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Be The Difference Foundation and Judy’s Mission to End Ovarian Cancer Announce Wheel to Survive Houston Event

Houston, TX, July 11, 2019 –(– Join the battle and ride in the fight against ovarian cancer at Wheel to Survive Houston presented by Be The Difference Foundation and Judy’s Mission to End Ovarian Cancer on Sunday, September 29, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Equinox River Oaks, 4444 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77027. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding awareness, research and clinical trials in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Imagine a world without mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends. That is a world with ovarian cancer. One woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer every 24 minutes. One woman dies from ovarian cancer every 37 minutes. 70% of women diagnosed will die from the disease. Sadly, there is no routine, reliable early detection test available for ovarian cancer today.

In most cases, ovarian cancer isn’t diagnosed until it has progressed to an advanced stage. Typically, this is because ovarian cancer symptoms either aren’t apparent in the early stages of the disease or they mimic common stomach and digestive issues such as general abdominal discomfort, bloating and/or a feeling of fullness, even after a light meal, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss or gain, loss of appetite and unusual fatigue, that are often mistaken for minor ailments.

Wheel to Survive, an inspirational relay style indoor cycling event, is a celebration of survivors, women battling the disease and their families as well as a ride in memory of those who have lost their battle against ovarian cancer. Dollars raised at Wheel to Survive will benefit programs for women currently battling the disease and provide research dollars for a cure.

Since 2012, more than 1,000 participants in Wheel to Survive events around the country have raised more than $3 million. Funds raised through Wheel to Survive benefit organizations working to end ovarian cancer.

To register for the ride, donate to a rider, create a team or find more information, please visit:

The Judith Liebenthal Robinson Ovarian Cancer Foundation, most commonly known as Judy’s Mission to End Ovarian Cancer, was founded in November of 2010 to honor Judith Liebenthal Robinson, Ph.D., a NASA scientist, who despite habitual exercise, a consistently healthy diet and regular medical examinations, was diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer and died within a year. While battling ovarian cancer, it was Judy’s mission to raise awareness about the vague symptoms and ineffective screening procedures associated with ovarian cancer.

Be The Difference Foundation was formed in 2012 by four ovarian cancer survivors who wanted to "be the difference" in the fight against ovarian cancer by helping women increase their chances of survival. To achieve this goal, Be the Difference Foundation focuses on raising awareness and money to fund programs for women fighting ovarian cancer today and to provide research dollars for a cure.

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Beto O’Rourke holds protest at downtown Houston facility housing unaccompanied minors

HOUSTON — Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke held a rally near downtown Houston Saturday afternoon in front of a controversial facility that houses unaccompanied migrant children.

Casa Sunzal, which is run for the nonprofit Southwest Key Enterprises, made headlines in 2018 when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tried to stop it from opening. It’s housed at the corner of Emancipation Ave and Prairie Street.

Cesar Espinosa, executive director of FIEL, said the facility opened this past May.

“We know approximately 150 to 200 children are being deprived of their liberty in what they call a shelter, but in reality is a detention center for undocumented youth," Espinosa said.

More than 100 people attended the protest Saturday, including Molly Herring.

“I couldn’t believe that it was in my backyard,” said Herring. “My heart breaks for their possible fear and their possible crying for their parents… I just can’t even imagine. I just want to go hug them all, you know?”

O’Rourke is hoping to shut down facilities like Casa Sunzal and others that house undocumented kids.

“We are incarcerating more children than anytime in America’s history since we interned Japanese-Americans during World War II,” O’Rourke said. “Kids who have committed no crime against the United States of America.”

Southwest Key Enterprises didn’t respond to KHOU’s request for information regarding the number of children currently housed at the facility. It’s designed to hold more than 200 kids ages 3 to 17.

“We have transparency issues here,” O’Rourke said. “We cannot find any information on the children that are being detained here in Houston at Southwest Key.”

In an email, Southwest Key said they sent a letter to the O’Rourke campaign asking that he request a formal visit of the facility through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which funds the facility.

They also provided a couple pictures and said 234 vetted and licensed professionals care for the kids 24 hours a day, insisting they’re not a detention facility but a shelter.

However, those protesting on Saturday see Casa Sunzal as a small part of a much bigger problem, where kids coming over America’s Southern Border are being detained in facilities without proper care. The border facility in Clint, Texas, is accused of child neglect. O’Rourke will visit Clint on Sunday.

“Sleeping on concrete floors, under aluminum blankets,” O’Rourke said describing allegations out of Clint. “Children soiled in the clothes that they’ve been wearing for weeks if not months… children taking care of children.”

“This in the wealthiest – the most powerful country on the face of the planet – is doing this to the least of us at this moment.”

Click here for more information about Southwest Key Enterprises.

In response to O’Rourke’s visit, Southwest Key Interim CEO Joella Brooks issued the following statement:

"Congressman O’Rourke,

"We appreciate your advocacy for immigrants and keeping families together. So we’d like to invite you to meet the staff at Casa Sunzal and talk directly with our teachers, hear from our youth care workers and listen to our case managers. You will hear many stories about how they’ve been changing the lives of thousands of youth for years.

"We are a licensed child care shelter. We follow all federal and state guidelines and the Flores Settlement Agreement. We offer compassionate care to young men and women and provide education, recreation and access to pro bono legal counsel. When you visit our shelter, you will see there are no cages, jails or guards. We are not a detention facility.

"Many of our staff are first-generation Americans who have a passion for reuniting these children with a family member or sponsor. Our employees and the children we care for deserve committed and optimistic leadership to help address the immigration crisis at our border. We stand ready to work with you and look forward to opening our doors to you as soon as possible!"


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Fast Air Duct Cleaning Houston TX Offers Flexibility in Terms of Service Timings to Houston Residents

Fast Air Duct Cleaning Houston TX Offers Flexibility in Terms of Service Timings to Houston Residents

HOUSTON, June 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Fast Air Duct Cleaning Houston TX, a reputable air duct cleaning in Houston, TX service provider, recently brought in more flexibility in terms of serving hours and timings. The owners of the 24-hour air duct cleaning service provider said that the aim of the company is to bring in more convenience to their existing and potential clients and beating competition by being more flexible. They added that flexibility is their key to success and maintained that they have a mobile team ready to serve the Houston residents round the clock.

"As a business owner or a homeowner, customers always have this liberty to choose their service timings. We can carry out the cleaning work before or after office hours, depending on the precise vent cleaning requirements in Houston. We are ready to reach any household or office at any given point of time as we know that flexibility in service timings can help us earn the trust of the people of Houston. We are happy to announce that we are one of the best-rated air duct cleaning agencies in Houston and surrounding areas, which is evident from the business listings and directories", said a top marketing executive of the company.

Fast Air Duct Cleaning Houston TX can offer a range of commercial and residential duct cleaning Houston services, including but not limited to attic insulation, air duct cleaning, attic insulation, water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, AC and heating repairs as well as tile and grout cleaning.

The Houston air duct cleaning service provider also supplies and coordinates all orders and/or deliveries of all consumables at highly competitive rates. Their commercial and residential cleaning supplies are procured from some of the most trusted Houston shops and top brands that are known far and wide.

Bob White, the CEO of the company stated, "Our aim from day one has been to become a trusted air duct cleaning Houston TX service provider. We have some of the best technicians and experts working with us and we believe our solid work ethics would help us get the competitive edge".

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Houston dining capital of TX, Top 5 city of the future, new luxury housing increases affordability, protecting against rising seas

Houston dining capital of TX, Top 5 city of the future, new luxury housing increases affordability, protecting against rising seas

This week’s items:

Houston is home to 12 of the top 31 restaurants in the state, according to Texas Monthly. Take that Dallas!

“Friday, the Austin-based publication released its list of “The Best Texas Restaurants in Every City” featuring favorites from the past three years of its popular series, “Where to Eat Now.”

Of the five cities included in the list, Houston has the most at 12. Dallas follows with eight. Seven Austin made the list, while San Antonio has three and Fort Worth has one.”

NYT: With More Storms and Rising Seas, Which U.S. Cities Should Be Saved First? Even though Galveston and Texas City show a misleadingly high cost per resident for seawalls, it’s ignoring the millions of people further back that are also protected. Our seawalls are some of the most cost-effective the nation can consider – right up there with NYC – esp. when you consider the massive petrochemical complex of the ship channel. Houston ranks fifth on a new 2019-20 list of the 10 North American Cities of the Future produced by the fDi Intelligence division of the Financial Times. New York grabbed the No. 1 spot, followed by San Francisco, Toronto, and Montreal. Following Houston were Chicago; Boston; Los Angeles; Palo Alto, California; and Seattle.

The ranking is based on data in five categories:

Economic potential Business friendliness Human capital and lifestyle Cost-effectiveness Connectivity

“Business Facilities magazine agrees with that assessment. In July 2018, it ranked Houston the No. 1 metro area for economic growth potential, stressing that the region’s economy has expanded beyond Big Oil and that it’s brimming with “innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.”

“Houston has a distinctly favorable business climate. The region benefits from a skilled workforce, world-class infrastructure and transportation system, and a pro-business environment that stimulates rather than stifles business growth,” the magazine says.”

CityLab: How Luxury Units Turn Into Affordable Housing – Building more high-end apartments doesn’t sound like a quick fix for the affordable housing crisis. But maybe you just have to look harder. Key excerpts:

“His model suggests that for every 100 luxury units built in wealthier neighborhoods, as many as 48 households in moderate-income neighborhoods are able to move into housing that better suits their needs, vacating an existing unit in the process. Somewhere between 10 and 20 of these households are coming from among the city’s lowest-income neighborhoods, vacating units and reducing demand where housing is most likely to be affordable for working families.

This suggests that even pricey new units could free up a lot of existing housing. Accounting for possibilities like units sitting vacant, out-of-town movers filling the units, or units being used as second homes/pied-a-terres/safe deposit boxes in the sky, Mast’s model still indicates that for every 100 new market-rate units built, approximately 65 equivalent units are created by movers vacating existing units. If the migration chain is as robust as this paper finds it to be, as much as half of theses newly vacated units could be in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. This new supply, combined with less demand, could play a major role in easing pressure on rents in the short run.”

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BlueMatch Expands Commission – Free Real Estate Services to Texas

BlueMatch Expands Commission – Free Real Estate Services to Texas

Founders of BlueMatch Head Back to Their Home State of Texas

DENVER, June 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — BlueMatch, an innovator in commission-free real estate services and automating and streamlining the real estate process, announced plans to enter the Texas real estate market, effective immediately.

As of June 9th, 2019, homeowners in Texas will be able to use the BlueMatch platform to list and sell their home. This is the second state BlueMatch has expanded into in the last 3 months with Georgia being the other. BlueMatch has launched services throughout the entire state of Texas with a strong focus on the Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio markets. Within the first week of launching, BlueMatch has already received dozens of requests to list homes throughout the state.

Company CEO, Jonathan Dobbertin, noted, "Texas has been on our road map since our inception. Our founding team is from Texas and we are excited to bring BlueMatch’s innovative approach to real estate back to our home state. Texas is an amazing place and we can’t wait to get rolling there."

Founded in 2016, BlueMatch has expanded beyond its Denver, Colorado origins to offer real estate services in Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, Georgia, and Florida. The company has sold hundreds of millions in real estate, saving its clients millions of dollars in commissions.

BlueMatch provides a software platform that gives homeowners the ability to list their homes commission-free with the support, advice, and guidance of a licensed real estate agent. Our goal is to automate the real estate transaction, saving the seller thousands in commissions while out performing other flat fee Realtors in the market.

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Gibson Dunn Takes Baker Botts Partner, Adds Real Estate Practice in Houston

Gibson Dunn Takes Baker Botts Partner, Adds Real Estate Practice in Houston

Kimberly Schlanger, of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Houston.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added a new practice to its Houston office, bringing on commercial real estate partner Kimberly Schlanger from Baker Botts.

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Realtor of the Week: Nicole Brende has been in real estate for almost a decade

Realtor of the Week: Nicole Brende has been in real estate for almost a decade

Today, information technology and artificial intelligence are changing the way buyers and sellers interact and how they access information.

“However, when potential buyers consider purchasing a property, the value and the importance a knowledgeable local Realtor can provide cannot be overstated,” said Nicole Brende, a Realtor with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. Realtors’ market knowledge and personal relationships are priceless. Plus, the details they have cannot be found on the internet. Real estate will always be a people industry, and the internet cannot compete.

Brende has been in real estate for almost a decade and since her real estate licenses say Texas, she assists buyers and sellers around Texas.

“While I have handled transactions as far away as Austin, Clear Lake, Lake Conroe, The Woodlands, Katy and Sugar Land, most of my clients’ transactions range from the Energy Corridor to the Inner Loop. Essentially, I am versatile and keep abreast of market happenings in a wide range of locales. Currently, I have a breathtaking French country estate for sale in Kirbyville, near Beaumont,” Brende said.

Brende hails from California and was raised in Las Vegas. She has called Texas home since 1996 when she attended Southern Methodist University, majoring in journalism.

Prior to real estate, she enjoyed a career as a TV news reporter and producer in East Texas.

She relocated to Houston in 2003 to serve as on-camera host of the TV show, Hot on Homes. This role quickly helped her become intimately acquainted with the greater Houston area.

She comes from a long line of friends and family involved in real estate, so real estate is in her DNA.

Brende has been in the Circle of Excellence at Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty each year, and the Hall of Fame, since becoming a Realtor.

With a background in journalism, news, TV hosting, multimedia sales and marketing positions, she has honed skills in working with diverse personalities and thinking outside the box, which benefits her clients.

Brende is known for being positive and keeping things in perspective. She is a market expert and knows the rules and regulations of the industry, working with integrity, professionalism, and respect with all participants in a transaction.

She is also approachable, available for her clients, a good listener, and a strong communicator.

“I am thrilled to be in Houston with my husband and son, and love what I do, especially with the strong market thanks to our great industries and growing population,” she said.

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2-year-old dies after mother runs child over with car in Houston

2-year-old dies after mother runs child over with car in Houston

A 2-year-old was killed late Sunday after the mother ran the child over with a car at a southeast Houston apartment complex, according to police.

The incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. at the The Lodge on El Dorado apartments in the 200 block of El Dorado Blvd.

Police said the mother was moving and parking the car when the child ran after the vehicle. The woman didn’t know the child was following her when she turned to move into a parking spot, Metro Video reported.

The mother struck the child, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Police were testing the mother for intoxication overnight, but it’s not clear whether drugs or alcohol played a role.

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Realtor View: A real estate license does not a Realtor make

Realtor View: A real estate license does not a Realtor make

Real estate is a diverse industry with residential, commercial and other specialties. If you are ready to sell a house, you obviously want an agent who knows residential real estate. But what else should you consider as you start this process?

Holding a real estate license does not make someone a Realtor. There’s more to it than that. The main feature that distinguishes a Realtor from someone who’s merely licensed by the state to sell real estate is the Code of Ethics, which requires Realtors to put their clients’ interests first at all times.

Hiring a Realtor means you have retained someone who is committed to continuing education, professionalism, and integrity. So, before you ask potential real estate agents any other questions, ask if they are a Realtor.

Compensation: When considering an agent, it may be a mistake to choose your representative based solely on compensation. Agents charge differently and provide different levels of service. Make sure you know what you’re getting.

Pricing: It’s also not always the best idea to go with an agent solely because they suggest the highest asking price. Yes, you want to get as much as possible for your home, but neither you nor your agent determines what a buyer is willing to pay. An agent who prices your home too high to get your listing isn’t doing you any favors.

Marketing: Suppose your house is beautifully remodeled and priced to sell. What good is that if no one sees it? Before you hire an agent, ask how they plan to market your property. Agents have different marketing strategies that may include the Internet, MLS, print ads, open houses, staging and other means. Make sure you’re comfortable with the efforts planned for your property.

Communication: Find out how an agent stays in touch with clients. Texts? Phone calls? Emails? Tweets or posts on your Facebook page? Tell the agent which method you prefer — and how often you want to hear from them. It’s better to find out now if an agent doesn’t use text messaging, which may be your preferred method of communication, than to find out during negotiations with a buyer.

Interview: Don’t be afraid to interview several agents. Ask your friends and family who they have used. There are lots of us available to help you, and we each have our own style, personality, strengths and business models.

To find a Realtor in your area of Texas who can help you sell your home, visit and click on the “Find a Real Estate Agent” option under the “Agents” tab. You can narrow your search by using a variety of different criteria, including client experience rating, platinum agent, multilingual agent, multicultural agent and certifications.

Shannon Cobb Evans, with Heritage Texas Properties, is 2019 chair of the Houston Association of Realtors/

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