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Houston’s Second Ward plans community greenspace on old incinerator site by 2028

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abc13.com – Chaz Miller – 2024-05-24 17:59:53

SUMMARY: Plans are in motion to convert the defunct Velasco Incinerator site in Houston’s Second Ward into a community greenspace by 2028. Acquired by the Houston Land Bank in 2023, the 4.56-acre site has been inactive for decades. The community is encouraged to participate in deciding the park’s final design. Despite concerns of arsenic, lead, and mercury contamination, Rice University Professor James Tour asserts that capping the site can mitigate risks. An environmental meeting for residents will be held on June 21 to provide more information. Regular air-quality monitoring is proposed to ensure safety.

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Texans are seeing less traffic in every major city except for one

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www.kxan.com – Alix Martichoux – 2024-06-22 09:00:00

SUMMARY: A study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute reveals that traffic has significantly decreased in most major Texas cities since 2019. Houston experienced an 11% reduction in traffic delays, San Antonio 10%, and Dallas 1%, while Austin's traffic levels remained unchanged. Smaller cities, including El Paso, McAllen, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville, also saw reductions. However, Laredo experienced a 10% increase in traffic delays, attributed to increased trucking traffic. Nationwide, cities at key trucking intersections and shifts to suburbs have contributed to rising congestion in some areas as people return to offices post-pandemic.

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73-year-old opens fire on 80-year-old man in neighbor dispute after victim rummaged through shooter’s property, HPD says

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-22 08:45:50

SUMMARY: An 80-year-old man in Houston was hospitalized after being shot by his 73-year-old neighbor for allegedly tampering with belongings on the neighbor’s porch, as reported by the Houston Police Department. The incident occurred on the 1500 block of Damarlee Lane around 8:30 p.m. The two men had a prior dispute in early June over similar behavior. On Saturday, the victim was found rummaging under the neighbor’s carport, leading to a confrontation where he swung a cane, prompting the shooter to fire a small pistol. The shooter called 911 and is cooperating with police. The district attorney will determine if charges will be filed.

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There’s more to see at planetariums in North Texas than stars – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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www.nbcdfw.com – Kimberly Richard – 2024-06-22 04:45:04

SUMMARY: “Beautifica,” a 45-minute film blending music and art in a domed setting, is showing at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and The Sky Theater at UNT Denton. Like its predecessor “Mesmerica,” it features music by James Hood and aims to celebrate life and nature. Created by an international team, “Beautifica” began production in 2019 and premiered in Houston in 2022. The pandemic influenced its focus on the preciousness of life. The immersive experience transforms planetariums into vibrant visual and auditory landscapes, attracting new audiences and offering a unique, reflective journey.

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