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Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 09:10 AM PDT

Houston, Texas news you can use

by fab 3

Welcome to my community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use." As always, opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements.

I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

So how does Htown get 600 people to show up for a bike ride? You invite them to  Critical Mass Houston - Critical Mass is a world wide initiative for bike awareness and reclaiming public space. Houston Critical Mass meets the last friday of every month in Market Square in Downtown Houston.

CRITICAL MASS HOUSTON APRIL 2012
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I'd like to start this week's edition of my community-building diary series, "Htown News You Can Use" with a favorite qoute.

"Every thoughtful dialogue is an act of rebellion against ignorance and cynicism, just as every act of kindness is an act of rebellion against cruelty and selfishness. Every time we listen to each other, every time we laugh and hug, we stand against those who want to tell us what we must think and who we must hate." M. Morford, SF Gate columnist
Follow me below the jump for community, business and nonprofit news from Houston, Texas. Home of the Rockets, Astros, Texans, and Dynmao, as well as the Menil Collection, and the Rothko Chapel. Don't mind our lesbian Mayor, Annise Parker. She's just taking names and kickin' butt despite the fact that much of the city is still run the good ol' boys.
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Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM PDT

Houston, Texas news you can use

by fab 3

Here's today's feature in my community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use." I'm a native Texan who spent time in San Francisco and Los Angeles before returning to the Lone Star State and the hot, steamy, sticky, mosquito-infested city on the bayou, aka Htown.

Opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements. I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

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Today's edition of my ongoing community-building diary series starts with a few of my favorite comments from yesterday about Houston, Texas the nation's fourth largest city. Thanks to everyone of you for your comments and continued encouragement. I didn't have time yesterday to respond, but wanted to acknowledge the positive mojo.

You'll also hear from a Texas reporter who was fired last week after he aired excerpts of an interview with a woman who was "forced to undergo several medically unnecessary transvaginal sonograms to obtain an abortion" due to the new Texas sonogram law.  

“I love seeing positive things written about Houston, especially considering how much needs improving state-wide.  Keep up the good work!”

“Houston has a bizarre history, as a cow-town exploded into megalopolis, with no planning. It has a bizarre present, as I understand it, as a Democratic bastion in the heart of Texas, with a lesbian mayor, a thriving lbgt community, and excellent Mexican food.”

“…what I wouldn't give for a plate of tacos al carbon from the original Ninfas.”

“…mom-and-pop greasy spoons at lunchtime...ate some of the most amazing Mexican food I've had in my life.”

“Dumbfounded me, first of all, that Houston HAD a port. Who knew? Second of all, I found the weather weird and amazing, given the beach-front surroundings. I mean, it's right on the Gulf of Mexico, right? But it was 80 degrees and humid when I got out of the car.”

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Since today is a Monday after a long weekend, time is short and I've got lots of work piling up on my desk. So here's today's non-formatted edition of my community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use."

Special shout-out to texasdem2004 diary about the firing of Houston reporter Scott Braddock after an ultrasound interview. It's a great diary and well worth the read. Keep up the community-building Kossacks!
 

http://www.dailykos.com/....

Scott wrote about what happened on his website - http://www.scottbraddock.com/....

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Today's edition of my ongoing community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use" is going to be a little looser and more eclectic. As some of you who've been reading along lately know, I try to cover events/issues/news from the nation's fourth largest city. I usually follow a Community, Business and Nonprofit format, but today, I think I'll just hightlight some of my favorite personal items from the week.

I really appreciate all the good mojo, encouragement, suggestions, thoughts and ideas on what you'd like to see covered from Htown and Southeast Texas. I think I'll start with a quote from Sandra Bernhard, a comedienne, actress, and raconteur, that I first saw live at the Old Tower Theater on lower Westheimer (now Tex-Mex haven El Real no.2) in 1993.

"chag samaech to all the pesach crowd and happy easter to many, enjoy a peaceful weekend moving the world forward and upward."
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As many of you know, I've been working on this community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use" for a couple of weeks now. I've been touting Houston as the 4th largest city in the nation. Have I been using old data? Does anyone even care? Are you still reading?

According to the Houston Chronicle today, Houston's Harris County leads nation's other counties in growth, and population gains put the Houston area in the Top 5.

The Houston metro area officially topped 6 million people last summer, surpassing Philadelphia to become the nation's fifth-largest metropolitan area. The growth is part of a continued Texas juggernaut led by Harris County, which added more people than any county in the nation between April 1, 2010, and July 2011, according to census estimates released on Thursday. The estimates are an update to the official 2010 Census. One thing is clear: Texas remains a powerful draw.
http://www.chron.com/...
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Today's edition of my community-building diary series Houston, Texas News You Can Use, features the ongoing battle over women's health. You'll also find my regular community, business and nonprofit news, but I think this story deserves a little more attention and discussion:

State Could Use Block Grants to Free Up Women's Health Dollars
In a fiscal switcheroo, Texas could free up state dollars to fund the embattled Women's Health Program by seeking federal block grants for other programs, the state's health commissioner wrote in a letter to House Democrats on Tuesday. Texas is losing more than $30 million in annual federal funding for the Women's Health Program over the state's decision to force Planned Parenthood clinics out of the Medicaid program. Gov. Rick Perry has vowed that the state will find the money, despite a bleak budget, to continue operating the contraception and cancer screening program without federal help.
http://www.texastribune.org/...
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Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 08:39 AM PDT

Houston, Texas news you really can't use

by fab 3

Admit it, you like me. You like me a lot. What is it about me that you like? Oh, pretty much everything: my oversize self-confidence, my relentless charm, the way I get so worked up and passionate about things—even my deep despair, and my belief that no one hurts, no one really feels sorrow, the way I do. You can’t help it, you’re drawn to me. And that’s fine, because I am pretty fascinating. Unfortunately, new research shows that eventually you’ll tire of me. Just like all the others, your initial adoration will give way to exhaustion and disdain for the way everything I do is somehow centered around me. (Why shouldn’t it be? I’m amazing!) It’s a sorry state of affairs, and I’ll be sad to see you go, but you know what? I’m freaking awesome. I’ll make new friends. Because people cannot get enough of me.

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It's Friday, and you know what that means. Yes, another News You Can Use from Houston, Texas, the home of President George Bush, who just gave his support for the Republican nomination for president to Mitt Romeny.

We also enjoy Mayor Annise Parker, our nation's first lesbian mayor. Ms. Parker and her life partner, Kathy Hubbard, have been together since 1990. They have three children. Parker leads the fourth largest city in the USA, affectionately known to locals as Htown, Space City, Bayou City, or just simply "home."

Mayor Annise D. Parker is a second generation native Houstonian. She attended Rice University, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In the private sector, Ms. Parker spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. Mayor Parker was sworn in to her first term as mayor of Houston on January 4, 2010. She is Houston’s 61st Mayor, one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. As the City's chief executive officer she is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the City and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced.

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Opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements. I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.
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A renaissance man with a medieval attitude on this pre-apocalyptic world. Opinions are my own. Retweets are not endorsements.  Houston,TX
And now, what follows is information from various news sites, although not all will be local media or necessarily always covering Houston, or Texas; however that will be my main focus. As always let me know what you like, don't like or any suggestions from fellow DKos community members. Come on down, y'all!
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As many of you know, this community building diary series features news and links from the USA's fourth largest city/metroplex Houston, Texas. You'll see three headings with community, business and nonprofit information.

This week, I thought I'd start by sharing three of my personal Houston "insider links" to people, places and things I like about Houston:

Houston Galleria - Set beneath spectacular glass atriums, The Galleria features more than 375 fine stores and restaurants, an impressive ice rink and two Westin hotels. This world-class shopping complex showcases the best names in retailing including Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Ralph Lauren Collection, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Nordstrom
http://www.simon.com/...

Houston Arboretum - The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (HANC), one of the first nature education facilities for children in the state of Texas, provides services to nearly 200,000 visitors annually. The Arboretum also provides nature education for more than 10,000 children annually. HANC is a 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary located on the western edge of Memorial Park.
http://houstonarboretum.org/...

Chef Bryan Caswell - At REEF expertly prepared seafood with Gulf Coast, Mediterranean and Asian influences reflects culinary sophistication never-before seen among Houston’s high-profile restaurant scene. Caswell, who grew up along coastal waters and sharpened his culinary skills in water-side hot spots from New York to Hong Kong and Barcelona to the Bahamas, pairs a passion for pristinely fresh fish with the rainbow of flavors and textures of locally grown produce. Coupled with Caswell’s Jean Georges-taught culinary savvy, the resulting oceanic menu is cleverly diverse.
http://reefhouston.com/...

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For those who don't know me, I'm a renaissance man with a medieval attitude on this pre-apocalyptic world. Opinions are my own. Links, re-posts and comments are not endorsements.

I'm a Trusted User here at Daily Kos and I'm sharing  information from various news sites with a Houston, Texas perspective. I'm keeping the Community, Business and Nonprofit format, but please let me know if there's anything else you'd like me to cover.

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