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Why Are Pedestrian Fatalities Down Everywhere — Except Texas?

Posted on · A new report indicates pedestrian fatalities have decreased nationwide after a three-year spike. But not here in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with the report’s author, transportation researcher Dr. Allan Williams, the former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about the particulars of what he found. Then we’ll discuss the implications of […]

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Pedestrian Fatalities, Tunnel History, and Fishing in Houston & Galveston: Houston Matters for Wed., March 12, 2014

Posted on · A new report indicates pedestrian fatalities have decreased nationwide after a three-year spike. But not here in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with the report’s author, transportation researcher Dr. Allan Williams, the former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about the particulars of what he found. Then we’ll […]

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Why the Rash of Biblical Epics in Theaters?

Posted on · A new film hit the Houston multiplexes a couple weeks ago. “Son of God” is based on the History Channel series “The Bible,” and was produced by “Touched by an Angel” actress Roma Downey and her husband, reality TV producer Mark Burnett. While the film opened to mostly poor reviews – moving just 25 percent […]

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Little League Programs Thrive in Houston

Posted on · Another season of Little League baseball has already begun for parts of Houston. So what are the challenges and rewards of running a Little League program these days? We hear from representatives of West University Little League, Westbury Little League and Bellaire Little League who discuss everything it takes to make a baseball season happen, the benefits […]

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What Are the Unique Challenges of Being a Parent in Houston?

Posted on · Here’s the understatement of the year – parenting has its challenges. And parenting in Houston can bring its own wrinkles – figurative and literal ones. Moms and dads in Houston probably spend more time in the car, driving kids to and from activities. In the worst of our summer heat, there are probably some limits […]

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Parenting in Houston, Little League, and Religious Films: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Posted on · Here’s the understatement of the year – parenting has its challenges. And parenting in Houston can bring its own wrinkles – figurative and literal ones. Moms and dads in Houston probably spend more time in the car, driving kids to and from activities. In the worst of our summer heat, there are probably some limits on […]

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Tough Tests Ahead for NBA’s Hottest Team

Posted on · The Houston Rockets remain the hottest team in the NBA. They’re undefeated so far in March, and have improved their record to 44 and 19, good for 2nd place in the tough Southwest Division. But tough tests lay ahead on the road this week, as they tip off Tuesday night against Kevin Durant and the […]

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Hobbies Help Houstonians Unplug from Technology

Posted on · It’s easy in 2014 to be tethered to technology – from the smart phones we can’t live without to high-tech appliances to entertainment that revolves around an HDTV, streaming services, cable, satellite, game systems, video on demand. These days, you really have to intentionally unplug. In such an automated, connected world, working creatively with our […]

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Are ROTC Programs Still Necessary?

Posted on · Last month, the Houston Chronicle reported on a review by the Government Accountability Office of eight of the state’s 22 Reserve Officers Training Corps units – more commonly known as ROTC. In 2013, Congress eliminated a number of such units nationwide, as they weren’t producing enough officers. That’s the concern here in Texas as well. We […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Energy Deregulation in Texas

Posted on · Back in 1999, state lawmakers voted to deregulate electricity in Texas. The idea: to break up monopolies, provide for competition, and in so doing, drive down consumer costs while ensuring reliability. But is that what has actually happened? Former Houston Chronicle business columnist Loren Steffy explores the complexities of electricity deregulation in Texas in the […]

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Electricity Deregulation, ROTC Programs, Crafters & Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, March 10, 2014

Posted on · Back in 1999, state lawmakers voted to deregulate electricity in Texas. The idea: to break up monopolies, provide for competition, and in so doing, drive down consumer costs while ensuring reliability. But is that what has actually happened? Former Houston Chronicle business columnist Loren Steffy explores the complexities of electricity deregulation in Texas in the […]

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Festival Celebrates French Culture

Posted on · French language and culture is alive and well in Houston. From a entirely French speaking theatre, to French restaurants and oil companies like Schlumberger. Perhaps this is why there’s a French Cultures Festival, which takes place throughout March in Texas and two other states. The festival kicks off at Discovery Green today and we learn […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Over-Sized Luggage, HISD Closures & Suburbanizing The Heights: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week here in Houston. Some good, some bad, some ugly. That’s why we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Houston news each week. Today’s panel includes the Houston Chronicle’s Kyrie O’Conner, Mocha Dad blogger Fred Goodall, and area […]