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Texans Sign Up for Healthcare, A New Craft Beer Fest & Rhino Hunting: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · More than 118,000 Texans signed up for health insurance through the online marketplaces by the end of 2013; a new craft beer festival is coming to Houston; and in a closed door Dallas auction last weekend a man won a permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino in Namibia: It’s The Good, The Bad […]

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Is Houston an A-List City for Entertainment?

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we take up the notion of Houston as an “A-list” city, in terms of concerts and performing arts, the sports world, and among foodies. As a city “up there” with other major cities in those specific worlds. Do the top performers make a point of touring here? Do we […]

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Dream of MLK Statue in Houston Close to Becoming Reality After Three Decades

Posted on · More than 30 years ago, Houston's Black Heritage Society, after being approached by Martin Luther King, Sr., wanted to find a way to memorialize Martin Luther King, Jr. in the city. While they wanted a statue, they ended up settling for a live oak tree on MLK Boulevard. That set in motion a series of […]

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Organization Distributes 18,000 Kits to Area Homeless

Posted on · We learn about A Simple Thread, a Houston non-profit that helps the area’s homeless by distributing to them kits containing a variety of items to meet their most basic of needs. Items can include things like deodorant, toothbrushes, first aid items, sunscreen and rain ponchos. So far, the organization has distributed around 18,000 kits. We […]

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Houston Libraries Adapt for the Digital Age

Posted on · The Houston Public Library last week announced it’s making available thousands of audiobooks, movies and music titles for free borrowing and streaming online and on mobile devices. It’s a reminder that libraries are much different places today than they once were – or, at least, what we may have once perceived them to be. You […]

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How to See Sound: Exhibit Showcases Alternative Ways to Experience Audio

Posted on · Trying to cover art exhibits on the radio isn't always easy. You have to rely on good writing to paint the picture for your audience to depict, well, a painting or a picture. But not this time! A new Houston exhibit called SonicWorks, open now through Mar. 1 at the DiverseWorks gallery in Midtown, features […]

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What Your Social Situation Says About How You’re Likely To Die

Posted on · A new study co-authored by a Rice University sociologist suggests if you're divorced, you stand a better chance of dying accidentally. The study, "The Social Side of Accidental Death," examines the possible links between social relationships, socio-economic status, life expectancy, and quality of life. We'll learn more about the study and its potential implications…for depressing […]

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Could Texas Ever Legalize Marijuana?

Posted on · With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado, could it ever happen in Texas? The Lone Star State has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that it could happen here anytime soon. But look a little deeper at what Texas stands for: rugged individualism, freedom […]

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Are There Really Two Houstons? Inside v. Outside the Loop

Posted on · It's been said there are two Houstons. One is inside the loop: urban, with skyscrapers, universities, recycling, museums, buses. The other is outside the loop: suburban, with strip malls, sprawl, U-turn lanes, Kroger. Some Houstonians live in one, and work in the other. Some make a point of visiting one while devoting most of their […]

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Houston’s Fascination With Strip Malls, For Better or Worse

Posted on · Houston – for better or worse – is known for its strip malls. We have a lot of them. Strip malls aren't the most attractive storefronts for businesses, but there are some bright spots to what many may consider eyesores. We talk with University of Houston architecture professor Susan Rogers about Houston's strip malls. And […]

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Sports Monday: Rockets Update & Texans Rumored Assistants

Posted on · The Houston Rockets are in Boston to take on the Celtics, during another three-games-in-four-nights stretch. Last week, in a similar stretch, they took two of three. Meanwhile, rumors swirl around some big names possibly joining the Houston Texans coaching staff. We'll check in with CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower about who's committed, who's rumored, […]

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Houston and Texas As Literary Inspiration

Posted on · Poet Ange Mlinko acknowledges that the east coast is the epicenter of the American literary world. However, the author and professor at the University of Houston’s esteemed Graduate Program in Creative Writing says Texas and Houston are fertile ground for literary inspiration. The Lone Star State and the Bayou City have inspired some of Mlinko’s […]

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What’s the Best Way to Help the Unemployed?

Posted on · As politicians in Washington continue to haggle over the restoration of long-term unemployment benefits, more than a million Americans have stopped receiving checks. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the challenge of determining how best to help long-term unemployed Houstonians and seek to understand what happens to someone out of work for a […]