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December 22, 2014


Sunday 12/21/2014
Photos: Texans vs. Ravens

Case Keenum returned to Houston on Sunday as the Texans defeated the Baltimore Ravens 25-13.

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Christmas weather may be ideal, but the New Year’s Holiday could present a problem

Despite heavy rains yesterday averaging 2-3”  across the County and a cold front due on Tuesday, the weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is actually looking quite promising. Cool, sunny weather on Wednesday should slowly evolve into milder, partly cloudy conditions on Christmas Day.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Christmas miracle: A popular Biz Buzz tradition returns

I'm bringing back a Biz Buzz holiday tradition. Tell me what store, restaurant or business you'd love to see in your Galveston County or Clear Lake area community.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Christmas week weather

While there is still plenty of weather in the mix for this week, including a fairly potent system that should bring rain to Texas by Thursday and Friday, there appears to be even more interest in what we may expect next week.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Holiday magic in the wetlands

The cool December air sends the birds out into the open to seek the warmth of the sun and thus mid-morning sees as busy a traffic of pink-, white- and grey-winged birds as on an airport hub over the holidays.The Cranes' croaking mixes with the chattering of Spoonbills as they flick water droplets around as brilliant as Christmas ornaments when taking off. I don't know if I prefer the clear blue skies only winter can produce or the misty, foggy mornings also typical for the season.

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Monday 12/08/2014
Idyllic weather to linger for a while

The weather this week should be as good as can be expected for the second week of December with sunny to partly cloudy skies, low humidity levels seasonably cool days and cool to chilly (but not really cold) nights.

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Saturday 12/06/2014
Photos: Dickens on the Strand 2014

Downtown Galveston has been transformed into the Victorian era England of Charles Dickens for the 41st annual Dickens on the Strand festival. The world-renowned festival, which features musical performances, food, a costume contest and parades will continue on Sunday.

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Photos: Dickinson vs. Cypress Ranch 6A Region III Final

The Dickinson Gators fell to the Cypress Ranch Mustangs 31-28 in a closely fought game that came down to the final play on Saturday afternoon at the University of Houston.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Shrimp 'N Stuff debuts downtown island eatery

It’s open. After months of anticipation, Shrimp ‘N Stuff this week debuted its island downtown site, 2228 Mechanic St.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
A closer look at weekend weather

With the big Dickens weekend coming up, I have had a few questions regarding weather for the event. Unfortunately, we are in one of those patterns that make crystal balls as murky as the cloudy skies.

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Monday 12/01/2014
November’s weather and the outlook for Dickens Weekend

November in Galveston County was cooler than normal with slightly below average precipitation. A milder trend towards the end of the month, kept it from making the top 10 coolest November lists. In fact, this November turned out to be slightly milder than last year (with a 61.5° average at Scholes Field compared with a 61.0° mean last November). The monthly average in League City was 58.0°, which was 3.7° below normal.

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Sunday 11/30/2014
Gallery: Texans defeat the Titans

The Houston Texans rebounded against the struggling Tennessee Titans on Sunday to notch a 45-21 victory. J.J. Watt stole the show while DeAndre Hopkins had a career game with two touchdowns and and nine receptions for 238 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 358 yards and six touchdowns in is return as a starter.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
54,000 copies of The Daily News' delivered in time for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving edition of The Daily News is a holiday shopper's delight. It is full of bargains just in time for the Black Thursday and Black Friday sales.

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Have Comcast, Bank of America scored one for consumers?

National companies bombard reporters daily with pitches about new products or how they’re making life easier for consumers. I delete a lot of them.

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Thanksgiving week weather should be near ideal; Dickens weekend not so much

Cool, dry air and a developing high pressure ridge to our west, should ensure fairly good weather for this week and the Thanksgiving Holidays. Although the week will start out on the chilly side, we should see seasonably mild to cool weather for most of the period, including Thanksgiving Day, when high temperatures should be in the mid to upper-60’s, with the mercury climbing into the low-70’s by the weekend.

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Monday 11/24/2014
Your best holiday photos can win you $100

Holidays mean time with family and friends and usually lots of photos.

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Sunday 11/23/2014
Gallery: Texans 13, Bengals 22

Houston fell to Cincinnati 22-13 on Sunday afternoon. Andy Dalton and the Bengals controlled all aspects of the game and limited the Texans to just 248 yards of total offense.

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Friday 11/21/2014
San Luis Pass is a window to the past

The stretches of tidal lagoons around San Luis Pass give us an idea about how the Texas Coast looked before any settlers set foot on its shores.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Severe thunderstorms possible on Saturday

An upper-level short wave trough is expected to develop over California and swing eastward into Texas on Friday and Saturday, bringing the threat of severe storms to much of Southeast Texas, including Galveston County. Strong winds and even a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out as moist air from the Gulf of Mexico provides fuel for the upper-level system.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Photographically, November is perfect for birds

The camera is a visual arts tool that produces a two-dimensional image. The challenge is to bring this image to life. Exposure can capture a sense of movement, even sound.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Update: Power struggle: Yaga's, Tsunami temporarily closed

Popular downtown island eatery Yaga’s Café and neighboring bar, Tsunami Exotic Tequila Emporium, are temporarily out of commission after a power pole behind Yaga’s, 2314 Strand, fell Sunday, knocking out electricity.

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Sunday 11/16/2014
Gale warnings issued for off-shore waters as blustery cold front approaches

The Houston-Galveston National Weather Service has issued Gale Warnings for near shore and offshore waters for this evening and Monday as a blustery cold front barrels towards Southeast Texas.

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Saturday 11/15/2014
Gallery: Clear Falls volleyball Region III Champs

The Clear Falls Lady Knights defeated the Cypress Ranch Mustangs in five sets (16-25, 25-22, 29-27, 22-25, 15-10) Saturday to become the Region III 6A champions. They'll play in the state tournament semifinals on Friday evening in Garland for a shot at the state title.

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Friday 11/14/2014
Gallery: RIII 6A Volleyball Semifinals

Clear Creek and Clear Falls played back-to-back in the Region III 6A volleyball semifinals on Friday night at Aldine's M.O. Campbell Center. The Knights swept Katy Seven Lakes in straight sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-20) and will play Cypress Ranch for the Region 3 title and a trip to state Saturday at 2 p.m. The Wildcats lost a hard fought battle against Cypress Ranch in five sets (25-16, 14-25, 25-18, 24-26, 16-14).

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
It's time to rediscover Anahuac

The 1.5 hour drive to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is never more worthwhile than during autumn when hundreds of migrant water fowl pass the reserve's ponds.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Sudie's Seafood House shuts down in League City

After a little more than 11 years, Sudie's Seafood House, known for that large neon catfish hanging in the front, has closed its League City site.

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Sunday 11/09/2014
Cold front to usher in a prolonged chill?

Given the media coverage, it is certainly no secret that this coming week will see both the chilliest weather in southeast Texas so far this season and a major outbreak of very cold air over the eastern 2/3 of the country.  What may not be so clear is that the cool-down this week will usher in a colder than normal period that will persist until late November.

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Saturday 11/08/2014
Gallery: Lone Star Rally 2014

The Lone Star Rally roared into Galveston this weekend for the 13th year. The event is the largest four-day motorcycle rally in North America.

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Tuesday 11/04/2014
League City couple votes for first time since becoming U.S. citizens

LEAGUE CITY — Dr. Omar Albustami said his wife Nadia told him he was acting "like a kid," as he walked into the voting center at Creekside Intermediate School.

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Monday 11/03/2014
System could bring heavy rain as it moves east

It has been more than three weeks since Galveston County has received any substantial rains (0.42” at League City and 0.59” at Galveston on October 13). As nice as the dry, cool weather has been, we are in a situation where precipitation is definitely needed.

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Saturday 11/01/2014
Gallery: Dickinson vs. Clear Creek football

The Dickinson Gators defeated the Clear Creek Wildcats 42-20 on Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated and claim the District 24-6A title.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
First week of November to bring a chill and some rain

October, 2014 will go into the record books as milder and drier than normal in Galveston County. The lowest temperature so far this month on Galveston Island is 60 degrees. Barring a rapid chill down Friday night, this will be the mildest October minimum since 1988.

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Monday 10/27/2014
Looking at Halloween weather and beyond

Hobgoblins and other strange creatures should find near ideal conditions for trick or treating on Halloween, with clear skies and seasonably cool to mild temperatures. This is a continuation of a weather pattern that has provided nearly perfect outdoor weather for outdoor activities for most of this month.

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Friday 10/24/2014
Cullen's to serve $38,000 bottle of single malt Scotch

When an email arrived in my inbox with news that a limited edition bottle of The Balvenie Fifty, a single malt Scotch whisky valued at $38,000 would be opened and served during a dinner for 12 at Cullen’s American Grille, I immediately perked up.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Isle business terrifies customers — and that's good

Not too many businesses want to scare their customers — unless, of course, their business is scaring customers.

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Sometimes, the matter is just black and white

There's a challenge going around among photographers on social media to post black-and-white images.

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Monday 10/20/2014
System in Bay of Campeche may contribute to higher tides

A developing system in the Bay of Campeche, a persistent easterly breeze and high pressure ridging in from our northeast, may all contribute to tides running 1-1 ½ feet above normal levels over the next few days. The system (93-L) is associated with a 1007 MB low that is generally expected to track to the east or northeast this week with a 60% chance for developing into a tropical cyclone.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Fried and true: Shrimp 'N Stuff prepares for downtown opening

Dining options are soon to increase in the island's downtown.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
A whiff of the big, wide world

Looking out over the Gulf in the mornings, the cargo ships line up on the horizon. Metallic and bulky, they may not be considered beautiful, but the connectivity they stand for is.

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An “Unofficial” end to our hurricane season?

I don’t wish to tempt fate, especially given the quiet hurricane season we’ve had in the Gulf of Mexico and with the strongest hurricane of the 2014 season bearing down on Bermuda, but Friday does bring a key date in the hurricane season for the Galveston County area. Going back 150 years, no hurricane or tropical storm has made landfall on the upper-Texas coast later than October 17.

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Friday 10/10/2014
Video: League City council candidates forum

LEAGUE CITY — On October 8, The Daily News and the League City Chamber of Commerce presented a forum featuring the nine candidates running in four the contested city council races.

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Another sure sign of fall — arrival of the migratory white pelican

The first half of October brings many additions to the population of natural Galveston residents. Some are passing migratory birds. But, others, such as the white pelican, are here until spring.

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Strong storms and an active Tropical Atlantic

Humid air flowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, a weak cool front in north Texas and an upper-level disturbance will keep unseasonably warm conditions and a chance of rain in our picture through the weekend.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Colts

The Houston Texans battled back from a 24-0 deficit in the first quarter but ultimately lost to the Indianapolis Colts 33-28. J.J. Watt recovered a fumble a scored his third touchdown of the season.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Reflecting on the East End Lagoon

With discussion about development of the East End Lagoon into a nature preserve back in the news, I've been reflecting on what makes this area so special to me.

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Monday 10/06/2014
A squall line, a warm spell and looking ahead

A squall line moving south and moist, unsettled air moving in from the Gulf of Mexico has prompted a Special Weather statement from the Houston-Galveston NWS as well as a special Marine Warning that includes the northern half of Galveston Bay.

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Friday 10/03/2014
Who will replace Baywood Foods?

The recent closure of Baywood Foods — Hitchcock’s only grocery store — was bad news for the city’s residents.

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Thursday 10/02/2014
Wetland foliage taking on fall colors

Water plants take on different hues this time of year, making for striking backdrops and brilliant flashes of color.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
What's going on at Martini Theatre?

An interesting rumor is going around that a five-star restaurant was planned for the long vacant Martini Theatre building in the island’s downtown.

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Monday 09/29/2014
We have allies in the mosquito wars

It's wet out there.

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