Loren Steffy, Award-Winning Author and Columnist

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My column in the latest issue of Texas Monthly discusses the battle between Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Firefighters' Relief and Retirement Fund. Parker has sued the pension fund twice, seeking to give the city more say over the contributions it's required to make. The pension, though, has little incentive to come to the bargaining table. In January Mayor Annise Parker brought suit against the fund, seeking changes to a thirties-era state law that has left the city powerless to control the amount it must contribute to the firefighters' retirement. The suit is the second in as many years, and Todd Clark, the fund's chairman, says he has no intention of bending to Parker's demands.

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4/17/2014 - Carter's Anti-Keystone Rhetoric Ignores Key Energy Questions

Former President Jimmy Carter emphasized the “no” in Nobel on Wednesday when he joined with other laureates in urging the Obama administration to deny a permit for the long-languishing Keystone XL pipeline.

In an open letter signed by nine other Nobel Prize winners, Carter told President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that granting the permit would lead to “more climate upheaval” on a global scale.

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My latest book, The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, was released in April, 2012. This is a very personal story for me, but also one I think you'll find interesting. In some ways, it's a book I wrote a little more each time someone asked me the seemingly simple question: "What does your father do?"

View the video below the see the reconstruction of the Kyrenia Ship


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  Interested in knowing more about the latest developments in energy and nautical archaeology? I've compiled two magazines on Flipboard, Energy Insights and Nautical Discoveries. They collect news from around the web, as well as my own posts on these subjects. If you're already a Flipboard user, you can simply search on the magazines' names at the login page. If you have any news links to add to either magazine, or you have any ideas for how to improve them, please let me know.

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