Harvey, stalled over Southeast Texas, to dump rain for several days

Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 6:39 PM

Rockport, TX Devastated By Hurricane Harvey

Harvey mostly did as predicted overnight Friday into Saturday: It entered Texas near Rockport as a category 4 hurricane with high winds and hard rains over a broad chunk of southeast Texas, then headed inland and stalled.

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What happens over the next three or four days is harder to predict, meteorologists said Saturday, as the system was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm. But they expect the rains will hit the hardest east of Interstate 35. Widespread flooding is almost a certainty, forecasters said.

“It may become devastating” anywhere between San Antonio and east of Houston, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Runyen in a media briefing just after noon. “It’s a pretty rare event that we have a hurricane this strong that gets caught up and doesn’t just scoot on out of the state.”

ROCKPORT, TX - AUGUST 26: A Rockport firefighter goes door to door on a search and rescue mission as he looks for people that may need help after Hurricane Harvey passed through on August 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas. Harvey made landfall shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, just north of Port Aransas as a Category 4 storm and is being reported as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005. Forecasts call for as much as 30 inches of rain to fall in the next few days. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Harvey’s eye, with winds on its most dangerous east wall reaching 130 mph, hit Rockport about 10 p.m. Friday and overnight moved relatively quickly to the Victoria and Cuero areas, about 50 to 70 miles inland. Then the storm put on the brakes, influenced by a strong high pressure system over the southwestern U.S.

By mid-day Saturday, Harvey was meandering north at a stately 2 mph, with its sustained winds below 75 mph. Meteorologic models vary, with some showing it moving in a “loop de loop,” as Runyen put it, before driving northeast early next week. That exact movement over the next couple of days won’t matter that much, he said, because the storm is expected to remain in that general area.

So Harvey’s broadly spaced rain bands -- including one that throughout Saturday dumped rain on Galveston and a long swath north of there -- will continue to periodically dump torrents over all of southeast Texas as has been the case since Friday night.

Aside from the hurricane winds, which caused serious damage and possible fatalities in Rockport and a few other communities between Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca, by mid-Saturday the Cuero area had gotten 7 to 8 inches of rain, and places in Fort Bend County had already exceeded 10 inches.

The rain totals in Austin, on the edge of the storm, were lighter, with about 3 inches by noon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Houston area has had 4 to 5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Those rains had yet to cause stream or river flooding, according to National Weather Service maps. But the lingering storm could pump as much as another 20 inches of rain into the coastal plains, and the weather service expects flooding in as many as 82 of its gauge stations in southeast Texas. The hardest hit are likely to be Colorado, Guadalupe, San Antonio and Brazos river basins, forecasters said.

Georgia State soccer player suspended over racial slur used on social media

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:35 PM

Georgia State Soccer Player Uses Racial Slur On Social Media, Suspended From Team

Georgia State University soccer player was suspended from the team after she used a racial epithet on social media, school officials said.

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Freshman defender Natalia Martinez’s name was stripped from the team’s online roster after the epithet appeared on her Finsta page, a secret version of Instagram that is growing in popularity among teens.

“We do not tolerate the language the student used in her post,” the university said in a statement.

Associate athletic director Mike Holmes told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officials were made aware of Martinez’s post Friday morning. 

“We are handling the matter internally at the present time,” he said.

According to an online bio, Martinez is from Weston, Florida. Some Georgia State students are petitioning for her expulsion.

“As a progressive, diverse university, we ... feel like this sort of behavior should not be tolerated,” said India Bridgeforth, who created the petition, which already has more than 500 signatures.

Most underrated fried chicken in America named best in new survey

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:42 PM


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There are plenty of reputable options if you want to pull up to a drive-thru and devour some crispy, golden chicken, i.e. KFC and Popeyes. However, an unsuspecting alternative you might have ignored at your last gas tank fill-up has been crowned the true bastion of fried chicken.

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Krispy Krunchy Chicken, established in 1989 in LaFayette, Louisiana, has bested some much more familiar names as Thrillist’s choice for America’s best fried chicken chain. The online entertainment site described the chain’s Cajun-style chicken as “the most underrated item in fast food today.”

KKC, which is typically attached to convenience stores, has more then 2,300 locations in the U.S., Malaysia and American Samoa, according to its site.

Krispy Krunchy doesn’t leave it up to its spicy chicken to do all the work though. Its honey butter biscuits, daubed in honey, Cajun rice balls and macaroni and cheese are also mouthwatering.

The vote of approval was even co-signed by New York-based restaurateur and “Top Chef” contestant Dale Telde.

“Their fried chicken is ill,” he told Thrilllist. “I go there every time that I’m in Miami, and I’m in Miami once per month." 

The Louisiana chicken standard only began expanding outside of its home state in 2000, and its fast-growing franchising is due not only to the winning taste but affordable prices, according to the company’s bio.

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If you haven’t yet tried America’s best fried chicken, according to Thrillist, the site said you need to.

12-year-old charged as adult in armed carjacking at Walmart

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:11 PM

12-year-old Shaquille Dixon, far right, is caught on surveillance video with two other suspects carjacking a woman at gunpoint.
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12-year-old Shaquille Dixon, far right, is caught on surveillance video with two other suspects carjacking a woman at gunpoint.(Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

A 12-year-old boy in Lauderdale Lakes has been charged as an adult in a carjacking last week, Broward County Sheriff deputies said Monday. 

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According to the sheriff’s office, Shaquille Dixon is one of three juveniles who carjacked an elderly woman at gunpoint on Jan. 15 in a Walmart parking lot. 

Surveillance video from the store on North State Road 7 shows Dixon and two other suspects following the woman into the store. When she is done shopping the woman is seen walking to her car, with the suspects close behind. 

Once the woman got to her car, two of the suspects walked up behind her and the other suspect walked around to the front of the car, pointed a gun and demanded the car keys. The woman complied and the suspects fled with the car so quickly, they almost hit the victim. 

Deputies took Dixon into custody on Jan. 19 and he’s facing felony carjacking charges. 

Here’s what the children in the California torture house did to cope with the abuse

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:16 PM

David and Louise Turpin in a court appearance in Riverside County, Calif. The Turpins are facing life behind bars for a series of charges, including torture.
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David and Louise Turpin in a court appearance in Riverside County, Calif. The Turpins are facing life behind bars for a series of charges, including torture.(Associated Press)

Authorities are releasing more information about the California “torture house” where over a dozen children were kept in subhuman conditions by their parents, including that the victims kept journals.

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Though the children in the home, ages 2 to 29, were only allowed to bathe twice a year and eat once a day, they were allowed to write all the time. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said at a press conference on the case that the children kept hundreds of journals and that he believes they will be “very significant” in the upcoming court case, the Desert Sun reported. Hestrin added that he thinks the journals will provide “strong evidence of what occurred in that home.”

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Researchers are also interested in the journals as they detail the first-hand accounts of horrific abuse. One academic told the Desert Sun “There is a good chance that being able to write may have kept them sane. In an interesting way, this may have helped them come to terms with the bizarre world they lived in.” He even compared them to the journals kept by Anne Frank.

The journals could prove valuable for prosecutors as they might provide damning evidence that could be used to cross-examine the parents, David and Louise Turpin. The Turpins are facing life behind bars for a series of charges, including torture.

The journals have not been made public, and law enforcement officials are currently in the process of reviewing them.

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The conditions in the home were unimaginable. The children were reportedly beaten and chained to furniture. Neighbors recalled seeing them marching during the night, and they were almost never allowed outside. They were finally liberated when one girl escaped and managed to find a police officer. She was 17 years old, but her growth was so stunted that police allegedly estimated her to be closer to 10 years old when they first saw her.