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Houston Texans’ C.J. Stroud Honored with PFWA’s 2024 Good Guy Award

In a testament to his exemplary character and professionalism, Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Good Guy Award by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). This honor, recognizing Stroud's outstanding rapport with both local and national media, highlights his integrity off the field, complementing his remarkable performance on it.

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Houston Awards Gala Celebrates Women and Girls of Color in STEM

Black Girls Do Engineer (BGDE) is thrilled to announce their highly anticipated 2nd Annual Black Girls Do Engineer Day Awards Gala in Houston, TX.

This prestigious event is a celebration of excellence, empowerment, and achievement for women of color in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The awards gala will honor and recognize amazing women and girls who have made remarkable contributions and accomplishments in the field. At the heart of the Gala lies the presentation of awards to extraordinary women and girls who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, and impact in across all STEM disciplines.

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Empowering Houston: A Glimpse into the Struggles and Triumphs of Guaranteed Income Programs

In a profound effort to spotlight the human side of economic hardship and the transformative potential of guaranteed income programs, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and County Attorney Christian Menefee are set to host an impactful screening of the documentary film *It’s Basic*. The event will take place on Thursday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Johns Downtown Church, located at 2019 Crawford St., Houston.

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Sailors Conduct a Tour Aboard USS Carl Vinson

Information Systems Technician 1st Class Wesley Yeager, a native of Houston, Texas, gives a tour of the flight deck to Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship departs its homeport San Diego for Los Angeles Fleet Week.

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HCDE Leaders Honor Outstanding Employees at Celebration of Excellence Banquet

Laughter and camaraderie filled the air at the Harris County Department of Education’s (HCDE) second annual Celebration of Excellence banquet on May 23. This special event is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the outstanding achievements of HCDE employees who have demonstrated a shared commitment to serving the community and empowering the students of Harris County throughout the school year.

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Harris County Department of Education Welcomes New Board President and Officers

The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) is excited to announce a new chapter in its leadership as Precinct 2 Trustee Amy Flores Hinojosa has been unanimously elected as the new board president. This pivotal decision took place during the HCDE's May monthly board meeting, marking a significant milestone for the organization.

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Rebuilding Together Houston: A Lifeline for Residents Facing Summer Heat

As summer approaches with the potential for record-breaking heat, Rebuilding Together Houston (RTH) is stepping up to support the community. This dedicated nonprofit organization is providing crucial assistance to low-income homeowners in underserved neighborhoods by offering window AC/heater units and fans to help combat the oppressive summer temperatures.

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Six Flags Over Texas Named Among Best Theme Parks for Adrenaline Junkies

In a thrilling revelation for adventure enthusiasts, a recent study by JeffBet has identified Six Flags Over Texas as one of the top destinations for adrenaline junkies in the United States. This iconic theme park in Arlington, Texas, secured the sixth spot in the rankings, thanks to its impressive collection of heart-pounding roller coasters.

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Hyundai Motor Group Appoints Manfred Harrer as Head of Genesis & Performance Development Tech Unit

In a strategic move to bolster its research and development (R&D) prowess, Hyundai Motor Group has appointed Manfred Harrer as the Executive Vice President and Head of the newly established Genesis & Performance Development Tech Unit. This significant appointment is poised to enhance the Group's R&D competitiveness and advance the performance capabilities of Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia vehicles, particularly as the automotive industry shifts towards electrification.

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Houston Fire Department's Essential Safety Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

As we honor the brave individuals who have served our nation this Memorial Day weekend, the Houston Fire Department (HFD) is committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable holiday for all residents. Whether you're firing up the grill or taking a dip in the pool, following these essential safety tips can help prevent accidents and ensure a memorable celebration.

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Houston OEM and Partners Drive Derecho Recovery Efforts

In the aftermath of the devastating derecho that swept through Houston on Thursday, May 16, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is at the forefront of recovery efforts. With unparalleled support from key partners, the city is navigating the challenging path to recovery, highlighting the strength and resilience of the community.

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Houston City Controller Chris Hollins Hosts Town Hall on Proposed Budget

In a proactive move to engage with the community, Houston City Controller Chris Hollins is set to host a Town Hall meeting to discuss the proposed City of Houston Budget. This event offers a unique platform for residents to gain insights into the budget and ask any questions they might have directly to Controller Hollins.

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METRO Memorial Day Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, METRO will operate the following schedule on Monday, May 27, 2024:

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METRO Memorial Day Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, METRO will operate the following schedule on Monday, May 27, 2024:

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Red Cross Transitions Texas Gulf Coast Residents to Recovery Plans

In the wake of the recent severe weather and flooding that has impacted the Texas Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast region is stepping up to help residents transition from emergency shelters to their personalized recovery plans. Partnering with local relief organizations and government agencies, the Red Cross is committed to supporting affected families through every step of their recovery journey.

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Celebrate 30 Years of Excellence at the 2024 ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ in New Orleans

The 2024 ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ presented by Coca-Cola® promises to be a landmark celebration, marking 30 years of cultural excellence, empowerment, and entertainment. Returning to its beloved home in New Orleans from July 4-7, 2024, this year’s festival will honor its rich history while looking towards the future with an extraordinary lineup of performances and events.

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Six Flags Over Texas: A Top Destination for Adrenaline Junkies

In a recent study by JeffBet, Six Flags Over Texas has been named one of the best theme parks in America for thrill-seekers, securing the sixth spot on the list. The study analyzed data from the Roller Coaster Database for 434 roller coasters across 113 theme parks, creating an index based on the number, height, and speed of the roller coasters. This ranking highlights the top destinations for those seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush.

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Women in Jazz Association, Inc. Presents an Unforgettable Night of Jazz in Austin

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of music as the Women in Jazz Association, Inc. proudly presents Joyce Spencer & The Ladies of Jazz, featuring guest vocalist Pamela Hart, along with the dynamic Yansa Samada Band. This sensational event is set for Saturday, July 27, 2024, at 7:00 PM at Sterling Stage Austin, located at 6134 E Hwy 290, Austin, TX.

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The Smartphone Addiction Epidemic: Gen Z Leads the Charge

In our digitally-driven world, the smartphone has become an indispensable part of daily life. A recent study by Reviews.org has unveiled fascinating insights into how different generations interact with their devices. Gen Z, the generation known for its tech-savviness, checks their phones within five minutes of receiving a notification more frequently than any other age group. Surprisingly, Millennials, often perceived as equally tech-dependent, are the least likely to check notifications immediately.

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Commemorating George Floyd: Documentary Announcement and Remembrance Event

As we approach the four-year anniversary of George Floyd's tragic death, Radar Pictures, 8 Queens Film & Media Productions, and Night Fox Entertainment are proud to announce the production of “George Floyd: Daddy Changed the World.” This family-authorized biopic promises to capture the essence of George Floyd, whose name has become synonymous with the fight against police brutality and racial injustice.

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Celebrating Excellence: Nine Female Athletes Immortalized as Barbie Dolls

In a groundbreaking move celebrating female empowerment and athletic prowess, Barbie has unveiled a new line of dolls honoring nine of the most influential women in sports today. This collection not only highlights their remarkable achievements but also serves as an inspiration for young girls worldwide to dream big and strive for greatness.

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Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society: A Journey Toward Re-Opening

The Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society is fervently working towards an October 2024 re-opening, following extensive repairs and restoration after a 2020 flood caused over $500,000 in damage. The historic building, once home to the iconic contralto singer Marian Anderson, houses a treasure trove of artifacts from her illustrious career, spanning from 1924 to 1965.

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Six Houston-Area Harmony Campuses Earn National Recognition for Character Education

Six campuses from Harmony Public Schools have been honored as 2024 "National Schools of Character" for their exemplary efforts in fostering cultures of character within their schools and communities. This prestigious recognition was announced by Character.org, a leading national advocate for character development in educational institutions.

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HUD Implements Disaster Assistance for Texas Survivors

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has rolled out a comprehensive disaster assistance program for Texas residents affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that began on April 26, 2024. This federal aid aims to support recovery efforts across the state, particularly in Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker counties, following President Biden’s major disaster declaration.

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Congressman Al Green Urges President Biden for Swift Federal Aid in Texas Storm Recovery

In a heartfelt plea for swift action, Congressman Al Green has penned a letter to President Biden, urgently calling for expanded and expedited federal assistance to aid in the recovery efforts following devastating storms that ravaged Houston and surrounding counties in Texas. The missive, dated May 21, 2024, underscores the critical need for immediate support to alleviate the suffering and facilitate the rebuilding process in communities grappling with the aftermath of the calamity.

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Transforming Policy Narratives for Young Black Workers: A Groundbreaking Initiative by the Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has recently launched a transformative project titled "Improving Policy Narratives for Young Black Workers." This initiative, aimed at reshaping how educational systems, labor market institutions, and policy frameworks serve young Black workers, offers 13 key messaging principles derived from extensive research and collaboration.

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Reverend William A. Lawson

In March of 1962, thirteen pioneering worshipers gathered at Texas Southern University’s Baptist Student Union lounge. Their mission was to create a place where the worship of God and service to mankind could harmoniously coexist. This noble initiative gave birth to what we now know as Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, a beacon of faith and hope in Houston. Over the years, this congregation has grown from the steadfast original thirteen to a flourishing community of over 12,000 members, thanks to the unwavering grace of God.

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Stay Informed: Navigating the Potential Risks of Summer Amid New Covid-19 Variant – KP.2

As the United States braces for summer, the landscape of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. While overall Covid-19 levels are at their lowest, the emergence of new virus variants, including the dominant KP.2 variant, raises concerns about a potential summer wave. Let's delve into the latest developments and expert insights to navigate this uncertain terrain.

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Hyundai Motor Drives Sustainable Clean Logistics in the U.S. with Vision for Hydrogen Society

Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled its ambitious hydrogen vision and introduced its clean logistics business in the U.S., powered by the cutting-edge Class 8 XCIENT Fuel Cell electric truck, at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2024. This marks Hyundai's third consecutive participation in the ACT Expo, underscoring its commitment to sustainable transportation and its innovative HTWO hydrogen brand.

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2024 Hyundai Sonata: Best Midsize Vehicle at Texas Auto Writers Association's Annual Auto Roundup

In an impressive feat of automotive excellence, the 2024 Hyundai Sonata has clinched the coveted title of Best Midsize Vehicle at the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Annual Auto Roundup, held on April 23-24, 2024. This prestigious event is a hallmark in the automotive calendar, where top journalists from Texas gather to evaluate the latest models based on performance, value, safety, and overall appeal.

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Houston Astros Make Major Move to Strengthen Ailing Pitching Staff with Lauer

The Houston Astros have made a significant and strategic move to bolster their pitching staff amidst early-season challenges. With key starters like Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez sidelined due to injuries, the Astros have signed former Milwaukee Brewers standout, Eric Lauer, to fortify their rotation. This acquisition is poised to have a substantial impact on the Astros' championship aspirations.

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Triumphant Journey: Ed Dwight, Once America's First Black Astronaut, Finally Soars into Space with Blue Origin

Houston Style Magazine celebrates the triumphant journey of Ed Dwight, who, after six decades, has finally soared into space. Once heralded as the United States' first Black astronaut, Dwight's remarkable story has come full circle with his flight on Blue Origin's 25th New Shepard mission.

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DOE Announces $10.5 Million for Microgrid Solutions in Underserved and Indigenous Communities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE) has announced the allocation of $10.5 million in funding to support the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of microgrid-related technologies. This initiative aims to bring reliable, clean energy solutions to underserved and Indigenous communities in remote, rural, and island regions across the United States, reinforcing the DOE's commitment to enhancing energy equity and resilience.

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The Periwinkle Foundation Hosts Fourth Annual Making A Mark® Artapalooza at Texas Children’s Hospital

The Periwinkle Foundation, in collaboration with Northwestern Mutual, recently hosted the fourth annual Making A Mark® Artapalooza, an event designed to ignite creativity and joy among patients at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center. From May 13-16 and on May 20, young patients and their families participated in a week filled with artistic exploration and expression, creating pieces for the upcoming 34th annual Making A Mark exhibit.

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Children's Museum Houston and Harris County Public Library Receive Nation’s Highest Museum and Library Honor

Houston is celebrating a historic achievement as the Children's Museum Houston (CMH) and the Harris County Public Library (HCPL) have both been honored with the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This prestigious accolade, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is the highest recognition given to museums and libraries that make exceptional contributions to their communities.

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FEMA Assistance Available at Spring Branch Family Development Center

In the wake of recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that have impacted various counties in Texas, the Spring Branch Family Development Center in Houston is offering crucial support for disaster survivors. Starting May 21, Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews from FEMA will be stationed at the center to help residents navigate the application process for federal assistance, answer questions, and provide information on available resources.

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Houston City Council to Address Emergency Measures Following May 16 Derecho

In response to the severe windstorm, known as a derecho, that swept through Houston on May 16, Mayor John Whitmire has placed an emergency item on this week's City Council agenda to extend the local state of disaster. This decisive action underscores the city's commitment to ensuring swift recovery and safety for all residents affected by the storm.

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Get Ready to Break a Sweat: Planet Fitness' High School Summer Pass™ is Back!

Calling all high school teens in Houston! Are you ready to kickstart your summer with some serious fitness fun? Planet Fitness has got you covered with their High School Summer Pass™ program, offering FREE access to over 2,500 Planet Fitness locations across the U.S. and Canada from June 1 to August 31.

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McDonald’s kicks off value-filled summer with FREE 6-piece Chicken McNuggets on 5/22

Get ready, Houston! McDonald’s is gearing up to make your summer sizzle with unbeatable value and mouthwatering deals that you won't want to miss. As loyal fans of the Golden Arches, your voices have been heard loud and clear: you want great value, and McDonald’s is delivering just that!

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Dr. Calvin Mackie Urges NY Gov. Kathy Hochul to Invest in Community-Based STEM Education Programs

Dr. Calvin Mackie, a distinguished leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, has issued a clarion call to New York Governor Kathy Hochul. In light of recent backlash against Gov. Hochul’s comments about “young Black kids” in the Bronx, Dr. Mackie’s Forbes article highlights a constructive path forward, urging the governor to move beyond outdated programs and invest in more effective, community-based STEM education initiatives.

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Houston: Leading the Charge in the Energy Transition

As the energy capital of the world, Houston is poised to lead the global transition to alternative energy sources, according to Rice University’s 43rd annual Kinder Houston Area Survey. Nearly 90% of local residents believe Houston should spearhead this critical shift, highlighting the city's unique position in shaping the future of energy.

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Archway Gallery Presents: Ink&Image 2024

Archway Gallery is thrilled to announce its participation in PrintHouston 2024 with the dynamic exhibition **Ink&Image 2024**. This citywide celebration of printmaking showcases the incredible talents of Archway Gallery's own printmakers alongside distinguished guest artists. The exhibition will be open from June 8, 2024, and promises to be a visual feast for art enthusiasts.

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Empowering Women Through the Guide to Good Divorce Program

The Guide to Good Divorce℠ program is proud to announce its remaining seminar schedule for 2024, with the next session on Saturday, June 22, 2024. These unique and popular seminars are crafted to support women as they navigate the complexities of divorce, providing legal, financial, and spiritual guidance for a smoother transition to a happier, healthier post-divorce life.

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City places emergency item on council agenda following the Thursday, May 16 windstorm/derecho

Mayor John Whitmire has authorized the following emergency item on this week's Houston City Council agenda to extend the local state of disaster for last week’s derecho.

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HISD Administration Unveils Visionary Proposed 2024-2025 Budget

Investing in Educational Excellence While Navigating Financial Challenges

In a bold move to secure the future of education in Houston, Superintendent Mike Miles and Chief Finance and Operations Officer Jim Terry presented the proposed 2024-2025 budget for the Houston Independent School District (HISD) during a workshop today. Despite formidable financial hurdles, including the cessation of federal Covid relief aid, stagnant state funding, and declining student enrollment, the administration has crafted a $2.1 billion budget that prioritizes the district's most critical needs and ensures long-term fiscal stability.

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Texas Southern University Welcomes James W. Crawford III as 14th President

In a historic moment for Texas Southern University (TSU), the Board of Regents unanimously confirmed James W. Crawford III as the institution's 14th president. With a wealth of leadership experience and a deep commitment to student success, Crawford is poised to lead TSU into a new era of excellence. Let's delve into the details of this momentous appointment and explore Crawford's impressive background.

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Celebrating Creative Excellence: HCDE’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Shine Light on Harris County Teens

The stage was set, the anticipation palpable, as the University of Houston's Cullen Performance Hall played host to a dazzling celebration of artistic brilliance during the 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional receptions. Sponsored by the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE), this prestigious event honored the creative endeavors of hundreds of teen artists across greater Houston and their dedicated mentors. Let's delve into the colorful tapestry of talent that illuminated these two extraordinary nights.

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Inspiring Excellence: HCDE’s Top Educators for 2023-2024

In a heartening celebration of educational dedication and resilience, the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) recently honored its outstanding educators for the 2023-2024 academic year. Among the esteemed recipients were Aurick Smither, hailed as Teacher of the Year, and Angela Mitchell, recognized as Educational Aide of the Year. Their stories are not only tales of professional achievement but also narratives of triumph over adversity and unwavering commitment to shaping young minds.

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Education Foundation of Harris County: Empowering Learners Through Community Initiatives

The Education Foundation of Harris County (EFHC) continues its unwavering commitment to education and community engagement, spearheading a series of impactful initiatives to support learners across Harris County. From sponsoring community engagement events to awarding grants, EFHC remains at the forefront of educational empowerment.

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Mayor Whitmire Charts Course with FY '25 City of Houston Budget Proposal

Mayor John Whitmire of Houston has unveiled his vision for the city's fiscal year 2025 budget, heralding a bold plan that navigates the complexities of inherited financial deficits while prioritizing operational efficiencies and public safety needs. In a resolute stance, Mayor Whitmire emphasized his commitment to fiscal responsibility without imposing new taxes or fees, marking a significant milestone in Houston's journey towards economic stability and growth.

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