Texas bathroom bill appears to be all but dead in special session

Protesters rally in favor of transgender rights at the Texas Capitol, on July 21, 2017.
Protesters rally in favor of transgender rights at the Texas Capitol, on July 21, 2017.

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Despite it serving, in part, as the reason lawmakers are back in Austin for legislative overtime, the Texas Legislature could very well gavel out next week without passing a “bathroom bill.”

With just days left in the 30-day special legislative session, controversial proposals to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans appear to have no clear path to the governor’s desk. As was the case during the regular legislative session that concluded in May, efforts to pass any sort of bathroom bill — a divisive issue pitting Republicans against business leaders, LGBT advocates, law enforcement and even fellow Republicans — have stalled in the Texas House.

And it’s unlikely that will change in the coming days.

“I’d say the chances are definitely getting smaller,” Republican state Rep. Ron Simmons of Carrollton, who filed two bathroom bills during the special session, said earlier this week.

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The push to keep transgender Texans out of bathrooms that match their gender identity — a move opponents said was discriminatory and could endanger transgender individuals — largely dominated the regular legislative session between protests, lobbying days, two overnight hearings, legislative bickering among Republican leaders over proposed bathroom bills and, eventually, a forced special session.

Restricting bathroom use in public facilities was deemed a legislative priority by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. But House Speaker Joe Straus, with the increased backing of the business community, emerged as his most prominent foil on the issue.

Gov. Greg Abbott — who for months during the regular session was reticent to voice his support for a bathroom bill — eventually took the lieutenant governor’s side and added the issue to his 20-item agenda for a special session that Patrick forced him to call by holding hostage legislation needed to keep open the doors at a handful of state agencies.

But amid concerns for the safety of an already vulnerable population and statewide economic fallout, those efforts did little to sway the speaker.

When lawmakers returned to Austin in July, the Senate quickly passed its latest version of the bill to regulate bathroom use in public schools and local government buildings based on the gender listed on a birth certificate or Texas ID. It would also nix parts of local nondiscrimination ordinances meant to ensure transgender Texans can use public bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Just like during the regular session, Straus has refused to refer that bill to a House committee — the first step in the legislative process.

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NYPD: Man tries to rape woman in Bronx Walgreens bathroom

Police are searching for the man responsible for a brazen and terrifying sex assault in the Bronx.

Authorities say the suspect attempted to rape a woman in a bathroom inside a Walgreens just before 4 p.m. Thursday.

The incident happened inside the business on White Plains Road in the Wakefield section.

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Police say this man attacked a woman inside a bathroom in the Bronx

According to the NYPD, the 50-year-old victim was approached by the suspect as she was exiting a single-occupancy unisex bathroom.

The man allegedly shoved the victim back inside, pushed her to the ground, covered her mouth and attempted to remove her pants. A store employee heard the victim’s screams for help and pulled the suspect off the victim.

He fled the location on foot northbound on White Plains Road. The victim was treated at Jacobi Hospital.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early to mid 30s, approximately 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, white T-shirt, blue jeans and black and white sneakers.
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Suspect arrested in attempted rape in Bronx Walgreens bathroom

Suspect arrested in attempted rape in Bronx Walgreens bathroom

Police say they have made an arrest in connection with a brazen and terrifying sex assault in the Bronx.

Authorities say the suspect attempted to rape a woman in a bathroom inside a Walgreens just before 4 p.m. Thursday.

28-year-old Victor Augustus is charged with attempted rape, sex abuse, forcible touching, assault and harrassment.

The incident happened inside the business on White Plains Road in the Wakefield section.

Police say this man attacked a woman inside a bathroom in the Bronx

According to the NYPD, the 50-year-old victim was approached by the suspect as she was exiting a single-occupancy unisex bathroom.

The man allegedly shoved the victim back inside, pushed her to the ground, covered her mouth and attempted to remove her pants. A store employee heard the victim’s screams for help and pulled the suspect off the victim.

He fled the location on foot northbound on White Plains Road. The victim was treated at Jacobi Hospital.

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Dallas Stars 1st Pro Team to Publicly Oppose Texas’ ‘Bathroom Bill’

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30:  President, CEO and Alternate Governor Jim Lites of the Dallas Stars speaks on the draft floor during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Dallas Stars publicly opposed the Texas “bathroom bill” Wednesday that would require transgender people in Texas to only use bathrooms in schools or government buildings based on their birth-certificate gender.

“The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory, including proposed bathroom legislation,” team president Jim Lites said, per Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News. “Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all.”

His statement made the Stars the first team to publicly denounce this particular legislation about bathroom use for transgender people. All of the city’s major sports teams appear to be against the legislation, however, per McGaughy:

“While Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has criticized the bill, Lites is the first club president to reject legislation on behalf of an entire team. Sources have told The Dallas Morning News the Dallas Cowboys have been quietly lobbying against the bills, but the team has not yet publicly rejected it.”

“Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has also spoken out on the bill, saying he doesn’t believe the legislation has hurt Texas business prospects yet, but, ‘We can only use the excuse of having crazy, entertaining state politicians who are merely a sideshow for so long.'”

A similar law in North Carolina was met with stiff resistance and outcry from the sporting world. The NBA pulled its All-Star Game from the state, while the NCAA pulled basketball tournament games from the state as well before the law was repealed.

Both the NBA and NFL have warned the state of Texas, meanwhile, that passing what is seen by many as a discriminatory law against transgender people could cost the state major events in the future.

“If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Ileana Najarro of the Houston Chronicle in February.

“We consider a wide range of factors when making decisions about host locations for league-wide events like the All-Star Game—foremost among them is ensuring the environment where those who participate and attend are treated fairly and equally,” NBA spokesman Bass added that same month, per Najarro.

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Reviews roundup: Meet Me in the Bathroom; Eureka; What We Lose

The Strokes – New York’s finest – in January 2006.
 The Strokes – New York’s finest – in January 2006. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/WireImage

“Every scene needs a chronicler like Lizzy Goodman,” was Jim Carroll’s wholehearted recommendation, in the Irish Times, of Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011. The book is “a meaty oral history”, “a wild read” and “strikes all the right notes. As oral histories go, this is one of the very best.” In the Observer, former music journalist Barbara Ellen admired Goodman’s ability “to marshal a veritable army of interviewees who’re not only prepared to talk, but also to gossip, muse, digress, ramble, even bitch and fume, to build the most accurate picture”, making the book “beautifully paced, vivid, informative and compelling”. For the Sunday Times’s Lise Verrico, it was exhaustive at more than 600 pages, and “full of colourful characters, catty comments and incredible candour”.

Anthony Quinn’s novel Eureka also looks back at a swinging time, in this case London in the 1960s, with characters including acid casualty screenwriter Nat Fane. It is part three of a “loosely linked and hugely enjoyable trilogy”, explained Peter Stanford in the Observer, but “works just as well as a standalone”. Stanford found mysteries, wit and entertainment aplenty, but reassured readers: “If Eurekais beginning to sound too clever by half, rather like a 60s counterculture film, what brings it all delightfully together is Quinn’s flawless, easy-going prose. He never once puts a foot wrong either in the wealth of period detail or in giving each well-drawn character their distinctive voice. Clever, certainly, but in just the right measure.” The Mail on Sunday’s Hephzibah Anderson described it as a “pleasingly melancholic romp [which] gallivants towards a dark mystery”, and the Times’s Siobhain Murphy decided that “Quinn’s immersive approach to his historical fiction means we’re soon woozy with the sounds and sights of that significant year”. Not the Daily Mail’s John Harding, though. “[The 60s] are unconvincingly evoked here, with pop music limited to the Beatles and references to Mr Fish fashion and hula hoops feeling tacked on,” he wrote. “The book is padded out with excerpts from Nat’s film script. Let’s hope it never gets made – it’s as flimsy as a go-go dancer’s miniskirt.”

Critics were also divided over the debut novel by Zinzi Clemmons, What We Lose, about a light-skinned black woman living in the US. “Luminescent,” raved Lucy Scholes in the Independent. “Sometimes fierce and angry, other times quiet and tender, it’s a story about identity organised around [a] central, momentous loss – that of a parent – that expands and contracts, as with the beating of a heart, to encompass meditations on race, sex and love … Intelligently and impressively conceived, and beautifully told.” “A memoir trying hard to pass itself off as fiction,” complained Claire Allfree in the Daily Mail. “Clemmons, who shares a lot of biography with her narrator, has a bracingly clear-eyed view on racial politics and the psychological dissonance of living between two cultures, and the tension between her steady prose and turbulent emotions is beautifully sustained. Yet I found it frustrating … Clemmons has yet to make this territory her own.” But the Sunday Times’s Phil Baker was impressed, on balance, finding that “sometimes the result feels like a struggle between grief and pretentiousness, but the frankness and intelligence of the writing win out”.

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4 sleek flooring trends for your bathroom

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Tiny bathroom? No problem. This translates to a big budget for a small space. You can choose from the most expensive materials, an option you can’t make use of in your other living spaces. Lavastone, for instance. Bought from the volcanic slopes from Italy and France, hardened lava adds so much depth to the bathroom and being both water and stand-proof—is functional too.

Inventive Tile Lay Patterns

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There are three steps to this: Firstly, opting for rectangular tiles rather than square ones. Secondly, integrating 2-3 different colours of tiles (not more, not less). Finally, tiling them in a slanted manner in place of usual horizontals.

The colour combinations of these rectangular tiles and choice of tile is completely at your discretion. Make use of unique lay patterns, for they instantly uplift an average bathroom to its slightly more eclectic version.

Eco-friendly Floors

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Sustainable architecture is so much in demand. From the use of sustainable raw materials in miniature home accessories to the bricks in mammoth architectural projects, eco-friendly home trends have become common.

It then seems only apt to use eco-friendly materials for our bathroom floors. Functionality need not be of question, however, because there are durable flooring materials that happen to be eco-friendly too!

Linoleum or cork are two such materials (both water-proof and durable) and are very different from each other. Incorporate one of them into your bathroom’s wet (shower) area. The difference in texture from when you step onto the bathroom’s dry and wet areas will pack in a neat punch.

Solid Prints

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Offering a long-term solution for people who love exuberant prints (like large florals or zebra stripes) but eventually tire of them, the solid print consists of your favourite print alongside a complementary shade of colour.

Bring this simple design technique onto your bathroom’s floors by combining delightful printed tiles with neutral ones. This will liven your bathroom and keep it grounded, at the same time.

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Attracting positive chi into one’s house is very important.

You may think every room in your house is right with all the energy flowing, but there could be one or two areas that may have negative influences.

So, generally it is good to pay attention to Feng Shui tips or what some experts recommend for your home so as to live in peace and harmony.

If you are married, you would want to have an everlasting and harmonious relationship with your spouse. So what do you do?

Always stick to a bedroom that is square as it will strengthen the love and bond between husband and wife.

A polygon shaped bedroom with a long and narrow space and having sharp or oblique corners will lead to quarrels and arguments.

If the bedroom is too small it will lead to narrow mindedness and cause arguments.

A windowless bedroom that makes the room dark is definitely a no-no as it may trigger misunderstandings between couples.

Bedrooms should always be bright and not too cluttered with things.

If you have a small window, try installing soft and elegant lamplights with a red or purple bulb to create a better atmosphere.

According to www.yourchineseastrology.com, a beam near the bed will lead to conflicts as it blocks the aura from reaching you both.

The bed should also not directly face a door, a mirror or even a television as it will cause your partner to be too oversensitive and argumentative.

Finally, keep the bedroom clean and tidy. A messy one will surely lead to emotional disorder and unstable love.

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Kingsley couple forced to cower in bedroom during alleged Shawn Newton crime spree

A Kingsley couple has told how they hid in their bedroom while wanted man Shawn Newton allegedly ransacked their home.

Malcolm, who has asked not to be identified, was home with his wife when Newton allegedly broke in while on the run from police and stole electrical goods, camping tents, a picnic rug and cushions.

“Oh it’s very unsettling, particularly for my wife,” he said.

Shawn Newton was arrested at a tavern on Monday.
Shawn Newton was arrested at a tavern on Monday.Picture: 7 News

“Police were here fairly quick.

“In fact, I hadn’t finished the call to police by the time they were here.”

Shawn Newton was arrested while having a beer at a Hillarys tavern on Monday, after almost three weeks on the run.

Police had asked for help to find him on July 16 after the body of Scarborough mother Rebecca Gascoigne was found in a car on the Mitchell Freeway.

Scarborough mother Rebecca Gascoigne.
Scarborough mother Rebecca Gascoigne.Picture: 7 News

But Newton’s alleged crime spree began more than a month before Ms Gascoigne’s alleged murder.

It’s alleged he held up a Woodvale Liquorland for $875, and about a month later, he allegedly stole controlled drugs and $1400 from a Craigie Pharmacy.

Police will allege Newton murdered the Scarborough woman on July 14 and held a man against his will before breaking into Malcolm’s Kingsley home six days later.

Police closed part of the Mitchell Freeway after Ms Gascoigne’s body was discovered.
Police closed part of the Mitchell Freeway after Ms Gascoigne’s body was discovered.Picture: 7 News

It’s also alleged Newton stole more than $300 from a McDonalds in Duncraig during an armed hold up.

Outside court on Wednesday, Newton’s lawyer Terry Dobson said his client was exhausted after his time on the run.

“He’s tired but that’s probably to be expected given what’s just happened,” he said.

Newton will remain in custody until his court appearance.

‘GO INTO YOUR POLICE STATION AND TELL US YOU ARE ON HOLIDAY – BUT DON’T PUT IT ON FACEBOOK’

Police today urged householders to tell them when they’re on holiday — so officers can help keep an eye on their house

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Ahead of the start of the trades fortnight, community officers are leading a crackdown on break-ins during the summer months — when those types of crimes peak.

PC Andy Caulfield, based at Longhaugh Police Station, is one of those heading up the campaign to halt the crooks.

And he says one option open to people who are heading off on holiday is to alert police to their absence.

He told the Tele: “Come into your local police station and let us know you’re away.

“We can include it in our patrol matrix and give it passing attention.

“And if you have a burglar alarm, please use it.

“Set it, and notify us of who you have left a key with in case it goes off in error and we need to gain access.

“We’re just trying to remind people to take those extra 30 seconds to make sure everything is secure before you leave and that way you are less at risk of being a victim of crime.

“The impact on people that have been a victim of a theft or a break-in is long-lasting.

“It stays with you forever.”

PC Caulfield says officers have dealt with “numerous” break-ins in recent weeks, with thieves looking for tell-tale signs that homes have been left unsecured.

He said: “There is more of an opportunity for thieves to take advantage of the good weather.

“People will unconsciously leave their possessions lying out in the open or leave doors or windows open – that increases the risk.

“Recently, some people had a bit of work done to the rear of their property.

“They left ground-floor windows open to the rear to air out fumes.

“They went out shopping, came back, and someone had been in through the window and gained access to the whole property.

“I believe it was an opportunist who made off with a laptop and iPod.”

Thieves tend to aim for items which are easy to conceal or carry in a bag that can be moved on quickly.

“They can be away without the neighbours seeing anything,” PC Caulfield said.

“It’s the idea that someone outwith your friends and family has been in your place of residence, your place of comfort, and that place can suddenly feel quite vulnerable.

“By simply locking windows and doors if you’re popping out, or nipping next door, you can make sure your property is properly secured.

“You can always open doors and windows later on for fresh air.”

Even windows on upper floors aren’t always safe from the crooks, with a recent reported case involving a criminal using a ladder from the side of a house to climb in through a first-floor window.

And even someone’s Facebook profile can leave an opportunity for someone to target a house.

PC Caulfield said: “If you state on social media that you’re going out, you’ve advertised that you won’t be in,” he said, “so make sure your home is secured.”

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Texas Senate readies to pass bathroom bill and others by end of week

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presides over the Texas Senate on the second day of a special session ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.Click through our gallery that details some of the things you should know about the 'bathroom bill'... Photo: Eric Gay, STF / The Advocate

An early morning start had the Texas Senate on track to pass out all 20 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priority items by the end of the second week of the session.

After a rare midnight session Thursday and a weekend of around the clock committee meetings, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, had dozens of bills primed to be heard on the Senate floor over the next three days starting at 9 a.m. Monday. That includes bills dealing with highly controversial issues like abortion, transgender bathroom policies, school vouchers and tree ordinances.

DEBATE: 10 hours of public testimony in Austin over ‘Bathroom Bill’

But while the Senate plows through the agenda with Patrick’s promise to pass all of them by week’s end, the prospects of each in the House remains in doubt. House Speaker Joe Straus and the House met for less than 2 hours all of last week and have yet to pass out the one bill considered must pass — a bill reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and four other agencies. That bill cleared the Senate early Thursday morning.

Though “bathroom bills” targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue continues to be white hot in Texas. The Legislature is heading into special session prepared to revive it, and conservative groups are vowing revenge on Republican lawmakers who don’t approve it.

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The Legislature’s regular session ended in May, but Abbott forced lawmakers back into a 30-day special session to restore the Texas Medical Board and the other boards. But he said last week that if he was going to call the lawmakers back, he was going to make it count.

OPPOSITION: Turner tells lawmakers ‘bathroom bill’ tries to solve non-existent problem

That has meant adding 19 other items to the special session call that are mostly celebrated by conservative groups, such as the bathroom bill, which would bar schools and local governments from enacting transgender bathroom policies and instead give the state full authority to set the rules. On Friday, a Senate committee overwhelming passed a bill that would require all people to use the bathroom of the sex that is listed on their birth certificates.

That legislation and other controversial items had hundreds of people filling the Texas Capitol over the last seven days, mostly in protest against the conservative agenda that Abbott has lined out.

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