Yes, Lesley Briones secured a victory that handed Democrats a stall-proof majority on Harris County Commissioners Court. And yes, she upset Republican Commissioner Jack Cagle in a precinct where he has won reelection every cycle since 2011, beating the incumbent by about 3 points when polling in the week before the election marked Cagle with a firm lead in the race. It's also true that Briones' election to office marks the first instance in its 145-year history that two women have served on Harris County Commissioners Court at the same time. It should also be noted that her presence adds a third representative with Latin American heritage to the five-member body in a county where Latinos make up the largest racial demographic group and have been growing every year since 2010. But Briones maintains that the circumstances and implications surrounding her victory will not color her decisions as she prepares to assume her role as Harris County's newly elected Precinct 4 … [Read more...] about Lesley Briones flipped the Harris County Commissioners Court. What’s next?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 15 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A dangerous lake-effect snowstorm paralyzed parts of western and northern New York on Friday, with nearly 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow already on the ground in some places by midmorning and possibly much more on the way. Residents in Buffalo awoke to blowing, heavy snow, punctuated by occasional claps of thunder. The worst snowfall so far was south of the city. The National Weather Service was reporting more than 2 feet of snow in many places along the eastern end of Lake Erie, with bands of heavier precipitation bringing nearly 34 inches (86 cm) in Hamburg, New York. Schools were shuttered. Amtrak stations in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Depew closed Thursday and will stay closed Friday. Numerous flights in and out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport were canceled. Even before the … [Read more...] about Dangerous lake-effect snowstorm blankets Buffalo, western NY
Note: This article contains spoilers about "The Crown." - - - In the new season of "The Crown," the sixth episode opens with a different set of British royals than the ones the Netflix show has followed for five seasons. It's 1917, and King George V is at the breakfast table with his wife, Queen Mary, and eldest son, the future King Edward VIII. A letter arrives from the prime minister, informing the king that the government plans to send a ship to rescue Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family, but since the czar is the king's cousin, they don't want to do so without his permission. The king, with a parrot on his shoulder, seems more interested in collecting stamps than dealing with affairs of state, and he defers to the queen. The scene ends before we learn her decision. Next we're transported to Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where the czar, his wife, four daughters and son are being held. Tricked into thinking they are about to be rescued - by "cousin … [Read more...] about Fact-checking ‘The Crown’: Did Britain’s royals abandon Russia’s royals in 1917?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The driver of an SUV that crashed into Los Angeles County law enforcement recruits on a training run last week fell asleep at the wheel while driving to work, his attorney told a newspaper Monday. Attorney Alexandra Kazarian told the Los Angeles Times that Nicholas Gutierrez was on his way to his job as an electrical engineer at a solar panel company when he fell asleep. He had awoken at 5 a.m. but had not been up late the night before, she said. Authorities have said the crash happened at around 6:30 a.m. “He’s a good kid that fell asleep on his way to work early in the morning,” Kazarian told the newspaper. Kazarian did not respond to requests for comment Monday from The Associated Press. Gutierrez had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer, but was abruptly released. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said further investigation was needed. “I didn’t intentionally do it,” Gutierrez, 22, told NBC4LA during an … [Read more...] about Lawyer: Driver in sheriff’s academy crash fell asleep
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians could face rolling blackouts from now through March in frigid, snowy weather because Russian airstrikes have caused “colossal” damage to the power grid, officials said. To cope, authorities are urging people to stock up on supplies and evacuate hard-hit areas. Sergey Kovalenko, the CEO of private energy provider DTEK Yasno, said the company is under instructions from Ukraine’s state grid operator to resume emergency blackouts in the areas it covers, including the capital, Kyiv, and the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region. “Although there are fewer blackouts now, I want everyone to understand: Most likely, Ukrainians will have to live with blackouts until at least the end of March,” Kovalenko warned on Facebook. “We need to be prepared for different options, even the worst ones. Stock up on warm clothes and … [Read more...] about ‘Stock up on blankets’: Ukrainians brace for horrific winter