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Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 4:39 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 4:39 AM
WASHINGTON — Unable to get a flight back to snowed-in Washington, D.C., Texas Congressmen Will Hurd, a Republican from Helotes, and Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, who did a veterans’ event together in San Antonio on Monday, decided to drive together to D.C. – a trip about 1,500 miles and 24 hours long.
Hurd said it was O’Rourke’s idea.
They picked up a Dollar rental Chevy Impala in San Antonio predawn Tuesday.
They went for taquitos at Mi Tierra, where they also bought a piñata mascot — which they have named WillieBeto — to place on the dashboard, though it slipped off.
Starting the day off right at Mi Tierra Cafe before hitting the road for work. 24 hrs to DC. Co-pilot @HurdOnTheHill pic.twitter.com/wZHHF2KQXC— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2017
They then stopped at Tantra Coffeehouse in San Marcos, and then headed for Austin, where they pulled over by the University of Texas to do a live spot on MSNBC, where they were asked what would be the ideal pairing for a Texas-to-D.C. road trip like the one they were on.
They passed on the suggestion that came through on O’Rourke’s Facebook livestream — Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, and Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Houston.
From there, they busted in on Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith and "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd just ahead of Smith’s interview of Todd for his KLRU show, "Overheard."
Hurd was asked to offer an example of an issue on which he and O’Rourke agree.
“We both agree a border wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” Hurd said.
Cross country town hallPosted by Congressman Beto O'Rourke on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
From Austin, the road trip headed toward Waco on the way to Texarkana and the Arkansas line.
They said they would be guided by "the people" in their choice of route, but O’Rourke said he’d like to go through Memphis – which they eventually did.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, old enough to be their father, phoned in to make sure there was no distracted driving going on.
Hurd assured him O’Rourke had a firm hand on the wheel.
But Cornyn’s connection wasn’t so good.
O’Rourke: “We lost Sen. Cornyn.”
They briefly stopped talking policy to listen to a little music.
First, Khalid from El Paso, and then, of course, Willie Nelson, "On the Road Again."
And then, off with the music for a phone interview with Bill Lambrecht of the San Antonio Express-News.
Lambrecht: “So whose wacky idea was this?”
And, “If you go to Memphis you might want to think about stopping by Graceland.” (They did, but it was closed.)
O’Rourke said that for both of them, “our party leadership is probably not really excited about us doing this” because they would each be seen as helping a member of the opposite party.
“Screw that line of thinking,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke preferred to drive straight through to their destination. Hurd preferred to “stop and smell the roses.”
And use the facilities.
“Will has a small bladder,” O’Rourke said. “And we’ve been drinking a ton of coffee.”
At Hurd’s pace, O’Rourke said, “We’ll get to Washington by mid-summer.”
According to The Associated Press, they arrived at the Capitol on Wednesday "with minutes to spare before a 6:30 p.m. House vote."
Posted by U.S. Representative Will Hurd on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:48 AM
— When temperatures fall below freezing, water pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting. They can release several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in a big – potentially costly – mess in your home.
What causes pipes to burst?
Pipes burst because of the pressure that's exerted when water freezes. It can exceed 2,000 pounds per square inch, so it's no match for metal or plastic pipes, which will burst under this extreme pressure.
Ice particles can also cause problems in your pipes by blocking valves or other areas.
What should you do to protect your pipes?
When temperatures are expected to drop to about 20 degrees, you should take the following steps to keep your pipes from bursting:
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:46 AM
— Apple is looking for additions to its workforce and you don’t even have to leave home.
The tech company is looking to fill about 50 AppleCare at-home positions to offer tech support of devices like iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, the Houston Chronicle reported.
While working from home is a big enough perk for some, the job also comes with Apple discounts, paid time off and potential career growth, even for those who work part time, according to Apple’s job announcement.
Apple At Home employees work directly for Apple for the company’s normal support hours. There could be extra shifts for holidays, what’s considered “peak business hours,” and training.
Workers are required to have a distraction-free room that is quiet and that can be closed off to keep noise down, high-speed internet with at least 5 mps download/1 mps upload, a desk and an ergonomic chair.
Apple provides the iMac and headset that is only for work.
Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:43 PM
METHUEN, Mass. — As the temperatures dip, Tom Pricone’s phone rings more and more.
Broken heating systems and frozen pipes; the complaints are always the same.
On Thursday, his company had received more than 30 calls before noon.
“Non-stop! this is what happens all day long,” he laughed as his phone rang during our interview.
Pricone, with Kannan and Pricone Heating and Plumbing, recommends keeping the thermostat at 72 degrees, even if you're not there. He says keeping the temperature constant can prevent your system from burning out. It also prevents the water inside your pipes from freezing and causing a messy, expensive problem.
“The main thing is not being thrifty with the heat, keep it up,” he said. “I got a customer that just called, she had frozen pipes last winter, same scenario happened again. Last winter it was $8,000 worth of water damage for her.”
Pricone took us to a house he's working on right now. Because it's empty, they're having to take extra precautions. Because this house doesn't have any heat, they're running a shower to keep the pipes from freezing.
They're also running a space heater to keep temperatures up and Pricone also recommends opening as many cabinets as possible.
“When you leave the cabinet doors open, we're getting the heat underneath there because it's on an outside wall and it will stop it from freezing,” he explained.
With temperatures dropping even lower over the weekend, Pricone expects even more phone calls.
Experts say the wind chill is what could make or break your pipes.
“The wind chill factor can find a pinhole and go right through that and freeze pipes,” he said.
And if you're worried about frozen pipes bursting while you're away, Pricone recommends turning your water off when you leave the house so the flooding isn't as bad.
“The main thing is not being thrifty with the heat, keep it up,” he said.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:08 AM
DUNCAN, Okla. — An Oklahoma family is mourning the loss of their 3-year-old daughter who was the victim of a dog attack.
Rylee Marie Dodge was mauled by her family’s dog, an animal they said they had owned for only five days, KSWO reported.
Rylee’s father Jason was visiting his brother, when he got a call about the attack from his mother who was watching Rylee.
When he got home, he said his mother was trying to rescue the little girl from the pit bull named Remington, KSWO reported. His mother was also injured by the dog. Eventually he was successful in getting his daughter away from the animal, and was putting Rylee in his truck when paramedics arrived, KSWO reported.
Doctors tried to save Rylee, but she died at an area hospital.