City Attorney David Feldman Announces Resignation

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City of Houston
David Feldman
Sticking to the long-held practice of politicians releasing uncomfortable news on a Friday evening, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today that her top legal brain has tendered his resignation.

City Attorney David Feldman, who joined the Parker administration in 2010, will resign effective January 16, 2015, according to a release from Parker's office. "Dave has provided great legal counsel for me and the entire City of Houston since his arrival nearly five years ago," Parker said in a statement. "His legal acumen is unmatched. Without his assistance, we would not have been able to accomplish many of my administration's priorities. I wish him the best of luck as he begins this new phase of his professional life. He will be missed at my executive staff table."

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Appeals Court Overturns "Stand Your Ground" Case Because Jury Instructions Were Too Confusing

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Robert Nelson via Flickr creative commons

By most accounts, Raul Rodriguez was looking for a fight the night of May 2, 2010.

Pete Fornols, who lived next door to the retired firefighter, testified in court how Rodriguez called him numerous times that evening, seething about a loud party down the block in their rural northeast Harris County neighborhood. Rodriguez eventually stopped by Fornols' house, "rambling on about the noise" coming from Kelly Danaher's place, Fornols testified.

Rodriguez seemed aggressive, the neighbor said. "His eyes were bulgy, and he was in a -- almost like a frantic state, like, you know, he was just about to pop."


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College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

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If you're a Texan fan, and for some reason you decided to take a nap around kickoff last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts (and I can't imagine why you would, other than the outcome of Texans games in Indy seems to be predetermined), and then woke up on Tuesday morning, it had to be a pretty jarring experience.

I mean, when you decided to take your forty winks, Ryan Fitzpatrick was your starting quarterback and Tom Savage was waiting in the wings. When you woke up on Tuesday morning, Case Keenum was a Houston Texan again and you were forced to surf Thad Lewis YouTube videos to find out who in the hell he is.

This had to be how the guys in The Hangover felt when they found the tiger in the bathroom, right?

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Why Does Quanell X Support Some Rape Victims But Shame Others?

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MSNBC Video Screenshot

Quanell X, community leader and head of the New Black Panthers, is probably a good ally to have on your side if you're a crime victim. After all, the man quite obviously knows how to grab headlines. His innate showmanship -- that keen ability to lure in the media -- is what helps him bring attention to cases that aren't as visible in the first place.

But Quanell's ability to draw national attention isn't always a good thing. Not when it comes to his handling of rape victims, anyway.

You see, in recent years, there have been two nationally-reported rape cases in which Quanell has spoken out. In both cases, the victims were very young girls. Both girls were minorities -- one Black, the other Hispanic -- and unfortunately, both rapes were very brutal.

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Trying to Turn Around the Historical Disaster That Is Rice Basketball

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John Royal
Rice basketball doesn't really have a lot to brag about.
It's a dreary Saturday evening in early December. The 1-6 Rice Owls are hosting the St. Edwards Hilltoppers, a Division II college from Austin. The Hilltoppers are supposed to be a patsy, one of those obscure schools that fill out a schedule so the big school can get the easy win.

The game's a struggle for the Owls, though, as have been all the games this season. The team's undersized, the roster's small and the players aren't quite talented enough to play the full-court fast-break offense preferred by new head coach Mike Rhoades. So he's slowed the game up a bit, with lots of passing and running a slower half-court offense. The Owls get tons of great shots with open looks that players die for. It's just that they miss these shots time and time again, allowing the Hilltoppers to stay in the game.

The Owls eventually pull out the 54-49 win. Sophomore big man Andrew Drone leads the team with 14 points and nine rebounds, and the Owls, heading into the finals break, have their second win of the season. It's not pretty, but it's not about being pretty this season. The Owls will take the win, any win, this season, beauty be damned. Especially after so many of their losses this season have been close and somewhat down to the wire.


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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 West 34th Street -- which was located right next to a daycare and a church, mind you -- and discovered that it was being used as a 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 No. 1 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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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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