Archive for November 17th, 2016

Interesting to say the least. Both H-Town Fire and Police will now be headed by Latinos and outsiders. Interesting.

Check this tweet:

Mike Morris ‏@mmorris011 2h2 hours ago

Art Acevedo (Austin PD chief) accepts new job as Houston Police Chief http://bit.ly/2ewfkmC , Austin radio reporting #hounews

Form the Statesman today:

(Austin) Mayor Steve Adler released the following statement about Acevedo: “Houston is getting a world-class police chief. Chief Acevedo has made our community safer and closer and he is trusted and much loved by so many. Austin is losing a moral and joyous leader and I’m losing a friend.

From Rebecca Elliott in today’s Chron:

El Paso Fire Chief Samuel Peña has been tapped as Houston’s new fire chief, replacing Interim Fire Chief Rodney West, sources said Thursday.

Peña, 45, has led El Paso’s fire department for three years.

Like I said, interesting. Congrats.

The ‘Stros signed starting pitcher Charlie Morton for $14 mil for two-years. He is 33 years-old. How many MLB All Star games and post season games has he played?

I am thinking former HISD Trustee Larry Marshall will never get a school named after him. Check this from Ericka Mellon of the Chron:

A bribery lawsuit that kept a cloud of suspicion over the Houston school district for six years ended Wednesday with a jury finding that former board president Larry Marshall participated in a kickback scheme that caused millions of dollars in damages to a local construction contractor.

The civil jury decided in favor of the Gil Ramirez Group, an upstart firm that alleged it lost lucrative school district contracts because it did not offer bribes to Marshall through his political campaign treasurer and longtime friend, Joyce Moss-Clay.

The verdict, which may be appealed, deals a hit to Marshall’s legacy as one of the longest-serving and best-known Houston school trustees, who started as a teacher in 1955 and later worked to integrate the nation’s seventh-largest district.

“The culture of corruption at HISD took a serious blow today,” Kelly Greenwood Prather, an attorney for Gil Ramirez Jr., said after the verdict, which triggered tears of joy from her client.

The jury found that Marshall, Moss-Clay and two HISD construction contractors violated the civil racketeering law and awarded the Gil Ramirez Group about $451,500, an amount that is tripled to $1.4 million under law.

The jury also found the group interfered in contracts and awarded $3.4 million in punitive damages, plus $676,667 in actual damages.

The Houston Independent School District, dismissed as a defendant in the lawsuit in 2015, distanced itself from Marshall Wednesday, issuing a statement that the district is not responsible for paying damages on the former trustee’s behalf.

Marshall’s legacy taking a hit is putting it mildly.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Former-HISD-president-participated-in-bribery-10619547.php?cmpid=btfpm.

From the Stand by Your Man Department, I have nothing but kudos for Kate Upton having Justin Verlander’s back. Made my evening!

New ‘Stro pitcher Charlie Morton who is getting $14 mil over the next couple of years has played in zilch All Star games and has pitched in one post season game of course, a 2013 loss as a Pirate to San Luis in the NLDS.

And that is why the price of my tickets have gone up and why the price of Saint Arnold will also go up. MLB economics, just saying.

From the Chron’s Brian Smith today:

He is the best Astro since Craig Biggio retired.

He’s the one Houston athlete above all others that I’d pay top dollar to watch up close, in person.

And he’s still somehow underrated, despite producing one of the greatest all-around offensive seasons in franchise history.

Maybe Jose Altuve will shock baseball and steal the 2016 American League Most Valuable Player award on Thursday, beating out Los Angeles’ Mike Trout and edging Boston’s Mookie Betts.

Here is the entire column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/smith/article/Jose-Altuve-merits-MVP-as-much-as-anyone-10619656.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Why not?

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