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January 29, 2015

In Focus

Wednesday 12/31/2014
Photos of the Year 2014
Posted: December 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Each year The Daily News publishes hundreds, if not thousands, of images taken by The Daily News’ photo staff. As 2014 comes to an end staff photojournalists Kevin M. Cox, Stuart Villanueva and Photo Editor Jennifer Reynolds have pulled together their favorite images for a year-end gallery.

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Sunday 12/28/2014
Photos: Texans vs. Jaguars
Posted: December 28, 2014 - 4:03 pm

The Houston Texans ended their 2014 season with a 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. J.J. Watt made history by becoming the only player in NFL history to have 20 sacks or more in two different seasons and Andre Johnson had his 51st game with over 100 yards receiving.

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Sunday 12/21/2014
Photos: Texans vs. Ravens
Posted: December 21, 2014 - 4:52 pm

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

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Saturday 12/06/2014
Photos: Dickens on the Strand 2014
Posted: December 06, 2014 - 6:34 pm

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
Posted: December 06, 2014 - 4:46 pm

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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Sunday 11/30/2014
Gallery: Texans defeat the Titans
Posted: November 30, 2014 - 4:30 pm

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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Sunday 11/23/2014
Gallery: Texans 13, Bengals 22
Posted: November 23, 2014 - 4:22 pm

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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Saturday 11/15/2014
Gallery: Clear Falls volleyball Region III Champs
Posted: November 15, 2014 - 5:15 pm

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
Posted: November 14, 2014 - 10:15 pm

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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Saturday 11/08/2014
Gallery: Lone Star Rally 2014
Posted: November 08, 2014 - 4:36 pm

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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Saturday 11/01/2014
Gallery: Dickinson vs. Clear Creek football
Posted: November 01, 2014 - 5:44 pm

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 10/09/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Colts
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 11:20 pm

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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Sunday 09/28/2014
Gallery: Texans 23, Bills 17
Posted: September 28, 2014 - 4:32 pm

The Texans defeated the Bills 23-17 at home on Sunday.

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Sunday 09/07/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Redskins
Posted: September 07, 2014 - 4:16 pm

The Houston Texans opened their season with a 17-6 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. J.J. Watt had a big game an rookie Jadeveon Clowney left the game in the first half with a knee injury.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. 49ers preseason week 4
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 10:39 pm

The Texans held their own during the first half, but ultimately fell to the 49ers 40-13 in their final preseason tune-up. They open the season at home next Saturday against Washington.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Falcons preseason week 2
Posted: August 17, 2014 - 1:21 am

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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Saturday 04/19/2014
Photo Gallery: Kemah Bomb Scare
Posted: April 19, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Shoppers at the Walmart in Kemah got a rude surprise Saturday morning as a police lockdown kept them inside for four hours. Two regional bomb squads were called in to deal with suspected improvised explosive devices that turned out to be a hoax.

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Gallery: Gulf Shores Invitational Tattoo Expo
Updated: April 19, 2014 - 7:40 pm

The third annual Gulf Shores Invitational Tattoo Expo is underway this weekend at the Galveston Island Convention Center. Tattoo artists and entertainers from across the country are on hand with daily competitions rewarding the best tattoos created live on site. The expo continues through Sunday evening.

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Photo Gallery: Car into Apartment
Updated: May 05, 2014 - 7:05 pm

An 8-year-old child and his grandmother were unharmed after a vehicle plowed through a wall and into the kitchen of their Galveston apartment Friday evening. Full story.

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Tuesday 04/01/2014
Photo Gallery: Astros vs. Yankees
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 10:42 pm

The Houston Astros got their 2014 off to good start, defeating the New York Yankees 6-2 on Opening Day.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Photo Gallery: Galveston Bay Oil Spill
Updated: April 27, 2014 - 12:13 pm

On Saturday afternoon March 22 the 585-foot bulk carrier Summer Wind reported a collision with a barge towed by the motor vessel Miss Susan near the Texas City Dike. As a result of the collision 168,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil leaked into Galveston Bay. Cleanup efforts are on-going.

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Tuesday 03/04/2014
Photo Gallery: Mardi Gras Galveston
Posted: March 04, 2014 - 7:45 pm

The first weekend of Mardi Gras Galveston 2014 got off to a great start and featured 12 parades on the Seawall and The Strand. Check back as this gallery will be updated with the latest photos through Fat Tuesday.

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Wednesday 02/19/2014
Extras: Princess Claire's Day
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 8:40 pm

I didn't find out I was being sent to cover the special Princess Day for five-year-old Claire Lankford until this afternoon. I read the assignment and my wife mentioned that there was a lot of talk about it on social media, but I was still only expecting a hundred or so people.

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Thursday 01/16/2014
Top 10 Sports Photos of 2013
Posted: January 16, 2014 - 5:54 pm

I take a lot of photographs each year so it can be hard to narrow them down when asked to pick out my best images. But in the tradition of photojournalists everywhere I spent some time coming up with this list. I'm not sure if these are my absolute best, but they are my favorites. I hope y'all enjoy them.

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Saturday 01/04/2014
Gallery: Space City Con
Posted: January 04, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Space City Con landed in Galveston this weekend featuring actors from Game of Thrones, Babylon 5 and other television series. Fans of all ages were on hand for the self proclaimed geek and nerd festival.

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Sunday 12/22/2013
Gallery: Texans vs. Broncos
Posted: December 22, 2013 - 5:55 pm

The Texans continued their slide Sunday against the Denver Broncos and witnessed history as Peyton Manning set a new NFL single season touchdown passing record. The Broncos clinched the AFC West with their 37-13 victory.

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Extras: Texans Cheerleaders from Galveston County
Posted: December 22, 2013 - 10:45 am

Houston Texans cheerleaders and Galveston County natives Shannon Rai Baty and Jessica Venable were featured in today's sports section. Here are some extra photos of the ladies that didn't make it into print.

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Sunday 12/01/2013
Gallery: Texans vs. Patriots
Posted: December 01, 2013 - 7:00 pm

The Houston Texans showed signs of life Sunday but couldn't hold off a comeback by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The 34-31 loss was their 10th in a row and gives them the worst record in the NFL.

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Sunday 11/24/2013
Gallery: Texans vs. Jaguars
Posted: November 24, 2013 - 4:20 pm

The Houston Texans continued their skid Sunday, falling to the last place Jacksonville Jaguars. The 13-6 defeat extends the losing streak to nine games.

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Sunday 11/17/2013
Gallery: Texans vs. Raiders
Posted: November 17, 2013 - 5:30 pm

The Houston Texans continued their downward slide on Sunday, losing to the Oakland Raiders 28-23. Quarterback Matt Schaub returned to action in the third quarter, replacing four-game starter Case Keenum.

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Wednesday 11/13/2013
Emotional Knights
Updated: November 13, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Emotion in sports can be a good thing or a bad thing. Teams that can't control their emotions risk losing focus. Photographers love covering passionate teams. Win or lose, pictures full of emotion are just better.

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Saturday 11/09/2013
Gallery: Fight for 518
Posted: November 09, 2013 - 3:30 am

The annual "Fight for 518" between Clear Creek and Clear Springs on Friday night was amazingly crazy. The teams combined for 1,210 yards of offense, 125 points and 18 touchdowns. 28 points were put on the board in the first three minutes of the second half. This game is definitely one that students from both schools will never forget.

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Sunday 11/03/2013
Gallery: Texans vs. Colts
Updated: November 04, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Despite a strong showing by rookie quarterback Case Keenum, the Texans blew a 21-3 halftime lead. The Colts rallied in the second half for a 27-24 victory on Sunday night.

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Saturday 10/19/2013
OUTTAKE: Dickinson vs. Clear Brook football
Posted: October 19, 2013 - 1:54 am

Dickinson has some of the nicest high school sports facilities in the county. I always enjoy shooting at Sam Vitanza Stadium, the sidelines are spacious and the light is the best around.

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Sunday 10/13/2013
Gallery: Texans vs. Rams
Updated: October 13, 2013 - 4:18 pm

The Houston Texans were embarrassed by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, falling to 2-4 on the season. The crowd at Reliant Stadium actually cheered when quarterback Matt Schaub left the game with an injury in the third quarter.

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Saturday 10/05/2013
Friday Night Sunset
Updated: October 05, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Stingaree fans got to enjoy a beautiful sunset behind the visitor's stands last night just before the Texas City vs. Pearland Dawson football game.

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Friday 10/04/2013
OUTTAKE: Battle for South Shore
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 2:15 am

Thursday night's Battle for South Shore between the Clear Falls Knights and the Clear Creek Wildcats started out well but got out of hand in the second quarter. Creek quarterback Jarrett Hildreth threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns giving me lots of opportunities to capture some high flying receivers.

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Monday 09/30/2013
Gallery: Texans vs. Seahawks
Updated: September 30, 2013 - 7:12 pm

As sports editor John DeLapp wrote in today's paper, there is plenty of blame to go around for the Texans overtime loss to the Seahawks yesterday. Despite that the Texans looked pretty good in the first half, here are some of my photos from the game.

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Sunday 09/22/2013
Blast from the Past
Updated: September 22, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Below is one of several items I wrote and set aside back when I was waiting for this blog to be created. I thought it was still interesting enough to share over a year later.

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Monday 09/16/2013
Gallery: Texans vs. Titans
Posted: September 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Despite numerous opportunities to put the game away during regulation, the Texans pulled off a dramatic overtime victory on Sunday.

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Friday 09/06/2013
OUTTAKE: Clear Falls vs. Baytown Sterling football
Updated: September 06, 2013 - 9:35 am

The Clear Falls Knights got off to a slow start in their Thursday night game against Baytown Sterling. Early in the second quarter the Knights attempted to convert a fourth down with a long pass from Alex Assarian to Ke'Shaun Holmes.

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Thursday 08/29/2013
Welcome to In Focus
Posted: August 29, 2013 - 5:00 am

Welcome to In Focus, the new photography blog from The Galveston County Daily News. Photography Editor Jennifer Reynolds and I plan to bring you extra photos, behind the scenes details and anything else you'd like to know about photography in the newspaper. Feel free to ask questions or bring up topics you'd like discussed in the comments.

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