Mark White
Ameriacn politician
Mark White
Mark Wells White is an American lawyer, who served as the 43rd Governor of Texas from January 18, 1983 to January 20, 1987.
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SpaceX and two others score major NASA contracts
Yahoo News - about 1 year
With its International Space Station (ISS) resupply missions in mind, NASA on Thursday award contracts to three space companies to keep the show on the road till 2024. Besides SpaceX, which you’d be forgiven for thinking was the only private space company in existence with all the attention it gets, NASA has selected Oribtal ATK and Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) in a total deal potentially worth $14 billion over the next eight years. Each of the providers is guaranteed at least six cargo resupply missions, NASA said. Related: ISS astronauts enjoy their first ever space salad Besides transporting supplies to the ISS, such missions also help with the disposal of unneeded cargo, and transport research samples back to Earth. In grander terms, NASA describes the partnerships as helping to guarantee “the critical science, research and technology demonstrations that are informing the agency’s journey to Mars.” While SpaceX and Orbital ATK have already been working with NASA for some time, it’s th ...
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Why Elle.com's #BlackGirlMagic Article Totally Misses The Mark
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
While the world has been busy celebrating the awesomeness of #BlackGirlMagic, Elle.com decided it would rain on everyone’s parade by publishing an article entitled “Here’s My Problem With #BlackGirlMagic.” What’s even more upsetting is that the author, Linda Chavers, is a black woman. Ugh. Chavers’ primary objection to the #BlackGirlMagic movement is that she believes it’s an extension of the "strong, black woman” ideology, which can sometimes dehumanize women of color. She believes that it pushes the message that black women are “something other than human,” that we are animals and incapable of having feelings. More...
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'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded
NPR - almost 2 years
Louis C.K.'s comedy and the new mockumentary The Comedians start Thursday on the FX cable network. Both are unusual and ambitious, says critic David Bianculli, but only one hits the ground running. » E-Mail This
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India's Mars mission enters second stage; outpaces space rival China
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Shyamantha Asokan NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's first mission to Mars left Earth's orbit early on Sunday, clearing a critical hurdle in its journey to the red planet and overtaking the efforts in space of rival Asian giant China. The success of the spacecraft, scheduled to orbit Mars by next September, would carry India into a small club, which includes the United States, Europe, and Russia, whose probes have orbited or landed on Mars. India's venture, called Mangalyaan, faces further more hurdles on its journey to Mars. "While Mangalyaan takes 1.2 billion dreams to Mars, we wish you sweet dreams!" India's space agency said in a tweet soon after the event, referring to the citizens of the world's second-most populous country.
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Incredible tech: How to find life on Mars
Fox News - over 3 years
While NASA's Curiosity rover found that Mars could have once supported life, scientists still haven't been able to detect a definitive sign that something once roamed the Red Planet. But they haven't stopped looking.
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8-year-old boy survives 12-story fall down trash chute
Fox News - over 3 years
An 8-year-old boy was taken to a hospital trauma center in serious condition after he fell down the garbage chute of a Honolulu high-rise apartment building, authorities said. The boy apparently went through a trash chute Wednesday night at what used to be a public housing complex known as Kuhio Park Terrace in Kalihi, said Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright. He had been reported missing and police later found him in a large trash bin, said police spokeswoman Michelle Yu. He survived falling 12 floors, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Police have opened an injury investigation. Hawaii law prohibits the state Department of Human Services from saying whether the boy's family has had any previous contact with its Child Welfare Services Branch. But the department's director, Patricia McManaman, said in a statement the incident was a good opportunity to remind all parents and caregivers to keep a watchful eye over their young children. ...
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Lizard Spotted On Mars?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A blogger claims to have spotted a lizard in a photograph of Mars. While studying a picture of the Red Planet taken by the Curiosity rover, an alien-hunter in Japan found something unusual between the rocks. And while it might look like just another rock at first, squint your eyes and something very different seems to emerge - the shape of a lizard. Or, if you have a good imagination, an actual one. The picture (which is at least based on a real Nasa image) was first brought to conspiracy theorists' attention in March, but after it was recently published on a popular English-language blog its fame has exploded. Needless to say, it is essentially impossible that any lifeform of that size (especially one that looks so similar to lizards on Earth) could survive on the freezing, toxic surface of Mars. Nasa's spacecraft on the planet have recently found conditions that suggest ancient microbial life was once possible - but that's not quite the same thing, unfor ...
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PHOTOS: ‘FIN’ the giant Salmon swims into Burien Town Square Park
B Town Blog - almost 4 years
While not quite as popular (or stinky) as a beached fin whale, ‘FIN’ the giant Salmon ‘swam’ into Burien Town Square Park Wednesday, April 17, and Photographer Justin Bennett was there to capture these pics: Rebecca Dare of Sustainable Burien explains ‘FIN’ the Salmon to kids Wednesday. Dare is partially responsible for coordinating the sculptures visit to Burien from Hadlock, WA. The inside of FIN shows kids what a healthy stream is supposed to look like. Brought to town by Sustainable Burien, along with the Community Salmon Investigation, the fish sculpture is so big that children can walk (and crawl) right through it to learn about the life cycle of a salmon and how to protect its habitat. “Come see what you can do to help the salmon of Puget Sound!” FIN will also be there all day Thursday, April 18. Also, FIN swallowed Sonja Morella, a real estate agent at Burien Windermere: “Since she is NOT GLUTEN FREE like other agents in the area the fish thankfull ...
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Possible Lenox Road changes worry residents
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Park district is working on plan for renovations to historic Lake Ellyn Park While few new details emerged during a recent meeting of about 100 residents with consultants on proposed renovations to historic Lake Ellyn Park, serious concerns were raised about a possible reconfiguration to Lenox Road and adding parking.
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Mars rover Curiosity: 'Smooth sailing ahead of us,' NASA says
LATimes - over 4 years
Mars Curiosity rover has taken its first "baby steps" on the Red Planet surface, NASA announced. Times Science Writer Amina Khan discussed the first moves for Curiosity and what the next few weeks have in store for the rover during a Google+ Hangout. Khan reported Wednesday: Engineers sent the commands Tuesday night for this first drive, which took about 16 minutes -- mostly spent taking pictures, said lead rover driver Matt Heverly. During the test, the rover moved forward about 4½ meters, turned 120 degrees in place and then backed up 2½ meters -- ending up about 6 meters, or roughly 20 feet, from its landing spot. As it moved forward, its boxy head turned from side to side, taking shots of its wheels in the process. According to Heverly, the tracks in the Martian soil indicate, as expected, that the soil is firm, didn’t cause the rover to sink much and should be great for moving around in. “We should have smooth sailing ahead of us,” Heverly said. That’s good news, give ...
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Mars rover Curiosity prepares for first ride on Red Planet
LATimes - over 4 years
Anticipation is building for the Mars rover Curiosity's first drive, which is scheduled for Wednesday. In the coming days, plans are for the rover to venture 1,300 feet from its landing site to check out an interesting spot called Glenelg, a potentially drill-worthy zone where three types of terrain meet. Scientists and the public have been eagerly awaiting this phase of the mission and what information about the Red Planet it will yield. NASA has planned a briefing for 11:30 a.m. PDT. Times science writer Amina Khan discussed anticipation among scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory over Curiosity's first moves on the Mars surface. Khan wrote: Engineers at JPL have now tested out the six-wheeled rover’s four steering wheels on each corner of its body. With the wheels rotating as expected, the NASA team members say they will be sending commands that will have the rover move 3 meters forward -- about the rover’s length -- and then turn 90 degrees and back up. Curiosi ...
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Driving Mars rover Curiosity will be stressful, isolating [Video discussion]
LATimes - over 4 years
What will it be like to "drive" the Mars Rover Curiosity? Los Angeles Times science writer Monte Morin discussed how the rover will roam around the Red Planet during a Google+ Hangout on Thursday. Morin reported that this is a stressful time for the drivers: They must sacrifice some of their Earthly existence and live on Mars time, an ever-changing schedule that is tougher than any graveyard shift. For months, operators will be essentially sequestered from family and friends to focus on Mars. While the mission is scheduled to run 23 months, it could last much longer. The stress can be overwhelming. Separated from the rover by millions of miles, they know they can make no mistakes. A single slip-up can turn the ambitious scientific mission into a $2.5-billion Martian paperweight. It will feel at times like the entire world is a back-seat driver. Since its dramatic touchdown on Mars on Aug. 5, Curiosity has been doing an extended "stretch" of sorts -- unfolding its limbs, tes ...
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39th Moscow Renaissance Fair was open to interpretation
DNews - almost 5 years
The 39th Moscow Renaissance Fair took on many interpretations Saturday in East City Park.While the king and queen celebrated the event as a spring revival, annual…
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For Locavores, A Brand New Season
Maplewood-Brentwood Patch - almost 5 years
Locavores rejoice. May marks the opening of area farm markets. Counted among this year’s market crop is the Schlafly Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of Schlafly Bottleworks. Its first outdoor market was April 4, and will continue every Wednesday 4-7 p.m. through Oct. The market meets inside the Bottleworks monthly in the winter months. May 5 is the official opening date of most Missouri farm markets. The Schlafly Market is part of a growing list of urban farm markets that now number more than 200 statewide. This rise in popularity is a result of the “farm to fork” moment, encouraging one to eat greener and better by filling one's plate with foods grown locally - thus the term locavore. Yet, while farm markets may seem trendy, they’re nothing new. Until grocery and mega-markets changed how we shopped over the last 75 years, farm markets were the gathering place for farmers and the community to connect. Today’s food markets celebrate these old ways (foodway ...
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For Locavores, May Signals a Brand New Season
Arnold Patch - almost 5 years
Locavores rejoice. May marks the opening of area farm markets.  Counted among this year’s market crop is the Arnold Farmer’s Market, located on the grounds of Fox Middle School, that opens May 5, the official opening date of most Missouri farm markets.  Arnold’s Farmers' Market joins the growing list of urban farm markets that now number more than 140 statewide.  This rise in popularity is a result of the “farm to fork” moment, encouraging one to eat greener and better by filling one's plate with foods grown locally - thus the term locavore. Yet, while farm markets may seem trendy, they’re nothing new.  Until grocery and mega-markets changed how we shopped over the last 75 years, farm markets were the gathering place for farmers and the community to connect. Today’s food markets celebrate these old ways (foodways) tradition that allows one to gather with neighbors, shop and bring the best local products to the table -- at often better prices. Check out a few recipes ma ...
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Budget Hiking Alternatives To Tierra Del Fuego In Ushuaia, Argentina
Gadling - almost 5 years
Filed under: Climbing, Hiking, Photos, South America, Argentina, Ecotourism, Budget Travel When traveling to Ushuaia in Argentina's Patagonia region, the main attraction is trekking in Tierra del Fuego National Park. While absolutely stunning, a trip there can be expensive. Depending on what your travel plans are, you may want to try some cheaper hiking options in the area. The first is Valle de Lobos. Transportation and admission to Tierra del Fuego from the city center costs 170 Argentine Pesos (about $40) round trip. While this may not sound expensive, just ask a backpacker who's been touring the continent on a shoestring budget. The bus to Valle de Lobos costs less than $15 round trip, and the entrance fee is only 10 ARS$ (about $2). At this lesser known - but still breathtaking - park, you'll be able to hike to Esmeralda Lagoon. The lagoon is majestic, as it gleams a metallic light-blue yet off-white color. Along the way, you'll trek through the Bosque Forest, Rio River and over ...
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TRAVEL: Going wild in wonderful Kenya
The Bucks Herald - almost 5 years
Katie Hodge sleeps under the stars with the elephants on a special trip to Kenya’s Elephant Bedroom Camp. “Tonight”, warned Julius our expert guide, “you will be sharing your bedroom. With elephants!” A delighted smile spread across his face as he swung down from the 4x4 Landcruiser. We had reached our camp in the heart of Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. Set among the doum palms, a small cluster of pale canvas tents looked out over the cool waters of the Ewaso Nyiro River. On the far side, elephants meandered slowly along its banks, occasionally extending their trunks to drink. Further back, a giraffe stood tall on the horizon while a troop of baboons, some 30 or 40 in total, moved through the dry grass. Sporadically one would stop to glance up, apparently taking stock. Like us, they appeared to be observing the bucolic scene under the baking heat of an African midday sun. Earlier, as we had bumped along a rocky track which appeared to wind away to nowhere, such a place seemed ...
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The Best Subs in Oak Lawn: You Decide
Oak Lawn Patch - almost 5 years
It’s time for another Chowdown Showdown, our weekly feature that will not only give you great ideas on where to eat, but will allow you to tell everyone why your favorite restaurant is the best.  The Chowdown Showdown pits Palos, Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn restaurants against each other to decide who makes a particular dish best. Before the competition starts, we need your ideas on who our Oak Lawn representative should be.  READ: Brain Freeze: Who Mixes the Best Shake? This week's feature focuses in on submarine sandwiches, those perfectly balanced concoctions of meat, cheese, bread and veggies. We want you to tell us who puts together the best example of this delicacy. The local winner will then go on to face Palos and Evergreen Park. While you are free to leave reviews and comments in support of chains like Subway and Jimmy Johns, it is local spots that we are most interested in and the winner will reflect that.  How to Vote There are three ways to vote for your f ...
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PCSO Mark White surgery
Birdlington Free Pass - almost 5 years
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark White
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 70
    In 2011, White publicly opposed Texas A&M's potential departure from the Big 12 conference to join the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
    More Details Hide Details Mark White Elementary School, a Houston Independent School District elementary school, is scheduled to open in August 2016.
  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 49
    Following his departure from office, White worked for the law firm Keck, Mahin & Cate. White attempted to run for governor again in 1990, but he was defeated in the Democratic primary by Ann Richards, who then defeated Jim Mattox in a runoff election and the Republican Clayton W. Williams, Jr., in the general election.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1990 campaign, a campaign commercial depicted White "walking down a hallway displaying larger-than-life photos of the men put to death during his administration in 1983-1986. 'Only a governor can make executions happen,' White declared as ominous music played in the background. 'I did, and I will.'" White, who practices law, is chairman of the board for the Houston Independent School District Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports the public schools. In recent years, White endorsed Houston City Council candidate Jolanda Jones in the 2003 and 2007 city elections; the latter endorsement led to winning an at-large seat.
  • 1986
    Age 45
    White served as governor during Texas' sesquicentennial in 1986 and oversaw a number of the celebrations concerning that anniversary.
    More Details Hide Details He also made a cameo appearance in the popular CBS drama series Dallas.
    Clements polled 1,813,779 votes (52.7%) to White's 1,584,515 votes (46.1%) in the November 1986 general election and left office on January 20, 1987. Among those who were elected along with White in 1982, Hobby, Bullock, Richards, Mattox, Hightower and Mauro were re-elected in their respective posts.
    More Details Hide Details Among White's advisors as governor were the Dallas industrialist H. Ross Perot and former State Senator Max Sherman, who left a brief stint in the administration to become dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin.
  • 1984
    Age 43
    After taking office, White immediately appointed a committee on Public Education, called a special session of the legislature in 1984, and worked with lawmakers to pass the Educational Opportunity Act (EOA).
    More Details Hide Details Through White's work, Texas saw the desired results. SAT scores increased by twelve points, Texas first graders improved in statewide tests and teacher salaries increased by $5,000. By focusing on education, White was able to make Texas a "state of the future" with regard to its most important resource, its children. Through his diligent work as Governor of Texas, many of the problems of the present and future were alleviated. However, four years later, White was defeated by Clements, who opted for a second, nonconsecutive term. Some believe that the wildly unpopular "no-pass, no-play" policies of the White administration, which prohibited any high school student athletes from participating in varsity sports if they were failing any single element of their overall class load, sealed the doom of a second term.
  • 1983
    Age 42
    As the state's forty-third chief executive from January 18, 1983 to January 20, 1987, White worked to "preserve and enhance... resources so that Texas would not fall back, but go forward as a state of the future."
    More Details Hide Details His main concerns were the economy and education. By focusing on Texas' resources, White was able to work on many problems facing the state in the early 1980s. The Texas economy during the early and mid-1980s was volatile. The price of oil declined and pushed Texas into a recession. This led Governor White to "lay the groundwork for a more diversified economy--one less reliant upon the swings of a single industry." Among White's appointments was Elma Salinas Ender as the first Hispanic woman to serve as judge of a district court in Texas. From 1983 until her retirement in 2012, Ender was judge of the 341st Judicial District, based in Laredo. White sought to improve education, transportation, water resources, law enforcement, and taxes to lure new industry to Texas. Education was an essential factor for White. When he took office, Texas was ranked as one of the lowest performing states for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) also in teachers' salaries.
  • 1982
    Age 41
    In November 1982, he defeated Clements over concerns about the governor's poor economic numbers and lack of support from minority groups.
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  • 1981
    Age 40
    On the national level, he was elected Chairman of the Southern Conference of Attorneys General in May 1981.
    More Details Hide Details White declined to seek a second term as state attorney general, but chose to seek the governorship in 1982 against fellow Democrat Bob Armstrong, who was the outgoing state Land Commissioner, who vacated the General Land Office following twelve years, and then the incumbent Bill Clements, Texas' first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 36
    White served as secretary of state until 1977, when he resigned to run for state attorney general, where he served until 1983.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1978 general election, White defeated the Republican choice, James A. Baker, III, a Houston lawyer, businessman, and power broker affiliated with the Bushes of Houston. White polled 1,249,846 votes and (55.13 percent) to Baker's 999,431 votes and (44.08 percent). As the state's chief enforcement officer, he co-chaired the Federal-State Enforcement Coordinating Committee and was a member of the Governor's Organized Crime Prevention Council.
  • 1974
    Age 33
    White received 1,697,870 votes (53.2 percent) to Clements' 1,465,537 (45.9 percent) in a year where Texas Democrats swept all the statewide offices being led by U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen (who won a third six-year term to the Senate) and the legendary Lieutenant Governor of Texas William P. Hobby Jr. (Hobby was first elected lieutenant governor in 1972) both of whom carried the Democratic Party's statewide banner which also included the elections of Jim Mattox as state attorney general, Bob Bullock, who won his third term as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts-having been elected in 1974, Ann Richards as state treasurer, Garry Mauro as Commissioner of the General Land Office, and Jim Hightower as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture while Democrats easily maintained their majorities in both houses of the Texas Legislature.
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  • 1973
    Age 32
    In 1973, White was appointed as Texas secretary of state under Governor Dolph Briscoe and also served in the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas National Guard.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 24
    He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details After spending time practicing law in a private practice in Houston (Harris County), White served as the state's assistant attorney general.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on March 17, 1940.
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