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About Ken Fountain

I'm a journalist and writer based in Houston. My areas of specialty include law and courts, local government and industry and environmental issues. You can follow me on Twitter at @twitter.com/kenfountain and email me at kenfountain1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Newman civil rights violations lawsuit goes to jury

February 3, 2014

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A jury is now deliberating the federal civil rights violations of Derrick Newman against two Beaumont police officers (one now retired) he accuses of using excessive force against him during an August 2007 traffic stop.

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Burke and Guedry defend their actions in Newman civil trial

February 1, 2014

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During a trial that had already seen a fair share of dramatics, arguably the most scorching moment came Friday when former Beaumont police officer David Todd Burke neared the end of heated cross-examination by plaintiff’s attorney Langston Adams.

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Derrick Newman’s federal civil trial against two Beaumont officers begins

January 30, 2014

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More than six years after their first fateful encounter on a late August night in 2007, Derrick Newman testified Thursday in his federal civil rights violations lawsuit against two Beaumont police officers.

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2013 in review

December 31, 2013

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

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Climate change in Houston

August 24, 2013

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How will Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast fare in the next quarter-century as the impacts of climate change interact with an economy built largely around the petrochemical industry? A panel of experts addressed many of the questions around that conundrum this week in the first of two public forums.

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Art Cars redux

May 12, 2013

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Another year, another Art Car Parade. This time, no pontificating, just photos.

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The Streets of San Antone

May 6, 2013

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I made a quick trip to San Antonio over the weekend for a professional conference. After the sessions were over, I had a couple of hours to spare before an after-conference dinner. I’ve been to the city many times and have been long familiar with the tourist-centered part of the famed San Antonio River Walk that winds through downtown. This time, however, I went in the opposite direction.

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Star-struck

March 31, 2013

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Faithful readers of this blog (and I know you’re out there!) no doubt are aware of my lifelong interest in space and the manned space program. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the chance to hear two great speakers with remarkable, albeit very different, contributions to the realm. As it happens, the presentations were very different, as well.

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Yippie-ki-yay!

February 25, 2013

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Riders get ready to begin the parade as the sun rises over downtown Houston.

Last weekend, I took in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo downtown parade for the first time in several years. The weather was spectacular, and the crowd was massive, diverse and enthusiastic. There were horses, riders, and marching bands. All in all, a great day to be in Houston.

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Lost heroes

January 18, 2013

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“It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: Lance Armstrong is an American hero.” That’s how I began an editorial I wrote for my college newspaper over a decade ago.

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