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Intriguing people for January 4, 2010updated: Mon Jan 04 2010 11:18:00

Kevin Pearce One of the country's top snowboarders, who was considered a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic team, was in critical but stable condition Sunday after an accident while training last week at Park City, Utah.

Houston elects first openly gay mayorupdated: Sun Dec 13 2009 15:01:00

Annise Parker made history Saturday as Houston's first openly gay mayor.

Shake-up eyed after inmate in wheelchair escapes on footupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 20:39:00

The man who oversees Texas' criminal justice system called Wednesday for a shake-up as authorities searched for a prisoner in a wheelchair who escaped on foot Monday from two armed guards as he was being transferred between prisons.

FSB: Gulf Coast Dynamo: Houstonupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 10:41:00

For Bryan Caswell, co-owner and chef at Houston's trendy Reef restaurant, the best thing about the Bayou City is the freedom to leave. The Houston native spent nine years perfecting his culinary skills in Bangkok, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Manhattan before opening a well-reviewed seafood eatery in his hometown. He now devotes two or three weekends a month to fishing on the Gulf Coast.

Lower airfares -- how to get themupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 13:39:00

Looking for cheap airfares for your big trip abroad but suffering from search fatigue? When all else fails, try one of these tested strategies.

CNNMoney: Battling for bucksupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 17:24:00

The weather outside was gray, rainy and muggy - an apt metaphor for the economic malaise that has made this the toughest time in years to start or run a business. But inside Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Management this past weekend, the lecture halls buzzed with energy from hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs gathered together for an intense three-day challenge. At stake: $800,000 in cash and prizes, and the chance to launch a new business amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Houston transit cop saved woman from train on Inauguration Dayupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 15:12:00

It's a frightening scenario, almost a staple of action movies: Someone has fallen onto subway tracks, and a train is rumbling into the station.

Lining up for FEMA aidupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 09:50:00

Houston residents who need supplies after weathering Hurricane Ike wait at a FEMA aid distribution point.

Ike-battered Texans find comfort, help over coffeeupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 09:50:00

Come for the vanilla latte. Stay to find someone who can help you haul that fallen tree from your yard.

Ike damage prompts weeklong curfew in Houstonupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 14:15:00

Houston's police chief announced Sunday a weeklong nighttime curfew for Texas' largest city, a day after Hurricane Ike barreled ashore just southeast of there.

After Ike, Texans take heart in simple thingsupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 14:11:00

Araceli Garcia's quarter-mile trip to the grocery store Tuesday morning took 2 ½ hours. She came away with $72 worth of food from the H-E-B supermarket and considers herself blessed.

Long gas lines in Houstonupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 18:43:00

Houston residents wait in traffic stretching down the street to get gas at a Sam's Club. (no audio)

Ike survivors line up for food in Texasupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 18:43:00

Four days after Hurricane Ike strafed the Texas Gulf Coast and Houston region, evacuees and survivors stood in hours-long lines Wednesday in several cities to get the bare necessities.

Houston food bank 'overwhelmed,' director saysupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 12:19:00

Grocery store shelves are bare. Food left in refrigerators has rotted in the absence of electricity. Houston and Galveston are hungry. Houston Waits for Hurricane Ikeupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 13:00:00

On Scene: With the threat of a huge storm surge, the city and its neighboring communities stock up and hunker down

CNNMoney: Houston gas price crunchupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 11:39:00

Prices surged by as much as 20 cents a gallon at some Houston-area gas stations as Hurricane Ike bore down on the Gulf coast. Don Banks: Teams desperate to avoid 0-2 startupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 09:09:00

If at all possible, you don't want to start 0-2 in the NFL. It's not a death sentence, but since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, only 19 teams have climbed out of an 0-2 hole to make the playoffs. That's 19 teams in 18 seasons of play, or about one per year.

Last time 'certain death' was warned: Katrinaupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 02:38:00

The National Weather Service in Houston told residents along Galveston Bay on Thursday night they "face certain death" if they don't leave home before Hurricane Ike roars ashore. Houston May Face Major Ike Damageupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 07:50:00

Gleaming skyscrapers, the nation's biggest refinery and NASA's Johnson Space Center lie in areas that could be vulnerable to wind and damaging floodwaters if Hurricane Ike crashes ashore as a major hurricane Texas Evacuates for Hurricane Ikeupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 19:00:00

The frail and elderly were put aboard buses Wednesday and authorities warned 1 million others to flee inland as Hurricane Ike steamed toward a swath of the Texas coast that includes the nation's largest concentration of refineries and chemical plants Dallas Bus Crash Kills 16 updated: Fri Aug 08 2008 07:10:00

A charter bus ran off a highway overpass north of Dallas and crashed onto its side on a roadway below, authorities said Texas Refinery Crane Collapse Kills 4updated: Fri Jul 18 2008 18:20:00

One of the nation's largest mobile cranes collapsed at a Houston oil refinery Friday, killing four workers and injuring seven others

CNNMoney: The Big Easy picks up the paceupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 04:02:00

After being pummeled by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans is showing signs of recovery - ranking as the fastest-growing large city in the nation, according to a government report released Thursday.

FSB: Life after bankruptcyupdated: Mon May 26 2008 23:34:00

I had a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach when my lawyer asked me to come to his office with my wife, Tara. I had been struggling to pay $1.3 million in debt from a failed restaurant in Houston. I had hired the attorney after creditors started phoning our house and making violent-sounding threats - and sending their goons to my other cafés to collect. Tara was home all day with our 3-year-old triplets, and some of the collectors were so menacing that we were afraid to answer the door. Tejano Singer Recovering from Crashupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 20:05:00

(HOUSTON) -- Grammy-winning Tejano singer Emilio Navaira is starting his rehabilitation treatment after being severely injured in a bus crash a month ago.

Fifteen-year-old Harrison wins in Houstonupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 03:29:00

Fifteen-year-old American Ryan Harrison became the third-youngest player in 18 years to achieve a victory in an ATP match when he beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-3 in the US men's clay court championships in Houston.

Money Magazine: The best ways to protect your moneyupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 18:01:00

Everywhere you look, bad news abounds. The falling stock market, the floundering economy, tumbling home values, vanishing jobs - it's enough to make you want to hide your money in a lockbox and throw away the key.

FSB: Profiting from the liquidations boomupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 09:48:00

Dear FSB: I'm an independent contractor for sign walker/human billboard companies in the Houston area. I provide the walkers and supervision. The clients are mainly doing ads for turnaround or insolvency companies. I have decided to start my own sign walker/human billboard company and I'm ready to take the next step in landing those first few customers. I'm not afraid of the competition, but where do I compete with them? How have they landed their customers? Did they market to insolvency or turnaround professionals? How did they market their service to liquidation companies such as the Gordon Brothers Group and the Great American Group?

FSB: Where can we find a wind farm developer?updated: Tue Oct 30 2007 12:37:00

Dear FSB: My family owns property in a rural area of West Central Minnesota. We would like to install wind turbines there. Do you know of any company that would be interested in partnering with us? Peter King: 10 Fantasy Thingsupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 16:34:00

I'm not a football coach -- though I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night --but I can tell when a coach is feeling the heat, real or media-driven, about what he should do when the ball is kicked off on Sunday. Which brings us to our number one fantasy tip.

Money Magazine: Where we'll live tomorrowupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 04:52:00

An increasingly trendy theory holds that the ticket to attracting and retaining the educated and upwardly mobile is a big dose of urban cool: Think open-air cafés where well-heeled retired boomers and twentysomething professionals gather after the theater to sip Pinot Grigio while looking out at a skyline defined by the latest creation of a world-renowned starchitect. Time to shineupdated: Fri May 04 2007 20:07:00

I had to ask the question. As Tracy McGrady sat at the podium in the bowels of EnergySolutions Arena, barely 30 minutes removed from a crushing Game 6 defeat, he answered questions ranging from the Rockets' shaky performance to Andrei Kirilenko's pesky defense. Then, the thought occurred to me: is Saturday's Game Seven the biggest game of McGrady's career? Holding courtupdated: Tue Apr 24 2007 00:24:00

HOUSTON (AP) -- Each of the Houston Rockets have to make 10 consecutive free throws before they are allowed to leave the practice floor every day.

Money Magazine: Bigger home, bigger tax break - great deal?updated: Fri Apr 20 2007 08:38:00

Question: My wife and I are in the 33 percent tax bracket. We're getting the standard tax breaks for owning our home, having a child and making charitable contributions, but we're getting hit hard with taxes. Do you think we should buy a bigger home to get a bigger tax break? - J. Court, Houston, Texas

Aussie Appleby defends in Houstonupdated: Thu Mar 29 2007 06:11:00

Stuart Appleby will be looking to repeat his impressive victory in last year's Houston Open in the final tournament before next week's Masters at Augusta.

Three die in 'hell' of Houston office-building fireupdated: Wed Mar 28 2007 20:48:00

Three people were killed and at least seven were injured Wednesday in a four-alarm fire at an office building in northeast Houston, authorities said.

An oil town, refinedupdated: Tue Feb 13 2007 11:42:00

Once known as the land of big oil fortunes, Houston has emerged as the Gulf Coast's cultural capital, with a world-class art scene -- and a slew of hotels, restaurants and shops to match.

Houston: City overviewupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 05:23:00

Houston embodies some sort of slightly retrospective vision of how the 21st century was supposed to be; a disarming urban landscape of soaring skyscrapers, underground tunnels and rumbling freeways. Once an old-style Texan town of just 45,000, the arrival of the oil derricks and the miracle of air-conditioning triggered a steroid-enhanced expansion, transforming it into the unashamed energy capital of the U.S. Awash with corporate money and lacking the cultural clout of New York or Los Angeles, Houston has long been an easy target for those looking for a symbol of the worst excesses of American power. Houston was the setting for the dystopic fantasy "Rollerball" in which the tentacular Energy Corporation ruled the planet. Following the demise of former corporate citizen Enron, the city has its very own real life corporate bad guy. The late Hunter S. Thompson described it as a "cruel and crazy town on a filthy river in East Texas with no zoning laws and a culture of sex, money and violence. It's a shabby s

CNNMoney: Gasoline prices keep fallingupdated: Mon Sep 25 2006 05:53:00

Gas prices tumbled 24 cents during the past two weeks to an average of $2.42 a gallon of self-serve regular, a national survey said Sunday, posting the third straight two-week decline.

Ginepri suffers early Houston exitupdated: Tue Apr 11 2006 10:21:00

Third seed Robby Ginepri was the biggest casualty in the first round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, when the he lost 6-4 6-4 to Spain's Albert Montanes.

Hi-tech toll pay for rental cars?updated: Mon Mar 13 2006 07:17:00

Car rental companies are set to offer electronic toll payment devices as options on their cars, according to an article Monday.

Houston Forumupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 10:55:00

Where are your favorite places to eat in Houston? What's your favorite Kelly Rowland or Destiny's Child song? Send us your ideas and suggestions and read your comments below.

Houston City Guideupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 06:38:00

Check out our recommendations for the Texan city and send us your ideas and suggestions.

Money Magazine: Let It Ripupdated: Mon Dec 12 2005 16:39:00

for the nearest Internet-security software. But it is far less likely that someone is going to break into your computer than that someone will sift through your garbage to get the same information. ...

Money Magazine: Let It Ripupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 00:01:00

Everyone's been warned about identity theft. The idea that some hacker can snoop around your hard drive, obtain some account numbers and passwords, and clean out your funds has Americans reaching f...

Money Magazine: Let it ripupdated: Fri Oct 21 2005 15:34:00

Everyone's been warned about identity theft. The idea that some hacker can snoop around your hard drive, obtain some account numbers and passwords, and clean out your funds has Americans reaching for the nearest Internet-security software.

CNNMoney: Storms drive up shipping costsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2005 06:38:00

Hurricane damage to Gulf Coast ports is driving up shipping costs, which in turn could further slow the nation's economic growth, according to a published report.

Texas evacuees, told to stay away, returningupdated: Sun Sep 25 2005 08:03:00

Taillights and headlights illuminated rain-slicked roads of Gulf Coast Texas in the pre-dawn hours Sunday as residents jammed the roads to return after evacuating for Hurricane Rita.

20,000 evacuees crowd Texas townupdated: Fri Sep 23 2005 13:00:00

Officials in Houston opened more than a dozen shelters Friday for people who didn't want to get caught in gridlock and a small town 120 miles to the north was jammed with people fleeing Hurricane Rita.

Lessons learned from Katrinaupdated: Thu Sep 22 2005 08:31:00

As Category 4 Hurricane Rita headed toward the Gulf Coast, thousands of residents in the greater Houston area jammed highways Thursday only to sit in traffic that moved no faster than a pedestrian's gait.

Survivors grapple with mixed emotionsupdated: Mon Sep 05 2005 10:58:00

Posted: 11:12 a.m. ET CNN's Keith Oppenheim in Houston, Texas

Business 2.0: New Muscle for Old Strip Mallsupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 00:01:00

When Garland Supermarket vacated Houston's Copperfield Plaza four years ago, it took more than just canned goods and cash registers along with it. By closing its doors, the 55,000-square-foot mall ...

CNNMoney: Turning off the stadium spigotupdated: Thu Jan 15 2004 15:20:00

Elected officials in Houston are betting billions in tax money on that famous movie promise: If you build it they will come.

Money Magazine: Ready to sell?updated: Wed Nov 20 2002 00:22:00

Real estate prices are still on the rise, but rumors that housing is poised for a fall has some investment-minded homeowners ready to cash out and rent for awhile.

FSB: Scorecard THE NEWS ACCORDING TO FSBupdated: Fri Nov 01 2002 00:01:00

THE HEADLINES 1 I'd Like to Buy a Vowel

Fortune: Still Riding High In Houston Its glitziest company went bust. But Houston isn't a one-horse town anymore.updated: Mon Mar 04 2002 00:01:00

If you've been eyeballing your seismograph lately, expecting to see the economic implosion of Houston, may we suggest you turn your attention elsewhere? Despite its reputation as a gaudy boomtown t...

Fortune: Is All Well With Lyondell?updated: Mon Nov 23 1998 00:01:00

You probably don't remember that back in July Lyondell, that big chemical company based in Houston, bought Arco Chemical for $5.6 billion in cash. Lyondell had to borrow a heap of money to complete...

Money Magazine: Working Whirls Adding a little more flavor to your next business tripupdated: Thu Oct 01 1998 00:01:00

Every experienced business traveler knows the feeling. Sometime during three straight days of meetings, you have a few hours to yourself. What do you do? If you were in Paris, say, you could just w...


"The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley," wrote Scottish poet Robbie Burns in 1785. He wasn't discussing retirement, but well he mae ha' ben, since plenty can gang agley. No matter ho...


Maybe it would have been better if Hillary had just stayed home. Look at what she forswore: her own flourishing law practice, a lucrative sideline in commodities, the large charms of Little Rock. Y...


WEIRD FACT OF LIFE: for every problem we face, someone has come up with a solution way too slick to be true. So we've got fat-free mayonnaise that tastes like rancid yak butter, and let's not talk ...

Fortune: HIGHWAY WARS: LONG AND WINDING BATTLEupdated: Mon Dec 11 1995 00:01:00

If you thought big-budget highway projects were all of the information variety these days, take a trip to Texas, where Dallas and Houston are gunning to be supergateways to Mexico. Dallas is spearh...

Money Magazine: TOOTH IN ADVERTISING 800-DENTISTS PASS OUR SIX-CITY CHECKUPupdated: Sat Jul 01 1995 00:01:00

In 40 markets around the U.S., including Houston, New York City and Seattle, consumers looking for a dentist can dial 800-DENTIST and get a referral. We were curious -- if not skeptical -- about wh...

Money Magazine: Ducking speed traps saves some money updated: Tue Nov 01 1994 00:01:00

ON A RECENT 4,500-MILE TRIP throughout the Midwest and Southwest, I took along your June report on speed traps and traffic fines in the 50 states. You helped save us money. I especially want to rei...

Fortune: THE TOP TEN CITIES updated: Mon Nov 15 1993 00:01:00

1. RALEIGH/DURHAM The presence of three top universities -- Duke, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State -- and the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park has fueled the area's capacity ...

Money Magazine: RATES FOR PRODIGIESupdated: Fri Oct 01 1993 00:01:00

Nurturing your kid's talent adds up. We canvassed professionals who teach eight- to 10-year-olds in six cities, including such schools as Karolyi's Gymnastics in Houston, where Olympic gold medalis...

Money Magazine: THE TOP 300 PLACES How the top 10 compare updated: Wed Sep 01 1993 00:01:00

; No place, not even our top place, ranks No. 1 in every way. We rate the metro areas in nine broad categories, ranging from health (medical care and a lack of pollution) to wealth (job-growth pros...

Money Magazine: WHERE HOUSE PRICES WILL SINK AND SOAR Low mortgage rates and rising home sales have real estate agents trumpeting a housing turnupdated: Mon Mar 01 1993 00:01:00

Finally! After a three-year slump during which home prices in some cities fell 15% or more and selling a house sometimes took eight months to a year -- or more than twice as long as building one --...

Fortune: THE BEST CITIES FOR BUSINESS These days they are the places with the workers, services, and other factors that most help companiupdated: Mon Nov 02 1992 00:01:00

THE two-line lettered sign stood next to a roadside store on a highway heading toward magnificent Mount Rainier and the great green expanse that surrounds Seattle. The sign read: ESPRESSO LIVE BAIT...

Fortune: HOW A NEW ORLEANS FAMILY TRIUMPHEDupdated: Mon Oct 19 1992 00:01:00

Susie Mae Lundy, 71, has nine reasons to be proud: The kids she raised with husband Willie J. Smith, 73, a Baptist pastor. The couple, living in one of New Orleans's poorest neighborhoods, set entr...

Fortune: A number that says it all, the great pulchritude plot, the hammering of Carl Icahn, and other matters. ONLY IN AMERICA (Cont'd)updated: Mon Aug 12 1991 00:01:00

SAN SABA, TEXAS -- Were it not for a stream of state officials taking tours, the San Saba County Detention Center would be a quiet place these days. Three months after the finishing touches were pu...

Money Magazine: RUNNING FROM RACISTS Fleeing threats of violence, a black family in Phoenix sinks its savings into an expensive move.updated: Mon Jul 01 1991 00:01:00

Joann Long thought it was a prank at first. At 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 18, 1989, her son Ray Jr. -- then a 14-year-old 10th-grader at Barry Goldwater High in Phoenix -- came pounding on the back door, sh...

Fortune: INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AFTER A GREAT QUARTER FOR STOCKS Making money in stocks will be harder from here on, says FORTUNE's quarteupdated: Mon May 06 1991 00:01:00

Oh, what a blithesome spring it has been for investors. With a quick resolution to the Persian Gulf war, falling interest rates, and talk of the * economy rebounding, stocks have blossomed like a f...

Fortune: HOUSTON'S BOOM, BUST, AND SLOW REBOUND updated: Mon Jan 28 1991 00:01:00

The construction crane, recently thought extinct in Houston, has reappeared. Two projects have been announced, an 18-story headquarters for Anadarko Petroleum and a 20-story home for British Petrol...

Money Magazine: THE LAID-OFF FAMILY MANupdated: Fri Dec 01 1989 00:01:00

For years, Robert Jackson, 47, and his wife Judy, 45, prided themselves on the comfortable life they built for their children Darrin, 23, Denise, 18, and Dena, 15, in southwest Houston. They fully ...

Fortune: REAL ESTATE: FINDING BUYS IN THE RUINS Empty offices abound. Equity REITs have climbed this year, but bargains remain.updated: Mon Oct 30 1989 00:01:00

In bygone years, rich returns made commercial real estate one of the sturdiest inflation hedges. Widespread overbuilding has undermined that idea. While commercial construction has slowed, office v...

Fortune: Social responsibility in the retail furniture business, new hope for studious students, and other matters. ASIAN MYSTERIESupdated: Mon Jul 31 1989 00:01:00

With a somewhat volatile mixture of dismay and hilarity, your correspondent has been following the recent strange proceedings on Asian-American civil rights problems. These have taken the form of a...

Fortune: WILL YOU BE ABLE TO RETIRE? You can't count on a pension or Social Security the same way your parents did. If you're a baby-boomupdated: Mon Jul 31 1989 00:01:00

May your hands always be busy May your feet always be swift May you have a strong foundation When the winds of changes shift . . . May you stay forever young. -- ''Forever Young,'' by Bob Dylan, 48...

Fortune: Signalsupdated: Mon Dec 07 1987 00:01:00

-- After negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency, Houston oil and gas company Texas Eastern agreed to clean up PCBs and other toxic wastes at as many as 89 sites along its 10,000-mile...

Money Magazine: NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: OUR HITS AND MISSES updated: Mon Oct 12 1987 00:01:00


Fortune: NOW HEAR THISupdated: Mon Oct 12 1987 00:01:00

RICHARD P. GODWIN, 65, explaining why he resigned as the Defense Department's procurement czar: ''When problems occur and you've got these layers of bureaucracy, the information gets so levelized, ...

Fortune: TRYING TO FIX BUSTED CITIESupdated: Mon Aug 17 1987 00:01:00

The gold-mining town that became the ghost town when the mine played out is a staple of American legend. Yet cities go on riding the fortunes of one commodity, one company, or one industry until th...

Money Magazine: When renting is rightupdated: Mon Jun 01 1987 00:01:00

For many Americans, the decision to buy a home is more emotional than economic. But if you're in a quandary about whether or not to go on renting, here are five questions to help you sort out your ...

Fortune: TAKING A TIP FROM TYCOONS When savvy investors buy into a company, the record shows, others should be ready to follow them.updated: Mon Oct 13 1986 00:01:00

Have you ever fantasized that you were a financial heavyweight like Cincinnati's Carl Lindner or one of the Bass brothers of Fort Worth? You buy 30% of General Widget Corp. at half book value. The ...

Fortune: BARGAINS GALORE IN OFFICE SPACE The U.S. office glut is yielding tenants the sweetest deals in decades. Savvy corporate renters updated: Mon Feb 17 1986 00:01:00

NEED MORE office space? Need lots more? You've had your eye on a posh new building? A high floor, perhaps? And you've always wondered what it would be like to have a corner office the size of a bas...

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