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Saturday's overcast sky would have boded ill for the annual Texas Solar Car Races if the Northside Independent School District, which has organized the event for 14 years, hadn't had a solution on hand: batteries. Each 1-foot-long, solar-powered car was outfitted before the...
A 100-ton containment box meant to capture oil leaking from a well under the Gulf of Mexico sat about 650 feet away from its target Saturday, as BP engineers try to find a way to stop the formation of icelike gas and water crystals that plugged the system shortly after being...
Far out in the shallows, at the sweet spot where freshwater from the land and salt from the sea play a perfect duet, Ray Vath stands in his boat, ringed by uneasy horizons. To Vath's left, distant oil rigs form the only dark and immobile points on a soft sky. To his right, still...
BP crews Friday positioned a 100-ton, four-story containment dome over the major leak site of an out-of-control oil well, an effort that offered the most immediate hope of corralling a spill that already has closed Gulf of Mexico fishing and threatens the environment onshore...
Ted Alexander sat in a big overstuffed chair and reacted with surprise when told the 65th anniversary of V-E Day was just 48 hours away. “Sixty-fifth? I didn't realize it,” he said. “That's a lot of time.” This was Thursday just before noon, Alexander's 93rd birthday. He lives...
Forty years ago, the entire South Side of San Antonio smelled like a dump. Raw sewage flowed into Mitchell Lake and landfills and junkyards pockmarked the landscape. No one in their right mind would have invested there, said former Mayor Henry Cisneros. On Friday, when Texas A...
Tanya Ragan's company, Wildcat Management, handles the old restaurant building at 807 Park St. in downtown Dallas. The restaurant closed awhile back, the windows are boarded up and, if you're interested in the property, you might have to step around human waste to get in the...
The headlines about "cheese" overdose deaths have faded, but Dallas-area treatment centers still struggle to keep up with a high number of teens as young as 13 addicted to the mix of heroin and sleep aids. "It hasn't let up," said Janet Anselmo-Henson, manager of the Dallas...
Billy Clary was pulling his tractor trailer with 7,500 gallons of diesel, enough to fill a backyard swimming pool, from the loading rack at AGE Refining on Wednesday morning when he felt the explosion. “When you hear a boom like that, you already know what it is,” he said...