June 30, 2013 |
HOUSTON - With sweeping abortion legislation poised to come before Texas lawmakers again this week, activists on both sides mobilized to bring protesters to the Capitol in Austin. Last week's confrontation in the state Senate led to a filibuster and a late-night vote that riveted the nation. Republicans initially said the measure had passed, but the Senate's presiding officer, Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, later conceded that the vote had occurred after the Legislature's special session expired at midnight.
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June 30, 2013 |
Six runners who braved a half marathon in Pasadena amid record-breaking temperatures Sunday morning were hospitalized for heat-related conditions, authorities said. Paramedics treated 15 people for heat-related injuries along the course of the 3,500-runner race, mostly near the end of the 13.1-mile route, said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department. Of them, six were taken to the hospital in serious condition, she said. Derderian said that at least two of the seriously injured runners were suffering cramps, stumbling over their words and fading in and out of consciousness.
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June 29, 2013
Alain Mimoun, 92, an Algerian-born French distance runner who won the 1956 Olympic marathon after losing three Olympic races to Czech great Emil Zatopek, died Thursday. France's athletics federation announced his death but did not provide other details. Mimoun won silver in the 10,000-meter race at the 1948 London Olympics and in the 5,000 and 10,000 at the 1952 Helsinki Games - narrowly missing the Olympic gold medal each time to Zatopek. Reporters called Mimoun "the little shadow. " For the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia, Mimoun switched to the marathon from shorter-distance races.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury in Boston indicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday in the Boston Marathon bombings, charging that he and his brother were inspired by Al Qaeda propaganda and believed the blasts that killed three people and injured more than 260 others would avenge U.S. activities overseas. The 30-count indictment charged the Chechen immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen with detonating a weapon of mass destruction resulting in deaths. It said he scrawled what amounted to a confession while hiding in a drydocked boat before his capture in Watertown, Mass., four days after the April 15 bombings.
June 26, 2013 |
HOUSTON - A daylong filibuster by Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis to block abortion legislation appears to have succeeded Wednesday - temporarily, at least. Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, held her own starting at 11:18 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, surviving several challenges that she had violated Senate filibuster rules, but as midnight neared, marking the end of the overtime special legislative session, the Senate chamber at the state Capitol decended into chaos . When it appeared the filibuster would be halted and a vote taken on the legislation at about 11:45 p.m., opponents of the legislation who had packed the Senate gallery began to shout and chant, making it difficult for the Republican majority who were trying to force a vote, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
June 26, 2013 |
When Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis arrived at the Capitol in Austin on Tuesday morning wearing pink sneakers, everyone knew that a daylong, marathon filibuster was about to begin. So was a controversy. Davis, 50, a Democrat from Fort Worth, had been chosen by her caucus to mount a last-ditch attempt to block sweeping legislation to ban abortions at 20 weeks and force abortion clinics to upgrade or close. It was unclear whether she had succeeded. The standards for filibusters in the 31-member Texas Senate are stricter than in the U.S. Senate.
June 25, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- The Texas state Senate is poised for passage of a sweeping new law that would ban abortions at 20 weeks and force the state's abortion clinics to upgrade or close -- unless Sen. Wendy Davis and her pink sneakers can stand in the way. The 50-year-old legislator from Fort Worth is midway through a marathon filibuster aimed at running out the clock on the current Legislature, which is scheduled to end its special session at midnight with...
June 12, 2013 |
An entertainment kingpin named Harvey with a voracious appetite for awards campaigning? And an involvement in multiple hit productions? Hollywood veterans would immediately think of Harvey Weinstein. But the description fits another Harvey: Fierstein, the equally outsized showbiz character who over a long career has proved himself to be a marathon man of awards season with a Midas touch at the big show that ends it. Fierstein, 61, demonstrated his chops again on Sunday with his latest effort, "Kinky Boots.
June 1, 2013 |
Within hours of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, even as the tragedy was unfolding on live television, the machinery of victim fundraising had already started to hum. By 5 p.m. April 16 - less than 26 hours after bomb blasts killed three people and injured more than 260 - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and a handful of business leaders had crafted the One Fund Boston. With "rabbit out of the hat" speed, the fund already had a post office box, bank account, website and articles of incorporation set for filing.
May 29, 2013 |
Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing, and his rescuer, Carlos Arredondo, were honored at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. Bauman, 27, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Arredondo, 52, threw a pitch to slugger David Ortiz. Both men have been hailed as heroes. Arredondo, who lost one of his sons in Iraq and another to suicide, jumped a security fence to help victims when he heard the blasts. Arredondo came across Bauman and helped make him a tourniquet.