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Rockets-Warriors Challenge

Mayor Parker's wager on Rockets takes a hit after Game 1 thriller, but NBA series has long way to go

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Mayor Annise Parker's '"friendly wager" with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf over the outcome of the best-of-seven NBA Western Conference Finals between the Houston Rockets a ...


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Mayor Parker and spouse engage luncheon crowd with their personal story of adoption

By Shelby Hodge

What: Spaulding for Children inaugural "Home Is Where the Heart Is" luncheon. Where: Houston Country Club. The 411: Who better to address the adoption and foster care agency's ...


Out Magazine Power 50

Houston mayor ranks high on list of nation's most influential LGBT people — again

By Clifford Pugh

Annise Parker has made the Power 50 list again. Houston's mayor comes in at No. 19 on Out magazine's annual ranking of the most influential LGBT people in America. She is up two no ...


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Mayor and honorees in crystal slippers step out at pump-alicious "Kick Out Kidney Disease" luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: National Kidney Foundation's 10th annual "Kick Out Kidney Disease" luncheon. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Shawntell McWilliams chaired and Merele Y ...


Flying High

Southwest Airlines adds new international destinations from Hobby Airport

By Marcy de Luna

Amid a wave of bouncing beach balls at Houston City Hall, Southwest Airlines announced two new international destinations from Hobby Airport this fall. Flights to Montego Bay, Ja ...


New Destinations

It's a lot easier to get to Hobbit land: Air New Zealand launches nonstop Houston service

By Elizabeth Rhodes

On Thursday, Air New Zealand named Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as its fifth North American gateway with nonstop service starting in December. The airline's refi ...


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Politicians from both sides of the aisle recognize clout of Hispanic businesses at gigantic luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 22nd luncheon and Business Expo. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Anyone who ever doubted the political impact of the Hispanic&n ...


Sunday Streets Explode

Closing Westheimer to cars is a major hit: Houston's first big step to becoming a walking city?

By Elizabeth Rhodes

After a successful launch last April, Houston's Sunday Streets program — which blocks off city streets to allow for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters to take over the road —&nb ...


Groundbreaking Menil

Dream project: $40 million Menil Drawing Institute finds innovative ways to tame the light

By Joel Luks

When Menil Collection director Josef Helfenstein first placed a phone call to Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee's founders Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, he posed two que ...


New Bike Trail

Biking through downtown Houston just got easier thanks to new protected green lane

By Nikki Ndukwe

Attention cyclists, the first protected bike trail in Houston is finally here. Mayor Annise Parker and a slew of bike enthusiasts opened what they are calling the city's "first protec ...


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