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Marcus: Obama's legal transparency a laudable move

chron.com — Ruth Marcus says the president's action on immigration offers the public much-needed insight on how the Office of Legal Counsel operates. [...] in the case of executive actions on immigration, OLC found that the Department of Homeland Security had authority, in the traditional exercise of prosecutorial discretion, to give priority to some deportations over others, and also to allow the parents of U.S.
Nov 23, 2014

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Pitts: Bill Cosby, serial rapist? That's a lot to forgive

chron.com — Bill Cosby, serial rapist? Leonard Pitts Jr. says the growing allegations do not just 'tarnish' the legacy of this man we thought we knew. Namely, renewed accusations that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist. Bill Cosby, the sleek secret agent who wisecracked with Robert Culp as they fought the Cold War on "I Spy."
Nov 23, 2014

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Editorial: Too Ebola-focused

chron.com — According to Dr. Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, these other tropical diseases afflict some 12 million people in the United States. Hotez told the Chronicle last week that the Obama administration's $6-billion-plus emergency funding request is "too Ebola-focused" and that Washington also should be directing efforts to eradicate the more mundane diseases.

Editorial: Just pass a bill

chron.com — that a couple of days have passed since President Barack Obama issued his controversial executive order protecting millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, we feel obligated to note that the union still stands, the Constitution is intact and "illiterates" among us - to borrow an infelicitous term from Rep.

Boston bombing victim going home after amputation

chron.com — Boston bombing victim going home after amputation KATY, Texas (AP) â€" A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year.
Nov 22, 2014

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Weekend Update: Showers, storms still on track for later today

blog.chron.com — Much of central, southern and east Texas, including the Houston metro area, remains on track to see storms and potentially severe weather later today and tonight. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed much of southern Texas , including the southern half of the Houston metro area, under a slight risk today for tornadoes, hail and very strong winds as a storm system moves through.

Strong quake in west China kills 2; 54 hurt

chron.com — BEIJING (AP) â€" A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, killing at least two people, injuring 54 others and collapsing homes, officials said Sunday. The Sichuan provincial government information office said on its microblog Sunday that the death toll had risen to two with 54 injured.

Guide to the game: Players to watch and key questions for Texans-Bengals matchup

blog.chron.com — Johnathan Joseph, Texans cornerback He'll be focused on Bengals receiver A.J. Green. Joseph is coming off an outstanding performance in the victory at Cleveland. He's having a good season. He's covered well and has been solid against the run. He's under a lot of pressure to keep up with the talented Green.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @ChronBrianSmith: .@McClain_on_NFL Guide to the game: Players to watch and key questions for Texans-Bengals matchup blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans…

Nov 22, 2014

.@McClain_on_NFL Guide to the game: Players to watch and key questions for Texans-Bengals matchup blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans…

Now a Maverick, former Rockets fan favorite Chandler Parsons holds no grudge

blog.chron.com — When Chandler Parsons walked into Toyota Center on Saturday before the Rockets hosted the Mavericks, he did a double-take, looking down a long hallway toward the home team's locker room. Instead of walking down the hallway he walked countless times the past three seasons, he made a left and walked into the Dallas locker room to join his new team.
Nov 22, 2014

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Kleinschmidt to resign for job at agriculture department

blog.chron.com — AUSTIN - State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, R-Lexington, is stepping down to become general counsel for the Texas Department of Agriculture. Kleinschmidt, who easily won a fourth term earlier this month, plans to start the new job on Jan. 14, a day after the Legislature reconvenes.
Nov 22, 2014

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Abuse complaints piled up against W.Va. school

chron.com — (AP) â€" A former West Virginia boarding school for troubled youths was named in more than a dozen complaints of abuse and mistreatment over the past five years, one involving a student who allegedly volunteered a younger sibling to other residents for sex, according to an Associated Press review of state records.

Man dies after being pinned by taco truck outside Channelview club

chron.com — Jose Patino, who was parked in his Ford Taurus facing the taco stand, "made an unsafe start from a stop" and drove into Garcia-Chavez, pinning him between the car and the taco stand, according to an HCSO press release.

1 dead in NW Houston shooting

chron.com — According to police, three men in a black SUV pulled into the driveway of a home on the 3200 block of Proswimmer Street at about 4 p.m. Gloria Johnson, who lives two doors down from the site of the shooting, was taking a nap Friday afternoon, and woke to find her yard blocked off with crime tape, and a flood of police officers and onlookers in the street outside her house.
Nov 22, 2014

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Bill O’Brien pleased with Texans’ recent practices

blog.chron.com — Bill O'Brien hadn't been overly pleased with the Texans' Wednesday workout, but he has liked what he has seen since. "We've had some good energy, especially the last two days," he said. "They were flying around out there today, which was good to see.

Think J.J. Watt’s TDs are flukes? Check his pregame routine

blog.chron.com — Part of J.J. Watt's pregame routine is to practice catching balls one-handed, probably not something a lot of defensive ends in NFL history have spent much time working on. "I've been doing that for a few years now," Watt explains.

Caswell, Gatlin, Floyd to partner in downtown barbecue joint

blog.chron.com — Next baseball season the smell of barbecue will float over Minute Maid Park, and Astros fans will be able to chow down on smoky ribs only a block from the ball park thanks to a few of Houston's most popular restaurateurs.
Nov 21, 2014

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Nov 21, 2014

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After lengthy debate, SBOE OKs social studies textbooks

chron.com — After a lengthy debate over hundreds of last-minute changes and tweaks submitted this week, the State Board of Education on Friday voted to approve 89 new social studies instructional materials across multiple subjects. The vote marked the culmination of months of heated public debate over what should be taught in history, economics, government and geography classrooms across the state.

Former Oilers QB Pastorini calls DEA search ‘humerous,’ says ‘there has been a drug problem in the NFL for years’

blog.chron.com — Dan Pastorini, during his tenure Houston as Oilers quarterback from 1971 through 1979, was one of the most popular players in the city's history, renowned for his ability to play with cracked ribs and shoulder injuries.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @ChronBrianSmith: Former Oilers QB Pastorini calls DEA search 'humorous,' says 'there has been a drug problem in the NFL for years' blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans…

Nov 22, 2014

Former Oilers QB Pastorini calls DEA search 'humorous,' says 'there has been a drug problem in the NFL for years' blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans…

The Sports Update: Robertson and Smith on the Texans’ Week 12 matchup with the Bengals

blog.chron.com — Texans beat writers Dale Robertson and Brian T. Smith preview Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium. Please enable JavaScript to view the Featured Perspectives by Versa.