Austin American-Statesman

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    Daily Show Comes To Texas This Week, Should Be Easy Pickins

    Good news, guys. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show will be making Texas the new (temporary) world news headquarters this week, just in time for midterm elections. In a segment they've dubbed "Democalypse: South by South Mess," Stewart will be in Austin from October 27 - 30, putting all of Texas' embar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken-Fried Steak

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're covering a Texas-bred Southern essential, Chicken-Fried Steak. Though it really needs no explanation, chicken- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    5 Tips for Rick Perry if He Insists on a 2016 Run

    Fish swim and birds fly and politicians run for political office - these truths are pretty self-evident. But it still comes as a faint shock that Gov. Rick Perry popped up in Iowa this week lambasting President Obama. He's been sharing his views on troops in Iraq, he's been spouting off opinions on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Perry Sits, But Won't Shake, for Obama

    Gov. Rick Perry -- who apparently still holds presidential ambitions of his own -- gets to be the guy who forced President Obama to bend to his will. Like any politician, Gov. Perry has a few tricks up his sleeve, but it seems he does not shake on command. When Air Force One touches down in Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Video of Tased Bastrop High School Student Prompts Lawsuit, ACLU Response

    A security video has surfaced in the investigation into the tasing of Noe Nino de Rivera, a high school student at Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop, by a Bastrop County deputy in November. Rivera suffered a severe brain injury and was kept in a medically-induced coma after the incident. According ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Rick Perry, Pot Friendly and a Presidential Candidate?

    You might have assumed that Gov. Rick Perry's fumbling last attempt to score the 2012 Republican presidential nomination guaranteed we'd never see him on the national stage again. But then Perry announced he wasn't running for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas. Then he started tra ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013

    Catch an Illegal Immigrant

    UT Young Conservatives abandon plan after hilarity did not ensue.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Elected Supreme Court Justice Criticizes Judicial Elections -- This is Good News

    Texas has chosen the worst possible way to select the state's judiciary: partisan judicial elections. It has resulted in a Court of Criminal Appeals (the state's highest appeals court for criminal appeals) that is stacked with ex-prosecutors who rarely, if ever, meet a conviction they can't find so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Rick Perry Adds Abortion, Mandatory Sentencing to Special Session Agenda

    Governor Rick Perry has added abortion regulation and mandatory sentencing for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder to the state legislature's special session agenda. "The horrors of the national late-term abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time," Perry stated ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Sig's Lagoon Keeping Sundance, Beloved San Marcos Store, Alive

    A big part of Texas music history went dark this past weekend, when Sundance Records went out of buisness after 35 years. But thanks to the San Marcos record store's strong Houston connection, part of its legacy - in fact, a large part of its inventory - is coming here. Sig's Lagoon, the Midtown re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Perry's Prayerapalooza: Let the Downsizing Begin (Also: Worst Fast Ever)

    The responee to The Response has been underwhelming.​Rick Perry's famous call for the nation's governors to come to Houston this weekend to pray and fast is looking more and more like a mistake to all but the religious right. Of course, if he's looking to win a GOP primary, he may just get by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Crag Redhawk: Lamely Poses As Tribal Cop in Heart of Austin, Allegedly

    This insignia is not rendered in duct tape​One of the so-called Five Civilized Tribes, the Choctaw Indians once controlled most of what is now Mississippi. A remnant remained behind when Andrew Jackson removed the bulk of them to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. We bring you this little histo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Parents Arrange Catfight Between Warring Teen Daughters, Dust-Up Is Uploaded to YouTube

    A parent-daughter bonding experience​Imagine you are the parent of a teenage daughter and she is squabbling with a classmate. How do you resolve it? Do you get together with the other girl and her parents and have the young women talk it out? If that's your course of action, you are not cut f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Donna Crites: Probation for Mom Who Gave 200 Jell-O Shots to Teens

    Donna Crites: Jello shots for the kids.​Mom of the year candidate Donna Crites, of the town of Hutto just north of Austin, was sentenced to three years probation on Thursday after pleading guilty last month to five counts of providing alcohol to a minor. One of those minors later crashed her c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Texas Is a Lying Junkie When it Comes to Buying Death-Penalty Drugs, Inmates Say

    Anything for a fix, man.​You know those guys who are masters at faking prescriptions or massaging paperwork in order to abuse their drug of choice? Texas might be a member of that club. Two TDCJ inmates are complaining to feds that the state's paperwork shows the mandatory DEA registration n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Groping Guru Prakashanand Saraswati Believed to Be Hiding in Mexico

    Guru Prakashanand Saraswati may be spring/prison breaking in Mexico.​Guru Prakashanand Saraswati, founder and religious guiding light of Barsana Dham ashram near Austin, was found guilty earlier this month of 20 counts of sexual indecency with children. Three of his former female students accu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Richard Tabler: Sorry, Senator, For Threatening From Death Row To Kill You

    Richard Tabler can't catch a break from Sen. Whitmire​You may remember Richard Tabler, the Death Row inmate who really, really likes his smuggled cell phones. He called State Senator John Whitmire of Houston from his cell on the thing, which is either the ballsiest or stupidest move ever. Whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Shot Down: Lethal Injection Drug Shortage May Require Change to Execution Protocol

    There's always OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!​The Austin American-Statesman reports that there's a national shortage of drugs for lethal injection. The shortage apparently began when the country's sole dealer of sodium thiopental, Hospira, decided earlier this year not to deal in it anymore, and since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Texas Longhorns: The Most Laughable Report Card Ever

    Longhorns: Grading on the curve​There's an episode of The Sorpanos in Season 5 entitled (ironically so) "All Happy Families." Sopranos fans will remember the fifth season as the one where Tony and Carmela spent a majority of the season separated, so in turn, they also fought a lot. In "All Happy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Gimme Back My Bullet: An Eyewitness Account of Billy Joe Shaver's Trial

    Even by his own rather lofty standards (marrying the same woman three times, losing several fingers on his right hand... oh hell, just read this story here), Billy Joe Shaver's recently concluded trial has to rank pretty far up there on the legendary Waco singer-songwriter list of exploits. As you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    UH's Case Keenum -- What's A Dude Got To Do To Get Some Heisman Love?

    ​The end of the college football season is fast approaching, and the rest of the nation is finally learning something that Houston Cougar fans have known all season. The best player in the country isn't Colt McCoy or Tim Tebow. The best player is Case Keenum.Several sites which poll Heisman vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Follow Friday for Houston Food Hounds

    Photo courtesy of @bakerella In the world of Twitter -- the love-it-or-hate-it microblogging service -- Fridays are known as "Follow Friday," a day devoted to suggesting new or interesting users for your friends to follow. Depending on who you follow, your Twitter stream will be inundated on Friday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    The Episcopal Church In Texas -- Covering Up For Its Pedophiles

    In 2005, the Austin American-Statesman wrote about Allen Becker, the retired headmaster of a prestigious Austin Episcopal boarding school, hitting the bricks once again to raise money for a lower-income black congregation on the city's east side."We want to give children in this part of Austin a cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Senator Dan Patrick Helps Out Hookers

    State Senator Dan Patrick, whose website proudly notes that his first legislative act was to have the words "In God We Trust" put up over the Senate floor, probably should offer an amendment saying "We also trust hookers, too."That is absolutely the only lesson that can be taken from the story of Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Follow Friday for Foodies

    The group collective on Twitter, the increasingly popular micro-blogging and social networking platform, has developed a recent tradition called Follow Friday.  Follow Friday is part circle jerk, part honest and helpful advice from your Twitter friends on who to follow if you're new or simply l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Butthole Surfers Part 3: Tom Bunch on Signing With Capitol, the Media's Problem with the Name, Babysitting the Buttholes, Gibby vs. Paul and the End of the Affair

    Butthole Surfers live at Stubb's in Austin, September 2008 Photos by Gary Miller Texas psych-punk renegades the Butthole Surfers have temporarily put aside their differences for a handful of shows, including at Meridian tonight (doors 8 p.m.). This is the final installment of Rocks Off's interview ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean: Pat Green's Instant Karma

    [Ed. note: Turns out this story was exaggerated just a bit. Wishful thinking, maybe? See the comments for the clarification. We decided to leave this up because it's still hilarious.] I’ve written so much negative stuff about Pat Green that I’ve kinda put that away as something that’s be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Chronicle, San Antonio Paper May Share "Generic" Features

    You know what this town needs? A lot of generic feature stories in the daily newspaper. Editor & Publisher magazine is reporting that the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, both owned by Hearst Newspapers, "are in talks to share some feature-section production and design efforts, ... More >>

  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Lights On or Off?

    The fight for a TV show about truth, justice and high school football

  • News

    April 27, 2006

    Meeting of the Minds

    Hilarity ensues after a UH scheduling mix-up

  • News

    September 15, 2005
  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    The Return of the Band of Rhythm and Pleasure

    The Hollisters reunite to rock the East Texas pines

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Wigged Gigs

    A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, and most dangerous bands and shows in Houston history

  • Music

    August 26, 2004

    Bingo Was Its Name-O

    The Texas Lottery Commission brings the hammer down on the El Orbits' Monday-night institution

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2004

    Look Back in Anger

    A short-film series plumbs a dark cultural data bank

  • Music

    May 27, 2004
  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Offensive Driving

    Judges declare open season on shooting the bird

  • Music

    March 20, 2003

    Battle Cries

    SXSW finds itself covered in thoughts of war

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Wham, Bam, Thank You MAMH

    The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"

  • Dining

    December 20, 2001


    Katz's never closes -- except perhaps in the face of a father-son lawsuit

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Death Row Show

    The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.

  • News

    November 11, 1999
  • News

    April 8, 1999
  • News

    June 25, 1998

    Capital Irony

    As Governor Bush reviews the case of Henry Lee Lucas, a local lawyer casts a jaundiced eye

  • News

    June 1, 1995

    The Insider

    Too JA-ded?

  • News

    November 3, 1994

    Press Wins Awards

    A Katie for the Katy and kudos to Cook

  • Music

    October 20, 1994

    A Promise Fulfilled

    Vince Bell returns from the brink with hard-won songs of love and loss

  • Calendar

    September 29, 1994
  • Film

    March 31, 1994

    Cultivating a Career

    River Oaks native Alex Georges crosses his fingers and hopes for a chance at the movies

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