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What Would You Pay for a Galveston Castle Built in 1892?

Posted on · There’s an old adage – a man’s home is his castle. And in some rare instances, some men’s homes really are castles. Take a beloved landmark a short drive south of Houston in Galveston, Texas. It’s called “The Bishop’s Palace,” and it’s a Victorian castle, built by lawyer and Colonel Walter Gresham in the 1880s. […]

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One Way to Celebrate Fourth of July in Houston

Posted on · It’s crunch time for the planners of “Freedom Over Texas,” the city of Houston’s July 4th celebration. This year’s festivities include performances from Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride, along with a bevy of Houston-area performers. Here’s a preview.

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How the Supreme Court Rulings will Affect Houston

Posted on · We turned our attention to the U-S Supreme Court, which ended its spring session in dramatic fashion, issuing rulings in the final weeks on several widely anticipated cases, all addressing civil rights matters with implications for Houstonians. Two cases came out of Texas – in one ruling, the High Court determined a suspect’s pre-arrest silence can […]

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Abortion in Texas

Posted on · The Texas legislature’s special session ended in dramatic fashion early Wednesday, as Senate Bill 5, which would set new restrictions on abortions in Texas, seemed to have been passed by lawmakers. But, as it turns out, they didn’t conduct the vote before midnight – when the session was mandated to end – despite initial claims […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 28, 2013

Posted on · The Supreme Court’s spring session ended with a bang. The High Court issued dramatic rulings on several highly anticipated cases involving civil rights, some originating here in Texas, and all with implications for Houstonians. The Court struck down DOMA, and instructed a lower court to dismiss a challenge to a ruling striking down Prop 8 […]

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Exhibit Displaying How Houston Changed Over the Last 30 years

Posted on · Blueprint Houston will open an exhibit of significant downtown projects called “We Built This City” representing some 30 years of progress. Including projects like Discovery Green, The Co-Cathedral, Market Square Park, the Julia Ideson Building, the Ballet Center etc. The exhibit will be open through July 5. It is free and open to the public. […]

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Should it Stay or Should it Go, Astrodome Update

Posted on · Last month, we offered you a chance to put in your two cents on some of the ideas being floated for the future of the Astrodome. After evaluating 19 formally submitted plans, The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation made its recommendation to Commissioners Court this week. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin has an update on […]

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A Closer Look at Energy Resources in Houston

Posted on · The energy industry is, of course, a key component of Houston’s economy, which makes policy debates over America’s energy future of vital importance to the Greater Houston community. Traditionally, the fight over our energy future has been thought of as a “zero sum game.” At one end of the spectrum are those who are all in […]

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Architectural Makeovers in Houston

Posted on · Near the Gulf Freeway south of Hobby Airport stands Almeda Mall. As shopping centers go, it’s solid, if a bit nondescript. There’s a Burlington Coat Factory, a Vitamin World, a Macy’s. Some 60 stores in all. Surrounding the mall is an area that might be charitably referred to as “underdeveloped.” Windows of nearby stores are […]

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Why Texas Leads the Nation in Executions

Posted on · Pending a last-minute stay, on Wednesday of next week, Kimberly McCarthy will be executed. The Hunt County, Texas native was sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a 70 year old Lancaster, Texas woman in 1997. Her execution will be the 500th by the state of Texas in the modern death-penalty era. That’s, by […]

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Houston Matters For Friday, June 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore why Texas leads the way in executions, and what it says about us. Also, the energy industry is a key component of Houston’s economy. We’ll talk with author Michael Leviabout his new book The Power Surge, which calls for a “most of the above” approach to America’s energy policy. Plus, an Astrodome update, and a […]

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Juneteenth at Emancipation Park

Posted on · The world’s oldest Juneteenth parade and festival takes place once again this year, where it began, at Emancipation Park in Houston. The 141st annual celebration commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. That announcement came some two and half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect in the North. […]

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“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” in Houston News This Week

Posted on · We premiere a new occasional segment on Houston Matters. It’s called “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” We ask three panelists to place stories in the week’s news into one of those three categories. Our inaugural panel features political blogger Charles Kuffner, Houston Chronicle Columnist Lisa Falkenberg, and attorney and host of “Partisan Gridlock” […]

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Improving the Houston Daily Commute (part 1)

Posted on · Traffic can be brutal, at times, in Houston. Never more so during “peak” hours. What once may have been referred to as “rush hours” are really solid three hour stretches each weekday morning and evening, as commuters travel to and from work. What can we do to improve the daily commute? We ask KUHF’s transportation […]