Awesome, cowboy-hatted El Paso lawyer Jim Darnell recently got a new client: Johnny Football. The A&M quarterback, who this summer was accused of breaking NCAA rules by selling his autograph, will undoubtedly keep Darnell busy. But considering that the attorney has represented a long list of college athletes, we’re sure he’s up to the job.

Janie Hengst, principal to John Paul II Catholic School’s 700 elementary and middle school kids, has an impressive new title—National Distinguished Principal. One of only six private-school 2013 honorees in the entire US, she’s traveling to Washington, DC this month to receive her award.

We ourselves would like to travel south and give an award to Greg Roof, the Alvin Community College professor who filed a lawsuit against the Texas Land Office protesting paid parking on the Galveston Seawall on the grounds that it limits access to public beaches. Thousands of bewildered tourists salute you, Mr. Roof.

Mattel and NASA are marking the first successful year of the Mars Curiosity with the release of Mars Explorer Barbie. Barbie has had more than 130 jobs in her 54 years and she still looks 18—we just don’t know how she does it.

As for Michael Bublé’s latest gig, it’s a big one: Dad. The Canadian crooner recently had his first child, a boy, no doubt making him even more adorable to his fans, who will be out in force at his Toyota Center show October 20.

Meanwhile, Houston’s own Miss Mykie lost a job hosting popular BET music video show 106 and Park this year, but that’s okay—we still think she’s on the way up, and so do the folks at Ensemble Theatre, who honored her with a Rising Star Award at their annual gala.

With one smash-hit restaurant on Washington Ave. (Coppa), and the opening of a second one (Coppa Osteria) in the Village, chef Brandi Key is now a certified Houston star, no “rising” about it, earning her a place of honor at our table.

And, onto a superstar: new Rocket Dwight Howard. He had other promising options, but he wisely chose Houston. As such, no party this month would be complete without him. Welcome to town, Rocket Man.

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