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2008-09-21 15:30:00

Authorities in hurricane-hit Galveston, Texas, say residents can start returning home at mid-week now that nearly half the city's water system is working again. Residents can begin returning at 6 a.m. Wednesday, but those who live west of the seawall will be discouraged from staying because of the severe damage remaining from last week's hurricane, Ike, the Galveston (Texas) Daily News reported Sunday. Nearly half of the city's water and sewer system was operating again Saturday and city...

2008-09-21 15:30:00

By Cain Burdeau and Angela K. Brown Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Rats, raw sewage and a no-excuses curfew await exiled residents who try to return to storm-wrecked Galveston Island when it reopens this week, officials warned Saturday, a week after Hurricane Ike came thundering ashore. Ugly as the city's last week and immediate future may be, the grim predictions didn't seem to scare some of the 45,000 evacuated islanders from trying to get home, even though most of the island won't...

2008-09-21 09:00:07

By CAIN BURDEAU By Cain Burdeau and Angela K. Brown The Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas Rats, raw sewage and a no-excuses curfew await exiled residents who try to return to storm-wrecked Galveston Island when it reopens this week, officials warned Saturday, a week after Hurricane Ike came thundering ashore. Ugly as the city's past week and immediate future may be, the grim predictions didn't seem to scare some of the 45,000 evacuated islanders from trying to get home, even though...

2008-09-19 09:00:20

By MATTHEW JONES By Matthew Jones The Virginian-Pilot GALVESTON, Texas The landing craft approached the shore, looking for a place to wedge itself into the sand. "Brace for the beach," yelled Chief Warrant Officer Tim Baker. The craft shuddered, then the boat's front gate descended. Baker's amphibious cargo hauler eased into the surf and onto the shore. To the right stood a restaurant that had been stripped to nothing more than its frame. To the left stood three rows of...

2008-09-19 03:00:19

GALVESTON, Texas - Hurricane Ike has killed 47 people since hitting the Gulf Coast over the weekend, officials said Tuesday as President Bush surveyed the damage by helicopter and urged Americans to donate money to victims. The massive storm stranded more than 30,000 evacuees in shelters and left about 2 million Texans without power. The storm earlier claimed more than 80 lives in the Caribbean. Areas such as the resort barrier island of Bolivar Peninsula, just east of Galveston,...

2008-09-18 09:00:07

By JON GAMBRELL By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas Residents of this hurricane-wrecked island city launched an ill- advised attempt to return to their crippled hometown Wednesday but instead fumed in hours of gridlocked traffic only to be turned away at the bridge. Traffic backed up for 20 miles along Interstate 45, the one route onto Galveston Island, jockeying for position with utility workers, repair crews and police trying to begin repairs to the city wrecked...

2008-09-18 09:00:07

By Jon Gambrell Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Residents trying to get back to this hurricane-ravaged city Wednesday spent hours fuming in gridlocked traffic, only to be turned away at the bridge by officials worried that the crippled island can't accommodate that many people. Traffic backed up for 20 miles along I-45, the one route onto Galveston Island, with residents jockeying for position with utility workers, repair crews and police trying to begin repairs to the city wrecked...

2008-09-18 06:00:28

By James C. McKinley Jr. Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed reporting from Houston, and Thayer Evans from Galveston, Texas. * An army of line crews from 31 states has converged on eastern Texas to help deal with the largest power failure in this large state's history. Officials say they fear it could take weeks to restore power in some places, like Galveston and the towns near the Louisiana border, because Hurricane Ike knocked out major transmission lines, substations have been...

2008-09-17 09:05:00

Some areas of Texas hit by Hurricane Ike may be without electricity for several weeks, utility officials said. Meanwhile, city officials in hard-hit Galveston, Texas, suspended their look-and-leave policy that allowed residents to return to check on their homes, The Galveston County Daily News reported CenterPoint Energy officials said up to half of its customers in Houston and surrounding areas may be without power for up to a week, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday. The company...

2008-09-17 09:00:04

By Juana Long Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- The few hundred holdouts on Texas' ravaged Bolivar Peninsula will be required to leave in the next few days, and officials said Tuesday they are ready to use emergency powers to empty the barrier island scraped clean by Hurricane Ike. Judge Jim Yarbrough, the top elected official in Galveston County, said the roughly 250 people who defied warnings they would be killed if they rode out the storm in the rural coastal community are a "hardy...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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