Tag: Houston (Tex)

As Coronavirus Slams Houston Hospitals, It’s Like New York ‘All Over Again’

HOUSTON — Over the past week, Dr. Aric Bakshy, an emergency physician at Houston Methodist, had to decide which coronavirus patients he should admit to the increasingly busy hospital and which he could safely send home. To discuss questions like these, he has turned to doctors at hospitals where he trained in New York City […]

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‘Feeling Like Death’: Inside a Houston Hospital Bracing for a Virus Peak

HOUSTON — Melissa Estrada had tried to be so careful about the coronavirus. For months she kept her three children at home, and she always wore a mask at the grocery store. She and her daughter even stitched face coverings for relatives and friends. But over the weekend Ms. Estrada, 37, was fighting the virus […]

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How Texas Swaggered Into a Coronavirus Disaster

HOUSTON — For one brief, delusional moment in early April, I felt a smidgen of support for my governor, Greg Abbott. Sure, part of me thought his plan to reopen the state after just a few weeks of lockdown was cuckoo. Medical experts warned of a surge in coronavirus cases if Texas did just that. […]

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Still Reeling From Oil Plunge, Texas Faces New Threat: Surge in Virus Cases

HOUSTON — Things were looking up for Texas in recent weeks. Oil prices had managed an impressive rebound, more than doubling to just above $40 a barrel. Restaurants and small businesses were opening up in Houston, Dallas and elsewhere. And tens of thousands of people were getting back to work. But a recent surge in […]

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Virus Cases Are Soaring in Texas. But Closing Down Again Is a ‘Last Option.’

HOUSTON — The coronavirus has been testing America’s governors. Few are being squeezed harder than Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas. Mr. Abbott, the governor of the country’s largest Republican-controlled state, reopened Texas in May, eager to be part of President Trump’s push to restart the economy sooner rather than later. But the reopening has backfired, […]

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Probe of Old Drug Cases Raises Questions About 2004 George Floyd Arrest

HOUSTON — In many of Houston’s struggling neighborhoods, a black undercover narcotics officer worked for decades, making bust after bust. He often focused not on drug kingpins, but on those much farther down the supply chain, many of them residents of public housing projects where people still dried their laundry on clotheslines. The officer, Gerald […]

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A Black Cowboy Confronts the Whitewashed History of the West

Op-Docs Larry Callies comes from a long line of black Americans living and working on the frontier. Video transcript Back 0:00/13:53 transcript All I Have to Offer You Is Me Larry Callies comes from a long line of black cowboys living and working on the frontier. [MUSIC PLAYING] (SINGING) There’s a little bit of Charley […]

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‘I Want to Touch the World’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher This episode contains strong language. Nearly 30 years ago, George Perry Floyd Jr. told a high school classmate he would “touch the world” someday. We went to the funeral in Houston of an outsize man who dreamed […]

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Houston Bids Goodbye to George Floyd, Whose Killing Galvanized a Movement

HOUSTON — George Floyd died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis. A thousand miles to the south, in the Texas city where he was raised, two rows of police officers saluted as his coffin went past. Hours before Mr. Floyd’s funeral began at a southwest Houston church, uniformed officers stood between the hearse […]

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George Floyd, From ‘I Want to Touch the World’ to ‘I Can’t Breathe’

HOUSTON — It was the last day of 11th grade at Jack Yates High School in Houston, nearly three decades ago. A group of close friends, on their way home, were contemplating what senior year and beyond would bring. They were black teenagers on the precipice of manhood. What, they asked one another, did they […]

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Texas Inmate Who Spent Nearly 40 Years on Death Row Is Granted Parole

A Texas inmate who spent nearly 40 years on death row and was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that exempts people with intellectual disabilities from being executed was granted parole on Monday. The inmate, Bobby Moore, had been sentenced to death in 1980 in the killing of a supermarket clerk during […]

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Restaurants Nourish Protesters With Food, Supplies and Donations

The Los Angeles chef Josef Centeno woke up early Saturday morning, to find piles of smashed glass and scrawls of graffiti at his downtown restaurants. Like so many businesses, his Bar Amá and Bäco Mercat had been vandalized during protests overnight. Though home improvement stores were running low on plywood, Mr. Centeno tracked some down […]

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U.S. Museums Are Reopening: To See Monet, Don a Mask

You won’t be able to use the drinking fountains, check your coat or eat in the cafe. You will have to wear a mask, submit to a temperature check and agree to leave if you show signs of illness. These are the requirements set by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, when it reopens on […]

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In the Shadows of America’s Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk

This isn’t the first time Vicki Dobbins’s town has been forced to shelter in place. Last year, the Marathon Petroleum refinery that looms over her neighborhood near Detroit emitted a pungent gas, causing nausea and dizziness among neighbors and prompting health officials to warn people to stay inside. When a stay-at-home advisory returned in March, […]

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Will Shopping Ever Be the Same?

When department stores reopen their doors, a familiar whoosh will still greet customers at the entrance: the sudden gust of air-conditioning, the gleam of polished marble floors, the sensation of not really knowing where to start. But beyond the doors, new and unfamiliar sights await: hand-sanitizer dispensers scattered on every surface, employees smizing through their […]

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Houston Police Helicopter Crash Kills 1 Officer and Injures Another

A Houston police officer was killed and another critically injured after their helicopter crashed early Saturday morning as they were responding to a report of bodies in a bayou, the city’s police chief said. The helicopter narrowly missed an apartment building, crashing around 2 a.m. in the complex between a pool house and a palm […]

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For Houston, a One-Two Punch: ‘It’s Going to Be Devastating’

HOUSTON — On the same day that the price for U.S. crude oil fell to about $30 below zero — a mind-bending concept that marked the first time oil prices had ever turned negative — Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, the self-proclaimed energy capital of the world, stood before reporters. His words were grim and […]

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Can Smart Thermometers Track the Spread of the Coronavirus?

Kinsa Health has sold or given away more than a million smart thermometers to households in which two million people reside, and thus can record fevers almost as soon as consumers experience them. The thermometer data “acts as an early warning system for illness spreading,” said Inder Singh, the company’s founder. The C.D.C.’s system lags […]

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The Face of Houston’s Diverse Dining Scene Is a White Guy From Nebraska

HOUSTON — It was Chris Shepherd’s day. Officially, it was Chris Shepherd Southern Smoke Day, as proclaimed by Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, at a presentation inside Mr. Shepherd’s Texas-style gastro pub, the Hay Merchant. On this sweltering October afternoon, Mr. Shepherd had just presided over Southern Smoke, a charity food festival that doubles […]

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‘Everything Is a Black Hole’: Mounting Dread in the Age of Coronavirus

In a Harlem cafe late last week, a woman reading her cellphone sneezed without covering her mouth. On an ordinary day, the fleeting moment would pass barely noticed. But these are not ordinary days. The woman’s downward-directed sneeze, in the narrow confines of PROOF Coffee Roasters on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, set off a silent […]

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Mike Bloomberg Heads South

Inside the celebrated Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma, Ala., on Sunday, Michael Bloomberg looked, as the kids tend to say, shook. Thousands had gathered to mark the anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march in Selma where police brutally beat protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. As Mr. Bloomberg spoke, a small group in […]

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A Police Officer’s Word Convicted Them. Now He’s Charged With Murder.

It started with a drug raid in Houston and a shootout that left two people dead, five police officers wounded and one of them charged with murder, accused of making up information to obtain a warrant. Now 69 people whose prosecutions relied on evidence from that accused officer are likely to have their convictions reversed […]

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‘America Loves India,’ Trump Declares at Rally With Modi

AHMEDABAD, India — President Trump began a two-day visit to India by joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a campaign-style rally in a 110,000-seat cricket stadium that illustrated the populist bond between the two men and impressed a president who revels in spectacle. “America loves India. America respects India,” Mr. Trump said. “And America will […]

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Explosion at Houston Plant Rattles the City, Injuring at Least One Person

One person was injured after a large explosion in Houston jolted residents of the city from their beds in the early hours of Friday morning, blowing out windows and scattering debris across the area, according to local reports. The Houston Police said in a tweet that a building explosion took place at the 4500 block […]

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