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The mourners bowed their heads by Messiah Justice Marshall's tiny white coffin, bidding the toddler farewell. The 10-month-old boy died in a hail of gunfire June 14, an innocent victim in a senseless act that left his family and much of southwest Houston reeling. [...]
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K9 police officers work every day with their pad-footed partners: specially trained dogs who can track suspects, sniff out drugs or explosives, and help police connect to community members. [...]
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A group of industry workers, scientists and communities near plants filed a motion this week asking a federal court to stop the EPA from delaying new rules intended to prevent chemical disasters, according to Earthjustice.Last week, at the behest of industry, the agency postponed the rules, a weakened version of reforms sought by President Barack Obama after the 2013 West Fertilizer explosion. It's now put off until February 2019, a delay that advocates deemed unprecedented. [...]
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President Donald Trump's administration on Friday sided with the State of Texas in the lawsuit against Senate Bill 4 sanctuary cities legislation.In a statement, the Department of Justice voiced support for both major provisions of the bill, which requires Texas cities to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officials. In an accompanying statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions applauded the bill and said it concurred with President Trump's views on immigration. [...]
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There are many tools on the internet that allow many people to feel like an expert when looking to buy or sell a property. [...] the internet does not provide tools only available to Realtors, or the experience and knowledge required to purchase a home. Spack's knowledge of Houston, its lack of zoning laws, and its market help his clients buy smart. Yet, his personal attributes, such as sincerely caring about clients, and being empathetic and hands-on, are what impress his clients the most. [...]
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All homeowners want to maximize efficiency and increase security, and as home automation features become increasingly cost effective, they are embracing such technology to accomplish those goals. Home automation is an investment that owners can enjoy now, and later they can reap the financial rewards of it when they decide to sell their home, because this technology provides a noticeable boost in home value, and is an attractive feature likely to catch the eye of home buyers. [...] lighting, security and entertainment rank among the most commonly used features for homeowners, and the many conveniences home automation offers the current homeowners will likely appeal to any future homeowners. Homeowners see decreased maintenance costs and home insurance premiums, and home sellers can sell their homes at higher prices. [...]
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For more than three decades, Bernstein Realty has been a prominent fixture within the corporate relocation arena. The company's relocation department has also been recognized many times for its outstanding service, and has received several awards from various relocation management companies. During a recent interview with Mary Piper, Bernstein Realty's director of relocation and operations, she said that when assisting clients who are moving to Houston, that she must first get a feel for their lifestyle. Oftentimes people will have a price range in mind, and often it has to be adjusted because they are a little shocked by property taxes in the Houston area. With so much information available online, do you find that people moving here generally have a clear idea of our real estate market? Sometimes they are disappointed because they have been on HAR.com or other real estate websites, and the information is so vast. There's a lot of information on the internet, but unless someone is really certain that it is the right information, they can build an incorrect picture. Michelle Sandlin is an award-winning writer, journalist and global mobility industry expert. [...]
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The open foyer has 12-foot ceilings, a curved staircase with iron railing and wood treads, recessed lighting, an antique hand-forged iron chandelier from Italy, crown molding, a coat closet, an elevator shaft and under-stair storage. Just off the entry is an incredible library with custom inlaid parquet floors, a 19-foot ceiling, a wall of built-in bookshelves with a rolling ladder, crown molding, recessed lighting, art lighting, an antique wood and iron chandelier from Italy, bronze sconces, and a built-in desk with a white oak top. The living room features a 22-foot tongue-and-groove paneled ceiling, a masonry gas fireplace with a remote and a custom soapstone mantel and surround, built-in cabinets with white oak countertops, wood clad French doors with multi-point locking and Baldwin Reserve hardware, floor electrical outlets, and wiring for sound and television. Open to the living room and breakfast room, the kitchen has custom wide-plank multi-species hardwood floors, 12-foot ceiling, recessed lighting, a pair of antique wooded chandeliers from France, and an oversized island with leathered super-white quartz countertop and room for seating, and Asko, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. The home includes a mud room with Old St. Louis antique brick floors (that extend to the pantry and wet bar area), a [...]
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"Before you leave the house each morning, or when an appointment is set, spend a few extra minutes to ensure the home is presentable," said award-winning Realtor Sondra Rosenthal of Bernstein Realty. [...] consider having all safety electricals in working order; front door repainted, repaired or replaced; and make sure the bathroom ceiling fan vents are working. A few of the other things that can stand out when buyers are touring your home include cleaning the carpet to remove all odors and stains, cleaning the light switches and plugs, and changing outdated faucets and knobs to today's styles. Another good tip is do not use scented candles, plug-ins or deodorizers that make the house smell like a bathroom. If you have your daughter's room painted pink and buyers with only sons come in, it could discourage them with the thought that painting will be required. [...]
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A popular spot for Elyson residents and visitors, the community's Rorick Kitchen cafe is welcoming summer with new poolside service, extended hours, and new menu items including wine, beer and take-home dinners for four. New summer menu items include burger salad, brunch croissant and caprese sandwich, along with six varieties of rustic flatbread pizzas. Elyson offers new homes by Chesmar, Darling, David Weekley, Highland, Perry, Pulte, Trendmaker and Westin, and it will ultimately have more than 750 acres of recreational amenities and natural open space. [...]
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