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Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 6th, 2013

Posted on · Last week, a new class of eight astronauts-in-training reported to Johnson Space Center to begin two years of training. But training for what, exactly? The shuttle program’s retired – in fact, while the astronauts train, a space shuttle replica currently on display at Space Center Houston will be joined by the shuttle carrier aircraft to […]

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Houston Plays Setting and Character for New Film

Posted on · A new film fittingly called Houston takes place in the city and was shot largely here. But it’s more than just the film’s setting. As Michael Hagerty explains, Houston also served as one of the main characters of the film. Houston will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts Sept. 6, 7 and 8. […]

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The Affordable Care Act for those Houstonians who are Self-Employed and Unemployed

Posted on · Each Thursday between now and October 1st, Houston Matters is devoting some time to offering you a chance to get questions answered, as to what may be the biggest change in health care in America since Medicare begins in earnest. On October 1st, under the Affordable Care Act, Americans can begin to sign up for […]

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Is There a Clear Separation Between Church and State in Texas?

Posted on · The high school football season is underway in the Kountze Independent School District. As the players take the field, cheerleaders root them on...using banners with religious messages on them. Last spring, a Texas District Court judge barred the Kountze Independent School District (about 90 minutes north east of Houston) from banning such religious displays on […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Posted on · Earlier this year we looked at a lawsuit brought against a high school 90 minutes northeast of Houston. Kountze I-S-D was sued by its very own cheerleaders who were displaying religious messages on their banners during football games. A Hardin County Judge Steven Thomas ruled it was ok for the cheerleaders to continue with their […]

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Houston Matters Neighborhood Field Trip: River Oaks

Posted on · Many Houston area neighborhoods have developed their own special identity – through the people that live there, the businesses that flourish there, the cultural events presented there. But neighborhoods change over time, and so that personality may not be what it was ten years ago, or what it will be ten years from now. We […]

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Reality Bites Returns to Houston

Posted on · If you are a Gen Xer, you may wax poetic from time to time about a bygone era filled with scruffy hair, angst-ridden grunge, plaid flannel shirts and a general attitude of disaffection. Or, at least, that's what popular culture tried very hard to tell us Generation X was all about. And perhaps no film […]

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A Visit to a Houston Drive-In Movie Theater

Posted on · The Showboat drive-in movie theater is one of the few remaining drive-ins close to the loop. It opened up on March 31, 2006 and is owned by Johnny and Chris Rumfolo. Houston Matters paid a visit to see what it’s like to run a drive-in.

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What are the Benefits of Early Childhood Education?

Posted on · Harris County Judge Ed Emmett this week announced he would not put a measure on the ballot this November that would have asked voters to approve or reject a proposed tax to benefit an early childhood education program known as the Early to Rise campaign. It's run by the nonprofit Harris County School Readiness Corporation, […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 30, 2013

Posted on · Harris County Judge Ed Emmett this week announced he would not put a measure on the ballot this November that would have asked voters to approve or reject a proposed tax to benefit an early childhood education program known as the Early to Rise campaign. It's run by the nonprofit Harris County School Readiness Corporation, […]

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What Would Compel Houstonians to March?

Posted on · This week’s festivities in Washington marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington got us thinking: what would get Houstonians to march? We have a reputation here in Houston of being generally pretty passive. Which is not to say we don't have our share of protests, or that we don't care – certainly Houstonians […]

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Demystifying the Affordable Care Act for Houstonians

Posted on · What may represent the biggest change in health care in America since the advent of Medicare begins in earnest on October 1st. That's when, under the Affordable Care Act, Americans can begin to sign up for coverage in a new health exchange. Such policies will then go into effect on January 1st, 2014. For the […]