40 Burst results for "Houston"
Fresh update on "houston" discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"That's not crazy, right? I mean, this is a guy who to get to the level he got to as a basketball player. You're obviously competitive person. So he just wants to compete. He wants to be out there, he's been a starter, probably. My guess is basically his entire life as a basketball player. He's probably always been one of the best players on his teams and has started. So that part doesn't surprise me. It doesn't surprise me that the rockets are like, yeah, we're not so cool with that. Like we're happy to play you 15, 20 minutes a night off the bench, but starting, not really where we want to go. I think the suggestion which is the tweed that you reference a wall replied to and said that's a lie. That suggestion was he wants to start have a green light and basically be allowed to do whatever he wants. That's probably going way too far with things. My guess is he wants the opportunity to compete and start. The rockets are we'll play you basically in place of DJ Augustine and play you know 15, 20 minutes a night as a backup and go there and he doesn't want to do that. So they can guess what it is at this point. That does make some sense. That's the way this is going. But we'll see what happens with what John wall in the long run here if he is able to get back out on the floor and if they can iron things out with the Houston Rockets or might the NBA step in if the rocket's just refused to put him back out there. We'll see where this goes. Another former star one that you're very familiar with Keith Isiah Thomas. And led the U.S. to an open World Cup qualifying win. Now I haven't been following this this tournament that much or any anything like that. But just Isiah Thomas popping up as being a name that was helping lead the team to a win. I mean, that's pretty amazing, considering what he's been through at this point. Yeah, it's really cool. So what they did was because obviously NBA players are not available to go through the World Cup qualifying. These are qualifiers for the 2023 feeble World Cup. So what they did was they pulled a whole bunch of guys out of the G league. And then they reached out to a couple other veteran players. Isaiah Thomas being one of them. And Isiah Thomas is joined the team before training camp started and is playing now with the team in these qualifiers. He had a big game scored 21 points. Big fourth quarter and hit a huge three pointer, which basically sealed the game. And it was Celtics fans will get this one. He was on the Celtics PA announcer as they do, right? They all have these packed calls for their players. Whenever he would hit a big three pointer, was, IT for three. And when I saw it that he instantly, like I heard it in my head, Eddie palladino, the Celtics PA guy. I could hear it. So super cool for him. Also notable after the game, Isiah Thomas said his goal remains to get back into the NBA. That's what he wants to do, what he's always happy to wear the Team USA Jersey whenever he can because he did this before for the team and qualifiers as well. But what he is his bigger point was, I am, I forget how he put it exactly someone to paraphrase it slightly, but if an NBA opportunity doesn't come, I may need to look overseas. And that has been something he's been reluctant to do to this point..
Illinois families of 2 killed at concert file lawsuits
"There's been another lawsuit filed in connection with the deadly astroworld concert in Houston this is being filed by the family of two close friends from suburban Chicago who ended up dead at the show from the crowd surge and among those it targets is Travis Scott the rapper who set sparked that deadly crash toward the front of the stage also named our live nation entertainment and other companies and all ten people died and hundreds were injured when a crowd pushed concert goers forward crushing and trampling many of them the
Fresh update on "houston" discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"Think this will be kind of fun to see where this goes for the bucks with DeMarcus cousins is going to be a one year non guaranteed contract, so Milwaukee will be able to get out of it, contracts don't fully guarantee until January 10th. So they've basically get a month ish month and a half ish look at cousins and then we'll see where it goes from there. A little more minor move. They also signed javonte smart two two way deal in wave Justin Robinson. So the box just smart was filling it up in the G league. I know people may not know he played summer league with the Miami Heat in them went to also did preseason with the heat. And in the G league in 5 GE games, 22 points per game on 48% from the field and 39% from three. So that's a that seems to be me one where the bucks more. We like this guy. We'd like to get him in. And not have not risk somebody else snapping on him up later. So good news. Hey, follow up from woj on Joe Harris. His agent Mark bogle Steen tells ESPN Harris is expected to miss four to 8 weeks. So yeah, so let's do some math here, right? So we're talking Christmas on the front end. And then we're talking sometime in late January on the back end. So yes, so you're basically going to push this up to really kind of interesting spot here. So very curious to see which end this really goes as a closer to the floor, close to the something in the middle, but yeah, I would say sometime into the well into the holidays before we're going to see Joe air skin. Tough blow for the nets right now. One player, another former star who is trying to get back out on the court, John wall. Didn't meet with the Houston Rockets, but apparently there is a disagreement over exactly what his role would be if he comes back. Now Walt did respond to this on Twitter. I saw him he responded to an account. I don't remember who it was, but basically suggesting that this was not true or something to that effect, but still there's something going on here, according to words to hold up is a difference in opinion in what walls role would be wall wants to start. The rockets want him to come off the bench. I mean, it's tough. If you're in John wall's situation because if you start coming off the bench now, teams are going to see you as a bench player that can impact you moving forward. I understand is reluctance to do that. He's always been a starter talent wise. He probably should be a starter on this rockets team. But they're not trying to win games right now. So that changes the equation. I don't know where this is, this is headed. I mean, it should be headed to a divorce here, right? Wall should be leaving the rockets, but that salary, you can't move it. And if he's not going to give back a bunch in a buyout, they're kind of stuck with each other. Yeah, we've covered that kind of ad nausea. 91 million. That's not going anywhere, where would that? So yeah, I think the challenge with this situation is, what we're hearing is the kind of Cold War reports are wall wants to start once to play. A good amount or wants at least the opportunity to compete for starting job and those kind.
Wisconsin holds off No. 12 Houston with 65-63 upset
"Wisconsin blew most of a twenty point halftime lead before eking out a sixty five sixty three upset over twelfth ranked Houston in the Maui invitational semifinals Johnny Davis scored a career high thirty points on ten of eighteen from the floor including four of seven from three point range Tyler wall chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds while Brad Davison also had nine points for the foreign one badgers Kyler Edwards had a team high eighteen points for the Cougars including a three pointer that got Houston within two in the final minute Edwards hit five treys in the second half but the Cougars fell to foreign one I'm Dave Ferrie
Fresh update on "houston" discussed on Strong Opinion Sports
"Basically Big Ben handed Cincinnati 17 points. Bad game for him. I don't love to see that and I just Big Ben was doing well. He had a great game last week. They lost, but he played fantastic and big men did not look good. In this game. Okay, number 7, let's talk about the jets quarterback, Zach Wilson. The jets actually won, they beat Houston 21 to 14 John Franklin Myers had an awesome interception. It was pretty sweet. He had a tip to screen pass, picked it off. He had two sacks, but the jets rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson was 14 for 24 passing for a 145 yards and an interception. The interception, I kind of felt bad for him on it was he was scrambling trying to make a play, he tried to throw a shovel pass to his running back and bounce off his back, got picked off. That's rough. But look, the reality, when you look at the year that Zack Wilson has had been injured, not played great. He's had one good game. All year, he had the great game where they beat Tennessee and overtime. But look back on the years act Wilson has had he has four touchdown passes and ten, ten interceptions. And I get it. He's a rookie. I get it. He is a jets quarterback. He's got a lot of disadvantages going on. But I'm wondering when is Zach Wilson going to show why he was the number two overall pick? I've been waiting. I've been waiting. And I love the guy, and even I am losing patience. I can not imagine how the jets fans feel. Right in, let me know. Are you like me? Going like, when is this guy going to Mac Jones is killing it in your division? Trevor Lawrence is that moment he's look good. Trey Lance isn't playing, that's fine. Justin Fields is that moments, but Zach Wilson is the guy that I just I'm like, dude, I get it, I get, look, rookie quarterback, jets quarterback, disadvantages, but when are we gonna see? Why the jets made Zach Wilson the number two overall pick? Houston. They played Houston this week. One of the worst defenses in the NFL..
Don't Miss Bill O'Reilly's Limited Engagement National Tour With President Trump
"Bill O'Reilly Bill welcome back to the show How you doing Doing all right sir Welcome back So before we get to the questions here you have a tour with president Trump going on Bill O'Reilly dot com Tell us a little bit about it So we got four dates beginning in December 11th and for loaded in Florida Live arena for the Panthers play Next day in Orlando And then the win next weekend we open in Houston on the 18th of December and the 19th of the American Airlines center in Dallas So I just talked to Santa Claus He says he can't talk that he can not get top it can not no that's not Cole either right That's the real deal No coal there right Yeah greatest Christmas gift ever But it takes on Dan as you know More important now because of the collapse of the Biden administration So the reason I can see this in the first place is that I am a historian story in journalist And Iowa I looked at back about the four years that Trump is in the Oval Office I don't know what he did Because it was never reported It was always like let's kill him or let's make him a saint So you never really got the nuts and bolts of How did he get the facts How did he destroy ISIS What's up with Putin and Xi all of those specific things And that's what the tour is It will be a once in a lifetime We've sold about 30,000 tickets already but if you go to Bill O'Reilly dot com I'll link you right over to whatever box office you want And I really appreciate you mentioned it Dan very nice
Fresh update on "houston" discussed on Bloomberg Daybreak
"John stasher All right John the Giants still in last place in the NFC east but incredibly they're also just one game out of a playoff spot They have at least figured out ways to win at home Their third one in a row at MetLife was 13 to 7 over Philadelphia appropriately on the day they honored Hall of Famer Michael Strahan They won with defense They intercepted Jalen hurts three times at a huge fumble recovery with a minute and a half to go The only giants touchdown scored by relative unknown Chris myrick he somehow secured the catch against his leg giants only scored two TDs over their last two games and both were catches by guys who had never before caught a pass last week it was the tackle Andrew Thomas The jets in Houston Welcome back their starting quarterback Scott Wilson set to take the snap and does It's a quarterback team He runs right cuts it back to the left Guys for the go on He's in That's a jet touchdown A great middle cut back run by Zach Wilson.
Texans snap 8-game skid, end Titans' 6-game streak 22-13
"Houston quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for just one hundred seven yards but ran for two touchdowns as a Texan snap NFL's longest active losing streak beating the Tennessee Titans twenty two to thirteen the Texans came in having lost eight straight since winning their season opener Desmond king had two of the Texans for interceptions three of those came in the fourth quarter stuffing out Titans attempts at a rally Houston turn those into fumbled punt into thirteen points Tennessee drops to eight and three on the season but the Titans remain atop the AFC south and still have the best record in the conference I'm Ben Thomas
Fresh update on "houston" discussed on Bloomberg Daybreak
"Scored one touchdown First and goal at the one Ingram jogs in motion to the right thumbs down Jones back to throw looks left throws lock completes it for the touchdown The eagles say no and no single yes touchdown Chris myrick signed off the practice squad gets the touchdown At the same Chris my record grew up in Philly went to college There a temple and who had never before caught a pass in an NFL game he secured this one by pressing the ball against his leg prevented him from hitting the ground giants defense forced four turnovers They beat the eagles at MetLife 13 to 7 to get some revenge on the team that lost some say tanked the last game last season keeping the giant from the playoffs Jacks trailed 14 to three at Houston scored the last 18 points to win 21 18.
Houston officials pick internal review of Astroworld tragedy
"We're learning more about how the astroworld crowned crush investigation will be done there will not be an independent probe into the disastrous crowd surge that killed ten people and injured hundreds of others at Houston music festival earlier this month Houston area officials are going to do it themselves rejecting calls for an independent investigation into what happened instead officials have chosen the top elected official in the area to run the probe Harris County judge Lena hill Dogo was the one who proposed a third party program the first place instead now she will be working with other city and county entities to review the security and safety plans for the event that was headlined by rapper Travis Scott I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
Dallas boy, 9, is youngest of 10 killed at Houston festival
"The death toll has climbed in the actual world music festival tragedy the latest victim of the crowd surge at the Houston music festival ten days ago is also the youngest as Roy Blount was just nine years old he had been in a medically induced coma since the night of the show after suffering severe damage to his brain kidney and liver his father said he had the boy on his shoulders when the crowd surge he Tristen Blau says he lost consciousness and when he came to he could not find his son he eventually found him at a hospital suffering from the very injuries that have now in this life I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
Fox's Brian Kilmeade Discusses His New Book 'The President and the Freedom Fighter'
"I'm talking to Brian kill me, you may know him from fox and friends, but he's written a lot of books. This one is called the president and the freedom fighter Abraham Lincoln Frederick Douglass in their battle to save America's soul. America soul could use a little saving right now. But we're not going to talk about that. What made you want to write a book combining these two figures? Well, I was looking for the last time I was here. You kind enough to interview me about Sam Houston, the Alamo Avengers. So I try to find an angle not plowed and the Alamo is, but San jacinto isn't 9 months later he ends up taking him out as San jacinto beating Santa Anna in 17 minutes because Texans know it, but the rest of the world. So I go, what's next? The Mexican war, I didn't think had enough. My opinion, I'm sure there's a lot there with Lee in the quartermaster grant and the fact that these generals fought on the same side and then years later, they'd be trying to kill each other and a lot of them successfully. I said, all right, the Civil War. What could I do that's not plowed ground from Ken burns a series to the remarkable book, David blight wrote about Frederick Douglas Scott? I think the book of the year, 5 years ago. And then what about Lincoln? I literally you and I gave the same situation. We get books about linking to our desks all the time, and they're all great. I'm waiting for nobody who's written been written about more. It's like maybe three people like who've written about Napoleon Jesus, Lincoln. I mean, I don't know how many books have been written about Lincoln. So yeah, what do you do for a fresh angle on the Civil War? So what I wanted to do is also I didn't mind tackling race, but I wanted to do it through quotes, not opinion. And racist never left the news, Black Lives Matter is raging at the time. And then you have you have a situation where as late as Condoleezza and rice Condoleezza Rice on the view, having to defend herself growing up in a Jim Crow south who knew all about racism, but grew up as his conservatives says, don't ever let it be an excuse. So I said, what have I talk about their parallel lives to the degree in which they read a lot of the same books? Did they overcame incredible obstacles? Nothing like Frederick Douglass. I get it. The guy was enslaved until he was in his 20 years old, two tries, got out in the second time within 7 years has a biography. It's a bestseller, and then starts a world tour and becomes famous in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and England. This guy was a slave ten years before, but decides to come back to America because his 4 million enslaved 350,000 slave owners and he sees potential in this guy Lincoln and the Republican Party that we're finally ready to do
Texas A&M student hurt at Astroworld dies; death toll at 9
"A ninth person has died from last week's music festival in Houston twenty two year old body shop Hani was supposed to graduate from Texas a and M. university in the spring she and her sister number Roger we're at the Astor world festival they were holding hands then came the crush of fans once that happens the next time I saw her she was in the E. R. unconscious on until later Travis Scott was the headliner his representative say he is distraught by the situation and has been trying to connect with the affected families Johnny's mother charisma is also distraught I don't know what they're going to be may be badly Scott's attorneys have said he did not know about the deaths and injuries until after the show I'm at Donahue
Nurse attending Astroworld concert recounts effort to save lives
"Houston officials are seeking answers as the investigation into the astro world disaster continues Houston police chief Troy finner says it was up to concert promoter live nation to secure the mosh pits in front of the stage with Travis Scott was performing on Friday night but he says getting accurate information about security plans has been hard to come by Fenner says the staffing records that have been handed over to his office so far are quote just not good and he says more information is needed at the same time he says he is not placing blame about what went sideways at the show the Houston police department is heading up the investigation into the carnage and fender says
Rapper's rowdy past raises red flags in Astroworld lawsuits
"As the threat of legal action stemming from the astral world music festival continues to rise some legal experts say Travis Scott's performance history will come under more scrutiny if you see a Travis Scott performance you know it's not the kind of show we just sit back chill and enjoy the music he wants his fans to be boisterous and that could be a problem for Scott in lawsuits that are filed over the Houston tragedy legal experts say his history of calling on fans to surge forward in indulging marching may work against them in court especially since god has already pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from his efforts to fire up fans in the past legal experts also say Scott's history with crowds can also pose a problem for the companies that planned and manage the show there have already been lawsuits filed against Scott and others associated with the Houston show at certain more will come lawyers say Hey outs on those suits could end up costing hundreds of millions of dollars I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
Travis Scott superfan traumatized by Astroworld Festival experience: 'I can't support Travis anymore'
"Calls for an independent review into the Travis Scott rap concert as Houston police continue to investigate how eight people ended up dead and hundreds more injured Houston police and fire were deeply involved in safety measures for the music festival now the city's police department is leading the criminal investigation were us surging crowd killed eight people as video on social media shows many at the concert trying to get the performance to stop the county's top elected official is calling for a separate independent review crowd safety experts say outsiders could help avoid conflicts Harris County which owns the venue is considering its own investigation meanwhile Travis Scott has offered to pay for the funerals we fun tickets and canceled his appearance at a Vegas concert I'm
Crowd Surge Kills at Least 8 at Travis Scott's Astroworld Houston Concert
"So for the last couple of months, we have to have these safety focused parents all about vaccinating their children and having them wear masks when they shower. What if I told you that in Harris county, Texas, it was far more dangerous to go to a rap concert this last weekend? Then getting COVID as a young person. That's a statistical fact. Remember, San Francisco is forcing the vaccine for kids 5 to 11, even though none of them died. Now, what parents allow their children to go to these sad excuses for public gatherings called concerts, I just don't understand it. I don't get it. I don't understand parenting in the modern era. But what happened this last weekend, you might not have heard was a Travis Scott concert. Now, I don't know much about Travis Scott. I think he's married to one of the Kardashians. Is that right? Or was or is or they're all like polyamorous, right? Who knows? I can't keep up with that. Nor do I attempt to. That's Alex Clark's job, right? Just since you have a whole show dedicated to that, like the Kardashian marriage tree. He's dating Kylie. Oh, yeah. What a great role model. And so this I'm gonna say this, I'm gonna get blowback from the media, but it's true. What I saw based on all images based on all video and footage was nothing short of demonic, this last weekend, I'm gonna get blown up by the media for saying that. It's just true. You look at what you saw of this guy Travis Scott performing at what's called astral world, he performed for 37 minutes after the event was called a mass casualty event. And if you don't believe me, I want you to look at cut 17, he continues to sing if you could call his former music singing, while someone appears to have a seizure. Play cut 17. So what happened in astral world we're still not sure either it's a mosh pit, someone was stabbing people with needles, right? We don't really know. The essence of it. But crowd control medical procedures, all these things were not followed. And one of the main takeaways should first be is could you imagine if Donald Trump at one of his maga rallies kept on speaking? When people started to get overwhelmed and started get piled on, high schoolers in college students among the dead at the ASTRO world festival, which is a tragedy obviously, but the first question should be, what parent allows their kid to go to a concert like this when you're childs in high school. 8 children are dead or 8 people are now dead. From different high schools and colleges in a local area, one came all the way from Ohio for this concert. Which I just can't understand the draw or the attraction of that. It's like, yeah, let's go to a concert next to a 100,000 people when everyone's doing drugs and you might
Eric Lunches With Author James Agresti
"There is atheism book is doing very, very well. And everywhere I talk about it, the response is just terrific. Yesterday, when I was in The Woodlands church, this is no joke. I'm running in there and a guy named James aggressive, says to me, can I get a minute to talk to you? And I have no time. Like I'm running, but when I found out his name, I said, James aggressive, are you the guy that wrote the book, he's like, yeah. I said, I've been trying to reach you for a year and a half. This guy wrote a book on a lot of the stuff that's in my book is atheism dead. And I used his book and it's in my bibliography. It's fantastic. And I've wanted to know who is this guy? So I had lunch with him yesterday. And we're going to get him on this program, but it was just the most wonderful thing. He lived in the New York area, Jersey area for a long time. Just moved down to he's the Houston area as the whole world evidently is doing. But it was so it was just so great. But I want to say that the book is doing well, you still can get it for like $15 at some of the links if you scroll down at Eric metaxas dot com on the book page. If you scroll down, you can still get it at good
Mourning starts as Houston officials probe concert deaths
"Investigators and Houston are working to determine how eight people died in a crush of fans at a music festival Friday night as loved ones mourn the victims a makeshift memorial of flowers and candles at the site where Travis Scott was performing some blame him for not stopping the rapper took to Instagram is the just devastated and I could never imagine anything like this is happening authorities are looking at videos witnesses concert procedures to see what happened concertgoer Georgia rose says when Scott took the stage the crowd rush we're literally just like up against the rails and had like barely read the dead according to friends and family members included a fourteen year old high school student a sixteen year old girl who loved dancing and a twenty one year old engineering student at the university of Dayton the youngest was fourteen the oldest twenty seven I'm Julie Walker
'Stop the show!' Houston concertgoers describe chaos
"Travis Scott concert goers say they were shocked to witness how the event route into pandemonium that left at least eight people dead Friday night those attending the rap concert paint a picture of too many people too little space not enough security once the show starts everybody pushes or mosh pits opened up there just wasn't enough security telling people to like you know push bike back there was just a look a bunch of people lying down on the floor on top of each other that was Joshua Robinson Georgia Rosen Kevin Perez who also say paramedics tried to reach the injured and like they can't get nowhere because he just kept pouring an estimated fifty thousand people were there officials are investigating Scott is cooperating and tweeted his condolences I'm Julie Walker
Update on the latest sports
"AP sports I'm guessing Kaulbach Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he sought alternative treatments instead of the NFL endorsed covert nineteen vaccinations Rogers told SiriusXM's Pat McAfee show Friday that he opted against the two main FDA approved shots because he is allergic to an unspecified ingredient the reigning NFL MVP learned he had tested positive for Colbert nineteen on Wednesday and will be away from the team for ten days including missing Sunday's game at Kansas city the Browns are cutting ties with former all pro wide receiver Odell Beckham junior Cleveland announced Friday it planned to grant the disgruntled twenty nine year old former first round pick his release after a tumultuous two and a half seasons dusty Baker is returning to manage the Astros for a third season after agreeing to a one year contract the seventy two year old Baker became the first manager in major league history to lead five different teams to the postseason as Houston fell to the Atlanta Braves in six games in this year's World Series yes in Coolbaugh AP sports
World Series TV viewers up 20% from 2020 but down from 2019
"The final TV ratings for the World Series RN the good news World Series TV ratings bounce back from the record low set last year the not so good news they had nowhere to go but up fox says this year's series which saw it land to beat Houston to take the title in six games averaged eleven point seven million viewers that's up twenty percent from last year's series which was played at a neutral site after a pandemic shortened regular season when you compare that to twenty nineteen the last World Series after a full season this year's numbers pale in comparison one point worth noting streaming for this year's series on fox's digital outlets rose by forty nine percent I'm
Braves win first World Series since 1995, beating Astros in Game 6
"Thirty three run Homer broke a scoreless tie as the Atlanta Braves won their first World Series title since nineteen ninety five after beating the Houston Astros seven to nothing in game six Celera's Homer was his third of the series and all of them came when the game was tied at earning him series MVP race first baseman Freddie Freeman says a layer is a special player we've known what he can do for so long is I mean two years ago to send fifty Homer so it's actually pretty incredible he did in the World Series getting coded and beef in the NLCS and missing ten days and come back and not missing a beat that's hard to do in this game Backstreet earned the win by holding the Astros scoreless over six innings allowing just four singles the Braves hit three home runs in the game and over the course of the series they out homered the Astros eleven to two Adam
"houston" Discussed on Houston Matters
"Houston matters. I'm craig cohen he- estonian george. Floyd's death in the protests that followed sparked an awakening for some about systemic racism and inequities throughout american society including in the workplace across industries. We've seen some effort since to address concerns some of raised about the need for more opportunities in particular for advancement for people of color in the world of media that means chances to advance to leadership positions and it's something that is happening in some corners and slower to develop and others in texas. We've seen some recent examples. The summer two black women were named to head. Major news organizations katrina hardy was chosen to be the editor in chief of the dallas morning news and here in houston maria. Douglas reeves was named the executive editor of the houston. Chronicle there's also a woman of color running stony magazine and houston has historically of course been home to some of the first black run publications in history among those still operating. Today is the defender to discuss the past present and future of diversity in media leadership. We are joined now by maria. Read the new executive editor of the houston chronicle and houston public media zone. General manager lisa. Shumate a certified career coach and host of the new season of career frontier which airs all next week. At two o'clock here on news eighty eight seven. Maria reeve lisa shumate. Good morning morning as we begin our discussion. We welcome you to our conversation. Well with any questions or comments you have at seven one. Three four four zero eight seventy or talk at houston matters dot org. Maria congrats on the recent promotion. You're the managing editor of the chronicle prior to taking on the new editor in chief role. How important is it. Generally for there to be more diversity in all definitions of that term in media leadership especi- especially thank you. I thank you for inviting me To this very important conversation. I think it is important when we look around our community on the country and we see the growing diversity in these communities How we reflect that is important how we fully reflect the communities we serve is very important and i think one of those ways is to See people who are doing the stories covering the community doing that work who are either members of the community or members of diverse communities themselves It is important least in the new season of career frontier one of the topics you focus on. How issues related to diversity. Equity and inclusion are being addressed in the workplace. How is that changing in media in particular in two thousand twenty one. I think the rate will first of all i want to say. Also congratulations to maria. I mean it is a little crazy that in the one hundred and twenty year. History right up the chronicle and in the seventy year history of broadcasting. It's really still. The numbers are so small. But i will say the key thing as it relates to careers in one of our guests. Talk about this is the idea that mentorship is wonderful. Sponsorship is better so i was so fortunate to have an african american vice president. Abc when i worked there really sponsor me and put me forward in The executive leadership development programs that they had peter ds hispanic general manager. Keijo you when. I worked there also a major. I had access to training and development opportunities. But i want you to know In television the first woman general manager didn't come along until two thousand seven so that's fifty six years later and i was only the second woman general manager intelligence so it's been really slow but i feel out of maria is feeling the same that it's starting to accelerate and it's all about the training and development building the confidence and expertise in the next generation because of the leadership. Opportunity for them is gonna come sir. Just based on the demographics of you know the baby boomers retiring. You know in great numbers in the next five years maria. Are you seeing that acceleration as well. I think so. I think just in the past six months we have seen. I think it's i think the count is five women five black women and Two or three of black men Become leaders of organizations around the country. And that's just my own you know Back in below count. I'm sure there are many many more that i missed and one point. I liked to make that. We certainly aren't the first people to have the skills the talent to leave the organization so But the fact that this is happening now. I think speaks to a realization and recognition that It has to. It simply has to for us and i think other media organization when you look at who your audiences who your readers are. That's changing net. We don't let them. We won't have a business. Maria lisa was referencing. The the distinction between Mentorship and sponsorship of the the difference between now being someone that helps someone along to understand the industry. They're in And somebody who really more actively advocates for them and for opportunities for them Been your career have. Have you had people who have been both mentors and sponsors in that same way at lutely I talked about mentoring. Being a really crucial in both my development and advancement. I have a mentor. Who i met. When i was in grad school and we talked to this day in fact they don't make Many moves without consulting with him And he used his his capital to help me along in my career She mentioned that hurst has Established both the mentorship and sponsorship program for Sponsorship program specifically for women of color and these are executives who identify women in the organization and through a project help sponsored them so it's a recognition in The chronicle and hearst that this is an important way to support and develop our talent. This houston matters. I'm craig cohen. We're talking about diversity In newsrooms in particular in the leadership of news organizations with maria douglas reeves new editor in chief of the houston chronicle and our own lisa shumate general manager of houston public media and a certified career coach and host of the new season of career frontier. Which premieres next week at. Two o'clock on news eighty eight seven. We welcome your questions and comments set talk at houston matters dot org or seven one. Three four four zero eight hundred seventy at least. Let's take this concept of this developing trend of Of better diversity As we go along in media leadership. And i'm curious about is does it automatically translate into better coverage in terms of the types of stories that news organizations pursue and the ways in which they pursue them in and the voices.
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"Seventy is houston matters continues. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen. Okay so nicholas is a tropical storm could soon become a hurricane and is expected to bring a lot of rain here. Starting tonight ultimately Hopefully finishing up it sounds like even possibly by midday tomorrow but Could go later into tomorrow for longtime houstonians. This city is familiar territory as we discussed less than two weeks ago. Though there are always new houston's who have moved to the area the last couple of years and have not been through this before so houston area. Storm veterans your inside is welcome now again at talk at houston matters dot org or seven one two three four four zero eight seventy newer. Houston's we welcome your questions about how best to prepare for what's coming tonight and everyone since we had originally scheduled another round of stony pet peeves we welcome those two especially though the tropical weather related one so tips questions concerns and yes gripes to. They're all welcome Again at seven one. Three four. Four zero eight seventy or talk at houston matters dot org and we we lucked out today and that we have to houston storm veterans who are also master complainers. Who can help us tackle whatever you have to share with us. Houston public media producer. Brenda vel dea. And as of this weekend now former houston chronicle writer. Lisa grey brenda lisa. Good morning pain First let's start with any tips or wisdom that the two of you would like to share about preparing for tropical weather like this lisa. What you've been through a few of these. Wha what should we be thinking about preparing for doing oh boy. The most houston thing i have ever done was ruining my favorite pair cowboy boots by wading through floodwater on an access road. And you just got a. I mean if you can stay home stay home if you can't be really mindful about where you're driving and how you're driving people can't understand why people would just drive into deep water a lot of times. You're not driving into deep water. You get stuck and there's traffic behind you so you can't back up and the water begins rising so watch out for that. Stay home if you can. Yeah and again. i'm. I'm just going to reinforce his probably through the entire hour today but it's worth saying again. The the. the greatest likelihood of significant rain is tonight through tomorrow morning that that basically from sundown to sunup Or from nine pm to nine. Am that at twelve hour stretch. Certainly sounds like it's going to be potentially the worst of it for the houston area so if you can stay off the roads during that stretch that is absolutely the thing to do brenna valdivia. You've been through a few of these as well. What what advice do you offer The first thing that came to mind was if you think you can. Al driver outrun the flood. You can't it comes in so much faster than you realize..
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"Justice department is suing the state of texas over. Sba the new abortion law. I'm craig cohen today on houston matters dig into the basis for the lawsuit and the constitutional questions. The new law raises. We'll talk with university of houston law. Professors seth chandler. Also this hour. We continue our look back at nine eleven. Twenty years later we hear from houston to recall the impact september eleventh. Two thousand one hat on family then and in the two decades since then us eighty eight seven. Andrew schneider talks with a pair of houston area veterans of post nine eleven wars about their decision to join the armed forces in the effect that they had on their military careers plus ahead of a commemorative event at market square park. Tomorrow morning. We talk with the father of the woman. Market squares flight. Ninety three memorial garden is named for will start with the news update from npr news. Eighty eight seven. Stay with us. This is houston matters. I'm craig co and good morning coming up. We continue our look back at nine eleven twenty years later with more memories from houston's reflections from houston area veterans of post nine eleven wars and the father of one of the flight ninety three passengers who died that day a memorial in market square park is named for her. But i the. Us justice department filed a lawsuit thursday against the state of texas challenging sba the new ban on abortions after six weeks just as argues the new law runs afoul of the supremacy and equal protection clauses of the us constitution to explain. We're joined now by. Seth chandler professor of law at the university of houston law center. Seth good morning morning craig. I remind us what are the supremacy and equal protection clauses in the constitution. The supremacy clause says that federal law trumps contrary state law. it's part of the original constitution and the equal protection clauses contained in the fourteenth amendment And it requires that states grant individuals equal protection of the law. How might this new law not meet those standards. Well it's really more of the supremacy business than the or protection business The one of the arguments that is made is that the statute is prohibits certain federal agencies that have duties to transport individuals for abortion such as perhaps the bureau of prisons or the job corps it interferes with their activities but the more fundamental problem is that it's contrary to the constitution. The supreme court has ruled clearly. That states cannot just for the sake of it Regulate abortions prior to the fetus being viable. Which is roughly twenty two weeks or so And while there's some debate on the margins about that nobody thinks that a fetus viable just as soon as the heartbeat can be heard and so the main thrust of the justice. Department's lawsuit is that the texas statute is contrary to the interpretation of the federal constitution given by the supreme court in cases such as roe versus wade now in announcing the lawsuit attorney. General merrick garland said texas. Lawmakers have engaged in a quote unprecedented scheme to protect it from the legal challenges. That have struck down other so-called heartbeat bills around the country by essentially outsourcing enforcement to private citizens garland's warning that if this word is stand states could use a similar approach to circumvent any other judicial precedent. They disagree with will federal court. See it that way. Well i hope so. Because he's absolutely right. Imagine for example new york establishing a ten thousand dollar bounty if someone can find someone with a perfectly legitimate handgun for self defense in their home under the texas. If texas law stands the only way that individual would be able to challenge gun owner would be able to challenge. The law would be have someone sue him. Perhaps hundreds of people sue him as permitted by the texas law and then go all over new york state trying to defend themselves against the completely bogus charge and that's the fundament- fundamental problems. With sb eight. Is that it really. Authorizes a scheme to Prevent people from exercising constitutional rights. And if it's good for texas it's good for new york. It's good for florida. It's good for california. Assuming this challenge ends up in front of the supreme court couldn't what The attorney general characterizes what you call a scheme ultimately be the reason that the five most conservative justices would use to uphold. Its constitutionality Saying look it's not a criminal penalty. It's a civil one and would still be up to a judge in a civil lawsuit to decide. The supreme court could decide this case very easily without resolving issues having to do with abortion itself. It could simply say that. The state cannot insulate itself from responsibility for unconstitutional laws by delegating enforcement to private citizens and indeed one might think. The supreme court would be particularly wary of schemes. That really expanded the ability of people to sue who haven't been injured because under sba. You could sue someone for an abortion past and at performed moreau a person do mice up in the panhandle. Could who never heard of. The person could sue doctor in galveston for performing an abortion. It's a it's a unprecedented scheme. And that's why you've got this lawsuit. Could this also be a civil rights case Another equal protection challenge since the window so small between when most people learn their pregnant and that six week deadline or when the heartbeats detected and other texas laws of led to fewer providers which require multiple appointments more than twenty four hours apart. You put all that together it forces those seeking abortions to travel to miss work on short notice which many can't or don't have money to do then you throw an income disparities in texas already. Seen along racial lines. Couldn't that create a circumstance. Were saying people of color seeking abortions are affected more than white people. Yeah unfortunately. I don't think that's your best argument. Because the supreme court has ruled that statutory provisions that indirectly have an affect differential effect based on race are not by virtue of that unconstitutional. You've gotta show an intent to discriminate on the basis of race or another protected characteristic. And so if i were litigating on behalf of the department of justice that would not be my first argument and in fact you see very little of equal protection in the complaint actually filed by the department of justice. Seth chandler is longer argument is that simply violates rovers. This way okay. Sandler is a professor of law.
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"Ourselves but but it was. It was interesting to see how my fellow students and teachers and professors. That was a lot of. But like i said i was to protect myself by acting like i wasn't part of what everybody else was kind of focusing their hatred on. And now i think about it. And i think maybe i should have done that. I should have been proud of of who i am. And you know. That's different conversation. What do you remember about what happened to people in your community. Your others new in the immediate aftermath of the attacks a lot of lateness. Now why is a lot of accusations. There was a lot of media rhetoric. I remember But also a lot of just you know people walking down the street and shouting at you and it was. I remember reading about hate crimes. I did not hear about or she. That in my own community. Where i live but i honestly that's why i became part of the interfaith activism. Kind of work. That i do is because of bad i realized after nine eleven that i could just hide but it wasn't going to solve a problem because people had all these questions that were not being answered and if i kind of presented myself as entrance of questions brother we will make them feel more comfortable. I wanted to do that. And that's when. I started writing when i started working with different. Interfaith groups in my community to you know dialogue and and book clubs and things like that that's when my activism started houston writer and activist saudia for rookie. Speaking with our own michael hegarty. Her latest book is for middle school. Kids it's called yousef. Azeem is not a hero again. We have much more about the twentieth anniversary of nine. Eleven on tomorrow's show and on other programs including town square. Which will spend. It's our friday with damon. Dimarco the author of tower stories. An oral history of nine eleven. That's friday at three o'clock on news. Eighty eight seven on tv. Eight friday night at eight watch generation. Nine eleven all about seven young people whose fathers died that day saturday night at seven great performances features the metropolitan opera performing verdi's requiem latino usa. We'll explore how nine eleven affected immigration policy that sunday night at seven on news. Eighty eight seven and you can read much more about the legacy of the attacks and america's response to it and reverberations and commemorations here in houston anytime at houston public media dot org. And that'll do it for today's show. The houston matters team includes michael. Hegarty joshua's in brenda ruis and troy schultz. David pitman's our director on tomorrow's show. We will continue our remembrance of the attacks of september eleventh two thousand one and their impact on houston's with more memories of the day what its legacy has meant for houston area veterans of post nine eleven wars. And we'll talk with the father of the woman for whom the memorial park flight. Ninety three fountain is named. I'm craig cohen join us tomorrow for those and other houston matters..
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"To get vaccinated do news outlets in your view have a moral responsibility and how they report such stories I think that you know in thinking about the way report. These things in and wanting to help to support people in being saved being able to relate to stories is a really important piece of change and so when we think about other situations where people have experienced a lot of change in their opinions in their beliefs about things. Oftentimes it is through close personal experiences with other individuals I'm thinking about for example the lgbtq movement and the way that our culture has changed to be so much more accepting of people across the different spectrums And i think that when it comes to things like hoven in vaccination while know sharing stories about you healthy people dying from it. I think that that is important. So people understand the risks It might be that people are able to relate more to stories where they haven't shared experience whether it is someone that reminds them of someone that they love Or is is consistent with the way that they view the world. So it's hard to say whether it is a moral imperative. But i think that we want to continue to support people in in knowing that we are all in this together. We're sharing this in a lot of different ways and and giving a variety of stories that people can connect with. This is houston matters. I'm craig co and we're talking about. How media talks about the pandemic now a year and a half into it with dr linda semi associate professor and director of graduate studies at the university of houston's jack jack valenti school of communications and the voice. You just heard dr jennifer hughes a psychologist with ut physicians and assistant professor with mcgovern medical school at ut health. We welcome your questions and comments at talk at houston matters dot org or seven one three four four zero eight seventy dr semi. There's been a lot of debate in recent years in journalism circles over the long standing notion of pursuing objectivity versus what's Known i in some spaces as advocacy journalism reporting. Typically with a social or political agenda behind it to some media that encouraged. Vaccinations are taking that social or political. Stand to others. They're.
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"Debate surrounding it. How the media portrays it and whether we're doing it right stay with us is houston matters continues. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen. it's been a year and a half since the pandemic started. And while we've recently seen a solid increase in vaccination rates following the rise of delta variant spurred fourth wave of cases hospitalizations political divisiveness remains over vaccine and mask mandates. It makes it a challenge at times to talk about with family friends colleagues without finding yourself in that protracted debate it's dominated social media and of course it leaves those of us in the world of journalism wondering when how often and in what ways we should cover the pandemic. What's responsible and what's not whether the stories we tell them the way we tell them. Serve the public interest. Let's talk through all of that. Now with dr linda semi associate professor and director of graduate studies at the university of houston's jack valenti school of communications and dr jennifer hughes a psychologist with ut physicians and an assistant professor with mcgovern medical school at ut health. Doctor samaya dr hughes good morning. Thank you so much for the invitation and dr smile. Start with you. What stands out to you about how the media has covered cova nineteen over the past year and a half well first of all. I think it's important to acknowledge An appreciate the novel. The set of challenges this copy nineteen has posed for journalists the news media in general The ground virus maker has so many dimensions Reflexive and the both the of the story is extraordinary so These are really enormous challenges with which the jones have been phased at a time. When unfortunate the media industry has been kind of. Ill prepared to handle the story. And we need to kind of think about the last couple of decades when the media has been hemorrhaging advertising and jobs therefore a because of the structural problems that the industry has faced. They had less bodies People that they could put on the ground to cover this very challenging story to cover. Despite all of these challenges though i think overall all the news media has been on top of the story from the very very beginning a reported in a systematic way has been the top story during this two years for good reasons and overall. I think they have really you know. Despite these challenges have done overall good job in This endemic However there are a couple of issues with with with the story itself which. I'm sure we can elaborate leader a bit more. But this pertain to some of them are some of the lack of maybe some nuances in the story that that We've noticed and they pretend to that to that to this some kind of more story being portrayed as a as a binary story of course. And i think that aspect of the other copied has been maybe predominant predominated the news coverage And when i talk about the binary is portrayed in this depend damage as a black and white kind of issue when actually this as many issues on the ground is very nuanced and has so many dimensions and first lexi's on. So i guess we can talk more about specifics of this and But overall i think the journalists have really vanna..
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"This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen each tuesday. We offer you a chance to speak directly with an area official today. We welcome back to the program houston city council member. Abby came in she represents district see in. Houston that includes the heights. Montrose the museum district and communities around rice as well as brace would and meyer land council member came and welcome back to the program. Good morning good morning. Thanks for having me crag and while i have some questions for the council. This really is designed as an opportunity for.
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"Have to say this. And as a potential parent. I've already teased my sixteen year. Old cousin arianna soon as we're eating phone dancing. That's which does as soon as she's away from the table. She's in a bedroom phone. Dancing washing dishes phone dancing. And i have a concern. Dr trevor main. Tell me you a really want you to come correct here. Do you see the other side to this. Are you making matters worse by relying on these digital tools. Too much when students really need to concentrate right. They need to concentrate on real tools of learning understanding theories behind technology. What do you say to the other side of those adults and parents. Who have that concern. Well i think you know. Those concerns are quite valid. But i also think there are a lot of really positive things in that same conversation like working together. You just heard ryan tell a story about working with. she's seventeen. yeah. I'm almost thirty. Six geriatric millennial that's what we're called now. And she's teaching me. We're working side by side. There's no hierarchy there. There's no power structure it's were very much equals ran no people if you read about it or you watch video. You might not see that but really when you watch us work together. We're on equal footing. I think that does something really powerful especially for young black woman to be doing that with a white man right if you just look at how power works in this country right or or any country really and so. I think there are positives there. I also think something. I try to teach. My students is with digital literacy right. Like what are we posting online. What kind of conversations are we having online. We have gone viral. We've been on national media. Local media people recognize us going viral for his dance moves. What did it take a look at. This is dr trevor buffoni of belair texas. Who's dancing double smash videos are racking up millions of and it's never about that there are like say day one of school there are students that are like oh my god. You're my teacher. And then i set the tone early on like what i'm just a teacher like. Yeah i have this thing that happened to me in this thing i do but there are people in this building who are just as interesting who are probably far better teachers than me right and so i really tried to be humble and model that for my students to really show that it is a place positive engagement and the other thing i'll say to is part of it is really back in the day. It might have been having. Oh gosh i can't think of the right slap bracelet. I don't even know but there's some sort of like some sort of fashion or like something we had at school. Like a like a troll doll or like a giga pat or something that we might have had a trapper keeper and trapper keeper from me. The like special trapper keeper. That might have been clout back in nineteen ninety-two but nowadays like knowing these dances knowing these songs that is cultural capital for a teenager right. Not just that you know the phone that you know the dance challenge that goes with it and that's part of living as a teenager today. It's classroom credits street. Cred i wanted to add on what you say. It's not every day that you to be that comfortable with your teacher like you come to class and you're like oh my gosh. I don't wanna be here but when there's an actual connection with your teacher and there's a lot more fun behind the scenes you don't have the attitude you just come in class and you just like i'm ready to learn and also have fun. Got students do not skip my class. Dr trevor buffoni. A spanish teacher of belair highschool along with one of his students ryan talking with eddie robinson for his show. Icu you can hear much more of their conversation. Saturday at one o'clock and sunday night at ten right here on news. Eighty eight seven or wherever you get your podcasts. Houston matters. Team includes craig cohen michael. Hagerty joshua's in render louise and troy schultz jared. Carol was our technical director remembered. Also join me this afternoon on town square today at three pm on news. Eighty eight seven. We'll continue our conversation on the situation. Afghanistan the history of politics and the effort to help refugees settled here in texas on. Houston matters on monday. We'll bring you the latest update in cova nineteen situation plus. It's time to ask your pet care of questions. You could send them in now. Talk at houston matters dot org. I'm seeing here on monday. Manners.
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"Also across the board only page ministries the way of using in effigy services departments. We have been Resettling refugees from all over the walls of the last five years more and the world that we do here in this departments partnership with other faith communities in volunteers callahan. sive case management. Social integration Adjustments employment preparation for these fugees emigrants awed fleeing their countries Do to persecutions so we do at Pickup we was an offense. We've found occupants. We involve the kids in schools We have special problems. The women women's powder on we have youth mentorship programs and we put a pad then you the arrived refugees for the jump bob kits and we find them jobs. Let me jump in here and ask. How does this actually work if you are leaving a country and coming to the us and you are refugee. How do we initially connect with interfaith ministries. And what is the process there. So how many the process for them refugees coming to the united states all refugees outside the united states before they come here once they finish a lengthy process of background check which usually takes between after us. Then we will get the notifications will national off no as migration ministries these families upcoming and at that moment. We know who is coming. The families that is language and history medical history and we stopped our work. So we know in advance inaudible circumstances. We know in advance at least two weeks three weeks. Who is coming when they're coming and what they need so he's how collections when it comes to the afghan situation right now. We get notification within twenty four hours to to six hours. That's coming you have these families out coming home followed by vaccine and we that's moments. We need to start out liberation which is extremely short notice and have to outcome that log with our volunteers in communities to ensure that we are ready to resettle these families going through difficult times and to let me start with you asking was houston your choice to come to because i have somebody around here tonight contact them and i put their address and my keep you later which is called interview for green card and after that find the house on me off by and choosing houston because of my brother was here. We are happy to welcome you to houston. I i would like you if you if you feel comfortable to take us back a little bit and let me know what is going on in your home country. What was it that you saw before you left. And what made you know. It was so urgent to come now and this I can't explain it. Like i see utah. Situation was Everybody tried to hide themselves. And the con- the state's state by state funded by the lanes and everybody tried to hide himself even myself. I skip from my hometown to the mansi images. Kontos enough that advice offered by unscom. Take this state. also i've been carbon height myself like fifteen days of about I i just emailed relocation something like that just vote out for us from afghanistan immediately. Read all visa on nothing but useful lament. They take care of us and it just put out a as bandstand lack in funding for our. When were you last in afghanistan. What was the date that you left at twelve. I was left and that was is tuition was and two days off at the taliban. I'm curious the understanding. I think we. We don't quite have a grasp of what it means to the afghan people to have the taliban seizing control. I think in some way it is seen as the people their support this movement am i right or wrong. It's not some big too many countries almost maybe studies the first coach who support out of our country. I don't know of the people they don't like i know that really for sure nobody. I'm started by industry in that country because they don't want they don't want acidity funding depot and there are a lot of problems of many different types of people don't like to go to schools and people like don't want women to work on the want women to work in different offices That's why people don't like outer bites that is assures nobody wants taliban but some countries Some people some were all. They want to bring an apology our country. I don't know how why that is. Something one on because somebody support taliban's is the first name pick that thank everybody on that. Even as far tighten them ali for people to understand the difference between somebody who is just emigrating or coming to our country and a refugee. How are we defining that an immigrants who was just coming to to our country. They count for several reasons hall school for business medications. So it's now have choice actuality to come Today matt who states refugees someone was forced and they are just seeking refuge. Save that lives. So it's think about in this way. You have a choice to come to this country off forced to free your country. And they've united states refugee assistance program and interface ministries refugee sevices. That's what we do is to welcome vis these countries to explain why you felt you had to flee and for point for everyone to know it wasn't just you it. Was you your wife and eight children because my life to change my chen parlance by future. Because in the taliban we cannot still.
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"Peak-hour you viewing it. You know none of us have a very clear crystal ball right now. the peak has to come at some point obviously all of our indicators right now the thing that i used to predict the future most accurately what has been most reliable has been the amount of virus that we're finding it a wastewater and that has predicted is What we'll see positivie rate by about two weeks and in that predicts what we see in hostels by a week to two weeks as well and so the the amount of virus that's providing the wastewater been growing steeply now in the last they continue to go up but it deal as deeply as it had been before so perhaps we're about to look at a change in direction. we have to wait and see what the wastewater is. It's very sensitive. It's not terribly specific. And so is a good predictor of direction but really can't tell how much in which direction things are going to move. Do you fear. We may see this all changing when H isd goes back into session. I do and that's you know one of the reasons that we have so many bonuses in the winter months people always blame it on the weather. And i'll tell you. I grew up in buffalo new york and you know it is really cold in buffalo in the winter so people tend to be inside more and here in houston. You know. it's really hot. In the summer and ten people tend to be inside in the summer. And so. I don't know that i buy into that but what does happen in the winter months. This from kids get together in search sharing viruses with each other so i don't i absolutely true the kids under the bus but i think that all this were parents know that when school suit season comes. That's when we all start getting our illnesses and so you know we'll have to wait and see what happens. A lot of schools are being very courageous it with a mask mandates and. I applaud those board members for doing that. And we're gonna have to wait and see what happens but yeah. That could be the next wrinkle that will have to overcome these viral spread amongst kids and now the kids getting sick. But then they'll bring it home to unvaccinated family members. And i know this is probably a bit of a repeat for a lot of people to hear me talking about this yet again but please refresh everyone of the importance of mask-wearing why especially students in schools should be considering this so if you remember. So this is people talked about what we're experiencing being the fourth wave and i really considered to be the third way because at first way we had the very beginning that was a ripple compared to what we saw you know in july of twenty twenty january this year. Those are serious ways. If you remember in july of twenty twenty there was no vaccine. And what turned. That wave around was people wearing masks. And if we have a lot of people wearing masks it is highly effective young. Remember about the mask is with this virus. we're finding that about forty percent of the people who are infected. They don't know they have minimal symptoms or they have no symptoms at all so they don't realize that they're spreading it and that they really need to wear a mask. We find that the mask wearing the person who is infected wears the mask it tremendously reduces the amount of virus that they can give to the person that's next to them if the person next them is wearing a mask that helped some as well but ironically. It's really the mask on the infected person that has the most impact. And that's why we all need to be wearing masks. Help help me correct misconception. So if i am a symptomatic and i've been vaccinated. But i have had what they call a breakthrough infection and a symptomatic and i spread it to the next person that person's going to have a milder cases of the virus. Because i didn't have a bad case of it. Oh great question and of course. The answer's absolutely no what we're finding is that we really don't understand why when one person gets infected with the virus they have much more difficult clinical course than the next person With the exception of obviously people got you know a lot. Lotta complicating medical Under medical problems and in particular obesity and lung disease and so on and so forth but even among people who don't have underlying illnesses. We're friday that some getting tremendously ill and hospitalizations. And yet and in one case their twin brother had almost no symptoms at all and We don't understand why that is yet so if the person who affected you be wearing a mask it really doesn't make a big difference or if they were debt it's the same virus just manifest itself differently in each person so we can't predict on tuesday. Turner gave an update on the city's cova response the last year. He was doing the daily updates. Do we expect these to be a daily occurrence. Now no mattered daily. You know he will decide when we need to Make make it so it. Was this week as you pointed out and it will have to wait and see. Perhaps next week if there's something he feels we need to talk about Hopefully we won't get back to the point where it's daily because you know that's not enough indicator which have community what we're talking daily. Yeah before i let you go. There's been a lot of talk in the news. About booster shots. What plans underway for us to deploy these starting september twentieth. Yeah so the scene williams in the health department a really struggling to put up to plans together. One thing that you have to understand now is that there are a lot. There's a good thing it's a good problem. Let me start off saying that. This is a good problem but one is that there are places where you can get back seen now than when we did the mass vaccination before we really just governmental sources but now walgreens. Cvs a lotta doctors offices neighborhood clinics got back scene. And so you know. We're trying to figure out how we can coordinate all of this and it is going to be a heavy lift again. it's a good problem to have And then the other thing. The other little caveat is that the president came out in the cdc came out looking for a booster shots for all americans. Keep in mind. The fda is only authorized for those who've got solid organ transplants and other similar Imminent compromising conditions and so we still have to wait for the fda to okay for for all americans will you know. I just made that. They will that. Hasn't happened yet to dr david. Purse is the health authority for the city of houston doctor. I thank you very much joining us. Earning up next we learn about the experience of recently resettled. Afghan refugees as houston matters continues. This is houston matters. I'm earning news in four craig cohen. As we watch the unfold in afghanistan and the scenes of casts at the kabul airport we think about the afghan citizens struggling to escape the uncertain future in their country. Some of them worked with the us. Military's translators and interpreters and they face possible reprisals from the incoming taliban government interfaith ministry of greater houston has been instrumental in helping these individuals and their families immigration to the us and find homes and employment. We're joined now by ali. Al sudani chief operator for interfaith ministries. Welcome to the program ali. Thank you and we're also joined by a recent immigrants from afghanistan. We're only using his first name an ayatollah to protect his identity and tula worked as a translator and interpreter for the us army and has recently arrived in houston with his family. And i to welcome to the program. I want to start with alli about what it is exactly that interfaith ministries is doing to help. 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"Hopefully Thais can add to that they should sign your dog who could really run up and down the court pretty well okay sorry had dimension. The rockets also retained david wada. On a three or fifteen million dollar deal. What role will he play on the team. That's actually a really good signing. For the rockets mov only played in limited time last year mainly due to injury but was an is an excellent young player with a tremendous amount of athleticism also. Very good defender I think he's a guy that if he stays healthy this year. He's someone that could definitely make a difference on this roster and be a significant part of the rotation to baseball now the houston astros Split a series with the twins dropping. A couple of those games. By that. I you know i am and i'm not you know th the astros actually played worse against sub five hundred teams this year than they have against Teams over five hundred so it seems a bit like they had struggled against us worst teams but really when you look at it. The truth of the matter is is someone described it in one article about this series. Is they were basically playing split. Swat squad games like they do in training camp. I mean this was a a really. This is a team at the moment with a lot of injuries. Ironically bulletin is actually performing pretty well which was their weak point. But they've got to get some guys back you know with with brakeman's close to returning and you've got gary l. out and you've got a lot of guys right now. They're just kind of banged up. And i think because of that. You're seeing some struggles not to mention this as the dog days of baseball right in the middle of summer. Where things if they're gonna kinda get a start to slow down for teams. This is the time that it's going to happen. I think the astros are suffering from a couple of those things. Hopefully they can start to turn it around here in the next couple of weeks. We shared the news on friday. Show the passing of seventies astra's icon. jr richard What are your thoughts about him. I was a huge dare. Richard fan growing up I got to see him. Pitch live when i was when i was young. Very young Actually much too young. In fact i wasn't even born yet does take now jerry. Richard was a fantastic player. Just absolutely dynamic and powerful pitcher and his entire career cut short by stroke Just a fabulous guy to really wonderful ambassador for the game. And he's definitely going to be miss. I hope that the astros will do him right by retiring his number at some point the guy is just. He was really one of the best pitchers of his generation and Unfortunately just had his career cut short if you missed my Two thousand fifteen conversation with jr. richard. We we played a portion of it on friday show. But if you missed that you can find that at houston matters dot org jeff balki rights for houston and the houston press. Jeff thank you very much. Thank you greg. And that'll do it for today's show. The houston matters team includes michael..
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"Gives online for free or low expenses and we Try to promote through our newsletter. Our website facebook all the things that are partners in compassionate houston are doing to promote compassion in the city. So those are some of the main things we do for an annual luncheon. We often promote innovative programs in houston Nonprofits that are doing a really spectacular job of promoting compassion. Those are i would say the primary things that we're doing now And of course always just encouraging people to to practice kindness when whenever they can pam lewis is the president of the board of the organization. Compassionate houston pam. Thank you for the time appreciate it. Thank you bye-bye.
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"That I i want to actually just go to another caller who has comment about the that. Same story james in north. Houston your thoughts. Yes i. I'm i'm really proud to admit that you know when i heard here about people that have Got act you know. Gotten the kobe or act like they said it doesn't exist or it's fake news. I do sometimes think that it would be twenty just for them to get the virus. But then i after myself. It would've been a much better scenario. A virus never existed in the first place. We would not even have scenario. So i just have to Maybe think using that energy thoughts to maybe support all of us that do believe in what's going on and do believe in the right ways to detect a Society so that we can still do. What's right now and had the strength to keep doing it. And maybe that's where we should be pushing that genie all right. Thank you very much for that. Call pam lewis's you respond to both of those callers. I was hoping maybe also talk about some of the things your organization seeks to do to make houston and more compassionate community. Sure i think that What was expressed here is is totally understandable. And i and i think that there is this underlying recognitions that If we're not really all in it together and we're not really concerned about the welfare of all of us that That ends up in feeling very separate and very polarized. And that's what we see. So i think some of the things that that we've done or are doing To help compassion grow in the city of houston. Is you know we. We have a regular compassion week. Every year this past year it had to be virtual rather than in person with our partners that make up our network. But we'll be continuing to do that. We also have compassionate training and education. We have a really for people who want to take a deep dive compassionate integrity training which is ten weeks long and the next class starts in october with our partner. The union center. We have on our web fight many Resources many classes that the.
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"Also compassionate social media platform known as twitter. We are at houston matters. Pam how how do we summon that compassion and ourselves when it comes to people we think in some way behaved badly wronging us or others. How how do you set that perceived or real slight aside. Well craig i think first of all we all have to admit that that is human. I mean are all human and that having that kind of reactivity and self protection. It's probably in our jeans. It's you know evolutionary but at the same time we know that our basic goodness and our basic need to connect to others is also in our wiring and so i think a really important point is just to recognize that it takes a lot work. It takes some work to make sure that the good. That's there is actually expanded and that we do what we can to be less reactive to the things that happened around us. If that makes sense there are examples out there. Though of terrible people behaving an awful ways people who act violently who society deems reprehensible history is filled with such people is compassion limitless or. Can we give ourselves a break for feeling that some folks may be are not worthy of consideration. While as i as i mentioned. I think that we have to give ourselves a break. I mean because we are human in there are terrible things happening around us and yet i think that if we're striving always in the direction of compassion that the world becomes a better place and our lives become happier in general. I mean that's what the research shows. Is it your sense that houston has become a more or less compassionate community in recent years. You know houston has always been. I think in my mind in many people's minds very compassionate and kind community. And i think it's probably like most other places that with the stresses that we've had recently put in particular there's more Irritability and perhaps less compassion Just as a result of the situation and circumstances we're in this is houston matters. I'm craig cohen. We're talking with pam. Lewis president of the board of compassionate houston. It's an organization dedicated to growing the compassionate culture of greater houston through awareness education community and service. And we're discussing how to make houston more compassionate community and whether there are limits. Some people are circumstances not deserving of that compassion. We welcome your thoughts about that at seven one. Three four four zero eight seventy. You can reach out on twitter at houston matters. You can email us at talk at houston matters dot org jeffrey and conroe your thoughts.
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"Thing. Governor abbots executive order bans local governments from issuing mask mandates but houston city. Employees are being told to wear masks when they can't physically distance the houston. Isd board is taking up a mask. Mandate at a meeting thursday if masks were mandated statewide. Would it make a difference right now. Well look you know. Cdc and thing. We look to scientific bodies to guide where the best thing for us for our patients. We don't look at what the what side of the political spectrum makes a mandate or not. We follow what the science and evidence tells us. And the cdc is gone said that even for the vaccinate people you know. We have to wear masks to protect not only other in spread but what we keep on forgetting is at this time which we have not seen the previous ways. It is a disproportionate impact on the young children. They have not been vaccinated. You know lot largent. And the numbers of pay a young children getting infected and even getting a lot more sick and according hospital as a lot more than previously. So if we don't even want to do it for ourselves please do it for the children. you mentioned that that large increase in in patients Last week we talked with harris health systems. Dr smell horsa about the the city's public hospitals facing not just that but also a significant shortage of nurses. Are you saying Seeing the same thing at methodist hospitals well you know we are under strain tremendously just like a hospital system about expanding capacity And living care to all patients so yes we have again a stress on nursing. Fortunately we have been investing and nurses for the last one year heavily recruiting top jalen during retention bonuses hiding bonuses Flex schedule a lot of anon- You know financial support as far as You know decompressing and give them your adopt. So i think we ought in that position but we cannot maintain this reasonable relation if this the need keeps expanding nor system can handle the ting so yes we are crunch but i think a lot of things we played into plays are supporting us to brace for right now but we cannot sustain it for a long period of time bottom line. What's your message for. Houston's this morning you know i been i'm a i love it and you know one of the things i was reading while ago was in our declaration of independence we all believe on and one of the last signs in that our founding fathers said that and let me quote you. We mutually pledge to each other our lives our fortunes and our ticket owner. We are in this together fight so we all have to look out for that. And that means vaccination mass insane because off founding father set the stage for us and this is a dime for us to deliver as a city as state as a country. That's less last message from that. Grow up let's get back to netted. Let's avoid all the things. Dr faisal masud is the medical director of critical care at the houston methodist hospital system. Dr masud thank you very much. Thank you for inviting me and they pay you to pull.
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"The latest reported data from the texas medical center confirms cova cases and hospitalizations remain high across the houston area. I'm craig today on. Houston matters the latest news from the houston methodist hospital system. Also a second special session is underway in austin sort of. There's still no quorum. in state. Democrats are still staying away. So what happens next. We discuss then public comment period over the controversial. I forty five expansion project ends tonight while that debate rages on. We consider a less discussed concept eliminating highways in some places altogether. Is it a good idea or even possible. We'll talk through it. Plus seeking a more compassionate houston and we recap houstonians at the olympics and discuss other sports developments with jeff balkan. We'll start with a news update from npr news. Eighty eight seven. Stay with us. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen good morning. Coming up an alternative to highway expansion. Getting rid of highways altogether. Is that even possible here. Also seeking a little more compassion in the bayou city. We start though with the latest on covert nineteen in the houston area cases and hospitalizations continued to rise harris. County is at its highest cove threat level. Dr faisal massad is the medical director of critical care at houston methodist hospital system. Decker massad. good morning. Good morning doctor. Sue the thank you for inviting me to speak Dr masuda apologies for mispronouncing. Your name there. What's the situation at houston methodist hospital. This morning well you know. I over the all the houston methodist hospital system across the city. And you know we. Have you know more than six hundred cases in among our system and that is a very important thing because these are the same numbers that we were seeing in january and the previous to high surge and this is really happened quite a bit fast in the last couple of weeks of very past trajectory. Does that suggest to you that it will. In fact exceed what we saw last january. Well you know unless something dramatically changes that is the highlight the hood that this can even beat our third wave. And that's why toy embarrassed. But i was to get the win. Mation out about people need to vaccinate people to protect themselves now not from one month from now in light of the fact that we have had vaccines available these last few months. Is it sort of shocking to you that we have seen this. Fourth wave increased so dramatically or is it just in the end. Look this delta variant. Is that contagious. And that's why this has happened. Well you know. It is a very complex situation because there are many factors have plane to play first of all. The delta vaden is a lot more infectious and transmissible compared to previous You know vadim..
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"Good morning. Good morning good to be here. You held a public meeting about a week. And a half ago in kingwood to offer updates on a pair of flood mitigation projects and i thought maybe we could start there. Can you catch us up on. What's happening with efforts to dredge the santa river and and also plans to expand the the lake. Houston dam's spillway sure. That meeting was on thursday. July eight we had in kingwood and we went basically over four subjects The ongoing dredging operations that we have not only in the sanjay santo ever but in lake houston Where we are with the construction of additional gates onto the existing lake houston spillway dam and then we went through the north park expansion project where we're moving from four lanes to six lanes and also gave an update on some tributaries within the king area. That take all the water from montgomery county that we're receiving from the north of us and send it into lake houston and then eventually to the gulf of mexico so as far as a dredging is concerned. It's amazing that we spent over three hundred million dollars on dredging operations and that is removing the san through a lot of federal money and through some local matches that we receive from hurricane. Harvey my opinion. The most important project is as we look north. This has to be a systematic approach. Receive water from the same juice into river into lake houston and what hurt us on august. Twenty seven two thousand seventeen during harvey was our spillway dam. Didn't have the ability to proactively. Release water that was coming our way so at backed up and the only way spillway dam works is water goes on top of eventually falls and hits to the goal so with this dam project. We're going to build somewhere between eight and ten additional gates onto the existing lake houston spillway dam structure. That way we have the ability to move water. Rapidly for instance. Today we can only release one foot of water. Every twenty four hours with the new gates will be able to release minimum of four feet of water that every twenty four hour period so it gives us a little bit of an opportunity where we see rain coming and we don't anticipate about a rainfall to react In in move relatively quickly. What are you hearing from residents In response to the state of that project and the importance of it of course you hear a lot of negative and that is we need it today because we have three more hurricane seasons to get through including the one..