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Among active players on a MLB roster, name the player with the most career at-bats?

Commentary has said before that it is important to support your local newspaper by subscribing. Many folks don’t agree and I get that. But they do important work. Just ask the family that was put together last week with a little help from Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg. Falkenberg also had a hand in how we now select grand juries here in Harris County.

Last year, Brian Rosenthal and the Chron put out articles on how kids were being denied special education programs. The articles were eye opening, heartbreaking, and disturbing.

Newspapers help break stories on local government corruption and just plain old coverage on what is going on at city hall, the courthouse, and at our school districts. If they aren’t around to let us know stuff, who will.

So I don’t have a problem rooting for the Chron or giving them a shout out for being named Pulitzer Prize finalists yesterday. Props to Joe Holley and Evan Mintz. Here is this from the Chron:

The topic that drew the incisive focus of Houston Chronicle editorial writers Joe Holley and Evan Mintz last year could not have been more Texan or more timely than guns: Each year, an estimated 3,000 gun-related deaths occur in Texas. For their superior work, the editorialists were finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing awarded Monday.

Art Cullen of the The Storm Lake (Iowa) Times won the Pulitzer in Editorial Writing; Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of The Washington Post also was a finalist. The Chronicle also earned finalist standing in the category of Public Service for a package of investigative stories, editorials, cartoons and multimedia work about an arbitrary statewide measure that effectively denied special education services for children in public schools.

The series in the Chronicle’s finalist entry of editorials sought to drive home the point that gun-friendly social groups have a duty to ensure that powerful and dangerous weapons are treated with all necessary caution. Importantly, the series emphasized that efforts to protect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners need not endanger the rest of us.

“These pages have consistently been concerned about the pervasiveness of guns in our culture,” said Jeff Cohen, executive editor of the Chronicle’s editorial pages. “In their editorials, Evan and Joe have consistently recognized this is a complicated topic and have argued for gradual change in laws and in society.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Pulitzer-finalists-11064117.php.

Joe also has the informative articles on Saturdays about Texas and Texans past and present. I have learned a lot about the Lone Star State from Joe’s articles.

The Chron was also named a finalist in the Public Service category. Here is from the Pulitzer website:

Finalist: Houston Chronicle

For exposing the grave injustice of arbitrary cost-cutting by the State of Texas that denied tutoring, counseling and other vital special education services to families, hindering the futures of tens of thousands of children.

Nice going Brian Rosenthal and others at the Chron.

Maybe next year.

Let me say that a lot of folks are not fans of United. I get that. They should have given the passenger a couple of years of free business class to anywhere in the world and said we’re sorry. Instead they went stupid.

Commentary goes to Baytown a lot these days and my Mom loves for me to make donut runs for her.  I wonder if she will like this from the Chron today:

Krispy Kreme will open a location in Baytown, its third in the Houston area, at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The first 100 guests in line at 3422 Garth Road will get free Original Glazed doughnuts, with limitations, for a year, and a t-shirt. 

The new shop, which sells more than a dozen kinds of doughnuts, contains 3,460 square feet and a drive-thru. But you’ll have to get out of the car to be eligible for the free doughnut promotion.

The chain has grown to three locations since returning to Houston in 2015 after a long absence. The new store joins 8611 Westheimer near Fondren and 5603 Highway 6 North in the Bear Creek area.

Adrian Beltre of the Rangers leads all MLBers with 10,295 career at-bats of course. Beltre is currently on the dinged-up list.

We are 4-4 and waiting for our offense to show up.

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