Houston may not be the birthplace of Tex-Mex , but the city has played a pivotal role in the cuisine's popularization. Ninfa "Mama Ninfa" Laurenzo kick-started the fajita craze at her East End restaurant, Ninfa's on Navigation, and another Tex-Mex joint—the oldest in Houston—is more than 80 years old. That crown goes to Molina's Cantina, whose roots date back to 1941, although the restaurant went through many changes in name and location before arriving at its current iteration. First came Old Monterrey Restaurant at 1919 West Gray—now a Walgreens—where Raul Molina began working as a dishwasher and busboy shortly after he moved to Houston from Laredo, Mexico, at the age of 18. Raul had been working at Old Monterrey for 10 years when he and his wife, Mary, bought the restaurant in 1941. The Molina family lived in a small apartment above the restaurant. Raul waited tables while Mary cooked and their sons, Raul Jr. and George, washed the dishes. Two years later, the couple bought … [Read more...] about Generations of Houstonians grew up eating at the city’s oldest Tex-Mex restaurant
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 NEW YORK (AP) — The Supreme Court ruling limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could have far-reaching consequences for the energy sector — and make it harder for the Biden administration to meet its goal of having the U.S. power grid run on clean energy by 2035. The nation has been gradually transitioning away from coal to cleaner sources of electricity such as natural gas, solar energy and wind, often because they are less expensive. Most experts don't think the Supreme Court decision in West Virginia vs. EPA will immediately reverse that trajectory. But the ruling could slow the transition to clean energy in the future because it imposes constraints on what the EPA can do without exceeding its legal authority. That is a frightening prospect, with climate experts warning of dire consequences as global … [Read more...] about Supreme Court decision may slow transition to cleaner energy
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 America has a mental health crisis, and Vivek Murthy wants to talk about it. When he was first named surgeon general in 2014, he traveled the country for a listening tour to learn how he could help. The "Nation's Doctor" heard about addiction, obesity, cancer and heart disease - and, to his surprise, loneliness. "It resonated with me personally, because I certainly struggled with loneliness throughout my own life," says Murthy. "It's so hard to tell from the outside world what's happening inside. Many of us just try to put on a brave face." It's still unusual for political leaders to talk about mental health, unless it's a deflection from even more uncomfortable truths. But Murthy is different because . . . well, he was different. As an Indian American growing up in Miami, he was an excellent student, but he worried about not having anyone to sit next to in the cafeteria. The … [Read more...] about Vivek Murthy wants to fix our mental health crisis. But how much can he do?
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case that could dramatically change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted, handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from reviewing challenges to the procedures and results. The justices will consider whether state courts, finding violations of their state constitutions, can order changes to federal elections and the once-a-decade redrawing of congressional districts. The case probably will be argued in the fall. “This case could profoundly alter the balance of power in states and prevent state courts and agencies from providing protections for people's right to vote,” said Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “There's a wide range of ways the court could rule on this. Taken to its extreme, it would be a radical reworking of our system of running elections.” In the most extreme example, attorneys said, if the court rules no entity besides state … [Read more...] about Supreme Court to hear case on state authority over elections