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LeBron James wears Cubs uniform to pay off World Series bet

LeBron James didn’t like it, but a bet’s a bet. And when you lose a bet, you pay the winner.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers star made a bet with former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade before the World Series. If the Cubs won, then James would have to wear a full Cubs uniform the next time the Cavaliers played in Chicago. 

The Cubs did indeed win the Series, earning their first championship in 108 years when they overcame a 3-1 deficit to rally past the Cleveland Indians.

So the payoff came Friday night, as James and the Cavaliers came to town to play the Chicago Bulls. James donned a Cubs jersey, pants and cap. No cleats, though.

“I’m not wearing cleats,” he had told reporters on Thursday. “No glove. Just the uniform.” 

As James walked through the arena before Friday night’s game, he was met by a gleeful Wade, who videotaped his rival. 

“My Indians gave everything they had,” James said in an earlier video posted on the Bleacher Report website. “But the Cubs came back, and, you know, they showed what true champions was all about. 

“Meanwhile, I’m pinstriped-up, walking into a nationally televised game in Chicago because of a bet I lost.” 

"It's a bet," James continued. "You have to fulfill your bet. Nothing more to it."

Cleveland’s luck against Chicago continued to sour, as the Cavaliers lost 111-105 despite James’ 27-point night. Wade helped Chicago to victory by scoring 24 points. 

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Cares for Kids

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Once a year we do something special for kids and families who are suffering here in Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital. We open our hearts to the fact that these are OUR kids, who need OUR help.

Starting Thursday morning and running through Friday at 7pm we’ll be broadcasting live from Texas Children’s, sharing the incredible stories of struggle and survival. Sharing the miracles that happen right here in Houston. We’ll be asking for your help in a small way… to make a big difference. To be a miracle maker. You can donate online here or call 1-888-786-8811. 

Miracles happen at Texas Children’s every day, but they can’t happen without your help.

Bud Light giving away Super Bowl tickets for life

As part of a sweepstakes promotion, Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light's parent company, is offering beer-loving football fans a chance to win Super Bowl tickets for life.  

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"All season long, Bud Light has celebrated the most passionate and dedicated fans that the NFL has to offer, and as the playoffs approach, we want to see fandom turned up another notch," Anna Rogers, director of NFL partnerships and strategy at Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. "Most NFL fans likely won't see one Super Bowl in their lifetime, so we figured what better way to reward one of the NFL's biggest fans than by giving him or her tickets to the big game for the rest of their life?"

Bud Light will place 37,000 gold cans in select 18-, 24- and 30-packs of 12-ounce Bud Light through Jan. 13. The packages will be sold across the country in all states except California.

Those who find a gold can can enter the contest by uploading a photo of it and using the hashtags #SBTix4Life and #Sweeps.

Six weekly winners will be selected to win a pair of season tickets to their favorite NFL team.

One grand prize winner will receive a pair of Super Bowl tickets for life, up to 51 years.

The grand prize winner will be selected the week of Jan. 16.

Read more at Anheuser-Busch.

Super Bowl Champions are remembered forever. But your memory will be better than most. Find a Bud Light Gold Super Bowl LI Can and upload a photo with #SBTIX4LIFE #SWEEPS and you could win Super Bowl tickets for life. Go to www.budlight.com to see more rules. A photo posted by Bud Light (@budlight) on Nov 25, 2016 at 7:45am PST

Thanksgiving 2016: Here are some recipes for those Thanksgiving leftovers

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and you’re stuff with stuffing, full of cranberries and up to there with turkey.

So, what’s for lunch?

When you’ve made a meal that could feed a football team, you’re bound to have a few leftovers. What can you do with all that food – repurpose, that’s what.

Here are a few recipes to help you with those turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes leftovers.

Thanksgiving dinner sandwich

Ingredients

4 slices bread, toasted

4 ounces (about 4 small slices) warmed leftover turkey

1 cup warmed leftover mashed potatoes

½ cup warmed leftover turkey gravy 

1 cup warmed leftover green beans

1 cup warmed leftover stuffing

¼ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

 Directions

Layer 2 bread slices with the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and stuffing.  Top with the cranberry sauce and the remaining bread slices.

Thanksgiving leftovers casserole

Ingredients

Stuffing – enough  to cover bottom of 9x13 pan

4 cups chopped leftover roasted turkey

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), thawed

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/8 tsp. paprika

Directions

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Prepare stuffing as directed on package; spread onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Combine turkey, mixed vegetables and mayo; spoon over stuffing.

Mix potatoes and cheese; spread over turkey mixture. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake 30 to 40 min. or until heated through. 

Cajun-style red beans and rice with turkey

Ingredients

1 cup long grain rice, uncooked

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped celery

½ cup chopped green bell pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cans (15 ounces each) mild red beans in chili sauce, undrained

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

2 cups chopped leftover cooked turkey

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Cook rice according to package directions.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic; cook 7 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in beans, cumin, salt and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir in turkey; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Add parsley to rice; mix lightly. Spoon onto serving platter; top with the bean mixture.

Bacon wrapped stuffing bites

Ingredients

1 (6.5 ounce) packet cornbread stuffing mix

1 large egg

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup chopped white onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/2 apple chopped

1 cup chopped pecans

2 Italian sausage links, casings removed and torn into chunks

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon lemon zest

15 slices bacon, cut in half

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the stuffing mix, egg and milk. Mix with a wooden spoon.

Add the onion, garlic, parsley, apple and pecans. Mix to combine.  

Add the torn sausage, curry powder and lemon zest. Mix to combine.

Arrange the bacon strips on a baking sheet. Take a small mound of stuffing and form a little log, or finger. Place the mound in the center of each bacon strip. Wrap the bacon around the stuffing.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and stuffing is browned and cooked through.

Cheesy leftover mashed potato pancakes

Ingredients

3 cups chilled leftover mashed potatoes

2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 Tablespoons chopped scallions, green and white parts

1 egg, lightly beaten

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil, for pan-frying

Sour cream, for serving

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, cheese, scallions, egg and 3 tablespoons flour until combined. (See Kelly's Notes.) Using your hands, divide the mixture into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a compact ball then flatten it into a pancake about a 1/2-inch-thick.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup of flour in a shallow dish and carefully dredge each pancake in the flour.

Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. (Add enough oil to thoroughly coat the bottom of the pan.)

Fry the pancakes, in batches, until they're golden brown and crispy on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Add more oil to the pan as needed between batches. (Do not overcrowd the pan and do not flip the pancakes too soon or they won't develop a crisp crust.) Transfer the pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle them with salt.

Serve the potato pancakes topped with sour cream and garnished with additional chopped scallions.

To LSU?

LSU is locked into an SEC West battle with Texas A&M to wrap up their Thanksgiving but the Tigers could be celebrating much more than a victory with their turkey on Thursday.

According to multiple reports, the Tigers are close to hiring the grand prize of this year’s coaching carousel in Houston’s Tom Herman.

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RenFest traffic update

Dear Texas Renaissance Festival Guests,

 

First of all, we wish to thank you for your patronage of our Festival. Secondly, we want to sincerely apologize for the large number of traffic delays our guests encountered in recent weeks. We understand how very frustrating it can be to have to wait in long, slow moving lines without any idea of how long it will take to reach your destination. 

We do everything we can to try to keep traffic moving and minimize wait times. We coordinate with law enforcement and municipal and county coordinators across three different counties. We employ and place law enforcement officers at every major intersection coming into the Festival from both north and south. We have traffic cameras placed along the route so that we can get a visual count of the number of cars on the road and how fast they are moving. We employ nearly 100 parking lot attendants to get people in and out of the Festival grounds as efficiently as possible. 

However, with all of those measures in place, we are limited by road design and infrastructure constraints, specifically we currently have one, 2-lane road leading into the Festival. We are also constrained by trains passing through the area, and the fact that the population growth in the area has added more non-Festival traffic on the area roads. 

We are taking every proactive step possible to alleviate this problem for our Festival guests. On Monday, November 21, 2016, a meeting was held by TRF management with representatives of the Montgomery, Waller, and Grimes County Sheriff’s Departments, as well as Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley to develop an action plan to alleviate any further congestion. 

In the meantime, for those planning to attend the final weekend of the Festival, we recommend using the following alternative routes to avoid possible delays due to maintenance and construction: 

 

ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS 

 

In the meantime, for those planning to attend the final weekend of the Festival, we recommend using the following alternative routes to avoid possible delays due to maintenance and construction: 

ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS 

 

FROM NORTH TEXAS: 

Travel down I45 and then exit League Line Rd. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto TX-105 W/W Davis St. Follow 105 until you reach FM 1774 and then turn left until your reach the Festival 

 

FROM CENTRAL AND EAST HOUSTON AREA 

Take I-45 North to HWY 105 in Conroe, Texas. Head east (left turn) on HWY 105 approximately 30 miles to FM 1774 in Plantersville. Head south (left) on FM 1774 approximately 6 miles to the Festival north entrance. 

 

FROM WEST HOUSTON AREA 

Take HWY 290 North to HWY 6 and HWY 6 North to HWY 105 in Navasota. Head west (right turn) on HWY 105 approximately 15 miles to FM 1774 in Plantersville. Head south (right turn) on FM 1774 approximately 6 miles to the Festival north entrance. 

For further information or to discuss a particular concern, please call the Texas Renaissance Festival office at 800-458-3435 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday (We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24).

2017 Rodeo Run, presented by ConocoPhillips!

Register today for the 2017 Rodeo Run, presented by ConocoPhillips!

Visit rodeohouston.com for more information. 

Proceeds benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. 

Run the 10-K or walk the 5-K through Houston, leading the Downtown Rodeo Parade, 

Saturday, March 4, or join us as a virtual runner!

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Rodeo Run, presented by ConocoPhillips 

• Saturday, March 4, 2017  o 9 a.m.—wheelchair race  o 9:10 a.m.—10K fast wave  o 9:20 a.m.—10K general wave  o 9:35 a.m.—5K walk/run  • starts at Bagby and Walker streets, ends on Allen Parkway near Eleanor Tinsley Park  • online registration  early bird, online, through Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017  5K walk/run: $30 (plus convenience and optional mailing fee)  10K: $30 (plus convenience and optional mailing fee)  virtual runner: $30  o Feb. 17 through March 3, 2017  5K walk/run: $35 (plus convenience and optional mailing fee)  10K: $35 (plus convenience and optional mailing fee)  • in-person registration  o March 1-3, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily  o Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, Houston, 77019  5K walk/run: $35  10K: $35  • packet pickup (if mailing option wasn’t chosen during registration)  o Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, Houston, 77019  o March 1-3, 2017  o 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Supermoon yields spectacular views

The skies early Monday were dominated by a spectacular supermoon, the closest the satellite has been to Earth since January 1948 and a sight that won’t occur again until 2034.

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The moon appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon.

The distance between Earth and its moon changes because the moon’s orbit is elliptical. While the average full moon is about 236,790 miles from Earth, Monday’s moon will be 221,525 miles away – a difference of 15,265 miles. 

In South Florida the skies were clear for the view, while other parts of the state were cloudy and obstructed the view somewhat. Around the world, photographers captured the unique event and posted their work on social media sites.

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Jingle Bell Run

The long-running Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the largest holiday-themed 5K race series occurring in local communities nationwide. It brings people from all walks of life together to join the movement to conquer arthritis and raise funds to search for a cure.

 The Woodlands Jingle Bell Run will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Rob Fleming Aquatics Center. More than 900 participants are expected at this year’s Jingle Bell Run! 

 To learn more about the Jingle Bell Run or to register, visit 2016 Jingle Bell Run - Woodlands.

Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability.  • Arthritis impacts more than 50 million Americans (1 in 5 adults) and 300,000 children (1 in every 250).  • Arthritis causes work limitations for approximately 1 in 3 people in the U.S. and is the #1 disability in America.    • Arthritis limits physical activity more frequently than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. In fact, one of every three people with arthritis has difficulty with daily tasks like buttoning a shirt, tying shoes or even picking up a child.  • Each year, arthritis costs the U.S. economy more than $156 billion.    Arthritis affects people of all ages.  • Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65 including 300,000 children.  • Arthritis in children can cause eye inflammation and growth problems; it can also cause bones and joints to grow unevenly.  • Arthritis is much more than just aches and pains. Children with arthritis may have difficulty holding a pen or pencil, even getting out of bed, and they often have to sit on the sidelines.

WORLD AIDS DAY LUNCHEON 2016

WORLD AIDS DAY LUNCHEON 2016

 Co-Chair: Ernie Manouse Co-Chair: Bill Baldwin 

 December 1, 2016 

Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak 

11:00 AM Champagne Reception 

12:00 PM Luncheon 

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  One Life at a Time. Although HIV/AIDS is a global disease, we will overcome it only by addressing it at the individual level. Every person must be educated about how HIV is transmitted. Every person must understand the importance of being tested and that HIV is not a reason to be ashamed or to shame others. Every person who is HIV+ must have the support and care they need to live a healthy and productive life. This is how we will end HIV: One Life at a Time. Your attendance at the 2016 World AIDS Day Luncheon will bring us closer to that goal. 

  This year’s luncheon, generously presented by Chevron, will be held on Thursday, December 1st at Hilton Houston Post Oak. There will be a VIP champagne reception starting at 11:00 a.m. and the luncheon begins at noon. Last year’s luncheon welcomed over 400 attendees that included our keynote speaker, Pam Grier, State Senator John Whitmire, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Representative Alma Allen, State Representative Gene Wu, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Mayor Annise Parker, Vice Mayor Pro Temp Jerry Davis, Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen, Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Carolyn Farb, Diane Caplan, Edward Sanchez, KPRC’s Frank Billingsley, Richard Ray, Gordon Bethune, Jessica Rossman, Michael Pearce and Matt Burress, Joni Baird, Travis Torrence, and Dr. Stephen Frangos. Numerous corporate sponsors supported the event as well, including Chevron, Boulevard Realty, Marathon Oil, Subaru of America, Kroger, BBVA Compass, CKP, ExxonMobil, H.E.B, Randall's Food Markets, Silver Eagle Distributors, Voluntary Insurance Products, and Walgreen's.

World AIDS Day Co-Chairs 

 Bill Baldwin and Ernie Manouse are back to co-chair our World AIDS Day Luncheon for 2016! 

 Ernie Manouse - Senior Producer/Host, Houston Public Media - Ernie, a native of Binghamton, NY and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, launched his broadcasting career with NBC News before producing programs at Chicago radio station WLS-AM. In 1996, Ernie joined HoustonPBS, and as an anchor and producer, he has garnered three Emmy Awards, five KATIE Awards, a Houston Press Club Lone Star Award, “viewer’s choice” recognition from multiple local and regional publications, and the title of “Ultimate Interviewer” from the Houston Chronicle. 

 Bill Baldwin - Owner, Boulevard Realty - Most people know me as the proud broker and owner of Boulevard Realty. To toot our horn, the firm has about 60 agents in Houston and Galveston, and together we once again ranked in the top 10 real estate firms selling inside the loop last year. In fact, we also ranked 44th out of well over 3000 real estate firms in all of Houston. Looking past those numbers, I’m simply proud of the fact that we could be of service to so many Houstonians, and we’re all grateful to have formed lasting relationships with those who count on us as trusted advisors. 

 

Keynote Speaker Sean Strub 

 Sean Strub is a longtime HIV survivor and activist, founder of POZ magazine, director of the Sero Project and a proponent of PLHIV-led advocacy and PLHIV networks. He is the author of Body Counts, A Memoir of Politics, AIDS, Sex and Survival (Scribner, 2014). His short film, HIV is Not a Crime, has introduced the problem of HIV criminalization to audiences worldwide. Mr. Strub was also the first openly HIV-positive person to run for the U.S. Congress. Mr. Strub produced the off-Broadway hit The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and served as a member of the board of the Global Network of People Living with HIV. 

 Sean is the author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival. He will hold a signing of the book at Brazos Bookstore as part of the World AIDS Day commemoration. The book will be available for purchase at the luncheon and the signing will take place immediately following the luncheon. AFH is immensely grateful to Brazos bookstore for organizing the signing event!

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