Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition: Removing historical bricks to repair piping and roads in Houston

Freedman’s Town Historic Preservation Coalition

Preserve Historic Freedmen’s Town (GoFundMe)

Victory in fight to save historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town

Judge removes city from lawsuit over Freedmen’s Town bricks

Order granted to halt removal of historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town

Freedman’s Town Preservation Coalition

Plan to remove historic Freedmen’s Town bricks halted, for now


Freedmen’s Town Historic District

What Do Freedmen’s Town Residents Think? Should Historic Bricks Stay Or Go?

Freedmen’s Town group gets 14-day delay on paving

Freedmen’s Town historic brick roads get a last-minute reprieve as judge temporarily backs preservationists


Freedmen’s Town Historic Brick Streets on Pinterest

Freedmen’s Town Bricks issue will enter mediation

History of The Gregory School and Freedmen’s Town

Battle to tear up Freedmen’s town bricks continues

Houston To Mediate Over Fate Of Freedmen’s Town Bricks

Judge stops brick removal in Freedmen’s Town


A Brief History of Freedmen’s Town

Battle over historic bricks in Freedman’s Town heads to court

Freedmen’s Town Resident Stands His Ground on the Historic Bricks Issue

Neighborhood Founded by Freed Slaves Rallies to Save Its Brick Roads

Bricks will stay in historic Freedmen’s Town.WAV

SAVE OUR (brick) STREETS in Freedman’s Town by Third Ward Community Cloth

Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Inc.

The Attack On Our Sacred Streets Continues: Does the City of Houston Owe Descendants of Freedmen’s Town “Reparations” for Land and Bricks Purchased by Freed Slaves?

YouTube: Removing of the Historical Bricks in Freedmen’s Town

Citizens Only Get One-Minute to Tell Council to Save Freedman’s Town Historic Bricks


Freedmen’s Town: Historic Houses for Vets

Freedmen’s Town Bricks issue will enter mediation

Order granted to halt removal of historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town – KPRC Houston

About Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition

Refrigeration Violations Found at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Anheuser-Busch Cos. LLC, which makes Budweiser beer and other beverages, has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for two repeat and eight serious safety violations following an inspection of its Columbus, Ohio, brewery’s ammonia refrigeration system. Proposed penalties total $92,400. The February inspection found the company failed to develop procedures for normal and emergency shutdown and restarting of refrigeration systems. Anheuser-Busch’s process hazard analysis failed to address the dangers of overpressurization and ammonia release completely, and failed to address engineering controls and their potential failure. Ammonia, a flammable vapor, can be a health hazard because it is corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs.

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Prepare for Environmental, Health and Safety Concerns

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service | Environmental, Health & Safety
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Regardless of what your organization does, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) permeates every aspect. It can be every bit as important as the product or service you provide.

Attention to EHS concerns will:

  • reduce injuries
  • decrease lost time and revenue
  • avoid legal issues

No matter which aspect of EHS training your organization needs, our TEEX professionals – experts with years of field experience – can put you on the path to success.

You can view on our website what we are currently offering in bothEnvironmental classesHealth and Safety classes, and OSHA classes.

New Nano-paper Filter Can Remove Miniscule Viruses

UPPSALA, Sweden, April 7, 2014 (ENS) – Swedish scientists have developed a paper filter that can remove virus particles with a level of efficiency matching that of the best industrial virus filters. The paper filter consists of 100 percent high purity cellulose nanofibers, directly derived from nature, and is manufactured with traditional papermaking processes.

Researchers at the Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Uppsala University carried out the research in collaboration with virologists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at the Swedish National Veterinary Institute. It is published in current issue of the journal “Advanced Healthcare Materials.”

filter and viruses

Tiny virus particles, a thousand times thinner than a human hair, can only replicate in living cells, but once the cells become infected the viruses can turn out to be extremely pathogenic.

Viruses can actively cause diseases on their own or can transform healthy cells to malignant tumors.

“Viral contamination of biotechnological products is a serious challenge for production of therapeutic proteins and vaccines,” said Albert Mihranyan, associate professor at Uppsala University, who heads the study.

“Because of their small size, virus removal is a non-trivial task. Therefore, inexpensive and robust virus removal filters are in high demand,” he said.

Trillions in Public Spending Will Shift to Greener Purchases

The new Sustainable Public Procurement Programme aims to help governments redirect public spending to purchase goods and services that bring environmental and social benefits by expanding knowledge and access to experts and tools.


The initiative is co-led by the UN Environment Programme, the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner explained how public procurement can amount to trillions of dollars a year. “The Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development nations spent an average 13 percent of Gross Domestic Product on public procurement in 2011, while in some developing nations this can hit 20 percent. This adds up to trillions of dollars globally, demonstrating the scale of the opportunity ahead.”

Autism Triggered in the Womb by ‘Environmental Factors’

The scientists discovered that environmental causes such as exposure to chemicals in some cosmetics and common over-the-counter medications can affect the levels of these lipids.


Autism is a primary disorder of brain development with symptoms ranging from mild to severe and including repetitive behavior, deficits in social interaction, and impaired language. It is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls and the incidence continues to rise.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children now has autism, based on data from 2010.

“We have found that the abnormal level of a lipid molecule called Prostaglandin E2 in the brain can affect the function of Wnt proteins. It is important because this can change the course of early embryonic development,” explained Professor Dorota Crawford in the Faculty of Health and a member of the York Autism Alliance Research Group.

Thai Tanker Sinks, Spilling Oily Sludge

Local media say the Thai-owned vessel sank when the engine room flooded about four kilometers (2.5 miles) from shore near the Mahachai Gulf in water 6.5 meters deep.

The five crewmen were rescued.

Keystone XL Pipeline Fight Heats Up as Decision Nears

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WASHINGTON, DC, April 11, 2014 (ENS) – Two large national public health groups today wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry, joining a request for an in-depth human health study on the Keystone XL  pipeline before the President decides whether to permit the tar sands pipeline to cross the Canada-U.S. border.

The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world, representing health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy makers and health officials at all levels.


The National Association of County and City Health Officials represents 2,700 local health departments across the country.

Proposed by the Canadian corporation TransCanada, the Keystone XL Pipeline would be 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter tar sands oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. There it would meet an existing pipeline to carry tarry diluted bitumen to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

The $5.4 billion pipeline would transport 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil daily, an increase of 45 percent over current import levels. If the pipeline is approved, Canada could produce 300 percent more tar sands oil by 2030.

EPA Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call

EPA Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call – November 21 Teleconference

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Phone Number: (877) 744-6030
Access Code: 99212070

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice invites environmental justice advocates to participate on our next Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call, which will take place onNovember 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This month’s call will focus on two areas:

  • ·    EPA’s ongoing outreach efforts on the carbon pollution guidelines for existing power plants
  • ·    Events celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Executive Order 12898

The purpose of these calls is to provide information to participants about the Agency’s EJ activities and maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates. As EPA continues to advance Plan EJ 2014, the Agency hopes that these calls will better inform the public about EPA’s EJ work and enhance opportunities to take advantage of federal activities. Listen to, or read about, previous calls at

We are taking suggestions on agenda topics for the upcoming call. After receiving your suggestions, we will select the topic(s) that are of general concern to communities. Please keep in mind that the call will only last one hour, so the number of topics discussed will be limited. Submit a topic at

For more information about Plan EJ 2014:


Here’s What’s Happening as of Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Houston City Council Race Results

November 1, 2013

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Denver, CO ( – The sold-out coffee-table book, A Defining Moment: Barack Obama The Historic Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by Patricia Duncan, will be released on November 1, 2013 as a complete, full-color reprint in eBook format.

A Defining Moment is an unprecedented collection of photographs and speeches documenting the historic journey of America’s first African American president to his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It offers insight into the two-year campaign that promised change, and reminds us of the inspirational battle cry of our nation, “Yes We Can”. A Defining Moment will remain invaluable to the reader, and historically relevant, long after the President has left office.

* Nominated for NAACP Image Award 2012 in the category of Outstanding Works of A Debut Author.

* Placed in the Library of Congress, June 2013

“Everyone will enjoy reading this book because, not only does it document one of the most historic events in our nation’s history, it celebrates Ms. Duncan’s artistic talent.” — Elbra Wedgeworth, President/Chair of the Board, Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee.

A Defining Moment, introductory price $4.44, for a limited time only.

Go to for more information and to purchase your copy on Amazon ( beginning November 1, 2013.


Social Security announces 1.5% COLA in 2014

The Social Security Administration announced that beneficiaries will receive a 1.5% cost of living adjustment (COLA) beginning in January. The increase—slightly lower than last year’s 1.7% COLA—will benefit the 57 million people with Social Security retirement benefits, as well as the 8 million people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Learn more

Thousands of Affidavits, but Officials Report Few Problems With Voter ID

by Alexa Ura and Edgar Walters
Officials say Tuesday’s election proceeded smoothly despite controversy surrounding the newly implemented voter ID law, but some worry that could change in coming elections with increased voter turnout.
All Nine Constitutional Amendments Approved

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Texas voters addressed the state’s fast growth and lingering drought Tuesday by approving a $2 billion water fund and eight other constitutional amendments in a low-turnout election.
Texas Supreme Court Weighs Same-Sex Divorce Case

by Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News
The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether same-sex couples legally married in other states can be granted divorces in Texas.
Study: More Than 2 Million Texans Qualify for Insurance Tax Credit

by David Maly
More than 2 million Texans are eligible for tax credits to purchase health coverage in the federal insurance marketplace, the most of any state, according to a new report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
OIG Loses Another Medicaid Fraud Court Battle

The health commission’s Office of Inspector General, which says Texas has misspent hundreds of millions of dollars on Medicaid orthodontic and dental fraud, has now lost its first three court battles against accused providers

Proposal to save Astrodome fails: AP

Voters have rejected a plan to turn the Astrodome into a convention hall, likely dooming it to demolition, according to the Associated Press.More

According to a new analysis by the Deltek report, the federal government is showing a 74% increase from the $92 billion spent in 2013 from the top 20 contracting opportunities. US Federal Contractor Registration is the world’s largest third party registration firm that has helped thousands of businesses complete their SAM registration and bid on available government contracts and awards.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) – Even as the federal government dusts itself off from the recent shutdown federal agencies are already gearing up for one of the biggest contracting growths in over a decade. According to Federal Times on Oct. 21st, 2013, the federal government is showing a 74% increase

OfficeMax, Office Depot Wrap-Up Merger 

OfficeMax and Office Depot said their merger officially closed on Tuesday, just days after securing regulatory approval for the blending of the nation’s second- and third-largest office supply retailers.

Naperville-based OfficeMax and Office Depot, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., received clearance to merge from the Federal Trade Commission on Friday. It was the last big hurdle in the companies’ effort to merge. Shareholders approved the deal in July.

The current CEOs of both companies will share the top job at the combined company until a replacement can be named. The companies said the late timing and uncertainty of FTC approval made it difficult to make a final decision. The CEOs of both Office Depot and OfficeMax have taken themselves out of the running to keep the job long-term.

The companies will also keep their dual headquarters until the last details can be ironed out.

The combined company will keep the Office Depot name and trade under that company’s current ticker, ODP, on the New York Stock Exchange.

Together, the two companies had sales of $17 billion in the year that ended in September and have about 66,000 employees.

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Banned pesticides linked to endometriosis

Women with higher levels of pesticides in their blood are also more likely to have endometriosis, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.More

Texas Oil Drillers Look for Alternatives to Flaring Gas

by Dave Fehling, KUHF News/StateImpact Texas
November 5, 2013

Gas flare in La Porte, Tx, March 15th, 2012

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Gas flare in La Porte, Tx, March 15th, 2012

A few companies in Texas are developing pilot projects to capture and use the excess natural gas that is often vented into the air or burned during the oil drilling process. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

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Starbucks to hire 10,000 vets and military spouses

Starbucks is the latest big company to announce an aggressive push to hire veterans returning to the civilian work force.More
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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an emergency asset freeze to halt a Ponzi scheme involving U.S. and New Zealand-based companies peddling sham investment opportunities ranging from a bank trading program to kidney dialysis clinics.

The SEC alleges that Christopher A.T. Pedras, who has residences in Turlock, Calif., and New Zealand, misled his initial investors into believing they were investing in a profitable trading platform in which his company served as an intermediary between global banks.  When Pedras and his companies encountered difficulty paying the promised 4 to 8 percent monthly returns, they began steering investors to a different investment program to purportedly increase the value of their investment by 80 percent by funding kidney dialysis clinics in New Zealand.  Pedras’s business partner Sylvester M. Gray II and lead sales representative Alicia Bryan helped him solicit investors for both programs, and the money was never invested as promised.  Earlier investors were paid supposed returns with funds received from newer investors, and Pedras stole more than $2 million and spent another $1.2 million on sales agents.

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An article in Saturday’s New York Times Business section digs down into the numbers to demonstrate something people need to know in order to understand just how much the 1 percent run things. James B. Stewart looked at the income tax rates the richest among us paid in 2009, arguably the worst year for our economy since the Depression. Here’s what he found.According to IRS data, the top 400 taxpayers (i.e., the top sliver of the top 1 percent), had an average adjusted gross income (AGI) of $202 million. That year, the top federal rate was 35 percent (it’s now 39.6 percent). And what percentage did they pay to the federal government in income taxes: less than 20 percent (!)

Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association
Just Three Days from Today – Nationally Recognized Speaker, Reserve Your Seat Now!
Presentation on Civil Rights Enforcement in Texas by famed lawyer Jim Harrington!
Presentation on Civil Rights Enforcement in Texas by famed lawyer Jim Harrington!Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Proposed Rules Could Increase Use of Pepper Spray on Youths

County probation chiefs want new authority to use pepper spray, saying proposed rules would provide more local control over how their facilities are operated.

EPA Announces Solicitation of Applications for $1 Million in Environmental Justice Grants

EPA Announces Solicitation of Applications for $1 Million in Environmental Justice Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Agency is seeking applicants for $1 million in environmental justice small grants expected to be awarded in 2012. EPA’s environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.

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