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2009-01-05 07:25:00

GALVESTON, Texas, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas coast on September 5, 2008, and thousands of residents from Galveston and surrounding cities are still without shelter. With the help of the employees at Equal Health, some of the residents now living in tents will be able to stay warm in the coming winter nights. On November 29, Brady Spears, Equal Health CEO and former Galveston resident, personally delivered 50 heaters to the displaced families still...

2008-12-09 19:33:09

Hurricane Ike reconfirmed one Texas researcher's idea: Interfering with Galveston Island's natural elevation hurts the island's sand dunes and marsh flora. Ike reconfirmed the basic idea I've had for several years, Rusty Feagin, ecosystem scientist with Texas AgriLife Research at Texas A&M University, said in a news release. The plants on sand dunes and in marshes build an island's elevation, so we shouldn't compromise that. When comparing pre- and post-Ike marshes, Feagin said he found...

2008-10-14 15:15:00

Hospital officials in Galveston, Texas, say Jennifer Hernandez Ramirez became the first baby born on the island since Hurricane Ike hit. The 7-pound, 8-ounce Jennifer was one of six babies born Monday by Caesarean section at the obstetrics branch of John Sealy Hospital, The (Galveston County) Daily News reported Tuesday. The 15-bed maternity unit, which had been forced to close after last month's storm, was reopened Monday to care for high-risk pregnancies, the Daily News reported. The six...

2008-10-14 15:15:00

Galveston, Texas, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says she's hoping the U.S. Postal Service will soon reopen the hurricane-ravaged city's downtown post office. Saying Galveston Island businesses in particular rely on the downtown facility, Thomas Monday pleaded with U.S. Postmaster General John Potter to reopen the post office damaged last month by Hurricane Ike, The (Galveston County) Daily News reported. "This is a real hardship," Thomas said. "Some of our people have no transportation." The...

2008-10-06 21:00:17

By Dina Cappiello, ON THE NET: Post-Hurricane Ike Pollution Response: http:// strikeforce news.com/go/site/771/ National Response Center www.nrc.uscg.mil WASHINGTON - Hurricane Ike's winds and massive waves destroyed oil platforms, tossed storage tanks and punctured pipelines. The environmental damage only now is becoming apparent: At least a half million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the marshes, bayous and bays of Louisiana and Texas, according to an analysis...

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2008-10-06 09:15:00

By James C. McKinley Jr. Jerrith Baird last spoke to his grandmother by telephone the night Hurricane Ike swept away most of the houses on this narrow spit of land. The grandmother, Jennifer McLemore, 58, who worked at a local hospital, had holed up with her dog in a newly built beach house on stilts. She giggled with nervous fear, as she described to her grandson how three neighboring houses were being carried away in a flood, along with a trailer home she owned. Then her cell phone went...

2008-10-05 12:00:13

By Michael Graczyk Associated Press GILCHRIST, Texas -- One of North America's renowned bird- migration and bird-watching areas is strangely silent. Blame Hurricane Ike. "We had red-winged blackbirds, sparrows, a bunch of migrating birds," recalled Ernest Stone, 75, leaning on his cane and surveying debris on the cratered moonscape that used to be the family beach house on Bolivar Peninsula. "I haven't seen a pigeon in a while," he said. "Seagulls. You could always go out and throw a...

2008-10-04 12:15:00

CAPLEN, Texas (AP) -- A homeowner whose beachfront property in Texas was destroyed during Hurricane Ike has found a football-size fossil tooth in the debris. Dorothy Sisk and her colleague, Lamar University paleontologist Jim Westgate, visited her Bolivar Peninsula home after Ike hit. Together they found something unusual in Sisk's front yard: a 6- pound fossil tooth. Westgate believes the fossil is from a Columbian mammoth common in North America until around 10,000 years ago. The tooth,...

2008-10-04 09:00:04

The Associated Press CAPLEN, Texas A homeowner whose beachfront property in Texas was destroyed during Hurricane Ike has found a football-size fossil tooth in the debris. Dorothy Sisk asked her colleague, Lamar University paleontologist Jim Westgate, to accompany her to her Bolivar Peninsula home after Ike hit. Together they found something unusual in the remains of Sisk's front yard: a 6-pound fossil tooth. Westgate believes the fossil is from a Columbian mammoth common in North...

2008-10-04 00:00:23

By Janice Francis-Smith Ivan Cantera surprised his friends - even himself - by making it to the 11th grade. Only one thing was more unexpected than his ability to meet and even succeed the academic requirements for advancement, the handsome, clean-cut teenager told a group of lawmakers gathered Thursday. The big surprise is that Cantera is still alive. "Back in middle school, people wouldn't see me alive now," said Cantera, on Thursday nattily dressed in a black pinstriped shirt, white...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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