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Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier has died

chron.com — Public officials and business leaders turned to him for advice for the rest of his life, and Lanier appeared regularly at public policy conferences, most recently at a ``Preserving the American Dream'' conference in May. [...]
Dec 20, 2014

Bob Lanier -- former Houston mayor, METRO chairman and influential developer -- has died houstonchronicle.com/news/article/F… ow.ly/i/81czu

Dec 20, 2014

Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier has died chron.com/news/article/F… We'll have a detailed profile of his legacy in tomorrow's paper.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @HoustonChron: BREAKING: Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier has died at the age of 89. chron.com/news/article/F…

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Madison Alba, 4, of Houston stares at Santa Claus while she skates... Photo-photo.99932

Katy again comes up short vs. Cedar Hill in 6A Division II state title game

chron.com — ARLINGTON - It happened again. Like last year, Katy led Cedar Hill at halftime of the Class 6A Division II final Saturday at AT&T Stadium. And just like last year, it wasn't enough. Standout wide receiver DeMarkus Lodge gave the Longhorns their first lead with two spectacular touchdown grabs in the third, helping them claim their second straight state title with a 23-20 win.
Dec 20, 2014

Story: Katy again denied Texas record-tying eighth state title, falls 23-20 in heartbreaking championship game. chron.com/sports/highsch…

Video: Watch Navasota receiver make incredible one-handed catch

Dec 20, 2014

ICYMI: Here's the must-see one-handed catch by Navasota's star receiver. Odell Beckham would be proud. blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2…

Katy's Anderson soars despite staying grounded

chron.com — Both teams have cleared the field at NRG Stadium, heading to the locker rooms before boarding their buses outside. The latest in a long line of Katy High School star running backs, the senior is in front of cameras and reporters. Just to see those kids be excited at Katy games and watch us play.
Dec 20, 2014

Katy's Anderson soars despite staying grounded - Houston Chronicle chron.com/neighborhood/k… via @HoustonChron

AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement

chron.com — NEW YORK (AP) - Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @Buster_ESPN: Major League Baseball has reached a new five-year agreement with umpires. chron.com/sports/article…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @Buster_ESPN: Major League Baseball has reached a new five-year agreement with umpires. chron.com/sports/article…

Michigan to reconsider wolf policy after judge's ruling

chron.com — A federal judge on Friday overturned the Obama administration's decision three years ago to drop wolves in the Great Lakes region from the endangered species list. Spokesman Ed Golder says the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the state attorney general's office are analyzing the 111-page ruling to determine its immediate effects and what long-term options remain for wolf management.
Dec 20, 2014

Michigan to reconsider wolf policy after judge's ruling - Houston Chronicle bit.ly/1z748g0

A Sony Christmas

Rockets acquire Corey Brewer

blog.chron.com — The Rockets have acquired small forward/shooting guard Corey Brewer from the Timberwolves, a person with knowledge of the move said. Brewer brings much-needed depth behind Trevor Ariza and James Harden who are second and third in the NBA in minutes per game respectively.

Reports: Strange new fish found at record-breaking 5 miles deep

chron.com — Five miles deep in the ocean is so far down that most animals can't live because of the crushing pressure. From the deep sea, however, comes news of a previously unseen type of fish, spotted at a depth of 5.06 miles, according to The Washington Post.
Dec 20, 2014

How low can you go? This strange-looking fish lives 5 miles down in the Pacific's Mariana Trench: chron.com/houston/articl…

McNally: Obama makes vast, progressive changes to U.S. policy in Latin America

chron.com — In a landmark shift in U.S.-Cuban relations toward cooperation and the restoration of diplomatic ties, President Barack Obama has changed the face of diplomacy and ideological politics in the Western Hemisphere. Cold War-era security policy will be revised with the goal of removing Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @dj_mcnally: My take on #Cuba: Obama makes vast, progressive changes to US policy in Latin America - Houston Chronicle m.chron.com/opinion/outloo…

City attorney cites equal rights ordinance in decision to resign

chron.com — City Attorney David Feldman on Friday announced that he plans to resign next month, citing, among other reasons, that he could better defend the city's embattled equal rights ordinance as a key witness than as a lawyer in the upcoming case.
Dec 19, 2014

Houston city attorney resigns -- to better defend equal rights ordinance m.chron.com/news/houston-t… #hero

Dec 19, 2014

RT @KatDriessen: Our updated post: City Attorney David Feldman to resign, says timing will let him testify in #HERO case houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…

Dec 19, 2014

Resignation comes amidst pending equal rights suit claiming Feldman improperly threw out petitions. chron.com/news/houston-t… via @HoustonChron

State inspector general urged to resign amid contract controversy

chron.com — AUSTIN - Several state officials have begun publicly and privately begun calling for the resignation of the inspector general at the Health and Human Services Commission, ratcheting up the pressure for further action following revelations about how a local company won $110 million in state contracts without any competition. [...]
Dec 19, 2014

Lawmaker we interviewed yesterday compared just-resigned Doug Wilson to benched Bears QB Cutler: He "had his chance" houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/…

Dec 19, 2014

Our updated story: Texas health inspector general Doug Wilson resigns amid no-bid contract controversy houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/… #txlege

Dec 19, 2014

State inspector general urged to resign amid contract controversy - Houston Chronicle chron.com/news/politics/… via @HoustonChron

Dec 19, 2014

4 lawmakers & 2 other sources tell the @HoustonChron they expect Doug Wilson to leave soon due to contract scandal: chron.com/news/politics/…

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QB Ryan Mallett says he wants to return to Texans next season

blog.chron.com — Injured Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett said on Friday he would like to return to the team next year. Mallett, who suffered a season-ending injury after starting two games, acknowledged the team is still in the season and it's early in the process. Mallett's contract runs out after this season.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @ChronBrianSmith: Updated: QB Ryan Mallett says he wants to return to #Texans next season; has helped Case Keenum when possible blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans… #NFL

Dec 19, 2014

Updated: QB Ryan Mallett says he wants to return to #Texans next season; has helped Case Keenum when possible blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans… #NFL

Dec 19, 2014

RT @Nick_Mathews: Injured #Texans QB Ryan Mallett says he wants to return to team next year. His contract runs out after season. blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @ChronBrianSmith: Injured #Texans QB Ryan Mallett continues to help out team, says he would like to return next year blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans…

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Five-star defensive tackle renounces pledge to play for Aggies

blog.chron.com — COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M fans thought things were going bad Friday morning, when Mesquite Poteet five-star linebacker Malik Jefferson chose Texas over the Aggies and UCLA. Things got worse for A&M around lunchtime. Five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack of Gladewater announced via Twitter, "I have decomitted from Texas A&M and I will be releasing [...]
Dec 19, 2014

@BrentZwerneman: Five-star defensive lineman Daylon Mack abandons pledge to play for Aggies (Blog): blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2…” UGH!

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BrentZwerneman: Five-star defensive lineman Daylon Mack abandons pledge to play for Aggies (Blog): blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2…

Dec 19, 2014

Five-star defensive lineman Daylon Mack abandons pledge to play for Aggies (Blog): blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2…

Open carry groups to hold competing Capitol demonstrations

blog.chron.com — AUSTIN - It's said the Texas Capitol is likely one of the most well-armed Legislatures in the country, with politicians and public alike taking advantage of a rule that allows concealed handgun permit holders to bypass security. That will be even more true come January, when multiple groups advocating for more permissive gun laws plan to hold demonstrations on the Capitol grounds.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @lmcgaughy: Open Carry leader on tactics of some other gun rights groups: "Somebody somewhere is going to snap." blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/… #txlege

Dec 19, 2014

RT @lmcgaughy: Open Carry leader on tactics of some other gun rights groups: "Somebody somewhere is going to snap." bit.ly/1v8Xgxo

Dec 19, 2014

Open Carry leader on tactics of some other gun rights groups: "Somebody somewhere is going to snap." blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/… #txlege

Dec 19, 2014

.@OpenCarryTC Tried to reach Kory for this blog posted today. Would still like to include his comment. Have him DM me blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/…

New plan for Astrodome includes indoor park, zip lines

chron.com — Photo By Darrell Davidson/ Houston Chronicle file Photo By Tim Johnson / Houston Chronicle file Photo By Houston Chronicle file photo Photo By John Makely/Houston Chronicle file Photo By Ed Kolenovsky/Associated Press Photo By KAREN WARREN/HOUSTON CHRONICLE Photo By Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle Photo By Smiley N.
Dec 19, 2014

The Urban Land Inst. offers ideas--including a zipline!--for the Astrodome: chron.com/news/houston-t… by @erinmulvaney

Dec 19, 2014

RT @howarddecker: New plan for Astrodome includes indoor park, zip lines - Houston Chronicle chron.com/news/houston-t… via @HoustonChron

Dec 19, 2014

Urban Land Institute issues recommendations for Astrodome - Houston Chronicle chron.com/news/houston-t… via @HoustonChron

Longtime Aggies Slocum, Pickard eagerly await Kyle Field renovation

chron.com — Both men point to examples involving running water on why they won't shed any tears when the west side of the stadium is imploded at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Dec 20, 2014

R.C. Slocum, Billy Pickard reflect on west side of Kyle Field, set for implosion Sunday morn: houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/… via @HoustonChron

Newcomer House making quick impact at Texas A&M

chron.com — COLLEGE STATION - A decade ago, Danuel House was more into card games than any contests involving courts, a recollection prompting a grin from the Texas A&M forward. "When I was a little kid, I didn't play basketball," said House, one of the best Aggies players.