ALTAIR – For more than two months, the waters of Skull Creek have flowed black, its surface covered in an iridescent sheen. Yellowed fish skeletons line the pebbled banks of the Colorado River tributary and a dizzying, chemical odor hangs in the air. The odor is so strong that Julie Schmidt says she can smell it inside her house. She and her husband bought 10 acres along the creek in December with visions of an idyllic country upbringing for their children, ages 10 and 2. Now, she isn't sure they should play outside. “Last summer you could go into the creek behind the house and it was crystal clear. You could play in it, you could fish,” said Schmidt, who moved from nearby Garwood and has lived in Colorado County her entire life. “Now you don’t want to touch it. You pick up a rock, turn it upside down, and it’s completely black.” Locals and elected officials in this small southeast Texas community near the intersection of Interstate 10 and … [Read more...] about A creek flowing to the Colorado River turned black. Now the state has sued the alleged polluter.
Why nails turn black
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJohn Leland, Mariana Alfaro and Aaron Robertson Aug. 7, 2018 Tionna Smalls does not remember when tensions between black residents and Korean-American merchants rocked her Brooklyn neighborhood decades ago. But when she saw a video of Asian nail salon workers attacking African-American customers last week, she said she knew exactly what she was seeing. “I’m tired of the disrespect in the black community,” said Ms. Smalls, 33, a former star of the VH1 reality show “What Chilli Wants.” The video of the melee went viral. Ms. Smalls took to Twitter to call for protests. People from around the country flooded the website Yelp to denounce the salon, calling its workers racist, often in incendiary language. Within hours of Ms. Smalls’s tweet, an angry crowd of several … [Read more...] about A Nail Salon Brawl Opened a Racial Rift Online. In Brooklyn, the Mood Is Calmer.
Antonia Farzan, The Washington Post Published 3:34 am PDT, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 A now-viral video shows a nail salon in chaos - a loose flip-flop on the floor, manicure stations pushed roughly to the side. Several Asian women in smocks grab at a black woman, trying to get a grip on the straps of her tank top. One sprays her with what looks like a bottle of acetone nail polish remover. When the black woman breaks free, a barefoot Asian woman in denim shorts raises what looks like the handle of a mop or broomstick. She brings it down onto the black woman's back, repeatedly, as the woman flees from the salon. The source of the dispute? A botched eyebrow wax, according to news reports. By Monday night, the video had racked up hundreds of thousands of views. Two women had been charged with assault. And protesters had picketed outside the nail salon, accusing the Asian-owned business of disrespecting residents of the predominantly black neighborhood. Recommended Video: … [Read more...] about Brooklyn nail salon brawl over eyebrow wax stirs racially-tinged protests
Eastern Division's Tim Tebow watches from the dugout after the Eastern League All-Star Double-A baseball game, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Sometimes dream don’t come true – even for Tim Tebow. At least not yet. Fans of the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Cinderella story standout turned minor league baseball star have been anticipating the New York Mets to call up the 30 year-old up in order to add some punch and pizzazz to an increasingly dismal season. But now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tebow broke a bone in his right hand last week. He’s expected to have season-ending surgery on Tuesday. According to experts, the injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. With the clock ticking on the star’s career viability, Tim Tebow’s in the midst of a hot streak for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the AA affiliate of the New York … [Read more...] about Tim Tebow will undoubtedly turn tough break into teachable moment
On Tuesday, Philadelphia police arrested 24-year-old Jameson Rush, gave him — along with 28 others who had been part of an encampment seeking to shut down a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, office in the city — a citation, and told him that if he got arrested there again he’d be taken to jail and face more serious charges. But as a searing July sun was turning the 8th Street pavement into a convection oven on Thursday morning, Rush — a barista who moved to Philadelphia from northern California last year — was back out there in his bright green safety vest, even though he was exhausted from only getting about one hour of sleep in a small folding chair the night before. “It’s (bleeping) important,” said Rush, noting that images of children detained in dog-pound style cages near America’s southern border and news of plans for what he called “literal concentration camps” to hold migrant families on U.S. … [Read more...] about Why they risked everything to Occupy ICE