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  • 1 month State Fair of Texas Will Open for Drive-Thru Weekend Events Houstonpress
    Nearly two months ago, Texas residents sighed with disappointment, even if it weren’t surprising that the State Fair of Texas canceled the season for 2020. It was the first time doing so since World War II. But this week, a release went out giving a big update: ... more
  • 1 month Houston Texans 53 Man Roster Prediction, Version 2.0 Houstonpress
    The Houston Texans finished up the portion of training camp that was open to the media — ten media members total, ten practices total — with a scrimmage inside NRG Stadium on Thursday night, that hung precariously in the balance over the previous 24 hours. As it turned out, Hurricane ... more
  • 1 month Toyota Center Will Open For Voting Thanks to COVID-19 Houstonpress
    Houstonians will soon be able to set foot inside Toyota Center for the first time in months, just not to watch the Houston Rockets rain down three-pointers or to see the latest pop sensation live in concert. On Thursday, the Rockets and Interim Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins announced that ... more
  • 1 month Hours Before Laura’s Landfall, Turner and Hidalgo Give Final Updates Houstonpress
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo updated the public on Hurricane Laura in back-to-back press conferences Wednesday afternoon, likely their final remarks before the powerful storm makes landfall late Wednesday night. Laura has strengthened into a powerful category 4 storm that’s now on track to land ... more
  • 1 month Houston Lucked Out Because We Aren’t Ready for Hurricane Laura Houstonpress
    Our hearts go out to the people along the Texas-Louisiana border as they are going to be devastated by the unreal power of Mother Nature in the form of Hurricane Laura. As of this writing, the hurricane was already a deadly powerful Category 4 storm with a massive 20-foot-plus storm ... more
  • 1 month Southeast Texas Prepares for Hurricane Laura’s Arrival Late Wednesday Night Houstonpress
    In a Wednesday afternoon update on the quickly approaching Hurricane Laura, Gov. Greg Abbott said that southeast Texas should start to feel heavy winds “around 7 p.m. tonight” before the hurricane makes landfall “around 1 a.m.” in the wee hours of Thursday morning, and that the storm should blow through ... more
  • 1 month Will Houston Dodge a Bullet in Laura? Houstonpress
    Since our last report, Laura has continued to gradually intensify over the Gulf of Mexico. While there hasn't been rapid intensification yet, that is likely to come as it approaches the Texas-Louisiana coastlines. Now, where is it headed? When we reported early Tuesday morning, models had shifted somewhat to the ... more
  • 1 month Five Houston Texan Position Battles To Watch This Week Houstonpress
    It's Wednesday, and the Houston Texans have a day off from practice, with a full scrimmage looming inside NRG Stadium on Thursday night (Laura permitting). The first nine practices have had some spirited banging around, as much as you can have in practices that don't allow full-on tackling. Battles for ... more
  • 1 month As Hurricane Laura Looms, Hidalgo Asks Coastal Residents to Evacuate Immediately Houstonpress
    During a Tuesday afternoon update on Hurricane Laura, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced a voluntary evacuation order for residents who live in zones A and B of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s hurricane evacuation map, which encompasses the southeastern-most part of Houston in addition to parts of Deer Park, League ... more
  • 1 month Hurricane Laura Should Be a Major Storm at Landfall Somewhere Nearby Houstonpress
    We wish we could report better news this morning, but forecast models have continued to trend westward overnight and now have a potentially very dangerous category 3 or 4 hurricane bearing down on the upper Texas coast overnight Wednesday into Thursday. The ridge of high pressure that is steering the ... more
  • 1 month Laura Still a Threat to Greater Houston Area Houstonpress
    Weather forecast models perform incredibly complex tasks. When you consider that within less than three days, the margin of error in a forecast track is less than 150 miles, that is impressive given all the factors involved in such calculations. But models don't always agree and when one of the ... more
  • 1 month With Tropical Storm Laura Approaching, Hidalgo and Turner Urge Early Preparation Houstonpress
    On the eve of Hurricane Harvey's third anniversary, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner encouraged Houston area residents to start preparing for Tropical Storm Laura, which is predicted to make landfall somewhere between southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana late Wednesday night as a Category 2 hurricane ... more
  • 1 month Hurricane Laura a Legitimate Threat: Four Things Not to Worry About Houstonpress
    We are rapidly nearing the statistical peak of hurricane season (September 10) and, if you were unclear what that means, no doubt the last few days have caught you up. As of writing this, Hurricane Marco is crossing the central Gulf of Mexico on a path toward Louisiana. Meanwhile, Tropical ... more
  • 1 month Top Four Houston Texan Storylines Halfway Through Padded Practice Schedule Houstonpress
    For the fifth straight practice, the Houston Texans took their talents outdoors, back in pads for a spirited Sunday morning of rehearsal football. We are officially at the halfway point of the 14 allotted practices that the owners and players agreed to in this COVID-altered preseason, so the season opener ... more
  • 1 month A Hurricane May Be on Its Way and For Houston Shelters That’ll Mean a Mask-On Experience Houstonpress
    If Tropical Depression 14 turns into a hurricane, hits Houston and forces some residents into shelters, they'll need to be wearing masks, Mayor Turner said during his Friday afternoon press conference. Turner led off the afternoon press conference with the possibility of bad weather in the area early next week, ... more
  • 1 month Astros Win Streak Dulled by Growing Injury List Houstonpress
    On Wednesday, the Astros announced Yordan Alvarez would have surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon and would miss the rest of the pandemic-shortened season. The same day in Colorado, MVP runner up Alex Bregman left the game against the Rockies with a hamstring injury. And on Thursday, while fielding ... more
  • 1 month Rockets Take 2-0 Lead on OKC: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    It wasn't exactly a must-win for either team, but a win on Thursday for the Rockets would not only give them a 2-0 lead in the first round Western Conference playoff series against the Thunder, it would allow them to rest Russell Westbrook another game to get him back to ... more
  • 1 month Two Tropical Storms Could Be in the Gulf Next Week Houstonpress
    2020, man. Am I right? It really feels like we have seen almost everything this year. Pandemics, protests, impeachments, murder hornets...the list goes on an on. Yet, for anyone living along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, this was apparently merely a prelude to what promises to be one of the ... more
  • 1 month Running the Numbers While COVID-19 Remains a Threat in Houston Houstonpress
    The positivity rate is down, so that’s great, except maybe the first set of numbers wasn’t right? The number of hospital admissions has dropped, but people aren’t coming in to be tested, so we don’t really know how many cases there are. We have an inadequate computer system (what a ... more
  • 1 month Houston Shelters Are Still Providing Refuge Despite the Pandemic Houstonpress
    In the middle of a pandemic, Maurice Barksdale had nowhere to stay. A 38-year-old Philadelphia native, Barksdale took his father up on an offer to move down to live with him in Texas in February after Barksdale’s mother passed away two months prior. Barksdale stayed with his dad in a ... more
  • 1 month Rockets Take Game 1 Over OKC: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    It was supposed to be a head-to-head between a pair of guys traded for one another last offseason. It was going to be Russell Westbrook vs. Chris Paul. Westbrook, however, was sidelined with a strained quad and Paul was only average in his first playoff game against his former teammates ... more
  • 1 month Houston Texans 53 Man Roster Prediction, Version 1.0 Houstonpress
    The survivability of an NFL roster from year to year is a dicey proportion, even for good teams around the league. For a variety of reasons — injuries, non guaranteed contracts, impulsive general managers, to name a few — teams tend to churn at least a third of their roster ... more
  • 1 month Abbott Threatens Texas Cities With Property Tax Freeze if They Defund Police Houstonpress
    Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that he plans to help craft state legislation that would permanently freeze property tax rates in any Texas city that votes to reduce funding for local police departments. Abbott revealed the policy during a press conference in Fort Worth, flanked by his conservative statehouse ... more
  • 1 month Rockets Face Thunder in First Round: Four Things to Watch Houstonpress
    In what is one of the strangest twists of irony in the weirdest sports year in history, the Rockets face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs beginning Tuesday night from the bubble in Orlando, the same two teams who swapped All-Star point guards Chris Paul ... more
  • 1 month Houston METRO Still Rolling With Half the Riders and Lots of Face Masks Houstonpress
    Even in a highway-riddled, car-crazy town like the Bayou City, public transportation still plays a pivotal role in getting thousands of Houstonians to work, the grocery store, healthcare appointments and everywhere in between. And it’ll take more than a global pandemic to stop the more than 1,300 vehicles that together ... more
  • 1 month From Houston To Hollywood, Writer Attica Locke Balances Novels with Empire and Little Fires Everywhere Houstonpress -Movies
    It was a roundabout way of getting there, but it sounds like Houstonian Attica Locke was born to write. “I’ve been writing my whole life, acknowledges the novelist and TV scribe promoting her latest book Heaven, My Home being published in paperback on August 25. “I went to Alief-Hastings High ... more
  • 1 month Houston Sports Fans, Prepare Your Clickers For an Incredible Week Houstonpress
    Back around the middle of April of this year, around the time we'd gone through at least the first couple Kubler Ross stages of COVID-19 grief, we reached the stage that I'll just call "looking for the bright side in all this craziness and uncertainty." Perhaps, I can just call ... more
  • 1 month It’s Official, No Fans At NRG Stadium For Houston Texans’ Home Opener Houstonpress
    If you're a football fan, this COVID-19 roller coaster has been a pretty mentally draining, with constant concern over whether we will even get games this fall, let alone be allowed back into stadiums to watch. Getting the game onto the field appears to be happening, at least for the ... more
  • 2 months Slain Army Soldier Vanessa Guillén’s Public Memorial Service is Underway in Houston Houstonpress
    Houston native Vanessa Guillén’s public memorial service is underway today at Cesar Chavez High School, Guillén’s alma mater. Guillén’s family and friends were joined by their fellow Houstonians to mourn the loss of the 20-year-old Army soldier, who was killed on her base at Fort Hood in April. “Trust me ... more
  • 2 months Fort Bend County Offers No Cost Spay & Neuter Program Houstonpress
    Today starting at 8 a.m. Fort Bend County Commissioner Ken R. DeMerchant and Fort Bend County Animal Services in collaboration with Dr. Diarra Blue will be offering no cost spay and neuter services for eligible Fort Bend County residents' cats and dogs. Blue of Cy-Fair Animal Hospital, is known for ... more
  • 2 months Fort Bend County Handing Out Free PPE Kits Starting Today Houstonpress
    Thanks to the pandemic, the annual Fort Bend County Fair was cancelled this year, but starting today, Fort Bend County Judge KP George and other county officials are making good use of the fairgrounds where they will be distributing free personal protective equipment to residents starting at 8 a.m. Other ... more
  • 2 months Four Reasons Why Canceling Power Five College Football Doesn’t Make Sense Houstonpress
    We are just days into this historic new world, where two fifths of college football's Power Five have canceled football for 2020, and the other three fifths remain steadfast in moving forward with a season. Sure, the Big Ten and Pac-12 are paying lip service to "delaying" until the spring, ... more
  • 2 months Turner Joins City COVID-19 Cleanup Crew to Sanitize Homeless Camp Houstonpress
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner came out Thursday to the Gulf Freeway overpass at Bellfort Street in southeast Houston to support the city’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among local homeless camps. After a brief press conference alongside the Gulf Freeway feeder road, Turner joined a Solid Waste Department ... more
  • 2 months Hidalgo Announces New Guidelines for Safely Reopening Harris County Schools Houstonpress
    Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo revealed on Wednesday a new set of recommendations for when she and county public health officials believe area schools could safely reopen for in-person instruction, based on multiple COVID-19 metrics. During an afternoon press conference held to announce these legally non-binding guidelines, Hidalgo and Dr ... more
  • 2 months Is It Time for the Astros to Focus on 2021? Houstonpress
    It remains one of the most controversial headlines in Houston media history and it had nothing to do with politics or social justice or pandemics. On June 1, 2005, the Houston Chronicle ran a story that covered nearly the entire front of the sports section. It included a massive illustration ... more
  • 2 months Big Ten and Pac-12 Cancel Their 2020 Football Seasons, Big XII and SEC Forge Ahead Houstonpress
    At its highest levels, in the Power Five conferences, college football has always been part cartel, part "Game of Thrones." On the one hand, these five conferences have managed to hoard most of the power and TV money the sport claims, and on the other hand, one conference will gladly ... more
  • 2 months Worker Advocates Demand Restoration of $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Houstonpress
    Claudia Urbiales worked in food service at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for just over five years before she lost her job in March thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. A single mother to three children living in Houston’s Northside district, Urbiales depended on the additional $600 per week of federal unemployment ... more
  • 2 months Port Neches-Groves High’s Cheerleaders Yell “Scalp ’em!” While Others Call Foul Houstonpress
    Cindy Reeves grins from ear to ear as she strikes a proud pose in front of the hazy purple backdrop. She is decked out in her drill team best: bright white boots and gloves, a cute white and purple blouse and a pleated white skirt. It isn’t just the colors ... more
  • 2 months Houstonians Aren’t “Overdue” For Their Flu Shots, Despite Conflicting Messages Houstonpress
    Houston Methodist patients recently received an alarming message on their online MyChart inboxes. As of August 1, the healthcare provider told people they were “overdue” for their annual flu shot. Understandably unnerved by the message’s phrasing — sent in the middle of a bona fide public health crisis that has ... more
  • 2 months As Training Camp Begins, NFL Gets Good News on COVID-19 Testing Front Houstonpress
    I think even the most tunnel-visioned sports fanatics would admit that they knew the return fo sports amid a global pandemic was going to be a dicey proposition, with many peaks and valleys. The NBA's bubble in Orlando has been as close to flawless as it gets, with literally three ... more
  • 2 months Possible Santería Animal Sacrifice Found in Galveston Houstonpress
    On Wednesday, August 5 at 2 p.m., Houston artist Autumn Smith and her boyfriend J.D. Hartman were walking on the trails in the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve. Because the trail is fairly short and they wanted to get a bit more exercise, they decided to wander off the beaten ... more
  • 2 months New “Walkable Places” Ordinances a Change of Pace for Houston Houstonpress
    Mayor Sylvester Turner called it a "paradigm shift." Council member Michael Kubosh said he would have been "shocked" if this were brought to council "20 or 30 years ago." On Tuesday, the city took a first baby step toward making Houston, a historically car-dominant city, more walkable by passing a ... more
  • 2 months August Hurricane Forecast Calls for Explosive Peak of Season Houstonpress
    As if 2020 weren't already cruel enough, the widely respected hurricane forecasters at Colorado State University released their updated hurricane season forecast on Wednesday, and it is a doozy. According to the report, a combination of near historically warm sea surface temperatures combined with low to non-existent wind shear and ... more
  • 2 months Turner Details Newly Passed Rental Relief Program and Eviction Limitations Houstonpress
    On Wednesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner filled in some more details of the new rental relief program he announced Friday, including the fact that landlords who accept funds from even one tenant who qualifies for assistance must agree to halt evictions for all residents at that apartment through September 2020 ... more
  • 2 months Is the Unique Game Plan Enough for the Rockets? Houstonpress
    The start to the NBA restart has been a success. Plenty of exciting games and, most importantly, no new cases of the coronavirus. The Rockets have started 2-1, including a rather dead-legged loss to Portland on Tuesday night. But, even with the solid start with wins over both the Mavs ... more
  • 2 months Harris County To Offer Free COVID-19 Tests With Results In 3-5 Business Days Houstonpress
    Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Tuesday that county residents will soon be able to get free COVID-19 tests and have results back within three to five business days. It’s welcome news for the Houston area, as results from free coronavirus tests offered by the county and the City ... more
  • 2 months Would a Verlander Season Ending Injury Be Houston’s Most Devastating Ever? Houstonpress
    The Houston Astros are 5-4 to start the 2020 season, putting them firmly in a slog of around-.500 teams that, if things hold up over 60 games, should cruise into the postseason under the expanded 16-team format, either as the eventual winner of the AL West or as one of ... more
  • 2 months Four Thoughts on The Rock’s Surreal $15 Million Purchase of the XFL Houstonpress
    Back in 2002, during the highest of WWE's popularity, the company shot an on-screen, scripted angle where 16-time World Champion and then-soon-t0-be Hall of Famers Ric Flair found a way to arrange for a consortium of anonymous folks to buy up WWE stock and seize control of the company from ... more
  • 2 months Turner Tells HPD To Enforce Mask Use With $250 Fines Houstonpress
    No more Mr. Nice Mayor on masks — Houston Mayor Sylvester announced Monday that he’s instructed the Houston Police Department to start issuing citations and fines of up to $250 to Houstonians who refuse to wear face masks in public to slow the spread of COVID-19. Back on July 2, ... more
  • 2 months Peddling Door to Door Sales as Fast as They Can Houstonpress
    So you’re on your laptop, feverishly applying for jobs, when suddenly you get an email from a company you never applied to, stating that they’ve “carefully reviewed” your resume, and it really “stood out” to them. “We would like to invite you to an interview,” says the email, credited to ... more
  • 2 months The Four Most Important Tidbits Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt Gave Us On Saturday Houstonpress
    The return to some semblance of sports normalcy has not been without its well documented hiccups. Just ask, Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, who's spent most of the last week praying for negative COVID-19 tests to come back from teams that have brushed up against the Marlins and ... more
  • 2 months Houston Reports Record 18 COVID-19 Deaths as Turner Announces Rent Relief Fund Houstonpress
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the Houston Health Department reported a record-high 18 new COVID-19 deaths within the city on Friday in an end of week press conference. The previous single-day record of 16 new deaths was reported on July 15. Houston’s COVID-19 death toll now sits at 450, ... more
  • 2 months Rockets Back in Action: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    The NBA has laid dormant since March 11 when the league halted play due to the impacts of COVID-19, most specifically the infection of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. At the time, the Rockets were sixth in the Western Conference standings, a game-and-a-half out of seventh place and third, showing ... more
  • 2 months AFC South Offseason Report Card: Did The Houston Texans Improve? Houstonpress
    As the owners and players continue to work on the safety and business issues of football, despite the NFL players' barrage of tweets with angst, anger, and fear on Sunday, I choose to go about my life under the assumption we will get NFL regular season football at some point ... more
  • 2 months Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston Defaced in Act of Racist Vandalism Houstonpress
    When Desmond Bertrand-Pitts, CEO of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, got an email from a colleague on Tuesday asking if he needed any help cleaning up, he thought there had been some kind of mistake. Even when his colleague followed up with photos of the hateful message scrawled ... more
  • 2 months Seven Key Dates For Amazing Sports Content In Houston Houstonpress
    Since the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down the world in the middle of March, the return of live sports has been a slow trickle back. Golf started up again in June, we've had a few NASCAR races, and soccer (both men's and women's) has been back for several weeks now ... more
  • 2 months Houston Afrofuturism Book Club Provides Space to Discuss Work of Black Creatives Houstonpress -Movies
    Earlier this year, Jaison Oliver encountered one of Facebook’s, often annoying, memory posts about the first meeting of his Houston Afrofuturism Book Club. The old image was from 2016, dating the club back further than even he would have guessed.., ... more
  • 2 months Texas Attorney General Says Local Health Authorities Can’t Close Schools Houstonpress
    A new missive from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has muddied the waters on who has the authority to shut down state classrooms to in-person instruction due to COVID-19. In a legally nonbinding guidance letter published Tuesday, Paxton argued that Texas state law and Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide reopening orders ... more
  • 2 months Sports Outside the Bubble: Can MLB and the NFL Survive? Houstonpress
    It was wonderful. Quiet, but wonderful. The Major League Baseball season got underway last week, not in front of fans and with some players wearing masks, but it started none the less. And it was glorious. Less than a week later, the entire league is on the verge of shutting ... more
  • 2 months Abbott Extends Fall Early Voting, Waives Grade Advancement STAAR Test Rules Houstonpress
    It was a busy day for Gov. Greg Abbott, as he announced extra early voting days for this fall’s general election and declared that state requirements for grade promotion for fifth and eighth graders would be lessened this school year thanks to COVID-19. Monday afternoon, Abbott issued a proclamation extending ... more
  • 2 months Astros Lose Game and Possibly Verlander Houstonpress
    After two wins over the very young Seattle Mariners Friday and Saturday, all seemed well in Astro-land. Lance McCullers, Jr., after a rocky start, settled in and looked good in his first time on the field in nearly two years. The bats were what we expected. News was that Jose ... more
  • 2 months J.J. Watt, Texans Veteran Players Report To NRG Stadium For COVID Testing Houstonpress
    If you took off for a long weekend, and went off the grid for a few days starting on Friday, then you missed the good news — the NFL owners and players were able to swiftly and cooperatively come to an agreement to bring the sport of football back to ... more
  • 2 months Hanna Arrives in Texas as a Hurricane Houstonpress
    With sustained winds of 95 mph, Hanna, a Category 1 hurricane made landfall on Padre Island at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the island and nearby Corpus Christi and Port Mansfield bearing the brunt of the high winds and rain. Its accompanying rain bands and high winds were felt over a ... more
  • 2 months Astros Begin the Restart With 8-2 Win Over Seattle: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    While many things about the baseball season has changed in 2020 due to the pandemic, one thing appears to be the same. In 2019, the Astros absolutely dominated the Mariners beating them 18 out of 19 times. On Friday at Minute Maid Park, the Astros took down the Mariners 8-2 ... more
  • 2 months Hidalgo and Turner Announce Harris County Schools Will Stay Virtual Until September 8 Houstonpress
    Thanks to the “still raging wildfire” of COVID-19, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said that area schools will have to stay online-only through Labor Day, and possibly longer. Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Friday that Houston and Harris County Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse and Dr. Umair ... more
  • 2 months Some Speed Bumps Ahead in HISD’s Brave New Virtual World Houstonpress
    If you're going to set out to go virtual-only for at least the first six weeks of school, it has to be somewhat disheartening to hear that there's been a run on Google Chrome books while there are still 23,000 Houston ISD students waiting for a device. You also probably ... more
  • 2 months Four Thoughts on The Astros and the Weirdest Opening Day Ever Houstonpress
    Welcome to what has got to be the strangest opening day in the history of baseball. The Astros get their abbreviated regular season underway on Friday night at Minute Maid Park against division rival Seattle. Like every other team in this 60-game mini season, the Astros will have 40 games ... more
  • 2 months Chinese Consul General Deflects On Espionage Accusations After Consulate Shutdown Houstonpress
    New details about the U.S. State Department’s rationale for ordering the closure of China’s consulate in Houston have emerged, while China’s top diplomat in Houston has expressed his frustration with accusations of espionage levied against his country. Throughout the day Wednesday and late into the night, workers at the local ... more
  • 2 months Turner Talks Chinese Consulate and COVID-19 Stats in Wednesday Press Conference Houstonpress
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke Wednesday about the abrupt closure of China’s local consulate office and shared new statistics about COVID-19 in an afternoon press conference. The Trump administration did not inform the City of Houston ahead of time about its decision to shutter the Chinese consulate located on Montrose ... more
  • 2 months Tropical Weather Will Bring Heavy Rain This Weekend Houstonpress
    After a couple days worth of rain thanks to a tropical wave — the first good rain the area has seen in a while — get set for round two this weekend. A tropical wave the National Hurricane Center has given an 80 percent chance of developing into a depression ... more
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