In Texas, a Flat-Footed Response to Marriage Equality
At just after 10 o'clock Friday morning, John LaRue and Hunter Middleton walked into the Harris County Clerk's Office to ask for something that's long been denied same-sex couples in Texas. “Excuse me,” LaRue asked a woman behind the desk, “we'd like ...
June 26, 2015
Texans' Godsey devoted to reviving offense
George Godsey Houston Texans 2014 NFL photo This is a 2014 photo of George Godsey of the Houston Texans NFL football team. This image reflects the Houston Texans active roster as of . "There's a lot of papers on my desk right now," said Godsey, who ...
June 13, 2015
Texas Lawmakers Pass a Bill Allowing Guns at Colleges
HOUSTON — Students and faculty members at public and private universities in Texas could be allowed to carry concealed handguns into classrooms, dormitories and other buildings under a bill passed over the weekend by the Republican-dominated ...
June 2, 2015
City of Houston employees streamed hours of content at work
Nearly 100 city of Houston employees, including more than a dozen customer service representatives, watched Netflix and other streaming services while on the clock, Channel 2 Investigates has learned. City regulations clearly prohibit employees from ...
May 11, 2015
It tells how different parts of the world came to eat the things they do. I'm also into David Sax's “The Tastemakers,” which looks at how food trends start. And I always have a few half-read academic journals on my desk, my favorite being the American ...
June 13, 2015
Judicial Bypass Bill Moves to Gov. Abbott's Desk
Kirk Watson, D-Austin, pointed out earlier this week when the bill was heard on the Senate floor, could be just as problematic as denying applications when judges let the clock run out. “In essence, the judge can bypass the judicial bypass by simply ...
May 29, 2015
Sex offender program reforms head to governor's desk
A yearlong series of stories by the Houston Chronicle revealed than none of the more than 350 men ordered into the program by courts have completed treatment and been released in its 16-year history. Nearly half of those have been sent back to prison ...
May 21, 2015
Update 2:40 pm: The Harris County Clerk's Office says it will start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 3 pm. Chief deputy George Hammerlein tells us: "We have told the Lt. Governor, and AG, that we will proceed at three with or... " Unlike other Texas counties, Stanart's office says it has no plans to offer extended hours today or into next week. At just after 10 o’clock Friday morning, John LaRue and Hunter Middleton walked into the Harris County Clerk’s Office to ask for something that’s long been denied same-sex couples in Texas. “Excuse me,” LaRue asked a woman behind the desk, “we’d like to apply for a marriage license. This morning Whatley and Burchett, partners for nearly 20 years, woke up and saw news of the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned state gay-marriage bans and affirmed marriage rights for same-sex couples across the country. Whatley says they wanted to celebrate the ruling with a marriage license. Instead, workers at the clerk's office told Whatley and Burchett they'd have to wait. "They said they are not issuing same sex couples marriage licenses, that it’s not legal yet and that they’re waiting on the direction of the Texas Attorney General,” Whatley tells the Houston Press. “And then, in the next breath, they told us some counties are issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.
TONIGHT "LOCAL 2" INVESTIGATES EXPOSES CITY WORKERS. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO ANSWER YOUR CALLS, OVER SEEING PARKS AND REPAIRS THROUGHOUT HOUSTON. CHANNEL 2 INVESTIGATES FOUND DOZENS INSTEAD STREAMING VIDEOS AT THEIR DESKS. COULD YOU IMAGINE WATCHING 90 MOVIES A MONTH. DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THIS GUY AT THE CITY OF HOUSTON WAS FIRED FOR THAT. IT IS YOUR MONEY, PAID FOR INTERNET BANDWIDTH SO CITY EMPLOYEES, AT LEAST 97, COULD WATCH MOVIES ON THE WEB AT WORK. QUOTE, OVER THE LAST SEVEN DAYS ALONE, NETFLIX, COMCAST AND HULU HAD OVER 700 GIGABYTES, AN ADMINISTER TOLD US. THIS IS SOMEBODY AT WORK MANAGING TO WATCH 22 MOVIES. Reporter: JEFF IS A COMPUTER EXPERT AND LOOKED AT THE DATA CHANNEL 2 INVESTIGATES DUG UP AND WAS STUNNED BY HOW MANY EMPLOYEES WERE SUCKING DOWN MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF BANDWIDTH INTENDED TO KEEP THE CITY RUNNING. THE CITY POLICY SAYS CONSUMING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF I. T. RESOURCES SUCH AS STREAMING AUDIO OR VIDEO CAN LOSE TO LOSING YOUR JOB. HOUSTON CITY COMPUTERS AND CITY RESOURCES, ALL OF THE CITY BUSINESS. ALVIN WRIGHT IS A SPOKESMAN FOR PUBLIC WORKS, WHERE THE BULK OF THE VIOLATORS WORK. WRIGHT SAYS COACHING AND COUNSELING APPEAR TO BE THE MOST LIKELY PUNISHMENTS. YOU NEED A COACH AND COUNSELOR TO TELL YOU NOT TO WATCH A TWO-HOUR MOVIE AT WORK. Reporter: LOOKS LIKE THE CITY HAS SHUT DOWN EMPLOYEE'S ABILITY TO REACH THESE PLACES LIKE NETFLIX AND HULU, AT LEAST THROUGH CITY NETWORKS. WE HAVE A BREAKDOWN OF WHICH CITIES WERE DOING THIS, HOW MUCH THEY MAKE AND WHAT THEY DO.
The bill, which would alter the so-called judicial bypass process ( read more about that here ), underwent some notable changes in the Senate earlier this week before heading back to the House for a final vote. One amendment axed what opponents had called an "abortion ID" provision, which would have required any woman seeking an abortion to present a valid government ID to a physician to prove she’s not a minor. Charles Perry, the bill's Senate sponsor, now allows that, if a woman is not able to present some form of acceptable ID showing her age, the doctor can still perform an abortion and report it to the Department of Health and Human Services later. Among other major changes in the bill is what happens if a judge fails to rule on a minor's bypass application. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, pointed out earlier this week when the bill was heard on the Senate floor, could be just as problematic as denying applications when judges let the clock run out. “In essence, the judge can bypass the judicial bypass by simply not ruling,” Watson said. Some Democrats wondered whether changes to the bill – like extending timeline for judges to rule from two to five days, making a bypass a lengthy process if the case has to be appealed – could landed Texas on the wrong side of the U. S. Supreme... The SCOTUS ruling that instructed states on how to develop bypass laws requires that states set up a.
Colts clinch AFC South with 17-10 win over Texans
3 seconds off the clock and was capped by Adam Vinatieri's 29-yard field goal with 2:11 to play. That wasn't even the worst part for Houston. Already playing without two starters, receiver Andre Johnson and tight end Garrett Graham, the Texans lost ...
December 14, 2014
Quick 24-Point Surge Lifts Steelers Past Texans
You could almost hear the frustration at Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers trailed the Houston Texans by 13 points midway through the second quarter. But after sitting in stunned silence for nearly two hours, the home fans found themselves waiving ...
October 19, 2014
Texans Cleared From Ebola Monitoring
About 120 more people continue to be monitored for symptoms. "Epidemiologists have worked around the clock to call and visit people who may have had any exposure, to make sure they were asymptotic and doing well," said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the ...
October 20, 2014
Irish nuns join celebrities who take the #IceBucketChallenge
Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien ... By Cox Media Group National Content Desk It's been all over social media, taking a plunge to shine a light on Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. But what big name stars have taken ...
August 19, 2014
O’Brien: “The Sun, I Believe, Rose Today”
This just in, from the Bill O’Brien News Desk: the world did not end, despite even the Houston Texans 32-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals ... we’ll get together tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock, and we’ll show them the good, the bad and the ugly, ...
August 10, 2014
NFL DRAFT: Texans pick Clowney; Manziel to Browns
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney holds up the jersey for the Houston Texans first pick of the first round of ... Finally, a local team was on the clock and the audience approved lustily when the Giants chose LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr ...
May 8, 2014
Should poker have a shot clock?
During the LAPC, the World Poker Tour polled players about adding a shot clock. According to WPT announcer Mike Sexton, 80 percent of those polled were in favor of giving players a limited time to act on each street. The rule change is meant to eliminate ...
March 19, 2014