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Banning Native American Mascots, Charity Scams & City Council Runoffs: Houston Matters for Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013

HISD today may take its first steps towards a policy prohibiting the use of certain Native American mascots and symbols some deem offensive or culturally insensitive. While some consider such representations offensive, others characterize them as symbols of respect. Still others see such labels as political correctness run amok. We’ll discuss. Also: ‘Tis the season […]

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HISD today may take its first steps towards a policy prohibiting the use of certain Native American mascots and symbols some deem offensive or culturally insensitive. While some consider such representations offensive, others characterize them as symbols of respect. Still others see such labels as political correctness run amok. We’ll discuss.

Also: ‘Tis the season of giving. But a few groups that ask for your donations aren’t actually charities at all. We’ll find out how you can best ensure you’re contributing to a legitimate cause this holiday season and what recourse you have if you believe you’ve been scammed.

And did you know there’s an election in Houston on Saturday? It’s the runoff election for several seats on the Houston City Council. We’ll have a preview.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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