June 21, 2017

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Houston Council votes to oppose “sanctuary cities” bill

The small group of incoming high-school freshmen probably didn’t know exactly what they were in for when they attended today’s Houston City Council members. What they got was an excellent example of the debate of competing ideas and democracy in action.

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September 24, 2016

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A peaceful protest in Houston

Houston prides itself, quite rightly, on the diversity of its population. It’s often said that the Bayou City is the most diverse big city in the United States. That diversity extends to its international population — as I was reminded at a recent event, Houston has perhaps the largest number of foreign consulates in the country.

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April 25, 2016

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A new kind of climate change law?

The role of law and the courts, both in the U.S. and abroad, in addressing climate change is shifting away from a “sector-by-sector” approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions toward one focused on determining how climate change impacts on people and holding emitters directly responsible, a panel of experts said at the University of Houston Law Center last week.

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December 30, 2015

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Farewell, Sarah

I was struck not only by Sarah’s outer beauty, but also the depths of her inner conviction and idealism.

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July 19, 2015

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Fair winds and following seas, Ranger

Last weekend, I took a trip into the past.

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June 3, 2015

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Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discusses hurricanes, indigent health care and (yes) the Astrodome at Houston Skyline Rotary

In a recent talk, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discussed being the chief emergency official in a highly urbanized county, the problems associated with taking care of mental health patients in the Harris County Jail and the fate of the Astrodome.

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May 17, 2015

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Annise Parker discusses her Houston legacy, possible future plans at Skyline Rotary

In a recent talk, Houston Mayor Annise Parker Annise Parker discussed some of the legacy issues of her time as mayor, but gave only the slightest hint of her intentions after leaving the office.

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May 11, 2015

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Opera and European furnishings: A perfect pair

I’ll just put this out there right away: I’ve never been what you’d call a huge opera fan.

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May 10, 2015

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Atmospheric scientist Drew Shindell discusses “The Value of Clean Air” in Houston

Duke University atmospheric scientist Drew T. Shindell said the climate change and air pollution issues are inextricably linked, and that economic measures of the value of various energy sources must include their externalities, including impacts to human health, in a presentation at Rice University.

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May 4, 2015

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Steven Chu discusses energy, climate change in Houston

Dr. Steven Chu, who served as U.S. Energy Secretary in President Obama’s first term, recently visited the “Energy Capital of the World” to discuss changes in the energy sector and its impact on the global environment.

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