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A Houston college celebrates a milestone anniversary: The university where hard-fought dreams come true?

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of Houston Downtown 40th anniversary gala. Where: The Picasso Room at the J W Marriott Houston Downtown. The 411: UHD graduates Maria Chavez-Berry and Carlon Johnson, b ...


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Hispanic powerhouses celebrate positions of influence at Mayor's annual Latino holiday bash

By Shelby Hodge

What: Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board Holiday Reception. Where: Café Adobe on the Katy Freeway. The 411: More than 350 Hispanic leaders and fans turned out for the annual bash ho ...


Mayor Throws Bday Party

Houston mayor and her partner throw an elaborate birthday party for a power player at their historic home

By Shelby Hodge

Strategic marketing specialist Cindy Clifford is a gal that gets around, working behind the scenes to make things happen for her influential clients. Almost daily, she power lunches at La Grig ...


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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 ...


New Light Rail Fight

Houston light rail fight heats up: Pro rail forces tangle with U.S. Rep — again — over city's transportation future

By Clifford Pugh

Update: On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2015 transportation spending bill, 229-192, with a provision to deny federal funds for the University line. The U.S. Senate has ...


Light Rail Controversy Heats Up

Light rail on Richmond dead forever? Congressman crows over saving Post Oak from METRO destruction

By Shelby Hodge

Residents and business owners along Richmond Avenue are breathing a sigh of relief — at least for now — as U.S. Rep. John Culberson has had his way, quashing federal funding for li ...


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City power brokers come together at a hip, Houston cocktail bar

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board holiday reception. Where: Eighteenth Cocktail Bar. The 411: More than 300 movers and shakers and politicos were welcomed by board chairman Rola ...


Futuristic METRO Station Killed

Futuristic METRO station suddenly scrapped: Houston is sticking with the same old look

By Tyler Rudick

After more than two years of planning, Metro's architectural gem of a downtown rail terminal is dead in the water with the transit authority electing to scrap the project for a less expensive o ...


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Houston's most powerful room: Heavy hitters pack a ballroom to show H.E.A.R.T.

By Shelby Hodge

The sixth annual "Have a H.E.A.R.T." benefit luncheon could have been a political conclave, so rich was the turnout of elected officials and community leaders that packed the ballroo ...


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A more high-tech METRO: New train cars introduced in 100 millionth celebration

By Whitney Radley

Just nine years into operation, METRORail recently met a pretty crucial ridership achievement: Its 100 millionth boarding.  "This 100-million-milestone is incredible! What's ...


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