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Big 12 Decision and Law School Dispute: The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s 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. This week, our panel weighs in on this […]

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Remembering Bob Allen and the State of TV News: Friday’s Show (October 21, 2016)

Posted on · Longtime TV sports anchor Bob Allen passed away Wednesday, after a long battle with cancer. Allen worked for nearly four decades in TV sports, most of it as sports director at KTRK Channel 13, before finishing his career at KHOU Channel 11. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with former colleagues about Allen […]

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Falling Oil Prices and A Constitutional Convention: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From crude oil prices dropping below $30 a barrel in U.S. trading this week to NFL owners meeting in Houston to decide which (if any) teams might move to Los Angeles, to Gov. Abbott calling for the first Constitutional Convention more than 200 years: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this […]

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Your Questions for UH and Rice Presidents: Friday’s Show (January 15, 2016)

Posted on · From time to time, we invite the heads of Houston institutions to join us to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities they’re facing, and the role they play in the region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome Renu Khator, the Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of UH, and […]

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Judicial Hellholes and Stopping Traffic to Propose: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From vandals responding to atheists who adopted a highway, to two Texas areas being named “Judicial Hellholes,” to stopping highway traffic to propose: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts this week includes: Wayne Ashley, the author of the Texas Leftist blog; Russ Capper, founder and host of The […]

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Katrina Anniversary and Red Light Fatalities: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From memories of Hurricane Katrina ten years after the storm, to Harris County working on a plan to consolidate its jails, to Houston leading the nation in red-light fatalities: our panel of “non-experts” parses The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the week’s news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Wayne Ashley, author of the […]

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Supreme Court Rulings Aplenty: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the Supreme Court ruling on the Texas abortion law, to the Supreme Court ruling on the EPA regulating emissions from power plants, to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton saying county officials could deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of […]

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Legislature Ends, Homeless Vets and a Cattle Drive: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston 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 Friday panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On today’s panel: Wayne […]

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Public Integrity Unit and a Mega Starbucks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a change in the state’s Public Integrity Unit, to doing time in jail for not mowing your lawn, to the opening of a so-called “mega” Starbucks in Houston: a lot happens in a week here in Houston. That’s why we turn to our panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of […]

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What’s Houston’s Political Identity?

Posted on · Texas is undeniably a conservative state, dominated in state offices by Republicans and largely on the national stage by far right-leaning figures. Yet, here in Houston, we seem to be a more bluish (or at least less red) dot, politically speaking. Are we, though, really so different from the rest of Texas, or do some […]

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Ending Prohibition in Tomball & Texting While Driving: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, 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 today’s panel: The […]

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Klineberg on Houston’s Hispanics and Comedian W. Kamau Bell: Houston Matters for Friday, November 7, 2014

Posted on · Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice Sociology Professor and founding director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, unveils a new report today titled “Shared Prospects: Hispanics and the Future of Houston.” The report examines the educational and economic experiences of different Hispanic communities in and around Houston, and explores the implications for their future, and […]

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Alcohol and Gun Sales, Free Airport Wi-Fi, and Anatomically Correct Sculptures: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · This week: gun rights groups and gun control groups agreed on something — that the TABC should not allow alcohol to be sold at some venues where gun sales take place, both Houston airports now have free Wi-Fi, ground was broken at the new SpaceX spaceport in Brownsville, and some folks are upset saying the “Wings of the City” sculptures downtown […]

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The Astrodome, Voter ID, and Fantasy Football: Houston Matters for Friday, September 5, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett met with the nonprofit Urban Land Institute to seek guidance on his idea for turning the Astrodome into the “world’s largest indoor park.” Judge Emmett has received a lot of feedback since unveiling his idea for the Dome last week, some good, some bad. “Yeah, I’ve had a lot […]

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Troops to the Border, No Refusals & Houston’s First Parklet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Gov. Perry sending members of the National Guard to the Texas – Mexico border, to an expansion of Harris County’s “no refusal” DUI prevention weekends to Houston’s smallest park — its first so-called “parklet” — we parse the good, the bad and the ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts […]