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voters in Brazil
to polls snares
Hundreds of
thousands of
residents voted
Sunday in Myanmar’s
first democratic Locals unaware
election in years, a
historic event that
of legal issues
could mark a new over purchase of
era for the country. Pasadena plant
Page A6
By Mihir Zaveri,
Susan Carroll
and Ben Tavener

Sandwiched between
U.S. and Texas flags, the
Brazilian banner waves
outside a set of discolored
tanks and pipes at the site
Kin Man Hui photos / San Antonio Express-News of a Pasadena refinery. A
Dwayne Harrison is among the many Gulf shrimpers who say they’re barely afloat or leaving the business. sign marked “PRSI” —
for Pasadena Refining

Fishy problem for shrimpers

Getty Images System Inc. — hangs over
Residents last chain link fence with ra-
voted in democratic zor wire that surrounds
elections in 1990. the compound that dates
Gulf industry also are driven to anger by back nearly a century.
the indifference of Ameri- From her porch, Hilda
CITY & STATE struggles while can consumers. Perez and neighbor Lorie
contamination “In those restaurants,” Soliz can see that refin-
Regulators Harrison pointed out, ery across a grassy field
target payments in imports grows “people will be watching and train tracks — its
from campaigns By Bill Lambrecht our boats come in while glowing flares and sulfu-
In an effort to being served shrimp from rous fumes are familiar.
promote transparency BAYTOWN — Worry- halfway around the world Both friends remember
in elections, the Texas ing about bills and plum- that are fed antibiotics to four years ago when an
Ethics Commission meting shrimp prices, keep them alive.” explosion there rocked
has set its sights Dwayne Harrison stopped Foreign competition the neighborhood and
on large lump to apply for a mowing job and the rise of aquaculture a giant flame rose into
sum payments to one morning recently be- to fill the world’s seafood the sky. “There’s always
consultants from fore dropping his nets in Gulf shrimpers are catching more and being paid needs are familiar issues. something going on over
campaigns and the Houston Ship Channel. less than they were just one year ago. But illegal antibiotics in there,” said Soliz, who
political action The 65-cents-a-pound farm-raised Asian shrimp has lived in the neighbor-
committees. Page B1 he was getting last week Harrison, 51, is among market in the United is a lesser-known story, hood since 1992.
for small, head-on wild Gulf shrimpers who say States. Last year, imports one that Gulf shrimpers But they didn’t know
shrimp is one-third the they’re leaving the busi- rose by 143 million pounds have begun telling. that their hometown re-
SPORTS price of a year ago and less ness or are barely afloat, and are up another 2 per- Food and Drug Admin- finery — owned by Brazil-
Cypress Woods than his catch brought in and many blame imports, cent in 2015. istration records suggest ian state-run oil company
1998, the year he bought his which make up more than While driven to the they have reason to sound Petrobras — has become a
senior learns
50-foot vessel, Angel Lady. 90 percent of the shrimp brink, shrimpers in Texas Shrimp continues on A5 flashpoint in an explosive
to stand tall political scandal abroad.
At 6-9, Cypress ›› See more photos of the shrimpers at work at Brazilian officials are
Woods basketball investigating allegations
star Nancy Mulkey that Petroleo Brasileiro
learns to embrace S.A. — Petrobras —
her height, become
more confident and
inspire others.
Change has Metro, riders still adjusting overpaid hundreds of
millions of dollars for
the Pasadena refinery
Page C1 By Dug Begley the driver is speeding along, coming more common for most significant operation- and funneled money
making great time at the Taylor and thousands of al change any American into a massive kickback
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phones firmly in place, Eli- As a result, Taylor is run- siderable uncertainty lin- in three decades, Houston ens of convictions and ar-
jah Taylor closes his eyes ning a little early to make gers regarding the seismic transit officials and sup- rests and fueled calls for
as his bus bounces rapidly his downtown connection shift in bus service that porters are calling the new the impeachment of the

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Some bounces are more in northwest Houston. Nearly three months into to broken connections and the company until 2010.
severe than others because Quicker trips are be- what many consider the Metro continues on A8 Refinery continues on A9

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Football players boost Missouri protests

By Marc Tracy 1950, the student group orga-
and Ashley Southall nizing the protests, said Wolfe’s
NEW YORK TIMES refusal to resign showed that he
was out of touch.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Students “We’ve had departments sup-
at the University of Missouri have porting us. We’ve had faculty
been demonstrating for weeks supporting us,” she said. “People
for the ouster of the university who he leads are standing in soli-
president, protesting the school’s darity with us.”
handling of racial tensions. But Ervin pointed out the univer-
their movement received a boost sity chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin,
over the weekend when dozens who brought food to the campsite
of black football players issued a and was talking with students
blunt ultimatum: Resign or they there Sunday afternoon. Loftin
won’t play. was an early target of the demon-
Fueling the anger were a series strations before criticism shifted
of on-campus incidents: racial to Wolfe.
slurs hurled at black students “We’ve been to other schools
and feces smeared into the shape within the U.M. System,” Ervin
of a swastika on a wall in a resi- said, “and students there have
dence hall. been protesting, saying: ‘Tim
What many students viewed Wolfe, your presidency is inade-
as a sluggish response from the quate. You’ve been negligent. We
administration gave rise to calls don’t want you here anymore.’
for the removal of the president, But he’s not budging, and that’s
Tim Wolfe. Allison Long / Kansas City Star via AP really disappointing.”
The Legion of Black Colle- University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin talks Sunday with campus protesters who A prolonged strike could have
gians, the black student gov- want the school’s president, Tim Wolfe, removed. Some football players have joined the cause. potentially costly consequences
ernment, posted a photograph for the players, some of whom
to Twitter on Saturday night of for the demonstrating players in Ferguson, Mo. meeting around the clock and depend on athletic scholarships,
more than 30 football players with a team photo on Twitter. Officials in Missouri were has been doing a tremendous and the university, which draws
linked in arms with a graduate The strike reflected a growing grappling with how to respond amount of reflection on how to revenue from ticket sales and
student who is staging a hunger willingness among black college to the boycott, which could cost address these complex matters,” the sale of television distribution
strike. students at predominantly white the university more than $1 mil- he said. “We want to find the best rights.
“The athletes of color on the institutions to demand quick lion if the team forfeits a game way to get everyone around the If Missouri forfeits Saturday’s
University of Missouri football action and stronger responses scheduled for Saturday. table and create the safe space game against Brigham Young
team truly believe ‘injustice from officials to reports of racial Wolfe said in a statement Sun- for a meaningful conversation University, it would be required
anywhere is a threat to justice antagonism. day that his administration was that promotes change.” to pay $1 million to BYU, accord-
everywhere,’ ” a message accom- Their efforts dovetail with working to address the students’ His response did not quell ing to a copy of the contract be-
panying the photo said, quoting a broader pushes against inequal- concerns, including a list of de- frustration among demonstra- tween the two schools.
line from the Rev. Martin Luther ity and injustice like the Black mands from a campus activist tors, both black and white, who Sixty of the 124 players on
King Jr. Lives Matter movement, which group spearheading the demon- were camped out in tents on the the Missouri football roster are
After a meeting with the foot- arose in response to a string of strations, and promised to share Mel Carnahan Quadrangle at the black, although it is not clear
ball team Sunday at the school’s fatal police shootings of unarmed the next steps as soon as they center of the campus. whether all of them are partici-
athletic training complex, Coach black civilians, including the were confirmed. Storm Ervin, a senior and a pating in the strike, according to
Gary Pinkel declared his support death of Michael Brown last year “My administration has been member of Concerned Student the Columbia Missourian.


Carson says it’s ‘time really to move on’ George W. Bush Jan. 7, 2012.
The Saturday telecast
downplayed averaged a 6.6 rating

from questions about his biography father’s advice

DALLAS — Former
President George W.
and a 16 percent share of
the TV audience in the
56 markets that Nielsen
By Wesley Lowery with anyone else,” Carson Bush acknowledged on tabulates for overnight
WASHINGTON POST said during an interview on Sunday that he may have ratings. It was the stron-
NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in downplayed how much gest overnight number for
WASHINGTON — Re- which he said his biogra- he sought advice from his “SNL” since former NBA
publican presidential can- phy is being picked through father during his presi- star Charles Barkley
didate Ben Carson said because he is a threat to the dency, a sign of the influ- hosted the program.
Sunday that he is receiving “secular progressive move- ence George Herbert But Trump falls far
more scrutiny than others ment in this country.” Walker Bush still has short of the 10.7 overnight
who have run for presi- “It’s time to really move over his son. rating the show received
dent, just days after media on,” he said. “It’s not time to It was a reminder the on Oct. 18, 2008, when Re-
reports raised new ques- spend every single day talk- father’s legacy could have publican vice presidential
tions about the inspiring ing about something that a powerful impact if an- candidate Sarah Palin
personal narrative he has happened 50 years ago.” other son, Jeb Bush, wins was featured.
used to make millions of AFP / Getty Images file Carson has insisted the White House. At the time, it was the
dollars and thrust himself Ben Carson says it’s time to put an end to talking that his West Point story George W. Bush made highest rated “SNL” in 14
to the front of the GOP race. about “something that happened 50 years ago.” is at worst exaggerated but the acknowledgement in years.
“There’s no question I’m largely accurate — that he a public forum Sunday,
getting special scrutiny,” school, including a claim in he had attempted to stab. met with top military of- talking about his father’s Lennon guitar
Carson, a neurosurgeon that he protected white stu- In an account given earlier ficials who told him they biography with the book’s
and author who has topped dents during a race riot, and this year, Carson claimed to could get him into the acad- author, Jon Meacham.
sells at auction
several recent GOP pri- about college, including a have once been threatened emy and that his tuition During their talk, for $2.4 million
mary polls, said during an claim that was profiled in by an armed robber while would be covered. He said Meacham recalled a BEVERLY HILLS, Ca-
interview on CBS’s “Face the Yale Daily News be- eating at a Popeye’s restau- on “Face the Nation” that conversation he’d had lif. — An acoustic guitar
the Nation.” “There are a cause he was the only stu- rant in Baltimore. However, he has found the Yale Daily with George W. Bush for that John Lennon used
lot of people who are very dent in a course not to walk critics noted that Carson is News photo of him being the book: “I think you to record and write “Love
threatened. They’re wor- out after being told that a vegetarian, and Baltimore praised as the most “hon- downplayed at times how Me Do,” “I Want to Hold
ried. There is no question they would have to retake police say they have no re- est” student in that college much you talked to your Your Hand” and other hit
about it.” an exam. cord of the robbery. psychology course. dad.” The younger Bush songs sold for $2.4 million
On Friday afternoon, In interviews with for- But Carson has insisted As for those white stu- nodded. at auction.
Politico published a piece mer classmates and others that those questions are dents he says he protected The forum at the Julien’s Auctions said
in which it called an anec- at Carson’s high school and unfair, and on Sunday he during riots after the death George W. Bush Presiden- the Gibson J-160E guitar
dote from Carson’s biogra- at Yale, the Wall Street Jour- repeated his stance that the of Martin Luther King Jr., tial Center came two days was sold Saturday to an
phy — that he was offered nal could not find anyone to level of scrutiny to which he Carson said that just be- before Meacham’s “Des- undisclosed buyer.
and turned down a full- support his claims. is being subjected has never cause no one has come for- tiny and Power” becomes The auction house
ride scholarship to West Questions about the ac- been applied to others who ward to confirm his story publicly available. said the guitar was one of
Point — a “fabrication.” By curacy of other tales Car- have sought the presidency, does not mean that they only two of its type flown
Friday evening, the Wall son has told in his books including President Barack will not eventually. Trump lifts from America to England
Street Journal had followed and on the campaign trail Obama. “Maybe one of those stu- in 1962 for Lennon and
up with a piece that ques- have preceded these latest “I have always said that I dents will come forward, I
‘SNL’ rating, but George Harrison. Len-
tioned other tales from Car- reports, though. For years, expect to be vetted, but be- don’t know,” Carson said Palin did better non used it for for about
son’s life story, which has he has spoken of having ing vetted and what is go- during the “Meet the Press” NEW YORK — Don- a year before swapping
been central to his appeal to attempted to stab a close ing on with me — ‘You said interview. “Maybe they’re ald Trump’s hosting stint it with Harrison; it later
GOP voters. friend back in the day, but this 30 years ago, you said not spending all of their on “Saturday Night Live” went missing during a
That piece questioned facing new scrutiny, he said this 20 years ago, this didn’t time reading the Wall Street lifted the NBC program Christmas concert in 1963.
his recollections about high last week that it was a cous- exist’ ... I have not seen that Journal.” to its highest rating since From wire reports


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Missile test puzzles, alarms Californians

By Christopher Weber far north as California’s Sonoma
ASSOCIATED PRESS Valley wine country.
“Anybody else see the big
LOS ANGELES — A bright, white ball of light in the sky?”
colorful light that streaked wrote California state Sen. Mike
across the California sky, star- McGuire, D-Healdsburg, on
tling residents and leading to Facebook. “Wow.”
a flurry of calls to law enforce- It wasn’t clear whether the
ment, turned out to be an un- test was related to the rerout-
armed missile test-fired from ing of nighttime flights into and
a Navy submarine off the coast out of Los Angeles International
Saturday evening, officials said. Airport because of an active mili-
Kevin Stack was walking to tary airspace from Friday to Nov.
dinner with his young son in 12.
northeastern Los Angeles when Flights usually arrive and
he was stopped in his tracks by depart over the ocean from mid-
what he thought was an espe- Julien Solomita / Associated Press night to 6:30 a.m. to minimize
cially intense light from a police The light from a Navy unarmed missile over Southern California on Saturday night led to noise, but they will have to go
helicopter — except that it was panicked calls to police and lit up social media as puzzled residents posted photos and videos. over communities east of the air-
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the dark sky, leaving a green Strategic Systems Programs The lack of information about “It was very wild watching from the Federal Aviation Ad-
trail,” said Stack, 41. “Then it conducted a missile test at sea the streak of light just after sun- this in the sky,” he said in an ministration wasn’t immediately
fizzled and appeared like a dying from the USS Kentucky, a ballis- set led to panicked calls to police email to The Associated Press. returned.
dot on an old television screen.” tic missile submarine, Perry said and lit up social media as people “I can’t really say what I thought The test was conducted in the
Stack’s 5-year-old son, Black- in a statement. posted photos and video of the it was because I’ve never experi- Pacific Test Range, a vast area
stone, was under no illusions The launches are conducted celestial sight. enced anything remotely close northwest of Los Angeles where
about what he had just seen. on a frequent basis to ensure the Julien Solomita just happened to it.” the Navy periodically test-fires
“It was an alien,” Blackstone continued reliability of the sys- to be shooting some video foot- The light was visible for hun- Tomahawk and Standard cruise
said. tem and that information about age in a Los Angeles neighbor- dreds of miles, startling people missiles from surface ships and
Not quite, said Cmdr. Ryan such test launches is classified hood when his group saw some- in Nevada and Arizona and as submarines.

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Plan to digitize immigration forms flops
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Heaving under moun-

half-billion dollars and be
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software and other defects.
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Shrimp imports found to contain antibiotics

Shrimp from page A1 United States. They do so to on dozens of shrimp prod- That hasn’t made up for
strengthen their immune ucts in nine cities — includ- abysmal prices shrimp-
warnings. systems against bacterial ing Houston and Galveston ers are getting across the
In August, FDA inspec- diseases. No antibiotics are — showed 30 percent were Gulf — one-third lower
tors set a monthly record approved for shrimp farm- misrepresented. than a year ago for large
by refusing 72 shipments ing in the United States. Scientists found import- shrimp and half the price
of shrimp, much of it from The discoveries raise ed shrimp not listed on the for medium-sized. Smaller
Malaysia, that either test- questions about whether FDA’s list of 1,842 species shrimp were bringing just
ed positive for antibiotics the speed of global trade of seafood consumed in the one-third the price of 2014,
or lacked evidence of be- has outpaced the ability to United States and shrimp NOAA said.
ing drug free. Most of the keep food safe. Some in the with unrecognized genetic Far fewer vessels than a
shrimp was turned away domestic seafood industry makeup. Tests on a bag of decade ago are chasing the
from the agency’s South- contend that the pending salad-sized shrimp im- crustaceans.
west Import District, which 12-country Trans-Pacific ported from Vietnam sold Andrea Hance, execu-
includes Texas ports. Partnership free trade at a Gulf grocery showed tive director of the Texas
Through October, the agreement could make it Kin Man Hui / San Antonio Express-News banded cleaner shrimp, Shrimp Association,
FDA has refused 377 sepa- even more difficult for reg- Shrimper Dwayne Harrison throws out his nets aquarium pets not intend- said the number of per-
rate shrimp entries — from ulators to do their jobs. for shrimping in the Houston Ship Channel near ed as food. mits across the Gulf had
large containers to small The FDA has been criti- Baytown on a late afternoon recently. “When you find out it’s shrunk from 5,000 in the
packages — citing antibi- cized over the years for lack your own local seafood early 2000s to about 1,400.
otics or veterinary drug of attention to antibiotics. “It doesn’t look like they findings, Consumer Re- involved in this bait-and- Of those, roughly 1,100 are
residues. In all of 2014, the The uptick in refusals sug- (the FDA) are doing any- ports made recommenda- switch, it wakes people operating, she said.
agency turned away 208 gests that the agency may thing,” Dwayne Harrison tions to top FDA officials, up,” Kimberly Warner, Hance, who operates
shrimp shipments due to be getting more vigilant at said, dodging a tanker and noting that antibiotics in Oceana’s senior scientist, two vessels out of Browns-
illegal drug residues, and the borders. barges during a fruitless shrimp were especially said in an interview. ville, said the catch had
that was nearly four times Even so, the FDA in- day on the water. concerning. The magazine tailed off after early fall
the refusals of a year before. spected just 3.7 percent of never heard back. Plenty of shrimp successes. But the price she
The FDA actions ac- 110,000 shrimp shipments Studies raise questions Shrimpers like to say In Texas, shrimpers say got last week for her large
knowledge the worrisome last year and tested far less In April, Consumer Re- that consumers have no they’re falling behind even brown shrimp had ticked
fact that antibiotics relied than that in a monitoring ports disclosed finding an- clue what they’re getting, while catching more. up to $3.25 a pound, albeit
on for decades are becom- system that focuses on risk. tibiotic residues in about 5 no matter what labels and In September, Texas about half of what it was a
ing ineffective because of What’s more, the FDA, percent of imported shrimp menus say. DNA tests vessels landed 6.1 million year ago. Overall, imports
overuse in human health citing lack of resources, purchased at some 300 gro- by the advocacy group pounds, 600,000 pounds were down 6.5 percent in
care and indiscriminate is ignoring a 2011 law or- ceries, big box stores and Oceana last year bear out more than September of September, a hopeful sign
use in farming. The Cen- dering inspections of even at “natural” retail those concerns. Oceana last year, the National Oce- for the Texas industry.
ters for Disease Control thousands of foreign food outlets across the country. found that 35 percent of anic and Atmospheric Ad- Shrimpers’ challenge,
and Prevention says 2 mil- plants. Tests also found bacteria, shrimp tested nationwide ministration reported. For she said, is saving money to
lion people a year contract For Texas shrimpers including Vibrio, which can was misrepresented, a lev- the year, the catch in Texas withstand times like these
serious infections that don’t enduring one of the hard- cause serious illness. el of mislabeling that rose is 8 million pounds more and expensive repairs —
respond to antibiotics and est seasons in memory, the “The FDA can’t be catch- to 41 percent in groceries. than at this time in 2014, like the new $25,000 freez-
that at least 23,000 die. hit-and-miss regulatory ing all the illegal products In a common deception, attributed to abundant er on one of her trawlers.
system is another vexing on the market when it farmed shrimp, largely spring rains that moved “One of these years, the
Few shipments tested reality. In interviews, sev- comes to shrimp and anti- from Asia, was sold as Gulf shrimp from bays and es- sun, the moon and stars
In foreign aquaculture, eral said they’re convinced biotic residues,” Urvashi shrimp or simply labeled tuaries into the Gulf. will align and we all will
some operators persist in that ships turned away for Rangan, Consumer Re- “wild.” The bigger catch in Tex- make some money,” she
giving shrimp hatchlings contamination seek out ports’ director of consumer Even in the Gulf region, as, it turns out, almost ex- said.
feed laced with antibiotics other ports to bring in their safety, said in an interview. home to America’s biggest actly matches the decline in
that are prohibited in the wares. After publishing its shrimp fishery, genetic tests Louisiana from a year ago.

Retailers unsure how much oil slump will affect sales

Retailers from page A1 Shopping outlook could still nudge the region promotions through the crowds more manageable. was spreading out holiday
Some national forecasts to a successful holiday season to keep the activity “I might spend a little purchases throughout the
Houston Partnership. have been issued for the shopping season, he said. level up. more, but we’re bargain year. Plus, as a 15-year vet-
Houston retailers feel upcoming holiday season. Then there are home Yet the traditional rush shoppers,” Mays said, add- eran of the oil industry, he’s
like they’ll closely follow Deloitte: Predicts sales will and vehicle sales, which period retains a powerful ing that she occasionally aware of its cyclical nature.
the national trend, added rise 3.5 to 4 percent. remain strong. The latest pull. may shop Black Friday if a “It’s just something
Ed Wulfe, an established National Retail data show auto sales con- “I’ll start shopping the deal is too good to miss. that’s out of your control,”
Houston developer and Federation: Up 3.7 percent. tinuing to surge ahead of week after Thanksgiv- Tony Dasher, a finan- Dasher said. “The only
chairman and CEO of International Council of 2014, which was consid- ing,” said Patricia Mays of cial analyst with a major thing you can do is do your
real estate brokerage firm Shopping Centers: ered a banner year for the Houston, who said she will oil company, said he’s not job.”
Wulfe & Co. The chat- 3.3 percent growth. Houston area. buy for nieces and neph- yet conducting himself
ter he’s hearing suggests Wulfe & Co.: Up 3 to 4 per- “Most rational consum- ews, ages 5 to 38, and finds any differently than a nor-
they expect 3 to 4 percent cent in the Houston region. ers will not sign a four-, the post-Thanksgiving mal year. But he already
growth over 2014. five-, six-year note on an
That would be in line automobile if they don’t
with national forecasts, Fretful consumers tend have the confidence they’ll
which so far have found re- to shy away from luxury be able to make the pay-
tailers entering the season goods and large purchas- ments,” Jankowski said,
largely upbeat. The Na-
tional Retail Federation’s
es that require multiple
payments — home items
adding that the still-strong
home sales suggest long-
No time to make
forecast calls for sales to in- or cars, for example. Dis- term consumer confidence. your money work?
crease 3.7 percent. Though counters and big-box re- Wulfe, the retail devel- These rates
slightly less than last year’s tailers tend to pick up more oper, also expects online
growth rate, that’s still a consumers when they be- growth and more home work for you.
“solid” figure, according to come uncertain about their delivery or in-store pickup
the NRF. finances, Krishnamurthy options from companies
The International Coun- said. like Amazon, Target and
cil of Shopping Centers Sid Mashburn, CEO of others to further boost
calls for a 3.3 percent sales a company that operates sales.
increase, with shoppers high-end clothing stores
spending $702 on average, at Lamar-River Oaks Shopper habits
up from $677 in 2014. Shopping Center on West- Still, the deep recession
In a survey of retailers heimer and counts many that began nearly a decade
large and small across the energy-connected custom- ago casts a long shadow.
country, retail and con- ers among his clientele, Consumers remain cau-
sumer consulting firm said he has yet to a see a tious and continue the
BDO USA reported 61 dropoff in Houston. habits they formed during
percent expect sales to rise Mashburn, whose com- that national downturn,
over last year. BDO predict- pany is based in Atlanta Vaughan said.
ed overall sales growth of and has stores there and in Today’s shopper in-
4.2 percent for this season. Washington, D.C., said he creasingly expects dis-
“What we’ve seen over remains confident about counts, will wait for the
the last several years Houston, “although if the best sales before purchas-
coming out of the reces- energy slump continues to ing and perhaps buy fewer,
sion is this steady, cau- drag out over an extended more meaningful items for
tious growth,” said Ted period, we will certainly those on their list, Vaughan
Vaughan, an accountant reassess our position.” said.
and partner with BDO. “It’s our judgment that This trend has persisted
Nationally, retailers told retailers who are not of- through times of high con-
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Voters in Myanmar flock


WISCONSIN painstakingly researched

to polls in test of democracy
investigative reports that
have called into question

carrying official government state-


Annie Gowen crude oil CROATIA


RANGOON, Myanmar
claims most seats
— Hundreds of thousands WATERTOWN — A after election
of residents voted Sunday in Canadian Pacific Rail- ZAGREB, Croatia —
Myanmar’s first democratic way train carrying crude Croatia’s conservative op-
election in years, a historic oil derailed Sunday and position claimed victory
event that could mark a new prompted some evacua- Sunday against the ruling
era for the country and pave tions in Wisconsin, the center-left coalition in the
the way to power for the second day in a row a Balkan country’s first par-
longtime opposition leader, freight train derailed in liamentary election since
Aung San Suu Kyi. the state. joining the European
Around the country, vot- The eastbound CP Union in 2013 — held
ers lined up before the polls train derailed about 2 amid deep economic woes
opened at 6 a.m. and waited p.m. in Watertown, in the and a massive migrant
in the hot sun for hours southeastern part of the surge.
to cast their ballots. Some state. The railroad said at The state electoral com-
polls were open after the 4 least 10 cars derailed, and mission said the conser-
p.m. closing time because of some were leaking. vatives won 61 seats in the
demand. Afterward, many No fires or injuries parliament, while Social
went on Facebook and were reported. CP was Democrats had 53.
posted photos of their ink- Hku n Lat / Associated Press sending teams to the site. The result means both
stained pinky fingers, the Supporters of opposition leader Aung San Su Kyi’s National League for On Saturday, a freight blocs have failed to win
equivalent of an “I voted” Democracy Party watch returns Sunday in Mandalay, Myanmar. train derailed near Alma an outright majority. The
sticker in Myanmar, also in western Wisconsin, kingmaker could be the
known as Burma. century under a military wins the majority of seats in these elections cannot be spilling thousands of gal- third-placed party, Most,
dictatorship. parliament, she will govern considered truly free be- lons of ethanol. or Bridge, with a project-
A new era But the path to victory is the country despite the con- cause voting was not held ed 19 seats.
By nightfall, hundreds of hardlyclear.Partymembers stitutional barrier. in some areas of the country EGYPT
supporters of Suu Kyi’s Na- appear confident they will “I’m going to be above the still fraught with ethnic vio- Journalist faces CHINA
tional League for Democra- get the majority needed to president,” she said. When lence. And about 1 million
charges after Coal burning
cyPartyhadgatheredonthe govern. But the military will asked how, she responded, Rohingya Muslims, who
street in front of the party still control 25 percent of the “Oh, I have already made are stateless and consid- series of reports pushes pollution
headquarters, waving red seats in parliament and key plans.” ered by the government to CAIRO — Egyptian to dangerous level
balloons, dancing, chanting ministries. A constitutional be illegal immigrants from military intelligence on BEIJING — Air qual-
and watching local election provision bars Suu Kyi, An imperfect system neighboring Bangladesh, Sunday filed charges ity reached extremely
results on big-screen TVs. called “Mother Suu,” from Sein said Friday that the have been stripped of their against an investigative hazardous levels in the
They cheered every time a becoming president. And government would respect right to vote. More than journalist who is also the northeastern Chinese city
ballot was unfurled with the country has more than the outcome of the election, 100,000 Rohingya still re- founder of Egypt’s pre- of Shenyang, as northern
a stamp next to a golden 90 parties — smaller groups and many voters seemed ea- side in displacement camps mier human rights group, China began to burn coal
peacock, the symbol for the that support Myanmar’s ger to take him at his word. after Muslim and Buddhist raising alarms about to heat homes for winter.
NLD. Some preliminary re- ethnic minorities — that will In Myanmar’s last demo- violence in 2012. attempts to suppress Real-time data released
sults might be known Mon- also play a factor in forming cratic election in 1990, Suu “We’ve said it is difficult domestic dissent as the by the Shenyang Environ-
day, but the final official re- a new government. Kyi and the NLD won an to see how this can be a truly government grapples with mental Protection Agency
sults could take days. Suu Kyi, 70, was overwhelming majority, but free and fair election given questions about the crash on Sunday showed the
“We have been suffer- swarmed by international the country’s military dicta- the disenfranchisement of of a Russian passenger jet. density of the poisonous
ing for 25 years. Today, we reporters Sunday when she torship ignored the results the Rohingya population, The journalist, Hossam tiny airborne matters
change the old system and voted in her home constitu- and placed her under house the 25 percent of parliament Bahgat, 36, founded the known as PM 2.5 was
bring in a new one,” said ency of Bahan as the current arrest, where she remained guaranteed to the military Egyptian Initiative for more than 1,000 micro-
Theingi, a housewife and president, Thein Sein — the off and on for the better part and other structural prob- Personal Rights, a highly grams per cubic meter.
mother of two, at the rally. former general who heads of two decades. lems,” said Tom Malinows- regarded rights organiza- The World Health
She uses only one name. the country’s ruling Union “I think it will be free ki, assistant U.S. secretary tion, in 2002. Organization considers
Suu Kyi’s party was SolidarityandDevelopment and fair overall,” said one of of state for democracy, hu- Since the military take- the safe level of PM 2.5
poised to make a strong Party — cast his vote in the Sein’s supporters, Aye Aye man rights and labor. “But over in 2013, however, he to be 25 micrograms per
showing in the Southeast country’s capital of Naypy- Mu, 28, a mother of two who there can still be a result that has distinguished himself cubic meter on a 24-hour
Asian nation of 51 million, idaw. comes from a military fam- credibly reflects the overall as a unique voice in the average basis.
which was isolated from the Suu Kyi had said earlier ily. desires of a majority of the Egyptian news media
world for more than half a in the week that if her party Critics have said that Burmese people.” by writing a series of From wire reports

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EPA expands on-road testing 2015-2016 SEASON


for emissions to all diesel cars

By Danny Hakim Whistleblower pushed Volkswagen sents a sea change from S PECTAC UL AR NEW PRODUCTION
and Jad Mouawad the traditional, highly
to admit broader cheating controlled lab setting

FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen’s recent dis- A N D R E W L L O Y D W E B B E R ’S

where vehicles are put on
closure that it reported false fuel economy and carbon
Concerned that cheat- a treadmill, wired up with
dioxide readings to European regulators was prompted by
ing on vehicle emissions sensors and run through a
an internal whistleblower, the company said Sunday.
could be prevalent across standardized and familiar
Volkswagen’s admission that it had underreported car-
the automobile industry, routine.
bon dioxide emissions on 800,000 diesel- and gasoline-
regulators in the United “Manufacturers have
powered cars in Europe. That disclosure added to the au-
States and Canada are sig- asked us what the test
tomaker’s credibility problems, which began in September
nificantly expanding their conditions would be, and
when it admitted that it had installed software on millions
on-the-road emissions we’ve told them that they
of its diesel cars in recent years to enable them to cheat
tests to cover all makes and don’t have a need to know,”
on air-pollution tests.
models of diesel cars. Grundler said. “It will be
In trying to determine who was responsible for the diesel
The tests, which come in random.”
cheating scandal, Volkswagen’s investigators have report-
the wake of Volkswagen’s
edly been hampered by an ingrained fear of delivering bad
admission that it installed Future of diesels dims
news to superiors. But in the case of the new disclosure,
software on more than 11 The road-testing regi-
some employees have evidently been willing to come
million cars to evade emis- men could dim the future
forward under the company’s new management.
sions standards, are being for diesels, which have
Volkswagen on Sunday broadly confirmed a report in
conducted randomly and higher pollution emis-
Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper, that an engineer
in real-world conditions, sions, making electric and
at the company had volunteered information about how
rather than in traditional hybrid vehicles more at-
employees had manipulated tests for carbon dioxide
laboratory settings, to in- tractive in terms of their
emissions and fuel economy. Tires, for example, were
crease the odds of catching environmental impact.
filled with more air than normal, the newspaper reported.
cheaters. U.S. regulators believe
The diesel cheating scandal involves the company’s
“We are very anxious that road testing is relative-
manipulation of pollution control systems on 11 million
to find out if there are any ly crude and cannot match
cars that enabled them to pass emissions control tests
other programs out there,” the precision of lab results
in laboratory settings but allowed the cars on the road
said Christopher Grun- at detecting nitrogen oxide
to emit up to 40 times the allowable limits of nitrogen
dler, director of the office and other fine particles and
oxides, a pollutant that can damage lungs.
of transportation and air pollutants.
The more recently disclosed problem involves un-
quality at the Environmen- Rather, the aim of their
derstating the amount of carbon dioxide in cars sold in
tal Protection Agency. road tests is to help vali-
Europe. Although U.S. regulators do not measure cars’
date lab findings by catch-
carbon dioxide emissions, European officials do.
10,000 vehicles New York Times ing cars whose road per-
The first tests on brands formance reveals higher
manufactured by Volks- emission readings. ‘TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND
wagen, completed last
week, found the cheating
say they will focus on 2015
and 2016 model year diesel
dal has highlighted defi-
ciencies in the existing lab
The European plan,
under development since PREPARE TO BE
software on about 10,000 cars. They will also be per- tests both in North Amer- 2011, still faces what could
VW, Audi and Porsche formed on all new cars that ica and in Europe. be a contentious fight in
models not previously manufacturers seek to cer- “Regulators must think the European Parliament,
disclosed by the German tify, he said. more like the cheaters,” amid criticism that poli- THE SCOTSMAN

manufacturer. Volkswa- The move by the EPA is said Luke Tonachel, an cymakers have watered
gen disputes the EPA’s a significant expansion of auto-emissions specialist down earlier proposals.
claim, saying the software its testing regimen, which at the Natural Resources Automakers say they
was not intended to thwart
emissions testing.
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previously did road testing
for pollutants mainly on
large trucks. It also makes
Defense Council.
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new tests that can’t be
need to be allowed to ex-
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Metro officials
still tweaking
new bus system
Metro from page A1 Park & Ride service — is muddled.
Overall, Metro officials say,
to transit-dependent riders whose local buses and three rail lines
service has been cut as Metro tries handled 6.65 million trips in Sep-
to appeal to riders who have the tember, a 4 percent increase over
option of driving. the same month last year. One
For many, perhaps most, Met- reason for the growth, however,
ro riders, the new bus system is that buses now steer people
didn’t drastically change any- into the rail lines and frequent
thing. Their trips usually start routes, which could be increasing
and end at bus stops within a transfers and causing extra trips.
block of where they always have. Other ways to slice the figures
Getting there might involve a dif- paint a less favorable picture Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle
ferent route, and buses may come than Metro’s preferred math. Riders board the bus Thursday at the Hillcroft Park & Ride on the new Route 151, one of the
a few minutes later or earlier. On weekdays, average ridership routes that has drawn the most criticism from riders since the changes to bus service in August.
Roughly two dozen riders dropped 7.7 percent to 231,535
— among more than 100 inter- riders per day. A portion of that ›› See more photos and a video about Metro’s new system at “We are just forgotten out
viewed over seven weeks start- drop, however, can be attributed there,” Patricia Hall said, refer-
ing after Labor Day — said they to changing bus routes to avoid ring to the inconsistency of a
preferred their old route. Rea- duplicate service with the Green more direct, dependable service. or longer under the new system. shuttle meant to connect resi-
sons ranged from longer walks and Purple lines that opened in Popular routes, notably the Riders on the new Route 151 dents near Texas 288 and Loop
to crowded buses that require May. Route 52 along Scott, for ex- Route 82 Westheimer bus, have are the most vocal and notice- 610, linking them to Metro’s
transfers in inconvenient spots. ample, was one of the most-used become huge carriers of transit able exception. Many relied on Southeast Transit Center.
Many others said the new bus routes, but now those riders riders. The Westheimer line is the the now-defunct Route 163 from Metro has since altered the
system was easier to navigate hop on the Purple Line. most used bus in Metro’s system the Hillcroft Transit Center to route, based in part on the com-
and seemed quicker and more Fare revenue is another uncer- — averaging more than 12,000 Houston’s central business dis- plaints. The agency also made mi-
responsive to their needs. Most, tain measure. Metro’s fare reve- trips on an average workday trict. Dozens signed a petition to nor changes to departure times.
however, could only point to a nue in September was down 6.4 — leading some riders to com- replace the 151 — which makes Still, Hall is not the only Metro
minute or two saved or lost — percent compared to September plain of crowded bus stops and more stops and has a different customer who feels forgotten.
maybe a slightly shorter walk 2014, a loss of roughly $400,000. standing-room-only rides along end point — with the former 163. Riders can encounter problems
— while applauding the decision Revenue, however, fluctuates a curvy, bumpy major street. “I can tell you for sure more getting to frequent routes or find-
to expand weekend service. For wildly, especially as Metro con- Those frustrations, however, people are driving in,” rider Ali ing the bus full when they arrive.
many working folks and those tinues hemorrhaging riders — a can be fixed by adding service, Rashid told Metro officials. Some of the infrequent buses run
dependent on the bus, the pluses trend that started before the new something Metro started doing only every 30, 40 and in some
and minuses were minor. system was put in place and one along some routes less than two Rider discomfort cases 60 minutes. For riders ac-
“Ain’t nothing changed about that officials hope the changes weeks after rolling out the new Opinions commonly tilt on customed to “the way things
the bus,” Wallace Monroe said will reverse. For May and June of system. Many more significant whether a rider’s particular trip used to be” — another common
as he waited at a stop along Main this year, fare revenue was down changes are planned for January, to work or school is among those phrase among longtime riders
Street for a Hiram Clarke bus. 9.8 percent from those months in pending Metro board approval. that improved dramatically — or and drivers — the changes force
“Same long ride as it ever was.” 2014. Among them is adding even more became calamitous, confusing, them to change familiar routines.
Despite the mixed indicators, buses to the Westheimer route, time-consuming or all of the Over time, however, many
Numbers muddled Metro board member Christof giving it a frequency of every above. of those riders are adjusting.
The revised bus system focused Spieler, who orchestrated the six minutes during peak times. Sarah Holden, 54, said she in- Shortly after the changes took
resources on frequent routes changes, is pleased with the re- That would put it on par with the tends to start driving to her job effect, Paul Mudd, 60, said Metro
that crisscross the Houston re- sults so far. light rail Red Line that connects in the Texas Medical Center. Not had “ruined his life” by eliminat-
gion, augmented by less frequent “We are seeing it play out, and the central business district and only is her new bus trip about 25 ing his early morning bus. Last
routes that cover more areas. It’s frankly I am surprised at how well Texas Medical Center. minutes longer compared to her week, Mudd muted his rage, not-
a system based on what plan- this has worked,” Spieler said. The bus system changes have old route from Tanglewood, it ing his neighbor helped him fig-
ners have known for years — key had little effect on the trip down requires a transfer at the Wheel- ure out a better way to make his
routes drive most transit demand. Correcting mistakes Westheimer, however. Buses er Transit Center rather than trip from near Northline Com-
Proving the theory is a work in At the roughly 9,000 bus stops bounce along the same bad roads downtown, she said. mons to Greenspoint.
progress. Ridership numbers can- and train stations where Metro’s in the same congested traffic. Perhaps more affected are res- “It takes time to get used to it,”
not fully explain how well Metro’s riders rely on service, reaction to Dozens of riders along major idents in low-income neighbor- he said.
new system is working. For exam- the changes remains mixed. Some routes report that while buses hoods on Houston’s east, south-
ple, September ridership on Met- riders find the route changes in- might come more frequently, east and northeast sides who feel
ro’s local buses — which excludes convenient, while others cheer the their trips are really no shorter inconvenienced or ignored.


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Refinery part of alleged kickback scheme

Refinery from page A1

One of prosecutors’ first

major discoveries in their
ongoing investigation was
that Petrobras overpaid in
its purchase of Pasadena
Refining Systems Inc. in a
series of transactions dat-
ing back to 2006.
Petrobras, Brazil’s larg-
est company, paid about
$1.2 billion for the nearly
century-old refinery com-
plex — almost 30 times the
amount the Belgian com-
pany Astra Oil purchased
it for in 2005, according to
Brazilian prosecutors and
court records. Petrobras
itself is one of the world’s
largest refiners. The Pasa-
dena refinery on Red Bluff
Road is Petrobras’ only U.S.
refinery — with a produc-
tion of more than 100,000
barrels per day and more
than 500 contract and per-
manent employees.
One former executive
has admitted to being of-
fered a $1.5 million bribe to
allow the Pasadena deal to
go through, records show,
and Brazilian prosecutors Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle
are investigating whether Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras paid more than $1 billion to buy the Pasadena refinery, much more than the $42.5 million paid
politicians also received by Astra Transcor in 2005. The purchase of the refinery is now part of a Brazilian investigation into an alleged kickback scheme.
kickbacks from the pur-
chase. ›› Learn more about the Petrobras scandal through a ção Lava Jato,” or “Opera- evolving is just amazing.” Under Petrobras owner-
“We were absolutely photogallery at tion Car Wash.” To date, 43 In the context of global ship, the Pasadena refinery
dumbfounded, not to men- people have been convicted corporate scandals, the has had its share of envi-
tion extremely concerned, said Pasadena resident C. U.S. federal court record. and sentenced to jail terms Petrobras case is “huge,” ronmental problems — in-
by what we found,” Ma- David Pomeroy Jr., a local One Astra executive sent and fines over offenses said Tom Fox, a Houston cluding the 2011 explosion.
rinus de Vries Marsico, a historian. a 750-page email detailing ranging from corruption lawyer who specializes in In 2012, Harris County
prosecutor at Brazil’s Fed- Crown furnished the “significant problems” with and money laundering to corporate compliance with received a $750,000 settle-
eral Accounts Court said city with its first firefight- the joint venture. criminal association, and the Foreign Corrupt Prac- ment from the refinery for
of the Pasadena deal in an ing equipment and em- Petrobras eventually investigations continue. tices Act. “It’s huger than alleged environmental vio-
interview with the Hous- ployed enlisted men wait- agreed out of court to pay This month allegations huge,” he said. lations, including failing to
ton Chronicle. “There were ing to deploy during World another $820 million, Bra- surfaced that a Brazilian control emissions, records
such flagrant, indefensible War II. Local residents zilian court records say. senator who was not pre- Environmental issues show. Federal workplace
irregularities that it was — including Pomeroy’s fa- That meant Petrobras viously under suspicion The dozens of convic- safety officials have fined
easy to see what a cata- ther — found work at the paid about $1.2 billion to received a kickback of at tions in Brazil so far in the the company $56,500 since
strophic deal it was.” refinery as valve hands, Astra for the Pasadena re- least $1 million in connec- probe include lobbyists, 2010.
maintenance workers and finery, including its initial tion with the Pasadena re- money changers, and exec- Still, Pasadena Council-
Little attention here engineers. But later the investment and the settle- finery purchase. utives both from Petrobras man Ybarra has seen no
He and other Brazilian refinery became the site ment payments, according “The information and construction industry signs of major flaws. He
investigators say Petro- of a bitter labor dispute to Brazilian court records. doesn’t stop coming,” said giants. Former Petrobras said he views Petrobras as
bras contracts worldwide that included a yearslong Brazilian auditors later Monica Arruda De Almei- director Renato Duque has a good corporate neighbor
were systematically over- lockout. In 1998 it paid a $1 concluded that a handful da, an adjunct professor at received the largest indi- that contributes to chari-
inflated by corrupt former million fine for air quality of former Petrobras ex- the Center of Latin Ameri- vidual jail sentence so far: table causes.
executives and a “cartel” violations — then a Texas ecutives were responsible can Studies at Georgetown 20 years and 8 months.
of construction companies record. for the overpayment in University. “The speed There have been no pros-
that skimmed off money In January 2005, Bel- Pasadena and ordered that with which things are still ecutions to date in the U.S.
for themselves and paid off gian group Astra Transcor $792 million be returned to
politicians, lobbyists and purchased the refinery Petrobras.
money launderers. for $42.5 million and later Marisco said the Brazil-
In corporate filings and reached out to Petrobras ian criminal probe of the
news statements, Petrobras about a partnership, Brazil- Pasadena refinery deal
spokesmen claim the com- ian court records show. began in 2013, and offered
pany is a victim. In an April That year, a Texas-based “a first indication of the
2015 filing with the U.S. consulting firm hired by high level of corruption in
Securities and Exchange Petrobras assessed the re- Petrobras’ activities.”
Commission, Petroleo finery’s value at $126 mil- “The Pasadena deal was
Brasileiro S.A. estimates lion. But Petrobras then did an affront to Brazil; it was a
that the company overpaid its own estimate of the re- joke that damaged Brazil’s
more than $2.5 billion in finery’s value and pegged it reputation for being able
“capitalized costs” for “the at $745 million. “Petrobras to do business in a serious,
acquisition of property, then adopted this result responsible way,” Marisco
plant and equipment in pri- as the basis for the offers it said.
or years.” Petrobras states presented” to Astra, Brazil- Paulo Roberto Costa,
in the filing the money was ian court records show. who was Petrobras’ direc-
used to fund “improper” Petrobras initially paid tor of refining from 2004
payments to political par- about $431 million for its 50 to 2012, told investigators
ties, public officials, con- percent stake in the refinery he had reservations about
tractors, former Petrobras and in a trading company the Pasadena purchase,
employees and “other indi- that would hold the right to describing the refinery as
viduals involved in the pay- sell the refinery’s products, “very old,” and in need of
ment scheme.” according to the Brazilian serious upgrades. Costa
Petrobras officials did court records. said last fall that he was
not respond to requests for Petrobras America Inc. offered $1.5 million to “not
comment for this story. partnered with Astra Oil to cause problems” at an
Petrobras, which has Trading NV, and two other approval meeting of that
a U.S. subsidiary called interrelated companies — deal, according to a state-
Petrobras America Inc., re- Astra GP Inc. and Astra ment Costa made to Brazil-
ported in the April 2015 fil- Tradeco LP LLC — in the ian officials as part of a plea
ing that it was subpoenaed deal, according to a U.S. bargain.
by the U.S. Securities and federal court records. Marsico said he and his
Exchange Commission in But the partnership colleagues will investigate
November 2014, and is co- soon turned sour. the link between Petrobras
operating with the agen- and Astra, the company on
cy’s request. It’s unclear ‘High level of corruption’ the other side of the “per-
from Petrobras’ disclosure To settle the contract dis- nicious” Pasadena sale, to
whether the SEC probe pute, Astra officials went see if anyone else should be
specifically focuses on the first to an arbitration panel held accountable.
Pasadena deal or how the and then to federal court Astra officials did not
refinery’s operations could to invoke contract rights to respond to emails and
be impacted. SEC officials try to force Petrobras com- calls to their attorneys and
declined comment. panies to buy them out, U.S. to their offices in Houston.
The revelations have federal court records show. In Brazil, about 500
seized the public’s atten- The parties fought over people and companies are
tion and generated massive what Houston-based U.S. under investigation for
protests in Brazil. But the District Judge Ewing Wer- their alleged involvement
Texas refinery’s role in the lein Jr. described as “strate- in the Petrobras kickback
scandal has gotten scant at- gic vision” in a related 2010 scheme, known as “Opera-
tention back in Pasadena.
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the restoration of the emissions, but we all
celebrated landmark. can fight air pollution.
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Houston Chronicle @HoustonChron Houston Chronicle | Monday, November 9, 2015 | and Section B xxx

Ethics Commission
wants transparency
on consultant fees
By David Saleh Rauf

AUSTIN — Wading into the

hush-hush world of political
operatives, Texas’ campaign
finance regulator is consider-
ing how to get more details
disclosed when a consultant
spends a candidate’s money to
shape state and local elections.
The Texas Ethics Commis-
sion has set its sights on large
lump sum payments to con-
sultants from campaigns and
political action committees —
six-figure totals, on occasion,
Melissa Phillip photos / Houston Chronicle that are disclosed on campaign
finance reports only as “con-
Houston celebrates sulting” or “consulting fees.”
Dia de los Muertos Those expenses can be pay-
ments for actual consulting
Above, Karen Ortiz, second from right, services.
and Jezzilyn Rodriguez, both 11, wait to However, regulators say they
go on stage to perform with MECA Ballet believe campaigns and PACs
Folklorico at the Dia de los Muertos are increasingly writing big
Festival held Sunday at the MECA in checks to operatives for a wide
Houston. At right, Nadia DeLavega, 6, range of activities to influence
left, and her sister Adina, 3, browse for elections — hiring boots on the
items to buy at the festival. Dia de los ground, purchasing mailing
Muertos is a traditional Latin American lists, production costs for ads
holiday that honors and celebrates the — and the details are never re-
lives of family and friends who have died. ported. That allows a campaign
The common theme that runs through the or a PAC to essentially mask
two-day celebration, traditionally held who and what it’s paying for
Nov. 1 and 2, is the belief that the dead by outsourcing expenditures
return home, visit loved ones and feast through a consultant, they ar-
on their favorite foods. Campaign continues on B2

Investors financing litigation to net big profits Too tough

Critics argue third-party funds in mass torts
often turn lawyers’ clients into commodities
a political usually get.
The lawsuits, which at one
surgical complications, it was
the subject of a 2008 alert by the

tide for point numbered far more than

Charleston’s population of
Food and Drug Administration.
The companies insisted the

an insider
By Mike Tolson medical mass tort may be head- 50,000, arose from the use of product was safe. But blood was
ing toward a comprehensive set- a product called transvaginal in the water, and soon plaintiff
In the West Virginia court- tlement. The judge said earlier mesh. The implanted mesh was lawyers around the country, in-
room of U.S. District Judge Jo- this year the two sides should manufactured by several com- cluding most of the heavy hitters
seph Goodwin, lawsuits that work out a deal on the cases that panies to help women with a and big names, had rounded up By Cindy Horswell
have been lingering for several have not yet been settled, and variety of pelvic problems, but plenty of clients — some 70,000
years in America’s largest-ever what federal judges want, they because of the potential for post- Suit continues on B4 Bruce Tough, the chairman
of The Woodlands’ governing
board, ran as the ultimate in-
sider in his bid for re-election.

Inmates’ families receive a touch of hospitality The son of the award-win-

ning model community’s archi-
tect, Tough has held multiple
By Allan Turner “When we pray, we pray leadership positions over 15
to make the best of the years as he’s sought to complete
HUNTSVILLE — On that dream. The 62-year-old
execution days, the dinners circumstances. We see lawyer has been the commu-
at Huntsville’s Hospitality that someone can serve nity’s public face presiding over
House are bland — sooth- the Lord in prison. parades, ribbon-cuttings and
ing to the stomach if not We try to show them festivals.
the soul. But no one dies to- someone cares.” His opponent, Laura Fillault,
night, and the out-of-town Debra McCammon, director of couldn’t be more different. A
guests, some whom have Huntsville’s Hospitality House stay-at-home mom with an in-
driven all day to visit rela- dustrial engineering degree, Fil-
tives locked up in eight area lault never held elective office.
prisons, are in for a spicy out the menu, are canned She had moved into the com-
treat: Debra McCammon’s green beans, salad, can- munity only three years ago.
beef stroganoff. taloupe and fruit cups of But like a microcosm of
Preparations for the peaches and oranges. what’s happening on the na-
evening meal begin at mid- McCammon cooks tional political scene, the con-
afternoon as McCammon with the verve of Julia summate outsider — in this case
slaps four packs of ground Child, drawing on recipes Fillault — edged out the insider,
beef into an electric cooker. she learned from ladies Tough, who has served on The
“We can’t afford beef tips,” at church. But for Mc- Woodlands Township’s board
she admits, tossing in a Cammon and her Baptist since its inception.
dash of powdered garlic, a preacher-turned school- Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle Both candidates identify
pinch of pepper and dollop teacher husband, Joe — Debra McCammon, director of Huntsville’s Hospitality House, gives cake to themselves as fiscally conser-
of sour cream. Rounding Hospitality continues on B10 Don and Brianna Bonneville, who visited their incarcerated son on Oct. 30. Tough continues on B3

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Bush’s clumsy campaign comparable to dad’s

AUSTIN — Jeb Bush has It was a style your family,” made such pro- ate in a flat-footed attack on rival outsider, anti-establishment
moved from presumed front- that he acknowl- nouncements as, “The question Marco Rubio. year. And Bush is the ultimate
runner to a candidate trying edged in typical we need to ask: Is our children establishment insider. That’s
hard to gain his footing in a field fashion in that learning?” and asserted, in ‘Anti-establishment year’ the crux of his problem,” Sabato
crowded with quicker-off-the- long-ago race. making the point that parent- Consultant Mark Sanders, said, even before such issues as
mark hopefuls. “People aren’t ing is the paramount pursuit, who in 1988 worked for the Texas “the dynasty problem” and “his
But his clumsy campaigning PEGGY looking for a lot “The most important job is not Victory campaign, saw George brother’s baggage,” including the
is something of a family tradi- FIKAC of pizzazz out to be governor, or first lady in my H.W. Bush do what it took to Iraq war.
tion, a political liability that there. They’re case.” win that election — including Jeb Bush gave answers that
prompted ridicule for his father looking for someone who’s His election went into over- the infamous Willie Horton ad echoed his father’s of nearly
and brother but wasn’t enough stable,” he said then. ”So I think time against Democrat Al Gore, that slammed Dukakis over the 30 years ago when asked on CNN
to keep them from the presi- to kind of suddenly get my hair with the outcome hinging on release of a furloughed black about his campaign.
dency. colored, and dance up and down votes in Florida, where Jeb Bush inmate who committed new “I’ve got to get better at
And he’s countering criticism in a miniskirt or do something was then governor. crimes. debating, I guess, or perform-
of his lackluster style in much — show I’ve got a lot of jazz out That was recalled in a new “George Herbert Walker ing, whatever that’s called, and
the same way as his dad did there — drop a bunch of one- round of jokes when the cur- Bush changed. He became a I will,” he said, calling a presi-
nearly 30 years ago. liners. We’re talking about run- rent candidate unveiled his new tough, strong candidate that dential race “a serious endeavor”
George H.W. Bush, after all, ning for president of the United “Jeb Can Fix It” slogan, which really put the fear of God in that he nevertheless approaches
was plastered across the cover States. It’s a serious business.” was meant to give him a new the Democrats,” said Sanders. with joy.
of Newsweek in 1987 with the start but instead was widely While Sanders thinks signs Asked whether the country is
headline, “Fighting the ‘Wimp Strangled syntax mocked, with one wag tweeting, are pointing to mogul Donald looking for an “old-fashioned”
Factor,’ ” a description that He was elected against hap- “whuuuuut? Is he recalling (his) Trump being the nominee, he guy who wants to be fixer, Bush
invites comparison to today’s less Democrat Michael Dukakis role in Florida’s voter suppres- said, “Anybody who wants to asserted people are “desperate
questions about whether his son before being ousted in 1992 by sion when his brother was count the Bushes out is making a for” just such a candidate.
has the fire to lead the GOP to the Democrat Bill Clinton. elected?” huge mistake.” “I’m not going to win over
White House. His son, George W. Bush, The slogan jokes came after But Larry Sabato, director of the punditry class for sure,” he
The elder Bush’s awkward gained the White House after Bush missteps ranging from the Center for Politics at the Uni- said, “but I know I can win over
style included describing some- the 2000 election despite a string having to backpedal on whether versity of Virginia, said Jeb Bush people that aspire to a better life
one in trouble as being in “deep of malaprops that rivaled his he would have invaded Iraq to a has a tougher task than did his for themselves and their family.”
doo-doo” and having difficulty father’s strangled syntax. cheery apology to the French for family in previous elections.
expressing what he called “the He reached out to those having compared their country’s “Unlike his father and broth-
vision thing.” “working hard to put food on workweek to that of the U.S. Sen- er, Jeb is running in a strongly

Rockets runners
jump for joy
From left, Phuong
Nguyen, Hue Bui,
Tammy Gee and Camy
Tran celebrate Sunday
outside the Toyota
Center after finishing
the 14th annual Rockets
Run. It featured a 5K
run, 2 mile walk and
kids’ 1K fun run. This
year’s race benefited
Children’s Memorial
Hermann Hospital.

Michael Ciaglo /
Houston Chronicle

NASCAR fans ignore request not to fly Confederate flags

By Drew Davison couraged fans to leave Con- am about First Amendment has made a conscious effort “NASCAR’s public position “It’s not a First Amend-
FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM federate flags at home after rights, Second Amendment to diversify and broaden its has prompted more to show ment act. What it is is a di-
a racially charged church rights, the Constitution. fan base. NASCAR Chair- up. You know, whenever rect affront to us coming
FORT WORTH — shooting in South Carolina I believe the flag is about man Brian France, along you tell somebody you can’t together, a direct affront
Charles Ivey climbed to that left nine worshippers heritage. I had family that with popular drivers such do something, they’re going in an effort to try to make
the top of his bus parked dead. fought in the Civil War. I as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and to show you, ‘Yes, I can.’ ” an unnecessary point,”
on the infield campground But that request fell on was born in the South, so Jeff Gordon, strongly dis- NASCAR’s strong stance said Tatum, president of
at Texas Motor Speedway deaf ears of some race fans it’s my right to fly it.” couraged fans from flying against flying the flags has the Fort Worth Southern
and proudly hoisted the who firmly believe it’s their The Confederate flag de- Confederate flags after the incited more fans to do so. Leadership Conference.
Confederate battle flag on right to fly the flag. Ivey and bate resurfaced this sum- shooting. Ivey went out of his way “This is definitely hollow
Thursday afternoon. a handful of other race fans mer with the June 17 church TMS President Eddie to make sure he brought (by those fans). NASCAR
He’d never flown the flag are flying the Confederate shooting in Charleston. The Gossage said he under- a Confederate flag, along did the wise thing in the
during a race weekend but flag this weekend. The flags suspect, Dylann Roof, had stands the flag debate is a with koozies and beads em- 21st century to discourage
felt compelled to do so for weren’t prevalent around posed with a Confederate touchy subject on both sides blazoned with Confederate it. This is based on civil-
this weekend’s NASCAR the track, but could be spot- flag. and believes the track might flags, to the track this week- ity and humanity, and (the
tripleheader event at TMS, ted them around the infield. NASCAR, which has be seeing more flags this end. fans are) saying, ‘To hell
which concluded with Sun- “I have the right to fly it deep Southern roots, found weekend simply based on This isn’t what NAS- with humanity, to hell with
day’s AAA Texas 500. just as much as they have itself in the midst of the con- NASCAR’s public stance. CAR or the tracks want to civility, my rights are more
This marked the first a right to tell me not,” said troversy because many fans “We’ve never had an is- see during race weekends, important.’
race weekend at the speed- Ivey, 52, of Greenville. “It’s displayed the flags during sue with it the way you of course. Neither do civil- “And that’s the attitude
way since NASCAR and not a race thing at all. I’m races. see it so prevalent at cer- rights activists such as Rev. that has gotten us into this
the track itself in July en- not about that at all. But I But the sanctioning body tain tracks,” Gossage said. Kyev Tatum of Fort Worth. position in the first place.”

‘Campaign in a box’ fires up commissioners, consultants

Campaign from page B1 Fred Blanton, a consultant Commission Chairman Paul past year. consultant,” McKinney wrote.
from Houston who wrote a let- Hobby said the practice has re- It was tabled soon after one Donna Holland Wilcox, Chair-
gue. ter to the commission, said the placed a previously popular commissioner declared: “I’m not man of the Burnet County Re-
It’s proven to be a touchy sub- regulator’s inquiry into opera- method for campaigns and PACs completely sure who or what a publican Party, summed up her
ject for political operatives who tive spending is absurd. His main to hide the destination of politi- political consultant is.” The in- argument briefly: “In the name of
consider their strategies, includ- beef is an identical one voiced by cal money: the credit card. As of quiry hasn’t been brought back transparency, which is the intent,
ing pricing agreements and even others in the field: a consultant’s September, all expenses racked up since then, but Hobby says it’s I say FULL disclosure is best.”
the names of third-party ven- livelihood is dependant in large up on plastic are now required to still a live topic for the commis- Those who voiced opposi-
dors, akin to classified material. part on protecting so-called be itemized in on state campaign sion. tion mostly cited the need for a
In meetings over the summer, “trade secrets,” namely who they finance reports. The responses the commis- consultant to be able to protect
several commissioners appeared do business with and how much sion received from consultants “trade secrets,” saying vendors
fired up, describing the lump those transactions are worth. ‘New piece of paper’ so far have been fairly wide- could use the information to un-
sum payments with no details “No consultant should have to That, however, is not the solu- ranging. dercut or overcharge. Or a politi-
as defeating the requirements disclose who or what is paid for,” tion the commission is looking Take one from Pam Thacker, cal opponent could tamper with a
of state disclosure laws. The he said in an interview. “That for when it comes to consultants, the campaign office manager for campaign by using the informa-
commission even came up with would be a breach to a consul- Hobby said. Agriculture Commissioner Sid tion to threaten a vendor.
a catchy name for the practice: tant to have to disclose sources “If we can find a way to give the Miller, who disagrees with the “Consultants should be able
“campaign in a box.” and costs, and it would also give regulated community guidance general approach but said she to protect their business and
an advantage to an opponent to on how to use the existing for- recognizes why this type of dis- their client’s best interest, and if
‘Trade secrets’ argument know where they need to spend mat, that’s better,” he said. “I’m closure is important. in their judgment, this includes
However, months after airing money to counter their oppo- trying to avoid creating a new “As the one who fills out the keeping their vendor’s names
the issue in meetings, and taking nent’s actions.” piece of paper and make sure the ethics reports I do not like this as confidential, they should be al-
public comment in a series of let- The issue was first raised by public has access to the final re- it would cause me to have to rely lowed to do so,” wrote John
ters, the state regulator has yet Commissioner Jim Clancy, the cipient of campaign dollars.” on the consultant to send me the Shults, Chief Business Officer for
figure out a path forward — and former chairman of the eight- The commission has weighed invoices, etc,” she wrote. “But I the Eppstein Group, a prominent
it’s not clear anything will result member panel, who painted the in on the issue in the past by look- do understand the validity and Republican consulting shop.
from the effort. following scenario at a public ing at how involved the candidate value of it.” Craig Holman, a federal lob-
One reason: pushback from meeting: a big campaign writes or PAC was in the final say of any byist on government ethics at the
consultants has been strong. a check to a consulting firm for expenditures made by the con- Lump sums ‘misleading’ liberal advocacy group Public
Consultants and PAC treasurers $150,000. The money is spread sultant. But Clancy, the ethics W. Troy McKinney, a Hous- Citizen, shrugged off the trade
have written to the commission around to hire poll workers, de- commissioner, has said that es- ton lawyer and the treasurer secret argument, saying it’s been
with a largely unison message: sign mailers and pay for ads. sentially provides the equivalent of the Concerned Citizens for a used before by others in the influ-
back off. None of it, he cautioned, is of “hear no evil, see no evil, speak Responsible Judiciary PAC, told ence arena when new disclosure
One consultant told the com- reported beyond the lump sum no evil protection.” regulators that consultant ex- requirements become a topic for
mission he would quit the busi- to the consultant, who is not re- A sign of just how sticky the penditures should be itemized regulators.
ness. One asked if regulators quired to provide a break down issue is from a policy perspec- because the current system “al- “Providing a picture for the
need to know every time he of the spending. tive was apparent at a commis- lows those inclined to hide pay- public to understand where the
pumps gas or buys ink from a “I am confident it is a growing sion meeting in August. Hobby ments to others to do so.” money is going,” he said “that’s
printing company and “where practice to make these large pay- pushed for ideas and received a “Simply reporting a lump sum more important than preserving
will it stop?” One wrote: “The so- ments to campaigns in a box and lukewarm response from a com- to any consultant is, at best, mis- any trade secrets.”
lution is like killing a gnat with a not disclose any of the specifics,” mission that has aggressively leading if the amount reported is
sledge hammer.” Clancy said. tackled disclosure issues in the not solely for the services of the
xxx Houston Chronicle | and | Monday, November 9, 2015 | B3


Song urges
of the Alamo
By Scott Huddleston today’s Alamo area. It sug-
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS gests the shrine is “sur-
rounded by decay.”
Two die-hard Alamo “It’s time to bring back
buffs, former teachers liv- all the long lost beauty;
ing in New Jersey, have And a sense of history,”
created what they said may the lyrics declare, echoing
be the key to elevating the sentiments of local and
Texas shrine to its full po- state officials now leading
tential: a catchy new theme an effort to refurbish the
song. state-owned Alamo com-
In the wake of metal plex and improve the sur-
rock idol Ozzy Osbourne’s rounding area.
conciliatory visit last “We’ve got to do some-
week to the mission and thing to save that place”
battle site downtown, Al- from mediocrity and com-
amo advocates William R. mercialization, Boldt said.
Chemerka and Mike Boldt “Music tends to galvanize
are promoting their song, people.”
“Stand With the Alamo,” The state and city al-
to rally support for up- ready have committed
grades to the area. more than $45 million in
Both are members of the public funds for the Al-
Alamo Society, a group of amo area, including the
James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle about 500 Alamophiles in pending purchase of three
the United States and 10 buildings now leased as
Accident causes Sunday traffic jam foreign nations, some gath- amusement attractions in
Traffic backs up Sunday on the Pierce Elevated near Bagby after an accident involving multiple vehicles and a ering in San Antonio each the plaza, and for projects
three-wheeled motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was transported by ambulance from the scene. year for the anniversary of recommended by a mas-
the battle on March 6, 1836. ter plan for the area, to be
“I always feel there’s completed next summer.

Tough opposed by tea party groups a karma to things. They

happen when they’re sup-
posed to happen,” said
Also engaged in the
plan is the nonprofit Al-
amo Endowment, which
Tough from page B1 every year. want that one to be the last Boldt, a musician and re- has projected up to $300
Still, Tough didn’t seek one built. I heard these tired special education million may be needed to
vative Republicans. But tea party support this elec- special interest people say- teacher in Weehawken, return the area to its full
Tough’s job experience be- tion, nor did he answer ing, ‘Elect me and I’ll stop N.J. glory, with new pavement,
came almost a dirty word voter questionnaires from development.’ It may play Boldt called Chemerka, pedestrian access, public
as tea party groups who two tea party groups. well politically, but legally who lives in Barnegat, and art, a museum and partial
wield significant influ- While not opposed to you can’t tell someone what told him about two weeks reconstruction of the 1836
ence in The Woodlands their principles, Tough Bruce Tough and Laura to do with their land.” ago to “send me some lyr- mission-fortress com-
portrayed him as “part of said he knew the tea party Fillault disagreed on last The Texas Patriots’ ics” about the need to up- pound. Famed musician
the establishment,” more groups would target him spring’s road bond plan. Turner said that while no- grade Alamo Plaza, to pro- Phil Collins has donated
likely to favor developers for supporting last spring’s body can stop growth, it vide more reverence and a $15 million in artifacts to
over residents. She won by $350 million road bond dissuade the developer could be better managed, moving historical experi- advance a bigger vision for
4 percentage points. package that included the from doing it.” possibly through incorpo- ence. the Alamo.
Fillault, who gained at- deeply unpopular road Tough said the person rating as a city. “He got the words to Chemerka, who found-
tention as a vocal critic of a proposal, an extension of who circulated the peti- Bass said incorpora- me in an email within 10 ed the Alamo Society in
controversial road project Woodlands Parkway to tion, Matthew Burton, was tion was put off three years minutes,” said Boldt, who 1986, said he copyrighted
in The Woodlands, prefers Texas 249. supported by the tea party ago because a study then recorded a CD of songs the song but will permit its
to see herself as an “inde- Like Fillault and the tea organizations for a board showed it would triple the about the Alamo, “Victory open Internet use to aid the
pendent” rather than as an partiers, he opposed the seat being vacated by an in- property tax rate. or Death,” in 2012. cause. He said he would
outsider. parkway extension. But he cumbent. Boldt said it took him like to see it recorded by a
“I see this as more of did not want to jeopardize Burton, a political new- ‘But I won’ two days to compose, per- major country artist, to be-
a grassroots movement. the entire bond package comer, narrowly lost to Meanwhile, Fillault form and record a song to come a fundraising theme
Bruce Tough has more of over that one project, he Ann Snyder, a longtime thinks The Woodlands has complement Chemerka’s song. Members of his
an establishment feel, like said. resident who’s headed ev- moved too far away from lyrics in his studio, which group created a video with
the Republican presiden- erything from Interfaith the greenbelts and path- he calls “Alamo North.” the song on YouTube.
tial contender Jeb Bush,” ‘Political piñata’ of The Woodlands and its ways through the trees dis- Many Alamo songs have “It’s just another effort
said Fillault, 43, noting In the end, county vot- community clinic to the ar- played on the township’s been written, most notably in an overall campaign to
how she spent only $4,000 ers defeated that package ea’s chamber of commerce website. “Remember the Alamo,” do what’s right,” Chemer-
on her campaign compared — but six months later ap- and school board. She, too, A self-described com- by Jane Bowers, and “Bal- ka said. “Why not restore
to the $18,000 that Tough proved a scaled-back $280 earned the tea partiers’ munity activist, she blogs lad of the Alamo,” by Paul Alamo Plaza with a song?”
spent. million version that didn’t disdain for supporting the about how she and her Francis Webster and Dimi-
She was part of a three- include the road extension. first road bond package. husband left France, her tri Tiomkin. This new one
candidate slate endorsed Fillault believes the Tough believes the tea husband’s homeland, to es- may be the first to address
by two local tea party bond outcome showed partiers are after “control” cape socialism and return
groups — the Texas Patri- why people should never and, in so doing, could to Texas. She writes on the
ots PAC and the Montgom- compromise their ideals. stamp out independent website — rightstraight- VOLUNTEER
ery County Tea Party —
that were instrumental in
pushing her name before
Tough, on the other hand,
contends it shows how res-
idents eventually lost out
“I don’t want to see any
single group control the — about
being a fighter who packs
a gun and is not somebody
Social media users,
the public.

‘Kingmaker’ influence
on “millions” of other road
improvements (besides the
excluded one) that could
fate of our community,”
Long said. “We’re bigger
than one group. All the
to “mess” with as she takes
the country back from “the
gardeners needed
Fillault said that one of have eased the traffic grid- folks who live here should After she filed for local HOUSTON CHRONICLE out to the new McGovern
these groups, the Texas lock. have a say.” office, her husband, Pierre, Centennial Gardens and
Patriots, taught her how to Fillault and the tea par- Mike Bass, a township wrote a letter to the local Pantry services are lead a workshop to teach
campaign through block ty groups also criticized director who was opposed newspaper in support of growing in this area. A others. The upcoming date
walking and introducing Tough for failing to sign in 2012 by tea partiers who his wife, he said his vote for new program is starting is Saturday, Nov. 21.
herself at the polls. It also a petition opposing clear- had once backed him, her would be his first as an that will assist families
used its volunteers to hand cutting in the last residen- agreed. American citizen. in need with an addi- Social media
out literature and work the tial area being developed “They want to win con- As to what she hopes to tional food source for six Volunteers are needed
polls on her behalf. in The Woodlands, which trol of the township board accomplish after her win, months. The pantry is to help with posting ar-
While some refer to the is known for its lush forest. and then have us incorpo- she said she plans to do open Tuesday-Saturday. ticles and information on
group as a “kingmaker” in “I felt like a political pi- rate our township into a more listening and com- social media (Facebook,
local politics, Fillault dis- ñata, being bashed by a city,’ Bass said. “We have a municating with residents Spread joy blog, Twitter, LinkedIn,
agrees. “I met their criteria lot of contrived misstate- perfect limited government to keep them involved in Volunteers can spread etc.) to inform followers
as a fiscal conservative, but ments,” Tough said. He and free marketplace now. their community. some joy to patients with about providing a safe
that does not mean I’m in explained how he wanted But they really don’t want “People look at me and a variety of needs. These environment for women
lockstep with all they do,” to remain neutral so that that.” say, ‘You took down Bruce may include companion- who are sufferering from
she said, noting that she he could work behind the Tough,’ ” she said, but in- ship, yard work, run- perinatal and postpartum
attends occasional meet- scenes with the devel- ‘Victim’ of success sists that she has no wish to ning errands, doing art mental health issues.
ings but has not been a oper, which indeed led to Community leaders tarnish his legacy. “I don’t projects, pet visits, flower
dues-paying member since the compromise in which agree on one thing: resident want him to go away or be deliveries and cooking. For more information,
January. 100-gallon trees are being frustration over the area’s put in an old folks home contact Volunteer Houston
But the Texas Patriots’ planted as a buffer there, rapid growth is driving the and shut the door. He’s Green thumb at (832) 613-9275, info@
website boasts that the among other things. discontent. Montgomery done great things for the Are you passionate or visit
organization has become “Bruce did as much as County’s population, now community. People respect about garden topics? Come
the “trusted source for the humanly possible to stop a half million, is expected him. But I won.”
Woodlands voter” and that the clear-cutting,” said to double over the next Tough said he’s not rul-
92 percent of its candidates,
including Fillault, won this
another township direc-
tor, Jeff Long. “It’s a com-
“The Woodlands is a
ing out anything in his fu-
ture and intends to stay ac- DISABILITY LAW
past election. plicated issue because the victim of its own success,” tive in his community. SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
The organization’s pres- township doesn’t have the said Tough. “Once people VETERANS DISABILITY
ident, Julie Turner, who power to order it. We must build a house here, they SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURIES
lives outside The Wood-
not deny the group’s pow-
• Successfully obtaining Social Security benefits for deserving
erful influence: “I would individuals for over 30 years
certainly hope we have an • Representing veterans in their claims for service-connected
impact. We take a deep look benefits before the Veterans Administration and in Federal Court
at people’s values and past
actions. People rely on us
POWER LIFT RECLINER • Claims against stockbrokers to recover investment losses
• Veterans with service-connected disabilities can collect both
VA benefits and Social Security Disability benefits.
for that information.” • Lifts to a Standing Position
Tough cannot fathom
why he has never won tea • Reclines to a Lie-Flat Position
party support. He recites • Elevates Your Legs
a long list of accomplish-
ments, from preventing Has Your Disability
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pay him $4 million it owed what constitutes ethical to try a single case.
him. financing or address the “This is not the way a
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week with the terms un-
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succeeded. There both in ally known trial lawyer tort cases, once the tort has
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Brady, Mary Dunson, Robert

life tributes
Halevy, Uzi Moore, John Peschke, Albina

Cardona, Deborah Gorel, Earl Moody, Tom Morton, John Zaboroski, Leona

Deborah a. CarDona Tom Rush moody, JR.

1957-2015 1930-2015
Deborah A. Cardona, 58,
passed away November 5, Tom Rush Moody, Jr. Editor of the Texas Law
2015. She is survived by her died on November 5, 2015 Review and member of Phi
daughter Roxanne, mother in Trappe, Maryland. He Delta Phi. He graduated in
Ofelia Diaz and father in law was born in Alpine Texas on 1956 and was admitted to the
Antonio Cardona Sr. She is July 21, 1930 to Tom Rush State Bar of Texas that same
preceded in death by husband and Lois Whipkey Moody. year.
Ruben, father David P. Diaz, Surviving him are his sister After graduation, he
and mother in law Connie Marilyn Pickard, his wife returned to Houston to take
Cardona. of 61 years Ann Cheavens a position with the Baker,
Also survived by 2 brothers, Moody, his children Tom Botts, Andrews and Shep-
2 sisters, and numerous other forest Funeral Home, 750 Rush Moody III, Catherine herd law firm. In 1961, he
relatives. Uvalde Rd., Houston 77015. Eshelman, M. Bradford told the partners that he was
Visitation will be held Mon- Cremation to follow. Moody, Sarah Mariani, Lisa leaving the firm to join his
day, November 9, 2015 from Breslin, Stephen Moody and college mentor Tom Sealy’s
2pm - 9pm with a rosary at Emily Moody, his grandchil- law firm in Midland, Texas, a
dren Jack, Laura and Henry move that was subsequently Moody to serve as his special where he enjoyed being a
7pm. Memorial services will
Eshelman, Chandler, Rush postponed for nine months counsel, advising him and gentlemen farmer growing
be held Tuesday, November
and John Moody, Carole and when he learned that Ann Lt. Governor Bill Hobby on corn and soybeans at Trappe
10, 2015 at 10am. Visitation
Cristina Mariani, Kyleen was pregnant with triplets. energy policy and helping Landing Farm. He was also
and memorial will be held at
and Kate Breslin, Ashleigh After ten years practicing Senator Lloyd Bentsen draft past-President of Chesapeake
Blackwell & Vazquez Wood-
and Erin McDonald and his in Midland as a trial lawyer what ultimately became the Chamber Music, Inc., a
great-grandchild Judson and learning as he said Natural Gas Policy Act of board member of the Easton
Guarino. Predeceasing “everything I needed to know 1978. YMCA and an usher at Christ
him were his sister Jimmy about law from Bill Browder,” In 1977, Rush returned Church Easton. Not able to
RobeRt MaRR Dunson, to private law practice in keep the lawyer in him from
Poxon and his daugther Beth Rush was appointed by
JR. Moody. Richard Nixon (with critical Washington, working at a disappearing completely,
1935-2015 Rush grew up in Houston, support from Congressman number of Texas-based firms, he also served on the Talbot
Robert “Bob” Dunson, 80, Texas, graduating from George Mahon and Senator helping each of them grow County Planning and Zoning
passed away Friday, Novem- John Reagan High School Lloyd Bentsen) in 1971 to a their energy practice groups. Board of Appeals until his
ber 6, 2015. He was born in 1948. He attended Rice five-year term on the Federal After stints with Baker & death.
February 21, 1935 in Waco, Institute for two years before Power Commission, then Botts, Vinson & Elkins and Rush dearly loved being
TX to Doris and Robert transferring to the University chaired by John Nassikas. Akin Gump, Moody joined on the water, catching fish
Dunson, Sr. of Texas to complete a joint Rush served ably for three Andrews Kurth where he and watching the sunsets.
Bob is survived by his wife BBA/LLB degree program. years but found himself served as managing partner Neither “hell nor high water”
of 61 years, Pernie Ruthven There, he was a member of increasingly voting in dissent from 1992 until his retire- would keep him from his
Dunson; his children Sarah Delta Tau Delta, Friars, Silver with regard to the Commis- ment in 1996. He worked on weekly gin rummy and poker
Corie and husband Martin, Spurs and President of the sion’s continued regulation of regulatory, trial and en- games with friends. He
Robert Dunson III, Leslie tation at 10 a.m. Interment student body in 1952-53. interstate natural gas prices ergy policy matters for many developed a skilled hand at
Huygen and husband Patrick; will follow at Klein Memorial After a brief timeout to marry under the Federal Power Act. clients but was perhaps most woodcarving, producing ex-
11 grandchildren and 2 great- Park on FM 2920. his college sweetheart Ann, He ultimately resigned in proud of his work helping quisitely figured and painted
grandchildren. he took a leave of absence 1975, urging President Ger- his friend John G. McMil- butterflies. Most of all, after
Visitation will be held Tues- to serve in the United States ald R. Ford in his resignation lian organize and finance a many years of hard work, he
day, November 10, 2015 from Air Force as an intelligence letter to pursue a legislative consortium to build the first loved having the time to be
9-10 a.m. at Klein Funeral officer stationed at Warner solution to end the natural natural gas export pipeline with his family, re-engaging
Home, 1400 West Main in Robins Airbase. He returned gas shortages then plaguing from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to with his children and teach-
Tomball, TX. Funeral services to the University in 1955 to the Atlantic Seaboard. Texas the lower 48 states. ing a few good card tricks to
will be held following the visi- complete his law studies, Governor Dolph Briscoe Upon retirement, Rush his grandchildren.
becoming an Associate Note immediately appointed and Ann moved from Chevy By all who knew him, he
Chase to Trappe, Maryland will be missed.

Earl GorEl family members. Graveside

service will be held at 3:00
pm, Monday, November 9,
Earl Gorel, 91, passed away 2015 at Beth Yeshurun Allen John Ledger Moore ber 10, 2015, 9am. Funeral Leona D. Zaboroski restoration. She proudly
November 7, 2015. He is Parkway Cemetery. 11am. Services will be held served on the Board of Direc-
survived by his wife Selene 1939-2015 1921-2015
at Ross Mortuary, Interment tors of Concerned Citizens for
Gorel, children, Everett Gorel, Mr. Moore was a proud Paradise North. Leona Dehart Zaboroski, Washington Cemetery Care
Marla Cooper, Sheri Gorel graduate of Phyllis Wheatley passed away on November and as a Trustee for the Wash-
and Lance Gorel and many H.S. Class of 1957, Visitation 6, 2015 at the age of 94. She ington Cemetery Historic
will be held Tuesday Novem- was born in Bessmay, Texas to Trust, until she stepped down
R.B. and Jetta Hollis Dehart in 2012 due to health issues.
on March 28, 1921, the third She continued to tour the
of eleven children, and raised property whenever she could.
Uzi Halevy in Jasper County during the She always remembered
1936-2015 Great Depression. Upon
Uzi Halevy, 79, of Houston,
John Davis Morton graduating from Buna High
birthdays of friends and
family members and was the
Texas, and formerly of Israel, School in 1938 she set off for “go to” person for any fam-
passed away suddenly on No- John Davis (Jack) Morton the big city of Houston, living ily historical information or
vember 7, 2015. Uzi was the passed away on Oct. 31, 2015 with relatives and securing nostalgia.
beloved husband of Michal at his home in Conroe. He her first job making $6.00 Leona is preceded in death
“Micki” Halevy, and father was born in 1924 in Ferris, per week. by her beloved husband Louis
to Amir (and his wife Amy Texas, the oldest son of John She married Louis V. (1970), son Richard Ray
Karff Halevy), Ellie (and her T. and Cleva Duff Morton, Zaboroski on September 21, Zaboroski (2013), and six
husband Larry Kalman), and and moved to Houston in 1940 and settled in the Cot- siblings. She is survived by
Tammy. He was the cherished 1931. tage Grove area of Houston son Robert Louis Zaboroski
older brother of his sister Ada Jack graduated from Lamar where she would remain for of Houston, grandson Ray
Friedman (and her husband instrumental in establishing a High School in 1940 and at- the next 42 years before mov- Louis Zaboroski (wife Carrie,
Yanai) of Jerusalem. Uzi was student union book publish- tended Rice University before ing on to Inwood Forest and sons Frank and Jack) of Dal-
the proud Saba, grandfather, ing house. joining the Navy during of the Montgomery County ultimately the Champions las, sisters Mae Joubert and
of Jacob and Daniel Halevy Uzi was recently awarded WWII. He married his high Library in Conroe. area. Doris Hemsworth, brothers
and Orli and Gabriel Kalman. an Honorary Fellowship by school sweetheart, Katherine He was preceded in death She raised two sons and Dalton and Delton Dehart,
Uzi and Micki were married the Technion. Uzi served Kellogg, in Miami, Florida, by his wife of 67 years, his participated in their school and numerous nieces and
for 56 years and shared a the Technion on the local, while stationed at Key West. brother, Tommy D. Morton, and play activities, including nephews. She will be missed
life filled with love, family, national and international After the war, he graduated and his sister-in-law, Sarah PTA, Cub Scouts, and Little by many.
friends, travel, and music. levels. He served on the from the University of Texas. L. Morton, and is survived by League Baseball. She also Friends are cordially invited
They were perfectly matched National Board of Directors He was employed by Shell three sons; Davis Morton (Su- excelled at cooking, cake to a visitation from 5 PM
in their intellectual curios- and on the Technion Board Chemical for 17 years in san) of Conroe, Richard Mor- decorating, crafts, and gar- to 8 PM at Heights Funeral
ity and desire to learn. They of Governors. He was an Houston, New York and Cali- ton (Connie) of Maryland, dening. Her passion for her Home, 1317 Heights Blvd. in
created a home and family life inspiration and role model fornia, before joining George and Harold Morton (Shelley) flowers and vegetable gardens Houston, on Tuesday, Novem-
that reflected their apprecia- through his dedication to the Mitchell and Associates in of Iowa; five grandchildren, were unparalleled. ber 10, 2015. The Funeral
tion of education and knowl- Technion and Israel. Houston in 1965. He retired six great grandchildren and Upon the death of her Service will be conducted
edge. Uzi was extraordinarily Before retiring in 1996, as Vice President of Admin- one great-great grandchild. husband Louis in 1970, she at 1 o’clock on Wednesday,
proud of each of his children Uzi was the president and istrative Services for Mitchell Jack will be remembered by was asked to work for friends November 11, 2015 at Heights
and grandchildren. Travel was CEO of The Litwin Engineer- Energy and Development the many people he touched, of the family at Lobb Hard- Funeral Home, with burial
a particular interest of Uzi ing Group, an international Corp. in 1983. and for his compassion, ware on Washington Avenue, following in Washington
and Micki and during their company that operated in the Jack was active in his humility, and love of family. spending 25 years meeting Cemetery.
56 years they traveled to every United States and around the church and involved with A memorial service will many interesting individuals. In lieu of usual remem-
continent and every major world. After Uzi retired from many civic and historical be held at 2:00 p.m. on In the late 1970’s she brances, memorials may be
country in the world. Litwin at the age of 59, he groups, including the Sons Wednesday, Nov. 11 at The was approached by a group directed to the Washington
Uzi embraced and appreci- contributed his keen intellect, of the American Revolution Woodlands United Methodist determined to restore the Cemetery Historic Trust, P. O.
ated technology and particu- extraordinary knowledge of where he served as president Church, 2200 Lake Wood- Washington Cemetery to the Box 63592, Pipe Creek, TX
larly enjoyed keeping up with the oil and gas business, and of the Freedom Chapter for 7 lands Dr., The Woodlands, condition of its inception 78063-3592.
his family and friends via his boundless energy to a number years as well as a district VP TX. Memorials may be sent in 1887. Having known the
cell phone. Uzi loved sports of other businesses and and on the state audit com- to the The Woodlands United caretakers of the property
and played basketball as a ventures. mittee. He volunteered for 17 Methodist Church Founda- for many years, she provided
youth and throughout his life. A Funeral Service will be years in the genealogy section tion. historical insight and spent
Uzi was an 11th genera- held Monday, November 9, many hours researching and
tion Israeli whose parents, 2015 at Noon, in Congrega- maintaining burial records,
Asher and Shoshana Halevy, tion Brith Shalom, 4610 locating family members,
were actively involved in the Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, Texas, responding to inquiries, and
establishment of the State of 77401. Interment will take participating in the physical
Israel. Uzi came to the United place immediately following AlbinA V. Peschke
States in 1964 for 3 years but the service at Beth Yeshurun
ultimately settled in Hous- Post Oak Cemetery, 1037 N
ton, Texas, after spending a Post Oak Rd, Houston, Texas, Albina Valusek Peschke was
born 1-27-31 and passed from DEATH NOTICES The Lord is my shepherd, I have
number of years in Wichita, 77055. Rabbi Ranon Teller
the world she loved so much everything I need. HE lets me rest
Kansas. Although Uzi became will officiate.
a U.S. citizen and was proud In lieu of flowers, the family on 11-5-15. She is preceded in fields of green. HE leads me to
of his U.S. citizenship, he requests that any donations in death by her husband of Brady, Mary Margaret Weston quiet pools of fresh water. HE
remained staunchly loyal and be sent to the American 46 years Victor M Peschke, Born 09/30/1932 gives me new strength. HE guides
supportive of the State of Technion Society at 710 Post Sr. She is survived by her New Orleans, LA me in the right paths as HE’s
Israel. Oak Rd # 400, Houston, TX son Victor M Peschke, Jr and promised. Even if I go through the
wife Karen of Livingston TX; Died 11/08/2015
Uzi earned his bachelor’s 77024. deepest darkness I will not be
daughter Janice Light and The Woodlands, TX
(cum laude) and master’s afraid, LORD, for you are with
degree in Mechanical and husband James of Pearland, me.
Nuclear Engineering from TX. Nine grand children and SouthPark Funeral Home.
the Technion in Israel. He nine great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be held
was active with the student Visitation will be held 11-11-15 11-12-15 at 11AM at Sacred
union, served as chair of from 5PM to 9PM with a Heart Catholic Church in
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of local
real estate
holds up
By Katherine Feser

Michael Welch has been

named chairman of the board
and interim CEO of Integra
Realty Resources, a commercial
real estate market research,
valuation and counseling firm
based in New
York City.
Welch hails
from IRR’s
Houston office,
the largest of its
58 offices and
home to 45 of the
Welch company’s 850
employees. He
joined Dominy, Ford & McPher-
son, one of the founding offices
of IRR in Houston, 25 years ago.
Welch shared insights on the
Houston real estate market with
the Chronicle. Edited excerpts
Katherine Feser / Houston Chronicle
BG Group Place on Main Street in downtown Houston was built with sustainable features such as this sky garden. A new city- Q: What’s the biggest line
approved program aims to make it more affordable for smaller building owners with less financial means to go green as well. of business in your Houston

Saving by updating
A: We do commercial CMBS
(commercial mortgage-backed
securities) work, institutional
portfolio work, feasibility
studies, etc. David Dominy and
myself have a specialization
in litigation and large-scale
Program can help infrastructure projects, which
carries us throughout the coun-
make buildings try. We’re a dominant player in
energy-efficient the metro area. When they’re
widening I-10 or U.S. 290 or the
By Erin Mulvaney Grand Parkway, we’re doing

the valuations out there.
he Jewish Com-
munity Center Q: Who are your clients?
wanted to update A: Every major lending
its 50-year-old institution, investment portfo-
building, which lio holders, retirement systems,
still functions with original hospital systems, oil and gas
energy-guzzling mechanical firms, pipeline companies
and electrical equipment. But and most major governmental
the project’s multimillion- entities. We represent a lot of
dollar price tag would leave condemnors when they are ac-
less money available to serve quiring rights of way for public
the group’s core mission, said infrastructure.
Joel Dinkin, executive vice
president of the center. Q: What are you seeing
Now, the 200,000-square- with values in Houston?
foot building on South Braes- A: It’s a great time to be in
wood plans to be one of the Houston. Because we have 58
first to take advantage of a new offices around the country, I get
program in Houston designed to hear both the sighs of relief
to ease the way for a long-term Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle when markets are booming and
loan to pay for energy-efficient A pottery class is held at Houston’s Jewish Community Center. The center could be one of the the sighs of pain when there is
heating and electrical systems, first buildings in the city to take advantage of the Property Assessed Clean Energy program. market turmoil. But in Hous-
lighting and a new roof. The ton, we have weathered the
community center’s leaders that would enact a Property secured with a senior lien on of the nation’s energy use. storm much better than most.
believe it will reduce energy Assessed Clean Energy, or the property until it is paid in It’s been a particular focus
bills and free up money for PACE, program in Texas. full, in exchange for the funds in Houston. Q: In what way?
the services it provides, from Houston is the first city to cre- provided by a private lender to Mayor Annise Parker has A: You can see the prolif-
early childhood development, ate its own program, follow- pay for the improvement. announced a goal to reduce eration of multifamily develop-
senior care and support for ing Travis County earlier this “This is a win-win-win-win greenhouse gases. Houston ments across multiple classes as
arts and culture. year. A measure is also under situation,” Councilman Jack was also one of the first cities a sign of a strong economy. Even
“This is attractive for non- consideration in Dallas. Christie said. in the world targeted by the with the downturn in oil prices,
profits, like us, without the The program allows owners The effort to build and Geneva-based World Business we’ve been able to maintain
resources for capital improve- of commercial, industrial and renovate commercial build- Council for Sustainable Devel- slight growth, which is quite
ments, to get resources and residential properties with ings across Houston, from opment and the U.S. Busi- unheard-of in other parts of the
use our own resources to five or more units to obtain strip centers to skyscrapers, ness Council for Sustainable country.
support our mission,” Dinkin low-cost, long-term loans for with energy-efficient materials Development to study how
said. “We are running on old, water conservation, energy- is a key focus in the growing to remove barriers to energy Q: What markets are
original equipment. It’s cer- efficiency and renewable ret- conservation movement be- conservation. having trouble in the multi-
tainly not energy-efficient.” rofits. The voluntary program cause, as the U.S. Department Environmental groups have family sector?
The Houston City Council requires the local govern- of Energy reports, buildings lauded the PACE program. A: The Northeast — Wash-
passed the measure last week ment to place an assessment account for roughly 40 percent Energy continues on B8 Q&A continues on B8


Father wants to leave his daughter’s portion to her children

The information in this col- to a child. In fact, it’s done paid time Q: Are retirement Q: If a husband inherit his wife’s half of
umn is intended to provide quite often. off at all. accounts (401(k), IRA and wife own a house a home. If the wife has
a general understanding of You should see an attor- Many or pension payments) together and the wife children from a prior
the law, not as legal advice. ney to get this done, pref- employ- subject to forfeiture dies without a will, can marriage, her children
Readers with legal problems, erably one who handles ers have if I were to lose a civil the husband use an inherit her interest,
including those whose ques- estate planning matters. policies lawsuit against me in Affidavit of Heirship subject to the husband’s
tions are addressed here, RONALD that require the state of Texas? to remove his wife’s right to a life estate
should consult attorneys for Q: In 2016, my em- LIPMAN employees A: No, those types of name from the deed to allowing him to live on the
advice on their particular ployer will be chang- to use paid assets generally are pro- the property so he can property.
circumstances. ing its paid time off time off or lose it. So your tected from the claims of sell the house or get a
buyback policy to a 75 employer is quite generous creditors in Texas. reverse mortgage? Ronald Lipman is an
Q: My husband has percent payout instead to provide any compensa- A: An Affidavit of attorney with the Houston
two children from a of the 100 percent pay- tion at all. Q: How does a sur- Heirship will not remove law firm of Lipman &
previous marriage. He out it’s been using. Is If you want to learn viving spouse get a new the wife’s name from the Associates. He is board
wants to cut his daugh- this true for the entire more about why your deed when the spouse deed. That document certified in estate planning
ter out of his will and state of Texas, or is my employer has changed is the primary benefi- merely recites who and probate law by the
leave her portion to her employer just trying its policy, you should ask ciary of a Transfer on inherited the property Texas Board of Legal
children. Is it legal to to save a buck on the someone in the human Death Deed? from the deceased under Specialization. Questions
cut her out after both backs of its employees? resources department. A: There is no new Texas law. The new owner for this column, 50 words or
of us are gone? Should A: Employers have Also, if you have any ac- deed. The original deed or owners would then less. Mail: State Your Case,
we hire an estate plan- no legal obligation to buy crued paid time off, you and the Transfer on Death possibly be able to take Houston Chronicle; P.O.
ner? back unused paid time may want to submit your Deed operate together to the actions you described. Box 4260, Houston, 77210.
A: Yes, it’s perfectly off. In fact, employers request before the pay- transfer ownership and Keep in mind, a E-mail: stateyourcase@
legal to leave no property aren’t required to provide ments are reduced. establish title. husband does not always
xx Houston Chronicle | and | Monday, November 9, 2015 | B7



BBVA Compass Plaza has new owner

Sun Holdings Group
has purchased The Villas
at Sienna Plantation, a
190-unit apartment com- Foreign investors mercial real estate in the Hous-
munity at 8585 Sienna ton market, placing it just ahead
Springs Blvd. in Missouri have taken notice of Miami and behind Atlanta, ac-
City. Todd Marix, Todd of city’s top locations cording to Real Capital Analyt-
Stewart, Chris Curry and ics, a real estate information firm.
JC Clemens of Holliday By Katherine Feser Foreign investments represented
Fenoglio Fowler repre- 9.2 percent of all commercial real
sented the seller, a joint BBVA Compass Plaza, the estate investments here during
venture between Water- first office building to rise on the the period.
mark Residential and Uptown skyline in 30 years, has The top cities for foreign in-
Murphy O’Brien. Com- changed hands in a deal that sig- vestment in the past two years
pleted in 2015, the two- nals the strength of Houston for are Manhattan, Los Angeles,
story community spans international investments. Boston, Washington, D.C., and
12.2 acres and has one-, Masaveu Post Oak Houston Chicago.
two- and three-bedroom Delaware, a private investor The biggest deal occurred
floor plans averaging 1,103 based in Spain, has purchased earlier this year when German
square feet each. the 22-story building at 2200 Post realty fund Union Investment
Oak Blvd. purchased 1000 Main, a 36-story
LAND The sale price was not dis- downtown building from Inves-
J. Alan Kent Develop- closed, according to commercial co Real Estate. With a price tag of
ment has purchased 37.8 real estate firm Holliday Feno- $440 million, the sale is one of the
acres near FM 2978 on glio Fowler, which marketed the biggest ever in Houston.
Bogs Road in Tomball for property for the seller. Post Oak Boulevard has been
a residential community. Completed in 2013, BBVA a popular street for foreign inves-
David Alexander Newcor Compass Plaza was sold by a tors.
Commercial Real Estate venture partnership of Stream This summer, Strategic Capi-
assisted the buyer with Realty Partners, TRC Capital tal, the U.S. investment arm of
the purchase of four tracts Partners (formerly the Redstone China-based real estate conglom-
from different sellers. The Cos.) and an institutional client erate CSCEC, made its first Texas
site is near FM 2978 just of L&B Realty Advisors. Gary Fountain purchase with the acquisition of
south of The Woodlands “The sale of BBVA Compass The 22-story BBVA Compass Plaza was completed in 2013. Broadstone Post Oak apartments
and Toll Brothers’ new Plaza reflects the continued in- at 3100 Post Oak Blvd.
NorthGrove community. terest of foreign capital in Class vard north of the Galleria, the multi-housing units, more than Last year, Sinopec USA of
A product in superb locations building is in a high-growth ur- 2 million square feet of office China purchased 3050 Post Oak
Liberty DS Barker in Houston such as the Uptown/ ban area where cranes dot the space, in excess of 697,000 square Blvd., a 17-story office building in
Cypress, a partnership Galleria submarket,” Steve Lern- skyline and amenities such as feet of high-street retail and two the Lakes on Post Oak complex.
between Devon Street er, CEO of TRC Capital Partners, 40 restaurants are within walk- new luxury hotels,” Dan Miller, And FG Asset Management of
Homes and Liberty said in an announcement. ing distance. But, with oil trad- senior managing director of HFF South Korea bought 3000 Post
Homebuilders, has The 326,200-square-foot ing below $50 a barrel, it is un- said in an announcement. “The Oak Blvd, a 19-story building in
purchased 20 acres of land building is 83 percent leased, likely additional office buildings transformative impact that this the same complex.
on the west side of Barker with BBVA Compass Bank oc- will break ground anytime property has had on the Galle- The investment sales team of
Cypress Road approxi- cupying 58 percent of the space. soon. ria skyline cannot be overstated, Scott Galloway, Dan Miller, Matt
mately 2 miles north of The building has seven levels of “With its groundbreaking, placing it at the forefront of the Kafka, Colby Mueck and Trent
Interstate 10 West. Dennis parking with 1,144 spaces, a retail BBVA Compass Plaza ignited ‘urbanization’ movement in the Agnew from HFF handled the
Johnston of Vista Broker- bank, a fitness center and two a development renaissance in Houston marketplace.” sale of 2200 Post Oak Blvd.
age Services represented upscale restaurants, Caracol and Houston’s most coveted submar- In the past two years, for-
the seller, Compressor Oka Sushi. ket that is ongoing and encom- eign investors have spent nearly
Engineering Corp. The Located on Post Oak Boule- passes more than 6,050 luxury $2.5 billion on all types of com-
buyer plans a single-
family home development
containing 115 lots.
leased 42,066 square ed the landlord, Hartman future development. The portfolio totals feet. GLP’s portfolio
Leases feet at 3130 Pawnee. Income REIT. The park is owned by 57.9 million square feet spans 521 million square
David Boyd of Boyd a private international across 20 major markets feet across China, Japan,
OFFICE Commercial/Corefac Etc. developer. including 4 million square Brazil and the United
Apache Corp. has ex- International represented feet in Houston. GLP States.
tended its 524,000-square- the landlord, DIG Hous- INDUSTRIAL GLP, a global provider established a U.S. platform
foot lease at Post Oak ton. Smith Raines Co., as of logistics facilities head- through the purchase The Chronicle lists
Central for one year representative for the quartered in Shanghai, has of IndCor Properties commercial real estate
through December 2019. Distribution Inter- owner/developer of Port completed its acquisition of earlier this year. The latest transactions each
The building is owned by national Southwest has Commerce Park, an- a $4.6 billion portfolio from deal boosts its U.S. foot- Monday. Send items to
Cousins Properties. leased 33,584 square feet at nounced the addition of Industrial Income Trust. print to 173 million square
6002 Murphy Road. David three companies to the
The Loev Law Firm, Boyd of Boyd Commer- 72-acre park. Osburn
Timothy J. Henderson, cial/Corefac International Commercial Concrete/
Attorney at Law, and represented the landlord, Trucking has leased a
Barron and Newburger Joann Gillebaard & Robert 24,000-square-foot facility
entered into a lease with Joseph Gillebaard Stock on 5 acres at 4458 Genoa
6300 WLS at 6300 West Purchase Trust. Ryan Red Bluff. Red Ball Oxy-
Loop South, covering Boozer and Drew Coupe of gen has purchased
2,650 square feet. John Stream Realty represented 6 acres on Genoa Red Bluff
Andell represented the the tenant. Road in Port Commerce
landlord. Business Park for future

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All persons having claims November 24, 2015 in
against this Estate cur- Room 207 of the Central
Energy from page B6 Texas. Under the PACE for the owners,” she said. rently being administered
are required to present
Office Building, Purchas- Notice of Public Meeting
ing Specifications, 832- The Texas Department of
program, the lender has The program will be them to the undersigned 249-4685. Transportation (TxDOT), SEDONA LAKES MUNICIPAL UTILITY
within the time and in the Houston District, will hold DISTRICT NO. 1
Otherwise, lenders tend more security because the run by the nonprofit Tex- manner prescribed by FORMAL BID a public meeting regard- OF BRAZORIA COUNTY
law. Claims may be pre- Cypress-Fairbanks ISD ing proposed roadway
to give high-interest rates loan is tied to the land, as PACE Authority and sented by addressing will receive proposals for: improvements to FM 523
(A Political Subdivision of the State of Texas
Located within Brazoria County, Texas)
for loans that could pay rather than the property there is no cost to the city them as follows: Automotive Chemicals, from SH 332 to FM 1495 in
Parts and Supplies, #15- Brazoria County, Texas. $3,190,000
for expensive heating, owner. of Houston. Since PACE Cynthia L. Freeman 10-4593, 11/16/15 3:30 PM. The meeting will be held Unlimited Tax Road Bonds
Scott, Clawater & Bids 281-897-4578. 12510 on Thursday, November Series 2015
ventilation air condition- The Legislature passed loans pay for themselves Houston, LLP Windfern Rd., Houston 19, 2015 at Lanier Middle Bids to be Submitted:
2777 Allen Parkway, 77064. School Cafeteria located
ing systems, new lighting legislation during the 2013 over time, property own- 7th Floor at 522 North Avenue B,
11:00 A.M., Houston, Texas Time
Bids to be Opened:
or water-conservation session to enable cities ers are not only using less Houston, TX 77019
Sealed bids in duplicate Freeport, TX 77541. The 12:00 P.M., Houston, Texas Time
addressed to Bridgestone meeting will be held in an Thursday, November 19, 2015
equipment. and counties to create resources and improving Dated: November 9, 2015.
Municipal Utility District open house format from Place and Time of Sale: The Board of Directors
“People don’t spend their own program. public health, they are Cynthia L. Freeman will be received in the of- 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No (the “Board”) of Sedona Lakes Municipal Utility
fices of Jones & Carter, formal presentation will
Bar No. 00789298 District No. 1 of Brazoria County, Texas (the
money on their build- “At the end of the day, saving money, Spanjian Tel (713) 650-6600 Inc., Consulting Engi- be made. “District”) will receive and publicly read bids for
neers, 6335 Gulfton, Suite The purpose of the public the purchase of the Bonds at the designated meeting
ings today. It’s just bad it’s a more affordable and said. Fax (713) 650-1720
100, Houston, Texas meeting is to present the place outside the boundaries of the District, at
proposed project to the
77081, until 11:00 a.m.,
business,” said Charlene easier way for commer- “It’s saving money to BIDS Monday, November 16, public and receive com- the offices of Sanford Kuhl Hagan Kugle Parker
use less resources and
& PROPOSALS 2015, and then publicly ments. The proposed Kahn LLP, 1980 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1380,
Heydinger, executive cial property owners to Aldine ISD Construction opened and read for fur- road reconstruction of FM Houston, Texas 77056 at 12:00 P.M., Houston, Texas
director of Keeping PACE get low-cost, long-term helping us and the envi- Department is issuing a nishing all plant, labor, 523 from SH 332 to FM Time, Thursday, November 19, 2015.
Request for Qualifica- material and equipment 1495 would involve wid- Address of Bids: Display
Bids, Ad Name:
which must be submitted
in Texas. loans,” said Laura Span- ronment,” Spanjian said. tions (RFQ) from qualified and performing all work ening from a two-lane to in duplicate on the Official Bid Form and plainly
required for the construc- a four-lane facility with marked “Bid for Bonds,” should be addressed to
Smaller business own- jian, the city’s director “It’s a win for the envi- firms to provide architec-
tural services. tion of: Water Well No. 2 center left-turn lane for “President and Board
approximately 1.4 miles Municipal Utility District 2 cols x 5.25I of Sedona Lakes
of Directors
No. 1 of Brazoria County,
ers, in particularly, may of the Office of Sustain- ronment, as well as the RFQs will be due 12/4/15
at 2:00 pm at 1617 Lauder
Rework - 2016.
The project is located in within existing right-of- Texas,” and delivered Positiontorequest:
the District's Financial
not see that it would be ability. economy, local govern- Rd., Houston, TX 77039. A Bridgestone Municipal way, including the re- Advisor, Robert Nov&09Co.
Baird 2015Incorporated,
pre-submittal meeting Utility District, Harris placement of three
1331 Lamar, Suite 1360, Houston, Texas 77010
bridges (East Union
worth the cost to try to “The idea behind it is ments, property owners will be held at the M.O. County, Texas. Water Well prior to 11:00 Pick
A.M., up number:
Houston, 0 Time on the
No. 2 is located at Water Bayou, Dow Barge Canal, date of the bid opening. Any bid received after
make their building more the energy reduction and and lenders.” Campbell Center located
at 1865 Aldine Bender Rd., Plant No. 2, 4135 F.M. 2920, and Dow Wastewater Ca- 11:00 A.M. Houston, Texas Time, Thursday,
nal). The purpose of the
Spring, Texas 77388.
energy-efficient, said Hey- water will go to pay off the Houston, TX 77032 on 11/
18/15 at 2:00 pm. All inter-
November 19, 2015, will not be accepted and will be
The bidder shall submit a project is to improve returned unopened. All bids must be accompanied
dinger, who led the effort loan. We anticipate these ested parties intending to five percent (5%) bid safety and mobility by by a Bank Cashier's Check in the amount of
bond of the maximum to- adding capacity. No
make a submittal are en- $63,800 payable to the order of the District as a good
to bring PACE to cities in loans being cash-positive couraged to attend this tal bid amount. Make the changes are proposed to faith deposit.
meeting. For information bid bond payable to the the drainage system or Information: The Bonds are more completely
Owner. posted speed limits. The
and a copy of the RFQ, call
Patrick Mouton or Nicco- Plans, specifications, and project would not require described in the “Official Notice of Sale” and the

Q&A: No ‘hypersupply’ yet

lle Copeland at 281-985- bidding documents are new right-of-way. No resi- “Preliminary Official Statement” which may be
6373. available at www.civcas dential or commercial obtained from Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Said docu- displacements are pro- 1331 Lamar, Suite 1360, Houston, Texas 77010;
Aldine ISD Construction ments may be examined posed. Financial Advisor to the District. The District
Department is issuing a without charge in the of- Maps showing the pro- reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to
Request for Qualifica- fice of Jones & Carter, Inc. posed project’s location waive any and all irregularities except time of filing.
tions (RFQ) from qualified 6335 Gulfton, Suite 100, and design drawings will This notice does not constitute an offer to sell the
Q&A from page B6 Q: What sectors have Q: How is Houston firms to provide Con- Houston, Texas 77081 be available for review at Bonds but is merely notice of sale of the Bonds as
seen the biggest in- perceived by investors
struction Manager- There will be a pre-bid the Public Meeting. This required by law. The offer to sell the Bonds will be
Agent/Project Manager conference in the offices information will also be made only by means of the “Official Notice of Sale,”
ington, D.C., New York, crease in values? from other regions Services in connection of Jones & Carter, Inc., available by appointment “Preliminary Official Statement,” and the “Official
with the 2015 Bond Refer- 6335 Gulfton, Suite 100, for review Monday Bid Form.”
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh A: We’ve seen office of the country? Are endum addressing exist-
ing and future K-12 cam-
Houston, Texas 77081 at through Friday between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and Board of Directors
11:00 a.m., Monday, No- Sedona Lakes Municipal Utility
— those areas are in rents continue to be one people scared by the pus facility needs. vember 9, 2015. Atten- 5:00 p.m., excluding state
holidays, at the TxDOT District No. 1
RFQs will be due 12/4/15
“hypersupply,” as well as of the fastest-growing low oil prices? at 2:00 pm at 1617 Lauder
dance is not mandatory.
The Owner reserves the Houston District Office, Of Brazoria County, Texas
Rd., Houston, TX 77039. A located at 7600 Washing-
cities like San Francisco, sectors in Houston, and A: Astute investors pre-submittal meeting
right to reject any or all
bids and waive any or all ton Avenue, Houston, BIDS BIDS
San Jose and Seattle on obviously the multifamily are not because they will be held at the M.O. irregularities. No bid may Texas 77007. To schedule & PROPOSALS & PROPOSALS
Campbell Center located be withdrawn until the an appointment at the
the West Coast. They’re sector is close behind. recognize that the major at 1865 Aldine Bender Rd.,
Houston, TX 77032 on
expiration of 60 days from Houston District please Notice to bidders
contact Reina Gonzalez at Sealed bids in duplicate, APPLICATIONS
the date bids are open.
having increasing vacancy players in the oil and 11/18/15 at 3:00 pm. All in- -- (713) 802-5269. Maps and addressed to DD Louetta/
terested parties intend- designs may also be Spring Cypress, LLC, will The Houston-Galveston
rates and low to negative Q: What about land gas industry capitalize ing to make a submittal NOTICE TO BIDDERS viewed at the TxDOT Bra- be received at the offices Area Council (H-GAC)
Sealed bids in duplicate, zoria County Area Office of Costello, Inc., 9990 Area Agency on Aging
absorption (change in deals? on downturns by purchas- are encouraged to attend
this meeting. For informa- addressed to Levee Im- located at 1033 E. Orange, Richmond Avenue, Suite (AAA) is accepting appli-
demand). A: There’s been major ing outright or just the tion and a copy of the
RFQ, call Patrick Mouton
provement District No. 19 Angleton, TX 77515, con- 450, North Building, Hous- cations to provide con-
will be received at the of- tact (979) 864-8500. The ton, Texas 77042 until gregate and home deliv-
blocks of land being assets of middle market or Niccolle Copeland at fices of Costello, Inc., 9990 project information can 11:00 a.m. local time, ered meals, and support
281-985-6373. Richmond Avenue, Suite also be viewed at TxDOT’s Tuesday, November 24, service programs for
Q: Where does Hous- acquired in outlying areas players. When there’s FORT BEND ISD, 450, North Building, Hous- website: http://www. 2015 and then publicly older persons age sixty
ton, Texas 77042 until 2:00 opened and read for fur- and older living in south-
ton fit in? along the Grand Parkway. retraction in the industry, in accordance Texas Edu-
cation Code 44.031 and p.m. local time, Monday, g e t - i n v o l v e d / a b o u t / nishing all plant, labor, ern part of Liberty
A: We still have the We believe that thorough- the strong get stronger. Texas Government Code November 23, 2015 and hearings-meetings/
then publicly opened and houston/111915.html.
material and equipment County. The application
2269, is soliciting pros- and performing all work period is for Fiscal Year
last phase of expansion. fare is going to be a boon The middle gets elimi- pective proposals for RFP read for furnishing all la- All interested citizens are required for the construc- 2016, beginning January 1,
bor, material and equip- invited to attend this pub- tion of the Off Site 12” Wa- 2016. Organizations may
We still have decreasing for single-family residen- nated. Marketing and Advertis-
ing Services, RFP 16-020JK ment and performing all lic meeting. Written com- ter Line and Sanitary obtain application infor-
work required for the ments may be submitted Sewer along Spring Cy- mation
vacancy rates, and we still tial developers. Submissions will be due
12/01/15 @ 10:00 A.M. project: Traffic Signal In- at the meeting. Written press & Louetta Roads. Bids will be ac-
at www.h-
have new construction. Q: What’s your strat- CST. NO LATE BIDS WILL stallation at University comments may also be The site of the work is lo- cepted by H-GAC until
Blvd and Oilfield Rd & Uni- submitted either in per- cated in Harris County, 12:00 noon, November 23,
It’s the last stage before Q: Are land values egy for the firm? Julie Kaiser @ 281-634- versity Blvd and River- son or by mail to the Tx- between Spring Cypress 2015.
stone Blvd in Fort Bend DOT District Office, Direc- and Louetta Roads, west
1845 Bid may be down-
hypersupply. holding up? A: Our plan nationwide loaded from: http:// County, Texas. The loca- tor of Project Develop- of Louetta Glen Road. Bid- LEGAL NOTICE
tion of the work is at the ment, P.O. Box 1386, ding documents may be Harris County Depart-
A: They are. is to change the way ap- purchasing.fortbendisd.
com/CurrentBids.aspx. respective intersections. Houston, Texas 77251. viewed and downloaded ment of Education (HCDE)
Q: What do you see praisal valuation con- Mail response in a A voluntary pre-bid con- Written comments must free of charge (with the is accepting Requests for
ference will be held in the be postmarked, submit- option to purchase hard Proposals (RFPs) for RFP
SEALED envelope with
happening in the office Q: Have you seen any sulting services interact RFP # on outside to: office of Costello, Inc. at ted through the website, copies) at the CivCastUSA #16/017YR for Nutrition
2:00 p.m. local time, Mon- or emailed to HOU- website (www.CivCast
FBISD, 555 Julie Rivers Consultant Services. In-
market? property values come with the purchasers of Drive, Sugar Land, TX day, November 16, 2015. Reproduction terested proposers may
All prospective bidders by December 4, 2015, to charges may apply.
A: Baltimore, Hartford, down in Houston? our service. Histori- 77478, ATTN: Julie Kaiser
are invited to attend. be included in the Public
San Jacinto College
go to https://hcdeebid. and register
INVITATION TO BIDDERS Plans, specifications and Meeting Summary.
Conn., Kansas City and A: The industrial cally, valuation is based on Sealed Bids, in duplicate, bid documents may be The Public Meeting will be Request for Proposals to download the solicita-
tion or call 713-696-8212.
Sacramento are in the market in the northwest historic data. We intend to addressed to Fort Bend viewed and downloaded conducted in English. Per- Promotional Items Proposals are due at 12:00
County Municipal Utility free of charge (with the sons interested in attend- Project No. 16-03
p.m. CST on November 30,
recovery stage. Houston, quadrant has begun to employ data strategies that District No. 30, Attention
Linda Yorlano, President,
option to purchase hard ing the meeting who have San Jacinto College is so- 2015. It is HCDE policy not
liciting sealed proposals
copies) at the CivCastUSA special communication
Denver, New York and flatten. We’ve tracked a become real estate intel- Board of Directors, will be Website (www.CivCast or
to discriminate on the ba-
accommodation from qualified firms to sis of race, color, national
received at the office of Reproduction needs, or need an inter- provide promotional
San Francisco are still in a rapid expansion of supply ligence to allow investors the District’s Engineer, charges will apply ac- preter, are encouraged to items. The solicitation glish
origin, gender, limited En-
proficiency or
period of expansion. in that area that does not to be forward-thinking J.A. Costanza & Associ- cording to CivCastUSA contact TxDOT’s Public In- documents can be ob- handicapping condition
ates Engineering, Inc., rates. formation Offices (713) tained at http://esbd. in its programs. Direct
seem to equal demand. in their decision-making 4301 Center Street, Deer
802-5076. Requests
Park, Texas 77536, until should be made at least inquiries to Charity Simp- WHERE DO YOU FIND
Q: Are we overbuilt? process. 10:00 a.m. Local Time, Sugar Land
Regional Airport
two days prior to the Pub- son at Charity.Simpson@ THE BEST BUYS
Tuesday, November 17, lic Meeting. Every reason- or 281-998-6328. IN HOUSTON?
A: We’re getting close Q: What are some hot 2015, and then publicly TxDOT CSJ No. able effort will be made to In the city’s largest clas-
opened and read for 1512SGRLD these Sealed proposals will be sified
in some sectors. The key to spots in Houston? Q: How are you going Grand Vista, Lift Station
needs. received in the Purchas- market place
Sealed bids for the con- The environmental re- ing Dept. until 2:00 P.M. Chronicle Classifieds. Big
the office market, multi- A: The gold rush south to do that? No. 3, Fort Bend County,
Texas. Scope of Work of struction of airport im- view, consultation, and CST on November 17, buys, small buys, items
used or new, our classi-
family, industrial — or any of The Woodlands at 45 A: By virtue of our 58 the Contract includes provements at the Sugar other actions required by 2015.
Land Regional Airport applicable Federal envi- fied pages have a deal for
sanitary sewer lift station
real estate — is not to be and the Grand Parkway offices around the coun- and related improve- need to be addressed and ronmental laws for this you. Check today!
ments. Bids received af- delivered to Ms. Glenda project are being, or have
the last to break ground. still has some room. The try, we are amassing an
ter the closing time will Gundermann, City Secre- been, carried-out by Tx-
tary, 2700 Town Center DOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C.
We try to provide our cli- development that’s oc- incredible stockpile of be returned unopened. A
NON-MANDATORY pre-bid Boulevard North, Suite 327 and a Memorandum To place a
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Idle Fateful steps

Regarding “HERO
and announced there was
a sufficient number of
signers, the mayor went

dealt crushing defeat; ballistic. She got the then-
Turner, King set for city attorney to render
runoff” (Page A1, an opinion that the city
Wednesday), HERO got secretary was wrong.
cut off at the knees. And Lawsuits at taxpayer
A new city it can be blamed solely expense followed, and
ordinance only on actions of Mayor the court agreed with the
Annise Parker. When opinion of City Secretary
applies to large the City Council passed Anna Russell that the
vehicles, but all the ordinance last year, matter should be placed
a number of residents on the ballot.
can help combat began circulating The mayor and city
air pollution. petitions to place the attorney then tried to
ordinance on a ballot obfuscate the ballot. Once
Trucks idled for nearly for the voters to decide. again the court struck
4 million hours at Port of After the city secretary down the mayor. Because
Houston facilities in 2007, counted the signatures this took a year, the ballot
according to the website measure had to be placed
of the Environmental along with the general
Defense Fund. Idling hap-
pens when a driver leaves
a vehicle’s engine running
Veterans need more access to legal aid election. It gave opponents
ample time to raise money
and create ads that had
while it’s parked. By Nathan L. Hecht Day, legal aid lawyers across the $17.56 million in general revenue for absolutely nothing to
Idling tailpipes spew and William H. McRaven state will hold special clinics and basic civil legal aid for disadvan- do with the whole of the
out pollutants and create workshops during Texas Veterans taged Texans. For veterans specifi- ordinance.
unhealthy smog and soot. Alex, a third-generation Army Legal Aid Week through Friday to cally, the Legislature provided an I didn’t vote on the
These pollutants have veteran with eight years’ service, help veterans with legal problems. additional $3 million for expanded ordinance, because I was
been linked to serious escaped with her two young boys Legal aid provides basic civil services. That leadership has been so disgusted with both
human illnesses, includ- from an abusive home. With no- legal services to the poor, not only crucial in helping ensure access to sides.
ing asthma, heart disease, where else to turn, she was stay- for veterans returning home, but justice. Bob Ryan, Houston
chronic bronchitis and ing with a friend when she sought also for victims of domestic vio- Military service is challenging.
cancer. Children, the help at a legal clinic. Her lawyer lence, the elderly facing foreclosure Deployment means long, distant Immigration
elderly and those with got court protection for her and her of their homes, and children in separations from family and home.
asthma and other chronic boys and helped her get back on her difficulty. Nearly 6 million Texans It means leaving loved ones to face Regarding “Ryan reined
health problems are es- feet. qualify for civil legal aid. The Texas life’s pressures without you, worry- in by anti-immigration
pecially vulnerable to the Alex’s legal fees: Zero. Access to Justice Foundation, cre- ing that you’re OK. It means facing Republicans” (Page B9,
health dangers of exhaust. Alex is a pseudonym to con- ated in 1984 to fund civil legal aid danger, putting your life on the Thursday), the reason
On Wednesday, Hous- tinue to protect her, but she’s a real in Texas, stands committed to a line, with all the stress on body and there will be no immigra-
ton City Council took a person. vision that all Texans mind that comes with it. tion bill is because of the
needed step to combat air So is Roger, a deserve equal access You do all this because you love question of what to do
pollution. Now, drivers of 65-year-old disabled Legal aid can be a to justice, regard- your country and her values and with the undocumented
vehicles weighing more veteran who ap- lifeline, and helping less of income. The ways of life. You serve because you already living in America.
than 14,000 pounds, or pealed to a legal aid veterans get help is Foundation recently love liberty and you’re willing to The tea party wing of the
seven tons, can spend office for help paying critical. But lawyers awarded more than give all you have to preserve it. GOP will never agree to
only five minutes idling. a minor ticket. The $63 million in grants But returning from service is also any bill allowing undocu-
in private practice and
The ordinance ex- lawyer helping to 30 Texas legal aid challenging. Veterans struggle to mented residents to stay.
empts vehicles sitting in Roger discovered he legal aid providers providers for basic readjust, hold on to their families Nothing but total
traffic jams, military vehi- faced a legal prob- can’t do it all. civil legal services to and their health, find jobs and pay deportation of all undocu-
cles and various vehicles lem much worse low-income Texans. the rent. mented residents and the
that must run heat or air than a ticket. He was about to lose In 2014, these grants helped more We salute our military men and border with Mexico being
conditioning for health his home because of delinquent than 7,000 veterans get access to the women returning home. One criti- shut down to any illegal
and safety reasons. property taxes. Within a month, justice system. cal way to honor their service is to crossings will suffice.
Houston has multiple the lawyer got a court to halt the tax Add to that the millions of hours guarantee for them the promises Neither of these conditions
idling trouble spots in ad- suit against Roger’s home. Texas lawyers every year donate of America’s civil justice system are realistic. It is on these
dition to our port. Buses Result: One less veteran facing pro bono — for the public good — to and the rule of law that they fought two points that immigra-
drop off children at mu- homelessness in the U.S. represent our state’s lowest-income bravely to preserve. Vets answered tion reform will continue
seums and often sit idling For veterans like Alex and citizens for free. Texas lawyers also our call. Now it’s our turn. to founder as long as the
for hours, according to Roger, legal problems can seem donate millions of dollars each year GOP is in power.
officials at the Museum insurmountable. Nearly 1.5 million to fight for better legal representa- Hecht is chief justice of the Texas Gonzalo Martinez, La Porte
Park Super Neighborhood veterans live in poverty, according tion for people living on the edge. Supreme Court and a veteran of the
Association. to 2012 figures by the U.S. Census Legal aid can be a lifeline, and U.S. Navy Reserve Judge Advocate The poor
The goal of the or- Bureau. And veterans are almost 9 helping veterans get help is critical. General’s Corps. McRaven is
dinance is voluntary percent of the homeless adult popu- But lawyers in private practice and chancellor of The University of Texas Regarding “Brady
compliance, but it’s not lation. Homelessness and poverty legal aid providers can’t do it all. System, having recently retired as picked to chair powerful
without some teeth. The hit younger veterans especially The need is too great. Earlier this the U.S. Navy four-star admiral House panel” (Page A1,
Houston Health Depart- hard. year, the 84th Texas Legislature rec- in command of special operations, Thursday), I respect Texas
ment will “enforce the To help commemorate Veterans ognized that need and appropriated including the Navy SEALs. Republican Kevin Brady,
ordinance by issuing and wish him the best in
Notices of Violation for his new role as chairman
the initial violation and
citations to repeat offend-
ers,” according to Daisy
Facing, ignoring austerity’s grim legacy of the Ways and Means
However, I hope that
D. James, acting bureau
chief of the Houston Paul Krugman says the deficit poorer than precrisis projections
suggested they would be at this
when he pushes for
income tax reform, he will
Health Department.
The regulatory frame-
fetishism that led to cutbacks point. And a new paper by Sum-
mers and Antonio Fatás, in addition
not forget the poor, many
of whom work full time,
work is stronger than it
sounds. Both Dallas and
by government has been more to supporting other economists’
conclusion that the crisis seems
often at two jobs and can
still barely make it.
Austin have adopted or-
dinances that limit idling
destructive in the long run. to have done enormous long-run A national sales tax
damage, shows that the downgrad- will weigh most heavily
time to five minutes. When economic crisis struck in for major economies, while there ing of nations’ long-run prospects is on the working poor who
Once truckers and 2008, policymakers by and large did was plenty of evidence that cutting strongly correlated with the amount spend almost 100 percent
others become aware of the right thing. The Federal Reserve spending in a depressed economy of austerity they imposed. of their income on taxable
an anti-idling ordinance, and other central banks realized would deepen the depression. What this suggests is that the items. The working poor
many comply, according that supporting the financial system And we were vindicated by turn to austerity had truly cata- depend on Earned Income
to a 2013 Capital Area took priority over conventional events. More than 4 1/2 years have strophic effects, going far beyond Tax Credit and Child Tax
Council of Governments notions of monetary prudence. The passed since Alan Simpson and Ers- the jobs and income lost in the first Credit to meet their daily
survey. “We know from Obama administration and its coun- kine Bowles warned of a fiscal crisis few years. In fact, the long-run dam- needs.
experience that these terparts realized that in a slumping within two years; U.S. borrowing age suggested by the Fatás-Sum- David Schubert, Houston
ordinances have high vol- economy budget deficits were help- costs remain at historic lows. Mean- mers estimates is easily big enough
untary compliance rates ful, not harmful. And the money- while, the austerity policies that to make austerity a self-defeating Respect first
— as much as 80 percent,” printing and borrowing worked: were put into place in 2010 and after policy even in purely fiscal terms:
according to Adrian Shel- A repeat of the Great Depression, had exactly the depressing effects Governments that slashed spending Regarding “Why has
ley, executive director of which seemed all too possible at the textbook economics predicted; the in the face of depression hurt their justice for black girls
Air Alliance Houston. time, was avoided. confidence fairy never did put in an economies, and hence their future been such an elusive
But the city must get Then it all went wrong. And the appearance. tax receipts, so much that even goal” (Page B13, Nov. 1),
the message out. “Lots consequences of the wrong turn Yet there’s growing evidence that their debt will end up higher than it the article should have
of companies, school we took look worse now than the we critics actually underestimated would have been without the cuts. been titled “Bad behavior
districts and Houston harshest critics of conventional just how destructive the turn to aus- And the bitter irony of the story mishandled.”
Metro have some sort wisdom ever imagined. terity would be. Specifically, it now is that this catastrophic policy was It is up to the parents
of anti-idling policies in For those who don’t remember looks as if austerity policies didn’t undertaken in the name of long-run to discipline their children
place. We’re trying to stop (it’s hard to believe how long this just impose short-term losses of jobs responsibility, that those who pro- and be responsible. If the
the bad actors from idling has gone on): In 2010, more or less and output, but they also crippled tested against the wrong turn were parents are not responsive
excessively,” according to suddenly, the policy elite on both long-run growth. dismissed as feckless. and school policies were
Laura Spanjian, director sides of the Atlantic decided to stop The idea that policies that de- There are a few obvious lessons followed, only then
of the Office of Sustain- worrying about unemployment and press the economy in the short run from this debacle. “All the impor- should the police be
ability for the City of start worrying about budget deficits also inflict lasting damage is gener- tant people say so” is not, it turns called and only in the
Houston. instead. ally referred to as “hysteresis.” It’s out, a good way to decide on policy; event of imminent danger
To that end, the city This shift wasn’t driven by an idea with an impressive pedigree: groupthink is no substitute for clear or violence or threat to
needs to reach out to large evidence or careful analysis. In The case for hysteresis was made in analysis. Also, calling for sacrifice others.
fleet owners, trucking as- fact, it was very much at odds with a well-known 1986 paper by Olivier (by other people, of course) doesn’t Every person deserves
sociations and owners of basic economics. Yet ominous talk Blanchard, who later became the mean you’re tough-minded. respect and should
truck stops. Signs about about the dangers of deficits became chief economist at the International But will these lessons sink in? respect the rights of
idling laws should target something everyone said because Monetary Fund, and Lawrence One striking aspect of the past few others. The lack of respect
specific areas such as everyone else was saying it, and dis- Summers, who served as a top years has been how few people are and irresponsibility led to
schools, hospitals, hotels senters were no longer considered official in both the Clinton and the willing to admit having been wrong a bad situation.
and gas stations. respectable — which is why I began Obama administrations. But I think about anything. It seems all too pos- Doris Lucus, Houston
While the law only ap- describing those parroting the everyone was hesitant to apply the sible that the Very Serious People
plies to large vehicles, all orthodoxy of the moment as Very idea to the Great Recession, for fear who cheered on disastrous policies
of us can help. Serious People. of seeming excessively alarmist. will learn nothing from the experi- BIBLE VERSE
When you pull over, Some of us tried in vain to point At this point, however, the evi- ence. And that is, in its own way, as Trust in the Lord
turn off your engine right out that deficit fetishism was both dence practically screams hyster- scary as the economic outlook. with all thine heart; and
away. Everyone has some- wrongheaded and destructive, that esis. Even countries that seem to lean not unto thine own
thing to gain by reducing there was no good evidence that have largely recovered from the Krugman is a New York Times understanding.
needless idling. government debt was a problem crisis, like the United States, are far columnist. Proverbs 3: 5

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Hospitality House shows that ‘someone cares’

Hospitality from page B1 mate, traced the outlines of “He grew up without
hands on her drawing pa- me,” he says of his son.
her designated assistant per before furiously filling “When I was doing con-
— kitchen duties are only in the blank areas with a tract work, he hardly spent
a beginning. Together they black felt-tip marker. time with a father figure. I
run what may be Texas’ “She was angrily mak- blame myself. When their
most unique bed and ing it as black as she could. mother died in 2010, I was
breakfast, one where the I didn’t know what to say,” working in Iraq. I came
guests — some 3,000-plus McCammon says. back for 15 days and went
each month — sleep and “Finally, I said, ‘Aman- back. I hoped they could
eat for free and bring with da, tell us about your pic- cope. If I had stayed it prob-
them worries that demand ture.’ ” ably would have made a
a sympathetic ear. “This is my hand. This is difference.”
Guests can stay for free my dad’s hand. We haven’t
up to three days, depend- been able to touch in three ‘Emotional upheaval’
ing on the distances they years,” the girl spat. Execution days — 12
have traveled. Some are “He was so selfish to do Texas killers have been put
regulars. that robbery. I do all the to death this year — are the
“We’ve been coming laundry, cook all the meals, darkest times at Hospital-
two years,” says Brianna clean house, take care of ity House.
Bonneville, who traveled two brothers. My mom is “As a pastor,” says Joe
with her husband, Don, working three jobs. I can’t McCammon, “I’d conduct
from the North Texas town take driver’s training.” funerals. Execution days
of Sanger. “They help you “She was screaming this are like being at a daylong
mentally to get up in the Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle out,” McCammon says. funeral. It just goes on and
morning,” she says of the Debra McCammon, director of Hospitality House, leads a group in prayer before “Then she broke down on.”
McCammons. dinner on Oct. 30. Hospitality House, which offers free lodging and meals to in tears.” As the hours pass, con-
“They give you the love families visiting inmates in Huntsville, is funded through donations. demned inmates are per-
of God.” ‘It’s peaceful here’ mitted to make a final tele-
Earlier this year, Hospi- The Bluebonnet Room connection with the bed of Huntsville motels. Inmates’ parents also phone call to their families,
tality House, built by Bap- is decorated in a floral and breakfast seemed nat- “They’re under a lot of carry a heavy burden. who anxiously await the
tist volunteers and funded motif; the Cow Girl Room ural. Debra McCammon stress and money hard- “Dealing with a child ringing telephone at Hos-
through donations, was is shocking pink; the became executive director ship,” she says. in prison is a hard thing,” pitality House.
honored for community John Deere Room evokes in 2009; Joe McCammon, “There are moth- says Bonneville, whose “There’s a huge emo-
service by the Governor’s sweated leather and a life now an elementary school ers working a lot of jobs; 36-year-old son is serving a tional upheaval on those
Criminal Justice Volunteer outdoors; the Cowboy’s special education teacher, grandmothers raising 19-year sentence for sexual days,” says Debra McCam-
Service Award program. Watering Hole is best left became chaplain. grandchildren.” assault. mon.
“Through their grace undescribed. A Bible is in Beyond a place to sleep, The McCammons “un- “There’s all that frus-
and their love, these vol- each room. A table covered ‘Under a lot of stress’ Hospitality House tries to derstand. It’s wonderful to tration and grief. … Moth-
unteers touch the lives of with a red cloth is topped They had encountered offer families desperately have people care about us. ers and grandmothers are
many Texans,” said Crimi- with a 750-piece jigsaw the ups and downs of hu- needed support. It main- The world looks at some- wailing and screaming
nal Justice Chairman Oli- puzzle lake scene in prog- man emotion during their tains a library, and volun- one with a kid in prison and crying. … They come
ver Bell. ress. A wall-mounted flat- years as church leaders, teers read to children and like the whole family is in exceedingly angry.
“They assist agency staff screen television displays but the emotional and help them in their studies. like that. It makes you sort They think we’re part of
and they help the offend- images of a crystal clear financial need they wit- Families are offered food of isolated. … It’s peaceful the (prison system). They
ers and their families have brook whose murmuring nessed among inmates’ and clothing to take back here. You feel the peace of don’t know that we’re a
a chance for a better life, fills the room. families tugged at their home. Children are outfit- God.” standalone agency. After
impacting generations to “Let your faith be bigger hearts. ted with backpacks and Lucio Sanchez, who about 15 minutes, though,
come.” than your fears,” reads an “I’ve learned that there school supplies. In adjoin- came to visit his 34-year- we usually can defuse it.
adage featured in a paint- are realities of life’s situa- ing buildings are a “Santa old son, serving an We’re serving them a hot
History, aesthetic ing. tions that stick to you and shop,” where mothers may eight-year sentence for meal.
Located just blocks from The McCammons’ first don’t go away,” says Joe Mc- fill plastic bags with toys sexual assault, agreed. “We always cook a lot of
Walls Unit, the Texas’ first acquaintance with Hospi- Cammon. The incarcerated and a recently opened art “There’s a touch of home food,” she says.
prison and the site of the tality House came when relatives of some Hospital- therapy studio where a vol- here,” he says. “Beef stroganoff, spa-
state death house, Hos- Joe McCammon pastored ity House guests, he says, unteer art professor from “You get to meet other ghetti chicken, chicken pot
pitality House opened its a church in nearby Cook may never be released. the local university leads people. I really enjoy that.” pie and ‘chicken delight’
doors in 1986. With 17 bed- Springs in the early 1990s. “When we pray, we youngsters in painting, Sanchez says his wife is — the guests named that
rooms in a light-filled, low- “We’d bring Christ- pray to make the best of sculpting clay and making dead and a daughter has one,” Debra McCammon
slung building surrounded mas toys for the children’s the circumstances. We see jewelry. small children and a de- says. Often she puts meals
by blooming gardens, Hos- groups and help decorate that someone can serve One incident at the stu- manding career. together using whatever is
pitality House routinely the tree,” Debra McCam- the Lord in prison. We try dio, says Debra McCam- Sanchez, who spent time handy in the pantry.
accommodates more than mon says. to show them someone mon, underscores the in the Middle East in the “Comfort food” is what’s
60 travelers at a time. At a When the couple re- cares.” trauma children endure. military and as a contract offered, she says.
glance, it resembles an or- turned to Huntsville after Debra McCammon says As a teacher and junior worker, expresses senti-
dinary bed and breakfast, pastoral stints in Wharton many families simply can’t artists watched, Amanda, ments common to inmates’
with the requisite charm. and Mesquite, a formal afford the $40-a-night fees 16, whose father was an in- parents.

Clemson displaces Jeff Luhnow will feel

Ohio State as the out potential trade
No. 1 team in the partners at this week’s
Associated Press poll. GM meetings.
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Big wins by Colts, Titans WEEK 9


force Texans to take notice

CLE 10 TEN 34
CIN 31 NO 28

JAX 23 WA 10
NYJ 28 NE 27
The Texans New Orleans and Texans NYG 32 STL 18
watched and Denver, respec- TB 18 MIN 21
possibly learned tively.
at Bengals
When/where: GB 29 OAK 35
something about The Colts’ 27-24 CAR 37 PIT 38
7:30 p.m. Nov.
the AFC South on victory ended a
16; Paul Brown MIA 17 PHI 33
Sunday when two three-game los- BUF 33 DAL 27
Stadium, Cincinnati.
teams showed their JOHN ing streak and
McCLAIN TV/radio: ESPN, KIAH; 610 ATL 16 CHI
teeth and earned left them 4-5 — a 7:30
On the Texans AM, 100.3 FM, 1180 AM SF 17 SD Mon.
some respect for half-game ahead of
the worst division the Texans and 1½ AJ Mast / Associated Press
in NFL history. games ahead of Tennessee A whole lot of Luck Inside
While the Texans took and Jacksonville. territory at the bottom of Quarterback Andrew Luck celebrates after Jack Doyle Eagles top Cow-
the day off, Tennessee and As for the Jaguars, they the division, tied with Ten- scored on a 3-yard touchdown reception in the first half, and boys on 41-yard
Indianapolis pulled off lost 28-23 to the New York nessee at 2-6. the Colts went on to hand the Broncos their first loss of the TD pass in over-
impressive upsets over Jets to remain in familiar AFC continues on C5 season Sunday. See story on page C5. time. Page C4


‘Embracing my height’ Thornton

he’s more
than just
a shooter
By Jonathan Feigen


Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle just a little encouragement
Redshirt freshman — or none at all — Marcus
Jeremy Winchester will Thornton will put up his
start at cornerback for shot. That is his game. It is
UH after an injury to also his reputation.
William Jackson III. It is not, he said and the
Injuries have dis-
covered, ev-

latest erything he
can bring.
The shot
test for gets him on
the floor.

surging That much Thornton

has not
changed. But as a surprise
Cougars starter and an X-factor as
the Rockets went from an
0-3 start to a four-game
By Joseph Duarte winning streak, Thornton
has shown more than an
Jeremy Winchester is itchy trigger finger.
preparing to make his first “He’s a very good pass-
start at cornerback for the er,” coach Kevin McHale
University of Houston. said. “He’s a good on-ball
It just so happens it will defender. All of our guys
come against one of the have to get better as off-ball
most explosive offenses in defenders. He’s kind of one
college football. of those old-time (types).
“I’m actually excited He’s a baller.”
about the challenge,” Win- Through seven games,
chester said of preparing and especially in the
for No. 25 Memphis on Sat- Rockets’ four-game win-
urday at TDECU Stadium. ning streak to turn things
Winchester, a redshirt around, they have turned
freshman who played at to a surprising Big Three:
Klein Collins, was thrust James Harden, Dwight
into the starting role after Howard and Thornton.
cornerback William Jack- Thornton is third on the
son III suffered what is Rockets in scoring, averag-
initially being diagnosed as ing 16.6 points and making
a sprained MCL. The Cou- a team-best 40.5 percent of
gars will have a better idea his 3s. But he helped finish
how much time Jackson, off Saturday’s 109-105 victo-
who is third nationally with ry over the Clippers with a
17 passes defended, will Jerry Baker pair of plays that did not in-
miss after he undergoes an When Cypress Woods’ 6-9 center Nancy Mulkey, left, extends herself for a jump shot, there’s volve his putting up a shot.
MRI exam on Monday. little a defense can do to stop her. She’ll try to help the Wildcats repeat as 6A state champions. On one end of the floor,
“I wouldn’t expect (him Thornton saw the Clippers’
to play) this week,” coach By Corey Roepken Cy Woods’ Mulkey is even more difficult. defense rushing to close
Tom Herman said Sunday. Mulkey might be one of the out on him, drove to the
“Usually, the best-case sce- Nancy Mulkey ducks through comes to terms nation’s brightest high school paint, and waited until the
nario would be next week the door and into the gym. Once with being 6-9, basketball stars, but for the last moment to lob a pass to
(at Connecticut), but I’m inside, she stands tall, smiles longest time she would have Rockets continues on C2
just speculating a little bit.” and greets her visitor. now helps others traded that for being of similar
With backup tailback As recently as a year ago, height to her friends. Rockets update
UH continues on C3 this scene would have played tor to sit next to her — prefer- “My first year here, I was Saturday: Rockets 109,
out differently. Mulkey would ably on the row above the one like a turtle. I was always in Clippers 105.
Strife at Missouri have ducked through the she was on. my shell,” Mulkey said. “Every Record: 4-3.
›› The Tigers would have to door, kept her head down, and Being 6-9 is not easy for any time I walked into a room, I Wednesday: Brooklyn at
pay BYU $1 million if they gone straight for a seat on the teenager trying to fit in with wanted to sit down, because I Toyota Center, 7 p.m.
were to forfeit Saturday’s bleachers, waiting for her visi- much shorter peers. For a girl, it Mulkey continues on C6 TV/radio: Root; 790 AM,
game. Page A2 850 AM (Spanish).



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By revving his engine,

Southwest Division
W L Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf.
San Antonio 4 2 .667 — 4-2 W-1 2-0 2-2 0-1

Harden gets back in gear

Houston 4 3 .571 ½ 4-3 W-4 2-2 2-1 3-2
Dallas 3 3 .500 1 3-3 W-1 1-2 2-1 3-1
Memphis 3 4 .429 1½ 3-4 L-2 1-1 2-3 1-3
New Orleans 0 6 .000 4 0-6 L-6 0-3 0-3 0-4
Northwest Division
Utah 4 2 .667 — 4-2 W-2 1-1 3-1 2-1 LOS ANGELES — James to progress in his crash playing the way they need
Minnesota 3 2 .600 ½ 3-2 W-1 0-2 3-0 2-1 After struggling through Harden course as an NBA center. to be.
Portland 4 3 .571 ½ 4-3 L-1 2-2 2-1 4-2 his first three games totaled 89 Capela was back in a “We just have to contin-
Oklahoma City 4 3 .571 ½ 4-3 W-1 3-1 1-2 3-1 of the season, Rockets points in reserve role, with How- ue to play this type of bas-
Denver 2 4 .333 2 2-4 L-2 0-2 2-2 2-4 guard James Harden has the week- ard returning Saturday ketball,” center Dwight
Pacific Division turned things around in end back- night after sitting out the Howard said. “We’re
Golden State 7 0 1.000 — 7-0 W-7 4-0 3-0 7-0 several ways, not the least to-back. first game of the weekend playing together. We trust
L.A. Clippers 4 2 .667 2½ 4-2 L-2 3-1 1-1 4-2 of which is hitting shots back-to-back. each other. We’re mak-
Phoenix 3 4 .429 4 3-4 L-2 2-2 1-2 3-3 he had been missing. In 19 minutes, Capela ing plays for each other.
L.A. Lakers 1 5 .167 5½ 1-5 L-1 0-3 1-2 0-4 “He’s making shots,” Hayes waived; had nine points and eight When we do that, we have
Sacramento 1 6 .143 6 1-6 L-5 1-4 0-2 1-6 coach Kevin McHale Jones due back rebounds at Los Angeles. an excellent chance of
EASTERN CONFERENCE said. “He’s being aggres- With forward Ter- He is averaging 8.6 points winning.”
Atlantic Division
sive. He’s playing faster. rence Jones expected and 6.6 rebounds in 19 The Rockets could get
W L Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf.
Toronto 5 2 .714 — 5-2 L-2 2-0 3-2 3-2
I thought our entire team back from his cut eyelid minutes per game this forward Terrence Jones
New York 3 4 .429 2 3-4 W-1 1-3 2-1 2-3 played like we had ce- this week, the Rockets season. (cut right eyelid) and
Boston 2 3 .400 2 2-3 W-1 2-2 0-1 2-2 ment boots on for three waived center/forward “Clint’s been fantas- point guard Pat Beverley
Philadelphia 0 6 .000 4½ 0-6 L-6 0-3 0-3 0-5 games. We were just slow. Chuck Hayes on Sunday. tic for us,” coach Kevin (concussion) back this
Brooklyn 0 7 .000 5 0-7 L-7 0-3 0-4 0-4 You watched the film, it Hayes had signed with McHale said. “He battled week. Both are scheduled
Southeast Division looked like we were sickly the Rockets on Nov. 1 to in there. He got pushed to be evaluated Monday
Atlanta 7 1 .875 — 7-1 W-7 3-1 4-0 6-1 or something. We were help fill in with Jones out (on) one rebound, but as the team returns to
Miami 4 3 .571 2½ 4-3 W-1 3-1 1-2 2-3 so slow it was ridiculous. out and center Dwight he stood his ground more. practice after Sunday’s
Washington 3 3 .500 3 3-3 L-2 1-1 2-2 2-3 You just can’t play that Howard to miss the first He’s finding out you’ve travel day.
Orlando 3 4 .429 3½ 3-4 W-2 1-2 2-2 2-2 way. He’s playing with game of two back-to- got to hit first. You’ve got “As we go along, we’ll
Charlotte 2 4 .333 4 2-4 L-1 1-1 1-3 1-3 more pace. He’s play- backs. Hayes’ return to to carve out space. You’ve try to get some rhythm
Central Division ing with more force. We his first NBA team was got to be big. He had a big and hopefully get some
Cleveland 6 1 .857 — 6-1 W-6 4-0 2-1 5-1
got out of that doldrum, always planned to be offensive putback for us guys back healthy,” coach
Detroit 5 1 .833 ½ 5-1 W-2 2-1 3-0 2-1
Chicago 4 3 .571 2 4-3 L-1 3-1 1-2 3-2
thank goodness.” brief, with the Rockets when we needed one. I Kevin McHale said. “We
Milwaukee 4 3 .571 2 4-3 W-4 2-2 2-1 4-3 Harden put up 89 wanting to avoid a payroll couldn’t be any happier have a long, long way to
Indiana 3 4 .429 3 3-4 L-1 2-2 1-2 3-2 points in the games at under which they would with Clint. go.
Sacramento and Los An- be hard-capped, limit- “As I said all along, he’s “You’re going to have so
Results/schedule geles, hitting 14 of 26 shots ing their ability to make still 21. He’s still got a lot many ups and downs in
Saturday’s results New York 99 L.A. Lakers 95 and five of 10 3-pointers moves. to learn. But he’s going to an NBA season. We were
Houston 109 L.A. Clippers 105 Miami 96 Toronto 76 against the Clippers on Hayes played in two be a very nice player for a terrible for three games.
Minnesota 102 Chicago 93 (OT) Oklahoma City 124 Phoenix 103 Saturday, when he picked games but did not see ac- long time.” Now we’re fighting our
Orlando 105 Philadelphia 97 Detroit 120 Portland 103 up two fouls midway tion Saturday. way back and trying to get
Atlanta 114 Washington 99 Today’s games through the first quar- Trust can go better. We’ve got a couple
San Antonio 114 Charlotte 94 Orlando at Indiana 6 ter and a third midway McHale likes a long way days of practice, got to
Milwaukee 94 Brooklyn 86 Chicago at Philadelphia 6 through second quarter. grind out. But it’s a good
Dallas 107 New Orleans 98 Minnesota at Atlanta 7 He remained in the game Capela’s progress The Rockets have made group.
Utah 89 Memphis 79 Portland at Denver 8 to score 18 first-quarter Despite often matching up for much of the dam- “When things don’t
Golden State 103 Sacramento 94 San Antonio at Sacramento 9 points and 25 by halftime. up in the paint with one age done by their 0-3 start work well, work harder.
Sunday’s results Detroit at Golden State 9:30 “Try to play smart and of the NBA’s top big men with a four-game winning When things don’t go
Cleveland 101 Indiana 97 Memphis at L.A. Clippers 9:30 not pick up any cheap in the Clippers’ DeAn- streak. Along with build- well, fight harder. They
fouls and still be aggres- dre Jordan, the Rockets’ ing a winning record, seem to embrace that. ”
sive,” Harden said. Clint Capela continued they believe they are now Jonathan Feigen
Cavaliers 101, Pacers 97 New York — Anthony 8-20 6-6 24, Porzingis

Rockets 4-0 with Thornton as starter

Indiana — George 11-21 7-8 32, J.Hill 3-15 1-1 3-10 5-6 12, Lopez 5-9 4-4 14, Calderon 6-12
7, Mahinmi 3-4 0-2 6, G.Hill 6-16 2-2 14, Ellis 0-0 14, Vujacic 2-7 0-0 5, O’Quinn 0-1 1-2 1,
10-17 3-4 25, Allen 0-5 0-0 0, Turner 3-4 0-0 D.Williams 1-4 4-6 6, Grant 1-6 0-0 2, Gal-
6, Budinger 2-4 0-2 5, Robinson III 1-4 0-0 2. loway 5-9 1-1 14, Seraphin 0-3 0-0 0, Thomas
Totals 39-90 13-19 97. 2-3 3-4 7. Totals 33-84 24-29 99.
Cleveland — James 10-23 9-14 29, Love L.A. Lakers 25 24 21 25 — 95 Rockets from page C1
9-18 2-2 22, Mozgov 2-5 4-5 9, Williams 4-15 New York 25 20 26 28 — 99
0-0 10, Jefferson 2-6 0-0 5, Dellavedova 3-point goals—L.A. Lakers 9-27 (World
2-3 0-0 5, Thompson 7-8 2-4 16, Jones 0-0 Peace 2-2, Clarkson 2-3, Young 2-5, Bryant Howard for a slam, a seven-
2-10, L.Williams 1-6, Randle 0-1), New York
0-0 0, Cunningham 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 38-83
9-27 (Galloway 3-4, Anthony 2-6, Calderon
point lead and the Rockets’
17-25 101.
Indiana 22 20 31 24 — 97 2-6, Porzingis 1-3, Vujacic 1-4, O’Quinn 0-1, final field goal of the game.
Grant 0-3). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—
Cleveland 24 23 27 27 — 101
L.A. Lakers 61 (Randle 11), New York 62 (Lo-
“If you break the de-
3-point goals—Indiana 6-18 (George 3-6,
Ellis 2-4, Budinger 1-2, Robinson III 0-1, G.Hill pez 13). Assists—L.A. Lakers 19 (L.Williams fense down, you have lob
0-5), Cleveland 8-24 (Williams 2-5, Love 2-6, 5), New York 22 (Grant 8). Total fouls—L.A.
Lakers 20, New York 15. Technicals—New
targets like Dwight back
Mozgov 1-2, Dellavedova 1-2, Cunningham 1-3,
Jefferson 1-3, James 0-3). Fouled out—None. York Coach Fisher 2, New York defensive three there waiting to see the
Rebounds—Indiana 54 (J.Hill, George 11), second. Ejected— New York Coach Fisher. lob,” Thornton said. “You
Cleveland 56 (Love 19). Assists—Indiana 19,812 (19,763).
22 (George 6), Cleveland 25 (Dellavedova Pistons 120, T-Blazers 103
can throw it anywhere. It
9). Total fouls—Indiana 20, Cleveland 20. Detroit — Morris 5-18 2-2 13, Ilyasova 2-5 0-0 makes it easy on you.”
20,562 (20,562). 6, Drummond 14-19 1-6 29, Jackson 15-26 7-8 Thornton had three as-
Thunder 124, Suns 103 40, Caldwell-Pope 6-15 2-2 16, Johnson 1-4 1-2
sists against the Clippers
Phoenix — Tucker 1-5 0-0 3, Morris 7-20 5-6 3, Blake 1-4 0-0 3, Tolliver 2-4 0-0 6, Baynes
19, Chandler 0-3 1-2 1, Bledsoe 10-15 6-7 28, 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 47-96 15-22 120. and is averaging 2.2 per
Knight 6-14 0-0 14, Goodwin 1-2 1-4 3, Len Portland — Aminu 3-7 3-4 9, Leonard 7-13
2-3 4-4 8, Warren 7-10 3-3 17, Leuer 3-6 0-0 7, 0-0 17, Plumlee 3-8 1-3 7, Lillard 8-15 6-7 26, game. As with his scoring,
Price 0-0 0-0 0, Booker 0-3 0-0 0, Teletovic McCollum 8-17 2-2 18, Crabbe 7-7 0-0 15, Davis that places him third on
2-3 0-2 4, Vonleh 2-3 0-0 4, Harkless 1-3 0-0
1-3 0-0 3. Totals 38-84 20-26 103.
Oklahoma City — Durant 12-19 6-7 32, Ibaka 3. Totals 41-76 12-18 103. the Rockets.
5-12 0-0 10, Adams 3-6 1-1 7, Westbrook 9-20 Detroit 23 24 32 41 — 120 “Marcus can also dribble
Portland 32 25 35 11 — 103
3-4 21, Roberson 3-7 1-2 7, Kanter 9-10 3-3 21,
3-point goals—Detroit 11-30 (Jackson 3-3,
drive,” McHale said. “He’ll
Waiters 6-9 5-6 19, Singler 1-5 0-1 2, McGary
1-3 1-2 3, Augustin 0-2 2-4 2, Payne 0-1 0-0 0. Tolliver 2-3, Ilyasova 2-4, Caldwell-Pope 2-7, attack, and he’s a very good
Totals 49-94 22-30 124. Blake 1-4, Morris 1-7, Johnson 0-2), Portland
9-25 (Lillard 4-9, Leonard 3-5, Crabbe 1-1,
passer late. That’s one thing
Phoenix 29 25 23 26 — 103
Oklahoma City 29 31 29 35 — 124 Harkless 1-2, Aminu 0-4, McCollum 0-4). I found out about Marcus.
3-point goals—Phoenix 7-16 (Bledsoe 2-2, Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Detroit 50
(Drummond 27), Portland 47 (Aminu 9).
He’ll get on top of the rim
Knight 2-6, Leuer 1-2, Teletovic 1-2, Tucker
1-2, Morris 0-1, Goodwin 0-1), Oklahoma Assists—Detroit 16 (Jackson 5), Portland 24 and find people late. Mar-
City 4-20 (Waiters 2-3, Durant 2-5, Payne (Lillard 11). Total fouls—Detroit 16, Portland cus made some nice ones.”
0-1, Roberson 0-1, Augustin 0-2, Ibaka 0-2, 22. Technicals—Morris, Davis 2. Flagrant
Westbrook 0-3, Singler 0-3). Fouled out— fouls—Morris. Ejected— Davis. A—19,393 On the other end, with
None. Rebounds—Phoenix 46 (Chandler (19,980). the Rockets clinging to a
8), Oklahoma City 59 (Durant 11). Assists— Saturday’s late game two-point lead in the last
Phoenix 18 (Bledsoe 11), Oklahoma City 26 Warriors 103, Kings 94
(Westbrook 13). Total fouls—Phoenix 25, Golden State — Barnes 4-17 5-6 13, Green half-minute, Thornton ro-
Oklahoma City 25. Technicals—Phoenix 3-8 4-4 10, Ezeli 3-9 4-5 10, St.Curry 8-18 6-7 tated to defend Blake Griffin Alan Diaz / Associated Press
defensive three second. A—18,203
18,203 (18,203). 24, K.Thompson 7-16 0-0 18, Iguodala 6-8
Heat 96, Raptors 76 0-0 14, Livingston 3-5 0-0 6, J.Thompson 1-2
to help force a missed layup. Rockets guard Marcus Thornton, left, going here against Miami Heat couterpart
Toronto — J.Johnson 3-5 1-4 7, Scola 3-5 0-0 0-0 2, Barbosa 2-7 0-0 4, Speights 1-2 0-0 2. “The last couple plays, Dwyane Wade, has shown some prowess as an on-the-ball defender.
7, Valanciunas 8-12 1-2 17, Lowry 4-16 5-6 15, Totals 38-92 19-22 103.
Sacramento — Gay 10-25 1-1 22, Acy 1-1 1-2
Coach said just switch ev-
DeRozan 5-14 6-6 16, Patterson 1-4 0-0 2,
Ross 0-4 0-0 0, Biyombo 1-2 3-3 5, Joseph 3, Koufos 6-9 0-0 12, Rondo 7-20 0-0 14, erything, just try to stand tial reward of the decision. time since I’ve been in an step up and knock the shot
2-3 0-0 4, Powell 0-3 0-0 0, Bennett 0-1 0-0 Anderson 1-3 0-0 2, Belinelli 5-11 9-10 22, him up and make it tough He did not play at all in the offense with coaches that down.”
0, Nogueira 1-1 1-1 3, Wright 0-1 0-0 0. Totals Cauley-Stein 3-4 0-0 6, Casspi 4-7 0-0 10,
28-71 17-22 76. Butler 0-3 1-2 1, McLemore 1-4 0-1 2. Totals on him,” Thornton said. season’s first two games have the ultimate con- That remains what he
Miami — Deng 2-7 1-2 6, Bosh 8-14 3-5 23, 38-87 12-16 94. “I’m a pretty strong guy, so before — with Terrence fidence in you. When a does best and the talent
Whiteside 8-15 4-5 20, Dragic 1-5 0-0 2, Wade Golden State 20 26 26 31 — 103
4-13 3-4 12, Winslow 3-8 3-4 9, McRoberts 2-7 Sacramento 14 24 30 26 — 94 I believed in myself.” Jones out — moving into the coach has the ultimate that moved him into the
1-2 5, Chalmers 3-8 3-3 9, T.Johnson 4-5 0-0 3-point goals—Golden State 8-39 That sort of confidence starting lineup in the fourth confidence in you, it’s easy starting lineup when the
10, Ennis 0-0 0-0 0, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0. Totals (K.Thompson 4-11, Iguodala 2-3, St.Curry
35-83 18-25 96. 2-10, Livingston 0-1, Green 0-3, Barbosa 0-4, led Thornton to bet on game. He made five 3-point- to go out there and play, let Rockets, with few power
Toronto 24 23 16 13 — 76 Barnes 0-7), Sacramento 6-19 (Belinelli 3-6, himself when he signed ers in the first half that the chips fall where they forward options, chose to
Casspi 2-4, Gay 1-4, McLemore 0-1, Anderson
Miami 22 22 30 22 — 96
0-1, Rondo 0-3). Fouled out—None.
with the Rockets. Knowing night against the Thunder, may. If you mess up, get add Thornton’s shooting
3-point goals—Toronto 3-19 (Lowry 2-8,
Scola 1-2, Bennett 0-1, Patterson 0-2, Ross Rebounds—Golden State 57 (Ezeli 12), a place in the rotation was missing only on a halfcourt back, get it again. It’s great instead. He has shown that
0-3, DeRozan 0-3), Miami 8-20 (Bosh 4-7, Sacramento 53 (Rondo 12). Assists—Golden
State 27 (Green 7), Sacramento 26 (Rondo
not assured but believing heave at the buzzer. when you have guys that is not all he can bring.
T.Johnson 2-2, Wade 1-1, Deng 1-3, Winslow
0-1, Chalmers 0-1, McRoberts 0-2, Dragic 0-3).
15). A—17,317
17,317 (17,317). his talents would line up He has kept shooting share the ball, too. It’s fun. “I always had a lot more
Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Toronto 47
NBA leaders
Through Saturday
well with the Rockets’ sys- since, with the Rockets’ “When you have Dwight to show,” Thornton said.
(Biyombo, J.Johnson 7), Miami 56 (Whiteside
SCORING G FG FT PTS AVG tem, he signed with them spacing and ball move- and James, I’m standing “Just now, I’ve been in the
11). Assists—Toronto 17 (Lowry 8), Miami 18
(Chalmers 6). Total fouls—Toronto 21, Miami
Curry, GOL 7 78 43 237 33.9 in part for the chance to ment improving enough out there getting open right position to show it.”
Durant, OKC 6 61 40 179 29.8
20. A—19,600
19,600 (19,600). Harden, HOU 7 57 76 208 29.7 demonstrate his value for a for Thornton to often find shots. Sometimes it’s cra-
Knicks 99, Lakers 95 Griffin, LAC 6 70 36 176 29.3 season before returning to himself left open. And the zy. I’m like, ‘Damn, I’m so
L.A. Lakers — Bryant 6-19 4-7 18, Randle 3-12 Lillard, POR 6 60 21 164 27.3
0-0 6, Hibbert 5-9 8-10 18, Russell 3-7 0-1 6, Westbrook, OKC 6 61 30 163 27.2 free agency next summer. Rockets are 4-0 with him wide open.’ It’s on me to
Clarkson 4-13 0-0 10, L.Williams 3-12 2-3 9, Davis, NOR 6 50 46 151 25.2 His first two weeks of as a starter.
World Peace 3-4 0-0 8, Young 4-10 0-0 10, James, CLE 6 59 19 142 23.7
Nance Jr. 1-2 0-0 2, Black 4-6 0-2 8. Totals Beal, WAS 6 52 16 136 22.7
the season vividly demon- “It’s been great,” Thorn-
36-94 14-23 95. DeRozan, TOR 6 39 54 134 22.3 strated the risk and poten- ton said. “It’s been a long

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Clemson dislodges Ohio St.

from No. 1 spot in AP poll
Clemson is the new No. day that officials used the stepped out of bounds State on Saturday.
1 team in the Associated proper mechanics to in- at about the 7 and came The play came in the
Press college football poll, dicate a Nebraska player back in to catch the 30- second quarter, when
knocking Ohio State from stepped out of bounds yard pass from Tommy Washington State receiver
the top spot for the first and returned to the field Armstrong Jr. with 17 Gabe Marks appeared
time this season. before catching the win- seconds left. After hud- to be stopped short on a
The Tigers, who were ning touchdown pass dling, officials ruled Reilly fourth-down attempt as
ranked No. 1 in the first against Michigan State on was forced out of bounds a whistle blew the play
College Football Playoff Saturday night. by cornerback Jermaine dead by the officials. After
poll last week, are top- The conference, how- Edmondson — allow- huddling, the officials
ranked in the AP media ever, didn’t say whether ing Reilly to remain an determined it to be an
poll for the first time since the officials’ determina- eligible receiver. Though inadvertent whistle and
the final poll of the 1981 tion that Brandon Reilly there was slight contact gave the Cougars another
season, when Clemson was forced out of bounds between the two, tele- play.
won its only AP national — and thus able to come vision replays did not Washington State
title. back inbounds and make support that Reilly was scored on the next play
The Tigers (9-0) re- a legal catch — was right. pushed or forced out. and went on to win 38-24.
ceived 31 first-place votes “We don’t comment Referee John O’Neill
and 1,489 points after on judgment calls but announced the play Prosise suffers
beating Florida State 23-13 can confirm that proper would be reviewed. But
on Saturday. Ohio State technique was used, and the only thing replay of-
(9-0) had 26 first-place provide additional infor- ficial Tom Kissinger could Coach Brian Kelly said
votes and 1,460 points. mation on instant replay,” review under the rules running back C.J. Prosise
The defending national conference spokesman in this circumstance was is undergoing concus-
champions had been first Scott Chipman wrote in whether Reilly stepped sion protocol after being Thomas B. Shea
since the preseason. an email to the Associated out of bounds or if there injured in No. 6 Notre Rice junior guard Marcus Jackson, right, is expected
Third-ranked Alabama Press. was contact. The answer Dame’s win over Pitts- to play a key role this season after averaging 14.5
(8-1) climbed four spots The Spartans’ 39-38 to both was yes. burgh. points as a sophomore for the Owls.
and got two first place loss all but ended their He will go through a
votes, and No. 4 Baylor
also received two first-
place votes.
hopes of making the Col-
lege Football Playoff. They
dropped from No. 6 to No.
Pac-12 suspends
official for error
physical conditioning
test Monday, and Kelly is
hopeful Prosise will be
Rhoades pushes
Houston moved up to
14 in this week’s AP poll.
They were No. 7 in last
week’s initial CFP top 25.
The Pac-12 suspended
line judge Rich Troyer for
one game and downgrad-
able to play against Wake
Prosise leads Notre
freshmen hard
Big Ten: Officials
got call right
Michigan State was
trying to hold off a late
charge by Nebraska when
ed the entire officiating
crew for giving Washing-
ton State an extra down in
Dame (8-1) with 975 yards
rushing on 148 carries, an
average of 6.6 yards.
to get up to speed
The Big Ten said Sun- the Cornhuskers’ Reilly its game against Arizona From staff and wire reports By Stephanie Kuzydym Owls at a glance
2014-15 record: 12-20
Rice men’s basketball overall, 8-10 Conference
College football week in review coach Mike Rhoades al- USA.
ways notices the first play- Coach: Mike Rhoades
Navy and Oklahoma State messed up a couple of vard. Instead, the ESPN crew will be on the banks of the
ers to leave the practice (second year).
perfectly good November showdowns among undefeated Brazos for Oklahoma at Baylor. court. Players to watch:
teams. Bully for them but bad for expectant fans in the Lone TDECU Stadium still will feature a Top 25 matchup after He also can name who is • Marcus Jackson —The
Star State looking forward to a Memphis-at-Houston battle Memphis dropped from 15th to 25th and UH climbed to 16th usually last: Max Guercy, guard averaged 14.5 points
on Saturday and a Baylor-at-TCU prizefight on Nov. 27. from 18th in the Associated Press poll. Marcus Jackson and Egor per game while leading
The Midshipmen rolled over the previously unbeaten Ti- Unbeaten Oklahoma State fired the first salvo in the Koulechov. C-USA with 2.7 3-pointers
gers 45-20 on Saturday. Memphis, now with one loss, visits Big 12 race, whipping TCU 49-29 at Stillwater to take some That’s likely why the per outing last season.
undefeated UH on Saturday night in a game that might have of the luster off the day-after-Thanksgiving battle at Fort senior, junior and redshirt • Max Guercy — The point
drawn ESPN’s “College GameDay” crew to Cullen Boule- Worth between the No. 4 Bears and No. 13 Horned Frogs. sophomore transfer, re- guard led the league in
spectively, were the only free-throw accuracy at 86.4
Around the area
four-team playoff took a
serious dent courtesy of 2 Derrick Henry, Ala-
bama: In a showdown
three definite starters for
Rhoades this preseason.
• Egor Koulechov — The

1 Houston did its part to

set up a hyped contest
against Memphis with a
a 39-38 loss at Nebraska.
Tommy Armstrong drove
the Cornhuskers 91 yards for
with LSU and Leonard
Fournette, the junior running
back loaded the Crimson
The other players —
including six freshmen
— were challenging each
Arizona State transfer sat
out last season because of
transfer rules but will start
33-30 victory over Cincin- a final touchdown with 17 Tide on his back, gaining other in practice for the re- this season.
nati on Saturday at TDECU seconds remaining, and the 210 yards on 38 carries. He maining spots. By the numbers: The Owls
Stadium. The Cougars Coleman Henry Spartans blew a 12-point looked like the best back in Those six freshmen — will have 17 home games
under first-year coach lead with less than five Bryant-Denny Stadium and Harrison Brown, Amir this season. They were
Tom Herman have started
9-0 for the second time in
school history, joining the
2 Navy sank Memphis
45-20 and in doing so
sailed into the AP Top 25 for
minutes remaining.

2 Mississippi has had

some serious ups and
the best in the nation.

3 Leonard Fournette,
LSU: He spent the
Smith, Marcus Evans,
Connor Cashaw, Chad Lott
and Marquez Letcher-Ellis
7-7 last season at home,
4-10 on the road and 1-3 at
neutral sites. ... The team
2011 club. On the downside, the first time since the end downs this season — and entire season at No. 1, so one — will see significant play- averaged nine 3-point field
UH lost No. 2 running back of the 2004 season (No. this week the Rebels are bad game should not drop ing time this season, espe- goals made per game while
Ryan Jackson to a broken 24). The Midshipmen are submerged in the latter. him from the list. It came cially since Rhoades held shooting 798 treys last
collarbone that will sideline No. 22 and will try to start Arkansas defeated Mis- close, though. The Tigers one scholarship that he season. ... Rice struggled in
him the rest of the season. 8-1 for the first time since sissippi 53-52 in overtime, running back had only 31 won’t fill in order to help rebounding and turnovers,

2 Prairie View A&M and

dynamic quarterback
Trey Green scored 40 points
1963 when they play host to
SMU on Saturday.
erasing any Rebel hopes for
an SEC West crown. This is
the same team that in Sep-
yards on 19 carries in the 30-
16 loss to Alabama — the
first time he has not rushed
class numbers down the
with a -1.6 rebounding
margin and a -1.7 turnover
in the first half at Alcorn LOWS tember defeated Alabama for at least 150 yards in a Devil in the details Schedule highlights: Nov.
State and then held on for Around the area 43-37 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. game this season. During preseason, 13 at No. 14 California; Nov.
dear life in a 40-34 victory.
The Panthers are 6-1 in the
SWAC West, a game behind
1 So Kyler Murray isn’t the
savior of Texas A&M
football — at least not yet.
— a one-loss Crimson Tide
squad that in November ap-
pears invincible.
• Kansas at TCU, 11 a.m.
those freshmen probably
wondered how they got
on Rhoades’ bad side as he
19 vs. Oregon State; Dec. 19
at New Mexico.

division leader Grambling The freshman quarterback Saturday; FS1 pushed them hard to im-
State (7-0). threw three interceptions, QUOTABLE • Texas at West Virginia, 11 prove. practices for us.”


Nothing cures a college and the Aggies’ offense I wanted to hit the a.m. Saturday; ESPNU “It’s tough to come in There’s a good chance
football ailment like managed all of 10 points deep ones, not just • Alcorn State at Texas and have a guy scream and Drone will be the man in
Kansas. Texas, coming off a against the SEC’s worst de- throw. When you throw, you Southern, 1 p.m. Saturday yell at you for the small the middle for the Owls. As
24-0 loss at Iowa State, col- fense in Auburn. The Tigers just throw. You want to hit • Prairie View A&M at details like being one inch for Mency, he’s fighting for
lected 598 yards of offense prevailed 26-10 at Kyle Field the deep ones.” Alabama State, 2 p.m. over to the left,” Jackson playing time as one of four
and six sacks in a 59-20 in a drizzle, and more than — Ohio State coach Urban Saturday said. “They’ve been will- freshmen guards.
spanking of the Jayhawks 100,000 fans left soaked Meyer, when asked if he • Alabama at Mississippi ing to learn, which is the “We are going to throw
in Austin. The Longhorns and sizzling under the collar wanted to “throw deep” State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday; biggest part.” them in the fire from day
scored at least 50 points for at another inept A&M of- in the second half of a vic- CBS Attention to detail is one,” Rhoades said.
the first time in the two-sea- fensive showing. tory over Minnesota • Kansas State at Texas what Rhoades wanted his Evans and Letcher-Ellis
son Charlie Strong era.
2 Sam Houston State
grabbed a 10-0 lead HEISMAN WATCH
Tech, 2:30 p.m.; FSI
• Southern Miss at Rice,
team to focus on in the fi-
nal two weeks of the pre-
likely will switch between
roles on the court. Evans
Around the nation

1 Clemson continued
making its case as the
at McNeese State and
appeared poised to move
into a tie for the Southland
1 Corey Coleman, Baylor:
The Bears wide receiver
turned in another superb
2:30 p.m. Saturday
• Houston Baptist at
Stephen F. Austin, 3 p.m.
season, leading up to Fri-
day’s season opener at No.
14 California.
can play point and shoot-
ing guard and even fill in
at small forward. Lott and
nation’s top team with a 23- title — before the Cowboys showing with 216 receiv- Saturday “We need to continue to Cashaw also can play those
13 victory over Florida State. scored the next 27 points for ing yards in Baylor’s 31-24 • Memphis at Houston, 6 move forward as a team,” three spots.
The Tigers were ranked No. a lopsided victory and the victory at Kansas State p.m. Saturday; ESPN2 Rhoades said. “We keep Letcher-Ellis can play
1 in the first College Football SLC crown. The Bearkats on Thursday. He has 20 • Western Carolina at Texas talking to them about what anywhere along the front
Playoff ranking last week, fell to 5-2 in league action. touchdown catches in eight A&M, 6 p.m. Saturday; goes into playing … extra line.
and the Associated Press games this season, seven ESPNU shots, extra lifts. Do all the
joined the No. 1 fun Sunday Around the nation shy of the FBS record of 27 • Oklahoma at Baylor, 7 little details, and things Aggressive play
by sliding them ahead of
Ohio State and Baylor. 1 Michigan State’s
chances of making the
set by Louisiana Tech’s Troy
Edwards in 1998.
p.m. Saturday; ABC
Brent Zwerneman
add up as the year goes on.”
There’s a lot of talent
and athleticism in Rice’s
“Marcus Evans is best at
the point,” Rhoades said.
“Lott is best at the combo.
youth, but Koulechov, ju- Connor is probably best

UH one of six unbeaten teams left nior center Andrew Drone

and sophomore guard
Bishop Mency have really
at the wing but has a high
basketball IQ and can re-
ally handle the basketball.”
UH from page C1 Memphis at UH Memphis. back Marcus Dillard. stood out to Rhoades. Rhoades liked the more
When/where: 6 p.m. “We go out of the fry- “The whole goal is to aggressive style he saw
Ryan Jackson suffering a Saturday; TDECU Stadium. ing pan into the fire, so to seem like we didn’t lose Green light for transfer from his team toward the
season-ending broken col- TV/radio: ESPN2; 950 AM. speak, from Kiel to Lynch in anyone,” Winchester said. Koulechov is a transfer end of its 12-20 season.
larbone, the injuries are the back-to-back weeks,” Her- “Of course, we all know from Arizona State who sat For the 2015-16 season,
latest obstacle standing in man said. how big a player (Jackson) out last season. the Owls will fly across
the way of UH and a pos- Kiel in a 33-30 victory over That’s just fine with Win- is for our team, and he “He finds different ways the court as if doing a cho-
sible American Athletic Cincinnati, UH must now chester, who entered Satur- wants to be out there just to score the basketball,” reographed dance crafted
Conference title and trip to contend with a Memphis day’s game midway in the as bad as we want him to be Rhoades said. “He’ll shoot by their leader. Rhoades
a New Year’s Six bowl. offense that is sixth nation- third quarter after Jackson out there. All we can do is the most 3s on our team doesn’t want his players
UH, one of six remaining ally in scoring (44.8 points was injured. Before then, just work as hard as he does this year. He has the neon looking too far ahead. He
unbeaten teams, climbed per game) and seventh in the most action Winchester every day to make sure we green light. If he sees day- wants them to focus solely
to No. 16 in the Associated total offense (546.7 yards). had seen in a game this sea- can pick up the slack.” light, he knows to let it fly.” on the two halves in front
Press and coaches polls on Quarterback Paxton Lynch son was Sept. 26 against With Ryan Jackson out, Rhoades is looking for of them.
Sunday. The Cougars are has thrown for 3,014 yards Texas State, although he’s Herman said the Cougars leadership from Koulechov “For 40 minutes, if you
the highest-ranked team and 19 touchdowns. The been in the two-deep rota- will go with starter Kenneth and Drone. lock in and follow the plan
from the so-called Group of Tigers are coming off their tion the entire season. Farrow and backups Javin “He’s taken a huge step and play aggressive and go
Five conferences vying for worst game of the season in Senior Tyler White Webb and Kaliq Kokuma this offseason,” Rhoades after people, you give your-
a spot in either the Fiesta a 45-20 loss to Navy. moved into the two-deep in the backfield. said of Drone. “He’s in the self a chance,” he said.
Bowl or Peach Bowl. UH and Navy, both 5-0 Sunday, joining starters best shape of his life. He’s
After surrendering 523 in the AAC West Division, Brandon Wilson and Win- moving well. He’s getting
passing yards to Gunner hold a one-game lead over chester and third corner- on his feet. He’s had great
C4 | Monday, November 9, 2015 | Houston Chronicle | and x x x


Newton, Panthers top Packers to stay unbeaten

CHARLOTTE, N.C. pair of second-quarter TD er among three field goals
— Cam Newton threw passes to Garrett Celek in the second quarter.
three touchdown passes for undermanned San
and ran for another score Francisco, which won at BILLS 33, DOLPHINS 17
Sunday, and Carolina Santa Clara, Calif. Sammy Watkins had
took an important step to- Making his first start eight catches for 168 yards
ward securing home-field in more than two years, and a 44-yard touchdown
advantage throughout the Gabbert didn’t take a that broke open the game
NFC playoffs with a 37-29 sack behind an offensive for Buffalo late in the
victory over Green Bay. line that has faced heavy third quarter at Orchard
Newton completed 15 scrutiny all year. Celek Park, N.Y.
of 30 passes for 297 yards made TD catches of 1 Rookie running back
and ran for 57 yards on and 11 yards to give him Karlos Williams scored
nine carries in one of the three on the year, and the twice, and LeSean McCoy
better games of his five- 49ers’ defense flustered also scored on a 48-yard
year NFL career. Matt Ryan despite the run for the Bills.
The unbeaten Panthers patchwork use of back-
extended their regular- ups because of a rash of JETS 28, JAGUARS 23
season win streak to 12 injuries. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw
and put themselves in two touchdown passes
terrific shape in the NFC VIKINGS 21, RAMS 18 while playing with a torn
standings. Every other Adrian Peterson ligament in his left thumb,
team in the conference rushed for 125 yards on and Chris Ivory ran for
has at least two losses. 29 carries, helping set two scores in New York’s
Aaron Rodgers threw up Blair Walsh’s 40-yard victory at East Ruther-
for 369 yards and four field goal in overtime that ford, N.J.
touchdowns and led a gave Minnesota a victory Brandon Marshall
furious fourth-quarter at home after quarterback had a 20-yard TD catch
comeback from 23 points Teddy Bridgewater left after the Jets recovered
down but couldn’t Bob Leverone / Associated Press with a concussion early in a muffed punt late in the
complete it. Linebacker Carolina qauarterback Cam Newton, who passed for three touchdowns, scores the fourth quarter. fourth quarter.
Thomas Davis intercepted from 1 yard out in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against Green Bay. The Vikings ended Blake Bortles threw for
Rodgers on a fourth-and- Todd Gurley’s streak 381 yards and two touch-
goal pass at the Carolina 3 for 170 yards and two touchdowns for New came back from miss- of games with 125-plus downs for Jacksonville.
with 1:54 left. scores as the Steelers England at Foxborough, ing two games with a yards rushing at four.
rolled up 597 yards of Mass., before Washington sprained knee to pass for Gurley gained 89 yards GIANTS 32, BUCCANEERS 18
STEELERS 38, RAIDERS 35 total offense. ran its second play. 371 yards and four touch- and a touchdown on 24 Eli Manning threw for
Chris Boswell kicked Derek Carr threw Tom Brady completed downs, including a 5-yard attempts for the Rams, two touchdowns in New
an 18-yard field goal with for 301 yards with four 26 of 39 passes for 299 scoring pass to Anthony who received the overtime York’s victory at Tampa,
two seconds left to lift touchdowns and an inter- yards and two TDs, Fasano in overtime, as kickoff but went three- Fla.
Pittsburgh to a home win ception for the Raiders. including an 8-yarder to Tennessee snapped a six- and-out. Josh Brown booted four
after Ben Roethlisberger Oakland running back Edelman on the open- game skid with a victory Marcus Sherels tiptoed field goals for the Giants,
left with a potentially seri- Latavius Murray ran ing drive. The unbeaten at New Orleans. along the sideline for a including fourth-quarter
ous left foot injury. for 96 yards but left in Patriots then pulled off a The Saints, who had 26-yard return of Johnny kicks of 53 and 44 yards
The Steelers survived the third quarter with a surprise onside kick, but won three in a row, led 21- Hekker’s 63-yard punt, that gave New York some
after Roethlisberger potential concussion. that drive stalled when 10 but could not put away and Peterson ran the ball breathing room after the
exited midway through Roethlisberger passed Edelman fumbled. the Titans, who turned well into Walsh’s range Buccaneers pulled within
the fourth quarter after for 334 yards with two Washington could in a feisty performance to give Minnesota its two points.
getting sacked by Aldon touchdowns and a pick manage only a single play: in their first game since seventh consecutive home The Giants’ defense,
Smith. Replacement as he moved past Hall of Kirk Cousins’ pass that coach Ken Whisenhunt victory. bolstered by the return
Landry Jones found Anto- Famers Johnny Unitas bounced off Pierre Gar- was fired and replaced by Greg Zuerlein kicked of Jason Pierre-Paul, did
nio Brown for a 57-yard and Joe Montana and into çon and was intercepted Mike Mularkey. four field goals for its part by keeping the Ja-
reception on Pittsburgh’s 13th on the NFL list for by Logan Ryan. New Brees was 28-of-39 the Rams, including a meis Winston-led Tampa
final drive to set up Bo- career yards passing. England then marched passing for 389 yards and 53-yarder with 17 seconds Bay offense out of the
swell’s winning kick. downfield to make it 14-0 three TDs. He also scored left in regulation to make end zone until the rookie
Brown finished with PATRIOTS 27 on Blount’s 5-yard score. on a short keeper. up for the 48-yarder that scrambled 10 yards for
17 catches for 284 yards, WASHINGTON 10 went wide right a few a TD that made it 20-18
both franchise records. Julian Edelman and TITANS 34, SAINTS 28 49ERS 17, FALCONS 16 minutes before. Zuerlein with 9:25 remaining.
DeAngelo Williams ran LeGarrette Blount scored Rookie Marcus Mariota Blaine Gabbert threw a had a career-long 61-yard- From wire reports

Panthers 37, Packers 29 Second quarter Andrews 1-23. Receiving—Oakland, Crabtree 7-108, Cooper
Green Bay 7 0 7 15 — 29 Mia—Miller 1 run (Franks kick), 11:28. New Orleans, Snead 6-95, Watson 5-60, 7-88, Roberts 3-73, Rivera 2-16, Murray 2-(mi-
Carolina 3 24 3 7 — 37 Buf—FG Carpenter 43, 7:08. Cooks 4-73, Ingram 4-42, Colston 3-37, Cole- nus 1), L. Smith 1-10, Jones 1-6, Walford 1-1.
First quarter Buf—Ka. Williams 11 run (Carpenter kick), man 2-58, Hill 2-21, Spiller 1-2, Hoomanawa- Pittsburgh, Brown 17-284, Miller 3-32,
Car—FG Gano 20, 10:12. 2:26. nui 1-1. Bryant 3-31, D. Williams 2-55, James 2-13,
GB—R. Rodgers 1 pass from A. Rodgers Third quarter Missed field goals—Tennessee, Succop 55. Wheaton 1-(minus 2).
(Crosby kick), :55. Mia—Miller 1 run (Franks kick), 10:05. New Orleans, Forbath 46 (BK). Missed field goals—Pittsburgh, Boswell
Second quarter Buf—Watkins 44 pass from Taylor (Carpenter Vikings 21, Rams 18 (OT) 41 (WL).
Car—Newton 1 run (Gano kick), 12:09. kick), 2:21. 49ers 17, Falcons 16
Car—Olsen 7 pass from Newton (Gano kick), Fourth quarter NFL AT A GLANCE St. Louis
6 9 0 3 0 — 18
10 0 8 0 3 — 21 Atlanta 3 10 0 3 — 16
8:55. Buf—Ka. Williams 38 run (Carpenter kick),
Car—FG Gano 49, 4:59. 8:35. AMERICAN CONFERENCE NATIONAL CONFERENCE First quarter San Francisco 0 17 0 0 — 17
Min—FG Walsh 34, 10:19. First quarter
Car—Brown 39 pass from Newton (Gano Mia—FG Franks 48, 3:53. South W L T PF PA East W L T PF PA Min—Peterson 6 run (Walsh kick), 5:24. Atl—FG Bryant 44, 9:24.
kick), :41. A—70,214. StL—Gurley 1 run (run failed), 1:09. Second quarter
Mia Buf
Indianapolis 4 5 0 200 227 N.Y. Giants 5 4 0 247226
Third quarter Second quarter SF—Celek 1 pass from Gabbert (Dawson
GB—Cobb 53 pass from A. Rodgers (Crosby First downs ......................................29 18 Houston 3 5 0 174 205 Philadelphia 4 4 0 193 164 StL—FG Zuerlein 61, 10:55. kick), 13:41.
Total net yards..............................397 420
kick), 14:00. Jacksonville 2 6 0 170235 Washington 3 5 0 158 195 StL—FG Zuerlein 35, 3:23. Atl—FG Bryant 36, 6:05.
Car—FG Gano 22, 4:48. Rushes-yards...........................23-106 36-266 StL—FG Zuerlein 45, :00. SF—FG Dawson 44, 3:20.
Fourth quarter Passing ........................................... 291 154 Tennessee 2 6 0 159 187 Dallas 2 6 0 160204 Third quarter SF—Celek 11 pass from Gabbert (Dawson
Car—Funchess 14 pass from Newton (Gano Punt returns .................................2-18 0-0 East W L T PF PA South W L T PF PA Min—Bridgewater 6 run (Bridgewater run), 8:39. kick), 1:16.
kick), 9:22. Kickoff returns............................ 4-50 3-32 Fourth quarter Atl—Freeman 17 pass from Ryan (Bryant
GB—Starks 29 pass from A. Rodgers (Adams Interceptions ret.......................... 0-0 0-0 New England 8 0 0 276 143 Carolina 8 0 0 228165 StL—FG Zuerlein 53, :12. kick), :13.
pass from A. Rodgers), 7:54. Comp-att-int........................ 28-37-0 11-12-0 N.Y. Jets 5 3 0 200162 Atlanta 6 3 0 229190 Overtime Fourth quarter
GB—R. Rodgers 3 pass from A. Rodgers Sacked-yards lost....................... 2-27 3-27 Min—FG Walsh 40, 9:20. Atl—FG Bryant 19, 2:56.
(Crosby kick), 3:43. Punts...........................................3-31.3 3-50.0 Buffalo 4 4 0 209 190 New Orleans 4 5 0 241268 A—52,406. A—70,799.
A—74,461. Fumbles-lost.................................. 3-1 0-0 Miami 3 5 0 171 206 Tampa Bay 3 5 0 181 231 StL Min Atl SF
GB Car Penalties-yards.......................... 8-62 13-94 First downs ...................................... 18 21 First downs .......................................17 18
Time of possession ..................28:47 31:13
North W L T PF PA North W L T PF PA Total net yards............................. 302 318
First downs .......................................21 20 Total net yards............................. 320 293
Total net yards.............................402 427 Individual statistics Cincinnati 8 0 0 229142 Minnesota 6 2 0 168140 Rushes-yards.......................... 36-160 35-145 Rushes-yards...............................14-17 39-133
Rushing—Miami, Miller 12-44, Ajayi 5-41, Passing .......................................... 285 185
Rushes-yards.............................. 19-71 36-130 Pittsburgh 5 4 0 206 182 Green Bay 6 2 0 203167 Passing ...........................................160 148
Landry 4-18, Tannehill 2-3. Punt returns ................................4-76 1-17
Passing ........................................... 331 297 Punt returns ................................ 4-27 4-40
Punt returns ................................ 4-18 5-35 Buffalo, McCoy 16-112, Ka. Williams 9-110, Baltimore 2 6 0 190214 Chicago 2 5 0 140202 Kickoff returns.............................. 0-0 4-96
Kickoff returns............................ 4-115 3-80
Taylor 10-44, Woods 1-0. Interceptions ret........................... 2-2 0-0
Kickoff returns.............................. 3-71 2-33 Cleveland 2 7 0 177 247 Detroit 1 7 0 149 245 Interceptions ret............................1-0 0-0
Comp-att-int........................30-45-0 15-26-2
Interceptions ret............................1-4 1-(-1) Passing—Miami, Tannehill 27-36-0-309, Comp-att-int.........................18-33-0 15-27-1
Comp-att-int.........................25-48-1 15-30-1 Landry 1-1-0-9. West W L T PF PA West W L T PF PA Sacked-yards lost..........................1-8 1-11
Sacked-yards lost........................2-18 0-0
Punts..........................................7-43.4 5-48.2
Sacked-yards lost.......................5-38 0-0 Buffalo, Taylor 11-12-0-181. Denver 7 1 0 192 139 Arizona 6 2 0 263153 Punts.........................................8-46.5 8-41.8 Fumbles-lost..................................1-0 0-0
Punts.........................................8-44.6 6-48.2 Receiving—Miami, Landry 11-69, Miller 7-97, Fumbles-lost................................ 0-0 2-0
Fumbles-lost.................................. 2-1 0-0 Matthews 4-54, Stills 3-74, Sims 1-9, Tan- Oakland 4 4 0 213 211 St. Louis 4 4 0 153 146 Penalties-yards..........................12-87 6-67
Penalties-yards.......................... 6-63 5-30
Time of possession ................. 32:08 27:52
Penalties-yards........................... 7-87 6-45 nehill 1-9, Cameron 1-6. Kansas City 3 5 0 195 182 Seattle 4 4 0 167 140 Time of possession .................. 32:27 33:13 Individual statistics
Time of possession ..................27:48 32:12 Buffalo, Watkins 8-168, McCoy 2-7, Clay 1-6. Individual statistics
San Diego 2 6 0 191 227 San Francisco 3 6 0 126 223 Rushing—Atlanta, Freeman 12-12, Coleman
Individual statistics Jets 28, Jaguars 23 Rushing—St. Louis, Gurley 24-89, Austin 1-3, Ryan 1-2.
Rushing—Green Bay, Starks 10-39, A.Rodgers Jacksonville 3 7 3 10 — 23 Week 9 results/schedule 8-66, Mason 3-3, Foles 1-2. San Francisco, Draughn 16-58, Gabbert 9-32,
4-22, Lacy 5-10. Carolina, Stewart 20-66, N.Y. Jets 14 0 7 7 — 28 Minnesota, Peterson 29-125, Bridgewater Gaskins 7-20, P. Thomas 4-12, Ellington 1-7,
Newton 9-57, Whittaker 2-13, Tolbert 3-7,
Thursday’s result N.Y. Jets 28 Jacksonville 23 3-17, Asiata 2-4, Hill 1-(minus 1).
First quarter Miller 2-4.
Webb 1-(minus 1), Brown 1-(minus 12). Jax—FG Myers 45, 8:59. Cincinnati 31 Cleveland 10 Pittsburgh 38 Oakland 35 Passing—St. Louis, Foles 18-33-0-168. Passing—Atlanta, Ryan 30-45-0-303.
Passing—Green Bay, A.Rodgers 25-48-1-369. Minnesota, Bridgewater 13-21-1-144, Hill San Francisco, Gabbert 15-25-2-185, Kaepe-
NYJ—Decker 7 pass from Fitzpatrick (Quigley Sunday’s results San Francisco 17 Atlanta 16
Carolina, Newton 15-30-1-297. kick), 5:08. 2-6-0-15. rnick 0-1-0-0.
Receiving—Green Bay, Adams 7-93, Starks NYJ—Ivory 1 run (Quigley kick), :43. Tennessee 34New Orleans 28 (OT) N.Y. Giants 32 Tampa Bay 18 Receiving—St. Louis, Austin 4-15, Britt 3-87, Receiving—Atlanta, Jones 10-137, Freeman
6-83, R.Rodgers 5-19, Cobb 4-99, J.Jones 2-57, Second quarter Minnesota 21 St. Louis 18 (OT) Indianapolis 27 Denver 24 Gurley 3-20, Kendricks 2-25, Bailey 2-13, Cook 8-67, Tamme 6-61, Hardy 4-17, White 1-20,
Ripkowski 1-18. Carolina, Olsen 4-66, Cotchery Jax—Hurns 30 pass from Bortles (Myers 1-10, Marquez 1-3, Quick 1-(minus 1), Mason Toilolo 1-1.
3-82, Funchess 3-71, Brown 2-50, Ginn Jr. 1-20, Carolina 37 Green Bay 29 Philadelphia 33 Dallas 27 (OT) 1-(minus 4). San Francisco, Draughn 4-38, Patton 3-70,
kick), :14.
Dickson 1-6, Stewart 1-2. Third quarter New England 27 Washington 10 Today’s game Minnesota, Diggs 3-42, Rudolph 2-30, Peter- Smith 2-44, McDonald 2-19, Celek 2-12,
Missed field goals—Carolina, Gano 43 (WL). son 2-18, Ellison 2-11, McKinnon 2-11, Ellington 2-2.
Jax—FG Myers 39, 4:32. Buffalo 33 Miami 17 Chicago at San Diego 7:30 C. Johnson 1-25, Wright 1-12, Pruitt 1-6,
Patriots 27, Washington 10 NYJ—Ivory 1 run (Quigley kick), 2:02. Off: Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle Giants 32, Buccaneers 18
Washington 0 3 0 7 — 10 Fourth quarter Wallace 1-4. N.Y. Giants 10 7 3 12 — 32
Missed field goals—St. Louis, Zuerlein 48
New England 14 3 3 7 — 27 Jax—FG Myers 35, 10:18.
NYJ—Marshall 20 pass from Fitzpatrick
Week 10 schedule (WR).
Tampa Bay
First quarter
6 3 3 6 — 18
First quarter Thursday’s game
NE—Edelman 8 pass from Brady (Gostkowski (Quigley kick), 2:41. Steelers 38, Raiders 35 TB—FG Barth 25, 13:26.
kick), 9:01. Jax—Walters 20 pass from Bortles (Myers Time Open. line Cur. line O/U TV Oakland 7 7 7 14 — 35 NYG—FG Brown 35, 9:52.
NE—Blount 5 run (Gostkowski kick), 4:30. kick), 2:16. Buffalo at N.Y. Jets 7:25 N.Y. 3 N.Y. 3 43½ NFL Pittsburgh 3 18 0 17 — 38 TB—FG Barth 28, 8:04.
Second quarter A—78,160. First quarter NYG—Randle 8 pass from Manning (Brown
Sunday’s games
NE—FG Gostkowski 21, 7:56. Jax NYJ Oak—Crabtree 22 pass from Carr (Janikowski kick), :53.
Was—FG Hopkins 23, :13. First downs ...................................... 19 14 Time Open. line Cur. line O/U TV kick), 12:10. Second quarter
Third quarter Total net yards............................. 436 290 Detroit at Green Bay noon G.B. 12 G.B. 12 47½ Pit—FG Boswell 34, 4:40. NYG—Vereen 4 pass from Manning (Brown
NE—FG Gostkowski 21, 7:32. Rushes-yards.............................19-98 28-29 Second quarter kick), 11:20.
Carolina at Tennessee noon Car. 4½ Car. 4½ 42½
Fourth quarter Passing .......................................... 338 261 Pit—D. Williams 3 run (D. Williams pass from TB—FG Barth 21, :06.
NE—Bolden 18 pass from Brady (Gostkowski Punt returns ................................2-20 4-42 Chicago at St. Louis noon StL 8 StL 8 NL Roethlisberger), 13:57. Third quarter
kick), 11:28. Kickoff returns............................ 4-117 4-115 Dallas at Tampa Bay noon NL NL NL Fox Oak—Cooper 15 pass from Carr (Janikowski NYG—FG Brown 35, 11:49.
Was—Reed 3 pass from Cousins (Hopkins Interceptions ret.......................... 0-0 2-8 New Orleans at Washington noon N.O. 1½ N.O. 1½ 50½ kick), 6:05. TB—FG Barth 53, 7:15.
kick), :25. Comp-att-int........................24-40-2 21-34-0 Pit—D. Williams 3 run (Boswell kick), 1:56. Fourth quarter
A—66,829. Sacked-yards lost...................... 6-43 2-11 Miami at Philadelphia noon NL NL NL Pit—FG Boswell 38, :29. TB—Winston 10 run (pass failed), 9:25.
Was NE Punts.........................................5-40.6 9-39.0 Cleveland at Pittsburgh noon NL NL NL Third quarter NYG—FG Brown 53, 7:18.
First downs ...................................... 16 27 Fumbles-lost................................. 3-2 1-0 Jacksonville at Baltimore noon Bal. 6 Bal. 6 48½ Oak—Walford 1 pass from Carr (Janikowski NYG—FG Brown 44, :23.
Total net yards.............................250 460 Penalties-yards.......................... 4-30 6-41 kick), 7:02. NYG—Wade 5 fumble return (run failed), :00.
Rushes-yards..............................15-37 37-161 Time of possession .................. 29:16 30:44
Minnesota at Oakland 3:05 NL NL NL Fourth quarter A—64,351.
Passing ........................................... 213 299 Individual statistics Kansas City at Denver 3:25 Den. 7 Den. 7 42½ Pit—Bryant 14 pass from Roethlisberger NYG TB
Punt returns ...................................1-9 2-(-2) Rushing—Jacksonville, Yeldon 14-64, Bortles New England at N.Y. Giants 3:25 N.E. 7 N.E. 7 54½ (Boswell kick), 12:13. First downs ......................................24 19
Kickoff returns............................ 3-48 2-18 4-32, D. Robinson 1-2. Pit—James 4 pass from Roethlisberger Total net yards..............................327 385
Interceptions ret......................... 1-44 1-13 N.Y. Jets, Ivory 23-26, Stacy 1-3, Fitzpatrick
Arizona at Seattle 7:30 Sea. 3 Sea. 3 44½ NBC (Boswell kick), 11:24. Rushes-yards............................33-114 23-136
Comp-att-int......................... 22-40-1 26-39-1 4-0. Monday’s game Oak—Olawale 19 run (Janikowski kick), 9:32. Passing ........................................... 213 249
Sacked-yards lost..........................1-4 0-0 Passing—Jacksonville, Bortles 24-40-2-381. Time
Open. line Cur. line O/U TV Oak—Crabtree 38 pass from Carr (Janikowski Punt returns ................................. 0-0 1-1
Punts......................................... 4-47.0 2-34.5 N.Y. Jets, Fitzpatrick 21-34-0-272. kick), 1:15. Kickoff returns.............................2-54 4-87
Houston at Cincinnati Cin. 11 7:30
Cin. 11 47½ESPN Pit—FG Boswell 18, :02. Interceptions ret.......................... 0-0 2-34
Fumbles-lost.................................. 2-1 2-1 Receiving—Jacksonville, A. Robinson 6-121,
Penalties-yards........................... 4-27 6-43 Hurns 5-122, Walters 5-54, Yeldon 3-37, KIAH A—65,520. Comp-att-int........................26-40-2 19-36-0
Oak Pit Sacked-yards lost........................ 0-0 0-0
Time of possession ..................22:55 37:05 Thomas 3-14, Lewis 1-27, Jacobs 1-6. Off: Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Diego, San Francisco
Individual statistics N.Y. Jets, Decker 6-79, Thompkins 4-45, First downs ......................................24 27 Punts..........................................1-64.0 2-42.5
Rushing—Washington, Jones 11-27, Morris Marshall 4-44, Ivory 3-22, Kerley 2-22, Total net yards.............................440 597 Fumbles-lost..................................1-0 4-3
4-10. Cumberland 1-44, Stacy 1-16. STANDINGS SPONSORED BY Rushes-yards...........................25-139 30-195 Penalties-yards.......................... 6-49 9-79
Passing ...........................................301 402 Time of possession ..................34:55 25:05
New England, Blount 29-129, Lewis 4-14, Titans 34, Saints 28 (OT) Punt returns ....................................1-1 3-2 Individual statistics
Bolden 1-12, Amendola 1-8, Brady 1-(minus 1), Tennessee 10 7 3 8 6 — 34 Fourth quarter Comp-att-int........................28-39-0 28-39-1
Kickoff returns............................. 5-74 4-83 Rushing—N.Y. Giants, Jennings 13-48,
Garoppolo 1-(minus 1). New Orleans 14 7 0 7 0 — 28 NO—Hoomanawanui 1 pass from Brees Sacked-yards lost........................ 0-0 4-32
Interceptions ret.............................1-1 1-25 Williams 7-30, Darkwa 6-23, Vereen 6-14,
Passing—Washington, Cousins 22-40-1-217. First quarter (Forbath kick), 11:32. Punts.........................................5-50.6 4-45.8 Comp-att-int.........................24-44-1 28-50-1 Manning 1-(minus 1).
New England, Brady 26-39-1-299. NO—Hill 10 pass from Brees (Forbath kick), Ten—Hunter 8 pass from Mariota (Walker Fumbles-lost.................................. 2-1 1-1 Sacked-yards lost........................ 0-0 1-11 Tampa Bay, Sims 8-78, Martin 11-31, Winston
Receiving—Washington, Crowder 6-50, 9:46. pass from Mariota), 7:06. Penalties-yards..........................9-66 8-75 Punts..........................................7-39.6 5-41.6 3-24, Rainey 1-3.
Garcon 4-70, Reed 3-18, Jackson 3-15, Roberts Ten—FG Succop 51, 6:58. Overtime Time of possession ...................32:21 32:49 Fumbles-lost................................. 5-3 1-1 Passing—N.Y. Giants, Manning 26-40-2-213.
2-26, Thompson 2-21, Jones 2-17. NO—Cooks 38 pass from Brees (Forbath Ten—Fasano 5 pass from Mariota, 9:50. Individual statistics Penalties-yards............................3-21 5-42 Tampa Bay, Winston 19-36-0-249.
New England, LaFell 5-102, Edelman 5-55, kick), 3:44. A—73,075. Rushing—Tennessee, Andrews 19-88, Mc- Time of possession .................. 27:56 32:04 Receiving—N.Y. Giants, Beckham Jr. 9-105,
Gronkowski 4-47, Lewis 4-39, Amendola 4-24, Ten—Walker 61 pass from Mariota (Succop Ten NO Cluster 8-19, Mariota 1-5. Individual statistics Randle 5-40, Vereen 4-29, Tye 2-19, Cun-
Bolden 3-27, Chandler 1-5. kick), 1:00. First downs ......................................25 29 New Orleans, Ingram 21-52, Spiller 2-8, Rushing—Oakland, Murray 17-96, Reece 3-21, ningham 2-10, Williams 1-7, White 1-3, D.Harris
Bills 33, Dolphins 17 Second quarter Total net yards.............................483 416 Brees 3-(minus 1). Olawale 1-19, Carr 2-3, Jones 2-0. 1-1, Jennings 1-(minus 1).
Miami 0 7 7 3 — 17 NO—Brees 1 run (Forbath kick), 11:01. Rushes-yards............................28-112 26-59 Passing—Tennessee, Mariota 28-39-0-371. Pittsburgh, D. Williams 27-170, Brown 2-22, Tampa Bay, Evans 8-152, Humphries 5-55,
Buffalo 9 10 7 7 — 33 Ten—Walker 2 pass from Mariota (Succop Passing ............................................371 357 New Orleans, Brees 28-39-1-389. Todman 1-3. Martin 2-12, Brate 1-17, Lane 1-5, Dye 1-4,
First quarter kick), 8:08. Punt returns .................................2-12 3-21 Receiving—Tennessee, Walker 7-95, Green- Passing—Oakland, Carr 24-44-1-301. Sims 1-4.
Buf—Team safety, 11:48. Third quarter Kickoff returns............................ 4-96 3-82 Beckham 5-77, Douglas 5-73, Fasano 3-33, Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 24-44-1-334, Missed field goals—Tampa Bay, Barth 43
Buf—McCoy 48 run (Carpenter kick), 8:50. Ten—FG Succop 29, 7:17. Interceptions ret............................1-0 0-0 Hunter 3-17, McCluster 2-28, Stevens 2-25, L. Jones 4-6-0-79. (WR).
xxx Houston Chronicle | and | Monday, November 9, 2015 | C5


Extra period brings more heartbreak to Dallas

Losing streak Eagles 33,Cowboys 27 (OT)
Philadelphia 0 7 7 13 6 — 33
reaches six, Dallas
First quarter
7 0 7 13 0 — 27

longest for club Dal—Beasley 5 pass from Cassel (Bailey

kick), 6:44.
in 26 years Second quarter
Phi—Murray 1 run (Sturgis kick), 9:01.
Third quarter
By Schuyler Dixon Phi—Mathews 6 run (Sturgis kick), 8:36.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Dal—Beasley 17 pass from Cassel (Bailey
kick), 2:04.
Fourth quarter
ARLINGTON — De- Phi—Hicks 67 interception return (Sturgis
kick), 12:47.
Marco Murray put Phila- Dal—Bryant 18 pass from Cassel (Bailey
delphia in position to win kick), 10:52.
Phi—FG Sturgis 31, 7:22.
in his return to Dallas. Dal—FG Bailey 41, 2:53.
Sam Bradford and Jordan Phi—FG Sturgis 53, 1:46.
Matthews finished off the Dal—FG Bailey 44, :02.
Cowboys. Phi—Matthews 41 pass from Bradford, 10:59.
Bradford threw a 41- A—91,827.
Phi Dal
yard touchdown pass to First downs ......................................25 25
Matthews in overtime, and Total net yards.............................459 411
Rushes-yards............................35-172 29-134
the Eagles sent the Cow- Passing ...........................................287 277
boys to their longest losing Punt returns ................................. 0-0 2-5
Kickoff returns.............................. 0-0 1-79
streak in 26 years with a Interceptions ret..........................1-67 0-0
33-27 victory Sunday night. Comp-att-int........................25-36-0 25-38-1
Sacked-yards lost..........................1-8 4-22
Matthews broke away Punts.........................................5-48.2 4-43.8
from rookie defensive Fumbles-lost................................ 0-0 2-0
back Byron Jones and ran Penalties-yards......................... 10-70
Time of possession ..................25:42
past safety J.J. Wilcox on Individual statistics
the first possession of over- Rushing—Philadelphia, Murray 18-83,
Mathews 11-67, Sproles 5-23, Bradford
time to hand Dallas (2-6) its 1-(minus 1).
sixth straight loss. The last Ronald Martinez / Getty Images Dallas, McFadden 27-117, Cassel 2-17.
Passing—Philadelphia, Bradford 25-36-
time Dallas lost that many After leaving Cowboys defenders in his wake, Jordan Matthews scampers into the end zone to complete a 41- 0-295.
in a row was in 1989 when yard pass play and give the Eagles an overtime victory Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. Dallas, Cassel 25-38-1-299.
Receiving—Philadelphia, Matthews 9-133,
it dropped eight straight Murray 6-78, Ertz 5-44, Huff 2-10, Sproles 2-3,
and finished 1-15. Murray had 161 total back after missing five down to start overtime. The Cowboys forced Austin 1-27.
Dallas, Beasley 9-112, Witten 6-43, Bryant
“Me and Byron had been yards — 83 rushing and with a broken right foot. New Orleans’ Drew Brees overtime with a 54-yard 5-104, Te. Williams 3-27, Whitehead 1-8,
competing all game,” said 78 receiving — in his first Dallas defensive line- threw an 80-yard TD pass drive to Dan Bailey’s 44- McFadden 1-5.
Matthews, who had nine game on his old home field man Greg Hardy had a on the second play of the yard field goal that car-
catches for 133 yards. “He after winning the NFL sack and two penalties, extra period in Week 4. omed off the left upright 18-yarder to Bryant in the
doesn’t play like a rookie, rushing title with the Cow- including an unsports- This time, Murray had a and went through. Byron end zone when he threw
and he’s so aggressive. We boys last season. manlike conduct call, a day 20-yard run to get the drive Maxwell was called for up a jump ball after a Ro-
said let’s try and go with a “They’re a tough oppo- after he tweeted “regret” in going. Bradford’s winning pass interference twice mo-like spin out a potential
double move. Sam threw it nent. They’re like family response to the release of toss on his 28th birthday against Bryant on the sack. But the big mistake
right on the money.” to me,” said Murray, who pictures of his bruised ex- came a play after officials drive. to Hicks left him with the
Jordan Hicks had a 67- broke Emmitt Smith’s Dal- girlfriend from his domes- originally ruled a fumble Bryant had 104 yards on same 0-3 record Brandon
yard interception return las rushing record with tic violence case. at the end of a run by Ryan five catches, and Cole Bea- Weeden had filling in for
for a touchdown for the Ea- 1,845 yards last season and “Greg has a commit- Mathews. But replays sley had career highs with Romo.
gles (4-4) in just the second is starting to churn out ment to us,” Dallas owner showed his knee was down nine catches for 112 yards Hicks stepped in front of
overtime game for teams yardage after a slow start Jerry Jones said. “He has a before the ball came out. with two touchdowns, a pass in the flat for Darren
that have met 114 times. this year. “This one’s spe- commitment to do the right “Jordan did a great job which matched his total McFadden and sprinted 67
The Cowboys have lost cial. A lot of emotion.” thing. We expect him to do running that route,” Brad- from a win against Chicago yards untouched. Cassel
every game without quar- Dallas All-Pro receiver the right thing.” ford said. “It was some- last year. hung his head as he slowed
terback Tony Romo, who Dez Bryant had his first It was the second time thing that we worked on Matt Cassel threw up, realizing he had no
will miss at least one more touchdown catch of the during the skid that Dallas all week. Best birthday for 299 yards and three chance to catch the former
with a broken collarbone. season in his second game lost by giving up a touch- present ever.” touchdowns, including an Texas linebacker.


Luck of old helps send

Denver to first defeat
By Michael Marot Colts 27, Broncos 24 But that was not the
Denver 0 7 10 7 — 24
ASSOCIATED PRESS Indianapolis 7 10 0 10 — 27
record Manning really
First quarter wanted to break in a venue
INDIANAPOLIS — An- Ind—Gore 7 run (Vinatieri kick), 6:48.
Second quarter
many credit him with help-
drew Luck finally reverted Ind—FG Vinatieri 43, 12:13. ing build. He also will have
to his old form Sunday — Ind—Doyle 3 pass from Luck (Vinatieri to wait to break Favre’s re-
kick), 7:12.
and the Indianapolis Colts Den—Bolden 83 punt return (McManus cord for most career regu-
finally looked like the team kick), :00. lar-season wins (186) by a
Third quarter
everyone expected. Den—Sanders 64 pass from Manning
quarterback after going 21-
Now they just have to (McManus kick), 11:27. for-36 with 281 yards, two
keep playing this way. Den—FG McManus 29, 4:57. TDs and two interceptions.
Fourth quarter
Luck threw two touch- Ind—Bradshaw 8 pass from Luck (Vinatieri The Broncos (7-1) were
down passes and set up kick), 14:05. the only one of the NFL’s
Den—Daniels 1 pass from Manning (McManus
Adam Vinatieri for a tie- kick), 8:54. four unbeaten teams to lose
breaking 55-yard field goal Ind—FG Vinatieri 55, 6:13. this weekend.
with 6:13 left, giving India- A—66,894.
Den Ind
“I’ve been in enough
napolis a 27-24 victory over First downs ...................................... 16 27 situations like that in my
Denver that ruined Peyton Total net yards.............................309 365 career where I’ve been able
Rushes-yards............................. 14-35 40-120
Manning’s homecoming. Passing ...........................................274 245 to focus on the task at hand
“That’s who we need to Punt returns ................................ 1-83 3-2 — trying to win the foot-
Kickoff returns............................ 2-69 2-33
be consistently,” Luck said. Interceptions ret.......................... 0-0 2-1
ball game,” Manning said AJ Mast / Associated Press
“Probably a little bit of soul Comp-att-int..........................21-36-2 21-36-0 after losing his second in a The Colts’ Jack Doyle, left, dives for the end zone to top off a 3-yard catch with a
searching, trying to figure Sacked-yards lost...........................1-7
row at Lucas Oil Stadium second-quarter score despite the best efforts of the Broncos’ Darian Stewart.
out what we want to be. Fumbles-lost................................ 0-0 0-0 in what could be his final
The truth of the matter is Penalties-yards.......................... 8-56 4-30 game in Indianpolis. “I • They committed only ues playing this way. on Omar Bolden’s 83-yard
Time of possession ....................21:21 38:39
we have the pieces, which is Individual statistics kind of dealt with (the emo- four penalties, and the 17-0 He was 21-of-36 passing punt return on the last play
pretty darn obvious.” Rushing—Denver, Anderson 7-34, Hillman 7-1. tions) a few years ago. I felt lead they took in the first for 252 yards and guided of the first half. Manning
Indianapolis, Gore 28-83, Luck 6-34,
The Colts (4-5) ended a Bradshaw 6-3.
like this time coming back half was their largest of the the Colts on two tiebreak- started the second half with
three-game losing streak, Passing—Denver, Manning 21-36-2-281. was just playing against a season. ing drives in the fourth a 64-yard TD pass to Em-
won for the first time in six Indianapolis, Luck 21-36-0-252. good football team.” That’s exactly what In- quarter. manuel Sanders, and the
Receiving—Denver, Daniels 6-102, Sanders
tries outside the horrible 6-90, Thomas 5-50, Fowler 2-22, Green 1-13, A Colts team that was dianapolis needed. The first ended with an Broncos tied it on a 29-yard
AFC South and moved a Anderson 1-4. mired in turmoil. 8-yard TD pass to Ahmad field goal from Brandon
Indianapolis, Hilton 5-82, Whalen 5-73,
half-game ahead of the Tex- Fleener 4-22, Moncrief 3-30, Doyle 2-18, Gore
Just five days after offen- Fourth-quarter magic Bradshaw that gave Indy a McManus.
ans for the division lead. 1-19, Bradshaw 1-8. sive coordinator Pep Ham- “We really feel we’ve 24-17 lead. After Manning But they never got the
ilton was fired, Manning’s competed with the best tied the score on a 1-yard lead.
Ill-fated return for QB run the final six minutes off successor played like the football teams in the league TD pass to Owen Daniels, “We dug ourselves a hole
Manning fell 3 yards the clock. best young quarterback in — Denver, New England, Luck took Indianapolis in the first half and showed
short of becoming the Denver’s quarterback football. The Colts followed Carolina,” team owner Jim back down the field and set a lot of character getting out
NFL’s career passing leader heads into next weekend’s his lead: Irsay said. “We still feel we up Vinatieri for his longest of that hole,” Denver coach
— after his second intercep- game against Kansas City • They started fast and can go the places we dream field goal since coming to Gary Kubiak said. “We just
tion and two late defensive with 71,836 career yards; finished strong. of going.” Indy in 2006. weren’t able to close the
penalties allowed Indy to Brett Favre had 71,838. • They had no turnovers. They can if Luck contin- Denver closed to 17-7 deal.”

AFC South perhaps can take its cue from NFC South’s upsurge
AFC from page C1 that plagued him earlier The Texans play an- to the lineup after missing road game of the season. awful. Carolina won the
this season, which is bad other five games before two games with a strained The Texans find out division with a 7-8-1 record
The Texans return to news for the rest of the their second game against knee ligament and threw Nov. 29 if they can do to the and upset Arizona at home
the practice field Monday division. the Colts, who won the for 371 yards and four Saints what the Titans did in the wild-card round.
to begin preparations for Luck outplayed Peyton first one 27-20. Because the touchdowns in the 34-28 to them. They host New There weren’t high
their Nov. 16 prime-time Manning in his return to Texans have never won at overtime victory. Orleans one week after expectations for the NFC
game against undefeated Lucas Oil Stadium. The Indianapolis, a sweep by The Titans are 2-6, they entertain the Jets and South this season, but the
Cincinnati. Colts seem to have the the Colts seems assured. including a victory over the week before they visit division has been a huge
The Bengals are one of Broncos’ number. Last The Colts weren’t the Tampa Bay in the season Buffalo. surprise, beginning with
the league’s three unbeaten season, the Colts elimi- only AFC South team to opener. Mariota threw four the unbeaten Panthers.
teams, joining New Eng- nated the Broncos from make a good impression touchdown passes in each 3 unbeatens on schedule Tampa Bay (3-5) has
land and Carolina. the playoffs by winning in Sunday. Usually, the divi- of the two wins. The Texans will play the worst record. If the
The Broncos were fa- Denver. sion is ridiculed for being The Texans were fortu- or have played the three Buccaneers played in the
vored to beat the Colts, but so bad, but Tennessee also nate Mariota was sidelined teams this season that are AFC South, they’d be tied
they suffered their first de- Big return for Mariota put on a sterling perfor- in their 20-6 victory at currently unbeaten. They with the Texans for second
feat because they couldn’t This was supposed mance. NRG Stadium on Nov. 1. lost 24-17 at Carolina. A place instead of five games
stop quarterback Andrew to be a revenge game for Under interim coach The defense sacked quar- month after the Cincin- behind Carolina.
Luck, who appeared to be Denver, but it turned out to Mike Mularkey, who terback Zach Mettenberger nati game, they’ll host New Perhaps the AFC South
healthy for the first time be another embarrassment replaced the fired Ken seven times. England. will follow the NFC South’s
this season. for Manning, who threw Whisenhunt last week, Barring another injury, As teams struggle to lead and make a surprising
Luck threw two touch- two interceptions, the last the Titans shocked New Mariota will play for the win in the AFC South, it’s improvement in 2016.
down passes and didn’t one ruining any chance the Orleans at the Superdome. first time against the Tex- interesting to look back at
seem to be bothered by the Broncos had of tying the Rookie quarterback ans when they visit Nash- the 2014 season.
rib and shoulder injuries score or possibly winning. Marcus Mariota returned ville on Dec. 27 in their last The NFC South was
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Mulkey inspires others with height issues

Mulkey from page C1 Preseason All-Greater Houston Preseason
knew kids haven’t seen a
FIRST TEAM rankings
Player School Cl. Pos. CLASS 6A
tall female before.” Nancy Mulkey Cypress Woods Sr. P 1. Cypress Woods
Everything has Chasity Patterson North Shore Jr. G 2. Clear Springs
changed for Mulkey, now a Deauzya Richards Cypress Ranch Jr. G 3. Dekaney
senior at Cypress Woods. Charli Collier Barbers Hill So. F 4. Cypress Ranch
She is a state champion Jaelyn Richard-Harris Dekaney Sr G 5. North Shore
who last season averaged SECOND TEAM 6. Westside
10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds Angela Harris Cy-Fair Sr. G 7. Hightower
and 3.7 blocks per game. Faith Cook Goose Creek Memorial Sr. G 8. Atascocita
She has verbally pledged Sentreal Gregory Westside Sr. G 9. Seven Lakes
to play for Oklahoma. She Madison Glass Hightower Sr. G 10. Cy-Fair
has won two gold medals Sierra Cheatham Clear Springs Jr. F CLASS 5A/OTHERS
with Team USA. THIRD TEAM 1. Barbers Hill
Most importantly, she’s Jasmine Williams Cypress Woods Sr. G 2. Bush
more confident. Mulkey Kayla Owens Langham Creek Jr. F 3. Concordia Lutheran
still doesn’t like it when Jasmyne Harris Brazosport Sr. G 4. Galveston Ball
people stare and try to Daizha Norris Bush Sr. G 5. Navasota
sneak photos but is more Michelle Fokam Seven Lakes Sr. G 6. George Ranch
accepting of it. Rather 7. Brazosport
than dwell on the nega- 8. Westbury Christian
tives, she tries to concen- ing to figure out who you championship in Febru- 9. Brenham
trate on the good things. are and what makes you ary. With three starters 10. Bay City
“When I think about you,” Cy Woods basketball back, including Jasmine
where I am now, all I can coach Virginia Flores said. Williams and Cate Reese,
think is, ‘Wow. I’m glad I “Being a basketball player the Wildcats will be in the tall people go through,”
am who I am,’ ” Mulkey and being tall is some- mix again. she said. “I’ve had so many
said. “I walk straighter. I Jerry Lara / San Antonio Express-News thing that defines Nancy. If the Wildcats get far people in person, on Twit-
hold my head higher. I’m Nancy Mulkey has enjoyed a lot of good times on She’s starting to realize it’s enough, they may play ter and on Instagram tell-
embracing my height. It is the court at Cypress Woods, and now she is more more than just that. on TV again, though no ing me I’m an inspiration.
getting me things I never comfortable with her 6-9 stature off the floor as well. “Being able to embrace television appearance will They tell me I have helped
thought I could do.” that journey and saying mean as much to Mulkey them with confidence.
The show gave view- Throughout the series, she’s proud of who she is as being on “My Giant “You can’t be afraid
TV show helps ers an inside look at the Mulkey discussed her and where sh