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January 17, 2014
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, right, got married to her partner yesterday. Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major city, has been in a relationship with Kathy Hubbard for 23 years. With gay marriage banned in Texas, the couple had to go to California to exchange vows—though she had previously said she would not get married until same-sex marriage was legal in her home state.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, right, got married to her partner yesterday. Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major city, has been in a relationship with Kathy Hubbard for 23 years. With gay marriage banned in Texas, the couple had to go to California to exchange vows—though she had previously said she would not get married until same-sex marriage was legal in her home state.

11:37 // 6 months ago
November 10, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 10, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who famously stood up for female education and was nearly assassinated by the Taliban (only to make a miraculous recovery), now finds her book banned by Pakistani private schools because it is “against our country’s ideology and Islamic values,” according to one official. Sigh.

In Houston, a girl’s 18th birthday party was celebrated with gunshots. However, that led to gunfire that was not celebratory—killing two and injuring 22, some of those injured in the ensuing stampede. 

Richie Incognito’s defense of his racist bullying: Jonathan Martin gave it just as much as he received it, or so he thought.

Two military experts say the domestic military base is an outdated relic that isolates soldiers from society. 

Is Thanksgiving happening way too late this year, anyway? Here’s a yes argument on that front.

18:47 // 8 months ago
May 31, 2012
20:01 // 2 years ago
May 26, 2012
If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em? Let them go too?
Houston judge Lanny Moriarty • On his decision to sentence a 17-year-old honor student, who (since her parents divorced and both skipped town) has had to work both a full and a part time job just to support two siblings, to spend a day in jail, after she missed school recently. Diane Tran, who also takes dual-credit college-level courses, says that she’s often so tired that she finds it difficult to wake up for school. But that didn’t sway Moriarty, who chose to make an example of Tran. If you think this sucks, we direct you to this Change.org petition.
16:11 // 2 years ago
March 27, 2012
There needs to be a very close look at the effectiveness of standardized testing, especially as it relates to certain children who come to school without the sufficient home life to succeed.
Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers • Discussing an investigative report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that shows that 196 of the country’s 3,125 have suspicious standardized testing results, suggesting high levels of cheating. (Atlanta’s already suffered from a high-profile cheating scandal of its own in the past year.) Some of the districts accused of cheating said they would investigate further, while others took to defending the integrity of their students. (For what it’s worth, the AJC defended its reporting on the story, with AJC Editor Kevin Riley saying that ”We believe in our methodology and are transparent about it.”) If cheating in standardized testing is widespread, does that suggest a problem with the schools or with the tests? source (viafollow)
14:42 // 2 years ago
June 7, 2011
21:23 // 3 years ago
May 13, 2011
And now, in the “questions we never needed answered” department…
Hey, slow news days suck. We’re totally with you on that. But really? Was this absolutely necessary? (Edit: Here’s the inevitable apology.) source
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Hey, slow news days suck. We’re totally with you on that. But really? Was this absolutely necessary? (Edit: Here’s the inevitable apology.) source

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3:00 // 3 years ago
February 4, 2011

On why people who release tapes are newsworthy

thenoobyorker asks: What does your information have to do with the video?

» We say: He struck me as an interesting figure and he released the tape to the media, so we figured he was worth a little more research. Clearly he’s an important part of the community, but a controversial figure who, by releasing this tape, is doing something else that will make political figures dislike him (even though it’s for the greater good). And it’s also good to note that it’s not just some random guy that nobody has ever heard of, but someone who that Houston Press article I linked says “most politicians won’t touch.” Fair enough? (Edit: It’s also notable because he’s in the clip.)

(Source: brooklynmutt, via genericlatino)

1:43 // 3 years ago

pantslessprogressive:

brooklynmutt:

Video purportedly showing Houston police officers beating a teen burglary suspect is released - BreakingNews

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I’m so glad Houston’s ABC affiliate made this public, despite the wishes of the mayor, DA and police chief. This is police brutality in front of your eyes.

Worth noting: Quanell X, who gave the network the tape, is the leader of Houston’s New Black Panther Party and a former member of the Nation of Islam, who has said (but has now recanted) statements against Jews. Which is a really interesting angle of this story that the clip seems not to mention. Still, though, good work on his part giving the tape to a TV station.

(via pantslessprogressive)

1:24 // 3 years ago