Lawyers for ex-hand surgeon Michael "Suitcase Full of Dildos" Brown claim that the former creepiest commercial pitchman "suffered involuntary intoxication" and does not recall assaulting flight attendants in January. In papers filed in a Miami federal court last week, Brown's lawyers say clinical ... More >>
Local Texas state rep Senfronia Thompson has introduced a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sunday, something they have not been able to do in my lifetime thanks to "blue" laws that prevent certain businesses from operating on Sunday. In fact, I remember when virtually all stores were f ... More >>
Rocks Off was excited to hear that Toby Keith is scheduled to make an appearance at next year's RodeoHouston. We just hope he makes it here. Rewind: Saturday Night: Toby Keith at The Woodlands You see, we're starting to worry a little about Toby Keith's health. Not about the health of his career ... More >>
Houston Astro legend Jeff Bagwell continues to pay the price for getting involved with the weird, sleazy, black hole that is the court odyssey of TV-ad star hand doctor Michael Brown. Brown has had a series of cases in criminal and divorce court, and vague allegations that Bagwell -- who's been goi ... More >>
where's the military when the chips are down?
Granted, there's plenty to be entertained by in this collection of early-`70s TV ads. If you don't love the huge land-yacht 1973 Lincoln-Mercurys, which look big enough to land helicopters on, you're bound to like the "small" version which retains all the luxury in a more efficient body (that nevert ... More >>
Derek Boogaard: accidental ODDerek Boogaard, the former Houston Aero fan favorite who was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment May 13, died from having too much alcohol and oxycodone in his system, according the medical examiner's report released today. The Minnesota Star Tribune reports ... More >>
Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?
Checking into rehab is no laughing matter. That said, we at Rocks Off often find inspiration in even the darkest of corners. So when it was announced, much to our surprise, that Dallas-born teen pop starlet Demi Lovato had checked into rehab an inpatient treatment center, we pondered celebri ... More >>
The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>
Flickr photo by adambowieEverybody knows that good news always sleeps til noon. -- "Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning" There was a palpable tingle of anticipation in the joint as we waited for the curtain to go up on the Cowboy Junkies' first gig in Houston in a coon's age Tuesday at House ... More >>
Canada's Cowboy Junkies enter their 25th year louder and angrier than ever.
We can't turn on the TV or the radio without hearing about the latest detox craze. Just the other day, we heard Rod Ryan talk about how great the Blessed Herbs one-week cleanse was on his radio show. Trust us, we really don't need to hear about his cleanse in detail that early in the morning. ... More >>
Photo by Chris Curry Travis Bonser is one of Houston's 30 craziest people. Travis Bonser learned how to shoot heroin from his mother. It happened when he was 14, after his mom became too fat to tie her own arm or leave the house to pick up the dope from her dealer. It wasn't long before Bonser was ... More >>
That's Brian Jones, who is still dead, in the lower right corner.Original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool 40 years ago. It was declared "death by misadventure," a cause of death that probably didn't come as a shock to those who had been aware ... More >>
Mexican Dogs and Drunk Driving
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Melanie Wilson takes us through the Foggy world of drug addiction
The Cowboy Junkies ride again
Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization
Houston-based Sex Addicts Anonymous knows the lesson well: For those caught in the Bubble, lust has no limits
A trendy clothing line for plus-size girls
Drug addicts can get hard cash to be sterilized or go on birth control. Is it ridding the world of unwanted babies -- or just ducking the underlying problems of abusers?
A former mayoral staffer resurfaces at the county
A contained experiment in Medicaid finally gets uncovered
For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.
Plastic surgeon Billy Ringer has been sued ten times for malpractice. He's on probation for sexual misconduct. He sewed a needle into Colleen Guidy. But he's still in business -- cutting, vacuuming, rearranging and, it seems, injuring patients.
SEARCH's mobile outreach team tries to help Houston's homeless off the streets
Recovering alcoholics find financial aid in a unique Texas Tech program
Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?
An infant with two fractured ribs and bleeding on the brain. A teenage single mom with no high school diploma. Grandparents with a business to keep afloat. Can CPS find a stable home for Angela Delacourt?
Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects
Attorney John O'Quinn has checked into a substance-abuse center as he prepares for his disbarment suit
Council candidate presides over a rather unique substance abuse program
Some ex-patients credit the mind-body therapy of New Age healer JoAnne Mandel with saving their lives. Others say her compassion stopped at the bottom line.
A new label and energy return Canada's moaners to the spotlight
Black America is suffering, and author Robert Myers knows who to blame
After two decades, AC/DC still stands for down and dirty fun
According to a UH professor, his "perceived disability" is one
Two offbeat films chronicle three offbeat young women's struggles
Meg Ryan battles the curse of cuteness