an honor.”
My wife and I finish each other’s sentences — but not for the reasons you might think.
Sitting across from me in USS Stewart’s volunteers mess deck are two young women. One portrays a woman accepted for volunteer emergency service and the other a Red Cross volunteer. Their uniforms and hairdos, down to their shoes and purses, are all from World War II, just like the ship.
The late afternoon sun danced across the water of the East End Lagoon. A 6-year-old boy was crabbing in the shallow pool on the side of the road. As he walked back and forth, his family fished, hung out and enjoyed the beautiful Saturday afternoon. An occasional car crossed the bridge above the pool, temporarily drowning out the sounds of birds, lapping water and the light breeze caressing the marsh grasses.
Wrapping one’s head around the funding sources and spending restrictions for the Galveston Park Board of Trustees is, at the very least, difficult. Trust me. I have worked here for nearly two years and am just now coming to understand how it all works.
When we’ve got that wonderful ring-down telephone system to tell everybody what is going on, what do we need with a bunch of new sirens in Texas City and La Marque?
Sooner or later, even if you already have one, you may have to find a new doctor. So, when a friend, Steve Everts, told me his story, I thought you might be interested in his process. I prevailed on him to write it down so my readers (both of you) could learn how he did it. What follows are his words:
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recently boasted that the U.S. Senate was back at work, noting that it has passed 73 bills that have become law compared to the Democratic-controlled 2014 Congress. However, simply citing the number of bills that become law is an inadequate way to assess the current Congress. It’s like rating a quarterback solely on the basis of passes thrown, rather than his completions, passing yardage and touchdowns. One needs to also consider the content of legislation in making a valid appraisal. Content matters a lot more than quantity.
The party conventions and all of their partisan pageantry are finally over and as famous boxing announcer Michael Buffer likes to say, “Let’s get ready to rumble.” In the red corner, we have Donald Trump and in the blue corner, Hillary Clinton, the first female ever to be nominated as the presidential candidate of a major American political party.
Cleaning out the garage never felt so good.
Nautical terms whiz by at a New York minute pace. Sitting in the back of Sonny’s Place, an island hamburger institution, Mike Leahy explains the ranks and privileges of U.S. Navy, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard personnel — all before the ice tea arrives. Each rank is illustrated with an example and moral of the story.
How many of us roll down the car window to smell the air as we cross the causeway after a long trip? I do. Do you also physically miss the beach after being away from it for more than a couple of days. A pool or lake is nice — but doesn’t come close to replace salt water and waves.
One of the Park Board’s most important missions is promoting and generating tourism to Galveston, helping to drive the second largest economic sector on the island, which also accounts for a third of all island jobs.
So the memories of the Sun, which I discussed last week, keep cropping up as former readers ring in.
We humans are made up of several parts. Cells come together and make tissues. Tissues come together and become organs. Organs come together into organ systems and organ systems come together into a total human being. If that sounds complicated, I can assure you it is. And, as with any complicated process, things break.
Last week, Republicans meet in Cleveland, Ohio, to conduct business, ratify a platform and formally nominate their candidate for the United States Presidency. Describing the atmosphere, Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, remarked, “I will tell you going down on the floor yesterday, it was a very different Republican party than I have seen in prior conventions. It was much more of a country club type atmosphere in prior Republican conventions… This is much more of working class, white collar rather blue collar workers.” On Tuesday, they formally nominated Donald Trump and Mike Pence for President and Vice-President.
I was riding in a police car as a young prosecutor. Lights were flashing. Sirens on. Adrenalin pumping including mine. It was exhilarating, scary, and dangerous.
As much as time passes, it remains the same.
The bridge over the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey has been on TV this past week. Connecting Europe with Asia, this strait is a fitting symbol of Turkey, attempting to link the Middle East with the West, the past with the future and democracy with security.
Years ago, the original inhabitants of this part of the world held periodic gatherings that included athletic competitions that highlighted skills needed to survive and thrive. These were opportunities to share information and new ideas, forge and maintain social connections and renew commitment to a way of life. As open-water lifeguards we continued that tradition.
This time of year, I need to remind myself to take the one-way streets as often as I can and to avoid the grocery store on the weekends. Living in a tourist town can be tough during peak season.
Things have changed a lot since Norman Rockwell painted the ideal physician for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
It happens all the time. Somebody brings up the subject of the Texas City Sun.
In a Congressional hearing earlier this month with FBI Director James Comey being the witness, the following exchange took place with Congressman Trey Gowdy (South Carolina):
America is reeling from the recent horrific murder of five Dallas police officers and the wounding of nine others and two civilians. According to police officials, the shooter, Micah Johnson, laughed at and taunted the police and threatened to kill more officers. The ordeal finally ended when the police sent in a robot armed with an explosive device, detonated it near the shooter, which killed him.
The older I get, the more I appreciate the “you are the sum of your parts” theory.
My TWIC and a polite nod from the port police cleared me to drive among dozens of maneuvering 18-wheelers on the wharf. Where is the office? Oh, an SUV with a Master Garden license plate answers my question.
Last weekend’s “Ocean Fest” was a big success. Last Saturday at East Beach Park, around 130 competitors participated in an ocean race in several different categories. Then on Sunday at Moody Gardens, the Texas Dragon Boat organization held the first Dragon Boat races in Galveston.
I’ve tried not to write or say anything about the deaths of innocent black men and women that have occurred over the past couple of years. However, after the senseless deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five police officers in Dallas, I can no longer keep my peace. I have two sons, ages 27 and 23. I also have three grandsons ages 6, 2 and 5 months old. I fear for them daily, and yet, I stay quiet.
I would like to be able to see into the minds of advertising specialists who create television ads. I think it might be a very good study for psychiatrists and psychologists.
For the last two weeks we have been discussing issues related to mass casualty events and the operations of a Level 1 Trauma Center. There are a few more issues that are worthy of mention to conclude this “miniseries.”
A few days ago, we celebrated an American Birthday with family gatherings, barbecues, fireworks and parades. The remarkable acts approved by Congress and dated on July 4th, Lincoln said, “brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Of the remarkable and untitled document (later titled the “Declaration of Independence”), Jefferson remarked that it contained no new principles, but rather a compilation of “ancient principles” successfully used by ancient Israel during the period of the Judges and “strangely” also existed among the Anglo-Saxons.
Seven years ago, some criminal defense lawyers celebrated the Fourth of July holiday by reading the Declaration of Independence aloud on the steps of the Harris County criminal courthouse. The idea spread across Texas. Led by the efforts of Houston attorney Robert Fickman and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, attorneys read the Declaration last week in ceremonies in front of courthouses in every one of 254 of Texas’ counties. In a few counties the attorneys dressed as the colonials did in 1776.