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Everybody knows that Commentary thinks they ought to go on ahead and tear down the Astrodome but my feelings won’t be hurt if they figure out a way to save it.  Hunker Down wants the Domekeepers to look at the possibility of sticking a new Reliant Arena under the Dome.  If they figure this out, then they could knock down the current Reliant Arena and turn it into a lucrative parking lot.  Here is from the Chron today:

The chairman of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. said Tuesday that his group will return to the drawing board on a half-billion-dollar proposal to renovate the Astrodome and replace Reliant Arena, with an eye to combining the two projects.

That suggestion came from County Judge Ed Emmett, who asked Sports Corp. Chairman Edgardo Colon why the amenities proposed for the new arena could not be included in a renovated Dome. Many constituents have asked him the same question, Emmett said.

“It would be trying to incorporate the ideas we already have and put them all under the same roof,” Colon said. “That’s what makes this so challenging, how to incorporate a $380 million project into the inside of the Astrodome.”

Here is the entire piece.

I guess you can continue to stay tuned to this story because I don’t think any decision on the Dome is on the horizon.   Until someone more prominent than Commentary steps forward and calls for the Dome’s demise, folks are going to stay at the drawing board.

Many of the Lone Star State’s charter schools now got into the lawsuit business.  Check this from the Chron:

A group representing most of the charter schools in Texas sued the state Tuesday, arguing that the nontraditional campuses face unfair restrictions and are shortchanged on funding.

And:

"The courts have never looked at school funding through the lens of a charter school, and our parents and our schools think it’s time that they do," said David Dunn, executive director of the state charter association.

Charter schools cannot levy taxes to fund bonds for school construction, so to pay for facilities they generally spend money designated for instruction, raise private dollars or have property donated. Dunn said one study found that charter schools on average spent $830 per student from their operating budgets on facilities.

"They have to have lower teacher salaries. They have to have larger class sizes," he said. "Many charter schools don’t have gyms, don’t have science labs."

Here is the entire story.

Here is what I don’t understand.  Before you get into the charter school business don’t you have to read the instructions and go over the ground rules?  Aren’t you supposed to learn the “dos” and “don’ts” about the state money that is available for charter schools?  Public schools have a set of rules and guidelines and charter schools have a set of rules and guidelines.  That’s why they are called charter schools and not public schools – got it?

In ‘Stro history, name the pitcher that has given up the most career dingers?

The President learned a valuable baseball lesson the other day:  Red Sox Nation is the most serious of all baseball fans.  Everybody knows that The President loves his Chicago White Sox.  This past Sunday the Red Sox traded veteran third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox.  Youk played on the 2004 and 2007 World Serious champs Red Sox and he has a huge following in Red Sox Nation.  The President was addressing a campaign event in Massachusetts and jokingly thanked Boston for handing over Youk to his White Sox and then came the boos and chants of “Youk, Youk, Youk” and more boos and boos.  I don’t think The President expected that kind of reaction.  The President needs to be careful or he might turn solidly blue Massachusetts into a battleground state.

Talk about a get-out-the vote program, 20/10 ended up turning in 18,000 MLB All Star ballots for sixth place at The Yard.  His prize is getting to meet the ‘Stro or ‘Stros selected to play for the NL All Star team and also getting an autographed baseball from them or him.  20/10 thinks he’ll get to meet second baseman Jose Altuve.  I say thanks for picking somebody your own size.  Nice job 20/10!

BTW:  If 20/10 just took the time to only vote for the eight ‘Stros on the ballot, it adds up to 144,000 hanging chads.  

Larry Dierker of course gave up 177 career dingers as a ‘Stro from 1964-1976.

The recent impressive pitching performances by rookie Dallas Keuchel now have the ‘Stros going with a six-man starting pitching rotation, at least until the All Star Break.

Jose Altuve has a solid hold on third place among second baseman in NL All Star voting.  Altuve leads all MLB second basemen in batting average (.309).

‘Stro outfielder Justin Maxwell who has hit some massive dingers this season will be out 4-6 weeks because of a dinged up ankle.

The team is fun to watch and I think we’re doing better than last year but the crowds at The Yard have been small this season.  Only 15,000 and change showed up last night.

The ‘Stros hold the distinction of being the only MLB club with road wins in single digits – 9.

Well at least we won at The Yard last night.

 

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