It's Friday! Time for your Burnt Orange Reporters to close some browser tabs and touch on the issues of the week.
Starting off this week, according to a study, Texans are among the least likely to curse and most likely to be polite in the nation.
Below the jump, catch up on the candidate filing deadline in Illinois, our ongoing coverage of Ted Cruz AvocadoGate, and more…
On Tuesday, the Houston Zoo's family of chimpanzees officially grew from 10 to 16. The family of 6 chimpanzees ranging from age 9 to 17 came to Houston from a family that had held them privately in Virginia, but lacked permits for 4 of the 6 great apes. Houston's exhibit is the newest chimpanzee exhibit in the United States and one of the largest. It opened in 2010 with the 10 other apes who also came from a private entertainer. Houston's exhibit has been endorsed by famed chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall. All 16 chimpanzees are expected to be integrated as one family unit in the next six months.
In Texas, chimpanzees can also be seen at the publicly accredited Dallas, Forth Worth, and Gladys Porter zoos. 394 additional chimpanzees live in medical or unaccredited facilities through Texas.
Worried about whether the toy on the shelf is appropriately gendered for your nieces/nephews/children this holiday? Have no fear! Designer Kristen Myers, by way of The Huffington post, has the perfect graphic to fit your needs.
Another day, another new way our junior Senator embarrasses the state of Texas.
#ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion I'm not a fan of avocado
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 4, 2013
Texas may have the first primary in the US, but Illinois has the first candidate filing deadline. At the close of filing on Monday, both Democrats and Republicans have filled candidates in all 18 congressional districts. The party that contests the most congressional seats usually gains seats in the next Congress; it's now up to Texas Democrats to make sure the national Democratic Party does not fall behind in total count.
Now an adult, a Houston native shares her side of the story about the relationship she had with her eighth grade history teacher, who was later convicted of sexual assault of a minor. In her words, “People called me a victim. They called him a villain. But it's more complicated than that.” The Texas Monthly piece is engrossing, candid, and most importantly, the account of these crimes that the public never hears. Read it here.
-Natalie San Luis
The George Washington Inaugural Bible will be on display at the LBJ Library on Monday!
The Hamilton Project recently published a policy paper on struggling lower-middle class families. According to the research, more than half of American families make less than $60,000 per year – and nearly half of those families include at least one adult who has attended college. A summary of the paper and the paper itself can be found here.
-Natalie San Luis