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Man dead after shooting in Alief-area apartment complex parking lot


August 5, 2018

A man died after a shooting early Sunday outside an Alief apartment complex, according to police. Some sort of disturbance broke out before 2:30 a.m. at The Victorian apartment homes on Coventry Square near Bissonnet. It’s not clear what led to the gunfire, but afterward the wounded man either drove himself or was driven away to the corner of Cook …

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At least 3 dead after strong earthquake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island


August 5, 2018

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong earthquake struck Indonesia’s popular tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least three people, one week after another quake in the same area killed more than a dozen. The latest quake, which triggered a brief tsunami warning, also shook neighboring Bali island. Authorities said the quake may have caused some damage. The U.S. Geological …

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Panic! at the Disco is wicked fun in Houston By Joey Guerra Published 5:02 pm CDT, Friday, August 3, 2018 3 Fans in attendance for the Panic! At The Disco Concert at The Toyota Center in Downtown Houston on Friday, August 3, 2018 Photo: Jamaal Ellis, For The Houston Chronicle / 2018 Photo: Jamaal Ellis, For The Houston Chronicle IMAGE 1 OF 49 Fans in attendance for the Panic! At The Disco Concert at The Toyota Center in Downtown Houston on Friday, August 3, 2018 Brendon Urie was, forgive the cliche, born to be a star. Every part of him — eyes and smirk and hair and backflips — was designed to be broadcast on LED screens in front of huge audiences. He’s got a great platform in Panic! at the Disco, who filled out much of Toyota Center during a high-wattage Friday night show. Urie, in fact, is essentially the band’s only member. Touring musicians join him on the road. And he is indeed the star of the show. He pounded drums and flipped a guitar around his torso. Recommended Video: Brendon Urie Comes Out as Pansexual The Panic! at the Disco frontman officially came out in a new interview with ‘Paper’ magazine. Pansexuality is the attraction to people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Brendon Urie, to ‘Paper’ Urie has been open about his sexual fluidity in the past, and used to call himself ‘barsexual.’ Brendon Urie, to ‘Paper’ Media: Wibbitz A quartet of string players and a blast of streamers introduced the two-hour show, built on Panic’s breakneck dance-rock. “How are you!” Urie bellowed. It wasn’t so much a question as an exclamation. Urie sells a dramatic, theatrical delivery in every aspect of his performance. He flexes considerable vocal muscle, to be sure, often hitting wailing high notes. But it’s also in other aspects: skintight black pants, hair flopping from side to side, the gold microphone he brandishes. Every song elicited cheers of recognition from the crowd, largely young women who seemed on the verge of tears. But sometimes it felt like Urie was singing at the crowd, not to them. He zipped through most songs with little transition and few pauses. It’s all cranked up to maximum levels all the time. “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” from current album “Pray for the Wicked” would be a huge pop hit for anyone else. “Vegas Lights” could have been written for Lady Gaga. There was a noticeable shift, though, when Urie walked through the crowd during “Death of a Bachelor” to a piano near the back of venue. As soon as he took a seat, it rose up and flew above the crowd back to the main stage, Urie pouring sweet sincerity into Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and his own “Dying in L.A.” The moment seemed to recalibrate the show. He draped a Pride flag across his shoulders during “Girls/Girls/Boys” as fans synced hundreds of colored lights with the song. Urie came out as pansexual last month. He ran through “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” after acknowledging pop icon Cyndi Lauper. (Urie starred in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway last year; Lauper wrote the lyrics to the musical). Give Urie’s own razzle dazzle, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” should have been a natural fit. But it’s a tall order for any performer. He didn’t quite capture Freddie Mercury’s bombastic longing. But Urie was enough of his own showman to make the crowd sing along and buy it completely.


August 5, 2018

WORK SMARTER 10 mins This Woman Reads 100 Books In A Month (And How You Can Too) Last month, Therese embarked on a challenge to read 100 nonfiction titles with the Blinkist app. Here’s how she did. by Sandra Wu | Apr 20 2018 7,3K SHARES Hi, I’m Therese, a business development manager living in Berlin, Germany. Last month, I …

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Latest Niche ranking shows new top Houston school districts for 2019


August 5, 2018

Friendswood has been named the best school district in Houston in a 2019 Niche ranking. See how your district stacks up —> Photo: Kirk Sides / © 2017 Kirk Sides / Houston Chronicle Photo: Kirk Sides IMAGE 1 OF 27Friendswood has been named the best school district in Houston in a 2019 Niche ranking. See how your district stacks up …

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Rolls-Royce’s first luxury SUV – costing $325K – makes its Houston debut


August 5, 2018

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the first luxury SUV from Rolls-Royce, is unveiled to the public on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Houston. The price of the England made all-wheel drive SUV starts at 325K. Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / © 2018 Houston Chronicle Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle IMAGE 1 OF 20 The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the first luxury SUV from …

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6 men arrested after failed attempt to steal ATM from Comerica Bank


August 4, 2018

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Police say six men were arrested after attempting to steal an ATM machine in northwest Houston. Police responded to a robbery call at the Comerica Bank on Mangum near Dacoma around 4 a.m. According to officials, six people were caught trying to steal an ATM with a stolen forklift. Police say the thieves also had a …

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Two hospitalized after slamming into 18-wheeler, police say


August 4, 2018

Two people were hospitalized after slamming into an 18-wheeler Saturday morning in northwest Houston. Houston police said the man and woman were driving near Kempwood and Blankenship around 3:15 a.m. when they hit the truck, which was already across the road. The two were pinned underneath, but were rescued by Houston firefighters and taken to the hospital in stable condition. …

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Houston ambulance flips in crash on north side


August 4, 2018

A Houston Fire Department ambulance flipped on its side after a collision in north Houston on Friday. The crash happened near the intersection of Euel Street and Hardy Street around 2:45 p.m. The ambulance was heading to a call when a pickup truck slammed into the passenger side of the ambulance, according to HFD spokesperson Sheldra Brigham One person was …

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