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Books by Houstonians: 2015 Edition
Energy
Published in 25-12-2015
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Houston is home to a busy burgeoning writing community.

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Latest 'Girl' novel interesting, but it's no Larsson
Energy
Published in 25-12-2015
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The novels offer a strikingly intelligent, gripping, angry look at political and corporate corruption in Sweden and, by implication, throughout the Western world. Authorized by Larsson's father and brother, who were his heirs, and written by Swedish writer David Lagercrantz, the new book brings back Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, the heroes and occasional lovers in the trilogy. The ...>>
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Writer accused of plagiarizing straight Texas romance novel, turning it gay
Energy
Published in 25-12-2015
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It took a reader with interest in all kinds of cowboy love to discover that the recent gay romance novel "Coming Home Texas" was a nearly precise rehashing of a straight romance novel, with little more than the names, places and characters adjusted.

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St. Thomas football coach Fitzpatrick puts focus on fall
Heights
Published in 25-12-2015
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St. Thomas head football coach Tim Fitzpatrick didn't have his full squad during the Eagles' spring practice last month, but he didn't seem too bothered. [...] Fitzpatrick was satisfied with the effort and, even more so, the enthusiasm. The defensive line was hit hard by graduation, with senior defensive end Joseph Lowery the lone returning starter. Sophomore Lorenzo Neal Jr., th ...>>
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Henderson Cup finish validates hard work for St. Thomas program
Heights
Published in 25-12-2015
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Since Netzel's arrival, St. Thomas has made major improvements to its athletic facilities, including: Various updates to Reckling Gymnasium, including a new sound system, lighting and flooring and increased capacity for fans with the addition of ADA-compliant bleachers Upgrades to Father Wilson Field, with new protective screens, improved drainage and changes to the bullpen area, and The E ...>>
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Heights pawn shop burglary suspect caught behind a banana tree
Heights
Published in 25-12-2015
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A pawn-shop burglary suspect was arrested after he pried siding off the building to squeeze inside and then surveillance cameras captured his image as he grabbed items.

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Lights in the Heights 2015 NOT canceled (despite rumors), but will be scaled back
Heights
Published in 25-12-2015
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Its 28-year history now includes tens of thousands of attendees every year, which is understandably an issue for some in the area who would rather thousands of people not be in their front yards each year doing what thousands of people do. 

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Ferrell drowns in one big daddy of a mess
Entertainment
Published in 25-12-2015
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The problem with "Daddy's Home" is that it takes a nasty premise, best suited to a farce or a harsh satire, and tries to make a heartwarming comedy out of it. [...] imagine the form of the movie - as a family comedy - as a small shoe. Will Ferrell is cast as a hapless dope who has married a divorced woman (Linda Cardellini) with two children. The movie presents us with Brad as the focus of ...>>
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'Point Break' remake loses original's magic
Entertainment
Published in 25-12-2015
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"A man who pushes his boundaries ultimately finds them," one extreme-sports practitioner says to another, as if the filmmakers pasted fortune-cookie messages on a page in lieu of a script. The unproven agent gets in too deep with an extreme-sports eco-cult that is suspected of criminal activity, making it harder to choose between friendship and duty. Several of the sports scenes, including a mou ...>>
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'Concussion' delivers strong, if corny, blow-by-blow of true story
Entertainment
Published in 25-12-2015
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"Concussion" is the story of Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian pathologist working in Pittsburgh, who discovered a degenerative brain disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) suffered by many football players. A natural consequence of the game, it's caused by multiple blows to the head, and it results in motor-neuron symptoms, aggression, suicidal tendencies and early dementia. For thos ...>>
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'Joy' director Russell loves 'to find the extraordinary'
Entertainment
Published in 25-12-2015
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At first blush, the subjects of the director David O. Russell's last two films might not seem like the stuff of award-winning cinema. A man with bipolar disorder returns home to live with his folks ("Silver Linings Playbook"). [...] in his latest film, "Joy," which opens on Christmas Day, a woman from Long Island overcomes adversity to design a mop. "Joy" is very loosely based on Joy Manga ...>>
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Paris climate goals mean emissions need to drop below zero
Technology
Published in 25-12-2015
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STOCKHOLM (AP) If governments are serious about the global warming targets they adopted in Paris, scientists say they have two options: eliminating fossil fuels immediately or finding ways to undo their damage to the climate system in the future. The first is politically impossible the world is still hooked on using oil, coal and natural gas which leaves the option of a major cleanup of the at ...>>
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Choking on smog, Rome and Milan issue no-car day edicts
Technology
Published in 25-12-2015
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In Rome, home heating is blamed along with heavy traffic for the eye-stinging, throat-irritating air. [...] air quality improves, thermostat settings in Rome's homes and offices cannot exceed 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit.) The total daily hours that furnaces can run is being reduced from 12 to eight, except for schools and hospitals.
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Kiddie tablets 'grow up' as competition grows
Technology
Published in 25-12-2015
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Tablets designed just for kids are getting more sophisticated as they face increased competition from regular tablets. [...] some of those companies are looking to take back some of the sales to older kids that they've lost over the years, offering premium products most with price tags of over $100 that look and perform less like toys and more like the ones adults use. The use of Android ...>>
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Dr. Alfred Gilman, Nobel Prize-winning cell researcher, dies
Technology
Published in 25-12-2015
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Dr. Alfred Gilman, who won a Nobel Prize for his breakthrough research into the inner workings of cells and later left Texas' much-ballyhooed $3 billion cancer-fighting initiative, citing a lack of oversight that led to a scandal, has died. "The mechanism that he found explains how many drugs act, it explains how many hormones act and it basically explains how the body re ...>>
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