Texas Monthly article, February 2016. "Legal Beef"
A Texas rancher with an innovative plan to develop a rare strain of Japanese beef found himself in a high-steaks legal battle with one of the lesser-known brothers of the billionaire Koch family. The dispute involves HeartBrand Beef, which operates a ranch near Harwood that raises Japanese cattle known as Akaushi. Six years ago, Bill Koch contracted with HeartBrand to raise some of its cattle on his own land but the deal quickly soured and wound up in court. Now, HeartBrand says its growth plans are in limbo, and neither it nor Koch show any signs of making peace.
"An Aramco IPO won't be oil market's Powerball jackpot"
Now that the government has walked away from the remaining criminal cases related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Potemkin village of prosecution has finally crumbled. The government's efforts didn't lead to justice. It didn't even lead to any convictions. Instead, it only created more victims.
In January 1943, my father, J. Richard Steffy, was assigned as an electrician’s mate to the USS Wyffels, DE6, a new Evarts-class destroyer escort that the Navy was adding to the Atlantic fleet. After a brief shakedown cruise off Bermuda, the Wyffels and her crew of 198 were assigned to the Sixth Fleet in the North Atlantic. In all, the Wyffels made 11 crossings of the Atlantic during World War II.
My father rarely talked about his time in the Navy, and he didn’t keep in touch with his shipmates. After his death in 2007, I found hundreds of photos he’d taken during his deployment. I’ve scanned the photos in and labeled them as he did, and I share them here in hopes that others may enjoy seeing a glimpse of day to day life at sea during World War II.
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
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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