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JFD grad Howery named Sweden ambassador

Airshow takes flight Oct. 19-20

Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 21

HPD hosts benefit car show Oct. 26

Active shooter class set for Nov. 9

Pasadena ISD lowers tax rate 11 cents

Scarsdale Sonic robbed at gunpoint

Atkinson seeking volunteers

Yandell presents genetics program

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Highlights from 86th Texas Legislature

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J. Frank Dobie High announces first honor roll

City courts announce new Veterans Court

Houston airports ease journeys, more accessible

Thompson announces first 2019-2020 honor roll

Beverly Hills releases first 2019-2020 honor roll

Dobie blanks Kingwood, setting up game of decades against Atascocita

Springs keeps Brook winless

JFD cross-country hits district

LSA cruises to 5-1 mark, crushing F.B. Christian

Clear Brook, Dobie VB cruise toward playoffs

Lutheran South cross-country keeps up pace at district finals

South Belt 5K/Kids 1K continues registration

JFD subvarsities battle Kingwood in split series

Dobie-ex Cole gets drafted into XFL

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JFD grad Howery named Sweden ambassador

Former Dobie student Kenneth A. Howery recently assumed the position of U.S. ambassador to Sweden. A successful tech and finance entrepreneur, Howery was nominated for the seat this past January by President Donald Trump, and he was subsequently confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 17. After some final classes and preparations, Howery was sworn in by the State Department Oct. 10, before flying to Stockholm Oct. 14, to take on his new diplomatic responsibilities.

Howery attended Stuchbery Elementary and Beverly Hills Intermediate, before entering Dobie High School, where he graduated in 1994. While at Dobie, Howery earned the titles of valedictorian and drum major, among many other honors.

In 2013, Howery was inducted into the Dobie High School Hall of Honor. Following graduation, Howery attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in economics in 1998.

Howery remained in Silicon Valley and went on to become one of the co-founders of PayPal, where he worked alongside such notable colleagues as Peter Thiel and Elon Musk.

After PayPal was acquired by eBay, Howery cofounded Founders Fund, a venture capital firm in San Francisco. Founders Fund has invested in such notable technology firms as Facebook, Airbnb, Spotify, Lyft and SpaceX.

Howery resigned from his position at Founders Fund after taking on his new role as ambassador. The role had been vacant since Trump became president in January 2017. The absence of such a diplomat is somewhat historic, as Sweden has not been without a U.S. ambassador in the last century.

In a speech to the U.S. Senate at his nomination hearing last May, Howery recognized the longstanding relationship between his home country and Sweden – one of the first nations to formally recognize the United States.

Howery had said that if he were confirmed, he would devote himself to deepening that legacy, emphasizing economic and security partnerships.

“American-Swedish trade already encompasses everything from medicines and machine parts to clothing and furniture; you can find iPhones in H&M pockets, and IKEA desks in American homes,” Howery said, highlighting Sweden’s role in the tech and startup industries.

Swedish officials are enthusiastic to work with Howery and resume diplomatic relations with the United States.

“We do look forward to welcoming the next ambassador when they have been confirmed by the U.S. Congress,” Swedish foreign ministry spokesman Rasmus Eljanskog told the country’s primary TV station SVT.1 prior to Howery’s confirmation.

Airshow takes flight Oct. 19-20

The 35th annual Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Houston Airshow is set to take place Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, at Ellington Airport.

Highlights include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Thunderbirds and a first-time F-35A Lightening II “full demo.” Other attractions include the following:

– World famous aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker and Team Oracle will showcase a special “duet” performance with pilot Jessy Panzer. Wings Over Houston is one of only 10 airshows to host this performance this season, and this will be Tucker’s final performance in the Oracle Challenger III biplane before its retirement to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

– Aerobatic performances include: Matt Chapman and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University flying the Extra 330LX aircraft; La Porte resident Deborah Rihn-Harvey, world aerobatic champion and one of the highest ranked competitors in the country; and longtime aviator Paul Fiala in his Great Lakes Biplane.

– The Navy Legacy Flight program comes to Houston this year, featuring modern and vintage aircraft (aircraft to be finalized closer to show date).

– The U.S. Air Force will showcase a Heritage
Flight formation featuring the F-35A Lightening II and other aircraft (not yet finalized).

– Fan favorite, Tora! Tora! Tora! returns again to wow fans with their explosive reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which includes an exciting show on the ground, too.

– Fans can visit to see and meet pilots of an enormous display of static aircraft of all types and eras and should visit the show’s website to see the full list. Just a few of these aircraft include: B-17 Flying Fortress, RAF Supermarine Spitfire, P-40 Warhawk, B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, P-39 Aircobra, C-60 Loadstar, SB2C Helldiver, F6F Hellcat, P-47 Thunderbolt, SBD Dauntless, EA-18G Growler, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16C Flying Falcon, F15 Strike Eagle, F-35A Lightening II, and the massive Lockheed C-5 Galaxy cargo plane.

Also on display will be numerous helicopters, NASA training aircraft, massive cargo planes, and two MIG aircraft, the MIG-17 Fresco and a MIG-21 Fishbed.

– The RE/MAX Skydiving Team will open the show with a performance choreographed to the national anthem.

– The Legends and Heroes Autograph tent will host a very large contingent of distinguished military veterans and astronauts. Several World War II veterans will appear, including ace Marine pilot Col. Dean Caswell who flew off the carrier USS Bunker Hill and Col. Joe McPhail who flew with the Death Rattlers in the Pacific.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, several esteemed astronauts as well as NASA leaders will appear.

To purchase tickets for the 2019 CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow, visit the airshow’s website at or telephone 888-4-FLYSHOW.

On airshow performance days, general admission tickets will be sold at the gate.

Once inside the gates, fans are welcome to visit reserved areas and purchase upgraded seating, if any are available.

Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 21

Early voting for the Nov. 5 City of Houston and State of Texas elections begins Monday, Oct. 21, and continue through Friday, Nov. 1. Voters will decide who will fill the positions of mayor and several city council seats, and the fate of 10 state propositions. In the race for mayor, incumbent Sylvester Turner is facing 11 challengers. Vying for the position are Kendall Baker; Dwight A. Boykins; Derrick Broze; Tony Buzbee; Naoufal Houjami; Bill King; Sue Lovell; Victoria Romero; Demetria Smith; Johnny “J.T.” Taylor; and Roy J. Vasquez.

In the race to fill Boykins’ District D City Council seat, candidates include Anthony Kirk Allen; Carla Brailey; Andrew C. Burks Jr.; Rashad Cave; Marlon A. Christian; Dennis Griffin; Mike Grissom; T. “Nissi” Hamilton; Brad “Scarface” Jordan; Travis McGee; Dontrell L. Montgomery; Ken Moore; Jerome Provost; Carolyn Evans-Shabazz; and Terrill D. Thomas.

In the District E City Council race, incumbent Dave Martin is facing challenger Sam Cleveland.South Belt resident Ericka McCrutcheon, who serves as president of the Kirkwood Civic Club, is running for Houston City Council At-Large Position 4. She will face Bill Baldwin; Christel Bastida; Anthony Dolcefi no; Javier Gonzalez; Tiko Hausman; Nick Hellyar; James “Joe” Joseph; Jennifer L. Laney; Letitia Plummer; and Jason Rowe.

Nearby early voting locations include the Harris County annex at 10851 Scarsdale and Beamer; the east Harris County Activity Center at 7340 Spencer Highway in Pasadena; and the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane in the Clear Lake area.

Polling hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 through Oct. 26; 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.

To see a complete list of polling locations or a sample ballot, visit

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