Astros give up six runs in ninth as division leading A’s steal win

Box score Chad Qualls stood in front of his locker and dissected his outing, giving the A’s full credit even though Oakland’s results were far more impressive than the actual at-bats. The veteran righthander has been the Astros’ best reliever all year, solidifying a closer’s role that wasn’t actually addressed over the winter. Of the four free agent relievers signed in the off-season, he’s the only one who punched the clock regularly. Unfortunately for Qualls and the Astros, however, he couldn’t close out Scott Feldman’s gem Tuesday night as the A’s scored six runs in the ninth for a come-from-behind 7-4 victory. “Any time you lose games in the eighth [...]

McRaven, commander in Bin Laden raid, to be UT chancellor

[...] the UT-Austin alumnus best known for commanding the Special Operations team that killed Osama bin Laden has been tapped to help them make that promise a reality, as the new chancellor of the University of Texas System. McRaven, 58, officially became the UT board of regents' sole finalist for the chancellor position late Tuesday after weeks of speculation that he was the nine-member panel's top choice for the job. A San Antonio native and journalism major at the system's flagship, McRaven won't be named incoming chancellor until the regents take a vote to officially appoint him at their August meeting, when they're also slated to discuss salary. While he has no higher education experience, Foster said McRaven's other skills far outweighed this gap: This job is a huge administrative job that requires administrative skills and leadership skills. ... Hall, an appointee of Gov. Rick Perry, is under increased scrutiny as a House transparency panel drafts articles of impeachment and the Travis County District Attorney's Office mulls a possible criminal investigation. "The governor is pleased with the board of regents' selection of Admiral McRaven, whose outstanding character and sterling record of leadership will be a great asset to the UT system,"said Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, he told the graduates, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up … then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and what started here will indeed have changed the world for the better.

New UT leadership

In his magnificent commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin in May, Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, a UT-Austin alumnus, shared with his audience the almost unimaginable rigors of Navy SEAL training. McRaven, a SEAL himself and now commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, told of being assigned to boat crews of seven students each, three on each side of a small rubber boat, with one coxswain to help guide the dinghy. McRaven is best known as the man who planned and directed the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, but he would seem to be superbly qualified for the task of guiding an academic institution, as well. With a bachelor's degree from UT-Austin and a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, he brings to the job years of experience as an administrator of large organizations, and he seems to have a vision for higher education in America at a time when the paradigm is changing.

Raiders meet with San Antonio officials about potential move

By Josh Baugh and Tom Orsborn – San Antonio Express-News The owner of the Oakland Raiders and two of his top lieutenants met recently with several San Antonio officials to discuss a potential move of his NFL team from the Bay Area to the Alamo City, local leaders involved in the talks confirmed Tuesday. Over the July 18th weekend, Mark Davis met with former Mayor Henry Cisneros, then-Mayor Julián Castro, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Mario Hernandez of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and both Richard Perez and David McGee, respectively the president and chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Late Tuesday, after the San Antonio Express-News posted [...]

In Polk County, pot farm not a complete surprise for neighbors

A deer hunter on Saturday came across the farm, which was outfitted with sophisticated irrigation systems and underground power generators. Patty Oakley, who owns and runs a general store down the road from Old Highway 35, said it made sense that someone would choose the isolated area as a hiding spot for an illegal marijuana operation. Bordelon said that while the farm was close to town, it is heavy with bushes and overgrowth and it would be relatively easy to hide a large, illegal operation. [...] he also said the woods are filled with wild hogs, coral snakes and water moccasins, making it dangerous.

Levine & Co. looking to put UH’s youthful experience to good use

UH picked up six first-place votes in the preseason American Athletic Conference media poll and was selected third in the 11-team league behind Cincinnati and defending champion Central Florida. "For the last two years or so as head coach, I've used the word young quite often," Levine said. Since the end of last season, I really haven't used that word at all. Levine's program has depth and experience at seemingly every position, along with two players in quarterback John O'Korn and kick returner/receiver Demarcus Ayers who earned postseason recognition last year. Bryce Redman, a three-year starter at center, and Rowdy Harper, a four-year starter at guard, anchor UH's offensive line and pave the way for a backfield that returns its top six rushers.

Abbott renews fight against same-sex marriage

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office told a federal appeals court that the state's ban on gay marriage should be upheld, saying it was intended to protect children by promoting traditional marriage between men and women who procreate. "By encouraging the formation of opposite-sex marriages, the State seeks not only to encourage procreation but also to minimize the societal costs that can result from procreation outside of stable, lasting marriages," said the brief. Because same-sex relationships do not naturally produce children, recognizing same-sex marriage does not further these goals to the same extent that recognizing opposite-sex marriage does. [...] the brief signed by Abbott said that marriage as a legal institution "exists primarily to encourage the orderly propagation of the human race by channeling naturally procreative heterosexual activity into stable, responsible relationships."