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Friday Wrap: Houston ISD Changes Offensive Mascots, and More...

by: Burnt Orange Report

Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

It's Friday! Time for your Burnt Orange Reporters to close some browser tabs and touch on the issues of the week.

First up this week, the DNC put together this video:

Our new video 'Law and Disorder: Republican Governors Unit' questions the Republicans' promises of "leadership" while being plagued by scandals - from Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" and Scott Walker's "John Doe I & II" to former Governor Bob McDonnell's indictment, Nathan Deal's ethics investigation and Rick Perry's case before a grand jury.

Below the jump, Brittany Griner reflects on Baylor, Manischewitz's new owner, and more...

Congratulations to the Dallas Stars, Texas' only professional hockey team, who will be returning to the NHL playoffs this year! The Stars have not made the playoffs since 2008 and has had complete team turnover and a new owner since their last post-season appearance. The Stars will face the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, where the Ducks will have home advantage. The first game was Wednesday this week and game 2 will be tonight. Game 3 will be in Dallas on Monday.

-Joseph Vogas


While Orange County Texas celebrates Confederate History Month. Houston ISD is changing the names of 4 mascots that are offensive to Native Americans. The cost is expected to be about $250k to make the switch.

-Joe Deshotel


Brittany Griner has some words for how she was treated at Baylor University as an LGBT student and athlete

-Katherine Haenschen


The NBA Playoff calendar is set! And sure enough, all three teams from Texas made the cut! The San Antonio Spurs finished first overall in the league, The Houston Rockets took fourth in the Western Conference securing home-court advantage, and The Dallas Mavericks made the final cut grabbing the eighth seed in the West.

The first playoff games will be held on Saturday, but the Texas teams will all start on Easter Sunday, April 20. The Spurs and The Mavericks will face each other in San Antonio starting at noon while the Rockets will host the Portland Trailblazers at 8:30 p.m. Both games will be shown nationally on TNT as well as locally within their respective markets. These are best of seven series, meaning the first team to secure four wins will advance to the next round. Assuming the Rockets advance to the second round, they will face the winner of the San Antonio/Dallas series. It is a great time to be a basketball fan in Texas!

-Joseph Vogas


Just in time for the start of Passover this week comes the news that kosher favorite Manischewitz has been bought by Bain Capital (aka Mitt Romney's former company). Apparently, they're trying to make "kosher" the next big thing in the health food market. Get ready for 2014 to be the year of the matzo, y'all.

-Katie Singh

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Didn't understand removing Rebel until I (0.00 / 0)
realized they apparently were being "rebellious" towards academics.

"Westbury High School is an urban school in Houston with 2,096 students. Students perform well below the state average in passing TAKS scores. Fewer than half of students are prepared for college in both English Language Arts and Math."

I applaud the Houston ISD for being proactive in selecting a mascot believed to be one of the smartest canine breeds. Also glad to see HISD focusing on political correctness over academics.

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