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Houston court handcuffs one call center kingpin. How to keep others away from your money. The fraudulent overseas call center boss who tricked thousands of people out of millions of dollars pleaded guilty in a Houston federal court earlier this month.

Everything you need to know about the cancer cluster in Houston's Fifth Ward State authorities have identified a part of Houston's Fifth Ward as a cancer cluster, a designation found where creosote was used since 1997 by Union Pacific. Creosote is a chemical used to treat wood railroad ties, which were treated by Houston Wood Preserving Works in the nearby Englewood Rail Yard.

Cowboys players are feuding with the Super Bowl-bound 49ers over rights to the Hot Boyz nickname Once upon a time when the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers met it meant that there was a ticket to the Super Bowl on the line. It was serious. This is something that Tony Casillas and I discussed on the latest episode of The 75O here at BTB, after all Tony had three sacks in the 1992 NFC Championship Game.

Popular Arboretum Restaurant Brings Grain Bowls to Rosedale Honest Mary’s is expanding to a second location.

Dallas Mavericks Ink Multiyear Deal With Fin-Tech Firm Chime Agreement includes jersey patch sponsorship and entrepreneur readiness programs.

San Antonio rodeo bucks into town with new attractions and charreada San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo bucks back into town February 6-23, bringing with it all the classic events rodeo-goers adore - along with a new attractions, specialty shows, and its first-ever charreada. But first, the things that have not changed.

Pioneering craft beer bar in Uptown Dallas will pour its last pint After a decade in business, one of Dallas' pioneering craft beer destinations is closing: Common Table, a consistently popular craft beer haunt in Uptown Dallas, will close on January 26. Owner Corey Pond confirmed in a Facebook post that the restaurant-bar was facing a lease renewal and decided to call it quits.

Attention Artists! Some Spring 2020 Open Calls It's an artist's spring in the middle of the Texas winter, and opportunities are blooming. Of the multiple open calls that we have currently listed on Glasstire, we've put together a short stack of upcoming deadlines through March, beginning with an open call that ends tomorrow.

Four Seasons Las Colinas plants a stake in hot farm-to-table trend The farm-to-table movement, in which restaurants serve produce and other ingredients that have been procured nearby, has a new member: Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. The hotel has been cultivating a thriving garden operation for the past nine months, says spokesperson Vail Tolbert.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Has Grown a Llano Legend Into a Texas Empire He should also be credited with seeing the potential in barbecue expansion. The jump to New Braunfels in 2008 was far earlier than most of the other barbecue brands that eventually strayed from their original locations.

Wildly popular downtown creole restaurant sprouts up in Memorial Every workday, thousands of downtown office workers line up for red beans and rice and shrimp etoufee at Treebeards. The 40-year old restaurant has five locations, but they're a unique phenomenon among Houston restaurants - all of them are both located downtown and only open for lunch.

Shell Shack Rings in Crawfish Season The start of each new year brings new possibilities. Here in 2020, that means a new opportunity to eat crawfish. So, good news: the season for enjoying those delicious mudbugs has arrived, and Shell Shack is your go-to spot for getting them.

J.J. Watt Will Host "Saturday Night Live" On February 1st Texans fans will surely tune in. It’s not like we have a Super Bowl to worry about the next day.

Suite Talk: Craig Hall of HALL Group and VARIDESK's Jason McCann Two of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs meet for an unscripted conversation in a new interview series from D CEO.

Stephen Jones notes signing Dak Prescott is priority number one for Cowboys, Amari Cooper is two Speaking to reporters in the area, Jones noted that getting a deal done with Dak Prescott is the top priority of the offseason for America's Team. And if you had any question as to what number two is he answered that as well - Amari Cooper.

State Department Pushing DirecTV To Restore Banned Channels In Venezuela The company, owned by Dallas-based AT&T, stopped airing CNN, BBC and more after orders from President Nicolás Maduro.

Hoffman seeks justice from a popular major league baseball columnist Richard Justice is a respected, walking encyclopedia of baseball columnist with MLB.com. Before that, he was the lead sports columnist with the Houston Chronicle. But most important, and undoubtedly the highlight of his career, Justice was my midday co-host during ESPN 97.5's stone age as 1560 The Game.

3 Dallas neighbors crack Zillow's list of homes worth a million and up Cities in and around Dallas are definitely growing in size, but how about value? While it may feel like home prices are continually surging, they aren't quite at the level of many others in the U.S.

News Bites: Las Almas Rotas Reopens, Bullion Chef Exits - D Magazine Mezcaleria Mainstay Makes a ComebackMy introduction to Dallas' bar scene began at Las Almas Rotas, and I have been thinking about the fathoms-deep agave spirit list ever since. The care with which the Exposition Park's team curates its mezcal seems unmatched; it's what makes its comeback feel like a sigh of relief.

Texas Wildlife Day Come celebrate everything feathered, furred, smooth, and scaled at Texas Memorial Museum ! The museum, located on the UT Campus, is hosting Texas Wildlife Day this Saturday, January 25.

At the Crow's Celebration of Asian Texas Artists, a Common Thread for the Immigrant Experience The Chinese-born, Austin-based artist has created two site-specific installations for the Texas Asian Women Artist Series.

Meet the Texas Congresswoman Serving as Impeachment Manager Freshman Sylvia Garcia of Houston, one of the first two Hispanic women to represent Texas in Congress, is among the seven House members prosecuting President Trump.

Free Date Nights in Austin, January 21 through 27, 2020 Needing a day or night out without the kids? You've come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date nights and day events in Austin this week. The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh at Half Step: Tuesday, January 21 - at 10 p.m.

Fire Guts the Run-Down, Historic Igloo Building Near Lake Cliff Park So long to the funky igloo building on Zang: it was destroyed in a fire last week, freeing the way for more apartments on land belonging to the restaurant group that owns El Fenix. The former home of the Polar Bear Ice Cream Company has been on Preservation Dallas' list of the city's most endangered buildings since 2016.

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