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Commissioner Rodney Griffin Endorses Vice President Kamala Harris for President

In a resounding show of support, Commissioner Rodney Griffin has officially endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for the presidency of the United States. His endorsement comes at a pivotal moment, reflecting the critical need for strong leadership and unwavering commitment to democratic values.

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The UHD “Get Ready Gators” Summer Bridge Program 2024: Empowering Future Leaders

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), the second-largest university in Houston, continues to set itself apart by offering personalized support and transformative educational experiences to its students. This summer, UHD is proudly hosting the “Get Ready Gators” Summer Bridge Program, a testament to its commitment to providing accessible, high-quality education to first-time college students.

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Institute for Spirituality and Health to Host Free Virtual Event “Breathing After Beryl: A Community Care Gathering” on July 24*

In the wake of Hurricane Beryl, the Institute for Spirituality and Health, in collaboration with the Greater Houston Healing Collaborative (GHHC), is hosting a crucial virtual event aimed at helping the community recover from the mental and emotional stresses caused by the storm. The event, titled “Breathing After Beryl: A Community Care Gathering,” will take place on Wednesday, July 24, 2024.

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EPA to Announce $4.3B for Climate Projects

Biden administration to announce $4.3 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funding

Harris continues to garner more endorsements since BIden announcment

Kamala Harris continues to garner more endorsements since Biden announced he will step out of presidential race, giving his VP way to nomination

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Sheila Jackson Lee: A Legacy of Service and Advocacy

"I am about the people of the United States of America and the people of Houston, Texas," was not just a statement Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee once made, but a guiding principle she lived by. Her life's work was dedicated to serving her community and advocating for justice. On July 19, 2024, the Lee family announced her passing. Sheila Jackson Lee was 74 years old.

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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to Host 60th International Biennial Boule in Houston*

With over 100,000 inducted collegiate and professional women across more than 500 chapters worldwide, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is excited to announce its 60th International Biennial Boule. The event will take place from Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 4, 2024, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, with a global delegation of over 10,000 attendees.

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Houston Public Library Receives $200,000 Grant to Boost Citizenship Program*

The Houston Endowment has awarded the Houston Public Library (HPL) a generous $200,000 grant to reinvigorate its highly acclaimed Journey to Citizenship program. This funding will support the relaunch of HPL’s comprehensive courses, including "Introduction to Citizenship" and "Civics and Literacy," designed to assist adult learners in mastering the essential components of the U.S. naturalization exam.

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Starbucks wanted to be the ‘third place.’ Now it’s speeding you out the door

Years ago, some people would spend hours at Starbucks. Today, it’s a takeout counter. At many Starbucks locations, you’re lucky to find anyone sitting down.

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Snoop Dogg's Dr. Bombay Ice Cream Celebrates National Ice Cream Day with Two New Flavors

The legendary Snoop Dogg, renowned hip-hop artist and savvy entrepreneur, is celebrating the first anniversary of his Dr. Bombay Ice Cream line this National Ice Cream Day with the launch of two delectable new flavors: Baked Blueberry Muffin and Peanut Butter Jelly Time. These exciting additions to the Dr. Bombay collection are a testament to the brand's commitment to blending cultural nostalgia with innovative, indulgent flavors.

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PUCT Reminds Texans of Consumer Protection Rules and Electric Bill Assistance Amid Summer Heat

As Texans endure the sweltering summer heat and recover from the impacts of Hurricane Beryl, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) is reinforcing the importance of consumer protection rules and available financial assistance for electric bills.

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Harris Health Resumes Services Post Microsoft Software Glitch

Harris Health has announced the resumption of appointments at its outpatient and clinic sites following a global information system outage caused by a Microsoft Windows software update glitch. While many services are back online, some network systems within Harris Health remain unavailable, continuing to pose challenges for the healthcare provider.

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Isaac Johnson: From the U.S. Army Reserve to Leading TDECU to New Heights

In a ceremony that marked the end of an illustrious 38-year military career, Isaac Johnson, President and CEO of TDECU, formally retired as a two-star Major General from the U.S. Army Reserve. On July 13th at Fort Liberty in North Carolina, Johnson relinquished command of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), marking a significant transition from a life of military service to a dedicated focus on his civilian role.

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Ford Pro Expands F-Series Super Duty Production with Multi-Energy Technology in Canada

Ford Motor Company is set to significantly boost its production capabilities with the addition of a third North American assembly plant for its popular F-Series Super Duty trucks. Starting in 2026, Ford will commence assembly of up to 100,000 Super Duty units at the Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada, marking a major expansion in response to soaring customer demand.

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Volvo Cars Achieves Record-Breaking Q2 2024 Performance Amidst Global Challenges*

Volvo Cars has announced a landmark achievement for Q2 2024, reporting a record core operating profit of SEK 8.2 billion, a 28% increase compared to the same period in 2023. This stellar performance underscores the company's continued strength and strategic prowess in the face of a complex global landscape.

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2025 Toyota GR86 Hakone Special Edition: A Modern Tribute to an Icon

A nostalgic drive down memory lane is in store for automotive enthusiasts with the return of the Toyota GR86 Hakone Special Edition for the 2025 model year. This special edition, paying homage to Japan's renowned Hakone Turnpike, promises to captivate drivers with its striking design and enhanced performance features. Set to arrive at Toyota dealerships in Fall 2024, this limited edition is already generating significant excitement.

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Girl Scouts Visit Toyota Connected North America: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in STEM

In a bid to empower young women and inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Toyota Connected North America (TCNA) recently opened its doors to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX). The visit aimed to ignite passion and provide hands-on experience in software engineering, cloud services, and automotive technology, highlighting TCNA’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in technical fields.

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GM's $500 Million Investment in Lansing Grand River Assembly: Paving the Way for an Electric Future

General Motors (GM) is setting the stage for a groundbreaking shift in U.S. manufacturing with a monumental $500 million investment in its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, backed by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. This initiative marks a significant milestone in GM’s ongoing commitment to electrification and U.S. manufacturing leadership.

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2024 Mitsubishi Outlander: Setting the Standard in Safety and Innovation

The 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander is making waves in the automotive industry, boasting an impressive suite of safety features that underscore the brand's unwavering commitment to pedestrian and occupant protection. This award-winning SUV has been recognized as a 2023 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, a testament to its advanced safety technologies and innovative design.

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New Upscale Southern Soul Lounge MOCA 4212 to Open on Historic Almeda Road This Weekend

Get ready for an unforgettable experience as MOCA 4212 Lounge opens its doors with a grand celebration from July 18th to 21st. Located on the iconic Almeda Road, often dubbed the Black Wall Street of Houston for its array of successful Black-owned businesses, MOCA 4212 Lounge promises to be a new hotspot for locals and visitors alike.

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Escape without Leaving! Discover the Best Staycation Destinations for Texas Travelers

With the rising popularity of staycations, Texans are discovering a wealth of travel destinations within the United States that offer unforgettable experiences without the hassle of international travel. According to recent data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Texas residents have shown a strong preference for several states, making millions of visits each year. Let’s explore the top five states that have captured the hearts of Texans for their ideal staycation spots.

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Inspiring the Next Generation: 10th Annual Girls in Aviation Day at the Lone Star Flight Museum

The Lone Star Flight Museum is thrilled to announce the 10th Annual Girls in Aviation Day, set for Saturday, September 21, 2024. This highly anticipated event is designed to inspire girls (and boys) ages 10 to 17 to explore the exciting world of aviation and consider the diverse career opportunities it offers. From pilots and mechanics to air traffic controllers and flight attendants, the aviation industry is rich with possibilities.

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The Universe's Grand Design: Dr. Bo Kirkwood's Insightful Exploration of Intelligent Design

Renowned physician and author Dr. Bo Kirkwood delves into the profound mysteries of the universe in his latest book, *A Purpose Driven God*. This thought-provoking work expands on the concept of intelligent design, offering readers a deeper understanding of the universe's intricate design and the underlying intellect that orchestrates it.

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Breaking Free from Social Pressures: Dr. Alicia Lamberghini-West's Guide to Empowerment

In an era where societal expectations can weigh heavily on individuals, particularly women, Dr. Alicia Lamberghini-West's latest book, *Your Life, Your Way: Become Aware of Social Pressures Limiting Women*, serves as a beacon of hope and empowerment. Drawing from her 25 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Lamberghini-West delves into the intricate web of social pressures that often leave women feeling unhappy, guilty, or ashamed when they fail to meet these lofty standards.

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Chicago gas prices could soar after tornado narrowly misses refinery

Gas prices could soon soar across the Chicago metropolitan area after a tornado narrowly missed a major ExxonMobil refinery outside of Chicago Monday night, knocking out power to the facility.

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Miss USA + Miss TEEN USA Pageant August 1/4

After nearly two decades, Miss USA is returning to Los Angeles! Both highly anticipated events will take place at Peacock Theater located at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, California.

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Doves Restaurant: A Lavish New Boutique Dining Experience to Open in Midtown Houston

Get ready, Houston! Doves Restaurant, a stunning new boutique dining concept, is set to open this month at 3101 Main Street in the bustling Midtown district. This chic establishment promises to redefine luxury dining with a unique blend of high-end glamour, surrealist décor, and opulent Southern cuisine infused with an Asian twist.

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Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston to Host Annual 2024 Tapestry Gala

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) proudly announces its annual Tapestry Gala, set for Saturday, October 26, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas – Houston. This prestigious event will celebrate the power of dialogue, collaboration, and service, showcasing IM's commitment to uniting diverse communities across the Greater Houston area.

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Hyundai and Children's Hospital Los Angeles Strengthen Partnership for Child Passenger and Pedestrian Safety

Hyundai Motor America has reinforced its commitment to child passenger and pedestrian safety with a significant $100,000 donation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). This contribution, part of Hyundai’s corporate social responsibility initiative, Hyundai Hope, will bolster CHLA’s Injury Prevention and Child Passenger Safety Program across Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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Experience the Grand Opening of MOCA 4212 Lounge: Houston's New Upscale Indoor/Outdoor Southern Soul Retreat!

Get ready to immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind experience as MOCA 4212 Lounge prepares to launch its grand opening weekend from July 18th to 21st, with the red carpet event slated for Saturday, July 20th from 6-8pm. Nestled on the historic Almeda Road, known as Houston's Black Wall Street, MOCA 4212 Lounge promises to be a beacon of sophistication and cultural celebration.

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It’s not just you. Here’s where this summer really has been the worst

Heat is normal during the summer, but this year’s has been anything but, and halfway through the season’s hottest month it’s clear this one is for the record books.

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Free Dippin' Dots in Houston on July 21!

Mark your calendars for a deliciously sweet treat as Dippin' Dots, the original beaded ice cream, gears up to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 21! This year, Houston is among the 120 hotspots across America where you can enjoy a free mini cup of Dippin’ Dots.

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‘My dignity was stripped’: Football legend Terrell Davis tells ‘GMA’ about getting handcuffed on a plane in front of his kids

Programming note: Terrell Davis will have his first cable interview with Erin Burnett today. It’s scheduled to air live at 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Atlanta Music Project Senior Youth Choir Triumphs at World Choir Games 2024

The Atlanta Music Project (AMP) Senior Youth Choir has achieved exceptional acclaim at the 2024 World Choir Games in Auckland, New Zealand, securing the coveted title of "Category Winner" in The Open Competition. This prestigious recognition was announced on July 13, 2024, marking a historic moment for the choir and the Atlanta music community.

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TechHer Talk & Awards Celebrates Women in Technology: A Weekend of Empowerment and Recognition

The inaugural TechHer Talk & Awards, held during Independence weekend, was a resounding celebration of Black women's achievements in the tech industry. Hosted by Insights Marketing and supported by Amazon, Microsoft, Reworld, and Walmart Business, this event honored trailblazers who are making significant strides in technology.

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Fort Bend County Judge KP George Hosts Food and Water Distribution for Hurricane Beryl Relief

Fort Bend County Judge KP George, in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Management and the Houston Food Bank, will host a crucial Food and Water distribution event on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. The distribution will take place at the Epicenter in Rosenberg, located at 28505 Southwest Fwy., Rosenberg, TX 77471.

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NAACP Houston Condemns Attempted Assassination of Former President Donald Trump

The NAACP Houston Branch issues a resolute statement condemning the recent attempted assassination of Former President and Current Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. This violent act, described as an embodiment of deranged evil, is unequivocally denounced by the Houston NAACP, echoing sentiments expressed by its national leadership.

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Texans for Greg Abbott Gains Momentum with Over $51 Million Cash On Hand

Texans for Greg Abbott is celebrating a significant milestone with a record-breaking fundraising achievement, reporting over $29.6 million raised in the latest period from supporters across Texas and all fifty states. As of the latest ethics report, Governor Greg Abbott’s campaign boasts an impressive cash on hand of more than $51 million, marking a substantial increase from previous fundraising periods.

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Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Batman (1989) with Houston Symphony at The Pavilion

Dive into the iconic world of Gotham City like never before at Batman 1989 in Concert, featuring the Houston Symphony Orchestra, on Friday, July 26, 2024, at 8 p.m. Experience the thrill as the Houston Symphony performs Danny Elfman’s Grammy-nominated original score live on the Main Stage of The Pavilion. This free event opens its gates at 7 p.m. with an array of exciting pre-show activities.

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Celebrating 55 Years of Apollo 11 at Space Center Houston

Join us at Space Center Houston as we commemorate the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing, a monumental achievement that took place on July 20, 1969. From July 16 to July 24, 2024, visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the legacy of this groundbreaking mission through a series of engaging activities and exhibits.

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Celebrating 50 Years of the Houston Shakespeare Festival: "Romeo & Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

This summer marks a monumental occasion as the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF), the esteemed professional arm of the University of Houston’s School of Theater and Dance, celebrates its 50th anniversary season. From August 1 to 10, join us at the iconic Miller Outdoor Theater for captivating performances of two of Shakespeare’s timeless classics: "Romeo & Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

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Remembering Jacoby Jones: A Houston Hero and Super Bowl Legend

Houston and the NFL community mourn the loss of Jacoby Jones, a former Texans wide receiver and Super Bowl standout, who passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 40.

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H-E-B Extends a Helping Hand with Discounts and Community Support Post-Hurricane Beryl

As Houston and Gulf Coast residents recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, H-E-B is stepping up to provide much-needed relief and support to the hardest-hit communities. From offering significant discounts on frozen foods to deploying essential resources, H-E-B demonstrates its unwavering commitment to supporting Texans in times of need.

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Rosenberg Boys & Girls Club Transforms into American Red Cross Emergency Shelter Post-Hurricane Beryl

Immediate Relief and Essential Services for Rosenberg Residents

In the wake of Hurricane Beryl, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) stands as a beacon of hope for the community, showcasing its unwavering commitment during this challenging time. Partnering with the American Red Cross, the Rosenberg Boys & Girls Club has been transformed into a temporary emergency shelter for families displaced by the hurricane. Fort Bend County, a key partner, has played a crucial role in enabling this initiative, providing immediate relief and essential services to local Rosenberg residents in need.

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Vice President Kamala Harris Inspires Alpha Kappa Alpha with Vision of America’s Promise

In a dazzling display of unity and purpose, Dallas, Texas, hosted the 71st international conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where over 20,000 spirited sorority sisters gathered to hear from their esteemed sister, Vice President Kamala Harris. Donning a suit in the sorority's signature colors, Harris embodied the essence of sisterhood and service.

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Houston Housing Authority Provides Critical Cooling Stations Amid Extreme Heat

A Message to the Community: Relief Efforts in Full Swing

In these challenging times of extreme heat, the Houston Housing Authority (HHA) is stepping up to ensure the health and safety of our residents. With many still without power following recent storms, we are pleased to announce the availability of cooling stations at our community resource and supply giveaway event today.

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Coming Together to Support The Greater Houston Area After Hurricane Beryl

Letter from GHHC Director Aproteem Choudhury

We hope this message finds you safe and well. In the wake of Hurricane Beryl, the Institute for Spirituality and Health, along with partnering organizations in the Greater Houston Healing Collaborative (GHHC), are answering the call to action. We are in a position to once again respond to the psychosocial needs of our impacted neighbors by supporting the felt need for mental health support across our area.

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Discovery Green® to Transform Houston’s Public Art Scene with Groundbreaking Program Supporting Local Artists

Houston, get ready to experience a revolutionary shift in public art! Discovery Green Conservancy proudly unveils Art Lab, an innovative mentorship program designed to empower underrepresented local artists. This initiative offers the tools, resources, and guidance needed to create large-scale, interactive, sculptural outdoor public works.

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Celebrate 713 Day with UniverSoul Circus, KTSU 90.9FM, and PepsiCo at a Special Drive-Through Event at Butler Stadium

Providing Essential Supplies for Families Affected by Hurricane Beryl

In honor of 713 Day and to support families affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, UniverSoul Circus is partnering with PepsiCo and KTSU 90.9FM “The Choice” and “The Vibe” to host a special drive-through event. This initiative will provide free bottled water, ice, and Pepsi© products to those in need. The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Butler Stadium, located at 13755 S. Main St, Houston, TX 77035. It is open to everyone affected by Hurricane Beryl.

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Houston Fire Department Shares Vital Safety Tips for Heat Conditions and Generator Use

Stay Safe and Cool This Summer with Essential Guidelines from HFD

As temperatures soar, the Houston Fire Department (HFD) emphasizes the importance of taking precautionary measures to avoid heat-related medical emergencies. Whether you're indoors or outdoors, following these safety tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy during the summer months.

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