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Ken Hoffman's big announcement and the Spaulding luncheon top this week's stories

Ken Hoffman's big news and the Spaulding luncheon lead the week

Houston, Spaulding for Children luncheon, May 2017, Rachel McNeill, Frank Billingsley, Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza, Jennifer Reyna
The KPRC news family turned out as chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley spoke at the event during which Spaulding for Children debuted its new name: Arms Wide Adoption Services. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton

It's been a busy week for hot headlines. Let's look back at this week's most popular stories on CultureMap. 

1. CultureShock! Why Ken Hoffman left the Chronicle for CultureMap — in his own words. CultureMap's new addition explains that his personal relationship with both Gow Media owner David Gow and CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh, along with the opportunity to write for a publication that doesn't utilize a paywall, influenced his decision to leave the Chronicle after 22 years. 

2. Name change and beloved weatherman's intriguing story make big news at charity luncheon. KPRC chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley spoke at the event during which Spaulding for Children debuted its new name: Arms Wide Adoption Services.

3. Shattered! Another Heights restaurant shuts down and retools with casual vibe. After almost 11 years in business, Glass Wall closed on Mother's Day. The owners will open a more casual restaurant in the space later this summer.

4. Where to Eat Now: 11 of this spring's best new Houston restaurants offer diverse options. This month's list of new restaurants to try includes Star Fish, Yauatcha, and Tacodeli.

5. Beloved Heights restaurant is turning Blue as a modern bistro with dramatic new menu. Speaking of Heights restaurant switcheroos, Claire Smith announced that she has closed Shade and will replace it with a new restaurant called Alice Blue.