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September 17, 2013

The Highest Recorded Temperatures in the City of Houston

For those who live in Houston, Texas, the climate is anything but boring. In fact, Houston appears to have nearly every weather element imaginable: flooding, thunderstorms, tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, and, on rare occasions, even snow. While not all these weather elements appear every year, one thing that can often be counted on in Houston is heat, and lots of it.

Most Extreme Temperatures in Houston’s History According to the Houston Chronicle, the city’s warmest day ever in the month of June occurred quite recently: June 29, 2013. The temperature was recorded as 107 degrees at Bush Intercontinental Airport. This broke the previous record for hottest day ever [...]

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August 26, 2013

Most Common Crimes in Texas

According to data that is reported by law enforcement officials in Texas to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Department of Justice on the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and also from the Texas Department of Safety, overall crime in the state has fallen 6.4 percent between 2010 and 2011. This figure is comprised of data reported by both police departments and county sheriff offices throughout the entire state of Texas. Violent crimes are commonly referred to as Part I offenses due to their seriousness, and include the categories of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. These Part I offenses decreased in Texas for the same period by 7.36 percent. Lesser [...]

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March 8, 2013

The Lottery’s Biggest Winning Losers [Infographic]

In 1997, Billie Bob Harrell Jr. hit the jackpot, winning $32 million before taxes. With his lottery winnings, the former Pentecostal preacher bought a Texas ranch, bought six homes for family members, bought numerous vehicles for himself and family and loaned his money out to friends and family. Twenty months after his big win, Harrell went bankrupt and committed suicide. This is just one story of a new lottery-given life going horribly wrong. Many lotto winners end up with gambling problems, substance abuse problems, marital problems, and ultimately end up in bankruptcy.

Others are more successful with their lottery winnings. They use their winnings to pay off debt and to [...]

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March 9, 2012

SXSW 2012

Highlights from Day 1 at SXSW 2012
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