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Race for Mayor: Steve Costello

Race for Mayor: Steve Costello

Marialuisa Rincon, Staff Writer

September 14, 2015

Steve and Debbie Costello have been married for 39 years, much of them spent here after moving down south. A career civil engineer, Costello started a successful firm which he says is the model for what his administration would be. “[We] have always prided [ourselves] with delivering work to customers on time and on budget.” Thus far, Costello has kept his campaign specific to three major issues that have long been a thorn in the sides of Houstonians — improving traffic, prioritizing public safety and protecting taxpayer money.

9/11 victims’ relatives mark anniversary with grief, appeals

9/11 victims’ relatives mark anniversary with grief, appeals

JONATHAN LEMIRE AND JENNIFER PELTZ, The Associated Press

September 11, 2015

NEW YORK  — During years of going to ground zero every Sept. 11, Tom Acquaviva has seen crowds diminish at the ceremonies commemorating the terror attacks. But his determination to participate hasn't. "As long as I'm breathing, I'll be here," Acquaviva, 81, said Friday as he arrived to pay tribute...

Race for Mayor: Adrian Garcia

Race for Mayor: Adrian Garcia

Marialuisa Rincon, Staff Writer

September 10, 2015

Garcia does not see any other candidate as his most difficult opponent; like most of them, he sees red tape as the real hurdle. “I’m really running for the citizens of Houston,” he says, “I am proposing my vision, my qualifications, my experience, as what will make my candidacy the most viable.” As the sheriff of the third most populous county in the nation, Garcia approached his job with an executive perspective. “You’re running an operation of almost 5,000 employees, an operating budget of almost a half a billion dollars, and a constituency of almost four million people.”

Race for Mayor: Chris Bell

Race for Mayor: Chris Bell

Marialuisa Rincon, Staff Writer

September 8, 2015

Bell is a proponent of supplying each police officer with a body camera. He called to mind the recent incident where a South Carolina police officer shot unarmed Walter Scott in the back, “if there hadn’t been a video, the police officer probably wouldn’t have been prosecuted.” But, he says, the cameras are intended to be both for the protection of the officers and the citizens, “I believe there would be widespread support.”

Mayoral candidates talk mental health

Mayoral candidates talk mental health

Marialuisa Rincon, Staff Writer

September 1, 2015

The top seven polling mayoral candidates explained their plans for mental health policy reform Monday night. Sylvester Turner,  former Kemah mayor Bill King, Ben Hall, Former sheriff and city council member Adrian Garcia, Marty McVey, Steve Costello and former Representative Chris Bell tackled questions...

New Information Shines Light on Roanoke Killer’s Past

New Information Shines Light on Roanoke Killer’s Past

The Associated Press

September 1, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. — On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said. More than two years later, Flanagan — fulfilling a threat to put his conflict with co-workers...

Clinton proposes $350 billion college affordability plan

Clinton proposes $350 billion college affordability plan

LISA LERER & KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press

August 10, 2015

WASHINGTON— Calling for a "new college compact," Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday unveiled a $350 billion plan aimed at making college more affordable and reducing the crushing burden of student debt. At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, the state with the highest average student debt in the...

Thailand condemned for repatriation of 109 Uighurs to China

Thailand condemned for repatriation of 109 Uighurs to China

Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press

July 10, 2015

BANGKOK— Thailand faced a blizzard of international criticism Thursday, and its consulate in Istanbul was ransacked, after it deported 109 ethnic Uighur refugees to China despite fears that they would face persecution there. The U.N. refugee agency called Thailand's action "a flagrant violation...

Over 60,000 celebrate pride downtown

Over 60,000 celebrate pride downtown

Jimmieka Mills, News Editor

July 1, 2015

On the heels of the landmark Supreme Court decision to make gay marriage legal; Pride Houston, Inc. held their annual gay pride parade. The parade was hosted downtown Houston for the first time since its inception, it was originally held in Montrose. With a crowd estimated at over 60,000 the parade...

Tears and sniffles in courtroom as gay marriage ruling read

Tears and sniffles in courtroom as gay marriage ruling read

JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON  — When Justice Anthony Kennedy took the bench Friday at the Supreme Court, some were thinking about his past decisions and other June 26ths. A dozen years ago, on June 26, 2003, Kennedy announced the court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down state laws that made engaging...

Over 2,000 turn tassels at HCC graduation

Over 2,000 turn tassels at HCC graduation

Alyssa Foley, Editor in Chief

May 21, 2015

Houston Community College’s 2015 commencement ceremonies were held on Saturday at the NRG Stadium. The morning ceremony for associate degree recipients had 1,260 graduates, 197 faculty and 7,018 family and friends in attendance. "To graduate in a field that you have chosen is a step toward achieving...

1917 Houston Riot has personal tie to professor

1917 Houston Riot has personal tie to professor

Lidia Herrera, Staff Writer

May 21, 2015

History isn’t just part of the past. Sometimes, it becomes part of a legacy. For Houston Community College history professor Angela Holder, her family connection to an ugly chapter in Houston history — and her search for answers — represents who she is, “When you know yourself, where you come...

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