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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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April 26, 2015

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Tiny houses, big idea

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Are tiny houses the next big thing in Houston? In a city famous for sprawl and ever-expanding square footage, perhaps not. But if the attendance and enthusiasm displayed a a recent forum are any indication, the idea may be about to take hold.

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January 21, 2015

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Official oppression charges dropped against Burke, Guedry

The official oppression charges against two Beaumont police officers — David Todd Burke and James Cody Guedry — stemming from a 2007 altercation with Derrick Newman were dismissed at the end of last year, Jefferson County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Pat Knauth confirmed on Wednesday.

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January 1, 2015

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

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August 13, 2014

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Farewell, Robin

I hadn't planned to write about Robin since news of his suicide broke two days ago, beyond a couple of Facebook posts. But at some critical points in my life, his work had been a great inspiration to me.

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May 29, 2014

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Remembering Maya

Maya Angelou died yesterday. I wasn’t able to read much of the coverage since I spent most of the day at Houston City Council, which after several hours of public comment resoundingly passed, 11-6, an ordinance which outlaws discrimination against, among all manner of groups, gay people.

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