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Tue
18
Sep
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Houston's Best And Brightest Companies To Work For(TM) Winners Announced by the National Association For Business Resources

 
HOUSTON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only companies with the highest quality human resources initiatives can be named "Houston's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For." This honor was highly sought after by competing companies throughout the region. These winning companies will be honored by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the JW Marriott Galleria in Houston, located at 5150 Westheimer Road.
 
This year's winners practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in industries as diverse as energy, medical, financial services and nonprofit. (See the following list of honorees.)
 

Fri
14
Sep
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The Power Of Constructive Feedback: A Look At West Houston Students Self Image

By: Dr. Rodney Johnson --

 

Once confidence is lost, a child’s self-esteem may suffer irreversible damage that affects social and academic performance for the rest of their life. When dealing with kids, ALL of the good that we do can be undone by one negative comment or action. The psyche of a kid is so fragile that year after year of great gains can be undone in an instant by ONE mean, careless, or insensitive statement. As a principal, I challenged my teachers and staff to look at life through a student’s eyes. Not to dismiss their hardships by implanting the success which is yours (i.e., I’ve got mine…you get yours). I asked teachers to figuratively change places with those you teach and reflect on this statement.

 

            “When you look at me, who do you see? Do you see who I am today…or do you see        who I can become at some point in the future?”

Wed
12
Sep
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Robbery At Osborne Elementary School

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Three burglary suspects were arrested Wednesday after they tried to steal from a northwest Houston elementary school, officials said.

Police said the trio broke into J.G. Osborne Elementary School, 800 Ringold Street, at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and were targeting computers and other valuables.

However, a silent alarm was triggered, and HISD and Houston Police officers were outside when the crooks left the building, investigators said.

The suspects ran off and two were captured a short time later. A third tried hiding inside the school but was found by a K-9 officer, police said. He was treated for a dog bite.

The suspects' names were not released.

Wed
12
Sep
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Highspeed Chase Ends in Tragedy

SW HOUSTON – A high speed crash on Bellaire Boulevard split a car into two pieces and killed its driver, police said late Tuesday.

The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. on Bellaire at Cook Road, according to the Houston Police Department.

A man driving west on Bellaire was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control and went off the road to the right, police said. His car slammed into an electrical pole, splitting both the car and the pole into two pieces.

The driver was ejected from his car and died at the scene. There were no passengers.

Some witnesses told police the car was traveling around 100 miles per hour when it wrecked.

Tue
11
Sep
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The Stadium Curse of a Winning Season

Reliant Stadium

By N. Tru Bass  !?

The Houston Texans believe wholeheartedly the 2012-2013 season will be a Superbowl season and so do most Texan fans.  The team looks great, but the stadium is showing signs of bad energy.  Before we break out the frankincense and myrrh for the exorcism, allow me to explain.

First, there was the incident of a rafter’s fight circulating on the internet and getting big numbers on YouTube during the preseason game with San Francisco.   The melee included at least a half dozen brawlers and a couple of chicks.  The video which was obviously shot with someone’s camera phone and since it’s so popular I’ve included it below as evidence for my case and for your viewing pleasure. 

 

Sun
02
Sep
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Anderson Elementary Teacher Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

 

A third grade teacher was arrested on Friday for possession and distribution of child pornography. 

The U.S. Attorney’s office said, Juan A. Villarreal, 52 was a teacher at Anderson Elementary in Westbury.  He was taken into custody pending a September 5th court date.   Authorities accused him of possessing dozens of sexual pictures and video of children both girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 15 years. 

Villarreal has been with HISD for 11 years all with Anderson Elementary, he faces up to 20 year in prison and it’s likely he will never teach again.

Official Statement from the Houston Independent School District:

Fri
31
Aug
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Sticks And Stones: A Treatise On Bullying

 

This is the first week of school and I am reminded of a sobering fact. According to the National School Safety Center, American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million victims. Bullying is more than a physical or verbal assault on their victims. Softly at first, bullies harass their victims by unleashing psychological assaults that tend to erode the confidence of their victims. By establishing a pattern of ongoing harassment, bullies enforce dominance through control and manipulation.

 

Fri
31
Aug
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DeepDown, Inc Increases Its West Houston Operations

Deep Down, Inc

Deep Down, Inc. an oilfield services company specializing in complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services today announced that is has consolidated the operations of its ROV and related services group as part of its ongoing cost containment program.  The consolidation of all operations and assets previously located in Morgan City, LA are now operating out of our Houston, TX facility.

Fri
31
Aug
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HCC hosts Manufacturing Skills Summit

Mayor Annise Parker and John Higgins

 

Houston Community College will hold the first in a series of Skills Summits to focus on the workforce and skills needs for high demand,  growth industries in the Houston area and how HCC’s curriculum can continue to be enhanced to meet the needs of the emerging labor force. The kickoff event convenes at Brady’s Landing Friday, September 28.

The Manufacturing Skills Summit will be the first in the series of summits to bring together industry leaders and educators to address the need for skilled and credentialed workers, the future of the manufacturing industry and the best way to partner with industry to train the next generation of manufacturing workers. Discussions will also explore solutions and successes of the manufacturing industry as a pathway to jobs.

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