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Houston last week was selected as one of just 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and a Fort Bend County man helped to make it happen. Chris Canetti, of Missouri City, is the president of Houston’s 2026 World Cup bid committee and has been working on the bid for four years, he said. “This is going to be exciting,” Canetti told the Fort Bend Star. “This will

be the biggest event to come through Houston.” The World Cup is held once every four years to determine the best national soccer team, each time in a different host country. This edition of the competition will be somewhat unusual in that it will feature 48 teams- expanded from 32 in previous tournaments – across 16 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Houston and Dallas were the only two Texas cities selected as hosts

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for the tournament. Houston’s history hosting major events combined with its infrastructure

and international reputation helped push it above several other cities, Canetti explained. “I wouldn’t say it was just one selling point, so much as that Houston checked all the boxes,” he said. “It’s the fourthlargest city in the U.S. It’s the largest in Texas. It’s a transportation hub and easily accessible with two international airports. And it’s centrally located.” Houston has also hosted more major sporting events than any other

U.S. city since 2004, Canetti said. “We have vast experience hosting events like this,” he said. Canetti was selected to help run the city’s host bid because of his previous role as president of the Houston Dynamo and his connections to the soccer world. Bidding for the 2026 World Cup took slightly longer than expected as the process was delayed

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Fort Bend County family sues Texas Children’s Hospital By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

A Fort Bend County family is suing one of the region’s hospitals, asserting doctors accidentally performed a vasectomy on their 4-year-old son. Attorneys for Sugar Land couple Josh and Krystal Brod filed a lawsuit in Harris County district court against Texas Children’s Hospital and a doctor there, seeking between $250,000 and $1 million in damages on behalf of a minor child, according to court filings. The Fort Bend Star is withholding the name of the doctor, because attorneys for the Brods told the Star that they aren’t sure the doctor named in the lawsuit is the one who performed the surgery. Rather, Texas law stipulates attending physicians are ultimately responsible in civil malpractice cases, asserted Randy Sorrels, one of two attorneys for the family. “We don’t take meritless claims,” Sorrels said of his decision to represent the Brods against Texas Children’s Hospital. Representatives for the hospital declined to comment about the lawsuit. Essentially, the Brods’ child developed a hernia problem and underwent surgery to fix it in August 2021, the lawsuit asserts. During that operation, attorneys allege that a surgeon performed an accidental vasectomy.

When Missouri City councilmember Don Smith and others founded the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (MCJCF) in 2002, they likely could not have imagined how Juneteenth would change. But they knew they wanted more of the city and its residents to have a more complete understanding of the history as well as the specific importance of the holiday that its annual series of events is now meant to commemorate. At the time of MCJCF’s inception, the African American population was around 27 percent of the city’s residents, according to Smith, and that figure has now risen to represent about 37 percent. “As I was looking around (back then), there were little - if any events that were pertinent to (Black people) in Missouri City,” he said Monday. And since the MCJFC’s inception, recognition of the holiday has grown exponentially along with it in Fort Bend County and beyond. By 2011, a report from the Houston Chronicle said the MCJCF’s event series was starting to draw at least 300 people every year. Smith said it has continued to grow over the years, though he was unable to provide an exact figure for the total 2022 attendance as of Monday. Juneteenth became officially recognized as a federal holiday just last year, and is considered the longest-running Black holiday. Employees in Missouri City, Kendleton and other municipalities around the county, state and country got Monday off in observance of the holiday. Also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth celebrates the date of June 19, 1865,

Kendleton resident Johnie Palmer (left), Debra Greenwood-Sharp with the Fort Bend History Association and former Kendleton mayor Carolyn Taylor Jones pose for a photo during the city's Juneteenth celebration. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and announced that Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed two years earlier, had freed enslaved people. The MCJCF’s 20th annual series of events, which included a family night out at Hunter’s Glen Park, 1340 Independence Blvd., on June 17, was part of a host of

See related column on .................. PAGE 3 events around the county. There was also a concert in the park as well as the “One Mile of Smiles” parade on June 18, along with other events.

“The celebration is symbolic,” Smith said. “It’s meant to come together and enjoy yourself and recognize what the celebration is about.” Ever growing However, while Texas may get the bulk of the coverage for the holiday given its origins in the state, celebration extends well

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Remains from 1980s identified with new DNA technology By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

For decades, the family of Peggy Anne Dodd had been searching for closure. Where had their loved one gone when she disappeared in the early 1980s, they wondered? Well, 38 years after

her disappearance, the family finally has answers, thanks in large part to new DNA technology, according to detective Scott Minyard of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators used advanced DNA sequencing and genealogy technology to identify remains found on Fort Bend

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County property back in December 1984 as Dodd, a Houston-area resident, Minyard said. “You’re always trying to leverage modern forensics to solve cold cases,” Minyard said. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is one of several law enforcement agencies across the country that have used

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The city of Sugar Land recently received a $27.5 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board that will go toward a flood control project near the city’s regional airport, according to a news release. With the loan, the city plans to construct more storm water storage, channel improvements and diversion channels from Oyster Creek to Bullhead Bayou, among other mitigation measures, according to the release. The project will help construct Owens Road and the future development

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of about 540 acres west of the airport, according to the city. Planning and study will begin on the projects once the loan closes in December, according to the city. Planning, design and construction should take about two-and-a-half years, according to the city.

The changes continue apace in Missouri City. The city council last week voted to name David Jordan the acting city manager – a position he will fill when the interim city manager, Sedrick Cole, is absent – in a 5-1 vote. Jordan, the city’s chief operating officer, is one of several employees brought on during the brief tenure of former city manager Charles “Tink” Jackson. Missouri City has had a

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Juneteenth a day worthy of not taking for granted Matt deGrood

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Many across Fort Bend County got to sleep in late on Monday, perhaps catch up on outstanding chores and spend time together in honor of Juneteenth. While Monday, June 20, is not June 19, the day typically reserved for celebrating Juneteenth, it is the closest

working day to reserve for a federal holiday this year. As some Fort Bend County residents explained in our front-page story about celebrations across the county, Juneteenth in 2022 looks far different than the holiday Texans once celebrated decades ago. Perhaps most notably, Juneteenth – the day commemorating June 19, 1865, when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and announced that Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed two years earlier, had freed enslaved people – is now a national holiday.

But in addition, the celebrations are now larger and more people know about the holiday. These changes are all good and positive, but in some ways, it’s important to remember what Juneteenth once meant and to keep that spirit alive even as more and more across the nation learn about its importance. Perhaps chief ly, Juneteenth is a Texas holiday through and through. The precipitating event took place in nearby Galveston County and communities across Fort Bend County have longstanding celebrations to remember the day going back generations. I can remember the

days, not so long ago, when celebrating Juneteenth felt a little bit like being part of an exclusive club. New Texas residents asked for longtime residents to explain what Juneteenth was. Juneteenth can mean many things to different people. One need look no further than the list of events last weekend in Fort Bend County. Missouri City, for instance, commemorated the holiday with a family night out and a gala, along with several other events. Former U.S. Rep. Pete Olson used the day to spread the word about the state of two historic cemeteries out in Kendleton, including one where

former Texas House Rep. Benjamin Franklin Williams is buried. Williams was a Republican lawmaker during Reconstruction who served three terms in the Texas Legislature, was one of the founders of the freedmen’s community in Kendleton and is the only Black man who has been nominated to be Texas Speaker of the House. It’s a sad inevitability, but it seems we as a society have a tendency to take national holidays for granted. Who, for instance, takes time on Presidents Day earnestly considering the lives of our 46 presidents? Rather, it seems for most an

excuse to take a day off of work. Juneteenth has always held appeal for me personally because it is at once an opportunity to ref lect on our collective accomplishments, while also recognizing there’s still work left to do. The breadth of Juneteenth activities in Fort Bend County is testament to the wide meaning of the holiday in this region specifically. So, as those lucky few of us celebrate a day away from the office, and we as a county commemorate another Juneteenth, I hope we never take the day for granted.

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Hightower, Marshall competing in 7-on-7 football state tournament By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

It may be the offseason, but that doesn’t mean local football squads are taking the summer or spring off. And a couple of teams made up of Fort Bend County high school players are looking to finish off a stellar offseason slate this weekend. Teams from Marshall and Hightower will both play in the Texas 7-on-7 Division I football state tournament this Friday and Saturday at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex in College Station. The event is not sanctioned by the UIL, which governs public school athletic competition during the school year. Marshall qualified during the Lamar Consolidated ISD tournament on June 11, coming out ahead of a 16-team field that included teams from other local high schools such as Randle, George Ranch, Clements, Foster, Fulshear and Terry. It will be Marshall’s first time playing in the 7-on-7 state tournament in many years, head coach James Williams

said, as the team had not entered state-qualifying tournaments for many years. “It’s always exciting to compete against so many great teams. Our kids are working hard,” Williams said. “We had a good offseason, spring ball, and now the summer program has started well. We’re looking forward to competing this weekend.” Hightower, meanwhile, had qualified for the state tournament after winning the Cy-Fair ISD West qualifying tournament in late May. The Hurricanes are back after a long wait, having not qualified for the state 7-on-7 tournament since 2003. What’s more, Hightower head coach Cornelius Anthony said 7-on-7 was not really even on his radar coming into the summer. However, a small group came to him and insisted on playing. And ultimately, the team has come together to accomplish a significant program milestone. All spots at the state qualifying tournaments were initially filled, Anthony said, but a team dropping out created the

opening during the CFISD West tournament that the Hurricanes took full advantage of. “It was just a passionate group of kids who wanted to do it,” Anthony said. “It speaks to their desire to be great, their commitment to excellence and their desire to compete.” The Hurricanes were a young team last fall, and then were dealt another blow when first-team alldistrict quarterback KJ Penson followed his father – a former Hightower assistant – to Willowridge. However, Anthony said the performance of new signal caller Joseph Stewart – who has called the shots during 7-on-7 – along with the rest of the team has been a boon to his team and answered a lot of questions about who would fill Penson’s shoes. Hightower is coming off a regional quarterfinal appearance last season, and its play this summer has Anthony excited for the fall season. “It’s something we always knew and had seen in (Joseph),” he said. “It reassures us that we’re in good hands and we’re going to

Hightower head football coach Cornelius Anthony addresses his team last season following a game. Teams of players from Hightower and fellow Fort Bend ISD school Marshall will both play in the Texas 7-on-7 football state tournament this weekend. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

be fine. It’s sink-or-swim, and he did a great job rising to the occasion and letting people know that

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cent rate. It’s not a perfect comparison given that Brown is primarily a starter and several years younger, but it serves as a nice starting point for just how lethal Dubin has been as a reliever. So it baffles me a little bit that he doesn’t get more love. Projection: Dubin is a bit on the older side for a prospect, as he will turn 27 this September – but that doesn’t mean his exploits should be discounted. And if the Astros organization’s track record is any indication, he certainly hasn’t been. As such, I think there’s a very real possibility of a September call-up and a decent shot for Dubin to break camp with the Astros next season. The Astros have become especially adept at finding diamonds in the rough that have been key to their success since 2015 – especially on the mound. And I think Dubin has a very real shot to be the next one, so don’t be surprised if he’s contributing to their next playoff run in the near future. And though he has worked as both a starter and reliever, his most immediate contribution would be in the bullpen due to the factors mentioned above.

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One of Fort Bend ISD’s high schools will have a new leader on the football field when it competes in the fall. FBISD announced late Monday night on Twitter

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Sugar Land Pilates studio opening second location By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

A Fort Bend County pilates studio is expanding in the area with its second studio in Sugar Land. Performance Pilates announced in a June 6 news release that owners Michelle Long and Cody Robbins will open their second local spot this fall at 5128 Texas Ave. inside Sugar Land Town Square. Its original location opened at 19875 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200 in Sugar Land back in 2010. An email request seeking more information on the potential opening date was not immediately returned. Classified as a “boutique fitness center,” the news release said it will offer a variety of small group and private classes at the new 2,000-square-foot space. Performance Pilates delivers movement programs via private pilates sessions, pilates classes and more, according to the release. “We are so excited to open our doors at our new studio in Sugar Land Town Square, the hub of the city and heart of our community,” said Robbins. “As a business, we are committed to providing a safe, clean environment for our clients to create the best fitness experience possible.” For more information or to find out what Performance Pilates can offer, those interested can visit the studio’s website at performance-pilates.com or call 281-937-7761.

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H CANETTI FROM PAGE 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Canetti said. The process began shortly after FIFA picked the United States, Canada and Mexico’s joint bid to host the competition, Canetti said. Last week, the international organization announced the 16 cities that would serve as host cities – 11 from the United States, three from Mexico and two from Canada. The list included Houston and Dallas, along with New York, Kansas City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and Miami in the United States; Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara in Mexico; and Vancouver and

H DNA FROM PAGE 1 from 1956, according to a National Public Radio report. Those investigators were inspired to try new forensic genealogy because of its use to identify the Golden State Killer in 2018, according to the article. In the case of Dodd, investigators in December 1984 found human remains on a property that was part of the Manford Williams Ranch in Fort Bend County, according to a news release. But the remains were skeletal and so investigators couldn’t fingerprint them or determine a cause of death, Minyard said. The case remained unsolved for decades, Minyard said. But new technology meant researchers could now get a DNA profile from a rootless hair, he said. Investigators sent off a sample to genealogists with Intermountain and

Toronto in Canada. The World Cup is the world’s biggest sporting event, with more than 3 million fans attending matches in the 2018 tournament, according to numbers from Statista. This will be the first time the United States has hosted the tournament since 1994. Canetti told the Star that Houston’s hope was that it would host somewhere between five and six matches during the tournament – several group-stage matches along with a few knockout games. Now that Houston has been selected as a host city, the committee will shift its operation focus toward working with FIFA on logistics and planning moving forward, Canetti said.

Astrea Forensics, according to a release. And through their research, the sheriff’s office finally tracked down family members. The family had been searching for Dodd since she went missing in the ‘80s, Minyard said. And all of the details between the remains the sheriff’s office found and Dodd matched up, allowing investigators to close the case, he said. Dodd’s cause of death is still undetermined and it’s possible the family might never get a definitive answer, Minyard said. “The forensic examiner didn’t see any obvious causes of death – no bullet holes or blunt trauma wounds,” he said. “So, he ruled the manner of death undetermined. We don’t know. We can speculate.” If more evidence emerges, investigators can reopen the case at a later date, Minyard said. But for now, it is closed, he said.

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H JUNETEENTH FROM PAGE 1 beyond it. A report from Axios said all 50 states recognize Juneteenth in some manner, while 18 states - including Texas - observe it as a permanent paid state holiday. “Juneteenth means a time to bring people together to celebrate each other's differences, to educate one another, while never forgetting the events of June 19, 1865,” County Judge KP George said on Facebook. Hundreds still come out to all the events in Missouri City yearly, and Smith said the turnout this year exceeded their expectations in several cases. “We’ve put a good product out there, made it accessible to people in the area,” he said. “The celebration is a symbol of why we do it.” There was a similar sentiment at the annual Kendleton Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, which took place last Saturday at Bates Allen Memorial Park with at least three or four dozen residents coming out to honor the holiday. Along with games, a baking contest and other festivities, former U.S. Rep. Pete Olson led tours of the Newman Chapel and Oak Hill cemeteries during the event. The Newman Chapel Cemetery is the burial site of Texas state legislator Benjamin Franklin Williams, who was the first Black man to be an ordained Methodist minister in Texas as well as the first United States Postmaster General in Kendleton. He was also the first Black person from Fort Bend to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Olson and the Sugar Land Exchange Club have been working to raise awareness to help spruce up the cemeteries, and Olson said Williams and others like him deserve to be remembered all year – not just on one day. “He’s a model for our world,” Olson said. “… He became a free man, and he didn’t become bitter. He said, ‘I’m going to make this world better for (all people).’” For some, the annual Juneteenth commemorations that took place this past weekend were about spending time with family and friends. For others, it’s a reminder that work is still yet to be done for equality. Regardless of why anyone attended the events, those in attendance said they create a bond and common thread of the remembrance of something greater than them. “Together we are stronger,” George said.

A boy plays lawn bowling last Saturday during the city of Kendleton's Juneteenth Freedom Celebration. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

Attendees dance during a Family Night Out event in Missouri City last weekend in celebration of Juneteenth. (Photo from Facebook)

A group of local youngsters shows off a caricature that was done during Missouri City's Juneteenth celebration. (Photo from Facebook)

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One of the greatest joys of living in this area is the sheer abundance of food options. Basically, if you can imagine a cuisine, there’s a good chance you can find a restaurant serving it somewhere in the region. For as much as we celebrate Fort Bend County’s culinary diversity, and rightfully so, it appears some restaurateurs face an easier battle making a career than others. Open a barbecue restaurant, and you’ve got an eager cadre of patrons at least interested in what you have to offer. But if you want to open, say, a pierogi shop or a Nigerian restaurant, fewer people are familiar with those types of food. This week, I visited Sugar Land’s Feydups Kitchen, 1055 Eldridge Road, Ste. 400, and discovered one of Fort Bend County’s hidden gems. The owner of the West African eatery was kind and considerate and cooked a delightful dish of efo riro, which is a Nigerian spinach stew, alongside jollof rice. I’d never had efo riro before that visit, but it was so f lavorful that even as I write this review several days later, I can almost taste it. Strange as it might sound, it had an almost buttery taste. The jollof rice was filling and as tasty as any I’ve had at other restaurants. Having watched another patron order a drink called a Vita Malt,

The efo riro at Feydups Kitchen in Sugar Land was a near-perfect representation of Fort Bend County's culinary diversity. (Photo by Matt deGrood)

I decided to give that a try as well. The owner cautioned me that it wouldn’t taste like anything I’d had and he was correct. Despite its previouslyunknown f lavors, I quite enjoyed the drink and nursed it slowly amid hurried bites of rice and efo riro. It’s hard to offer many critiques of Feydups. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and left feeling full and satisfied without being so full that I felt sick. There aren’t too many restaurants where that’s the case. But more than leaving with an appreciation for

a new county restaurant, I left with something of a mission to spread the word about the business. After telling him how much I enjoyed the meal, the owner asked me to come visit again with my friends. And I couldn’t help but notice that, aside from a few pickup orders, I was about the only patron there. So please, please, please visit Feydups. And don’t stop there. Fort Bend County is full of fantastic restaurants, seemingly on almost every corner. Next time you’re deciding where to go for lunch, consider trying a cuisine you’ve

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