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  • Metro's Fare Hike, Explained

    published Oct 16, 2008

    Metro has announced plans to raise its fares, announcing in the same breath that the basic fare hasn’t risen since 1994. As with all things Metro, the facts are confusing. (Why, it’s almost as if ... More >>

  • More Hi-Def Channels, More Getaways

    published Oct 16, 2008

    Is Omar Little your cable guy? A Sunnsyide shoot-out makes us wonder… KHOU is reporting a southeast side gun battle that left one woman dead and two men injured. Homicide detectives allege that the... More >>

  • Sam Houston, Comcast Pitchman

    published Oct 15, 2008

    Comcast’s current Sam Houston campaign has made for some of the stranger local TV ads in recent memory. In them, a, um, statuesque General Houston reminisces on his life and career and touts Hou... More >>

  • McGowen Green in Midtown?

    published Oct 15, 2008

    For years I have walked, driven, and ridden trains and buses past the so-called Midtown Superblock, the four-block long and one or two-block wide vacant swath bordered on the east and west by Main... More >>

  • Black October, Set to Music

    published Oct 10, 2008

    As some of you may know, Wall Street has been experiencing some turbulence of late. We know because we’ve been seeing lots of images of depressed dudes on trading floors clasping their heads. In fa... More >>

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Ike, Vol. 4

    published Oct 08, 2008

    So you know Houston is finally getting back to normal after Ike. I had just set off for the bus stop yesterday morning, right after the morning rain had abated. The storm drain across the street ... More >>

  • The Purse Party of No Return: Louis Vuitton Brouhaha Leaves One Injured, Two in Jail

    published Oct 07, 2008

    Before you could say “Jerry Springer,” a tranquil Sunday afternoon “purse party” in Missouri City turned into a vicious brawl which ended with one woman slashing another and a third arrest... More >>

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Ike, Part 3: Free Wood!

    published Oct 03, 2008

    So long as a tree did not fall on your house, car, service drop or person, Ike’s effect on the trees on your property was more beneficial than not. Tree trimming costs a lot of money, and all of... More >>

  • Houston Circa 2001, Courtesy Of Google

    published Oct 02, 2008

    In honor of its 10th birthday, Google has made available its January 2001 index, the oldest available. Let’s see what the Mighty Google can tell us about the H-Town and world of 2K1. (Many of ... More >>

  • Always Look On The Bright Side Of Ike, Part 2: Fewer Billboards

    published Oct 01, 2008

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. The other day I was researching the ongoing battle between Houston’s beautifiers and the billboard industry when I came across this article i... More >>

  • Always Look On The Bright Side Of Ike

    published Sep 30, 2008

    Over the past couple of weeks, we've heard ad nauseam about the painful effects of Hurricane Ike -- the flooded homes and businesses, the damaged rooftops, the rampant power outages, the lingering... More >>

  • Rice Shuts Down Valhalla, Panic To Ensue Among Cheap-Beer Drinkers

    published Sep 26, 2008

    Looking for a place to grab a cold with the kids this afternoon? Scratch Valhalla off your list of places to do so. Seems the Rice grad student pub and family-friendly haven for lovers of cheap b... More >>

  • Gatemouth Brown Gets Hit By A Third Hurricane, Doesn't RIP

    published Sep 25, 2008

    Back in 2005, in one of the -- if not quite the -- last times he would set foot in a recording studio, Texas swing master Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown recorded the old Blind Lemon Jefferson Texa... More >>

  • The Worrisome List Of The Missing

    published Sep 23, 2008

    The Friendswood-based non-profit The Laura Recovery Center has set up an online clearinghouse/utility page for missing persons and their loved ones. The public can both scan their list of missin... More >>

  • Rex "Wrecks" Bell Is Just Playing

    published September 25, 2008

    Foreword: Much of the reporting of this feature took place before Hurricane Ike. On the eve of the storm, Rex Bell sent the following e-mail... More >>

  • Ike Spawns A Peace Treaty

    published Sep 23, 2008

    San Leon, the unincorporated “little drinking village with a serious fishing problem” we wrote about here, has found some friends from afar. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi ... More >>

  • Chambers County Smacked by Hurricane Ike

    published Sep 20, 2008

    Photo by Daniel Kramer / Click here for a slideshow It’s probably safe to say that other than the communities on the Bolivar Peninsula, no places in Texas were ravaged worse by Hurricane Ike than ... More >>

  • Sunny San Leon Picks Up the Pieces After Hurricane Ike

    published Sep 18, 2008

    Photos by Daniel Kramer / Click here for a slideshow There’s always someone unluckier than you. In the wake of Hurricane Ike, such people were easy to find in the devastated Galveston Bay town of ... More >>

  • Life by the Drop: A Dispatch from Houston's Bars

    published Sep 12, 2008

    Maybe it was just Dutch courage, but last night Houston’s bar community didn’t seem all that concerned by the approach of Ike. From the Continental Club downtown to Woodrow’s Ice House on the t... More >>

  • The Sound of Ike

    published Sep 11, 2008

    Scientists at the National Hurricane Center are testing out some new technologies that enable us to actually hear hurricanes approaching, even while they are far at sea. If you’ve ever wondered wha... More >>

  • I Come From Alabama With A Shofar On My Knee

    published Sep 10, 2008

    Did you hear about the "Alabama Needs More Jews" program? The other day, this story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was making the rounds on the Web: “A Jewish group in Alabama is offering a... More >>

  • Bacliff Wiggers

    published September 11, 2008

    Ever since Norman Mailer penned his essay "The White Negro" in 1957, white people who act black have been alternately studied earnestly and... More >>

  • Gangsters in Bacliff

    published September 11, 2008

    At the stroke of midnight and into the predawn this past May 20, the little unincorporated Galveston County town of Bacliff was roiling with... More >>

  • Rainbow Hair Is Apparently A "Distraction" In Galveston

    published Sep 03, 2008

    Public school administrators with, like totally dorky fashion sense are at it again. This time, they have struck at Galveston’s Ball High School, where student April Barton’s rainbow-hued coi... More >>

  • State Rep. Kino Flores: If The Collar's Poppin', The ICE Ain't Stoppin'

    published Sep 02, 2008

    South Texas state representative Kino Flores has some explaining to do. The Brownsville Herald is reporting that over the weekend Flores' ranch worker Froylen Casares allegedly beat an unnamed m... More >>

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