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.
I believed at the time that the documents were genuine, and I’ve never ceased believing that they are genuine.Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather • Discussing the saga of George W. Bush’s questioned National Guard service, and the documents Rather found which ended an until-then illustrious career with CBS. Years after the fact, Texas Monthly looks back at a case which Poynter suggests was doomed because CBS jumped the gun with sketchy information, from a mysterious source at a cattle show. Rather, meanwhile, is still trying to defend his roughed-up name. Now’s a good time to look back at this story — with eight years of distance from the controversial CBS report that made proportional spacing a political issue, it’s good to reconsider exactly what happened.
» Why the storms didn’t prove deadly: Despite there being a dozen tornadoes that touched ground, it helped significantly that the storms happened in the middle of the day, rather than late at night. With people awake, it’s much easier to ensure they take cover; when people are asleep, the challenge becomes much more significant, meteorologists say.
Of course the windows were flying out, and my sister is paralyzed, so I had to get someone to help me get her in a wheelchair to get her out of the room. It was terribly loud.Dallas-area resident Joy Johnson • Speaking about the strong Texas storm that lashed strong winds at the nursing home where her sister lives. The storm, which shut down a number of flights and damaged planes at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, left more than a dozen people injured and caused significant damage throughout the region. But few scenes sound scarier than the scene at the Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Arlington, where two people were injured by the winds that clipped the building. Yikes. Scary scene.
We think the way that we have worked with the Occupiers has been a model … What we have noticed throughout this movement is that the movement changed. We continue to respect free speech.Austin, Texas Assistant City Manager Michael McDonald • Discussing their handling of the Occupy Austin protests, after the group was removed from their encampment on Friday. A source tells us that there were a number of reasons the encampment was forced out — including rumors of a large-scale protest against police and an upcoming cultural event that the encampment would’ve affected. It’s worth noting that the way it happened was a little arbitrary — Austin officials essentially changed the rules of what, and despite them being there for over 100 days, the Occupy Austin movement was pushed out within an hour. High costs of police overtime were also listed as a factor for the decision. The group returned to Austin’s City Hall Saturday, but left on their own.
These earthquakes were sitting there waiting to happen. We have triggered these earthquakes.Seismologist John Armbruster • Discussing the recent string of earthquakes in Ohio. If you live in that state, you might have noticed up to a dozen small earthquakes since last spring. There hasn’t been a measured earthquake in the area ever until last March. Apparently, the disposing of waste water into the ground (during a energy-releasing process called “fracking”) may have flowed into an earthquake fault line. This same problem has happened in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. In Arkansas alone, 1,000 mini-quakes were measured. source (via • follow)