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A full mess up ‘: Texas’ pride in energy goes out in the cold

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A full mess up ': Texas' pride in energy goes out in the cold

 

Rage over Texas’ power grid collapsing in the face of a historic winter freeze mounted Tuesday as millions of people remained shivering in the U.S. energy capital without guarantees that their electricity and heat will return quickly or stay on once it eventually does.

“I know that people are angry and frustrated,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, who woke up in his city to more than a million people still without electricity. “I am so.”

In all, nearly two full days after record snowfall and single-digit temperatures, between 2 and 3 million customers in Texas still had no fuel, generating a rise in demand for electricity to warm up homes unaccustomed to such severe lows, buckling the power grid of the state and triggering widespread blackouts. Tuesday night started to bring more bad weather, including freezing rain.

Making matters worse, hopes that the outages would be a mutual sacrifice by the state’s 30 million people soon gave way to a cold reality, as pockets were l0eft to shoulder the enduring brunt of a devastating power failure in some of America’s largest cities, including San Antonio, Dallas and Austin, and in subfreezing temperatures that Texas’ grid operators had known was coming.

 

The breakdown sparked increasing anger and demands for answers over how Texas, whose Republican representatives taunted California over the rolling blackouts of the Democratic-led state as recently as last year, failed such a huge test of a major point of state pride: independence from oil. And it cut through politics, as fuming Texans took to social media to highlight how, amid urgent demands to save electricity, downtown skylines glowed as their neighbourhoods froze in the gloomy Monday night.

“We’re really upset. “I’ve been checking on my neighbour, she’s mad, too,” said Amber Nichols, whose home in north Austin hasn’t had any power since early Monday. “We’re all upset because there’s no reason to leave whole neighbourhoods freezing to death.”

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2021 All-Pac-12 football teams, awards: CU Buffs land one player on second team

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One player from the Colorado Buffaloes football team received all-conference honors from the Pac-12, which released its of accolades for the 2021 season.

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Former St. Louis officer made $50K for unworked security hours

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ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis Police officer hired to work security on his off-duty hours lied on his timesheets and bilked his employer and city taxpayers of tens of thousands of dollars over a two-year period.

Officer Brad Stephens pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of mail fraud. He’ll be sentenced on March 11, 2022.

According to the plea agreement, Stephens had worked for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department since Oct. 2014. Beginning in 2015, he dedicated some of his off-duty time to working for City Wide Security, a private company that contracts with local businesses and organizations to provide security patrols in the Tower Grove South neighborhood.

Stephens filed false documentation regarding his hours worked. In 2018, Stephens falsely represented that he worked 93 days. In 2019, Stephens falsely claimed that he worked 76 days. All told, CWS received $50,000 from businesses and organizations in Tower Grove South for all the hours Stephens claimed to have worked.

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Broncos’ Mike Boone on backup running back duties: “Whenever they call my number, I’ll be there”

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Broncos’ Mike Boone on backup running back duties: “Whenever they call my number, I’ll be there”

Mike Boone’s first season in Denver certainly hasn’t gone the way the running back planned.

Signed to a two-year deal in the offseason with $2.6 million guaranteed for 2021, Boone suffered a severe quad injury during a joint preseason practice in Minnesota. He finally made his Broncos debut in Week 6, but mostly as an expensive special teams player for his first four games before finally getting a shot at tailback against Kansas City.

Coach Vic Fangio said Boone — playing behind rookie Javonte Williams on Sunday because of hip/shoulder injuries to Melvin Gordon — graded out solidly after rushing for 35 yards on four carries, along with a 19-yard catch.

“He hadn’t played in a live game since (Aug. 12) with Minnesota — he had no preseason action, no carries or catches in any of the games this year,” Fangio said. “Under those circumstances in an important (divisional) game like that, I think he played really well.”

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