Severe flooding has claimed the lives of at least eight people in Houston, Texas, and over 1,200 have been rescued. Large sections of the Houston metro region are under water on Tuesday, with waters reaching a depth of 15 feet in some locations.
The massive flooding was caused by heavy rain, which fell at a rate of 4 inches per hour Monday. Between 10 and 20 inches of rain fell on parts of Harris county. Damns are in danger of breaking, and drivers trapped in their vehicles on flooded roads are at particularly high risk of drowning.
With 247 delegates at stake for Democrats, and 95 for Republicans, the New York Primary Race is a big deal. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have risen to the occasion, soundly thrashing their political rivals. Trailing behind, Governor John Kasich of Ohio won about 25% of the vote, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the antithesis of a stereotypical New Yorker by any stretch of the imagination, garnered only about 15% of the vote.
Trump, a native New Yorker himself, won well over 50% of the vote, and will likely acquire all 95 delegates. Trump’s victory follows a significant staff shake-up in his campaign, which was apparently a wise move.
So far, Clinton, New York State’s former senator, has won over 57% of the vote. Sanders, who was born and raised in New York before moving to Vermont, won just 43%, further frustrating Sander’s increasingly unlikely bid for the white house.
The Reuters news service has won the Pulitzer for its captivating photography of the migrant crisis. View this engaging collection of photographs exploring the plight of migrants, who seek refuge and struggle to survive. The images are moving, disturbing, and shocking. The photographic collection effectively conveys the pathos of their plight.
March 24, 2016 • “The rising country singer plays rousing odes to drink and trouble at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas.” (NPR)
Watch media coverage of one of the premier running events throughout the world, hosted in one of America’s most historic city’s, with this convenient live-feed.
“The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, United States.It is always held on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathoncompetition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events…” (Read Full Wikipedia Article for History)
April 15, 2016 • “The Louisiana band takes gospel into the garage, and what comes out is fiery rock ‘n’ roll.” (NPR)
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A powerful earthquake struck Ecuador about 8 pm on Saturday, affecting the capital of Quito, and the city of Guayaquil, among other places, and triggering Tsunami warnings along the coast.
The 7.8 magnitude quake’s epicenter was off the northwest Pacific coast, and at least 28 people are dead, along with structural damage, and much fear and confusion. Parts of the capital were without electricity and telephone service, following the quake, but residents successfully communicated using whatsapp on their smart phones.
The temblor follows an earlier earthquake and tremors in Japan that killed 32 people in Kumamoto province, and 9 on Thursday.
Congressional lawmakers are debating a law that would permit U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, like 9/11. Saudi Arabia, the nation of origin for the majority of 9/11 conspirators, opposes the bill, and is threatening to sell off American assets if the bill passes.
The Obama Administration opposes the bill, claiming it could lead to economic risks for the U.S., and clearly Saudi Arabia is a key strategic ally in the middle east. Obviously the Saudis are protecting their own economic interests: there are about three thousand 9/11 victims, so lawsuits could prove costly.
Though the government of Saudi Arabia was never officially linked to the terrorist attacks, one of the 9/11 conspirators, Zacarias Moussaoui, claimed members of the Saudi Royal Family were Al Qaeda supporters. (CNN)
April 16, 2016