Jan. 28, 2010

Susan Marrero of Spring, Texas has a parked 2005 Toyota Avalon in her garage that she wont go near. She and her husband refuse to use the automobile after experiencing the factory defect being addressed by Toyota this week - a sticky accelerator. Eric Kayne for The Wall Street Journal.

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Mayor Annise Parker  announces plans for the city's BBVA Compass Tour de Houston Monday in Houston at Hermann Square. Now in its sixth year, the annual bike ride offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with routes winding through Houston's Historic districts and parks. The event has three ride length options for leisure riders or cycling enthusiasts, and is a BP MS 150 recommended training ride. Starting and ending at City Hall, the ride will take place Sunday, March 21 and 5,000 riders are expected to participate.

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Maggie Farrias, left, and Debbie Pro join a memorial held at the site where a transgender woman named Myra Chanel Ical was murdered last week. Ical's body was found at the vacant lot at 4300 Garrott.

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Officer M. Siddiqi, center, Officer E. J. Joseph, in reflection, and Sgt. Jim Babb, members of the Houston Police Department's "Blue Crew", unload boxes of food, clothing, and baby supplies as part of the department's Haitian Disaster Relief effort in La Porte, TX. Since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti two weeks ago, HPD employees have been donating items and money to help those in need. HPD teamed up with the organization Moms Against Hunger, which will oversee the shipping of the supplies to Haiti.