MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS . ..

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS . ..

Dirty Work
On Thursday a federal judge ordered ExxonMobil to fork over nearly $20 million for spewing a bunch of air pollution into the skies near Houston, according to the Texas Tribune. The decision is a huge victory for environmentalist groups, including the Sierra Club and Environment Texas, who originally sued Exxon in 2010, alleging the company’s facility in Baytown exceeded emissions regulations by about eight million pounds of hazardous chemicals over a five-year period. The director of Environment Texas told the Tribune that the $20 million fine could be the “largest penalty resulting from a citizen suit in U.S. history.” In a statement to the Tribune, Exxon said it will consider appealing the judge’s decision. According to CNN, the court found that Exxon pocketed about $14.2 million by not complying with environmental regulations, and that the oil giant violated the Clean Air Act 16,386 times between October 2005 and September 2013 at the Baytown complex.

Infowar Lost
Austinite and Infowars host Alex Jones suffered a big loss in his child custody battle with his ex-wife. The verdict came in on Thursday in Travis County, and Jones’s ex-wife, Kelly, was granted joint custody with the right to have their three children make their primary residence with her instead of her husband, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Jones will eventually have visitation rights. The children had been living almost exclusively with media personality since the couple divorced in 2015. The verdict marks the end to what was one of the most bizarre trials in recent memory—that, of course, came as no surprise considering Jones’s line of work as the conspiracy theory-peddling host of Infowars. During the trial, Jones discussed in his testimony George Soros, chili, and Obama, among other similarly apropos things, and he even had a bit of an existential crisis after his own attorney asserted in a court filing that Jones’s Infowars persona was all an act.

Texas Showdown
It really doesn’t get any better than this for NBA fans in Texas. The San Antonio Spurs knocked out the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night to advance to the second round, where they’ll face the Houston Rockets in a best-of-seven series starting Monday, according to the San Antonio Express-News. This is just the fourth time the two franchises have faced off in the postseason, and it promises to be a true heavyweight matchup. The Spurs entered the playoffs as the NBA’s second-best team, and the Rockets have enjoyed an excellent season, too, finishing a handful of games behind the Spurs to land the third seed in the Western Conference. Both teams are led by potential MVP candidates, who have already performed exceptionally well in the playoffs. The Spurs’s Kawhi Leonard averaged 31 points in 6 games against the Grizzlies, while Harden averaged 33 points per game (while adding 7 assists and 6.4 rebounds) in 5 games against the Thunder.