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UHD in the News: May 23, 2016

Houston Chronicle (subscriber content): A large swath of downtown property will be acquired by the University of Houston - Downtown, the university announced Monday. The UH Board of Regents approved a plan for the school to buy 17 acres immediately to the north of its Main Street campus from the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The purchase price: $13.2 million. The acquisition will increase the size of the university's downtown digs to 40 acres on both sides of Interstate 10.

Houston Chronicle (subscriber content): The Harris County crime lab faces heavy backlog of DNA cases. Clete Snell, UHD professor of criminal justice, is quoted, saying a DNA testing backlog has, "serious implications for public confidence in the justice system," and, "There is great potential for a miscarriage of justice."

ABCnews.go.com (Associated Press wire story, also printed in Houston Chronicle): Former Texas foster care children described conditions of neglect and sometimes physical and sexual abuse as part of a lawsuit against Texas, prompting a federal judge to declare the system unconstitutionally broken. Former UHD student Kristopher Sharp is quoted.

Houston Chronicle (subscriber content): The number of peace officers killed in the line of duty by criminal acts dropped 20 percent last year amid an ongoing national debate about whether police are being targeted as they work. Larry Karson, assistant professor of criminal justice at UHD, was quoted as saying, "These [newly released] statistics tend to undercut people who claim inappropriately of a 'Ferguson effect' and the dangers officers are put in, but at the same time they don't accurately reflect the dangers officers are under. It's giving us a death rate, not a casualty rate."

KHOU.com: Jocelynn Valero, a YES Prep North Central senior and daughter of UHD colleague Mario Valero, planned to attend the University of Houston - Downtown. Jocelynn was killed May 14, when the car in which she was riding was struck by a drunk driver.

HoustonNewcomerGuides.com: Spring ISD graduating seniors who have been following the education career pathway have signed letters of intent to return to the district to teach after graduating from college with an education degree. Two Spring students will attend UHD in fall 2016.

Houston Public Media: University of Houston: No change to campus carry policies that start In August. The plans were presented before the UH board of regents at its meeting Thursday, May 19, in Victoria, Texas.

Houston Culture Map: The Downtown District has launched a unique beautification program that highlights poetic sayings from Houstonians past and present, everyday residents and national celebrities with local roots. Among those taking part are City of Houston 2016-2017 poet laureate, UHD Professor of English Robin Davidson.

KHOU.com: Josue Flores, 11, a 6th grader at Marshall Middle School, was killed on his way home from school Tuesday, May 17, in north Houston. His sister said he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up so he could help people. He dreamed of going to the University of Houston - Downtown.

The Spring Observer: A new chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Express Network will hold its charter meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, in West Dining at Lone Star College-University Park. Carol Brace, president elect of WEWEN is the Business Development Specialist at the University of Houston ̶ Downtown's northwest campus.