Through hurricanes and flooding, Jerry Mohn has waited a long time for the federal government to build the kind of protective barrier that could shield Galveston’s coastline from devastating storm surges triggered by massive weather events. In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the island town with head-high floodwaters and 110-mile-per-hour winds that caused billions of dollars of damage and killed dozens of people. “Look what happened with Ike — the same thing could happen again,” said Mohn, a longtime Galveston resident and beach preservation advocate. “It devastated Galveston Island completely, the downtown flooded, all the beaches were destroyed — it was just really bad.” Protecting Galveston isn’t the only goal of a massive series of infrastructure projects meant to limit the devastation from extreme weather. Scientists have modeled worst-case scenario storms that also make clear the potential for devastation in nearby Houston . Given that the state’s largest city is … [Read more...] about Texas may get a coastal storm barrier, but will it be too late?
Louie Anderson was, by far, the funniest stand-up comic I have ever seen perform live. About a decade ago, when I was an unemployed and depressed recent post-grad who had no sense of my future, I visited my cousins in Las Vegas, who were able to score some discounted matinee tickets to see Anderson at a resort club. Although I was vaguely familiar with the comic because he had produced and starred in a 1990s Saturday morning cartoon from my childhood, "Life With Louie," I had zero expectations for the event. I certainly had nothing better to do. About an hour later, however, I was guffawing so hard at Anderson's everyday observations, endearing familial impressions and lithe, in-the-moment wit, that he started heckling me for being too enamored with the show. "Do you need some help over there? Yikes." Of course, his derision only made me laugh harder. For Anderson, it was probably just another Thursday afternoon. For me, it became a flashbulb memory, a reminder that art has the … [Read more...] about Louie Anderson made vulnerability funny
A photo posted on Facebook by Viliami Uasike Latu, Tonga’s Minister for Trade and Economic Development, shows destruction along the western beaches of Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu, following the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on a Jan 15. (Courtesy of Viliami Uasike Latu via AFP) Tongans queued for limited money services that were restored in the Pacific island’s capital on Saturday, as the cleanup continued a week after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. The government said drinking water was the priority, and a national emergency team had already distributed 60,000 litres of water to residents. A desalination plant on a New Zealand naval ship that arrived on Friday, capable of producing 70,000 litres a day, has started drawing seawater from Tonga’s harbour. Residents who had lost homes on outlying islands when a tsunami reaching up to 15 metres crashed over the South Pacific archipelago would be relocated to the main island, Tongatapu, because … [Read more...] about Tongans continue cleanup after massive eruption
Mercedes made a successful return to the DTM in 2021 with its customer racing arm, winning both the drivers and manufacturers’ title against strong opposition from Audi, BMW, Ferrari and Lamborghini. A whole host of works drivers and factory-supported cars will aim to ensure the Stuttgart brand remains at the front in 2022, although several major changes are expected in its roster for the DTM's second season under GT3 regulations. Most notably, Gotz is poised to leave the HRT team with which he won his maiden title last year despite the two parties having previously been keen on continuing their partnership into 2022. The 36-year-old is now expected to join forces with Team Winward, partnering seven-time race winner Lucas Auer - who incidentally gave up the race lead at Norisring to allow him to snatch the title from Liam Lawson. Gotz’s 2021 teammate Vincent Abril has already split with Mercedes in favour of a GT World Challenge drive with JP Motorsport McLaren, paving the … [Read more...] about Mercedes DTM driver roster set for major shake-up in 2022