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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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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 1, 2013

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

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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 sociable […]

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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 26, 2013

Posted on · The cover story of next month's edition of Houstonia Magazine deals with the longstanding rivalry between Houston and Dallas. According to Houstonia's editors, the competition is over, and Houston won. But we suspect folks in Dallas might feel a bit differently about that. So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the Houston/Dallas rivalry […]

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The Art Guys on their Eight Hour Stand-up

Posted on · Thursday afternoon and evening, in their latest performance art endeavor, Michael Galbrath and Jack Massing – a-k-a "The Art Guys" – performed stand-up comedy for eight hours straight on stage at notsuoh on Houston's Main Street. Which naturally begs the question...why? To tell us why, we spoke to Michael and Jack, The Art Guys

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How the Rest of the Country Sees Houston

Posted on · Earlier this month, retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, when asked his reaction to Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets, said, "I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it.” Little town? That's hard to understand, even from Shaq. Houston […]

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Stand Your Ground Law in Texas

Posted on · Demonstrators protested Tuesday in downtown Houston, in response to last weekend's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. More demonstrations are planned this weekend here in Houston, and there have been protests nationwide throughout the week. To discuss the particulars of what the Texas Castle Doctrine says, how it's […]