If you're on the hunt for the perfect place to watch this year's solar eclipse in the Lone Star State, look no further. On Oct. 14, an annular solar eclipse or "ring of fire," which occurs when the moon passes in front of the Sun but is too far from Earth to complete obscure it, will grace the Texas skies—the first annular solar eclipse to be visible in the U.S. since May 20, 2012. Per a report from Space.com , the best site to get longest view possible of the celestial event will be at Corpus Christi's Whitecap Beach, located at the northern end of Texas's Padre Island National Seashore. This is all weather permitting, of course. At this coveted spot along the Gulf of Mexico , the rare view will last a whopping 4 minutes and 52 seconds. However, as noted by Space.com, the Padre Island National Seashore has been cloudy on this day 65 percent of the time since 2000. At Whitecap Beach, the eclipse—which will only be visible from eight states from Oregon to Texas—will be … [Read more...] about This Texas beach has one of the best views of this year’s annular eclipse
F1 ‘could have 32 grands prix today because everyone wants one’ – Domenicali · RaceFans
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says interest in hosting races is so high the series could hold 32 grands prix. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free The 2023 F1 calendar was originally supposed to include 24 races, the maximum permitted under the current agreement between the teams, F1 and FIA. However the cancellation of the Chinese Grand Prix cut the number to 23. A job advert posted by F1 last year indicated the series is looking at a potential future expansion to 25 rounds. Speaking at the SportNXT conference in Melbourne this week, Domenicali indicated the series would be able to accommodate more than the current maximum. “We could have already today more than 30, even 32 grands prix, because everyone wants one,” Domenicali claimed. However he said the series is satisfied with the current limit of 24 rounds. Part of the calendar expansion has come about because F1 has added a third race in America this year. A new race on the Las Vegas Strip Circuit … [Read more...] about F1 ‘could have 32 grands prix today because everyone wants one’ – Domenicali · RaceFans
GM Will Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Faulty Transmissions
A class-action lawsuit against General Motors over claims the automaker sold vehicles with alleged faulty transmissions will move forward with plaintiffs in 26 states. GM Class-Action Transmission Lawsuit Last week, a Michigan Judge certified 26 statewide classes of drivers who claim that GM sold vehicles with faulty transmissions that caused shudders and hard shifts that made the vehicles difficult to stop and sometimes made it feel as if they had been rear-ended. GM reportedly declined to comment on the litigation. 8-Speed Automatic Transmission Vehicles Involved The lawsuit involves more than 800,000 owners of 8-speed automatic transmission GM vehicles. Specifically, the certified class includes purchasers of various GM vehicles with one of two models of an eight-speed automatic transmission, either the 8L90 or 8L45, that w ere manufactured between 2015 and March 1, 2019, and who bought the vehicle from an authorized GM dealer before March 1, … [Read more...] about GM Will Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Faulty Transmissions
NCAA takes seat on bench in the political game
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 The NCAA has taken a seat on the bench in the political game. The organization that governs college athletics was once at the forefront of hot-button issues such as the Confederate flag and transgender rights. But that stance evolved quickly as one Republican-controlled state after another rushed to pass laws that supporters hail as a war on “wokeness,” even as critics deride them as exclusionary and a step backward in human decency. The NCAA's new approach came into sharper focus during March Madness as Texas — which has largely banned abortion and was debating a host of proposals that would limit gay and transgender rights — prepares to host both the men's and women's Final Four this weekend. Nary a word has been spoken about moving these events out of Houston and Dallas. “It's just an extraordinary time, which requires extraordinary courage, an uncommon … [Read more...] about NCAA takes seat on bench in the political game
‘Swarm’ is a hit, but what do Beyoncé fans in Houston think of it?
It’s been a couple weekends now since Amazon Prime Video premiered Swarm , the pitch-black thriller/dramedy that points its satirical arrow at that rabid fan army known as the Beyhive . Dominique Fishback ( Judas and the Black Messiah ) plays Dre, a young, Black Houston woman who spends seven episodes doing two things: obsessing over Ni’Jah, a Beyoncé -ish pop icon; and killing anyone who talks trash about Ni’Jah online or stands in the way of Dre getting close to the star. Chloe Bailey (a Beyoncé protege), Snowfall kingpin Damson Idris, Michael Jackson offspring Paris Jackson, and Billie Eilish (a pop icon herself) play some of the unfortunate people Fishback’s natural born killer encounters. The show, co-created by actor/musician Donald Glover, has divided both critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes , it has an 85 percent, while the audience score is 72 percent. Some people tuned out after one episode. “I can’t believe I let my daughter and the Internet convince … [Read more...] about ‘Swarm’ is a hit, but what do Beyoncé fans in Houston think of it?
House GOP to pass energy package with eye on gas prices, 2024
House Republicans are expected to pass legislation Thursday that would increase oil drilling and mining on public lands and waters, defying President Biden's climate agenda and fulfilling a campaign promise to focus on lowering gasoline prices ahead of the 2024 election. The sprawling 175-page package, known as the Lower Energy Costs Act, would slash some environmental regulations and reinstate suspended oil and gas leases. It also would repeal parts of the Democrats' landmark climate law, the Inflation Reduction Act. While the House is poised to approve the measure along party lines, it is not expected to become law. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said the package will be "dead on arrival" in the Democratic-controlled Senate, while Biden has said he would veto the measure if it reached his desk. But Republicans believe the bill will send a potent message to voters that they kept a midterm election promise to lower gas prices, which spiked after … [Read more...] about House GOP to pass energy package with eye on gas prices, 2024