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August 22, 2014


Tuesday 08/19/2014
Rattler crashes West End wedding

Diamonds at a wedding? Of course. Diamondbacks? Well that’s another matter.

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It’s Just a Hill...Get Over It!

The 3rd annual DAILY NEWS PRESS 5K, 10K and kids 1K is just around the corner…are you ready?

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Steamy August weather, a heat advisory and the Tropics

A heat advisory has been issued again today for the counties along the upper-Texas coast.  While the mercury is generally are not expected to rise above the mid-90’s nor  topple any daily high temperature records, a combination of intense August heat and high humidity levels will inhibit vigorous outdoor activities

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Monday 08/18/2014
Galveston County and military hardware

If you are like me, you were probably glued to the television Wednesday night at the situation going on in Ferguson, Mo. On that night, protests over the police shooting that caused the death of 19-year-old Michael Brown turned violent, and police used tear gas and other methods to disperse protesters.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Falcons preseason week 2

The Houston Texans notched their first win since September 15th of last year with a 32-7 victory over the Falcons in week two of the NFL pre-season.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Bistro LeCroy turns to crowds for help in financing repairs

Owners of Bistro LeCroy are turning to crowd funding to raise enough money to reopen the downtown island restaurant after an Aug. 8 electrical fire.

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Palais Royal to move its Texas City store

Department store Palais Royal is making a move in Texas City, but not too far from its longtime spot at the Mall of the Mainland.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Luby's/Fuddruckers combo firing up the grill

I thought I would offer this friendly restaurant reminder after talking to Webster officials, who are worried that nearby construction work might block signage and keep people from knowing that the 12,000-square-foot Luby’s/Fuddruckers at Baybrook Shopping Center is opening today (Aug. 14).

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Those “scattered” thunderstorms and CoCoRaHS

Sunday, I was on the extreme East End of Galveston. A thunderstorm rumbled off to the southwest, but only a few drops of rain fell at that location. Later as I traveled towards the central part of the city, the streets were flooded in some areas to curb level and a CoCoRaHS observer (a volunteer precipitation observation network) in that area reported 0.96” of rain. Meanwhile, just a couple of miles further west, the official reporting station at Scholes Field monitored but a trace of rain from the same event.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Crunch time for the Season and the Texas coast

The period between Aug. 1 and Sept. 22 is usually the most active part of the hurricane season. How we fare during this crucial period often determines what kind of season we will have locally.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Flesh eating bacteria is not a new threat

GALVESTON — Over the weekend, reports emerged that an Austin woman was recovering from a fight with Vibrio vulnificus, a form of flesh-eating bacteria.

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Sunday 08/03/2014
Press Run: My new running companion is brutally honest

I finally broke down and got a running app. And it’s making a more honest runner out of me.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
A “cold” front and the Tropics

This afternoon a cold front is pushing slowly through Central Texas and should move off the coast by sometime Friday. Although a cold front this time of year is somewhat unusual, do not get too excited. Any cooling from this frontal passage will be quite modest, with morning temperatures dipping only into the upper 70s near the coast and mid- to low 70s inland.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Smashburger speculation; plus Riondo's opens on isle

I’ll be out of the office on Monday and won’t have a Tuesday Biz Buzz column. So, I thought I would leave you with some small bites of next Thursday’s Buzz.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Persistent SAL impacting the Hurricane Season

With Tropical Depression #2 weakening back into a tropical wave, systems in the Tropical Atlantic Basin continue to have a difficult time developing — not that I am complaining.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Area El Tiempo fans face long wait

Tiempo means time in Spanish and it looks like everyone will have plenty of it as we wait for El Tiempo Cantina to finally open in Webster.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Press Run: Help, I need race-day costume advice!

Daily News staff members met this week to discuss details of our Press Run, which is Sept. 13. We’ve been meeting for months, but this time I felt a real sense of urgency.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Rain likely this week over southeast Texas, but will Galveston County benefit?

The elements are coming together for fairly decent rains over large parts of North and East Texas. Whether this will benefit Galveston County remains the big question.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Microsoft to take on Apple at Baybrook Mall

This should get interesting.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Thoughts on Hurricane Arthur, the Hurricane Season and rain

Hurricane Arthur may be typical of what we see this season with tropical systems. Given cooler than normal water in the Tropical Atlantic, dry air over the central Tropical Atlantic, high wind shear levels and a very slowly developing El Niño, many forecasters are saying that the greatest threat from tropical cyclones this year will be from what is colloquially called “home grown storms.”

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Web tool shows Galveston through the decades

GALVESTON - I came across a pretty cool web tool today, created by the United States Geological Survey. 

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Sunday 07/06/2014
Target under fire for no-guns request

Retailer Target last week put itself in the crosshairs of gun advocates by requesting shoppers not bring firearms into its stores — even where local laws allow.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Could Arthur spoil the Holiday Weekend in the Carolinas?

A slowly developing low pressure area  (AL 91) located 125 miles east of Melbourne, Fla., is being given an 80 percent of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm during the coming 24 to 48 hours. Although the low is currently drifting in a southwest to westerly direction, it should turn northeast during the next couple of days and head towards the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Sunday 06/29/2014
Press Run: How do I fit in all the fitness?

Since I last posted about my efforts to train to run a 10k during The Daily News’ Press Run on Sept. 13, I’ve logged a total of 10 miles of running. That’s pretty lame, I know.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Current rainy spell may repeat in July

The current rainy spell has brought much needed precipitation to Galveston County (which largely missed out on the heavier rains north and west of Houston). Thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday delivered 1.13” of rain to Galveston and 0.91”  to League City. This still leaves both locations well below normal for June (and the year), with Galveston running 3.46” below normal for the month and League City 3,98” receiving less than would be expected by June 26.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
June is chick time for the royal tern

The Royal Tern is one of our more common local sea-birds, distinguishable by its bright orange bill and black head-cap. Texas is the most southern area of the tern's breeding grounds. June is when their chicks hatch. In the winter, the tern migrates as far as Argentina in order to find warmth.

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Looking to the Tropics for some rain

This is the time of year when rain is less likely to be the result of mid-latitude events (cold fronts, low pressure troughs and so on) and more likely to appear as the result of tropical weather systems.

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Saturday 06/14/2014
Video: Cleaning the seaweed

GALVESTON — The effect of this year’s seaweed season on the island has been a hot topic this week on the island.

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A strange June chill and other topics

Now that grumbling about heat and humidity has become the norm again, I thought that I would revisit what may be the strangest weather event ever for Galveston. This involves a sharp mid-June cold front on this date 111 years ago (June 14, 1903) that shattered the all-time cold weather records for the month.

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Friday 06/13/2014
Tapology Gastropub nearing its debut

When it comes to craft brew options, our beer steins runneth over.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
The Cupcake Cowgirls lasso island location

The island is soon to be home to one of the most popular cupcake franchises in the Houston area.

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Shark bites a rare thing in Galveston

GALVESTON — News that a Houston teenager had been bitten by a shark on a West End beach quickly spread yesterday, as the picture of teeth marks on 14-year-old Mikaela Medina’s back drew clicks from around the Internet.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Press Run: Training for my first 10k

In the past two years, I’ve run about a dozen 5ks, even placing first in my age group a few times. I run with my husband around the neighborhood or on the beach, once or twice a week, when our schedule allows.

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Another chance for rain and the Tropics

A weak cold front sagging southward over Texas and an upper-level trough and low moving into the southern Plains may bring some rain to the county over the next day or two. A storm complex and squall has reformed over North Texas this morning and could track south to the coast by later today or this evening.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
Happy Hour: Tap room opens at Galveston Island Brewing

In case you haven’t heard, the much-awaited Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road, has opened its tap room.

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Sunsets a good tool in photographing birds

A different way to take advantage of sunsets in photography is to use the sun as your strobe-light for silhouette shots.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Reddish egret dances for its dinner

Watching herons and egret fish can be most entertaining. And none is more active when it comes to stalking prey in the shallows than the reddish egret, distinguishable by the rusty colored plumes along the head and neck.

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May weather, rain and an early start to the Hurricane season?

The rains over the past week were definitely what the doctor ordered. The 3.32 inches of rain that fell in Galveston over the past five days of the month ended a dry spell that lasted much of April and May.

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Saturday 05/31/2014
Food Banks celebrates with Founders Day

The Galveston County Food Bank held its annual Founders Day celebration on Saturday. The event mark's the vision of the Food Bank's founders Pastor Bill Ritter, Rev. Posy Jackson and the Food Bank's first executive director Mark Davis.

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Friday 05/30/2014
Island lands on USA Today "10 Best" list

Something about Galveston lately is striking the right chord with tourists.

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Island's peacocks are on parade, for a little while

With the end of May approaching, chances to watch the wild peacocks of Galveston court on a regular basis are going to dwindle as the birds tend to lie low in summer's heat.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Fortune Chinese setting table for return

Brush up on your chopstick skills.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
UPDATED: Who's moving into former Macy's?

After sitting empty for two years, the building that formerly housed Macy’s at the Mall of the Mainland has a new owner and fate.

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Laughing gulls are hatching

CORRECTION: The "black-headed gulls" mentioned and pictured here actuality are laughing gull, colloquially, but incorrectly, referred to as black headed gull, which nest mainly in Europe and Asia and can migrate as far as the U.S. east coast.

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Tuesday 05/27/2014
Special marine warning and flash flood watch issued for county

An upper-level low to the northwest and a moist, unstable atmosphere is contributing to shower and thunderstorm activity over southeast Texas this morning. This has resulted in a special marine warning for Galveston Bay and adjacent waters and a flash flood watch for the area.

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Saturday 05/24/2014
The myth of the “mild” hurricane season

Most people have heard that the experts are predicting an average to below-average season in terms of named tropical systems. This consensus was reflected the other day by NOAA’s official forecast calling for a comparatively slow season in the Tropical Atlantic Basin, as a developing El Niño pattern suppresses activity in the Atlantic while enhancing it in the eastern Pacific.

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Friday 05/23/2014
What will the new Balinese Room look like?

GALVESTON — On Thursday, the Galveston City Council approved a zoning change for the property that once held the Balinese Room. The change will allow developers to build a structure that rises high as 70 feet — should the developers follow through on their idea to rebuild the Balinese Room as a restaurant and concert venue that could hold as many as 3,000 people at one time.

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
What Godzilla can teach us about emergency preparedness

GALVESTON — Did you see Godzilla last weekend? You probably did.  I went and saw it Sunday afternoon.

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Tuesday 05/20/2014
Drought becoming a serious threat for Galveston County

A very dry spring and an intermediate-term outlook that offer little hope for much precipitation is raising severe drought risk for Galveston County as we move towards summer.

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Friday 05/16/2014
Buzz-cation and open mic

I’ll be on vacation until May 27, but I thought I would ask readers to keep the buzz going. (I will have a Biz Buzz column for Tuesday that's filled with some pretty tasty tidbits.)

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