High school championship games coming to Houston

According to Lone Star Gridiron, Houston’s Reliant Stadium will be home to the top two title games in all of high school football. The Class 5A Division I and Division II championship games will be played December 20th at Reliant.

Traditionally with playoff games, it was left to the teams to agree on an available venue large enough and roughly between the two cities. For large metropolitan areas such as Houston and Dallas (which are frequently playing in those championships,) it was difficult to find a good venue which offered similar travel requirements. If you split the distance between Houston and Dallas, you are in Centerville which doesn’t have a stadium near large enough to accommodate the fans from both cities. The result was often that one team had a distinct advantage because the site was much closer to their fans.

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Three years ago, there was a lot of talk about rotating the title games between Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. For the last two years, the championships for 5A has remained in San Antonio because of contractual obligations. This year may be the beginning of that rotation.

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WWE presents SmackDown/ECW at Toyota Center Tuesday

The Toyota Center welcomes World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown and ECW promotions Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. The shows will be taped back-to-back, one after the other, under the same roof on the same night! The visit will include the new lineup of wrestlers chosen in the draft between RAW, SmackDown and ECW Monday night in San Antonio.

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In addition to a night of wrestling action, a special press conference will be held earlier in the day that will unveil a big announcement concerning WWE wrestling in the Bayou City. (Look for more on that to be posted tomorrow.)

Ticket prices range from $20 to $70
# Toyota Center Box Office
# Via Phone: 866-4HOUTIX (866-446-8849)
# TDD: 1-877-820-0008

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Transforming the Energy Picture

Listen to the audio interview with Lee Fisher:

 


Renewable energy production (from sources such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and geothermal) is coming on strong and mainstream for both utilities and smaller applications such as homes, neighborhoods, farms and ranches. Traditional power generation (from sources such as coal, gas, and nuclear) will be an important component for our baseline energy production for many years, but forward-thinking states are adopting (or increasing) Renewable Portfolio Standards (requirements to achieve specified amounts or percentages of power from renewable sources by particular dates).

Texas is host to the annual WINDPOWER 2008 conference this week. Everything in Texas is big and this conference is no exception with over 10,000 attendees and over 750 exhibitors. As we seek to transform Texas into the new energy capital of the world, it takes a number of different constituencies coming together to transition from the traditional ways we have been creating and delivering power.

Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher came to the conference to talk about the lessons they learned in passing their recent Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, and the challenges and opportunities they face in implementing the legislation through their Public Utilities Commission.

To build consensus across multiple groups for this initiative, Fisher said the state leaders “built a very powerful coalition made up of those in the environmental and renewable energy sectors, the manufacturing sector, and small business, as well as labor.” He said that “developing the broad based coalition at the outset ” and “keeping the coalition together by regular communication” was a key component to getting the legislation passed. He also noted there was bipartisan support in the legislature, and it “couldn’t have been done without a bipartisan consensus.” One of the challenges they now face is to track and make sure the “benchmarks have teeth and are enforced.”

These initiatives bring more jobs, too. Fisher noted their “manufacturing and agricultural base, combined with their strategic location and well-built infrastructure” gives them “home court advantage when it comes to growing and attracting a renewable energy industry.”

When we bring new energy companies to Texas, it creates jobs and increases our economic diversity. At the city, county, regional, and state level, we can work together to improve our energy situation, ensuring reliable availability and affordable pricing. But, our elected leaders need to hear from us, and our government bodies need to know this is important to us.

Start local, get involved, meet with your community leaders, and start talking about how we can bring new jobs and new companies, to our region. Get to know your legislators, find out where they stand on developing renewable energy, and encourage them to bring more supportive and actionable legislation into the light of day.

By STEVE HARVEY
Cleantegrity

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WINDPOWER 2008 Conference

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The George R. Brown Convention center is filled to the rafters with attendees of the WINDPOWER 2008 Conference. The event, which began June 1st, and runs through June 4th, brings the leaders of the wind power industry to the energy capital of the world.

The conference program includes 300 speakers and moderators, 150 poster presentations, and over 50 sessions on leading wind energy topics organized into tracks with policy, business, and technical focuses. Look for interviews and reports from the conference soon.

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Houston Leones vs Mississippi Brilla – Saturday!

The Houston area (Rosenberg) is home to a brand new and little-known professional soccer team – the Houston Leones. Founded by Juan Carlos Hernandez, president of the J. C. Hernandez Construction, Inc., the Leones play at Soccer World Center F.C., a soccer-specific facility in the city of Richmond, Texas, 32 miles (51 km) west-southwest of downtown Houston.


The Leones compete in the USL Premier Development League, a league made up of 67 teams that develops players for leagues such as the MLS (Major League Soccer). Fans of “futbol” can catch the squad Saturday at 6 PM for their match against the Mississippi Brilla.

SOCCER WORLD CENTER F.C.
6510 ROHAN RD. RICHMOND, TX 77469

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Radiohead NUDE Remix By Caglioso

A good friend of mine and native Houstonian just finished his remix for the Radiohead contest. Please have a listen if this interests you. Regardless, we would really appreciate you hitting the plus sign to add your vote.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN AND VOTE

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Houston Motorsports Park – Speed Fest ’08

It was a great evening of burning rubber, twisting metal, dollar hotdogs, and dollar beers at Houston Motorsports Park this past Saturday. Those onhand witnessed some excellent racing in a family-friendly environment.

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Coming up out at HMS is

March 29th
TRUCKS DRIVE AMERICA “FREE NIGHT”
Free General Admission
ASA Pro Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Pro Stocks,
Allison Legacy Cars, Thunder Roadsters, Legends and Bandoleros


Great Hoops action all this weekend at the Merrell Center

By Chris Doelle

Katy, Texas – The 2008 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament is in full swing out West at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Whether you’re interested in great women’s basketball or men’s, the tournament which started yesterday for the women and today for the men is sure to please.

The winner of the brackets will get an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament featuring the top 64 teams in the nation. As sports values go, the ticket ($10-12) is well worth it for all the great roundball action.

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Nick Shaw (#12) and Houstonian (Cy Creek) Matt Kingsley (#44) defend against Houstonian (Cy Falls) Devin Gibson in Stephen F. Austin’s 71-60 victory over UTSA.
Photo – J. Ronald Oswalt. Newstreamz.com

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California union moving into Texas hospital – RNs fight back

According to This Week in Houston, the California Nurses Association is making a move to unionize the Registered Nurses (R.N.s) at the Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center. Cypress Fairbanks is a 185 bed community hospital in Northwest Houston.

Registered Nurse, Machel Oswalt says, “We were blindsided by this because, unfortunately, the union works by gagging our management staff. This makes our managers unable to discuss anything about the union with us. They are unable to educate us in any way. So, several of us have done our homework and researched for hours to become educated about the union. We have discovered the union is making numerous verbal promises without written guarantees and nurses are falling for this. Many of the things they are promising us, we already have. We have made multiple attempts to meet in our hospital to educate staff about the union. These meetings were educational only, not anti-union. The union blocked these meetings. We feel that denying us the right to meet in our facility to educate staff about the union is a violation of our First Amendment Rights. They are taking away our voice and our freedom of speech.”

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The New Metblog is Here!!

Oooh, pretty!

Congratulations to the gang at Metblogs headquarters for successfully making the upgrade to the new look. I can’t even remember how many cities they had to convert over, but it was pulled off without a hitch. What is your impression of the new look?


Republicat, Demopublican – whatever, just vote

For the children, that is! The same people that help keep millions of teeth clean want you to vote for a hospital to receive an additional fun center for ill children. Colgate-Palmolive has already guaranteed one fun center for each hospital participating. Your vote will decide who gets an additional fun center. Right now, Houston is trailing in the no. 2 spot behind Detroit. Come on, peeps, vote for the kids!


EVENTS – Houston Presidential Energy Summit


America’s Energy Future Symposium

featuring the top Presidential candidates
hosted by Opportunity Houston
February 28th

713-568-6361 Call in your news!!

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What do you get when you join the wife of a comedian, a published author, a former technical documentor and a slap happy slosh of a samurai?

WOW. No, not *that* WoW. It’s the White Oak Writer’s club ;-).

So I was browsing through the single comment left on my site (site has existed now for millions of seconds and yet only one comment, hmmm) and this comment was from someone inviting me to join a group of writers out at Cavatore’s. I’m really glad I went. These one’s are really good writers and I have enjoyed the various occasions that we’ve gotten together. They are indeed very impassioned about writing and I am privileged to have been invited. Due to the level of seriousness with which they approach writing, a certain expectation to contribute has been laid upon the flattest part of my head. I don’t know if this group has yet become aware but I don’t have flat parts anywhere on my head and therefor expectations placed on my head often fall fast. However, I have positioned my mind to accept the challenge of writing more and offering my humble efforts to their trained eyes. They are a good group of people and I’m enjoying their writing very much.

With this challenge in mind, what would any self-respecting samurai do? Naturally, I went to the store, bought some beer and put on some mariachi music and started writing. Linda Rondstadt does a really good job of singing mariachi music. I’ve heard mariachi music referred to as the Mexican Blues.

If you are interested in getting together with us, contact me at my website or by email at shawncarey1 @gmail.com.

So…let’s start slingin some ink!


EVENTS – Texas Home & Garden Show

22nd Annual Texas Home & Garden Show
February 15th through 17th

713-568-6361 Call in your news!!

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ABOVE GROUND ART EXHIBIT

Hey everyone! Been a while but I’ve been hard at work…
If you’re interested in seeing my latest paintings on wood I have about a dozen pieces showing right now.

Ongoing Exhibit: Feb 4, 2008 through April 26, 2008. There will not be an opening reception for this event, sorry.
Location: PremiumGoods 2416 Times Blvd. Houston, Texas 77005
Featuring: Shizoq, Heidi Valdez, and Derek Shumate

If you’re in the Rice Village area one day please stop by and take a look. These other two artists are really great. Should be cool!

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