Texas DMV rejects hundreds of ‘indecent, vulgar’ personalized license plates

13 11 2014

Since 2011, the Texas DMV has rejected more than 1,600 submissions for personalized license plates.

Picking a personalized Texas license plate isn’t a free-for-all. The Department of Motor Vehicles uses very specific criteria for reviewing vanity plate requests, resulting in more than 1,600 rejected requests.

Car enthusiasts at Saturday’s ‘Classic Cars & Art in the Park’ in Mineola are very familiar with the application process. Dozens of hot rods, rat rods, sports cars and classic trucks drew admirers from across East Texas.

Show organizer Ronnie Gorman says a personalized plate captures the character of the car. Putting a custom tag on his classic car was a simple process. “Like on our Impala, we had a 1966 Impala. It said ‘TUFF 66,’ and it was a pretty sweet car,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »





Inspirational ‘Chef Jeff’ taping national TV show in E. Texas

4 08 2014
Lane and Chef Jeff after a live cooking segment on Good Morning East Texas.

Lane and Chef Jeff after a live cooking segment on Good Morning East Texas.

A celebrity chef is visiting kitchens across East Texas this week, tasting the comfort foods that stir-up smiles. Chef Jeff Henderson is taping a new syndicated TV show, ‘Flip My Food,’ which promises to take favorite family recipes and make them better, with fewer calories.

Henderson’s rise to the top took a different path than other celebrated chefs. 18 years ago, he walked out of Federal prison after serving nearly a decade for drug trafficking. From that day, he says his life had a purpose. “I decided I wanted to make something of myself. I wanted to break the cycle of poverty and the cycle of dysfunctional families and I changed my life.”

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NASA unveils flashy, futuristic new look for spacesuit prototype

30 04 2014
The "Technology" design garnered more than 60 percent of nearly 240,000 votes cast.

The “Technology” design garnered more than 60 percent of nearly 240,000 votes cast.

NASA is ready to unveil the design of their next-generation spacesuit prototype. Wednesday, the space agency will reveal the winner of a contest on their website put the decision to a public vote.

The futuristic Z-2 suit will make future missions possible to asteroids or the surface of other planets. Some of the improvements under development include: a rear-entry “hatch” that could also dock with a rover, the use of “soft” materials to cut weight and increase mobility, complex joints and a redesigned life support system. While the functional portion of the suit is left up to the expertise of Spacesuit engineers, the look of the covering is a popularity contest.

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Online contest will pick NASA’s futuristic new spacesuit design

26 03 2014
NASA’s “Technology” spacesuit design is among three options for a planned prototype to be built in November.

NASA’s “Technology” spacesuit design is among three options for a planned prototype to be built in November.

NASA is leaving the design of their next-generation spacesuit prototype up to the public. A contest on the space agency’s website puts three designs up for a vote, with a fully-functional model to be built by November.

The NASA Z-2 suit is a follow up to the Z-1, which Time Magazine named ‘one of the best inventions of 2012.’  The Z-series marks the first major prototype developed since the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), the white suits used on space walks during the Shuttle program.

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NASA spacesuit designer reveals changes to new “pumpkin suit”

27 02 2014
NASA is testing a modified "Pumpkin Suit" for spacewalks on future missions to asteroids.

NASA is testing a modified “Pumpkin Suit” for spacewalks on future missions to asteroids.

NASA’s aging stock of spacesuits is coming under great scrutiny as the space agency investigates the near-drowning of an astronaut. Wednesday, an investigation board released its report on the July 2013 incident involving a water leak in Italian astronaut’s Luca Parmitano’s helmet. More than a liter of liquid pooled around Parmitano’s eyes, nose and ears, before he could get to safety inside the International Space Station airlock. The report revealed that managers misdiagnosed a similar leak one week earlier. Read the rest of this entry »





Next-gen NASA spacecraft to visit E. Texas on cross-country road trip

12 12 2013

A test version of NASA “Orion” spacecraft being lowered onto a flat bed truck in Virginia, before setting out on a four-week trip to California.

A test version of the Orion capsule left NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia early Thursday on the bed of an 18-wheeler, headed for California. The four-week road trip will make stops in Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before an early January arrival in San Diego, California.

A map showing the convoy’s planned route takes the Orion mock-up through East Texas, before connecting with Interstate 20 in Dallas and heading west. Dates and specific locations of planned stops were not immediately available, however a NASA spokesperson said those details would be released at later time. The route was selected to accommodate a wide load truck. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Name the Shuttle’ contest gives Texans chance to name space history icon

4 07 2013

1065024_466218043462439_1097396518_oTexans now have the opportunity to name a high-fidelity replica of a NASA Space Shuttle, the centerpiece of a new attraction set to open in Houston.

In early 2015, Space Center Houston will unveil an exhibit featuring the Shuttle replica seated atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet that ferried the now-retired shuttle fleet on cross-country trips.

The $12 million, six-story attraction will allow visitors to tour the SCA, as well as the flight deck and payload bay of the full-size Shuttle mockup.

The free, online naming contest launches at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4 and ends September 2 at noon. Original names for the Shuttle will symbolize “the spirit of Texas and its unique characteristics of independence, optimism and can-do attitude,” according to a news release. Read the rest of this entry »








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