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State Rep. Oliveira hospitalized after car crash

State Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, checked into an Austin hospital this morning after a car crash on his way to the Capitol, a spokesman said.

J.J. Garza, Oliveira’s spokesman, said the representative went to the hospital mostly as a precaution and did not appear to have serious injuries.

“He sounded fine. He said his neck hurt, his shoulders hurt--the typical things you would have after an accident. He decided that because he was supposed to get on a plane this afternoon, and technically still is, that he would go and get checked out at the hospital,” he said.

Garza said he did not know how the accident happened or at what time.

More at http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_c8ee1150-9248-11e2-b35c-001a4bcf6878.html .

Conservative radio host slams Joe Scarborough for calling Ted Cruz ‘utterly ignorant’

Hot doesn’t just describe Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s current popularity. The word also captures the tempers of both liberal and conservative pundits and their comments on the freshman senator.

Conservative radio host Mark Levin went after MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough this week after Scarborough the “Morning Joe” host criticized Cruz as “utterly ignorant.” Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, based his assertion on Cruz’s fiery exchange with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein during last week’s Senate Judiciary hearing on assault weapons.

Conservative radio host and author Mark Levin

Levin, a true-red conservative, saw Scarborough’s critique as part of a broader media conspiracy to demonize Cruz.

“You know, ladies and gentlemen, there’s a concerted effort to attack our dear friend Ted Cruz, the great senator from Texas, by all manner of miscreant, malcontent lightweights. But there’s one in particular, on MSLSD,” Levin said, referring to the liberal-leaning television network, MSNBC.

More at http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/03/conservative-radio-host-slams-joe-scarborough-for-calling-ted-cruz-utterly-ignorant/ .

Rejected license plates in Texas

Texans love to express themselves, but a few have crossed the line with license plates. Here are more than two dozen rejected plates.



A Mexican-American citizen called out state officials for rejecting this vanity license plate application. Check out his argument for the message, and see dozens of other rejected plates.

See the gallery here: http://www.chron.com/cars/gallery/Rejected-license-plates-in-Texas-58735.php

GOP stalwart Tom Pauken to run for governor, says Texas needs “a different style of leadership”

Former Texas Republican chairman Tom Pauken will file today for governor, challenging for the job now held by Gov. Rick Perry. Pauken is a former Reagan administration official who most recently served as Perry’s appointee to head the Texas Workforce Commission. He resigned this month and says Texas needs a new kind of leader who will revamp public education, end crony capitalism and solve problems, not divide people. Perry hasn’t said whether he will seek reelection next year. Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is looking at the 2014 governor’s race as well.

Pauken says his candidacy is not a slap at Perry. But the decision underscores a larger, growing dissatisfaction with the Republican governor after more than a decade in office. A coaliton of legislators is pushing back against a host of Perry policies and the state cancer-fighting agency is under criminal investigation for improperly dispensing taxpayer money.

The Dallas lawyer and long-time Republican stalwart says state government has for too long neglected transportation needs, boosted bonded indebtedness, failed public education and dispensed taxpayer money in questionable ways, sometimes to politically well-connected interests. He particularly singled out the cancer-research agency currently embroiled in controversy over giving millions of dollars without required scientific vetting. He says he’s against crony-capitalism whether in the Obama adminsitration in Washington or in Austin. He wants to end the Robin Hood transfer of money from property-rich school districts to property-poor districts. He says the state can make up the difference in a “revenue neutral” way by replacing that portion of property taxes with consumption taxes or expanding the sales tax. As Workforce Commissioner, Pauken championed giving high school students different paths to graduate, including more emphasis on vocational education for students who aren’t going to college.

A Vietnam veteran and political conservative, Pauken was tapped by President Reagan to head the community-services ACTION agency, where Pauken developed a reputation as a consevative administrator. He is the author of a book, Bringing America Home, in which he argues that the George W. Bush administration squandered the conservative political capital of the Goldwater-Reagan years. “I was part of the Reagan revolution. And what passes for conservatism these days very often are 30-second sound bites and political consultant-driven phrases. It’s great at dividing people, but it doesn’t get things done.”

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/03/gop-stalwart-tom-pauken-to-run-for-governor-says-texas-needs-a-different-style-of-leadership.html/ .

Former UT regent pledges $25M to business school

Dallas businessman and former University of Texas System regent Robert B. Rowling has pledged $25 million toward construction of a new business school building at the Austin flagship, officials announced Thursday.

Robert B. Rowling Hall will house graduate programs of the McCombs School of Business, and it will also expand conference and executive education capacity. It will be built on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Guadalupe Street, just west of UT’s AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

The gift — Rowling’s wife, Terry Hennersdorf Rowling, and their family are listed along with him as donors — makes a considerable dent in the university’s newly launched effort to raise $58.3 million in donations to help underwrite the new graduate building.

“Bob Rowling already has served his alma mater at the highest levels of volunteer leadership, and with this gift, he and Terry enter the pantheon of the university’s most historically significant supporters,” UT President Bill Powers said in a statement.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/former-ut-regent-pledges-25-million-to-business-sc/nWy9S/ .

Too ill to travel, Hawking will appear in Houston by video

Source: Houston Chronicle

Stephen Hawking, a brilliant theoretical physicist and putatively the world's most famous living scientist, is too ill to travel to Houston from Britain for a public lecture.

Doctors would not allow trans-Atlantic travel for the 71-year-old, who has lived for half a century with a motor neuron disease.

"He is in frail condition, and his doctors have very specifically forbid him from traveling across the Atlantic Ocean," said Scott Brogan, the founding and executive director of the Brilliant Lecture Series, which organized the talk to be given Tuesday night at Jones Hall.

"He feels horrible about not being able to be here personally."

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Too-ill-to-travel-Hawking-will-appear-in-Houston-4370939.php



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Too ill to travel, Hawking will appear in Houston by video

Stephen Hawking, a brilliant theoretical physicist and putatively the world's most famous living scientist, is too ill to travel to Houston from Britain for a public lecture.

Doctors would not allow trans-Atlantic travel for the 71-year-old, who has lived for half a century with a motor neuron disease.

"He is in frail condition, and his doctors have very specifically forbid him from traveling across the Atlantic Ocean," said Scott Brogan, the founding and executive director of the Brilliant Lecture Series, which organized the talk to be given Tuesday night at Jones Hall.

"He feels horrible about not being able to be here personally."

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Too-ill-to-travel-Hawking-will-appear-in-Houston-4370939.php .

Coastal insurer could be headed for receivership

The insurer of last resort for virtually all property owners along the Texas coast is considering going into receivership, a move just short of bankruptcy.

If officials for the quasi-governmental Texas Windstorm Insurance Association decide to pursue receivership, it could leave many coastal residents and businesses with no coverage as the summer storm season looms. It would also throw into question millions of dollars in pending claims from past hurricanes and potentially hamstring growth along the coast.

“To me, receivership is the last possible step that anyone should be talking about, ” said state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi. “Some people liken it to bankruptcy. To me, receivership is inappropriate, and it is the wrong thing to do. Receivership could have financial implications for homeowners and commercial property throughout 14 coastal counties.”

TWIA, as it is commonly called, was created by the Texas Legislature in 1971 to provide windstorm and hail coverage to people unable to get insurance from the voluntary insurance market. The association insures against windstorm damage, and it has been struggling with solvency since it was hit with a barrage of lawsuits after Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas coast in 2008.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/coastal-insurer-could-be-headed-for-receivership/nWymS/ .

[font color=green]If TWIA falls into receivership, then claims that are currently filed but not paid may receive a fraction of the total loss. Current policyholders may find themselves with insufficient coverage which could cause foreclosures. The economic vibrancy of the entire coastal region could be in jeopardy as new construction projects grind to a halt due to the lack of underwriting capacity or increased premiums.

One of the funding mechanisms being considered to keep TWIA afloat is Senate Bill 1700 proposed by Larry Taylor (R)--Friendswood. This bill would backstop the coastal policies for this coming hurricane season with a $4 billion special assessment on insurance carriers and reinsurance companies which will certainly entail premium increases in the coastal area and most likely statewide.

Let us hope that the state does not suffer a hurricane this upcoming season or our Tea-publican representatives are going to appear very hypocritical voting for federal disaster relief aid after casting no votes on the New Jersey/New York relief package. Our Tea-publican state officials are not in a much better political position either.[/font]

Porn legend Harry Reems dead at 65

(CNN) -

Harry Reems, the porn star best known for playing Dr. Young in the 1972 adult film classic "Deep Throat," died Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman at a Salt Lake City hospital. Reems, whose real name was Herbert Streicher, was 65.

Reems, who appeared in numerous pornographic films in the 1970s and '80s, was a pioneer whose battle for First Amendment rights paved the way for the adult film industry to enter the mainstream, said fellow actor Ron Jeremy.

Jill Atwood, spokeswoman for George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, would not disclose the cause of death for privacy reasons.

Reems' big break came in 1972 on the set of "Deep Throat" when the actor cast to play the feisty Dr. Young failed to show up for filming. Reems was promoted from extra to co-star, which meant an unforgettable sex scene with leading lady Linda Lovelace.

More at http://www.ksat.com/entertainment/Porn-legend-Harry-Reems-dead-at-65/-/477994/19400500/-/nw45hd/-/index.html

Bloody Tide: How Puerto Rico Affects the U.S.

Ramos's killing was just one in a relentless wave of murders in Puerto Rico over the past three years. In 2011, the tiny island's record 1,136 killings put it on par with civil-war zones such as the Congo and Sudan in terms of murders per capita. Last year was little better. And in the past four months, a series of particularly horrific slayings has terrorized the tropical paradise. First, boricua boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho was mysteriously gunned down in November. Two weeks later, a well-known publicist was kidnapped, set on fire and beaten to death. And just last month, a gangster ran his car over an entire family, killing six.

Ramos's death in the heart of the city during the crowded SanSe fiesta was the most brazen and symbolic slaying yet. It signaled to the world what Puerto Ricans have known for several years: The "Isle of Enchantment" has become bewitched by violence. A crackdown on drugs coming across the Mexican border has only pushed contraband through the Caribbean, transforming the American commonwealth into the newest nexus for narcotraffickers.

"If this were anywhere else in the States, it would have created a national security crisis by now," Puerto Rico's police chief, Hector Pesquera, says of the sky-high murder rate, roughly seven times the national average. "But we are out of sight and out of mind."

When Luis "Jerry" Roque, a cook at Houston's Tex-Chick Puerto Rican restaurant, hears these stories, he simply nods, tossing his eyes to the side and affirming that, sí, it's that bad. He notes that these murders — these street deaths, as he calls them — are something everyone on Puerto Rico, whose population is just over half the size of greater Houston, knows about.


http://www.houstonpress.com/2013-03-21/news/puerto-rico-blowback/
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