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You didn’t know that Texas had endangered, exotic or extinct animals?

What? Well you might be surprised to see some of these animals that live or used to live here. I’m not going to list all of them because there are hundreds for each category so I’m only going to put my favorites.

ENDANGERED:

Amphibians:

The HOUSTON TOAD is an endangered species that is also known as Bufo Houstonensis and was listed as endangered in 1970, dang.

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Birds:

I’m going to include two birds, because I think one will surprise you.

cutieThis cutie is called the piping plover and is known as Charadrius Melodus  to scientists.

 

 

 

 

eagleGASP! I didn’t know that bald eagles were here in Texas, but unfortunately they are still endangered, they are known as Haliaeetus Leucocephalus.

 

 

 

 

pristisFish:

This weird thing is called the small tooth sawfish, creepy, and if you want you can call It Pristis Pectinate.

 

 

 

Invertabretes:

spiderGROSS! This monstrosity is called the tooth cave spider, and I’m glad it’s endangered; if you want you can call it Neoleptoneta Myopica.

 

 

 

Mammals:

mammalsThese adorable guys are known by you as West Indian Manatees, but if you really want to you can call them Trichechus Manatus, I’m kind of bummed out that they are endangered.

ursusOh my god, we have black bears too?!? This poor guy is the Ursus Americanus and is not common around here but can still be found.

I think this is it for the endangered animals, stay tuned for more soon, and leave some suggestions of what you want to see!

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

“When oil prices are low, Houston’s economy grows.When oil prices are high, Houston’s economy booms.”

houston facts

Houston named America’s No. 1

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  1. It’s got the jobs. Houston is the No. 1 city for job creation in the U.S., by a lot.

 

  1. Houston is home to more Fortune 500 company headquarters than anywhere in America except for New York.
  2. It hosts the world’s largest concentration of healthcare organizations, with scientists working hard to beat cancer.

 

  1. It’s one of the centers of America’s lucrative oil and gas industry.

 

  1. Massive international trade gives another big jobs boost to the rapidly growing city.

 

  1. Houston is called Space City for a reason. It’s home of the NASA Astronaut Corps.

 

  1. Houston recently passed New York to become the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the U.S.

 

  1. Houston’s got more parks than any other top-10 metropolitan area.

 

  1. The combination of the University of Houston and Rice University means there are a bunch of smart people around.

 

  1. Houston has one of the largest rodeos in the world.

 

 

 

 

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What? I hear your teen is refusing to come out of their room? Or are you just a teen who is bored out of their mind? Well guess what? I’m here to fix all your problems by telling you some recreational activities to do this summer.

First off, I’d like to tell you guys that pretty much all of the museums here have free admission every Thursday this summer. Plus if you have any kids you can take a trip to the huge children’s museum that has various things that will occupy your kid and keep that mind learning over these 3 months.

Houston also offers a lot of music related events to go to, like the Free Neighborhood Concert Series by the Houston Symphony, or the 3rd Annual Day of Music on July 12, there’s also the Summer Concert Series with American Festival for the Arts.

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What? I hear you like DRAMA, oh well then let me show you some events that you are looking for. You can check out the Houston Shakespeare Festival or the Free Children’s Hilltop Festival and maybe even the Summer Children’s Theater?

Well, this is all I have today but don’t fret I’ll be back with part two of this list soon!

EXTRA INFO:

  • Free Neighborhood Concert Series Houston Symphony:

June 10, 8:00 pm @ Clear Falls High School

June 11, 7:30 pm @ The Centrum (Spring)

June 23, 11 am @ Miller Outdoor Theatre

June 30, 7:30 pm @ North Shore Senior High School

July 1, 7:30 pm @ Dulles High School (Sugar Land)

July 2, 7:30 pm @ Chinese Community Center

July 7, 7:30 pm @ Dobie High School

  • 3rd Annual Day of Music: July 12, noon – 10 pm. Free day-long celebration of Houston’s musical diversity (jazz, rock, classical, blues, ethnic genre and more). Located at Jones Hall.
  • Summer Concert Series with American Festival for the Arts (AFA): Students in the AFA Summer Music Conservatory perform throughout the summer in their free Summer Concert Series. These include the Middle School Festival Day (June 20), Symphony Orchestra Concert (July 1), Choral Celebration (June 27) and more.
  • Houston Shakespeare Festival: Free Shakespeare in the park! August 1, 5, 7, 9, The Merchant of Venice; July 31, August 2, 4, 6, 8, Macbeth. Performance begin at 8:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Arrive early for a 7:45 pm talk each evening. 3Pigs_Web
  • Free Children’s Hilltop Festival: July 21, Our Feet Can Tell A Story; July 22, Frida’s Fiesta; July 23, My BFF The Dragon; July 24, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 11 am.
  • Summer Children’s Theater @ Lone Star College-Cy Fair: June 29 (10 am and 7 pm), June 30 (10 am), July 1 (10 am and 1 pm). Lone Star College Cy-Fair presents A Mugwump, Some Flim-Flams, and A Dumb Cluck. Located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road. Purchase tickets online for $7 each.

(*) Recreational activities for teens in the summer (part 1)

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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Caravana de la Independencia

Sucesos Newspaper invites you to enjoy and celebrate the United States, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Venezuela “Independence Day” on the month of July.

CARAVANA%20CORRECTOThe organizers named the event “Caravana de la Independencia” and this year will be held Saturday, July 11.

They will gather at 4:00 pm at Hwy 6 and West Little York, and the Caravana will end at the Houston Farm and Ranch, 1 Abercrombie Drive Houston TX 77084, where finish with a great Folkloric, gastronomic and craft afternoon.

Lizzette Diaz (Penta Communications) said: We encourage our participants to wear traditional customs, and to decorate their cars with patriotic themes to show the diversity of our countries. Through the afternoon we will have a great folkloric show, with dancers, Beauty Queens, DJ, live music and lots fun and entertainment for the whole family. We invite your organization to participate in our 2015 Multicultural Parade. Given your enthusiastic support to the Hispanic Community, we are confident in your cooperation. Please confirm your participation before June 26. You need bring your tent, table and chairs.

Ed Gonzalez, Mayor Pro-Tem for City of Houston, will be our Marshall for this year.

For more information call to: 281-250-0260

 

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Rice_University_170690Rice University is a private institution that was founded in 1912. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,965, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 285 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rice University’s ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 19. Its tuition and fees are $40,566 (2014-15).

Rice University, located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, offers a dynamic student life in the nation’s fourth-largest city. The Rice Coffeehouse, Valhalla Pub and Willy’s Pub are all student-run institutions offering on-campus food and drink. Before stqualityepping foot on campus, all students are assigned to one of 11 residential colleges, of which they remain members even if they decide to move off campus. The residential colleges provide housing, dining, and academic and social events. The Rice Owls boast 14 varsity NCAA Division I athletic teams and are well known for their strong baseball program. Students receive free tickets to all varsity athletic events.

Rice is comprised of eight schools, including the School of Social Sciences, School of Humanities and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Its graduate schools include the highly ranked Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and George R. Brown School of Engineering. Rice also has a well-regarded School of Architecture and the Shepherd School of Music. Rice is home to the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan think tank, which offers coursework, internships and lectures. When a private detective found Rice’s stolen owl mascot at rival school Texas A&M in 1917, he sent a coded message back to Rice students letting them know that “Sammy” was OK, thus bestowing a name on the school’s mascot.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):
As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed…As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, undergraduate education has remained at the center of Rice University’s mission since its founding in 1912. Our students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction and research collaboration. Rice combines the advantages of a liberal arts college with the resources and facilities of a premier research university. Some of the important engineering and science developments include Rice being the first university in the nation with a department wholly dedicated to space science; Rice researchers joining Dr. Michael Debakey and his Baylor College of Medicine team to produce the first artificial heart; and Rice professors Robert Curl and Richard Smalley and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of buckyballs, which introduced the new field of nanotechnology. In addition to engineering, Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. The distinctive residential college system enhances the Rice experience by allowing students to flourish as individuals in a community of their peers. Rice boasts a 6:1 undergraduate student-faculty ratio, a median class size of 14, an endowment of $4.84 billion and numerous opportunities for undergraduates to conduct primary research. Rice practices need-blind admission, meets 100 percent of students’ demonstrated need and is consistently heralded as one of the best values in higher education. Rice is surrounded by the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, Hermann Park, Rice Village and great restaurants, and is a short light-rail ride away from theater, symphony, ballet, opera and major league sports.

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BBVA Compass Stadium

BBVA Compass Stadium LogoBBVA Compass Stadium
2200 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77003

PHONE: 713.276.7500
www.bbvacompassstadium.com

The new BBVA Compass Stadium is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Dynamo matches as well as additional sporting and concert events. When it opens on May 12, 2012, the 22,000-seat stadium will be the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district.

Aside from Major League Soccer and international soccer matches, the new BBVA Compass Stadium will also host Texas Southern University football, concerts, boxing matches, and much more. With its downtown location, the new stadium will be a part of a true Stadium District, which already features Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, and Discovery Green.

The BBVA Compass Stadium is located just east of downtown, bordering Texas, Dowling, Hutchens, and Walker.

Toyota Center Map

CITY OF KATY, TX (Covering Katy) – The video animation of a two mile boardwalk project planned for a large open lot behind Katy Mills, south of Kingsland Boulevard was recently displayed for members of the city council and now Covering Katy has obtained a copy of the video.

The project will be anchored by a convention center, a hotel and a boardwalk that will circle an 80 acre pond.  The boardwalk will also have viewing stations when completed.

While the project will take 8 to 10 years to complete it won’t be nearly that long before construction begins.

“I would hope we would start breaking ground later this year,” said Kayce Reina, director of tourism, marketing and public relations for the city of Katy.

When completed, the project will have have condos, office and retail space, a parking garage, restaurants and other amenities. The development, including inflation, is expected to cost Katy about $49 million dollars. The bulk of the project will be paid for by a developer and who will be reimbursed from future tax revenue generated by the development. The same model of financing was reportedly used by the city for construction of the Katy Mills Mall.

The city also believes Fort Bend County will pay for some of the project’s infrastructure.

The project would coincide with an expected $25 million facelift of Katy Mills from owner Simon Property Group.

Additional land still needs to be purchased to complete the project.  The city is currently in negotiations to purchase that land according to Reina.

 

 

 

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About SH 99 F-G Project


The Grand Parkway, SH 99, is a 180 mile scenic parkway encircling the Houston region. Original discussion for the Grand Parkway was initiated in the early 1960’s as part of a long-range mobility study to support Houston’s projected growth. The SH 99 project is a partnership between the state, local governments, agencies, and landowners. A controlled access parkway with four lanes, two lanes each direction and intermittent access roads, the comprehensive footprint crosses seven counties: Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria, and Fort Bend.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved the award of the State Highway 99 project segments F1, F2 and G, to Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders. These segments total approximately 38 miles in length running through Harris and Montgomery Counties. The project consists of more than 120 bridges, frontage roads and associated drainage, as well as utility infrastructure. Extensive environmental studies have been made to ensure appropriate planning for retention ponds, as well as wildlife and vegetation habitat considerations.

Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders is a design-build joint venture that assembled a team with deep engineering and construction resources, significant local knowledge and experience, and complex transportation project experience to design and build SH 99, segments F-1, F-2, and G.

The Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders team challenged its design and construction members to develop a design and project approach that is innovative and tailored to meet TxDOT’s needs. The result is a value-added concept that brings technical solutions and cost reduction through the implementation of alternative technical concepts. Zachry-Odebrecht will create more than 1,200 direct local jobs throughout construction.

Notice to proceed for the $1.1 billion Project was issued by TxDOT on March 22, 2013 with an expected completion in late 2015.

Grand Parkway project objectives include:

  • Provide a circumferential transportation structure linking the interstate and highway system, enhancing mobility and benefiting economic growth for the Houston region
  • Provide additional hurricane and emergency evacuation routes for the greater Houston area
  • Provide a safe travel corridor for commuters
  • Provide much needed additional roadway capacity to help alleviate the increased traffic demand due to population and employment growth

 

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Chinatown is a community in southwestern Houston, Texas, United States. It is roughly bounded by Fondren, Beechnut, State Highway 6, and Westpark, west of Bellaire in the Alief area. The naming of the new Chinatown is disputed, as various ethnic groups live within the community. Portions of Chinatown lie within the Greater Sharpstown, International, and Westchase management districts.

There is another Chinatown called “Old Chinatown” located within the East Downtown Houston district near the George R. Brown Convention Center.

History

The first businesses of the new Houston Chinatown opened in 1983. In the 1980s increasing numbers of Chinese were living in Southwest Houston and Fort Bend County and those residents were further away from the old Chinatown in what is now East Downtown. The new Chinatown began to expand in the 1990s when Houston-area Asian American entrepreneurs moved their businesses from older neighborhoods, especially the “Old Chinatown” on the eastern end of Downtown Houston (in the process of redevelopment), in a search for more inexpensive properties and lower crime rates (at the time).

In 2005 Christy Chang, a tour operator who operated tours into Chinatown, said “This area is not just Chinatown anymore. If anything, it’s Asia Town” due to the presence of various ethnic groups that developed in the community. The Asian American Business Council estimated that between 2004 and 2008 the land values along Bellaire Boulevard in Chinatown increased between 25 and 50 percent. In 2008 the group estimated that 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) in construction would appear in the following two-year period. The group estimated that the construction would include high end condominiums. Lisa Gray of the Houston Chronicle stated that the development of the remaining acreage would likely cause rents to increase and that, compared to many other Chinatowns in the United States, the Houston Chinatown is still relatively inexpensive.

In 2008 the Asian American Business Council placed a contest to design a “landmark monument” to be placed on Bellaire Boulevard between Beltway 8 and Gessner Road in order to increase visibility among Asian Americans and non-Asian Americans and to beautify the area.

Cityscape

A retail center in Chinatown in southwest Houston, where restaurants serving authentic Chinese food are located.

The Bellaire Chinatown is about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Downtown Houston. It is over 6 square miles (16 km2), making it among the largest automobile-centric Chinatowns in the United States.The Chinatown, located on a mostly treeless plain, is, according to Lori Rodriguez of the Houston Chronicle, roughly bounded by Fondren, Beechnut, State Highway 6, and Westpark, west of Bellaire. The half of the Rodriguez definition of Chinatown inside Beltway 8 is within the Greater Sharpstown district. The Greater Sharpstown Management District defines Chinatown within its borders as being a 2.37-square-mile (6.1 km2) area bounded roughly by Beltway 8, the Westpark Tollway, Beechnut, and Redding. Much of western Chinatown under the Rodriguez definition lies within the International Management District. A portion of the Rodriguez definition of Chinatown lies within the Westchase district. The community is between Westchase and the City of Sugar Land. Katharine Shilcutt of the Houston Press said that Chinatown was “straddling Beltway 8 on the southwest side like an entire city unto itself.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour is ferried by NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) over Houston, Texas on September 19, 2012. NASA pilots Jeff Moultrie and Bill Rieke are at the controls of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Photo taken by NASA photographer Sheri Locke in the backseat of a NASA T-38 chase plane with NASA pilot Thomas E. Parent at the controls. Photo Credit: NASA/ Sheri Locke

Houston: The City with No Limits

Houston is a city of endless possibilities: our history has been marked with achievements like the first word heard from the moon and the first artificial heart transplant. Nationally recognized parks, professional sports, fine dining, and other attractions make Houston a great place to call home.

Cost of Living

Houstonians wake up to all the perks of big city life without the heavy price tag. Whether it’s a weekend grocery run or a stop at a local coffee shop – your dollar goes further in Houston.

The C2ER Cost of Living Index 2013 Annual Average shows that Houston has the third lowest overall cost of living among the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas. The same study also shows that Houston’s overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas participating in the survey, largely due to affordable housing costs.

Houston’s a great deal, and people are taking notice. For the fourth consecutive year, Houston ranked first in U-Haul’s annual national migration trend report, “The U-Haul 2012 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities.”

Another major perk of life as a Houstonian is diverse and affordable real estate. From a modern loft downtown to a traditional, single-family home in the Woodlands, the greater Houston area offers a wide variety of housing options. There’s something for every age and stage in life and best of all, the price is right.

In fact, according to the C2ER Cost of Living Index 2013 Annual Average, when compared to the 20 most populous metros, housing costs in Houston are 36.6 percent below average.

Whether it’s your first home or your next, the greater Houston area is sure to have something that’s a good fit for your family, and your wallet.

Weather

Leave your coat at home; America’s Coolest City averages only 18 days per year with temperatures of 32°F or less. Houston has had only 15 measurable snowfalls since 1939. These mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round. Prepare for blue skies and head to one of Houston’s great parks and enjoy!

Education

When you drop your kids off at school, know Houston is a top education destination. Based on student performance indicators, the state of Texas has rated 57 percent of HISD schools as either Exemplary or Recognized.

Also a leader in higher education, last year more than 375,500 students were enrolled in higher education in the Houston area, and more than 67,800 degrees and certificates were awarded during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Furthermore, our numerous technical schools teach critical skills to Houston’s emerging workforce.

Healthcare

When you or your family needs care, there is no better place to be than Houston. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation’s top institutions.

The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world with 54 world-renowned medical research and academic institutions, including six general hospitals, 11 specialized hospitals, two specialized patient facilities, three medical schools, five schools of nursing, two schools of pharmacy, a dental school and a community college focused on 19 health science fields.

Outdoor Recreation

Houstonians enjoy the outdoors through all four seasons. The greater Houston region contains two of the 10 largest urban public parks in the U.S. — Cullen Park and George Bush Park And downtown’s largest park – Discovery Green – features year-round events ranging from movie nights and Zumba classes to a seasonal skating rink.

Memorial Park and Trail is also a population place to get some fresh air. More than 500 square miles, the City of Houston Bikeway Program is a 345-mile interconnected bikeway network of on-street and off-road paths that includes bike lanes, bike routes, signed-shared lanes and ‘hike and bike’ trails, and other urban multi-use paths.

Arts & Culture

Take an afternoon stroll through Houston’s museum district where you’ll find the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo among other attractions. In the evening, attend a live performance at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park- just across the street! Houston is one of the few U.S. cities that offers world-class, year-round resident companies in all of the major performing arts—symphony (Houston Symphony Orchestra), opera (Houston Grand Opera), drama (The Alley Theatre) and ballet (Houston Ballet).

Restaurants

Houston offers a myriad of dining options to please even the pickiest of eaters. Authentic TexMex, traditional Texas barbeque, and Creole inspired cuisine are just a few of the possibilities.

Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering over 60 cuisines. Home to award-winning chefs like Chris Shepherd and Bryan Caswell, you’ll savor Houston’s world-class restaurant scene.

Sports

Houston is a major league sports town! Wind down by watching the Astros hit a home run at beautiful Minute Maid Park or catch some gridiron action with the Texans at Reliant Stadium. BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Dynamos, hosts numerous soccer matches throughout the year. Prefer basketball? Courtside seats at Toyota Center to the Houston Rockets are a must.

If you want to experience the original extreme sport, make sure to check out Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each spring, it’s the largest in the world!

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