An interior shot of the Houston Astrodome taken in 1990. The stadium was "the first fully air-conditioned, enclosed, domed, multipurpose sports stadium in the world," according to the Texas Historical Association.
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Hurricane Katrina evacuees sit on makeshift beds on the Astrodome's floor on Sept. 9, 2005. The stadium sheltered thousands of people fleeing from the devastation in New Orleans.
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Grass is replaced with Astroturf in 1966. The grass that was originally used dried out under the dome.
Billie Jean King plays in the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against Bobby Riggs on Sept. 20, 1973. King went on to beat Riggs in the highly watched match.
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President George H.W. Bush addresses the crowd as he stands with his family on the podium at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 19, 1992.
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Rows of dirty, tattered seats ring the Astrodome in Houston in 2012. Once touted as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," the nation's first domed stadium was last used in 2009.
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Guy V. Lewis, University of Houston basketball coach, is carried to the dressing room by happy fans after the Cougars' upset win over UCLA in an NCAA college basketball game at the dome on Jan. 20, 1968. The game was known as college basketball's "Game of the Century."
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The West's Karl Malone (left) goes eyeball to eyeball with the East's Michael Jordan while Akeem Olajuwon looks down on the scene in the second half of the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 2, 1989.
View of the Astrodome from above in 1968. Earlier this year, The New York Times wrote that the Astrodome "gave us domed, all-purpose stadiums and artificial turf and expansive scoreboards." The dome went on to host a variety of sports events, large concerts and a political convention.
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The Astrodome is illuminated on Tuesday. Voters in Houston rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend to turn the stadium into one very large convention and exhibition hall. The building is likely to be razed.
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The sign tells the story: Houston's Astrodome on Tuesday.
Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:46 pm
Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.
The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.
Texas Matters: Pro-life supporters are pleased with 5th Circuit Court ruling to put HB 2 restrictions into law -- doctors at clinics providing abortions must now have admitting privileges at local hospitals within 30 miles. Also on this show: The Permian Basin is the nation's largest oil production center, Brownsville hopes to make something good from "poorest city" label, and Juárez tries to move beyond its violent past.
5th Circuit Court reverses ruling on admitting privileges
Marta Rangel Medel vacuums the stage in preparation for the Texas Democratic Party 2012 election watch party in Austin. The state's controversial voter ID law is unexpectedly hindering women at the polls.
In 2012 a federal court struck down Texas' ID law, ruling it would potentially disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of minority voters.
But that federal decision was invalidated when the Supreme Court last year ruled part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. So now Texas is test-driving its voter ID law — one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the nation.
A gay couple from Plano has filed a lawsuit against the Family Code statute in the Texas Constitution, which prohibits same-sex marriages.
Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes decided they would celebrate their 16th anniversary of being a couple by filing for a marriage license at the Bexar County clerk’s office. The two men first met in San Antonio while Holmes was serving in the Air Force.
They were turned away, but Phariss said he knew that would happen.
Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 11:06 am
Since 2008, the University of Texas has been ensnared in a legal battle – Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin – over its use of race in admissions.
The university says when it comes to deciding whether to accept or reject a student, race is considered as a factor within a factor. But once a student is accepted, what impact does diversity have on the students' learning on campus and in the classroom?
Texas Matters: There are reports that the state's new voter ID law is causing problems for women at the polls whose names on their drivers license don't exactly match their voter registration card. A closer look at Prop. 5, the reverse mortgage issue on this year's statewide ballot. Also on this show: Kinky Friedman back in politics, Ted Cruz' father steps into the limelight.
The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.
The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can't comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. 29.
Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 10:25 am
Director Robert Rodriguez is probably best known for movies like “El Mariachi,” the “Spy Kids” franchise and, most recently "Machete Kills." But later this year, the successful filmmaker is making a big move to the small screen, launching his very own television channel called the El Rey Network with the intent of attracting a modern, English-speaking Latino audience.
It’s a growing community that Rodriguez believes has been underserved by Hollywood and the broadcast networks.
With a reverent tone, the people at the Floresville Community Center sang the patriotic hymn "America the Beautiful." It was a Saturday afternoon of singing patriotic songs and listening to a fire and brimstone political speech from Reverend Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
"Outside of the Bible, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are the greatest documents ever written by man," Rev. Cruz said.