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Houston: City has ‘more brothels than Starbucks’
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:47:37 UT

For eight years, at least thirteen undocumented women were allegedly trafficked by a family affiliated with the Southwest Cholos gang in a Gulfton-area apartment.


As crime drops in Houston, police chief says HPD needs thousands more on the force
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:51:31 UT

Crime in Houston overall continued to trend downward and fell slightly in 2017, Chief Art Acevedo said Monday, as he continued to insist the department is severely understaffed and needs to grow by as many as 2,000 officers

And the chief repeated his criticism of Gov. Greg Abbott and other state officials he said were making it difficult for cities to adequately police and protect themselves by focusing on unnecessary legislation regarding immigration, gender issues and local control.


Police: Videos show 1-year-old putting handgun in mouth
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:52:56 UT
Evansville police discovered the videos after a 19-year-old man was arrested for trying to sell a handgun to an undercover officer. Police say the mother told officers the girl was holding a pellet gun; investigators say it was a .40-caliber handgun.

Dallas County’s bail system hit with lawsuit mirroring Harris County case
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:09:43 UT

Mirroring the case that overhauled the Harris County bail system last year, a lawsuit has been filed accusing Dallas County of detaining poor people prior to trial just because they can't afford bail, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.


Girl Scouts byting into digital for cookie sales
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:34:26 UT
For the first time in nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites. There are important e-lessons here, scout officials said, such as better articulating and tracking goals, learning to handle customers and money in a new way, and more efficiently processing credit card information. "A lot of people have asked, 'What took you so long to get online?' We spend a lot of time thinking how do we make this safe, scalable and smart," Kelly M. Parisi, chief communications executive for Girl Scouts of the USA, said at a recent demonstration for select media. For web-based sales, scouts customize their pages, using their first names only, and email prospective customers with links to click on for orders. The mobile platform offers tabs for tracking sales and allows for the sale of bundles of different kinds of cookies. Girl Scouts use their cookie money to pay for community service work or troop activities such as camping and other trips. [...] personal information is as protected as any digits out there, for both the scouts and customers, using encryption in some cases.

Houston police respond to stabbing at Greenspoint Mall
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:28:28 UT

At least one person is in custody after a stabbing near the Greenspoint Mall.



Lawyer: ‘Nothing unreasonable’ about stun gun on 76-year-old
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:15:14 UT
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — The lawyer for a Texas police officer fired for using a stun gun on a 76-year-old man says there was "nothing unreasonable" about using that level of force during a traffic stop that was captured on dashboard camera video. Robinson stopped Pete Vasquez for an expired vehicle inspection sticker, and video captured Robinson grabbing Vasquez's arm and pushing him onto the police cruiser. A criminal investigation into the traffic stop was completed by the Texas Rangers, who turned their findings over to local prosecutors for review.

Trump’s global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say
oaoa.com / Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:11:03 -0600
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without

Old maps, photos show Texas cities at their smallest
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:39:00 UT

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Texas as these 19th-century illustrations show.


Believe it or not: Texas could have stayed a country
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:07:00 UT

If Mirabeau Lamar had his way, the Republic of Texas would have mantained its own independence as a cotton and mineral-producing nation of North America.


Executed Houston serial killer confessed to 60 more rapes
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:24:39 UT

No one knows their names or ages, what they did or where they lived. But Anthony Shore says he raped them.


Harvey aid promised as Congress votes to reopen government
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:00:00 UT
WASHINGTON - The federal government is back in business and hurricane relief for Texas and other disaster-stricken states is back on the table. The agreement that ended a three-day government shutdown Monday breathed new life into a crowded backlog of issues, including a long-delayed disaster relief package that got caught up in a broader funding dispute. The Senate approved the deal 81-18, with all but a handful of holdouts in both parties. The House followed suit shortly thereafter by a mostly party-line vote of 266-150. Only two Texans crossed party lines in the House: Democrats Henry Cuellar of Laredo and Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen, who voted to end the shutdown. President Donald Trump signed the bill late Monday.

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