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Texana Thursday: Remembering Mark White

Gov. Mark White served from 1983-87 and is perhaps best remembered for his support of educational reform in Texas, including the “no pass, no play” law. We had met on a couple of instances, perhaps most notably when I was…
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Texana Thursday: Remembering the Original Houston Press

Last week, Houston-area newspaper readers learned of the decision of the Houston Press, an alternative weekly newspaper, to cease publishing a print edition and publish exclusively online. Officials said their decision was based on the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey…
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Texana Thursday: Remembering Susanna Dickinson Hannig

Susannah Dickinson Hannig wasn’t the only survivor of the Alamo, but she was perhaps the most famous. Like many early Texas settlers, Susanna Wilkerson came from Tennessee. She married her husband, Almeron, there in 1829. They came to Texas in…
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Texana Thursday: How Houston Got Its Name

Texans—and not a few non-Texans—know that the City of Houston is named for General Sam Houston, who was the hero of the Battle of San Jacinto. Houston had previously been a protégé of Andrew Jackson, a U.S. representative, and governor…
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Texana Thursday: 4 Fun Facts about Homecoming Mums

High school football season is underway in Texas. So is homecoming mum season. Homecoming, as a football tradition, isn’t new. It’s a cause for celebration, where people return to their dear old Alma Mater for the big football game, usually…
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