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Blair Garrou, co-founder of Houston-based venture capital firm Mercury Fund, is helping to mobilize the area's investment and tech community in response to Harvey.

First things first: The most immediate need, of course, is money. Garrou and several tech groups yesterday launched a website called Entrepreneurs for Houston, which suggests donations be made to the Harvey Relief Fund, set up by Mayor Sylvester Turner specifically to help those without flood insurance (i.e., most Houstonites).

Tech help: Houston's development community has been working on ways to help. One particularly involved local group has been Sketch City, which holds regular meet-ups focused on civic technology. In fact, it did one about nine months ago on flood response, and this week has developed and rolled out a suite of chat-bots whereby Houstinites can text a number and receive information on shelters (including which one is closest, take pets, have grief counselors, etc.). Sketch City and others like co-working space Station Houston are expected to become, in Garrou's words, the "command posts to develop tech solutions for Houston's flood victims, community leaders and first responders."

Personnel impact: Only one Mercury Fund employee has been flooded out, as most of the team lives on the relative highlands near Rice University. But travel outside of their neighborhoods has been difficult — they don't have boats — so they've "been trying to help from our laptops."

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.