Because every once in awhile, fans are left wondering "what if" like in that magical 2015 UH season, I'm ultimately in favor of a playoff expansion. While many seasons won't offer many surprises in a 12-team playoff, under the current college football ranking system, it will at least give the occasional upstart team a chance.

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Contrary to assertions floating around the social media ether, employers have a right to ask about the COVID-19 vaccination status of their employees.

A Houston hospital made headlines this week for suspending unvaccinated employees. Galveston-area medical providers aren't taking that hard line because vaccines still don't have final U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. 

Royal Caribbean plans to return to Galveston on Aug. 15. The company hasn't sailed from Texas or other U.S. ports since March 2020 because of restrictions on cruising caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Most Galveston County schools plan to offer summer sessions, and some fall intervention, to help students make up for learning losses because of pandemic disruptions. 

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Many local businesses appear to be taking a "strongly encourage" approach to vaccinations versus requiring them.

Carnival Cruise Line is moving ahead with its plans to allow only inoculated passengers on its ships in July, despite a new state law against "vaccine passports."