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Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's Men of Distinction are revealed: This year's big gun guns enjoy time at a swank River Oaks mansion

By Shelby Hodge

A political power broker, a philanthropist, a distinguished doctor and a successful businessman — four Houston community leaders have been named to the highly-regarded Men of Distinction ...


Bangles and beads

Bollywood glamour — sexy, skin-baring movie star included — captivates Houston at sold-out gala

By Ruchi Mukherjee

Bollywood fans and those just introduced to the film industry of India were bedazzled when actress Neha Dhupia, dressed in a glamorous midriff-baring gown, took center stage at the South Asian Cham ...


Party Watch

West U parks get a major assist: How about $450,000 worth of green

By Shelby Hodge

What: Friends of the West University Place Parks Fund 23rd annual Park Lovers Ball. Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: It was the non-profit's largest gala to date with more than ...


New Astrodome Plans

New strange Astrodome plans emerge even as the demolition begins

By Tyler Rudick

Nearly a month after voters rejected a $217 million referendum to convert the Astrodome into an exhibition center, officials continue to wrestle with how to proceed on the iconic, but decaying stad ...


New Astrodome Plan

Astrodome lake? New plan aims to turn Dome into a green paradise that would blow away Discovery Green

By Eric Sandler

With the failure of the $217 million bond issue that would have raised the funds necessary to convert the Astrodome into a multi-purpose convention center and event space, Harris County Commissione ...


Election Results

Third time's still the charm: Mayor Annise Parker cruises to big win

By Clifford Pugh

Mayor Annise Parker breezed to a third term in city elections Tuesday, garnering more than 57 percent of the vote. Her main challenger, former city attorney Ben Hall, conceded the race around 8:30 ...


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Grammy singer wows Houston humanitarians in a touching River Oaks night

By Shelby Hodge

What: Harris County Hospital District Foundation's "Jubilee of Caring" gala Where: River Oaks Country Club The 411: Philanthropists Sidney and Don Faust received the Ben Taub ...


Decision Day Approaches

Swing dome vote: 20 percent of voters still undecided on saving the Astrodome

By Eric Sandler

When Harris Country Commissioners' Court voted to place an item on the November ballot to raise taxes for the purpose of converting the decaying Astrodome into a multi-purpose facility/conventi ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Super Bowl anticipation fills Houston Texans owner's suite: Living the sports high life

By Shelby Hodge

On game day, nothing feels more like the center of the NFL universe for Houston Texans fans than the plush surroundings of the owner's suite at Reliant Stadium. So it was Sunday when Janic ...


The Countdown Begins

U.S. Health Secretary touts benefits of Affordable Care Act; urges Millennials to get health insurance

By Tyler Rudick

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care exchange program set to launch Oct. 1, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stopped in Houston on Monday to discuss how ...


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