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16 World Cup-Worthy Facts and Figures About Houston

by John Egan The U.S. women's soccer team captivated the country with its commanding victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Members of the winning team included three players on the Houston Dash women's professional soccer squad: Meghan Klingenberg, Carli Lloyd and Kealia Ohai. Houston now can claim three world-class soccer players. But Houston can claim other big dots on the world map as well. After all, if you're seeking a place to host a conference, meeting or event, don't you want to…

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Buffalo Bayou Named a Top 10 Urban Trail

Buffalo Bayou Park is getting a lot of praise on both the regional and national level as work wraps up on the $58 million renovation. Now add another accolade to the list: one of the top 10 urban trails in the country. Buffalo Bayou Park ranked No. 4 on the list of top 10 urban trails from USA Today 10 Best. The 20 contenders were chosen by a panel of travel and outdoor recreation experts. Readers then voted over four weeks to select and rank the best. It's taken more than two years to…

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Houston’s 10 Most Instagrammed Restaurants

By John Egan If you want to wow colleagues or clients while you're visiting Houston for a meeting or convention - or if you're a tourist or already live here - at least some of the Bayou City's most popular restaurants should be on your agenda. But aside from reading reviews, how do you decide which eateries deserve a look? Try giving one of these restaurants a shot. They're the 10 most Instagrammed Houston restaurants of 2014, according to MyFab5. Before you dash out the door, a word of…

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Bundles of Fun: 5 Kid-Friendly Activities in Houston

by John Egan You may have heard that the stork swooped down on Houston with a big delivery this spring. On April 8, parents Danielle and Adam Busby of League City greeted five baby girls - the first all-girl quintuplets ever to survive birth in the U.S. The Busby babies - Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Olivia Marie, Parker Kate and Riley Paige - all have finally gone home after their stays at The Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, only 66…

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Emancipation Park Getting $33 Million Renovation

The 10-acre Third Ward park that has long held special significance for the city's African American community is being completely reimagined and should act as a catalyst for development in the neighborhood. Emancipation Park was purchased by four former slaves in 1872 and served as a location to celebrate Juneteenth, the date in 1865 that marked the emancipation of African Americans in Texas. Until the 1950s it was the only public park and swimming pool in Houston open to African Americans…

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5 Creative Options for Staging a Meeting in Houston

by John Egan Houston boasts a bounty of traditional meeting spaces at places like the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Hilton Americas-Houston and NRG Park. But what if you want to hold a meeting in a smaller, more intimate setting? Try raising the curtain on one of Houston's applause-worthy venues. Here are five theatrical locations that can easily elicit a standing ovation from guests. Alley Theatre Currently undergoing a $46.5 million makeover, the newly renovated Alley…

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Schools Out! Let the Educational Summer Fun Begin

School is out for summer, which means the "Oh shoot... what am I going to do with my kids for three whole months?" panic has arrived. And with research showing that kids suffer from learning loss when disengaged from educational opportunities, more pressure is on parents than ever to provide fun and educational experiences even after the final school bell rings. The Health Museum, Houston Rather than leave your busy readers wondering if their kids' brains will turn to mush, why not…

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Wi-Fi at Bush Intercontinental Ranked Among World’s Fastest

By John Egan When it comes to Wi-Fi service, Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is soaring. RottenWiFi.com ranked Bush's free Wi-Fi service as the ninth-fastest airport Wi-Fi in the world. Users tested and evaluated the quality of Wi-Fi at more than 130 airports in 53 countries. Only the airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, beat Bush for Wi-Fi speed among US airports. Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, topped the list. Data collected through a RottenWiFi.com app…

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Theater Spotlight: Not-to-Miss Performances of the Season

Houston's 2015/16 performing arts season has something for everyone-Tony Award winners, seasonal favorites and timeless classics. We've scoured the lineup and pulled together our list of not-to-miss shows this season. See you at intermission! The Houston Ballet presents Manon, a modern classic about the romantic adventures of an irresistibly beautiful femme fatale and her one true love, the impoverished student Des Grieux. Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan has created a brilliant dance drama…

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