Federal Court Finds Baytown's Funky Smell isn't Exxon's Fault

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The illustrious sign of the company in question.

Environmentalists took a swing at oil giant ExxonMobil's Baytown complex way back in February. On Wednesday they found out it was a miss when a federal district court ruled that ExxonMobil's numerous violations of the Clean Air Act couldn't be conclusively linked to the health problems of people living around the company's Baytown refinery.

Specifically, U.S. District Judge David Hittner accepted Exxon's claims that about 10 million pounds of air pollution (comprised, of course, of carcinogens, other toxic pollutants, and respiratory irritants) released in violation of clean air laws could not be conclusively linked to any unpleasant effects in the surrounding communities, according to a statement from Environment Texas and the Sierra Club.

Hittner also accepted Exxon's argument it should not be held responsible for failing to prevent the more than 4,000 separate equipment malfunctions and other events -- an average of more than one a day for eight years -- that each resulted in the release of illegal pollutants from the Baytown Complex from October 2005 through 2010.


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Watch Out; Those Ecstasy Pills You're About to Swallow May Actually Be Meth in Disguise

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You should probably think twice before ingesting those blue and yellow or purple (illicit) pills you scored on the Houston streets recently. While the dude slangin' on the corner may have told you those colorful tabs were ecstasy, it may actually be meth in disguise.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office shut down a couple of major drug labs in northwest Harris County Monday, where investigators say pill manufacturers were whipping up methamphetamine pills but disguising them to look like ecstasy. Not awesome at all.

According to the HCSO, deputies obtained voluntary consent to enter a warehouse on W 34th Street -- which was located right next to a daycare and a church, mind you -- and discovered that it was being used as major drug manufacturing lab.

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Police Extradite Man Accused of Stabbing Wife to Death, Stuffing Her Body in Fridge and Fleeing to Mexico

Categories: Crime

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Patrick Lambert
The man whose wife was found stabbed to death and rotting in a refrigerator earlier this month has been extradited from Mexico and charged with murder.

Police say Patrick Lambert killed his estranged wife, 27-year-old Anastacia Oaikhena-Lambert, stuffed her body in the refrigerator of their Fondren Road apartment, and fled for Mexico with their 11-month-old son, Achilles. County medical examiners last week reported that Oaikhena-Lambert had been stabbed several times in the neck.


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Fan Fighting League! Packers vs Bills In A Frozen Fat Ass Match

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Recently, there was a study performed on binge drinking in the United States, and it yielded some interesting (and perhaps slightly predictable) results.

It turned out that the number one binge drinking state in the country was North Dakota. It was followed closely by Wisconsin. Next was Illinois. Ah, hell, I'll just give you the top ten right here.

They went like this:

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Suspects Arrested, Charged in #Jadapose Rape Case

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Screenshot MSNBC interview with Jada

Two teenage suspects have been arrested in connection with a Houston-area rape that made national headlines after photos of the unconscious girl were posted to Twitter and mocked under the hashtag #Jadapose.

19-year-old Clinton Onyeahialam and an unnamed 16-year-old were arrested earlier this month in connection with the sexual assault of Jada, a Stafford-area girl who was photographed and bullied on social media after allegedly being drugged and raped at a house party in June.

Onyeahialam has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child in connection with the alleged assault, according to HPD. No information is available on the charges against the 16-year-old, who is being referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation officials.

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"Matriarch" of Large-Scale Sex-Trafficking Ring Set For Trial Early Next Year

Categories: Courts, Crime

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The girls were kept in a locked room above the cantina, the door dead-bolted from the outside. The second-floor prison had a bathroom, so the girls would hardly ever need to be let out. Sometimes, they were locked up all day, every day -- once, this stretched on for a month.

The door would only open whenever a "special client" arrived at Las Palmas II, a Telephone Road cantina with a facade brightly painted with a tranquil ocean scene and palm trees. Bar owner Hortencia Medeles-Arguello, also known as La Tencha, or her daughter Delia Diaz would show the customers around the room, explaining which girls had been working at the brothel the longest and which ones were "fresh meat," as if the men were picking cattle.

For the big spenders -- men willing to spend $350 to $500 for an hour with the girls, some as young as 14 years old -- La Tencha had hardly any rules. Anything goes, she told clients -- oral sex, anal sex, slapping and hitting. Just don't strike the girls in the face, she told them. It could depreciate their value.

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The Math Behind the Texans' Improbable 0-13 Streak in Indianapolis

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In a league rife with parity, where any team can beat any other team on virtually any Sunday, the element of sheer luck inherently baked into NFL football makes it statistically almost as difficult to "sustain" long streaks of failure as it is to compile long streaks of success.

Just look at the standings this season. Even the ultra-crappy teams in the league have all won at least two games. Hell, in my football-watching lifetime, I've only seen two winless teams in full NFL seasons (1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2008 Detroit Lions). My point is that even a blind squirrel finds a nut.

Unless that blind squirrel is sporting a Texans jersey and playing the Colts in Indianapolis, in which case the squirrel is working a 13-year streak with no nuts.

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Three Ridiculous Pot Laws in Texas

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Photo by Sids1 via flickr

So, there's more good news on the marijuana legalization front, and this time, it's coming to us straight from the Lone Star state.

This week, Texas State Representative Joe Moody introduced a bill that could potentially reduce the current state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The proposed law, while certainly not blanket legalization for Texas, a la Washington or Colorado, would remove the threat of arrest or jail time, and would also keep the person from having a criminal record for possession, imposing a $100 civil fine instead.

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Cleveland Fans Turn on Johnny Manziel (w/ VIDEO)

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Sunday morning began in Cleveland with anticipation, with hope. Hope that a new day was dawning and that the litany of Browns starting quarterback failures since 1999 was coming to an end.

But alas, three hours, one game....that's all it took for the masses in Cleveland, a desperate horde who'd been clamoring for the replacement of Brian Hoyer and the debut of Johnny Football, to turn heel on Johnny Manziel.

Whether 15 years of ignominious football should give Cleveland fans the right to be impatient is up for debate, but there is no denying this -- Johnny Manziel did nothing to justify the giddiness Cleveland felt at kickoff on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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University of Houston Names Tom Herman Head Football Coach

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If you're looking for a barometer on a college head coach's regime, an indication which way the wind is blowing, it's widely believed that a coach's third season provides the most insight.

At a lot of places, consecutive winning seasons and bowl games in years two and three would be enough for a coach to hold onto his job for at least one more year. However, despite those finishes the last two seasons, there were just enough chinks in Tony Levine's armor (some glaring) and just enough risk of the conference realignment ground shifting underneath them again for the University of Houston to realize that 7-5 just isn't good enough.

Losing to UTSA in the game where you open a new $120 million stadium isn't good enough. Four offensive coordinators in three years isn't good enough. Tony Levine, a good man but in a little too deep as a head coach, just isn't good enough.

And thus, on Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman would take over as the head coach of the U of H football program, set to begin his job once Ohio State is eliminated from the College Football Playoff.

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