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Who Are Houston’s Nine Mayoral Candidates?

Posted on · You may well know the name of Houston’s mayor. You may know the name of one of the candidates running against her in next month’s election. But odds are very good you don’t know all nine. Yes – you read that right – there are nine people on the ballot running for mayor. And we […]

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Campaigns Heating Up…for 2014

Posted on · While we’re a month away from a local election, including a mayoral race, many political eyes are transfixed on Election Day 2014. That’s when a gubernatorial election will be held to replace incumbent Rick Perry, who previously announced he will not seek another term in office. The plot thickened Thursday, when State Senator Wendy Davis […]

Moody Park

Moody Park- The Aftermath

Posted on · Thirty years ago today, fires from the Moody Park Riot were still smoldering. Destroyed police cars and looted businesses were evidence of what had happened the day before. But as Jack Williams reports in the third of a three part series, the destruction was just the beginning of a gradual healing process. It also marked a new era in how the Houston police department related to the City's minority communities.

Moody Park

Moody Park Part 2- The Riot

Posted on · Thirty years ago today, in Moody Park on Houston's near north side, thousands gathered for Cinco de Mayo festivities. It had been a year since Jose Campos Torres had drowned in Buffalo Bayou after a police beating. In the crowd that day, anger toward the police soon exploded into violence. In the second of a three part series, Jack Williams reports on a day many will never forget.

Moody Park

Echoes of Moody Park – Part 1

Posted on · It was thirty years ago tomorrow that a crowd in a community park on Houston's near north side exploded in anger, resulting in one of the worst riots in the city's history. Moody Park instantly became a dark symbol of simmering unrest between the Houston Police Department and the local Hispanic community. In the first of a three part series, Jack Williams reports on what led to that fateful day a year earlier along the banks of Buffalo Bayou.