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22
Sep
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2 men rescued by Coast Guard after plane crash in Gulf

 
BAYTOWN, Texas – Friends are relieved two men who crashed their plane in the Gulf of Mexico returned alive to Baytown Airport after a rescue by the Coast Guard.

One of the men, Theodore Wright is, has been flying planes since he was 19-years-old.  And yet what happened to him and friend Raymond Fosdick over the Gulf of Mexico Thursday was a first. 
It stunned everyone at Baytown’s airport when they got word from the FAA.

"We look out for each other and we immediately wondered what happened to the airplane," said Bobby Clark, a mechanic who knows Wright.

"We saw a note on the (office) door and I figured maybe he fell off his boat or something," said Aaron Kurtz, who also knows Wright.  "I didn’t have a clue it could have been an aircraft accident."

Thu
20
Sep
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Now restaurants want gratuities of THIRTY per cent: How Does West Houston Compare

West Houston Tipping

 

In a bid to boost their wages, New York food servers are now suggesting diners leave tips of up to 30per cent.

With many U.S. restaurants permitted to pay staff as little as $2.15 per hour, workers often rely on service charges to supplement their income.

But following an increase to 20per cent over recent years, the average tip rate is set to rise again.

 

An article in today's New York Post reveals that 'gratuities can run to 25 or even 30per cent, a number that might have been laughed off just a few years ago.'

 

Steve Dublanica - a former waiter and author of tipping guides Keep the Change and Waiter Rant -  confirmed that the 'tip creep' phenomenon has plagued restaurant-goers for decades.

 

Thu
20
Sep
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Space Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight Continues West

 
HOUSTON, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The space shuttle Endeavour atop its 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is scheduled to depart Houston's Ellington Field at about 7 a.m. CDT on Thursday for California.
 
Departure is planned to the south with low flybys of Clear Lake and NASA's Johnson Space Center expected before the aircraft and shuttle turn northwest for a final pass over Houston heading west.
 
Public viewing only will be allowed from the permanent fence line at Ellington Field. Only news media and essential personnel will be allowed inside the perimeter fence.
 
After departing the Houston area, the flight plan includes a low pass over the downtown Austin area near the Texas State Capitol building between 7:30-8 a.m.
 
A fueling stop is planned at about 8:30 a.m. MDT in El Paso at Biggs Army Air Field. Takeoff from Biggs is planned for about 11 a.m.
 

Tue
18
Sep
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As final sextuplet leaves Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, quintuplets are delivered

 
HOUSTON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Leah Perkins, the final sextuplet and also the smallest, made a special homecoming late yesterday afternoon as she was discharged from Texas Children's Pavilion for Women after a 4 ½ month stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Parents Lauren and David Perkins took Leah home to join her five brothers and sisters. The hospital also announced that doctors delivered its first quintuplets of the year on Friday, Sept. 7 at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, one of the nation's premier facilities for women's, fetal and newborn health, with a special focus on high-risk births and multiples.

Tue
18
Sep
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Houston's Best And Brightest Companies To Work For(TM) Winners Announced by the National Association For Business Resources

 
HOUSTON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only companies with the highest quality human resources initiatives can be named "Houston's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For." This honor was highly sought after by competing companies throughout the region. These winning companies will be honored by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the JW Marriott Galleria in Houston, located at 5150 Westheimer Road.
 
This year's winners practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in industries as diverse as energy, medical, financial services and nonprofit. (See the following list of honorees.)
 

Fri
14
Sep
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The Power Of Constructive Feedback: A Look At West Houston Students Self Image

By: Dr. Rodney Johnson --

 

Once confidence is lost, a child’s self-esteem may suffer irreversible damage that affects social and academic performance for the rest of their life. When dealing with kids, ALL of the good that we do can be undone by one negative comment or action. The psyche of a kid is so fragile that year after year of great gains can be undone in an instant by ONE mean, careless, or insensitive statement. As a principal, I challenged my teachers and staff to look at life through a student’s eyes. Not to dismiss their hardships by implanting the success which is yours (i.e., I’ve got mine…you get yours). I asked teachers to figuratively change places with those you teach and reflect on this statement.

 

            “When you look at me, who do you see? Do you see who I am today…or do you see        who I can become at some point in the future?”

Wed
12
Sep
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Robbery At Osborne Elementary School

NW HOUSTON -

Three burglary suspects were arrested Wednesday after they tried to steal from a northwest Houston elementary school, officials said.

Police said the trio broke into J.G. Osborne Elementary School, 800 Ringold Street, at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and were targeting computers and other valuables.

However, a silent alarm was triggered, and HISD and Houston Police officers were outside when the crooks left the building, investigators said.

The suspects ran off and two were captured a short time later. A third tried hiding inside the school but was found by a K-9 officer, police said. He was treated for a dog bite.

The suspects' names were not released.

Wed
12
Sep
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Highspeed Chase Ends in Tragedy

SW HOUSTON – A high speed crash on Bellaire Boulevard split a car into two pieces and killed its driver, police said late Tuesday.

The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. on Bellaire at Cook Road, according to the Houston Police Department.

A man driving west on Bellaire was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control and went off the road to the right, police said. His car slammed into an electrical pole, splitting both the car and the pole into two pieces.

The driver was ejected from his car and died at the scene. There were no passengers.

Some witnesses told police the car was traveling around 100 miles per hour when it wrecked.

Tue
11
Sep
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The Stadium Curse of a Winning Season

Reliant Stadium

By N. Tru Bass  !?

The Houston Texans believe wholeheartedly the 2012-2013 season will be a Superbowl season and so do most Texan fans.  The team looks great, but the stadium is showing signs of bad energy.  Before we break out the frankincense and myrrh for the exorcism, allow me to explain.

First, there was the incident of a rafter’s fight circulating on the internet and getting big numbers on YouTube during the preseason game with San Francisco.   The melee included at least a half dozen brawlers and a couple of chicks.  The video which was obviously shot with someone’s camera phone and since it’s so popular I’ve included it below as evidence for my case and for your viewing pleasure. 

 

Sun
02
Sep
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Anderson Elementary Teacher Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

 

A third grade teacher was arrested on Friday for possession and distribution of child pornography. 

The U.S. Attorney’s office said, Juan A. Villarreal, 52 was a teacher at Anderson Elementary in Westbury.  He was taken into custody pending a September 5th court date.   Authorities accused him of possessing dozens of sexual pictures and video of children both girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 15 years. 

Villarreal has been with HISD for 11 years all with Anderson Elementary, he faces up to 20 year in prison and it’s likely he will never teach again.

Official Statement from the Houston Independent School District:

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