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City Extends Smoking Ban

Another reason to quit: Smoking ban extended to all Houston city parks, pools, golf courses and libraries

By Elizabeth Rhodes

By September, all Houston parks and public library spaces will be completely smoke-free environments. The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Houston Public Library an ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Special 50th birthday celebration and engagement party draws mayor and politicos

By Shelby Hodge

Love was certainly in the air when Alex Martinez celebrated his 50th birthday amid a sea of political activists, professional fundraisers and friends at the Hilton Americas-Houston Skyline Roo ...


HERO Challenged

Challenge to Houston Equal Rights Ordinance could be hottest issue on November ballot

By Elizabeth Rhodes

The hotly contested race for Texas governor may not be the most highly anticipated issue on the November ballot. Instead, a challenge to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) could be ...


New Pet Adoption Center

Lots to BARC about: New pet adoption center aims to save animals' lives

By Nicole Appleby

The city of Houston's animal shelter and adoption program has received its share of criticism. But now, it's BARC-ing back. Mayor Annise Parker and several Houston City C ...


Girl Geeks Rule

Girl geeks rule! Houston among cities with most women in tech jobs - and having female mayor helps

By Jennifer Chininis

Houston isn't always thought of as a technology hub, but new research shows that Space City ranks in the Top Ten among cities with women holding computer, math and other tech jobs. And the ...


New Houston Grocery Store

New Houston grocery store to bring high-end goods into a food desert: No 40 ounces of trouble allowed

By Eric Sandler

One of Houston's most notorious food deserts is about to get some irrigation thanks to a public-private partnership. Local grocery chain Pyburn's Farm Fresh Foods will open its 12t ...


Concert Celebration

German orchestra plans Houston concert to celebrate 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

By Ellen Goodacre

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra of Germany has chosen Houston to kick off its U.S. tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Former Secretary of State ...


Targeting Bike Killers

Officials seek help to solve hit-and-run cycling accidents and promote bike safety

By Elizabeth Rhodes

In her ongoing effort to reduce cyclist deaths in Houston, Mayor Annise Parker announced a $2,500 donation from BikeHouston to Crime Stoppers of Houston on Thursday at City Hall. In t ...


At City Hall

Equal rights will have to wait: No HEROs emerge as city council delays vote amid church-led bathroom furor

By Elizabeth Rhodes

As a result of a rather contentious City Council meeting the vote on the hotly debated Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) has been postponed until May 28.  The ordinance would "pro ...


Star-Packed Breakfast

One star-packed River Oaks breakfast: The mayor, seven city council members and a TV news star step up

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Center for Literacy Mayor’s Literacy Leadership Award Breakfast. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: For the third consecutive year Ellie Francisco and Le ...


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