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petsmart shares its hilarious, adorable pet p os with santa claus


p o: amy sussman/ap images for petsmart image 1of/181captioncloseimage 1 of 181these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york.these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york. p o: amy sussman/ap images for petsmart image 2 of 181these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york.these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york. p o: amy sussman/ap images for petsmart image 3 of 181these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york.these pet p os with santa clau






travel ban frays big oil ties in middle east


p o: carlos avila gonzalez, the chronicle image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1buy p othe chevron refinery in richmond, calif., is seen on july 23, 2015. chevron, like other major oil companies, has operations in iraq, one of the seven nations affected by president trump’s travel ban.the chevron refinery in richmond, calif., is seen on july 23, 2015. chevron, like other major oil companies, has operations in iraq, one of the seven nations affected by president trump’s travel ban. p o: carlos avila gonzalez, the chronicle buy this p otravel ban frays big oil ties in middle east1 / 1back to gallerythe u.s. travel ban on citizens of seven predominantly muslim nations could backfire on chevron and other american energy companies as they try to forge delicate ties with countries like iraq for a






crash closes nb lanes on i-45 n at hardy toll road


image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1a five-vehicle crash caused a traffic mess during the afternoon rush hour on interstate 45 on wednesday.a five-vehicle crash caused a traffic mess during the afternoon rush hour on interstate 45 on wednesday.crash closes nb lanes on i-45 n at hardy toll road1 / 1back to galleryall northbound main lanes of i-45 north at the hardy toll road were closed because of an accident on wednesday afternoon but the accident clear shortly after 5 p.m.the crash involving five vehicles closed the lanes at about 3:53 p.m., according to houston transtar. the wreck was cleared at 5:03 pm., according to transtar, but the right shoulder and right lane remain closed.  no further information is currently available.check back later for more updates in this developing report. ge






lady gaga arrives in houston for super bowl li


paws up, y'all. lady gaga has arrived in houston.the pop superstar posted sunday on snapchat as she arrived in houston ahead of her super bowl li halftime performance."we just got to houston. i'm so excited to play super bowl 51," she said. "we're here."social media expectedly went crazy. where is she? where will she go? how can we meet her?dirt bar. spanish flower. the menil collection. rothko chapel. tony's corner pocket. tc's. just a few guesses.p os also surfaced of gaga apparently leaving a houston starbucks.and if you listen, you can hear luke bryan song "games" playing in the background of her clips. bryan will sing the national anthem before sunday's big game.






houston's "be someone" graffiti is now back to normal


image 1of/60captioncloseimage 1 of 60houston's 24-hour nightmare is over. the popular "be someone" graffiti over i-45 south has been restored. on tuesday morning chron.com reported that one of houston's most popular graffiti installations was changed to read "football" in the hours before the sun e up. drivers on wednesday morning were greeted with the graffiti restored and looking like its usual, hopeful self with vibrant turquoise letters.p o: be someone on instagram lesshouston's 24-hour nightmare is over. the popular "be someone" graffiti over i-45 south has been restored. on tuesday morning chron.com reported that one of houston's most popular graffiti installations was ... moreimage 2 of 60the famous "be someone" graffiti bridge has been changed to "football" tuesday, jan. 31, 2017,






search on for suspects in southeast houston shooting


houston police are searching for the ailants in a shooting in southeast houston that sent two people to the hospital.the shooting happened about 4 p.m. thursday along the 5100 block of myrtlewood, hpd officials said.according to initial information, one of the shooting victims had a grazing wound to the head while the other was s in the leg.both were taken to memorial hermann hospital with non life-threatening injuries. their identities have not been released.the motive for the double shooting remains under investigation but houston police officials said hpd narcotics officers are involved in the case.police did not have a detailed description of the gunmen other than four men in an older-model ford taurus who were seen driving west along myrtlewood.all are believed to be armed, police sai






at&t cuts from houston call center


at&t will cut 201 jobs at a houston call center in response to a "reduction in workload," the company said in a letter to the texas workforce commission.layoffs at the 3900 dacoma credit and collections office will be finalized by nov. 21, the letter said, adding that affected employees could be hired elsewhere in the company, leave with severance or voluntarily retire. the cutback "is expected to be permanent."the dacoma call center will not close as a result of the layoffs, at&t spokesman carlos ramirez said in an emailed statement. he said the company will "remain committed to houston, as well as texas" and is still hiring.






j.j. watt visits nordstrom for menswear lauch


p o: frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main image 1of/5captioncloseimage 1 of 5houston, tx - february 01: j.j. watt celebrates mizzen+main at nordstrom houston galleria on february 1, 2017 in houston, texas. (p o by frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main)houston, tx - february 01: j.j. watt celebrates mizzen+main at nordstrom houston galleria on february 1, 2017 in houston, texas. (p o by frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main) p o: frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main image 2 of 5houston, tx - february 01: j.j. watt celebrates mizzen+main at nordstrom houston galleria on february 1, 2017 in houston, texas. (p o by frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main)houston, tx - february 01: j.j. watt celebrates mizzen+main at nordstrom houston galleria on february 1,






bun b says 'we're all one' in houston, unveils cap collection


per bun b, dubbed by many the unofficial mayor of houston, hopes the city leaves a lasting impression on visitors here for super bowl li festivities."houston is literally the most diverse city in america. there's over 100 different languages spoken in the city of houston. it doesn't matter who you are and where you're from. there's someone here just like you," he says.bun b and pimp c, of course, took their port arthur sound far beyond the state as seminal group ugk. p o: courtesy image 1of/8captioncloseimage 1 of 8bun b's new era cap collection, unveiled during super bowl week in houston.bun b's new era cap collection, unveiled during super bowl week in houston. p o: courtesy image 2 of 8bun b's new era cap collection, unveiled during super bowl week in houston.bun b's new era cap collec






j.j. watt visits nordstrom for menswear launch


p o: frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main image 1of/14captioncloseimage 1 of 14houston, tx - february 01: j.j. watt celebrates mizzen+main at nordstrom houston galleria on february 1, 2017 in houston, texas. (p o by frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main)houston, tx - february 01: j.j. watt celebrates mizzen+main at nordstrom houston galleria on february 1, 2017 in houston, texas. (p o by frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main) p o: frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main image 2 of 14houston, tx - february 01: j.j. watt celebrates mizzen+main at nordstrom houston galleria on february 1, 2017 in houston, texas. (p o by frazer harrison/getty images for mizzen+main)houston, tx - february 01: j.j. watt celebrates mizzen+main at nordstrom houston galleria on february






woman found s in head in sw houston


image 1of/6captioncloseimage 1 of 6a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)image 2 of 6a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)image 3 of 6a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)image 4 of 6a woman was found s in the head about 3






chainsmokers play to sold-out crowd at club nomadic


p o: michael ciaglo, houston chronicle image 1of/41captioncloseimage 1 of 41the chainsmokers perform at club nomadic thursday, feb. 2, 2017 in houston.the chainsmokers perform at club nomadic thursday, feb. 2, 2017 in houston. p o: michael ciaglo, houston chronicle image 2 of 41the chainsmokers perform at club nomadic thursday, feb. 2, 2017 in houston.the chainsmokers perform at club nomadic thursday, feb. 2, 2017 in houston. p o: michael ciaglo, houston chronicle image 3 of 41the chainsmokers perform at club nomadic thursday, feb. 2, 2017 in houston.the chainsmokers perform at club nomadic thursday, feb. 2, 2017 in houston. p o: michael ciaglo, houston chronicle image 4 of 41the chainsmokers perform at club nomadic thursday, feb. 2, 2017 in houston.the chainsmokers perform at club nomadi






chainsmokers play to sold-out crowd at club nomadic


p o: j. patric schneider, for the chronicle image 1of/41captioncloseimage 1 of 41fans at club nomadic on thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston.fans at club nomadic on thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston. p o: j. patric schneider, for the chronicle image 2 of 41fans at club nomadic on thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston.fans at club nomadic on thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston. p o: j. patric schneider, for the chronicle image 3 of 41fans at club nomadic on thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston.fans at club nomadic on thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston. p o: j. patric schneider, for the chronicle image 4 of 41fans at club nomadic on thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston.fans at club nomadic on thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston. p o: j. patric schneider, for the chronicle image 5 of 41fans at club n






woman found s in head in sw houston


image 1of/6captioncloseimage 1 of 6a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)image 2 of 6a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)image 3 of 6a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)a woman was found s in the head about 3 a.m. at 10039 bissonnet near forum park in southwest houston. (metro video)image 4 of 6a woman was found s in the head about 3






freezing temperatures spark rash of houston-area house fires


a rash of house fires happened late friday and early urday morning as the houston area was d d by below-freezing temperatures.four units caught fire just after 8 p.m. friday, displacing four southeast houston families at the cabo san lucas apartments in the 10800 block of nathaniel."everybody's ok," said neal hardin with the american red cross. "there's no injuries to any of those four families and we are working with those four families to make sure that they have a safe, warm place to stay."houston firefighters responded around 1 a.m. to flames leaping from the roof and hallway of a southside home in the 4900 block of enyart at weston. a father and his adult daughter escaped the home safely. a heating unit in the attic is the suspected cause of the fire.the harris county fire marshal's o






houston marriott westchase completes $20m renovation


image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1the houston marriott westchase completed its $20 million renovation ahead of super bowl li.the houston marriott westchase completed its $20 million renovation ahead of super bowl li.houston marriott westchase completes $20m renovation1 / 1back to galleryhouston marriott westchase completed its $20 million renovation ahead of super bowl li, the elier announced tuesday.the improvements include adding the marriott rewards club lounge, four new guest rooms bringing the el's total to 604 rooms and suites, new bedding and furnishing in the rooms, refrigerators added to the rooms and modernized elevators. related: super bowl checks in at just the right time for houston els"this is such an exciting time for houston," angel lenord, regional director of sales and m






captains accuse houston fire department of discriminating against hispanics


two veteran fire department captains have sued the city of houston in federal court, saying they were discriminated against in promotions because they are hispanic.jesus fuentes and john chris barrientes, both senior captains in line for deputy chief positions, accuse the fire department of having "deliberately manipulated its promotion process to favor non-hispanic candidates," according to court documents.fuentes says he was contacted by the department's human resources staff with news he had gotten the promotion and then the staffer told him the call had been a mistake. the pair state in their civil rights suit that the department of more than 4,000 employees does not have a command staff that is representative of houston's population.city of houston officials were not immediately avail






upcoming houston wine events - houston chronicle


the austrian delight wine dinner: charivari restaurant, 2521 bagby; 7 p.m. thursday; $85 plus tax and gratuity; 713-521-7231.lunch and a wine tasting with super bowl-winning coach dick vermeil: treebeards market square, 315 travis; noon-3 p.m. friday; $51; [email protected], 713-225-2160.flora springs wine dinner: the black sheep bistro, 326 main, spring; 6:30 p.m. feb. 9; $150; 832-531-4073. a taste of howell mountain: the st. regis houston, 1919 briar oaks lane; 5:30-8:30 p.m. feb. 11; $125; 707-965-2665.vine and dine with food, wine and als from around the world: silver street studios, 2000 edwards; 6:30-10 p.m. feb. 16; $125 (tables from $3,000); 713-558-2645. benefits humphreys school of al theatre.ongoing wine education: the texas wine school, 2301 portsmouth; thetexaswineschool.co






houston's unemployment rate rises with oil downturn


the unemployment rate in the houston area rose in january to 4.8 percent, the texas workforce commission reported friday, as job losses in the oil and gas sector continued to take their economic toll.after a years-long boom, houston is approaching the national unemployment average, which was 4.9 percent in january and february, the u.s. department of labor said friday.houston's unemployment rate is up from 4.6 percent both in december 2015 and a year ago in january. from december 2015 the area lost 50,800 nonfarm jobs, for a 1.7 percent decrease in jobs. however, the year-over-year numbers remain positive. compared to january 2015, employment rose by 16,400. texas added 31,400 nonfarm jobs in january, the state's 10th consecutive month of job growth despite the oil downturn, the workforce






houston isn't the most romantic city. but it loves love songs, sales show


p o: jon shapley, staff image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1a couple sits by the water in hermann park sunday, feb. 14, 2016, in houston. ( jon shapley / houston chronicle )a couple sits by the water in hermann park sunday, feb. 14, 2016, in houston. ( jon shapley / houston chronicle ) p o: jon shapley, staff houston isn't the most romantic city. but it loves love songs, sales show1 / 1back to galleryhouston may not have landed on amazon.com's top 20 list of most romantic cities, but the bayou city loves songs that set the mood, according to the retailer.houston was one of five cities that streamed the most love songs from amazon in 2016, according to a company statement.amazon compiles the annual list by perusing sales data in cities of more than 100,000 people.related: romantic houston b






captains accuse houston fire department of discriminating against hispanics


two veteran fire department captains have sued the city of houston in federal court, saying they were discriminated against in promotions because they are hispanic.jesus fuentes and john chris barrientes, both senior captains in line for deputy chief positions, accuse the fire department of having "deliberately manipulated its promotion process to favor non-hispanic candidates," according to court documents.fuentes says he was contacted by the department's human resources staff with news he had gotten the promotion and then the staffer told him the call had been a mistake. the pair state in their civil rights suit that the department of more than 4,000 employees does not have a command staff that is representative of houston's population.city of houston officials declined to comment on the






man found s to death at sw houston apartments


image 1of/5captioncloseimage 1 of 5a man was found s to death about 1:30 a.m. wednesday feb. 1, 2017, outside at an apartment complex in the 8400 block of south course near spice lane in southwest houston. (metro video)a man was found s to death about 1:30 a.m. wednesday feb. 1, 2017, outside at an apartment complex in the 8400 block of south course near spice lane in southwest houston. (metro video)image 2 of 5a man was found s to death about 1:30 a.m. wednesday feb. 1, 2017, outside at an apartment complex in the 8400 block of south course near spice lane in southwest houston. (metro video)a man was found s to death about 1:30 a.m. wednesday feb. 1, 2017, outside at an apartment complex in the 8400 block of south course near spice lane in southwest houston. (metro video)image 3 of 5a man






new details in fatal motorcycle crash that shut down i-45


image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3authorities investigate a fatal accident on the gulf freeway inbound near broadway, monday, oct. 24, 2016, in houston. ( jon shapley / houston chronicle )authorities investigate a fatal accident on the gulf freeway inbound near broadway, monday, oct. 24, 2016, in houston. ( jon shapley / houston chronicle )image 2 of 3traffic gets by in one lane as authorities investigate a fatal motorcycle accident on the gulf freeway inbound near broadway, monday, oct. 24, 2016, in houston. ( jon shapley / houston chronicle )traffic gets by in one lane as authorities investigate a fatal motorcycle accident on the gulf freeway inbound near broadway, monday, oct. 24, 2016, in houston. ( jon shapley / houston chronicle )image 3 of 3authorities investigate a fatal motorcycl






fans speculate that beyoncé could join lady gaga at super bowl


hold up: could beyoncé be taking the super bowl stage once again? after this year's halftime performer lady gaga posted an image to instagram with a bee emoji on wednesday, fans were quick to speculate that it meant queen bey would be joining her for the act. gaga's post was vague about the show, simply writing, "houston, you are beautiful."houston, you are beautiful.






wounded warriors play nfl veterans


p o: ryder system, inc. image 1of/8captioncloseimage 1 of 8on february 1, the wounded warrior amputee football team played houston's nfl alumni in flag football at delmar stadium in houston. the event was sponsored by ryder.on february 1, the wounded warrior amputee football team played houston's nfl alumni in flag football at delmar stadium in houston. the event was sponsored by ryder. p o: ryder system, inc. image 2 of 8on february 1, the wounded warrior amputee football team played houston's nfl alumni in flag football at delmar stadium in houston. the event was sponsored by ryder.on february 1, the wounded warrior amputee football team played houston's nfl alumni in flag football at delmar stadium in houston. the event was sponsored by ryder. p o: ryder system, inc. image 3 of 8on feb






lyric michelle makes a big, brief impression at super bowl live


p o: joey guerra image 1of/11captioncloseimage 1 of 11houston artist lyric michelle performs at super bowl live at discovery green.houston artist lyric michelle performs at super bowl live at discovery green. p o: joey guerra image 2 of 11houston artist lyric michelle performs at super bowl live at discovery green.houston artist lyric michelle performs at super bowl live at discovery green. p o: joey guerra image 3 of 11houston artist lyric michelle performs at super bowl live at discovery green.houston artist lyric michelle performs at super bowl live at discovery green. p o: joey guerra image 4 of 11houston artist lyric michelle performs at super bowl live at discovery green.houston artist lyric michelle performs at super bowl live at discovery green. p o: joey guerra image 5 of 11houst






wounded warriors play nfl veterans


p o: ryder system, inc. image 1of/8captioncloseimage 1 of 8on february 1, the wounded warrior amputee football team played houston's nfl alumni in flag football at delmar stadium in houston. the event was sponsored by humana.on february 1, the wounded warrior amputee football team played houston's nfl alumni in flag football at delmar stadium in houston. the event was sponsored by humana. p o: ryder system, inc. image 2 of 8on february 1, the wounded warrior amputee football team played houston's nfl alumni in flag football at delmar stadium in houston. the event was sponsored by humana.on february 1, the wounded warrior amputee football team played houston's nfl alumni in flag football at delmar stadium in houston. the event was sponsored by humana. p o: ryder system, inc. image 3 of 8on






local non-profits get $4 million in super bowl grants


p o: steve gonzales, houston chronicle image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3nfl commissioner roger goodell talks about a large donation for area non-profits during an event at pro-vision academy thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston.nfl commissioner roger goodell talks about a large donation for area non-profits during an event at pro-vision academy thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston. p o: steve gonzales, houston chronicle image 2 of 3nfl commissioner roger goodell chats with super bowl host committee chairman ric po before an event at pro-vision academy thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston.nfl commissioner roger goodell chats with super bowl host committee chairman ric po before an event at pro-vision academy thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in houston. p o: steve gonzales, houston chronicle image 3 of






houston texans raise next season's tickets prices 6 percent


p o: brett coomer, houston chronicle image 1of/47captioncloseimage 1 of 47houston texans fans cheer during the third quarter of an afc wild card playoff game against the oakland raiders at nrg stadium on urday, jan. 7, 2017, in houston.houston texans fans cheer during the third quarter of an afc wild card playoff game against the oakland raiders at nrg stadium on urday, jan. 7, 2017, in houston. p o: brett coomer, houston chronicle image 2 of 47a houston texans fan cheers as houston texans head coach bill o'brien takes the field before an afc wild card playoff game at nrg stadium urday, jan. 7, 2017, in houston.a houston texans fan cheers as houston texans head coach bill o'brien takes the field before an afc wild card playoff game at nrg stadium urday, jan. 7, 2017, in houston. p o: jon






bicyclist dies in collision with metro train near hermann park


p o: yi-chin lee / houston chronicle /houston chronicle image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4a metro rail hit and killed a female bicyclist at the intersection of fannin street and sunset boulevard next to herman park on friday, february 3, in houston. ( yi-chin lee/ houston chronicle)a metro rail hit and killed a female bicyclist at the intersection of fannin street and sunset boulevard next to herman park on friday, february 3, in houston. ( yi-chin lee/ houston chronicle) p o: yi-chin lee / houston chronicle /houston chronicle image 2 of 4hfd firefighters look for a place to jack up a metro rail that hit and killed a female bicyclist at the intersection of fannin street and sunset boulevard next to herman park on friday, february 3, in houston. ( yi-chin lee/ houston chronicle) lesshfd f






woman charged in husband's shooting death in nw houston


image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1tu thien huynh is charged with murder in the slaying of her husband about 4:10 p.m. thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in the 10400 block of newpark drive near goodrum in northwest houston. (hpd)tu thien huynh is charged with murder in the slaying of her husband about 4:10 p.m. thursday, feb. 2, 2017, in the 10400 block of newpark drive near goodrum in northwest houston. (hpd)woman charged in husband's shooting death in nw houston1 / 1back to gallerya 29-year-old woman has been accused in the shooting death of her husband thursday at a home in northwest houston.tu thien huynh is charged with murder in the slaying that occurred about 4:10 p.m. in the 10400 block of newpark drive near goodrum, according to the houston police department.police said officers were initia






houston underwriting firm acquired for $250m


a houston-based surety company will operate as a business unit of a financial holdings company under a merger agreement.richmond, va.-based markel corp. has agreed to acquire suretec financial corp. for $250 million, according to a joint statement from both companies.the deal is expected to close later this year. suretec will be a separate business unit of markel corp.'s specialty division and u.s. insurance segment, according to a company statement.related: risk mana ent firm opens houston office for energy clientstigerrisk capital markets & advisory was the financial adviser for the merger. sidley austin llp served as markel's legal advisor and locke lord provided legal advice for suretec.suretec was founded in 2002. the company now does underwriting and risk mana ent business in all






greater houston partnership taps social media to reach young professionals


image 1of/2captioncloseimage 1 of 2an infog hic from the greater houston partnership's recruiter tool kit.an infog hic from the greater houston partnership's recruiter tool kit.image 2 of 2a logo from the greater houston partnership's recruiter tool kit.a logo from the greater houston partnership's recruiter tool kit. p o: matthew southall greater houston partnership taps social media to reach young professionals1 / 2back to gallerythe greater houston partnership will launch a new site thursday to aid its efforts in recruiting and attracting young professionals to the houston area.careers with no limits, part of thecitywithnolimits.com, will consolidate the region's job listings in one place. it will also post the listings on such platforms as twitter, facebook and linkedin and allow job s






bicyclist dies in collision with metro train near hermann park


p o: yi-chin lee / houston chronicle /houston chronicle image 1of/4captioncloseimage 1 of 4a metro rail hit and killed a female bicyclist at the intersection of fannin street and sunset boulevard next to herman park on friday, february 3, in houston. ( yi-chin lee/ houston chronicle)a metro rail hit and killed a female bicyclist at the intersection of fannin street and sunset boulevard next to herman park on friday, february 3, in houston. ( yi-chin lee/ houston chronicle) p o: yi-chin lee / houston chronicle /houston chronicle image 2 of 4hfd firefighters look for a place to jack up a metro rail that hit and killed a female bicyclist at the intersection of fannin street and sunset boulevard next to herman park on friday, february 3, in houston. ( yi-chin lee/ houston chronicle) lesshfd f






the hidden houston story of a cl ic radio hit


singer-songwriter jim weatherly was inducted this week into the songwriters hall of fame, along with other artists whose names you might know but their songs are more than likely permanently loaded on the ipod in your head. he was joined by ray davies, donovan, graham gouldman, and mark james in the hall of fame this week. they join a roster of songwriters in the hall that includes dolly parton, john fogerty, hal david and burt bacharach, and bob dylan, just to name a few. weatherly wrote such hits as "neither one of us", "best thing that ever happened to me" and "midnight train to georgia", which would go on to be recorded by the like of gladys knight & the pips, ray price, and neil diamond. the most enduring weatherly hit though has to be "midnight train to georgia."but as fans of we






shane battier to be honored by rockets on thursday


shane battier had two stints in memphis and won two championships in miami. but as he returns to houston as the rockets' 50th anniversary honoree on thursday, he said he will have very special feelings for houston for two very good, very personal reasons."houston is as special as any place i played," battier said. "first of all, both my babies were born in houston. they are proud texans, as they like to remind me."for me, i e into my own as a professional basketball player in houston. i sort of grew up. i thought i had my prime years playing for (jeff) gundy and (rick) adelman. i look back at those years, and though i'm sad we missed opportunities because we didn't go further in the playoffs, i was proud to be part of those teams."battier played five seasons in houston, averaging 8.2 point






zillow: houston homebuyers break even in just under 2 years


dallas: 1 year,  6 monthssan antonio: 1 year, 9 monthhouston: 1 year, 11 monthsu.s.: 1 year, 11 monthsaustin: 2 years, 5 monthssource: zillow






guns s hit pickup on east freeway


image 1of/8captioncloseimage 1 of 8someone in car fired guns s at a man as as he drove his pickup about 4:30 a.m. feb. 2, 2017, along interstate 10 in east houston. (metro video)someone in car fired guns s at a man as as he drove his pickup about 4:30 a.m. feb. 2, 2017, along interstate 10 in east houston. (metro video)image 2 of 8someone in car fired guns s at a man as as he drove his pickup about 4:30 a.m. feb. 2, 2017, along interstate 10 in east houston. (metro video)someone in car fired guns s at a man as as he drove his pickup about 4:30 a.m. feb. 2, 2017, along interstate 10 in east houston. (metro video)image 3 of 8someone in car fired guns s at a man as as he drove his pickup about 4:30 a.m. feb. 2, 2017, along interstate 10 in east houston. (metro video)someone in car fired guns






houston economy still contracting, survey says


p o: svetl. tebenkova image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1sinking oil prices haven't hit the houston economy as hard as in earlier times because the region's economy has diversified, a new report says. (getty images)sinking oil prices haven't hit the houston economy as hard as in earlier times because the region's economy has diversified, a new report says. (getty images) p o: svetl. tebenkova houston economy still contracting, survey says1 / 1back to gallerya slight improvement in sales and production among houston area businesses provided a small lift to the overall local economy last month but not enough to propel it toward expansion. the houston purchasing managers index, which predicts likely shifts in production three to four months in a nce, showed monday that economic activity in h






local jewelry designer has styled lady gaga, other celebs


p o: via lady gaga on instagram image 1of/6captioncloseimage 1 of 6lady gaga poses for an instagram p o at nrg stadium days before super bowl li.lady gaga poses for an instagram p o at nrg stadium days before super bowl li. p o: via lady gaga on instagram image 2 of 6rihanna is wearing a necklace by by houston jewelry designer lisa freede.rihanna is wearing a necklace by by houston jewelry designer lisa freede. p o: instagram image 3 of 6tionne watkins is wearing jewelry by houston jewelry designer lisa freede.tionne watkins is wearing jewelry by houston jewelry designer lisa freede. p o: instagram image 4 of 6singer katy perry is wearing a pendant necklace by houston jewelry designer lisa freede.singer katy perry is wearing a pendant necklace by houston jewelry designer lisa freede. p o: