Betty Ruiz comforts her daughter Ceirra, 5, as school begins at Rosenburg Elementary. Ceirra was upset as she used to attend Scott Elementary and was now starting at a new school, where, according to Betty Ruiz, it is “totally different.”
Rosenburg Elementary opened following Hurricane Ike, Oct. 7, 2008 in Galveston. Some students from Scott Elementary were attending Rosenburg instead. Other students were used Rosenburg as a way-station for transportation to other schools.
Denise Alvarado and her children Orhiana Evans, 2, left, and Oscar Evans, 3, have been staying in a hotel after Hurricane Ike destroyed their apartment in one of Galveston’s public housing complexes Oct. 13, 2008 in Galveston.
Rodney Sweeny and Michael Babrie move a mattress out of the Palm Terrace public housing apartments in Galveston Oct. 13, 2008. Sweeny had lived at the complex one month with his lady friend, who had lived there for 20 years. At right, Irwin Collins installs a fence around the complex to keep people out.
Kendell Bermingham, 17, prays during a song at the March of the Surviving Youth 2008 Oct. 11, 2008 in Houston. The group met at Elizabeth Baldwin Park in the third ward and planned to march and pray in front of Planned Parenthood near downtown Houston.
Peggy Volk, aunt of victim Macy Moyers, left, and Deana Moyers, right, mother of Macy, react after the sentencing of Bobby Davis Oct. 30, 2008 at the Harris County Juvenile Justice Center. Davis received 8 years in the Texas Youth Commission for his crimes.
County Judge Ed Emmett talks with Sam and Georgia Akers Nov. 4, 2008 in Houston on Election Day at the West Gray Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray. Georgia Akers is running for Harris County Probate Court No. 1. Emmett is running for re-election for Harris county judge.
Blake Dalton performs east coast freestyle poling in the City Hall Reflection Pool Oct. 16, 2008 in Houston. Dalton, a member of Core Performance Company, will be performing with other polers this weekend during the Bayou City Art Festival at the reflection pool at the library plaza at 2 pm.
HPD Capt. Victor Rodriguez of the property and supply division poses among what appears to be thousands of bikes inside the evidence warehouse Oct. 21, 2008.
Houston Police are preparing for the monumental task of moving more than 1million pieces of evidence from its troubled evidence warehouse – packed chaotically into an 80 year old building – to a brand new $13 million building.
Brett Hubbs, who was a utility inspector for almost five years for the Katy Freeway expansion, takes a picture of balloon release during at the conclusion of a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 28, 2008 in Houston.
Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack hands out plungers to passersby at Westcott and Memorial Nov. 4, 2008 in Houston. Radack, a Republican, bought more than 1,000 plungers to give away as a reference to “Joe the Plumber” in support of the McCain/Palin ticket. Nov. 4, 2008 in Houston on Election Day.
Jessie Smith shows his support for his presidential candidate of choice Nov. 4, 2008 in Houston on the Hazard St. overpass and Hwy 59. The U of H political science student said, “I believe in Senator Obama and one day I hope to run for governor of Texas and I hope to change the state the way he has changed the nation.”