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A Montrose Makeover In Time For Super Bowl

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Super Bowl is coming and Montrose will get a make over with new signage, median designs and bridge lighting, all part of making the historic and iconic neighborhood shine.

“Montrose is different than any other place in the city of Houston. It deserves an opportunity to build upon that unique character,” said Tony Allender, project manager for mobility and visual enhancement projects at the Montrose Management Distric.

The phase of new signs and revamped esplanades will be1024x1024-300x144 A Montrose Makeover In Time For Super Bowlgin in the next few months, with lighting on the bridges going over U.S. 59 expected to be completed in time for the Super Bowl next year in 2017.

The gray markers will be about nine feet in height, with LED backlights that changes color. The first phase will put up 19 out markers and redo esplanades along Montrose, Yoakum and Lovett Blvd.

The esplanades will have vegetation, trees, some planting and hardscape landscaping. “They’re intended to be very attractive, very distinct. Something that can be managed over the long-term,” he said.

A&M University Head Coach Fired For Suspending Gay Basketball Players Dating Each Other!

Former Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers head coach Dawn Brown.
Former Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers head coach Dawn Brown.

 

Prairie View Texas A&M University Head Coach Dawn Brown Has Been Terminated From The Woman’s Basketball Team.


(Prairie View, Texas) – The fall out from the termination of Dawn Brown continues on Monday, the final day Brown can file an appeal for her firing.

Dawn Brown, head coach for the Prairie View A&M women’s basketball team “Lady Panthers” will not be returning in 2016, as announced by the university last week.  Brown was named head coach in 2014, becoming the fifth head coach. She led the team to become an NCAA Division I member.

 

GEORGE-WEB-BANNER-ABOUT-MAGAZINE-1024x159 A&M University Head Coach Fired For Suspending Gay Basketball Players Dating Each Other!

According to the University, Brown was terminated for enforcing a rule that allegedly violates Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation at Universities receiving federal financial assistance.

Brown suspended two female members of the team during the season for dating each other. Brown maintains the players violated team rules which A&M had approved.

But the two former players filed a complaint saying they were being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

Prairie View A&M athletics director Ashley Robinson declined comment through a school spokesperson.

Tom Daley First In 10 Meter Diving Prelims

Tom Daley First In 10 Meter Diving Prelims 

Tom Daley, the British diver who so many remember as a 14-year-old in Beijing but who has steadily risen up the ranks in the diving world, finished the preliminary round of the men’s 10-meter platform in first place.

Daley, who is openly gay, beat out some of the favorites, including Chinese divers Qiu Bo and Chen Aisen, as well as American diver David Boudia, who won Olympic gold in this event four years ago.

The semifinals of the 10-meter platform will be Saturday morning, with the final coming Saturday afternoon.

 Unfortunately for Daley, his lead will be back to zero once the next round begins as scores are reset each round. Still, with a bronze for 10-meter synchronized diving this year, and a bronze from the 10-meter platform in London, he has a great shot to medal.

Daley is one of a couple dozen LGBTI athletes who have won a medal in these games. He is openly gay and is engaged to marry screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

LGBT Sports Leagues Thriving In N.C. After HB2

LGBT sports leagues thriving in N.C. after HB2

Last August, the Washington Blade reported on the successful launch of Stonewall Sports franchises in two small cities in North Carolina. Their success, despite having small populations, was a result of good leadership and community support.

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed a law known as HB2 that strikes down local LGBT anti-discrimination laws. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has repeatedly defended the law, which is being challenged in court.

The effects are wide-ranging and include banning transgender people from accessing restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity and blocking local governments from protecting LGBT people against discrimination in a variety of areas. (Click here to continue reading)