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New Police and Fire Chiefs In Houston, Pearl Harbor, and Full Menu: Wednesday’s Show (December 7, 2016)

The Houston Chronicle recently published an investigative piece looking at how a patient’s suicide at The Menninger Clinic points to larger problems in transparency with mental health clinics and hospitals.  We talk with Mike Hixenbaugh with The Houston Chronicle about his report Also this hour… The week before Thanksgiving, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his choices […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaThe Houston Chronicle recently published an investigative piece looking at how a patient’s suicide at The Menninger Clinic points to larger problems in transparency with mental health clinics and hospitals.  We talk with Mike Hixenbaugh with The Houston Chronicle about his report

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The week before Thanksgiving, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his choices to head four city departments: including a new police chief and a new fire chief. Art Acevedo was sworn in as the city’s new police chief and Samuel Pena was appointed as the new fire chief.

The appointments mark the first time in city history that two Hispanics are appointed to lead the Houston police and fire department at the same time. The population of the city of Houston is nearly half Hispanic.

Florian Martin had an opportunity to speak with both men in order to learn more about the appointments, and the challenges each will face.

Above photo: (Houston Chronicle: Art Acevedo (left) is named as the new police chief of the Houston Police Department (center) Mayor Sylvester Turner (right) Samuel Pena the new chief of the Houston Fire Department)

Mental Health Clinic Transparency

The Houston Chronicle recently published an investigative piece looking at how a patient’s suicide at The Menninger Clinic points to larger problems in transparency with mental health clinics and hospitals.  We talk with Houston Chronicle medical reporter Mike Hixenbaugh.

‘We Remember Mates:’ A Pearl Harbor Survivor Looks Back

Today (Dec. 7, 2016) is Pearl Harbor Day. On this day 75 years ago, the Japanese attacked the U.S. fleet in Hawaii and launched America into World War II.

One of the men who survived the attack was Vaughn Hamberlin, who served aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee. Some 35 years later, in 1976, he revisited the site of the attack and was moved to write an account of that day and his feelings for his fallen comrades.

On this Pearl Harbor Day, his son, Cliff Hamberlin of The Woodlands, tells us about his father. And we hear some of Vaughans’ account of that day from an article he wrote shortly after revisiting the site. It was published in the Beaumont Enterprise.

Vaughn Hamberlin died in 1994 in Beaumont.

Full Menu

We continue our foodie tour of Houston with suggestions for holiday dining in this latest edition of The Full Menu. Our gaggle of food writers is comprised of: Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine and David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazine.

Plant It Forward

Plant It Forward Farms is a Houston based non-profit that aims to employ refugees through an urban farmer program that teaches refugees how to make a living wage from farming an acre of land.

Plant It Forward Farms successes caught the eye of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain and will be featured on the show “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”. To explain the program and its goals Randi Rogers, Share Manager for Plant It Forward Farms.

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