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April 5, 2007

MLB: Pirates complete sweep of Astros

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 4 Houston Astros

The Pittsburgh Pirates swept the Houston Astros in a 5-4 victory at the Minute Maid Park Wednesday. Xavier Nady did very well in the first three games of the season, going 1 for 4 with 2 runs to lift the Pirates over the Astros. Tom Gorzelanny made his debut in the last game of the series, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, with 2 errors, with one ball batted and four strikeouts. This is the first time since May 1991 that the Pirates swept the Astros.

Trailing by two runs in the fifth, Pittsburgh capitalized on three fielding errors to put them ahead by two. Craig Biggio hit a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, but Pittsburgh closer Salomon Torres struck out the last batter and picked up the save.

The Astros are off until Friday when the St. Louis Cardinals visit for three games. Meanwhile, the Pirates are concluding their opening road trip in Cincinnati before returning home to face the Cardinals.

Box score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 5 10 2
Houston 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 3

W: Gorzelanny (1-0)
L: Williams (0-1)
Save: Torres

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February 21, 2006

Thick fog blankets Houston area

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Limited visibility in south east Houston

A dense fog has enveloped the greater Houston area in Texas, United States, ahead of an incoming warm front. Visibility has been reduced to under a quarter of a mile, in some places as low as 100 feet. Motorists are advised to use caution during the morning commute. The fog advisory is scheduled to lift at 12 PM CST.

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October 7, 2005

Fall sweeps through Texas

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Fall sweeps through Texas

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Friday, October 7, 2005

Walking outside this morning, the average seasoned Texan will notice something amiss — the eerie quiet. The droning of air conditioners and insects has stopped, replaced with the scent of hardwood smoke and a slight shiver.

A pocket of Arctic air finally pushed through well into the Gulf of Mexico, plunging temperatures across the state into the 50s and 60s. While the chilliest lows are not expected to stay for more than a few days, forecasters are expecting Texas’ normal fall pattern of a cooler front about every week to continue. Average weekly temperatures should reach steadily lower as the season progresses.

Stormy Weather

As an added bonus to many, rain trickled down onto San Antonio and many other Texas cities. This rain has relieved areas which have been dry for months.

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October 5, 2005

Cool front to bring lasting relief for Texas

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Cool front to bring lasting relief for Texas

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Flag of Texas

A cool front is expected to move into Texas Thursday night, bringing an end to the recent record high temperatures. Temperatures are expected to fall to the low 60s across the area, and may reach the lower 50s for inland areas.

There is some speculation that the low pressure area associated with the front may draw a yet-to-be-formed tropical storm in from the gulf with little to no warning, as happened with Hurricane Alicia in 1983. Experts say there is no specific reason to believe this will happen, but plan to monitor the situation.

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Wings over Houston Airshow comes to town

Wings over Houston Airshow comes to town

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

The 21st Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow, featuring the Snowbirds will open October 8-9th at Ellington Field. Gates will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for static displays. Aerial performances begin at about 10 a.m., though times are subject to change.

Aerial performances are often visible from two or three miles away, and simulated weapons fire can be heard from even farther. The performances scheduled include flybys of an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, B1-B Lancer bomber, and A-10 Warthog tank-killer, several aerobatics performances, and ground-based demonstrations of various aircraft.

General admission at the gate is $20 for adults, $5 for children 6-11. Children under 6 are free.

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Dock worker killed by snapped cable

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

A dock worker on the Panamanian cargo vessel Ma Altair was killed when a cable snapped and threw him through the air. Witnesses say that the 54 year old worker was struck on his right side by a 1-1/2 inch cable being used to unload steel products.

Authorities were notified at 8:10 am CDT (1310 UTC). The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Snapped cables are a significant occupational hazard, capable of maiming and dismembering people nearby. Equipment struck by cables snapping under load is often destroyed.

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Seabrook city councilman takes heat for words

Seabrook city councilman takes heat for words

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

John Buhman of the Seabrook, Texas City council is accused of racism by counselwoman Dee Wright. She says his use of the word “tarbaby” is derogatory and is calling for his resignation.

Buhman states that the word is used to refer to a business deal that is a sticky situation, and invited others to check a dictionary. The council will vote on the need to involve an ethics review board.

Merriam-Webster Online lists the sole definition of “tarbaby” as “something from which it is nearly impossible to extricate oneself”.

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October 4, 2005

Energy companies to raise consumer rates

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Energy companies to raise consumer rates

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Reliant Energy and CenterPoint Energy–two local utilities in Houston, Texas–plan to increase consumer rates in response to increased demand and recent disasters.

Reliant Energy is expected to raise rates to effect a 14% increase on a 1,000 kilowatt-hour bill. A typical customer could see an increase up to $20 per month. Reliant has reached an agreement with the Texas Public Utilities Commission to raise rates in two steps, once at the end of October, and again on 1 January 2006.

CenterPoint Energy must increase charges for services such as meter-reading and customer service. The Texas Public Utilities Commission prohibits natural gas companies from buying wholesale product, raising rates, and reselling. Wholesale prices of natural gas also continue to rise due to increased demand and declining domestic supply. Natural gas cannot be easily shipped to other regions like oil.

Consumer energy prices are expected to rise across the state, in some cases as much as 20%.

The Texas Public Utilities Commission must approve rate increases before they go into effect, but approval is expected.

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High tides sweep west Galveston Bay

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High tides sweep west Galveston Bay

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Changing conditions have brought moderate east winds to the Houston/Galveston area, raising tide levels across western shores of Galveston Bay. Wind-inflated tides combined with regular high tides are resulting in maximum waters as much as four and a half feet above normal levels. Erosion due to Hurricane Rita has lowered some areas, especially sand dunes, giving an appearance of even higher tides.

The cold front expected to pass the area on Thursday will bring an end to the east winds and tide levels should return to normal.

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September 15, 2005

Imperfect immune systems help avoid autoimmune disease

Imperfect immune systems help avoid autoimmune disease

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

The body’s immune system is less effective at quashing disease than it could be – but if it were better the immune system might do more harm than good, according to new research by Michael Deem and colleagues of Rice University in Houston.

The immune system has apparently evolved to be mildly inefficient so that it achieves a balance between quick response to disease and decreased probability of autoimmune disease, a condition in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue.

The authors drew their conclusions from a model of the dynamics of antibody evolution. Their simulations show that while there are mechanisms that would allow the immune system to develop antibodies that respond faster and more strongly against invading pathogens, those mechanisms would also create antibodies that are likely to attack the body’s own healthy cells. The model also bolsters controversial suggestions that chronic infections could lead the immune system awry, ultimately resulting in rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune ailments.

The study will be detailed in a forthcoming issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.

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