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  • 1 year ago | Film Reviews

    One could be forgiven for being skeptical that a Hercules movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and directed by Brett "Rush Hour Trilogy" Ratner might have a brain in its head, but it actually does. We're not talking Snowpiercer levels of intel...

  • 15 years ago

    Democrats did the Macarena in 1996. But this year Republicans are dancing to an up-and-coming Hispanic fad -- a Latino Bush. Brown, suave and speaking Spanish sans gringo accent, George P. Bush appears in bilingual television commercials and a hos...

  • 15 years ago

    It is not unusual to walk into a class and see Fernando with his head down on his desk. When not asleep or singing to himself inside the dark cave of his crossed arms, the Pasadena High School senior only nods at questions posed to him, sometimes ...

  • 16 years ago

    The neighbor's constantly barking dog may not be so bad after all. Montgomery County is suddenly wrestling a bigger pet problem: 10,000-pound pachyderms. And camels. And two apes, a black bear, llamas, a bobcat, a Bengal tiger and a puma, along wi...

  • 16 years ago

    Dolores Dean lives in a small house made of pressboard with a rusted metal roof. When it rains, she puts out buckets to collect water from the ceiling. The woman, in her late fifties, gets by on a fixed income with her disabled, diabetic husband a...

  • 16 years ago | Longform

    On August 14, 1994, Second Ward residents opening their windows for a warm breeze could hear, in the distance, Tejano music hitting its peak. Selena, the Lake Jackson-born superstar, was performing "Como la Flor" at the Tejano Superfest at Guadalu...

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