September 10, 2005 |
The first call for help was made at 3 a.m. Aug. 31 to Robert Eckels, chief executive of Harris County. On the line was a familiar voice: Jack Colley, head of the Texas office of the Department of Homeland Security. Colley gave Eckels disturbing news: Hurricane Katrina was still assaulting Louisiana and Mississippi and tens of thousands of evacuees were stranded in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The governor of Louisiana was pleading with Texas Gov. Rick Perry for help.
September 8, 2005 |
Federal regulators have authorized an unusual radio station to serve the estimated 10,000 evacuees living in the Houston Astrodome, part of an effort to fill the information void left by Hurricane Katrina's disruption of communications services along the Gulf Coast. The Federal Communications Commission over the weekend granted Houston relief volunteers and media organizers permission to build a 30-watt radio station inside the Astrodome.
September 6, 2005 |
Roderick Tureaud, 33, a pipe welder by trade and the father of twin girls, spent his morning Monday in a tent outside the Astrodome filling out job applications and calling prospective employers. It was Labor Day, traditionally a time to celebrate the value of work. Tureaud and his wife, Rhodesia, 31, hope for a more personal celebration -- by finding a job for him and a school for her to continue nursing studies. There is also the problem of finding child care for Robin and Raven, both 3.
September 2, 2005 |
To Babe Williams, one of an estimated 45,000 people who have fled here to escape the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, the dowdy Astrodome is living up to the hype it received 40 years ago when it opened as one of the wonders of the world. "To me, this is God's house, this is where he sent me to escape that devil Katrina," said Williams, 65, who arrived after midnight Thursday with her husband, Leonard, 72, a diabetic.
February 22, 2004 |
It took the Astrodome, an air-conditioned refuge from the brutal Texas heat, to create the need for AstroTurf, an artificial grass that could survive an artificial environment. But 37 years after its professional sports debut, the ersatz turf has reached its end. Southwest Recreational Industries Inc., the Texas company that made AstroTurf, last week filed for bankruptcy to go out of business -- citing over-expansion and a shrinking market for nylon lawns.
August 19, 2003 |
Where have you gone, Evel Knievel? When the Houston Astrodome's climate-controlling doors opened on April 9, 1965, and 42,876 wide-eyed spectators watched Mickey Mantle crush a home run in an otherwise meaningless exhibition baseball game, the stadium was dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World."