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Galveston melee a “laboratory” for police abuse, judge writes

GALVESTON – Police stormed into a wedding party at a seaside hotel in 2008, punching and striking guests with nightsticks, shooting pepper spray and firing stun guns. More than five years later, as a lawsuit stemming from that episode is about to come to trial, a legal finding by the federal judge hearing the case… Read More »

Pomp, emotion greet old sailors as Battleship Texas turns 100

With a new coat of paint on its decks and a brisk north wind snapping its pennants Wednesday, the Battleship Texas welcomed back a gang of old warriors – men, who, though perhaps worn by years, still evinced the vigor of “the greatest generation.” For the aged sailors, Wednesday marked a sentimental, and possibly final,… Read More »

Trial in Carnival Triumph’s ‘floating hell’ underway in Miami

A year after the Carnival Triumph cruise ship made headlines by breaking down in the Gulf of Mexico due to a fire in the engine room, the first of many civil lawsuits against the company has gone to trial in Miami. The class-action suit, Cassie Terry et al. vs. Carnival Corporation dba Carnival Cruise Lines,… Read More »

Around the area: Oil field workers electrocuted

Two oil field workers were electrocuted Monday after they were struck by a fallen electrical line in far southwest Houston, authorities said. A crane apparently hit the electrical line about 2:30 p.m. in a field along the 16800 block of Blue Ridge near FM 2234, near Fort Bend County.   A man at the site… Read More »

Cruise worker accused of raping passenger

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A cruise ship worker is accused of raping a passenger aboard a Holland America Line vessel and then trying to throw her overboard, authorities said Tuesday. The FBI reports that 28-year-old Ketut Pujayasa was arrested Sunday when the MS Nieuw Amsterdam returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The incident… Read More »

Anadarko unit pushes court to slash billions from its liability in Tronox case

HOUSTON – Investors boosted Anadarko Petroleum’s market value by $1.4 billion on Tuesday, a day after the company’s Kerr-McGee unit pushed back on a federal court’s ruling that it owes up to $14 billion in environmental and tort liabilities. Kerr-McGee said in court filings Monday it used the presiding Manhattan bankruptcy court’s own framework to determine it should… Read More »

Ship capsizes off Italy; 114 African migrants die

ROME (AP) — The rickety fishing boat was the third of the night to head toward the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, overloaded with African migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Most never reached shore. After the boat started taking on water, someone on board set a fire to get the attention of passing… Read More »

Around the area: Tot dies of injuries from Sunday wreck

A 2-year-old Baytown boy has died after he was injured in a traffic crash Sunday that also killed his mother, both bystanders in a domestic dispute, officials said.                         Tania M. Vercher died in the crash in the 4700 block of FM 1942 near Garth Road. Alejandro “A.J.” Vercher was taken to a hospital, where… Read More »

HPD detainee thrown from police car, killed in downtown crash

HOUSTON – A detained woman was killed and an officer was injured when a driver hit a Houston police cruiser in downtown early Wednesday, police said. According to officers with the Houston Police Department, a 21-year-old woman driving a red Chevrolet Cobalt slammed into the HPD cruiser on Chartres Street at Texas Street around 3:35 a.m…. Read More »

6 killed as bus rams train in puzzling Ottawa crash

OTTAWA, Ontario – Commuters were shocked and investigators were at a loss to explain why a double-decker transit bus drove past a warning light in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, crashed through safety barriers and plowed into a passenger train, killing six bus passengers and injuring 34 others. No one aboard the Via Rail Canada passenger… Read More »

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