April 26, 2015

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Tiny houses, big idea

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Are tiny houses the next big thing in Houston? In a city famous for sprawl and ever-expanding square footage, perhaps not. But if the attendance and enthusiasm displayed a a recent forum are any indication, the idea may be about to take hold.

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January 21, 2015

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Official oppression charges dropped against Burke, Guedry

The official oppression charges against two Beaumont police officers — David Todd Burke and James Cody Guedry — stemming from a 2007 altercation with Derrick Newman were dismissed at the end of last year, Jefferson County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Pat Knauth confirmed on Wednesday.

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January 1, 2015

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

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August 13, 2014

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Farewell, Robin

I hadn't planned to write about Robin since news of his suicide broke two days ago, beyond a couple of Facebook posts. But at some critical points in my life, his work had been a great inspiration to me.

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May 29, 2014

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Remembering Maya

Maya Angelou died yesterday. I wasn’t able to read much of the coverage since I spent most of the day at Houston City Council, which after several hours of public comment resoundingly passed, 11-6, an ordinance which outlaws discrimination against, among all manner of groups, gay people.

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May 8, 2014

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The Boss and band make it back to H-town in style

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band arrive onstage at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. Bruce is the one in the middle.

Could they still do it? Could Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, four decades (more or less) in, still bring their legendary intensity and joyousness to a live concert? As a fan — perhaps acolyte is more like it — of long standing, I’ll admit I did have some small measure of concern Tuesday as I made the drive to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

I needn’t have worried.

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May 5, 2014

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Sunday Streets: Second verse, better than the first

Walkers and bicyclists enjoy spectacular weather and a car-less lower Westheimer.

Yesterday, Houston held the second interation of its “Sunday Streets” pilot project, where large stretches of a major thoroughfare are closed to vehicular traffic for several hours to encourage folks to get out and walk or bike, meet their neighbors, and just plain get to know the city at ground level.

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February 3, 2014

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Newman civil rights violations lawsuit goes to jury

Derrick Newman, right, listens as his attorney, Langston Adams, talks to reporters following the verdict in Newman's civil rights violations lawsuit trial.

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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February 1, 2014

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Burke and Guedry defend their actions in Newman civil trial

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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January 30, 2014

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

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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