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Lost in the Sauce: Rosenstein secretly curtailed Mueller's investigation into Trump's Russia ties

2020.09.01 14:47 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: Rosenstein secretly curtailed Mueller's investigation into Trump's Russia ties

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
If you are confused about what's going on with the McGahn subpoena, please see the "Court cases" section where I break it down. Basically, don't panic, it will almost certainly be overturned by the full bench.
Housekeeping:

Rosenstein grounds the plane

In 2017, former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein secretly narrowed Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference and ties to Trump, according to the NYT. Some career FBI counterintelligence investigators believed Trump’s own relationship with Russia “posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them.” Rosenstein reportedly allowed the FBI to believe such an inquiry was ongoing while separately telling Mueller not to investigate the matter.
Mr. Rosenstein concluded the F.B.I. lacked sufficient reason to conduct an investigation into the president’s links to a foreign adversary. Mr. Rosenstein determined that the investigators were acting too hastily in response to the firing days earlier of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, and he suspected that the acting bureau director who approved the opening of the inquiry, Andrew G. McCabe, had conflicts of interest.
Mr. Rosenstein never told Mr. McCabe about his decision, leaving the F.B.I. with the impression that the special counsel would take on the investigation into the president as part of his broader duties. Mr. McCabe said in an interview that had he known Mr. Mueller would not continue the inquiry, he would have had the F.B.I. perform it.
Rosenstein reportedly told Mueller: “This is a criminal investigation. Do your job, and then shut it down.” This recalls what Rosenstein told Trump circa Winter 2018:
Rosenstein — who, by one account, had gotten teary-eyed just before the call in a meeting with Trump’s chief of staff — sought to defuse the volatile situation and assure the president he was on his team… “I give the investigation credibility,” Rosenstein said, according to an administration official with knowledge of what was said during the call. “I can land the plane.”
  • Definition: A criminal investigation would ordinarily pursue allegations of criminal conduct. A counterintelligence investigation, by contrast, may pursue allegations of “coordination” between U.S. persons and foreign hackers that may be unseemly and problematic if true, but potentially not criminal—such as, to use Professor Kent’s example, the possibility that a person within the United States coordinated to distribute material previously hacked by agents of a foreign government. (Lawfare)

Election security briefings

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) sent a letter to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees last week informing them that it’ll no longer provide in-person briefings on election security issues. Instead, the committees will be given written updates, eliminating the opportunity for congress to question officials.
"This is a shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility to keep the Congress currently informed, and a betrayal of the public's right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy. This intelligence belongs to the American people, not the agencies which are its custodian. And the American people have both the right and the need to know that another nation, Russia, is trying to help decide who their president should be," Pelosi and Schiff said in a statement.
Schiff pointed to Russia as the main reason for the change: "What changed is the President, probably in another fit, saying 'I don't want congress informed.' Because the last time Congress was informed, the DNI had to put out a statement to acknowledge that the Russians are helping Trump again. That’s his goal - to suppress that information." (clip)
Schiff added that the House “will compel the intelligence community to give Congress the information that we need. We will compel the intelligence community also to speak plainly to the American people.”

Court cases

Today, Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Trump’s attempt to block Manhattan D.A. Vance’s subpoena for his tax returns from Mazars. In filings last week, Vance wrote that "continued delay of the grand jury’s investigation is unwarranted” and “would significantly impair the Office’s ability to discharge its constitutionally protected duty to investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute violations of New York law.”
Update: 2nd Circuit promises a decision by the end of the day on whether to stop a subpoena for President Trump's tax returns
  • Further reading: Just Security: “Given the likelihood that Vance has already obtained the needed tax returns and probable appellate rulings which will provide access to the Mazars USA material, it is possible that sufficient evidence has been obtained that would support fraud indictments of the Trump Organization and pertinent executives in the near future.”
A three-judge DC Circuit Court panel ruled that the House cannot use the courts to enforce their subpoena for Don McGahn’s testimony. Judge Judith Rogers (appointed by Bill Clinton) split from the majority, Karen Henderson (a George H.W. Bush appointee) and Thomas Griffith (a George W. Bush appointee), in the 2-1 decision. The House has already vowed to request an en banc hearing - meaning a hearing by the entire DC Circuit bench.
The majority reasoned that the House needs to pass a law authorizing it to enforce subpoenas through the courts, first. Without such a statue, the House is limited to using its inherent contempt powers, they argue.
The dissent by Rogers states that Congress’ power to enforce subpoenas is implied in the Constitution and was reinforced by the recent Supreme Court ruling in the House’s quest for Donald Trump’s financial documents. It appears very likely that the full bench with rule in Congress’s favor given the SCOTUS opinion stating: “We have held that the House has authority under the Constitution to issue subpoenas to assist it in carrying out its legislative responsibilities.”
  • History: In February, the same appeals court panel split along the same lines in addressing whether the House has standing to sue executive branch officials. The House took the issue to the full DC Circuit court, which overturned Griffith and Henderson’s ruling 7 to 2, thus supporting Congress’s right to sue McGahn for testimony. In yesterday’s opinion, Griffith and Henderson write that “The en banc court held that the Committee has Article III standing, but the Committee ‘also need[s] a cause of action to prosecute’ its case in federal court.” It is the latter issue that the court is addressing currently.
  • Note that Judge Thomas Griffith is retired yesterday, as planned, opening the seat for McConnell protege Justin Walker - who was confirmed by the Senate in June (in the middle of a pandemic). Arguably, Walker will be farther right than Griffith. He is perhaps most well known for aggressively lobbying for and defending Brett Kavanaugh during the latter’s confirmation process to the Supreme Court (example of one of his Fox News appearances from the time).
The full DC Circuit ruled that the case against Michael Flynn does not have to be immediately dismissed, thus allowing District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to question prosecutors’ unusual move to dismiss Flynn’s case ahead of sentencing. The 8-2 ruling reversed a previous ruling by a three-judge panel - made up of Judge Karen Henderson (same as from the McGahn panel) and Neomi Rao, a Trump appointee who has written numerous legally questionable and biased opinions. Obama appointee Robert Wilkins dissented on the panel.
The current full bench opinion states that the court has no reason to compel a district court to decide an undecided motion in a particular way:
"The only separation-of-powers question we must answer at this juncture is whether the appointment of an amicus and the scheduling of briefing and argument is a clearly, indisputably impermissible intrusion upon Executive authority, because that is all that the District Judge has ordered at this point," the majority opinion said. "We have no trouble answering that question in the negative, because precedent and experience have recognized the authority of courts to appoint an amicus to assist their decision-making in similar circumstances.
The House Intelligence Committee voluntarily narrows its subpoena to Deutsche Bank seeking Trump’s financial information in order to expedite the case. The new subpoena focuses only on Trump, Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka.
The Supreme Court laid out a test last month after President Trump fought the subpoena...The opinion itself held that courts should consider four factors when weighing congressional subpoenas that involve a sitting president, including whether or not the information is available in other ways, the breadth of the request, the request’s legislative purpose, and the burden placed on a President by complying with the request.
Similarly, the House Oversight Committee issued a memo explaining why their subpoena to Mazars seeking Trump’s financial records already satisfies the four factors identified by the Supreme Court. In a filing to the DC Circuit, the House counsel writes, "if this Court does not resolve this case now, the Trump Plaintiffs will almost certainly have succeeded in blocking the 116th Congress from obtaining any documents pursuant to its subpoena.”
A coalition led by the National Urban League asked a federal judge on Tuesday to act promptly and extend the 2020 census response deadline, which is just over a month away. The Trump administration set September 30 as the date to stop collecting responses, despite earlier saying it needs extra time due to the pandemic.
A federal judge has ordered the State Department to issue a U.S. passport to the daughter of a married gay couple whom the Trump administration had argued in court was ineligible for birthright citizenship. Derek Mize and Jonathan Gregg are both U.S. citizens. Their daughter, Simone, was born in July 2018 via a gestational surrogate in the United Kingdom using one father’s sperm and an anonymously donated egg.
For the second time in a week, a federal judge issued a blistering ruling against a controversial rule by Betsy DeVos’s Education Department that directs states to give private schools a bigger share of federal coronavirus aid than Congress intended.

Congress

The House Oversight Committee officially notified members that Chairwoman Maloney intends to issue a subpoena to Postmaster DeJoy. Maloney said the subpoena will seek “documents he has been withholding from Congress,” including those requested at the emergency hearing on August 24.
On Friday night—two days after this deadline—DeJoy sent a letter to the Committee stating: “I trust my August 24 testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Reform clarified any outstanding questions you had.” DeJoy has not produced a single additional document since the House and Senate hearings were held.
  • Further reading: One week after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he was temporarily suspending changes to the United States Postal Service, NBC News spoke with eight postal union representatives from throughout the nation, all of whom expressed concerns and provided examples of ongoing delays in mail delivery.
  • USPS Board of Governors Chairman, Robert M. Duncan, was revealed to be a director of the Mitch McConnell-allied Senate Leadership Fund super PAC. This is in addition to his position as director of pro-Trump super PAC American Crossroads.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is preparing to hold Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in contempt for his repeated refusal to cooperate with the committee's investigations. Pompeo told the committee that he would only turn over the subpoenaed documents if the House also investigated the same anti-Biden conspiracies as the Senate was.
Chairman Engel said, “From Mr. Pompeo’s refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry to his willingness to bolster a Senate Republican-led smear against the President’s political rivals to his speech to the RNC which defied his own guidance and possibly the law, he has demonstrated alarming disregard for the laws and rules governing his own conduct and for the tools the constitution provides to prevent government corruption. He seems to think the office he holds, the Department he runs, the personnel he oversees, and the taxpayer dollars that pay for all of it are there for his personal and political benefit.
Four House chairs are seeking an investigation by the Defense Dept. IG into retaliation against the Vindmans. Last week, Yevgeny Vindman filed a whistleblower complaint saying he was retaliated against for raising concerns about Trump's phone call with Zelensky and alleged sexist and unethical behavior by national security adviser Robert O'Brien, as well as O'Brien's senior adviser Alex Gray.

Details from upcoming books

The New York Times' Michael Schmidt has a book coming out called "Donald Trump v. The United States."
Schmidt reports that White House counsel Don McGahn sent a two-page memo to Chief of Staff John Kelly arguing that Jared Kushner's security clearance needed to be downgraded in 2018. Kelly had serious concerns about granting Kushner a top-secret clearance in response to a briefing he had received related to the routine FBI investigation into Kushner’s background. The pair reduced Kushner’s clearance from top secret to secret, but ultimately Trump intervened to ensure Kushner got his top-secret security clearance.
Schmidt reports that the day after Trump fired Comey, the president offered then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly the job - but demanded Kelly be loyal to “only him.” "Kelly immediately realized the problem with Trump's request for loyalty, and he pushed back on the president's demand," Schmidt writes. "Kelly has told others that Trump wanted to behave like an authoritarian and repeatedly had to be restrained and told what he could and could not legally do."
Schmidt reports that Pence was ready to take over for Trump during his so-called “routine” visit to Walter Reed Medical Center late last year.
Describing Trump’s unexpected November 2019 visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he reports the White House wanted Mike Pence “on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized.” (NYT)
Finally, Schmidt writes that Mitch McConnell fell asleep during a classified briefing on Russia.
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First lady Melania Trump’s former senior adviser and close friend, Stephanie Wolkoff, also has a book coming out.
Donald Trump wanted his inauguration to look like a North Korean military parade. When discussing the parade with Winston Wolkoff and Ivanka during the transition, Trump said: “I want tanks and choppers. Make it look like North Korea,” he told them. Winston Wolkoff wrote: “He really wanted goose-stepping troops and armored tanks? That would break tradition and terrify half the country.”
In her book, she describes how Melania didn’t want to move to the White House right away in part because she didn’t want to have to use the same shower and toilet as former first lady Michelle Obama and was waiting for the bathroom to be renovated. (Politico)
Wolkoff says she is now “working with three different prosecutors” regarding their investigations into Trump’s inaugural committee, which she helped plan. The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York and local attorneys general in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., are reportedly scrutinizing millions of dollars in allegedly excessive and inexplicable expenditures.

Environmental news

FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor repeatedly declined to answer on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday whether he believes human activity is responsible for climate change, instead saying, "I'm going to leave all that up to the scientists."
A U.S. appeals court on Monday overturned the Trump administration’s July 2019 rule that sought to suspend a regulation that more than doubled penalties for automakers failing to meet fuel efficiency requirements.
On Friday, attorneys general from 21 states joined together to sue the Trump administration to stop changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, often called the Magna Carta of environmental laws.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D): “NEPA requires something basic, but very important from the federal government,” he said. “It basically requires the federal government to look before they leap. Pretty straightforward. Look at the science, look at the impacts. What's going to happen if we go forward? ...What the Trump administration wants to do is put blinders on before the federal government leaps, so we don't know what those impacts are.”
Two separate coalitions of green groups are suing the Trump administration to challenge plans that would open 82 percent of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve to oil drilling.
A coalition of 13 groups sued the Interior Department and National Park Service on Wednesday over its decision to ease restrictions on hunting bear cubs and wolf pups at national preserves in Alaska.

Immigration News

The U.S. government has detained children at several major hotel chains — more than previously known — during the coronavirus pandemic instead of transferring them to government-funded shelters. Since March, the Trump administration has used hotels to hold at least 660 children, most unaccompanied by a parent, before expelling them to their countries of origin.
A 50-year-old Honduran man who had been in ICE custody died at a Texas hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. The man had been detained at the Joe Corley Processing Center in Conroe, Texas, where, according to agency statistics, 50 people have tested positive for the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
Two women who were featured in a video of a naturalization ceremony shown at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night said they did not know it would be aired at the political event.
Customs and Border Protection paid $476K for people's phone location data from a company that's under investigation for selling personal data.
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2020.08.24 17:35 table_fireplace Register to vote by October 5th and make sure your vote is counted!

The 2020 election will be one of the most important in history. Make sure you are registered to vote, and that your vote is counted! In Texas, you must register by October 5th. You can register at https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/index.html
Early in-person voting in Montgomery County starts on October 13th and ends on October 30th. You can vote at any early voting location in the county you’re registered in; find times and locations at the Montgomery County Elections site or here. Be aware that each location is open on specific dates!
If you have a disability, are 65 or older, or will be outside your home county during early voting and Election Day (college students, take note!), you can vote by mail. You can request a mail-in ballot via this link: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/votereqabbm.shtml. Do so as soon as possible to make sure it arrives and is sent back on time. Your ballot must be received by Election Day, November 3rd. Send it back as soon as possible, or drop it off in person at your early voting clerk’s office if you'd prefer. For Montgomery County, that's 9159 Airport Road, Conroe, Texas.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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2020.08.24 02:40 table_fireplace Register to vote by October 5th and make sure your vote is counted!

The 2020 election will be one of the most important in history. Make sure you are registered to vote, and that your vote is counted! In Texas, you must register by October 5th. You can register at https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/index.html
Early in-person voting in Montgomery County starts on October 13th and ends on October 30th. You can vote at any early voting location in the county you’re registered in; find times locations at the Montgomery County Elections site or here. Be aware that each location is open on specific dates!
If you have a disability, are 65 or older, or will be outside your home county during early voting and Election Day (college students, take note!), you can vote by mail. You can request a mail-in ballot via this link: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/votereqabbm.shtml. Do so as soon as possible to make sure it arrives and is sent back on time. Your ballot must be received by Election Day, November 3rd. Send it back as soon as possible, or drop it off in person at your early voting clerk’s office if you'd prefer. For Montgomery County, that's 9159 Airport Road, Conroe, Texas.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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2020.07.19 04:43 AintEverLucky Checking in on Texas schools, Start of Fall 2020 edition -- when will 100+ large ISDs start the new school year, virtual vs in-person, etc

Howdy one and all. As I post this, Sunday July 19th, we're mere weeks from when Independent School Districts across Texas plan to start the 2020-21 school year. Similar to April when Spring 2020 started winding down, I figured it may help some folks if we had one consolidated thread to collect start-of-school news.
I'm starting with the districts in and around these areas -- Austin / Central Texas; Corpus Christi / Coastal Bend; Dallas / Ft. Worth; El Paso; Houston; Lubbock; Rio Grande Valley; San Antonio; and Waco/Killeen area. If or when Redditors pass along information about other large ISDs that I may have overlooked, feel free to mention them in the comments (with links if possible! thank you) and I'll update the top-note with those additions.
A few things to remember in terms of statewide guidelines from the TEA:
With these guidelines in mind, for each district I plan to list the start date listed on their website, as well as whether they plan to start the year with virtual learning only, and if so, for how long. (If I don't mention a virtual-only period, assume that the district will offer virtual and in-person instruction from the start.)
Austin area districts --
Corpus Christi / South Texas districts --
Dallas / Ft. Worth area districts -- please note that while there are heaps & heaps of districts around DFW, I'm sticking with those with enrollment topping 10,000 per this map.
El Paso area districts
Houston area districts -- as with DFW, I know there are umpteen different districts, and just to keep this semi-manageable, I'm going to look at the districts depicted in this map . If anyone wants to add links to districts in the outlying counties, that sounds OK to me.
Lubbock area districts -- going off this Lubbock County map
  • Abernathy ISD
  • Frenship ISD
  • Idalou ISD
  • Lorenzo ISD
  • Lubbock ISD
  • Lubbock-Cooper ISD
  • Lubbock ISD
  • Roosevelt ISD
  • Shallowwater ISD
  • Slaton ISD
  • Southland ISD
Rio Grande Valley districts including Laredo -- going from the TEA map for Education Service Center 1 and its territory stretches from Cameron County clear over to Webb
San Antonio area districts
Waco / Temple / Killeen area districts -- for now I'm going to stick with the bigger districts, i.e. those that contain one 6A high school, This page tied to the ESC for TEA Region 12 lists links to every ISD in the region.
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2020.06.24 23:44 mlhradio Updated list of counties and communities that have mandatory face covering requirements in Texas (as of June 24th)

Hi everyone, once again I updated the list of localities that have issued mandatory face covering requirements in Texas. Several more localities have implemented mandates, a few have extended their orders. The exact wording varies from one place to the next, as well as the timeframe involved; so check with your local community for specifics.
Most recent update: June 27 1am CT.
Note that time deadlines are often extended beyond the original dates, as the situation develops.
List of communities that have made public announcements (in favor or against) since Abbott abdicated leadership on this issue:
# County Population Largest Cities Masks Required? Details
1 Harris 4.65m Houston, Pasadena, The Woodlands, Pearland Yes June 22nd to June 30th, but Katy won't enforce penalties. Pearland issues additional order starting June 28th.
2 Dallas 2.62m Dallas, Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Mesquite Yes June 20th to August 4th
3 Tarrant 2.05m Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie Yes Starting June 26th: "Please, for the love of God, put on a mask" , but Colleyville defies the order.
4 Bexar 1.96m San Antonio Yes June 17th to June 30th
5 Travis 1.23m Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park Yes June 18th to August 15th
6 Collin 969k Plano, Garland, McKinney, Frisco (STILL no information or official announcement)
7 Hidalgo 861k McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Pharr Yes Starting June 18th
8 El Paso 840k El Paso Yes Starting June 21st
9 Denton 836k Plano, Frisco, Carrollton, Denton Partial City of Denton: July 1st to August 4th
10 Fort Bend 765k Pearland, Sugar Land, Missouri City Yes Starting June 25th. Pearland: Starting June 28th.
11 Montgomery 571k The Woodlands, Conroe No Judge sez I'm one of those Muh FreeDumb covidiots that incorrectly believes masks infringes on rights
12 Williamson 548k Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Pflugerville No Even though it's common sense, we're not going to do anything
13 Cameron 424k Brownsville, Harlingen, San Benito, S Padre Yes June 19th to June 30th
14 Brazoria 362k Pearland, Lake Jackson, Alvin No County will leave it up to the cities. Pearland: Starting June 28th.
15 Nueces 361k Corpus Christi Yes June 26th to July 10th
16 Bell 348k Killeen, Temple, Copperas Cove Yes June 29th to July 13th
17 Galveston 335k League City, Galveston, Texas City Partial County says no, but some cities say yes: Galveston (to June 30th) and La Marque and Dickinson.
18 Lubbock 305k Lubbock No In Friday meeting mayor says no order. But Texas Tech says mask required on campus.
19 Webb 275k Laredo Yes Starting June 24th and now extended to July 31st
20 Jefferson 256k Beaumont, Port Arthur Yes June 24th to June 30th and Judge urges cooperation.
21 McLennan 251k Waco Partial Waco extended until July 7th, Hewitt and Woodway only
22 Smith 228k Tyler No Judge still says no, but strongly urges to wear mask
23 Brazos 223k College Station, Bryan Yes County: Starting June 30th, Bryan: Yes, indefinitely and College Station: Until July 10th
24 Hays 214k San Marcos, Kyle, Buda Yes June 22nd to July 20th
29 Ector 157k Odessa No Odessa mayor is drafting ordinance, but not yet done even if Midland is not](https://www.cbs7.com/2020/06/24/city-of-odessa-considering-possible-mask-ordinance/)
30 Ellis 150k Waxahachie, Red Oak, Midlothian No We're not going to do it.
31 Guadalupe 132k Seguin No No mandate, just going to strongly urge people.
32 Comal 131k New Braunfels Partial In city of New Braunfels starting June 29th
36 Gregg 123k Longview No Nope, because Muh FreeDumbs and also I can't enforce it
43 Victoria 92k Victoria No We're looking into it, let's see how it works out for others first
Angelina 87k Lufkin No No decision yet, but city of Lufkin strongly considering it.
45 Orange 85k Orange, "Sundown" Vidor No City of Orange: I'm worried about litigation, but open to suggestions
51 Coryell 76k Gatesville Yes Emergency order extended to July 27th
San Patricio 65k Portland, Mathis, Sinton Yes July 1st to July 31st
55 Starr 64k Rio Grande City, Roma Yes Starting June 19th
59 Hardin 57k Kountze, Silsbee No Nah, but it should be our decision
Waller 55k Hempstead, Brookshire No We might change our mind, but we're not a big city so we should be okay herp derp
Maverick 54k Eagle Pass Yes Starting June 22nd
Val Verde 49k Del Rio Yes June 20th to July 3rd
Navarro 48k Corsicana Yes Starting June 29th.
Caldwell 38k Lockhart Partial City of Lockhart: Starting June 25th
Chambers 35k Winnie, Anahuac Yes Starting June 25th
Kleberg 31k Kingsville No Order expected to be issued on Monday, June 22nd
Aransas 26k Rockport Partial Port Aransas only, June 24th to July 1st
Willacy 22k Raymondville Yes Starting June 20th
Brooks 7k Falfurrias Yes Starting June 18th
Presidio 7k Presidio Partial Marfa only, Starting June 22nd
Jim Hogg 5k Hebbronville Yes Starting June 20th
And for all of the Covid Truthers out there spouting off nonsense like "look at the deaths, not the cases!" or "it's trending down" or "it's not where I live" or "masks aren't really effective anyway" or "it's just as bad as the flu" or "it infringes on my rights I just made up" -- please, no one want to hear it. Seriously. Just shut up and wear your damn mask already. How hard is that to do, you pansies?
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2020.06.21 22:55 mlhradio List of Counties and Cities in Texas with Mandatory Face Coverings (updated list)

Hi everyone, I updated the list of localities that have issued mandatory face covering requirements in Texas. Several more localities have implemented mandates, a few have extended their orders. The exact wording varies from one place to the next, as well as the timeframe involved; so check with your local community for specifics.
Most recent update: June 24 4pm CT.
Note that time deadlines are often extended beyond the original dates, as the situation develops.
List of communities that have made public announcements (in favor or against) since Abbott abdicated leadership on this issue:
# County Population Largest Cities Masks Required? Details
1 Harris 4.65m Houston, Pasadena, The Woodlands, Pearland Yes June 22nd to June 30th, but Katy won't enforce penalties
2 Dallas 2.62m Dallas, Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Mesquite Yes June 20th to August 4th
3 Tarrant 2.05m Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie No We have no plans at this time but will be discussed at next meeting
4 Bexar 1.96m San Antonio Yes June 17th to June 30th
5 Travis 1.23m Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park Yes June 18th to August 15th
6 Collin 969k Plano, Garland, McKinney, Frisco (no information)
7 Hidalgo 861k McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Pharr Yes Starting June 18th
8 El Paso 840k El Paso Yes Starting June 21st
9 Denton 836k Plano, Frisco, Carrollton, Denton No County and city officials are conflicted, but ultimately county says no, and city won't commit
10 Fort Bend 765k Pearland, Sugar Land, Missouri City Yes Starting June 25th
11 Montgomery 571k The Woodlands, Conroe No Judge sez I'm one of those Muh FreeDumb covidiots that incorrectly believes masks infringes on rights
12 Williamson 548k Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Pflugerville No Even though it's common sense, we're not going to do anything
13 Cameron 424k Brownsville, Harlingen, San Benito, S Padre Yes June 19th to June 30th
14 Brazoria 362k Pearland, Lake Jackson, Alvin No County will leave it up to the cities
15 Nueces 361k Corpus Christi Yes June 26th to July 10th
16 Bell 348k Killeen, Temple, Copperas Cove Yes June 29th to July 13th
17 Galveston 335k League City, Galveston, Texas City Partial County says no, but Galveston (to June 30th) and La Marque say yes
18 Lubbock 305k Lubbock No City officials not interested, still adhering to that personal responsibility nonsense. But Tech Tech says mask required on campus.
19 Webb 275k Laredo Yes Starting June 24th and now extended to July 31st
20 Jefferson 256k Beaumont, Port Arthur Yes June 24th to June 30th
21 McLennan 251k Waco Partial Waco extended until July 7th, Hewitt and Woodway only
22 Smith 228k Tyler No Steadfastly sticking to their "it's a personal freedumb" thing
23 Brazos 223k College Station, Bryan No I'm not a proponent of it, and I don't know who will enforce it, says cowardly Brazos Co. judge (but they are required on TAMU campus)
24 Hays 214k San Marcos, Kyle, Buda Yes June 22nd to July 20th
29 Ector 157k Odessa No After Weds meeting, Odessa mayor ready for a mask ordnance (and is drafting one now) even if Midland is not
30 Comal 131k New Braunfels Partial In city of New Braunfels starting June 29th
36 Gregg 123k Longview No Nope, because Muh FreeDumbs and also I can't enforce it
43 Victoria 92k Victoria No We're looking into it, let's see how it works out for others first
45 Orange 85k Orange, "Sundown" Vidor No City of Orange: I'm worried about litigation, but open to suggestions
51 Coryell 76k Gatesville Yes Emergency order extended to July 27th
55 Starr 64k Rio Grande City, Roma Yes Starting June 19th
59 Hardin 57k Kountze, Silsbee No Nah, but it should be our decision
Waller 55k Hempstead, Brookshire No We might change our mind, but we're not a big city so we should be okay herp derp
Maverick 54k Eagle Pass Yes Starting June 22nd
Val Verde 49k Del Rio Yes June 20th to July 3rd
Kleberg 31k Kingsville No Order expected to be issued on Monday, June 22nd
Aransas 26k Rockport Partial Port Aransas only, June 24th to July 1st
Willacy 22k Raymondville Yes Starting June 20th
Brooks 7k Falfurrias Yes Starting June 18th
Presidio 7k Presidio Partial Marfa only, Starting June 22nd
Jim Hogg 5k Hebbronville Yes Starting June 20th
And for all of the Covid Truthers out there spouting off nonsense like "look at the deaths, not the cases!" or "it's trending down" or "it's not where I live" or "masks aren't really effective anyway" or "it's just as bad as the flu" or "it infringes on my rights I just made up" -- please, no one want to hear it. Just shut up and wear your damn mask already. How hard is that to do, you pansies?
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2020.03.29 09:45 AintEverLucky checking in on Texas school districts -- here are 79 districts planning to remain closed past April 3rd

EDIT TO ADD on April 17th -- Gov. Abbott just ordered all TX schools (public, private & colleges) to remain closed "for the foreseeable future" i.e. for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year
Previous EDIT TO ADD on March 31st -- Gov. Abbott just ordered all TX schools to remain closed until May 4th
Original text on March 29th -- Hey folks. I know Gov. Abbott's Executive Order decreed that all schools throughout Texas should close through April 3rd, which is this next Friday. I'm also aware that some districts have made their own decisions to extend further.
I figured it may help some folks if we had an updated thread to collect this news. So I Googled the districts in and around the state's main urban areas -- Houston, Dallas / Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso.
Again this is ONLY districts that have extended past the Governor's order of April 3rd, even if it's one extra school day. So if you don't see a large ISD in the list below, I probably left it off because it's sticking with April 3rd. But if you know of any beyond April 3rd that I've overlooked, feel free to mention them in the comments (with links if possible! thank you) and I'll update the top-note with those additions.
Thanks to tips from these folks & more, now (at 4:30 pm on March 29th) we're at 100+ districts! Shout-outs to u/Elderkind1 , u/Sparkledavisjr , u/lilacxsage , u/eternalgoatslayer , u/-Pick3lR1ck- and u/mirtheil and u/loveslit.
also per u/SodaCanBob: "Harmony (a charter district that is state-wide) is closed "until further notice"
Austin area districts -- note that Travis County has a "Stay at Home" order effective thru April 13th
Corpus Christi / South Texas districts -- hat tip to u/NO_internetpresence and also, more information about districts in the Greater Coastal Bend area here
Dallas / Ft. Worth area districts -- please note that while there are heaps & heaps of districts around DFW, I'm sticking with those with enrollment topping 10,000 per this map . If you want to add any of the smaller districts in the comments, be my guest. And please know that these following large districts currently plan to reopen on April 6th -- Allen, Arlington, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Frisco, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano and Wylie.
El Paso area districts
Houston area districts -- as with DFW, I know there are umpteen different districts, and just to keep this semi-manageable, I'm going to look at the districts depicted in this map . If anyone wants to add links to districts in the outlying counties, that sounds OK to me.
San Antonio area districts
Waco / Temple / Killeen area districts -- hat tip to u/Wacokidmongo (lol, Blazing Saddles) for notifying me about this sweet list of Central Texas districts which, for now, says almost all of them currently plan to reopen on April 6th.
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2020.02.07 15:06 keepingitrealestate Finding an Apartment in Houston: Comprehensive Guide

The Moving to Houston post for newcomers has a lot of great info, but there are still a lot of repetitive posts/questions asked regularly. So, this is my attempt at a detailed guide to finding an apartment in Houston.

1) Where/How to Search

2) When to look

3) Types of apartments, leases, units, and amenities

4) Floor plans

Most apartment websites should have floor plans available online. They will either have fancy made up names for the floor plans, a system where A means one bedroom and B means 2 bedrooms, or just use the square footage. For the A/B system they attach numbers with these starting with this smallest square footage (ex: A4 would be their mid-sized 1 bedroom). Leasing agents will tell you these as if you have them memorized like they do. Square footage isn't everything if it's an awkward shaped unit. Be sure to know the location of the exact unit you're looking to lease. There might be a reason certain units are less expensive, like if it has a bad view or say faces nearby train tracks. Older complexes may update certain units with things like newer appliances or back splash as tenants move out and call the older units they haven't updated their "classic" look, which typically has a lower rent price.

5) Costs involved

6) Reddit’s 42 Rules for Apartment Searching/Touring

This LPT post is 5 years old, but most everything holds true and a lot of the same info is sprinkled throughout this post. Please remember to bring a government issued ID when touring.

7) Safety

8) Flooding

  1. Spring/Tomball (3,070 units)- 21%
  2. Cypress/Waller (1,228 units)- 18.4%
  3. Humble/Kingwood (2,848 units)- 17.8%
  4. Friendswood/Pearland (2,368 units)- 15.8%
  5. Far West (4,754 units)- 15.4%
  6. Greater Heights/Washington Ave (2,022 units)- 14.8%
  7. Galleria/Uptown-(3,244 units) 13.9%
  8. North Central (3,048 units)- 12.9%
  9. Pasadena/Southeast (2,967 units)- 10.9%
  10. Alief (1,953 units)- 9.9%
Others: Gulfton/Westbury (2,910 units) 9%, Downtown/Motrose/River Oaks (1,382 units)- 7%, Bear Creek/Katy (1,993 units)- 6%, Clear Lake (1,418 units)-5%, Conroe (624 units)- 4%, Spring Branch (780 units)- 4%, Sugar land/Stafford (615 units)- 4%, East Inner Loop (512 units)- 4%, Rosenberg/Richmond (369 units)- 4%, Sharpstown (717 units)- 2%
“There’s no law that requires an apartment complex to notify you voluntarily whether an apartment flooded, but certainly you can ask questions,” he said.

9) Driving to work

Native Houstonians know this like humidity: you want to live as close to where you work as possible and avoid traffic.

10) Apartment Reviews

Google Maps, Apartment Ratings, and Yelp. Apartment Guide has them, but seem to be inconsistent.
I’d take all of these with a grain of salt and make sure to sort by recent reviews. One thing to look for is changes in property management. Apartment complexes are bought and sold regularly, which can be for better or worse. They often change names when they switch hands if there was a bad reputation.

11) Application

Here is a standard application form. A lot of places will have online applications like Blue Moon Forms that require similar information. Should have your ID of course. Have your previous addresses and landlord information ready. Some ask for personal references and always emergency contact information. Know the make/model and color of your vehicle along with the license plate number. There is typically rental history, credit, and background check. Income requirements can range, but is usually at least x2-3 monthly rent. They may ask for tax documents, bank statements, pay stubs, or an offer letters as proof of income. Be ready for app fees from $25-75/applicant which are usually charged up front. Other fees like administrative and deposits might be due up front or on move-in day. Most places have modernized to accept credit cards, but some still require personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders. If you don’t have a check book, a lot of banks will print a sheet of them for you for free or a small cost. Approval usually take 24-72 hours to process. In the meantime, ask to review the lease.

12) Signing a lease

13) Moving in/Utilities

14) “Aggressive” Breed Restrictions

Many of the larger property management companies have restrictions on weight limits and a list of dog breeds they consider aggressive. Emotional Support Animals are covered under the ADA and Fair Housing. Because of these rules, apartments typically cannot reject certified Emotional Support dogs based on their breed. You are still responsible for any damages your pet causes. Search Emotional Support Animal Certificate Texas if you would like to research this further. Use this information how you will.

15) Felonies, misdemeanors, evictions, broken leases, bad credit, low income

There are apartments out there that accept these, but might be tougher to search or filter on the websites listed above on exact policies for each complex. Most private/smaller communities will still conduct background, rental history, and credit checks, but might be more lenient than places with corporate policies set in place. There are some resources out there for companies that help with “Second Chance” leases, but be aware that it can be pricey as they require fees and deposits since they are essentially co-signing on the apartment. Criminal records are often case by case, after a certain period, and have a tendency to be more accepting of non-violent offenses. Here is an article that might be more helpful. Broken leases or evictions often require it be after a certain period, under a certain amount, and/or paid off and may also require higher deposits. Bad credit may require a cosigner, higher deposit, or a certain amount of months paid up front. Houston Housing Authority is a resource for low income housing options.

16) Renter’s Rights

Resources: Attorney General, City of Houston, Request to make repairs sample form, Texas Law Help, Houston Apartment Association, Texas Apartment Association. Calling 311 can also help if you need to report to the city any type of building or health code violations. If it comes to you suing an apartment complex, it will likely be through Small Claims Court. You can pursue this on your own or with the help of a lawyer.

17) Student/Senior housing

I’m honestly not too familiar with these. For students, your university websites should have more information to be able to guide for on-campus living. Off-campus should be able to use the rest of this guide. For Seniors, some of the apartment websites above have options to filter for senior living and there are companies and websites geared toward this specifically.

18) Short term/Furnished/Corporate housing

Most advertised pricing for apartment complexes are for long term leases of +12 months. Complexes want to stagger when leases come up so they aren’t all in the same month. You might get lucky with pricing on a 3-6 month lease, but typically you’re looking at a huge increase in price. Companies may rent a block of apartments at a complex and rent out as corporate housing and there are companies in Houston that specialize in this you can easily find on Google. These are typically pricey as well. Some of the websites listed above have filters to search for apartments that have corporate housing, but may only list prices for long term leases and require you to call for pricing. Also check out extended stay hotels and websites like Airbnb, VRBO, or HomeAway and look for places that offer discount for stays over a month. Craigslist also has a sublet/temporary section along with searching Facebook Marketplace Rentals.

Hope y’all find this useful. Please let me know if there's any additional information that might be helpful to add.
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2019.10.03 10:47 Ravenwrite [D&D 5E] Dm looking for players in Conroe/ The Woodlands, Texas area.

If you are interested please send me a message through Reddit and I will reply as soon as possible. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Schedule: TBD, will be decided by the group at a later date, based on schedules and availability.
Roles sought: Looking for players, I already have 3 players who are going to start a new campaign, once we have more players. I am looking for more players to round out the group.
Game style: I usually run sandbox-style games and as such there will be combat, roleplaying (not required, but encouraged), and many other game styles. For the most part, the atmosphere will be relaxed and focused on enjoying the game and hanging out.
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2019.09.27 06:00 assessment_bot [ Fatal(2) ] [ 09/21/2019 ] Cessna A185, Conroe/ TX

On September 21, 2019 about 1825 central daylight time, a Cessna A185F amphibian floatplane, Canadian registered C-GOZJ, was destroyed when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Conroe North Houston Regional Airport (CXO) in Conroe, Texas. The two Canadian licensed, single-engine land, private pilots were fatally injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the private flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan had been filed. The airplane was based at CXO and departed at 1824 local.
According to a witness at Galaxy FBO, he was sitting in the office when he saw the single engine airplane with floats taking-off on Runway 14, heading straight ahead. It appeared like a normal climb, with no flaps down. The airplane engine had a backfire sound, like a loud "pop! pop!". He stated it sounded as though the engine was "powering down," after a few seconds, he heard the sound of the engine "powering back up. It sounded like power was being put in to help the aircraft try to climb." About that time, he heard the pilot radio the tower "we have a fuel problem; we are going to return to the airport". He ran outside and took a golf cart to the edge of the arrival canopy. Looking toward the end of runway 32, he saw a glimpse of the airplane's tail straight up, then it disappeared behind the trees, and light layer of smoke followed.
The main wreckage came to rest approximately 220 yards east-southeast of the runway 32 end; in a wet, grassy field. The airplane came to rest at a magnetic heading of 291 at an elevation of 200 ft. The airplane impacted the ground about 45, nose-down position. The main wreckage included the propellers, engine, wings, fuselage, tail, and float sections. The front of the airplane, from the propeller to the 2 front seats, was embedded in the muddy ground.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20190921X12124 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: CEN19FA325
Event Date: 09/21/2019 Location: Conroe, TX Country: United States
Latitude: 30.344722 Longitude: -95.405278 Airport Code: CXO
Airport Name: Conroe-North Houston Rgnl Injury Severity: Fatal(2) Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: C-GOZJ Make: Cessna
Model: A185 Amateur Built: No Number of Engines:
Engine Type: FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Personal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries: 2
Total Serious Injuries: Total Minor Injuries: Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: Broad Phase of Flight: TAKEOFF Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 09/25/2019
http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20190921X12124
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2019.09.15 06:09 assessment_bot [ Non-Fatal ] [ 08/31/2019 ] Piper PA28, Conroe/ TX

On August 31, 2019, about 0800 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140 (Cherokee Cruiser) airplane, N55633, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a large pond near Conroe, Texas. The commercial pilot and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Palestine Municipal Airport (PSN), Palestine, Texas, about 0700.
The pilot reported the purpose of the flight was to transport him and his sister to the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (CXO), Conroe, Texas, for a personal event. The flight originated from the Cherokee County Airport (JSO), Jacksonville, Texas at 0620. The airplane was previously filled with fuel and the pilot verified the fuel status before departing, which was 36 gallons of fuel onboard. The airplane arrived at PSN at 0645, and the pilot picked up his sister. After greetings, a passenger briefing, the runup procedures, and taxiing, the airplane departed from PSN at 0700 for CXO.
For the fuel planning for the flight, the pilot reported his plan was to use the right fuel tank until the descent into CXO. When the onboard global positioning system showed the airplane was about 15 miles (nautical) north of CXO, the pilot turned on the fuel pump and switched to the left fuel tank. After coordination with the air traffic control tower at CXO, the pilot maneuvered the airplane for a straight-in approach to runway 14. As the airplane approached the traffic pattern altitude and with the airport in sight, the pilot executed the before landing check.
The engine rpm was set to 1800, the mixture was adjusted to full rich, and the carburetor heat was turned on. The pilot reported that as soon as he turned the carburetor heat on, the engine went to idle. He immediately turned the carburetor heat back to off. He surmised that having the carburetor heat off would not fix the problem, and so he turned the carburetor heat back on.
After assessing the situation and realizing the airplane didn't have adequate power for flight, the pilot called the air traffic control tower at CXO to report the emergency and elected to conduct a forced landing to a nearby road. The pilot verified all of the circuit breakers were in, he verified the various switches were in the correct locations (particularly making sure the fuel pump switch and the master switch were both on), he verified the position of the magneto switch, and the location of the controls of the throttle quadrant. He reported he did not observe anything out of place.
He did not try to turn the magneto key since it was already in position and the engine was still running, but at idle. He switched the fuel selector back to the right fuel tank, he cycled the throttle twice, and left it at full power. The airplane was about 100 ft and 60 kts over the trees and the pilot assessed the situation that the airplane would not be able to land to the road. The pilot observed a pond and decided to execute a water landing to the pond. During the water impact, the airplane came to rest upside down, in a nose-down attitude as shown below in figure 1. The left wing sustained substantial damage from the water impact.
The circular shaped freshwater pond has an estimated width of 520 ft and a length of 430 ft. The estimated depth of where the airplane came to rest in the pond was between 5 to 7 ft. The bottom of the pond consisted of sand. The pond is about 3 miles to the north of the threshold for runway 14 at CXO.
During the underwater egression, the pilot stationed in the left seat and passenger stationed in the right seat released themselves from their restraint systems, up righted themselves, and switched positions in the cockpit since the door was on the passenger's side (the right side of the cockpit). In the Piper PA-28 series, the pilot is stationed in the left seat and there is only one door which is on the right side of the cockpit, above the right wing. After they switched positions, part of a passenger window breached from the force of the water, and water rapidly filled up the cabin and cockpit.
The pilot turned the safety latch at the center top of door, which was under his feet, and reported "it didn't feel right." He then pulled the locking latch located on the rearward side of the door, but it would not move. Since he could not open the door to egress, he then punctured and pushed out the acrylic glass door window, which provided a suitable avenue of escape for him and the passenger as shown below in figure 2. The pilot and passenger waded to shore without further incident. A good Samaritan driving by stopped to assist the pilot and passenger, and first responders were contacted. The airplane was recovered from the pond and moved to a secure location for a future examination of the airframe and engine.
The NTSB has previously identified egression difficulties with the Piper PA-28 series, particularly with an accident involving a fire or water egression. NTSB Safety Recommendations Letter A-81-26 Through -28, based upon several Piper PA-28 accidents, states in part:
The cabin door on the Cherokee, like several other single-engine aircraft designed for five or less persons, is the only available exit. Therefore, when the cabin door becomes jammed, blocked, or otherwise unusable during an accident, there are no alternate means of egress. Furthermore, the Cherokee door is designed with two separate latches: a locking latch located on the rearward side of the door, and a safety latch at the center top of the door which should be latched prior to the flight to provide a proper seal around the door. The prompt location and operation of the top safety latch can be difficult for occupants and rescuers alike.
The four-seat capacity airplane, serial number 28-7325447, was manufactured in 1973. The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming Engines O-320 series engine. According to the pilot, the airplane's registration records were in the process of being changed at the time of the accident.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20190902X23852 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: CEN19LA299
Event Date: 08/31/2019 Location: Conroe, TX Country: United States
Latitude: 30.403889 Longitude: -95.437222 Airport Code: CXO
Airport Name: Conroe-North Houston Rgnl Injury Severity: Non-Fatal Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N55633 Make: Piper
Model: PA28 Amateur Built: No Number of Engines: 1
Engine Type: Reciprocating FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Personal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries:
Total Serious Injuries: Total Minor Injuries: 2 Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: CRUISE Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 09/12/2019
http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20190902X23852
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2019.08.30 07:24 cgmercedesbenz Mercedes Benz Mechanic Repair & Service Near Me Houston TX, USA

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2019.07.07 04:17 ZynoT Rock hunting locations in and around Houston?

So my new girlfriend that I absolutely love very much is into rocks, not what I expected but I'm cool with it. I was wondering if there were any cool spots to search and semi dig for gems and geodes or any crystals? I'm not going diamond hunting and bringing a shovel and tools. Just basic fun digging around with basic small gardening tools and a backpack. More like a fun date day finding cool rocks. Preferably in Houston and the surrounding areas, like Conroe, Willis, new caney, humble, atascocita, places like that. I'm not up for driving to Austin or Central Texas. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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2019.07.02 10:32 Texas-Insurance Independent Insurance Agency Conroe & The Woodlands Texas

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2019.06.27 13:54 assessment_bot [ Fatal(1) ] [ 06/14/2019 ] PIPER PA28, Huntsville/ TX

On June 14, 2019, about 1828 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180 airplane, N9754J, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain following a loss of engine power while approaching to land at the Huntsville Municipal Airport (UTS), Huntsville, Texas. The pilot received serious injuries and the passenger was fatally injured. The aircraft was registered to AMWR LLC and operated by the General Chennault Flying Tiger Academy under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (CXO), Conroe, Texas about 1754, with intended landings at Livingston Municipal Airport (00R) and UTS.
The airplane impacted trees and terrain about 6 nautical miles east-northeast of UTS. The accident site was heavly wooded and the first identified tree was impacted about 50 ft above ground level. The fuselage came to rest about 100 ft and 300 degrees from the initial tree impact.The outboard right wing was located between the initial tree impact and the fuselage and the left wing and the right wing root were located next to the fuselage. One stabilator half was located near the outboard right wing and the other stabilator half was located near the engine. The engine came to rest at the forward end of the fuselage. It was broken loose from the fusealage at the engine mounts and remained partially attached by hoses and engine control cables.
The elevator control system remained intact and functional from the control yokes aft to the center stabilator spar. The rudder control system remained intact and functional from the rudder pedals aft to the rudder. The aileron control system exhibited two breaks in the control cabling leading to the right aileron control bellcrank. The breaks exhibited signatures consistent with overload failure. The right aileron bellcrank remained attached to the wing structure and the pushrod remained attached to the aileron and the bellcrank. The left aileron bellcrank had been ripped from the structure and the pushrod was broken at the pushrod spherical end fitting. The remainder of the pushrod remained attached to the aileron. The aileron cables from the wing roots forward to the control yokes remained intact.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20190615X10703 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: CEN19FA170
Event Date: 06/14/2019 Location: Huntsville, TX Country: United States
Latitude: 30.782500 Longitude: -95.487500 Airport Code: UTS
Airport Name: Huntsville Muni Injury Severity: Fatal(1) Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N9754J Make: PIPER
Model: PA28 Amateur Built: No Number of Engines: 1
Engine Type: Reciprocating FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Personal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries: 1
Total Serious Injuries: 1 Total Minor Injuries: Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: DESCENT Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 06/24/2019
http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20190615X10703
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2019.04.11 17:56 horsecake22 Texas Meet Up Next Weekend, LSHT Section Hike

Dates: 04/19-04/20 Lone Star Hiking Trail
What: The Lone Start Hiking Trail, East to West. Mile 16.5 at Lake Conroe to Mile 0 at Trailhead 1.
Where: The closest trailhead to Lake Conroe is Trailhead 6, less than a mile from the actual lake and the first come first serve campsites available. Our section hike will end at Trailhead 1. The trailheads are only a 12 minute drive apart, so the plan would be to stage a vehicle or two at Trailhead 1. At the end of the hike, we can coordinate shuttling people back to Trailhead 6.
When: I plan to be there around evening time on April 19th. Most people will be leaving work and heading over to Lake Conroe, so feel free trickle in at your earliest convince. The Lake is expansive, but campsites are first come first serve. This would be a good time to compare gear, stare at u/DatBobaLife’s Aeon Li, swap stories, or hang out and play with a frisbee: )
The next day we can watch the sun rise over the lake, and head out of camp no later than 9 AM. That way we can finish the 16.5 miles and have people home by Saturday evening.
Weather: Spring will be in full swing! Highs can get into the low to mid 80s, and lows can dip into the low 50s. Here’s a link to historical weather date on the area. Rain chances will more than likely be low, but decisions on gear and clothes should be made no sooner than 72 hours before Friday evening. Weather can be fickle in Texas, especially in Spring.
Additional Information: Bug pressure might be low, or high. I would assume the worst and treat my clothes with permethrin, bring Deet or Picaridin, and carry a head net. You know your comfort level the best!
Here’s a trustworthy guide on the Lone Star Hiking Trail and water sources. I found it on the Lone Star Hiking Trail Club’s website, and it has been extremely helpful on my outings in the area. A filter is highly recommended.
Maps can be found for free on the Maprika App, and to some extent on All Trails. The trail is also on Google Maps, so you could download the area map on Google and use it offline.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by visiting the ULTexas teamup calendar here: https://teamup.com/kskzxk5rwpwkjkvj5y
Feel free to post excitement or questions below: )
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2019.03.26 16:37 horsecake22 Lone Star Hiking Trail Meet Up

Dates: 04/19-04/20 Lone Star Hiking Trail
What: The Lone Start Hiking Trail, East to West. Mile 16.5 at Lake Conroe to Mile 0 at Trailhead 1.
Where: The closest trailhead to Lake Conroe is Trailhead 6, less than a mile from the actual lake and the first come first serve campsites available. Our section hike will end at Trailhead 1. The trailheads are only 12 minutes apart, so the plan would be to stage a vehicle or two at Trailhead 1. At the end of the hike, we can coordinate shuttling people back to Trailhead 6.
When: I plan to be there around evening time on April 19th. Most people will be leaving work and heading over to Lake Conroe, so feel free trickle in at your earliest convince. The Lake is expansive, but campsites are first come first serve. This would be a good time to compare gear, swap stories, or hang out and play with a frisbee: )
The next day we can watch the sun rise over the lake, and head out of camp no later than 9 AM. That way we can finish the 16.5 miles and have people home by Saturday evening.
Weather: Spring will be in full swing! Highs can get into the low to mid 80s, and lows can dip into the low 50s. Here’s a link to historical weather date on the area. Rain chances will more than likely be low, but decisions on gear and clothes should be made no sooner than 72 hours before Friday evening. Weather can be fickle in Texas, especially in Spring.
Additional Information: Bug pressure might be low, or high. I would assume the worst and treat my clothes with permethrin, bring Deet or Picaridin, and carry a head net. You know your comfort level the best!
Here’s a trustworthy guide on the Lone Star Hiking Trail and water sources. I found it on the Lone Star Hiking Trail Club’s website, and it has been extremely helpful on my outings in the area. A filter is highly recommended.
Maps can be found for free on the Maprika App, and to some extent on All Trails. The trail is also on Google Maps, so you could download the area map on Google and use it offline.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by visiting the ULTexas teamup calendar here: https://teamup.com/kskzxk5rwpwkjkvj5y
Feel free to post excitement or questions below!
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2019.03.25 17:07 horsecake22 Dinosaur Valley Meet Up, March 2019

Where: Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1.25 hours from the Dallas-Fort Worth Area
When: March 15th-16th
Distance: 6.7 miles
Conditions: Highs in the high 50s, lows in the low 30s. Clear skies!
Photo Album: https://imgur.com/a/sxezJbo
Lighterpack: https://lighterpack.com/dyxu34
My gear is pretty dialed in at this point, so there’s not much more to lighten without sacrificing comfort. I usually use these overnighters to test out new ideas and gear. The only thing that was switched out was the tarp for the Zpacks Hexamid. I also tied 1/4th Thinlight on this trip, instead of the Z-Lite.
Useful Pre-Trip Information:
My best friend Andrew was coming into town, and he’d never visited Texas before. Since Spring is in full swing, and wildflowers are in bloom, I decided to take him on a short overnighter. He’s a huge nerd like me, so I figured he’d be into looking at old fossilized dinosaur tracks. He’d never done a backpacking trip before, even as small as this was, so I tried my best to make him comfortable and educate him on the back country.
The DV meet up wasn’t actually my idea. Another redditor set this up. However, said redditor became incapacitated a few days before the trip began. I received a message from another user stating that they had not heard back from OP, so I began to reach out to other redditors who also had not heard back from OP. All of this within just a few days of the trip date. As a result, many people bailed on the trip and made alternate plans despite my efforts to save the meet up.
Sh*t happens. I think Forrest Gump said that. I ultimately found an open campsite last minute and did my best to salvage the trip. However, many headaches could have been avoided if OP would have contacted the participants and or a moderator to ease tensions. Another trip leader could have been found, or the event could have been canceled outright. Both are better options than leaving participants in the dark.
Day 1- 1.0 Mile
Andrew’s flight didn’t come until the late afternoon, so after driving several hours, we made it to Dinosaur Valley well after dark. The self-check-in station was a breeze, especially with the new reservation system. Just fill out the Park’s slip, leave a copy on the dash of your vehicle, and place the slip in the inbox. All cost should have been paid for while registering the site.
I should note here that I never told Andrew that we were going to ford a river. At night no less. As we put on our packs at the trailhead, I said, “I think there’s a small creek not too far from here.” That’s all I told him to prepare. My sense of humor is a little dark.
I called the Ranger Station the day before to gage the river level and had established it was about shin to knee deep, so I wasn’t too concerned about the crossing. Andrew was, and so was I though once we came up to the Puluxy. The river is pretty wide, and I couldn’t help but compare it to one of the many sketchy river crossings on the Eagle Rock Loop. Of course, the Ranger was right, and crossing was easy enough.
After the river, we gained elevation as the trail twisted and turned up to our campsite. We met up with u/figsaw and briefly talked about river spirits and cryptozoology. Fun stuff right before bed! Each primitive campsite reservation can house eight people, but the actual campsites were trashed from previous campers. We found beer cans, microplastic, and a FULL STEAK on the ground. That’s not a typo. A STEAK. No idea how long the stake had been there, but I was weary of setting up camp anywhere near it.
Day 2 5.7 Miles
We made it through the night with no troubles from wildlife. We broke camp and make our way to Buckeye Creek to refill on water. We than attached several trails together in order to see the best of what the park has to offer.
Denio Creek as maybe the most beautiful part of the park. We stopped here to sunbathe and enjoy how quiet the stream was in the early morning. The numerous overlooks were gorgeous along our path. Sometimes when you peered through the trees, you could see HUGE dinosaur statues off in the distance! Not sure who they belonged to, but kudos to you. You made the experience even better.
We finally made our way back to the Puluxy and the first of several dinosaur tracks. I geeked. I’ve seen dinosaur fossils before sure, and life-sized replica models of dinosaurs, but there’s something different about seeing real life evidence of these animals interacting with the real world that’s truly outstanding. Check out the Ballroom Track Site if possible.
Post Trip Notes:
What Worked:
Dinosaur Valley has a lot to offer in such a small area. We did pretty low miles, but we really took our time going through the park. I think the last time I took so many pictures was in Big Bend. The views were gorgeous, and the weather really cooperated. If you wanted to, you could probably add another handful of miles and never repeat a step. I highly recommend this park for your personal pleasure. With better planning, it could even serve as another ULTexas Meet-Up. Does someone else want to set this up? Dinosaur Valley sits in between Houston, Austin, and DFW.
Post Trip Meal was at Hammond’s BBQ in Glen Rose. I highly recommend it.
The Hexamid worked beyond expectations. I had the smallest of spots to choose from, considering the trashed campsite, but the tent has such a small footprint that it didn’t even matter. It was relatively easy to set up, and only took a few minutes. I can see how someone could get sucked into adjusting the tie outs forever, but unless you’re in strong winds, even a half-ass pitch will work just fine. Wish Zpacks would still make it.
¼ in Thinlight from Gossamer Gear was as comfortable as my six panels of z-lite, at a 2 ounce weight savings! However, it’s about 1-2 inches less wide, so some drafts did come through despite having a Palisade. Even so, I never got cold even though the temperatures dipped slightly below freezing.
What Didn’t Work:
The park was dirty with trash. This isn’t the fault of the park, or the volunteers who help clean the park, but of the individual day hikers and campers. Our campsite was full of trash. Near every overlook there was trash. The closer you were to a river crossing, the more abandoned wet socks you could find on the ground.
Leave No Trace is one of the first things I teach whenever I’m guiding a small trip or bringing someone new to the backcountry. It’s disheartening to see a beautiful landscape ruined by careless human error. I even tried to teach Andrew the basic principle of it all, and he had a tepid reaction. LNT is extremely important and helps the public lands we get to enjoy on a nice day. Take pictures, not souvenirs.
The Future:
I think I’d like to host one more ULTexas Meet Up before I leave for the PCT. I’m thinking a section hike overnighter of the Lone Star Hiking Trail. Meet up and stay the night at Lake Conroe near Trailhead 6, then hike to Trailhead 1 for a total of 16 miles. If there’s any interest, I’ll post a meet up thread later in the week. The LSHT is the only long trail we have in the state, and it’s conveniently located between the three major metropolitan areas. Plus, Lake Conroe is probably my favorite place on the whole trail: )
I considered staying at Stubbfield overnight, checking out the bridge crossing I always get asked about, and trekking back to Trailhead 1,but Stubbfield would require reservations. Plus I feel some hikers would be turned off by a 20 mile hike, where as 16 is doable in a day for a good amount of people. I was thinking April 19th and 20th. Let me know.
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2018.10.19 06:00 assessment_bot [ Non-Fatal ] [ 09/19/2018 ] Cessna 206, Sugar Land/ TX

On September 19, 2018 at 1504 central daylight time, a Cessna 206H airplane, N247F, struck power lines and terrain after the engine lost power while on approach to Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR), Sugar Land, Texas. There were no injuries to the two pilots aboard; the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Silver Creek Aviation Services and was operated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, both of Fort Worth, Texas, as a Public Use instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (CXO), Houston, Texas.
Information from the operator indicated that the commercial pilot, under the oversight of a flight instructor, was flying the area navigation (RNAV) global positioning system (GPS) instrument approach to runway 17. After crossing CASOB, the final approach fix, and before arriving at the missed approach point (MAP), the engine lost power. The instructor took control and maneuvered the airplane over a set of power lines. He was attempting to maneuver the airplane under a second set of power lines when the right wing struck one of the lines. The airplane touched down on a roadway, but its left wing struck a passing vehicle. The landing gear then struck the concrete median, yawing the airplane clockwise, and the tail struck a second vehicle.
The left wing was bent up, there was a gash in the right wing leading edge, and the fuselage was almost completely severed aft of the cabin area.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20180919X84852 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: CEN18LA382
Event Date: 09/19/2018 Location: Sugar Land, TX Country: United States
Latitude: 29.644444 Longitude: -95.656111 Airport Code: SGR
Airport Name: Sugar Land Regional Injury Severity: Non-Fatal Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N247F Make: Cessna
Model: 206 Amateur Built: No Number of Engines: 1
Engine Type: Reciprocating FAR Description: Public Aircraft Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Public Aircraft - Federal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries:
Total Serious Injuries: Total Minor Injuries: 1 Total Uninjured: 2
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: APPROACH Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 10/17/2018
http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20180919X84852
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