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A Decade of the Dynamo: How Houston Became a Soccer Town

Posted on · The Houston Dynamo conclude their tenth season in Houston with a road match Sunday (Oct. 25, 2015) atVancouver. A one-one draw last Sunday (Oct. 18, 2015) in the team’s home finale meant the Dynamo would miss the playoffs for the second straight year. Despite struggling the last couple seasons, the Dynamo’s tenure in the Bayou […]

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TEA, Dowling Street, and the Dynamo Decade: Thursday’s Show (October 22, 2015)

Posted on · Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams recently announced he’s stepping down at the end of the year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss his legacy and the challenges ahead for his successor. We welcome your questions and comments for Kiah Collier, who reports on public education for the Texas Tribune. Then: An update […]

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Sex Offender Management, Higher Ed Issues, and Pet Care: Monday’s show (March 9, 2015)

Posted on · The state agency responsible for supervising, monitoring and providing treatment for the most violent sex offenders in the state is undergoing some sweeping changes. Among the problems faced by the recently revamped Office of Violent Sex Offender Management: a shortage of housing for sex offenders released from prison and a perception that the state’s civil commitment program […]

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Dynamo Prepare to Begin Tenth Season of MLS in Houston

Posted on · The Houston Dynamo begin their tenth season Saturday night at home against the Columbus Crew. In terms of championships, the Dynamo have been the most successful sports franchise in Houston’s recent history, winning back-to-back MLS Cup Championships in 2006 and 2007 and reaching the finals in two other seasons. In 2012, the team began playing […]

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Racial Opportunity Divide, Political Roundtable, and Houston Dynamo: Houston Matters for Monday, August 25, 2014

Posted on · For the last two weeks, the nation has watched events transpire in Ferguson, Missouri. Nightly protests, occasional looting, and a general mistrust of the police by members of the community, have all been spurred by the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer. But as we’ve learned in the two weeks […]

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Sports Monday: How Can the Astros Compete with New AL Powerhouses?

Posted on · This past Thursday was trade deadline day in Major League Baseball – there was a dizzying array of major trades which, among other things, appear to have reinforced a long-developing changing of the guard in the American League, as two teams the Houston Astros will see a lot of in the coming seasons have risen […]

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Sports Monday: Rockets Head for the Stretch Run & Dynamo Set to Begin Season

Posted on · As we do most Mondays, we check in with CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower about the goings-on in Houston sports, including the stretch run for the Rockets, spring training developments for the Astros, and the start of another season of soccer for the Houston Dynamo.