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March 2, 2009

Primarily portraits

Marcus Comeaux stands at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic church in Port Bolivar, TX. Comeaux is a member of the church, which was damaged in Hurricane Ike. The church has been open since 1959. Members are having trouble getting clearance from the Houston-Galveston Archdiocese to complete repairs to the church. Currently, members must travel to Winnie or take the ferry to Galveston to attend a Catholic

Prayer books line the floor at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic church in Port Bolivar.


Monet Walter, 13, left, and Colisha Preston, 13, share a jump rope on Angel Lane Feb. 19, 2009. The Oprah-donated neighborhood has been having an increase in crime recently, prompting people to install security devices and take other measures.


Patricia Isaac, left, and twin sister Pinky Rembert stand on Angel Lane where they both live Feb. 19, 2009. Both women lived in New Orleans for most of their lives until Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. The Oprah-donated neighborhood has been having an increase in crime recently, prompting people like Patricia and Pinky to install security devices. Isaac also plans on shopping for a firearm in the near future.


Tanika Thomas poses for a portrait at her home on Angel Lane where she lives Feb. 19, 2009. The Oprah-donated neighborhood has been having an increase in crime recently, prompting people like Thomas to install security devices.





Akbar Ahmed, a prominent Islamic scholar and professor at American University, is in Houston as part of a project he is doing on Muslims in America. Ahmed and four students traveled through the Muslim world and wrote a book, Journey from Islam: The Crisis of Globalization. He is now doing the same thing, but in the U.S., interviewing Muslim Americans.


JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ, Ring Magazine World Lightweight Champion, left, beat Houston’s own three-time World Champion, JUAN DIAZ by KO in the ninth round in a “Battle for the Ages, A Fight for…SUPREMACY.”






The sun sets behind pumpjacks in High Island, TX.



February 12, 2009

Quick post

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Miguel Favela, 11, poses Feb. 6, 2009 at Brenham Middle School in Brenham, TX. Kelly Favela, a 31-year-old divorced mom, put her mentally disabled son in Lufkin State School last June. Less than a week later, he was in an ambulance on his way to a Houston hospital after being overdosed with insulin. An investigation found that he was misdiagnosed as a diabetic by a doctor at the state school who failed to check his medical records. Miguel Favela, 11, is now at a different state school in Brenham but Kelly continues to have concerns about his welfare. Like thousands of other parents faced with how to work and care for their mentally disabled children, Kelly, a hospital social worker, made the difficult decision to place her son in one of 13 large state-run residential facilities, schools that are now in the vortex of a debate over what to do to make them better, or whether to keep them open at all.



Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (11) loses the handle on the ball as he goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls Kirk Hinrich (12) and Tyrus Thomas (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Toyota Center Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, in Houston.


Rockets Luis Scola (4) and Carl Landry and Bulls Thabo Sefolsha (2) and Joakim Noah(13) scramble for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Toyota Center Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, in Houston. The Rockets beat the Bulls 107-100. 


February 1, 2009

Winter post

Joseph Jackson, 6, center, helped celebrate the presidential inauguration a few days early. The festivities began with the kindergartners and first-graders having a parade in the school Jan. 15, 2009 in Houston.SCHOOL_INAUG

Attendants watch the Presidential inauguration at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Jan. 20, 2009 in Houston, TX.Ellison_Obama

Vanessa Smith cries as others cheer.Ellison_Obama


From left, Edna Besiant, Vanessa Smith and Dr. Emma L. Amacker react to the Presidential inauguration.Ellison_Obama

Dr. Jackie Cobbin holds her hand over her heart during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner following the Presidential inauguration.Ellison_Obama

Elizabeth Harman of the Flying Tigers drill team from the Collins Klein High School AF ROTC practice Jan. 8, 2009 in Spring, TX at Collins Klein High School. The team will be the only Houston school unit appearing in Obama’s inaugural parade.klein_rotc

M1 rifles, weighing approximately 11 lbs each, fly around Cpt. Jacob Ackman, 17, as the Flying Tigers drill team from the Collins Klein High School AF ROTC practice. klein_rotc


John Kroon, 16, stands at dress right dress.klein_rotc

From left, Evan Gilless and Angel Garza toss M1 rifles, weighing approximately 11 lbs each.klein_rotc

Sgt. Gloria Quiorga, 16, center, laughs following practice.klein_rotc

A three-alarm blaze damaged or destroyed up to 20 units at a southwest Houston apartment complex early today before firefighters extinguished it, almost two hours after it was reported. The fire at the Enchanted Fountains Apartments, 6909 Renwick at Edgemore, spread through an apartment building quickly because the building did not have firewalls, said Houston Fire Department District Chief Tommy Dowdy. Jan. 9, 2009 in Houston.3_alarm_fire

Nathan Hurt, left, son of Dr. R. Wayne Hurt, 68 and Maryann Hurt, and family friend Daniel Davis, right, look on at the remnants of a fire where Hurt’s parents perished in the River Oaks area at Timber Lane and Locke Lane killed two people inside early Saturday morning Jan. 17, 2009 in Houston, TX.fatalfire

Briani Clark of Dodson Elementary delivers her oratory at the 13th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Christ, 500 Clay St., on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Twelve pupils from HISD elementary schools competed in the contest. The competition, hosted and coordinated by Texas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP law firm, kicked off with a performance by the Salvation Army Harbor Lights Choir at 9:45 a.m., followed by the oratory competition at 10 a.m. Students presented original five-minute speeches on the topic: “If Dr. King were alive today, what do you think he would say about current events?” Students were judged on their delivery, stage presence and decorum, content interpretation, and memorization.oratory

Briani Clark of Dodson Elementary delivers her oratory.oratory

Participant Kayla Joseph, left, turns toward the audience.oratory

Kaye Allen, mother of participant Adrian Childs wipes away tears of pride as Childs’ coach Lilene Caldwell of Anderson Elementary looks on as the young man finishes his oratory.oratory

First-place winner Gerra Gistand of MacGregor Elementary delivers her oratory.oratory

Jace Beck of the Austin-based quad rugby team the Texas Stampede, reaches back for a pass during a game against the San Antonio Roughriders at the US Paralympic Military program  sports expo Jan. 17, 2008 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  The program also included demonstrations for veterans to show them how to compete in events such as sitting volleyball, power soccer, challenge slalom, wheelchair rugby, Judo for the blind, air gun competition, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing and an amputee walking/running clinic.Vets

People gather to light incense, candles and pray Jan. 26, 2009 in Houston, TX at the Teo Chew Temple in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. 2009 is the year of the Ox in Chinese astrology.LunarNewYear


Mai Ha holds incense and prays.LunarNewYear

Chris Ha, right, gathers with others to light incense, candles and pray.LunarNewYear



Danny Lam lights incense.LunarNewYear


Chris Ha prays.LunarNewYear



Chinese New Year at the Chinese Community Center, Jan. 31, 2009 in Houston, TX.chinese_new_year

Portrait for Rockets player Von Wafer. Jan., 30, 2009 in Houston, TX.vonwafer0201

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