Texas state Rep. Gary Gates fled to Florida amid winter storm

Another Texas pol skipped town while the state was crippled by severe winter weather, it emerged this week.

Republican State Rep. Gary Gates is under fire after he flew his private jet to Orlando, Florida, Wednesday as his constituents in Fort Bend County struggled without water and power, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“It really would have been nice to have a state representative helping on the ground, working at a warming center, packing food, etc. rather than immediately (flying) off on a private plane when the going got tough,” Brian Walz, one of Gates’ constituents, told the paper. “My neighbors didn’t get to do that when her pipe burst.”

Source: Texas state Rep. Gary Gates fled to Florida amid winter storm

Daddy U-Roy: Delighting in the Music

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Bad Bunny was the most streamed artistof 2020 on Spotify. The 26-year-old Puerto Rican “Latin trap rapper,” (I am a little confused by these musical genres), who also knows how to sport some very fancy clothes, earned more than 8.3 billion streams of his material. He’s a millionaire.

Bad Bunny performs onstage during the Calibash Los Angeles concert in Los Angeles in January, 2018. Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Why do I mention Bad Bunny, circa 2021? Because, whether he knows it or not, Mr. Bunny, whose real name is Benito Ocasio, is one of those following in the footsteps of the Jamaican “toaster” U-Roy, whose real name is Ewart Beckford. I am no musicologist, but I do think so. “Daddy U-Roy” passed away on February 17, at the age of 79.

The “godfather of dancehall,” U-Roy was stylish, too. (Photo: Amilcar Lewis/Backayard.com)

U-Roy was born in Kingston…

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Boston restaurant steps up to help feed people in storm-ravaged Texas

A popular Boston doughnut shop has donated enough money to pay for roughly a thousand meals to feed people in storm-ravaged Texas.

Rebecca Roth Gullo, owner of Blackbird Doughnuts, headquartered in Brighton, donated a day of proceeds to her friend, Jake Kalick of cookware company Made In, formerly in the North End and now in Austin, to disperse to restaurants there that are feeding people for free.

Roth Gullo was unavailable for comment on Saturday, but Elena Todisco, managing director of The Gallows Group, which owns Blackbird Doughnuts, said Roth Gullo and Kalick have been close friends for years.

“So when the need popped up, Rebecca knew she needed to do something,” Todisco said, “and she trusted Jake to do right by the donation.”

Source: Boston restaurant steps up to help feed people in storm-ravaged Texas

After Kerala and Maharashtra, Punjab, MP among states reporting most Covid-19 cases | Hindustan Times

Several states in the country, including Kerala and Maharashtra, have been witnessing a rise in the cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) throughout the week with some of them reporting a fresh spike in daily infections. The seven-day average of new cases across the country has now gone up during the seven of the last eight days, highlighting the potential risk of a surge in cases. The rise in the cases comes amid fear of new mutations in the virus.

Source: After Kerala and Maharashtra, Punjab, MP among states reporting most Covid-19 cases | Hindustan Times