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Diploma Mills in Houston and Across the State of Texas

Posted on · Some Houston-area high school students are leaving public schools to attend “private schools,” but on further inspection, those private schools are really non-accredited institutions, in which a student pays a fee, takes one test, and then “graduates,” diploma in hand. School board members and education experts characterize schools offering such services as essentially diploma mills, […]

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Can you Live on a Minimum Wage in Houston?

Posted on · In recent days, labor and community groups have rallied in Houston, and across the nation, calling for a raise in the minimum wage, currently 7.25 an hour, and encouraging employers to voluntarily pay employees more. Texas has more minimum wage workers than any other state, and the 2nd-highest percentage of hourly paid workers making the […]

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The Bard on the Bayou – The Houston Shakespeare Festival

Posted on · For 38 years, The Houston Shakespeare Festival has provided Houstonians the opportunity to see the Bard’s classic works performed on stage. This year’s festival runs August 2nd through the 11th at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year, the festival features two plays – Antony and Cleopatra, and As You Like It. The latter is directed by […]

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Is Houston a Home for Introverts?

Posted on ·   We’ve noted a number of times on this program how diverse Houston is. Ethnically, religiously, socioeconomically. No matter how you slice it, Houston is a melting pot. And that goes for personalities, too. We have loud, expressive, bombastic people. We have reserved, introspective people. While we routinely hear from the extroverts among us, those […]

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The Houston/Dallas Rivalry

Posted on · The cover story of next month’s edition of Houstonia Magazine addresses the longstanding rivalry between the cities of Houston and Dallas. According to the cover, the rivalry’s over, and Houston won. We suspected folks in Dallas might feel a bit differently about that. And so, we thought it wise to explore the notion of a […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, July 19, 2013

Posted on · More demonstrations are planned here in Houston this weekend, in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The shooting and the ensuing criminal trial certainly captured Americans’ attention. There have been demonstrations nationwide similar to the ones that have taken place this week here in Houston. Now […]

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A Bottle Exhibit tells Houston’s History

Posted on · The late Jim Croce once sang of saving “time in a bottle.” A new exhibit on display at The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park kind of pulls that off. “Bitters, Brews and Beyond” features a collection of glass bottles – soda bottles, milk bottles, beer bottles, medicine bottles, flasks, jars, and more, all with […]

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Houston’s Homeless

Posted on · Last month, the Coalition for the Homeless released its most recent figures in a “boots on the ground” homeless count. The Coalition is made up of a number of organizations, and they traveled around Houston making their best effort to identify as many homeless people as they could. The results would seem to suggest the […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, July 12, 2013

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week here in Texas. In politics, Governor Perry’s announced he will not seek another term in office. In a second special session, the Texas House has passed a bill limiting abortion. Here in Houston, we await the official arrival of NBA star Dwight Howard, as the newest Houston Rocket. And there’s a new planned theme park […]

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Grilling in Houston

Posted on · Since July 4th fell on a Thursday this year, a lot of people are making it a 4 day weekend. And a big part of that experience for you and yours may be a barbecue this weekend. We’ll get some tips on grilling, and welcome your suggestions for the best food to grill, and how […]

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How Immigration Reform Could Impact Houston

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill that would both ramp up security along the U.S. border with Mexico, and pave the way towards citizenship for millions of people already living here illegally. We’ll discuss the political and cultural implications of such proposed legislation, and what it means, in particular, for Houstonians.