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Gay couples push to preserve Houston city spousal benefits
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 11 Aug 2017 02:40:07 UT

A trio of city employees and their same sex spouses filed a federal suit Thursday to require the city of Houston to keep offering health insurance and other benefits for gay couples. A year later, a Harris County civil court temporarily blocked the city from providing same-sex benefits, a ruling that held until July 2015, when the state's 14th Court of Appeals removed the temporary injunction in light of another Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges. In response, the city employees - Noel Freeman, a Public Works division manager; Houston police Sgt. Yadira Estrada; and network administrator Ronald Reeser - launched their federal lawsuit. One of my clients is a police officer and if a police officer is ordinarily injured or killed in the line of duty, there are benefits to the surviving spouse - and my client wouldn't have those same benefits. [...] yet she serves the city and protects the citizens just like other police officers do.


Driver slams into Houston fire truck on North Freeway
houstonchronicle.com / Sat, 5 Aug 2017 15:25:06 UT

A driver slammed into a Houston fire truck that was on scene of a three car crash Saturday morning, causing the North Freeway to be shut down for a few hours, officials said.


Houstonian injured at Charlottesville out of hospital as fundraiser surpasses $120,000 goal
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:18:21 UT

The online fundraiser for a Houston native injured in Saturday's vehicular attack in Charlottesville has surpassed its goal of $120,000 to cover hospital bills.

Natalie Romero, a 20-year-old University of Virginia sophomore, suffered a fractured skull and gashed face when a driver plowed his car into a crowd of demonstrators opposing a "Unite the Right" gathering that included white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.


Suspected shooter in custody after fight leads to shooting, SWAT standoff
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:03:16 UT

A fight that led to gunfire and a SWAT standoff in southwest Houston ended Sunday morning with one person wounded and another in cuffs.


Longtime Houston Post gossip columnist Marge Crumbaker dies
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 7 Aug 2017 01:56:54 UT

Longtime Houston Post gossip columnist Marge Crumbaker, who became one half of the Bayou City's version of the Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons rivalry, died July 31 at her home in Llano. While Mesinger was more focused on glamorous Hollywood celebrities, Crumbaker preferred to focus on what was happening on Houston. Like her rival at the Chronicle, Crumbaker wanted exclusives for her column and always sought new Houston people to highlight. In 1977, she became a co-owner of the Prince Solms Inn in New Braunfels and supervised an extensive renovation of the hotel. For five years, she had a position as musical director for Channel 11 and wrote a song for country singer Eddy Arnold.


The State Fair of Texas announces the Big Tex Choice semi-finalists in 2017 fried food contest
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:02:16 UT

Since 2005, the Texas State Fair's Big Tex Choice Awards has been highlighting the creative opportunities awaiting in the deep-fat fryer.


Video: Police search for suspect in Dallas drive by murder caught on camera
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 8 Aug 2017 16:06:59 UT

Authorities are looking for anyone with information regarding a murder where the suspect gun down a man in Dallas.


Prosecutors finish largest prosecution case involving white supremacist gang members
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:54:11 UT

Prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice said they have wrapped up what is believed to be the largest prosecution in American history involving members of the Aryan Brother hood of Texas and the Aryan Circle. 


Former DPS trooper cleared in horse-racing case files lawsuit against investigators
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 7 Aug 2017 18:13:51 UT

A former Houston highway patrol officer whose conviction for conducting unlicensed horse races at a Crosby-area ranch was overturned by an appeals court has sued the two Texas Department of Public Safety investigators who lodged the felony charges against him, according to his federal civil rights suit.


Breath-taking look at Houston’s ‘sky pool’ goes viral
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:16:26 UT

Houston's new glass-bottomed pool is terrifying the internet.


As lethal injection lawsuit continues, Texas replenishes execution drug supplies
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:41:16 UT

Even with a lawsuit over lethal injection supplies winding its way through the courts, Texas has managed to replenish its supplies - though it's not immediately clear how.


Man shot, critically wounded in fight at “true Texas icehouse” in west Houston
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:59:50 UT

A man was in critical condition early Monday after being shot during a fight outside a west Houston bar.

 



Educating the next generation of winemakers
YourHoustonNews.com / Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:48:00 -0500
By Ron Saikowski / Wine Walk Texans are learning to appreciate fine wines. We have Bill Azzam (creeksidemarket@aol.com) at HEB in Creekside who is the Wine Steward at that store and hosts an outstandi

Police release video of Texas man who was beaten unconscious for $35
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:31:11 UT

Graphic security footage showing an alleged aggravated robbery has been released by Lufkin police.


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