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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 […]

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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 […]

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Your Tax Questions Answered

Posted on · The attribution may be to Benjamin Franklin, or Daniel Defoe before him, but the sentiment endures: There truly is nothing as certain in this world as “death and taxes.” We’ll save talking about death for another day. These six weeks or so before April 15 always tend to add a little bit of stress to […]

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What’s Funny and What’s Not? New Play Tackles that Question

Posted on · Houston’s Alley Theatre is currently featuring the world premiere of a play called “Fool” from playwright Theresa Rebeck, where two kings decide to engage in a friendly wager: Which of their respective court jesters is funnier? The two jesters go head-to-head in a sort-of Medieval version of Last Comic Standing – with the winner getting to […]

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Murals on Storage Tanks Depict Images of Texas Independence

Posted on · We learn about two large murals on the sides of Shell storage tanks near Beltway 8 along Hwy 225. The murals depict scenes from the Battle of San Jacinto. Each mural measures forty feet by 140 feet. The artwork was created by Native Sun Productions, a media company based in San Antonio and Valparaiso, Ind.

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Why Researchers are Using NASA Satellites to Track Gulf Seaweed

Posted on · Seaweed is on the minds of researchers at Texas A&M University at Galveston, who are partnering with NASA to track seaweed using satellite imagery. The goal: to give beach managers a head start on removing seaweed quickly from the Texas coast. We learn more from Captain Robert Webster, a research assistant at Texas A&M-Galveston.

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Taxis & Ride-Sharing Apps Jockey for Position on Houston Streets

Posted on · Recently, a pair of Houston City Council committees began hearings on the possible entrance of Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing services that use apps to attract customers, into the city of Houston. Council chambers were packed, mainly with supporters of established taxi and limousine companies. Council members heard a comprehensive study by Administration and Regulatory Affairs on proposed changes to […]

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At What Age Should Public Education Begin?

Posted on · Some see value in Pre-K programs as a way to ensure children are ready to learn by kindergarten. Others see an unnecessary expansion of public education. Underlying it all are fundamental questions, like at what age should formal education really begin for a child? And shouldn’t preparation for school really happen at home? We talk it […]

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Three Schools Removed from HISD Closure Proposal

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Houston Independent School District announced three of the five schools they’d proposed closing would, in fact, not be closed. Nathaniel  Q. Henderson Elementary School, Port Houston Elementary School, and Fleming Middle School were removed from consideration by HISD Board President Juliet Stipeche. Houston Public Media News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee updates […]