Board game: Rockets know rebounds key against Blazers

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Chandler Parsons enjoys seeing the tough Kevin McHale in ‘Bad Boys’

.share-print{margin-right: 130px !important;}Share this:EmailCommentsPrint0(function($) {$.getJSON('', function (data) { if (typeof data !== 'undefined' && data !== null && typeof data['shares'] !== 'undefined' && data['shares'] !== null) $('#facebook_share_count_1927300273').html(data['shares']); });})(jQuery); Rockets forward Chandler Parsons got a good look at his coach in action on Thursday during the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, “Bad Boys.” Rockets coach Kevin McHale, then a player with the Celtics, was among those featured battling with the Detroit Pistons in the 80s. “He always brags about they don’t make them like they used to and how he’s so much tougher than everybody,” Parsons said. “It looked like it on the film. I don’t want to fight him.” That [...]

Rockets get 25th pick in first round

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E-cigarettes may not help smokers quit the habit

Electronic cigarettes contain a battery-powered heater to vaporize a nicotine solution so that the nicotine can be inhaled. A preliminary report in JAMA Internal Medicine (online, March 24, 2014) noted that people using e-cigarettes were no more likely to quit smoking than those using traditional cigarettes alone. [...] we worry that if the pharmacy can't supply the one that works, we might get no sleep at all on our journeys. Despite reassurances from the Food and Drug Administration, some generic manufacturers seem to provide better products than others. When the government began advocating a low-fat diet, Americans became obese, because when you remove the fat from a product, you have to add carbs to make it taste better. When he took charge of his diet, he found that by eating very low carb and high fat, his blood lipids improved, and he lost weight. Contrary to conventional dietary advice, a recent meta-analysis of nutritional studies found no convincing connection between a diet high in saturated fat and an elevated risk of heart disease (Annals of Internal Medicine, March 18, 2014). Two long-term studies of six months' and three years' duration investigated whether glucosamine (sulfate) raised blood pressure or cholesterol and found it did not (Open Rheumatology Journal online, Nov. 29, 2011). Susanna Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has reported that both tea and cocoa help relax the blood vessels.

Rockets-Blazers detailed breakdown

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Real People: Wolff’s Muenzel enjoys local culture whirlwind with ambassador husband

Before embarking upon his next assignment as Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Rainer Muenzel returned from Germany to enjoy some time with his wife and Houston's treasures. The Heights, known for its close community and neighborly atmosphere, recently held its annual Houston Heights Association Candlelight Dinner and Auction benefiting neighborhood improvements and restorations. A few months back I wrote about Sonia Davis of Texas Home Group, Realtors, and her alter-ego as a jewelry designer and teacher. Proving that you can give an old art a new twist, Davis' Kumihimo Hoop Earrings were selected for featured publication in Beadwork magazine, a magazine which selects a handful of designers and projects from all over the world for each issue. The day-long seminar will feature demographic information about the greater Houston area as well as the cultural values, customs, expectations and real estate needs for a variety of cultures.

3-story Bentwater home overlooks Lake Conroe

The formal dining room opens into the foyer, and the formal living room has a wall of glass that captures scenic lake views. There is a wine vault and cigar room with a fireplace, a theater room, a game room, an elevator, and McDonald said, a system that is the highest level of automation for lights and media control. Just as inviting are the outdoor living areas and balconies as well as a Tom Driscoll saltwater pool and spa, two boat docks and a Jet-Ski lift.

On the Move: Homes available, affordable for Houston’s relocation buyers

Houston remains one of the most affordable housing markets in the country, in spite of the high demand, low inventory, and escalating property values. While these aspects certainly characterize our local real estate market, they shouldn't necessarily be cause for alarm to those who are relocating to the area and may be worried about their ability to find and purchase a home. [...] how affordable is Houston's housing market given the low inventory and the appreciation of property values that have been so well publicized? Chaille Ralph is 2014 HAR Chair and senior vice president of Heritage Texas Properties. [...] relocation buyers typically begin their home search online before they have even been in communication with a Realtor. According to Ralph, The most accurate information a consumer can find is going to be through their Realtor and New home construction under way throughout our market should help meet the demand, and lease properties continue to give buyers other options until more homes are available for purchase. [...] Ralph pointed to another notable trend that is occurring in the Houston area real estate market that could affect relocating buyers, and that's the issue of off MLS listings, or "pocket listings," as they are commonly referred to.

Premier Agent Spotlight: Cynthia Berry’s clients benefit from her lessons learned

Cynthia Berry, a Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, had a couple of careers before moving into real estate. During her stays on the farm, she enjoyed listening to the stories about those in her family tree. The lessons I learned at Exxon have stayed with me and customer service remains my top priority, Berry said. Before leaving the energy giant, Berry completed her massage therapy courses locally and completed an additional program at the University of Colorado's physical therapy program for animals. [...] people are surprised at the cost of fencing, water wells, utility lines, and even the cost of animals. Together we hold quite a few designations - from Master Certified Negotiation Experts, to Senior Real Estate Specialist, Relocation and Staging.

John Daugherty, Realtors team celebrates 2013 success

John Daugherty agents, managers, sales assistants and staff members gathered for the event, which featured a buffet. There was a break in the action, when president Cheri Fama asked Daugherty to kindly take a seat at a front table in order to watch an unexpected presentation on the large screen. Chris Foster received The Spirit Award for the enthusiasm and energy he brings to work every day, while Jaime Sanchez was recognized as "Employee of the Year" for his productive, efficient, reliable and loyal service to the company. The company's results for 2013 were announced; chairman and chief executive officer Daugherty and president and chief operating officer Fama applauded the agents and staff for their impressive results. 2013 was a phenomenal year in JDR company history, with an 11.5 percent gain over last year with 1,612 closed transactions.

BBB on Homes: Avoid getting clipped when hiring lawn-care services

Many of the complaints were about shoddy workmanship, a faulty contract, or billing and collection issues. If pesticides will be applied, make sure the company is properly licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture's Structural Pest Control Service. If you do choose to sign a long-term contract, make sure you get information about cancellation rights in writing. A lawn is an environmental asset, and choosing a quality lawn-care service will help you maintain a healthy lawn, which will prevent soil erosion, improve the surrounding environment and increase property value. The Better Business Bureau is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Every year, more than 87 million consumers rely on BBB Business Reviews and BBB Wise Giving Reports to help them find trustworthy businesses and charities across North America.

Company participates in leadership forum in Florida

The three-day event, held March 31 to April 2 at The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida, provided an opportunity for Sotheby's International Realty brokers, owners and managers to network and share best practices. Attending the conference with Turner were Marilyn G. Thompson, vice president of sales; Anne Incorvia, vice president of relocation and business development; and Debbie Youens, sales manager.

In the Garden with Urban Harvest: Seasoned gardeners share wealth of knowledge

A trend I have noticed the last few years is there are more young people taking these classes, and they seem to know more and ask thoughtful questions. [...] it is better in Houston to start with a raised garden bed filled with high-quality garden soil, because clay soil, unless amended to make it better, has a more difficult time growing healthy plants. [...] planting vegetable seed at the right time is critical for germination and healthy plants, as different vegetables grow in their own temperature range. If you want to learn from experienced gardeners check out the Urban Harvest website for community gardens near where you live, and see if they want volunteers, or if they have beds available for gardening. Ray Sher is a gardening and Permaculture instructor, vegetable and fruit garden consultant, and works his large, intensive home vegetable, fruit and herb garden using organic methods.

Realtor of the Week: Agent draws on own relocation to help clients

In the 18-plus years Holden has been in Houston, she has had the opportunity to explore and become familiar with most of the city - whether it be through the connections her children made while attending an international or local school, or socializing with friends. [...] Holden's focus area is all of Houston and surrounding areas. Prior to moving to Houston and becoming a real estate agent, Holden managed a country club in Scotland, where she said oil and gas people from Texas attended, so she had become accustomed to Texans. "Having time-management skills, staying organized, focused and at the same time being able to meet the needs of clients, transfers well into the real estate industry, especially with Houston's very active real estate market," Holden said. [...] my daughter also is a real estate agent here in Houston.

Ask George & Chuck: Bylaws spell out corporation formalities for shareholders

Bylaws spell out corporation formalities for shareholders Who has the majority shares? Can you tell me what his income tax ramifications are? Any capital improvements can be added to that cost to increase the basis and lower the profit. If there were no capital improvements, the profit is $800,000, less $45,000, to equal a $755,000 profit. When you read about so many owners being "underwater" with their mortgages, your dad made a great investment. Is the ground lease payable as part of your common area expenses of the condo? If the lender walked away, and you have a deed from the prior owner, didn't you just get a free condo? The buyer's agent said they do not have to use the addendum if she has checked on page 1, No. 4a(2)b. My broker said the addendum is necessary if they are getting a loan, regardless. Charles J. Jacobus, J.D. is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Law.

Know, avoid things that turn off home buyers

Chad Goldwasser of Goldwasser Real Estate in Austin; Terry Cannon, buyer's agent and broker with EBA Realty, in Salem, Ore.; and Julie Dana, "home stylist" in East Aurora, N.Y., and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Staging Your Home to Sell. Remove all ashtrays, clean all curtains and upholstery, and consider smoking outdoors while your home is on the market. The same holds true for dated ceiling fans, light fixtures and kitchen appliances. If you can't stomach the cost or the mess to remove the overhead popcorn, be prepared to credit a buyer in certain markets in order to close a sale. If personal items clutter your home, it's like the buyer is trying on those shoes while you're standing in them. Sellers should eliminate personal items, including family photos, personal effects and unique colors, Dana said. [...] buyers don't like it when sellers greet them at the door, follow them around, eavesdrop and make unsolicited comments. Why? Because most people looking for a house have outgrown their previous house. Dana's tip for toddler parents is to pack away "kiddie litter" and keep a laundry basket handy.