There has been a recent boom in the attempts to commercialize space flight. With NASA no longer sending people into space on its ships, attention has turned to new companies like Space X and Virgin Galactic. These companies are on the verge of making commercial space travel an affordable and common practice. Virgin Galactic, for example, has begun selling tickets to space tourists for as early as 2014. Unfortunately, the laws protecting those future passengers are already under attack.
During this Christmas season, it is more important than ever that parents are very careful of what toys they buy their children. Most recently, a small toy that absorbs water and expands to up to 400 times its original size has been voluntarily recalled after a report that baby ingested one of these toys and needed surgery to remove it.
On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed an administrative complaint against Baby Matters, LLC, for its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant products. CPSC announced this step after failed discussions with the company regarding a voluntary recall of the infant recliners.
Jovan Belcher, an inside linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, recently killed his girlfriend and later killed himself in front of the general manager and the coach of the Chiefs. Many of the people close to Belcher were shocked by his recent actions and had not noticed any previous behavior which would indicate any underlying problems. Others, however, are looking to whether he acted as a result of depression caused by a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). An autopsy will be able to determine if in fact Jovan Belcher suffered from this disease.
A local Houstonian that was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned has reached a settlement with the city of Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. George Rodriguez will receive $3.1 million in a compromise settlement, according to Mayor Annise Parker. George Rodriguez spent 17 years in a state prison after being wrongfully convicted for the 1987 kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl. He was convicted based on faulty evidence from the Houston Police Department Crime Lab.
Voting is one of our most fundamental rights and the basis of our democratic system. Recent voter suppression efforts threaten the integrity of our electoral process and the disenfranchisement of millions of voters throughout the nation.
A fire at BP's Texas City refinery broke out today at 1:30 p.m. Officials with the Texas City Office of Emergency Management were alerted to this hydrocarbon fire shortly after 1:40 p.m. and BP fire crews were called to the scene. No calls for further assistance have been made.
Three women who were sexually assaulted by guards when they were in a substance abuse program cannot sue the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for their damages, according to a recent ruling of the Texas Supreme Court.
Authorities in Kendall County have confirmed two men and a woman are dead after their helicopter crashed into a heavily wooded area last week in the Texas Hill Country. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, a Robinson R44 went down near RR 1888 and E. FM 1376, about 15 miles West of Fredericksburg.