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Firefighter Anniversary, Civil Rights Act & Houston Hackathon: Houston Matters for Wed., May 28, 2014

A year ago this weekend, the Houston Fire Department suffered its greatest loss of life in one blaze, as four Houston firefighters died in a hotel fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan and Robert Bebee were inside the motel when the roof collapsed on them. An investigation into what happened that day will […]

A year ago this weekend, the Houston Fire Department suffered its greatest loss of life in one blaze, as four Houston firefighters died in a hotel fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan and Robert Bebee were inside the motel when the roof collapsed on them.

An investigation into what happened that day will wrap up soon. And in the year since the blaze, Houston firefighters have continued on with their jobs. But even for people who choose careers where they put their lives on the line every day, it’s not so easy to face up to such death. We discuss what the year has been like with Dr. Sam Buser, Psychologist for the Houston Fire Department.

Also this hour: as Houston’s city council is poised to vote on an Equal Rights Ordinance, and the Houston Astros prepare to host baseball’s annual Civil Rights game, we look back 50 years to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with University of Houston History Professor Dr. Nancy Young, who’s writing a book about the ’64 election, and the Civil Rights Act’s influence on it.

Plus we welcome your personal health questions for Dr. Joshua Septimus, a clinical associate professor of Internal Medicine at Houston Methodist.

And this weekend, programmers, graphic designers and other multimedia professionals will participate in the second City of Houston Hackathon, in which dozens of the city’s creative professionals come together to find ways to improve life in Greater Houston. Michael Hagerty will have a report.

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