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Houstonians at the Olympics and Other Developments in Sports

Posted on · Most Mondays, Jeff Balke, who writes for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press, joins us to discuss developments in Houston sports. While our focus tends to be on the Astros these days, now that the Olympics are under way, we’re also following the exploits of Olympians with Houston ties. We discuss how gymnast Simone Biles has […]

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Understanding the Many Factors that Determine Prison Sentences

Posted on · On July 18, 2016, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros' computer database. When the news broke reaction was swift – and surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for what […]

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Police Protection Act and Astros Hacker Sentenced: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss: Gov. […]

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Astros Begin Second Half After Signing Cuban Infielder Yulieski Gurriel

Posted on · Normally, taking two of three after the All-Star Break would be good enough news, but the Houston Astros’ strong weekend on the field was overshadowed by a big signing off the field. The Astros signed 32-year-old Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a 5-year, $47.5 million deal. Gurriel was one of the most highly coveted international […]

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Astros Surge into the All-Star Break and Rockets Re-sign James Harden

Posted on · The Houston Astros won 3-2 Sunday in extra innings over the Oakland A’s to conclude the first half with an MLB-best 31-13 record since May 23. They sit only 5.5 games behind the first-place Rangers in the AL West. Also, the Houston Rockets signed star James Harden to a 4-year contract extension through the 2019-20 […]

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Astros Get Some Revenge on the Royals

Posted on · The Houston Astros saw their season-high seven-game winning streak come to an end Sunday but did manage to take two out of three on the road (and by large margins) against the world champion Kansas City Royals this weekend (of course, the Royals are the team that knocked the Astros out of the playoffs last […]

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Keuchel’s Struggles Continue and Dynamo Name Interim Coach

Posted on · The Houston Astros lost to Tampa Bay 5-0 Sunday as Dallas Keuchel’s struggles continued. The team is still awaiting the return of shortstop Carlos Correa, who’s nursing a sore ankle, and the team overall has lost five of its last seven games. Meanwhile, the Houston Dynamo appointed an interim head coach. And Gordie Howe, hockey […]

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Your Reactions to the Orlando Shooting: Monday’s Show (June 13, 2016)

Posted on · Candlelight vigils continue here in Houston –Â one by The Montrose Center and Legacy Community Health tonight (June 13, 2016) and another by the city of Houston Wednesday at sundown — in memory of 49 people killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. early Sunday morning. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern American […]

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School Rankings, and Affordable Housing: Monday’s Show (June 6, 2016)

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston and across Texas. Their goal: to identify which schools are succeeding, and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2016 report is […]

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100 Things Astros Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

Posted on · We're well into another baseball season. And while we wait to see if the Astros can live up to the expectations put on them after last season's surprising playoff run, there have been plenty other magical and interesting moments to remember fondly from the franchise's more than 50 years of history. MLB.com Astros beat writer […]