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Houston Council votes to oppose “sanctuary cities” bill

June 21, 2017

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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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A peaceful protest in Houston

September 24, 2016

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

May 17, 2015

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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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Opera and European furnishings: A perfect pair

May 11, 2015

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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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Steven Chu discusses energy, climate change in Houston

May 4, 2015

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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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Tiny houses, big idea

April 26, 2015

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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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Remembering Maya

May 29, 2014

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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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The Boss and band make it back to H-town in style

May 8, 2014

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Could they still do it? Could Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, four decades (more or less) in, still bring their legendary intensity and joyousness to a live concert? As a fan — perhaps acolyte is more like it — of long standing, I’ll admit I did have some small measure of concern Tuesday as I made the drive to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

I needn’t have worried.

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Sunday Streets: Second verse, better than the first

May 5, 2014

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Yesterday, Houston held the second interation of its “Sunday Streets” pilot project, where large stretches of a major thoroughfare are closed to vehicular traffic for several hours to encourage folks to get out and walk or bike, meet their neighbors, and just plain get to know the city at ground level.

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Climate change in Houston

August 24, 2013

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How will Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast fare in the next quarter-century as the impacts of climate change interact with an economy built largely around the petrochemical industry? A panel of experts addressed many of the questions around that conundrum this week in the first of two public forums.

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