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.
Parents and school officials are reeling in the San Francisco area regarding the breaking news about the fantasy sex league that was uncovered at Piedmont High School. Parents of kids at Piedmont High School were informed of the fantasy league in a letter and an email just last week from the school's principal. This story is now being reported everywhere. While not all of the details have been confirmed, it appears that the school officials felt that they had enough information to start warning parents and issuing letters.
A reported release of 300 gallons of hydrochloric acid from the Texas City storage facility Dallas Group of Americas has sent several people to the hospital (current reports are nine people) and forced 45,000 residents of Texas City to remain indoors, turn off air conditioning units and make sure all windows and doors remained closed.
Retail giant Target is recalling more than 6,000 sets of boys and girls fleece jackets and shirts featuring Disney characters from its stores. It is reported that the Disney fleece jackets and shirts sold at Target are equipped with zippers that contain unacceptable levels of lead. Exposure to excessive levels of lead can lead to injuries to children.
A week ago, police were called to rescue a postal worker and a woman walking her dog from two dogs who attacked them. The postal worker was treated at a hospital for multiple bite wounds.
On Friday, September 21, three of the victims wounded in the July 20 Colorado movie theater shooting filed the first known civil lawsuits against Cinemark USA, the owner of the theater. In the lawsuit filed in Denver federal court, the victims claim that Cinemark was aware of previous criminal activity at or near the movie theater including "assaults and robberies" and at least one gang-related shooting. The lawsuit said that although the movie theater was screening a midnight premier of the Dark Knight Rises and was expecting large crowds of people to attend, no security personnel was present for the midnight screening. In a written statement released by Keating, Wagner, Polidori and Free, the law firm representing the shooting victims, "readily available security procedures, security equipment and security personnel would likely have prevented or deterred the gunman from accomplishing his planned assault on the theater's patrons." The lawsuit also alleges that "there was no action taken by theater employees to safely evacuate many people" in the theater once the shooting spree got underway.
According to a recent nationally-representative United States study, children that had higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine were more likely to be overweight or obese. While chemical biphenyl A, commonly known as BPA, has been banned from baby bottles, it is still found in aluminum cans and other types of food packaging.