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This site could be a mix of my professional life as a TV journalist and things I find interesting in the world of music, sports, pop culture or whatever else pops up.

It could also be like the dream season from the CBS melodrama Dallas.

I'm not sure yet.

By: David Goins
Sat Nov 21

Rockets get a key home win to wrap up 8 games in 12 days and raise their record to (8-6).  Already in the young season Houston has played on back-to-back nights four times.  In an unusual stat, they are 0-4 in the front half and 4-0 in the back half of those back-to-back nights.

Someone who gets paid to write about sports recently called the ‘09-‘10 version of the Rockets “a 5-man symphony.”  Sounds good to me.  When they play together they can take down any team.  And with the exception of the second half at Dallas on November 10, they’ve been a thoroughly entertaining team to watch.

I checked out tonight’s game on NBALP-Broadband, first time I’ve used the online feature of League Pass.  I highly recommend watching 3 games live at once whenever possible.

Wed Jun 10

Abdulhakim Muhammad talks with AP about his views on shooting U.S. military personnel. More @FOX16News at 5

Mon Jun 1

at the time of this FOX live shot, we didn’t know the motive. LRPD has since told us the suspect says he does not agree with U.S. military actions. I’ll be working on this one for a while. more at fox16.com

Mon May 4

As the 2009 Western Conference semis begin tonight between the Houston Rockets and the LA Lakers, it’s natural to take a look back at the 1986 Western Conference Finals and Game 5, the game that transformed a generation of young Houstonians into rabid Rockets fans, myself included. Add the CBS intro montage + Dick Stockton and I’m on the hunt for some Akeem Olajuwon Converse sneakers on EBay.

UPDATE May 5- - After seeing the Arkansas Times pick up this Tumblr post, I need to clarify.  The concrete box surrounding the natural water flow that runs beneath the home wasn’t built by the city, and therefore isn’t maintained by the city.  It is not part of the city’s drainage system.  Something also to keep in mind, this home is not alone.  I’ve been told there could be more than 100 homes like it.  All of it done in a time when private developers bought cheap land, constructed the concrete boxes around water flow, leveled the land, and built houses on top, unbeknownst to the city until the earth opened up.

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Underneath The Sinkhole - -  Even though it’s not the city’s fault, the city will probably end up paying for it.  As you may or may not have seen during the 5pm show, an elderly Little Rock husband and wife are dealing with a rather large sinkhole right in their front yard.  

Aside from the fact they should be charging admission for all the cars cruising up and down S. Chester to get a glance, they’re also looking to the city to fix it for them.

The city has looked at its maps for information on easements etc, short story: the city doesn’t have any easements on the property.  The box around the drainage was built by a private developer (probably in the late 1930’s, pre planning department/zoning era) and the home is private property.

City Manager Bruce Moore met with city attorney Tom Carpenter and Steve Beck, the director of public works, Monday afternoon to figure out what the legal obligations are, if any, for the city.  It looks like the city isn’t legally obligated to do anything.  Politically?  Clearly another story.

We’ll see what happens over the next few days, but from talking with someone close to the situation, it’s likely Carpenter is working on drafting language that would allow the city to pay for repairs in this one instance but it would stop there.  They don’t want to create a precedent of fixing problems the city didn’t have a hand in creating.  However, given the fact the Boose’s are an elderly couple with limited resources and had no idea this was going on beneath their feet, the city will probably repair their yard and get it back the way it was before.

It will likely cost the city a lot more politically if it takes the legally correct route (not fixing it).  So in this case doing the “wrong” thing (paying for repairs) is the right thing.  We’ll see.

UPDATE May 5- - After seeing the Arkansas Times pick up this Tumblr post, I need to clarify. The concrete box surrounding the natural water flow that runs beneath the home wasn’t built by the city, and therefore isn’t maintained by the city. It is not part of the city’s drainage system. Something also to keep in mind, this home is not alone. I’ve been told there could be more than 100 homes like it. All of it done in a time when private developers bought cheap land, constructed the concrete boxes around water flow, leveled the land, and built houses on top, unbeknownst to the city until the earth opened up.

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Underneath The Sinkhole - - Even though it’s not the city’s fault, the city will probably end up paying for it. As you may or may not have seen during the 5pm show, an elderly Little Rock husband and wife are dealing with a rather large sinkhole right in their front yard.

Aside from the fact they should be charging admission for all the cars cruising up and down S. Chester to get a glance, they’re also looking to the city to fix it for them.

The city has looked at its maps for information on easements etc, short story: the city doesn’t have any easements on the property. The box around the drainage was built by a private developer (probably in the late 1930’s, pre planning department/zoning era) and the home is private property.

City Manager Bruce Moore met with city attorney Tom Carpenter and Steve Beck, the director of public works, Monday afternoon to figure out what the legal obligations are, if any, for the city. It looks like the city isn’t legally obligated to do anything. Politically? Clearly another story.

We’ll see what happens over the next few days, but from talking with someone close to the situation, it’s likely Carpenter is working on drafting language that would allow the city to pay for repairs in this one instance but it would stop there. They don’t want to create a precedent of fixing problems the city didn’t have a hand in creating. However, given the fact the Boose’s are an elderly couple with limited resources and had no idea this was going on beneath their feet, the city will probably repair their yard and get it back the way it was before.

It will likely cost the city a lot more politically if it takes the legally correct route (not fixing it). So in this case doing the “wrong” thing (paying for repairs) is the right thing. We’ll see.

Thu Apr 2
A bright rainbow as storms pull out of LR to end your day. I wonder if there’s bailout gold at the end of it

A bright rainbow as storms pull out of LR to end your day. I wonder if there’s bailout gold at the end of it

Wed Apr 1
NLR Crime Scene Officers take information on bullets, shooting near Indian Hills Elementary.
7:30 PM UPDATE: back at the station now.  A LR officer was injured when he was trying to stop 2 people from breaking into his white honda accord.  You can see it with the trunk open above.  It’s in the parking lot of NLR First United Methodist Chruch.  Let me rephrase, the two suspects were ALREADY in his car when he happened upon them.  Some shots were fired and the off-duty officer was hit by a car driven by one of the suspects.  He went to the hospital but he’s ok, he’s going to be released soon.
A crazy and scary incident, especially since kids were on the playground at NLR First United Methodist Church and heard the shots, saw people running etc.  Could have been a lot worse.  Parents were remarkably calm out there, kids were just fine too.  One of the kids asked his dad if this meant they didn’t have to go to school tomorrow.  His dad smiled and said, “no, you’re going to school.”

NLR Crime Scene Officers take information on bullets, shooting near Indian Hills Elementary.

7:30 PM UPDATE: back at the station now.  A LR officer was injured when he was trying to stop 2 people from breaking into his white honda accord.  You can see it with the trunk open above.  It’s in the parking lot of NLR First United Methodist Chruch.  Let me rephrase, the two suspects were ALREADY in his car when he happened upon them.  Some shots were fired and the off-duty officer was hit by a car driven by one of the suspects.  He went to the hospital but he’s ok, he’s going to be released soon.

A crazy and scary incident, especially since kids were on the playground at NLR First United Methodist Church and heard the shots, saw people running etc.  Could have been a lot worse.  Parents were remarkably calm out there, kids were just fine too.  One of the kids asked his dad if this meant they didn’t have to go to school tomorrow.  His dad smiled and said, “no, you’re going to school.”

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting near Indian Hills Elementary in NLR

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting near Indian Hills Elementary in NLR