• Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Voting Is... Easier When You Do It Early

    Planning on voting early in Houston? There are only two days left to do so and on November 5th you can ONLY vote in the precinct you are assigned to. When time is against you, waiting until the last minute to vote could be worse than trying to find this year's IT toy during a Black Friday sale. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Road Rage Leads to Death of Woman Sunday

    An ugly road rage incident Sunday morning led to the killing of a woman and injury of her young son on FM 1943 near Garth Road. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says charging are pending against a man who maneuvered "his pickup tuck to interfere with a second vehicle driven by his wife," when he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Top Four Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Mom, I'm Bored Edition

    It's here again, that time of year when the kids are let out of school and immediately begin whining that there's nothing to do. Oh, sure, you try and try to make them happy. You can invent a brand-new game with balls and paper sacks and even clean up the damn mess they make when they nearly kill th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Workers at ExxonMobil's Massive Baytown Plant (Almost) Went On Strike over safety

    The folks over at Exxon Mobil's Baytown refinery were facing a possible Norma Rae situation last week when local United Steelworkers representatives threatened a strike if the Exxon people didn't put in the health and safety provisions they'd asked for in their contracts. Local USW rep Rich "Hoot" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Run with the Bulls....IN BAYTOWN?

    This December 7 in Baytown at the Royal Purple Speedway, you can run in sheer, pants-shitting terror from raging bulls just like they do in Pamplona, Spain, each summer. The Great Bull Run's organizers urge participants to "grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you sprint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Old Photos Mashed with Modern Houston, Volume 5: Baytown

    Welcome to the fifth installment of vintage photos mashed with its present-day locations. This time we leave our comfortable city of Houston, cross the Fred Hartman Bridge and venture into Baytown, Texas. Baytown was originally three separate towns: Goose Creek, Pelly and East Baytown. The three tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Contessa Andrea Von Schmidt, Dwayne Gator Liggins: It's the Quarterly Strange (Accused) Criminal Name Report

    As we head into what passes for fall down here, it's high time we came up with another list of the strangest, funniest and most awesome names to pass through the Harris County Criminal Justice Center over the last few months. (Or years. We stumbled on some older ones.) As always, some of these peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Pasadena, Home to Some Sickos, Is Also a Nifty Place to Retire

    Retire to this in Pasadena.​The economy blows, especially for old folks, who aren't as able to kick it with an umbrella drink at some beachside hang like in the old days. No worries, according to Tom Corley, author of The Top 100 Cheapest Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2012. Instead of sink ... More >>

  • News

    September 15, 2011

    The Red-Light Camera Circus

    Step right up, folks: Passion, deceit, money, lots of money, double dealing and a mayor with more flip-flops in her than a Cirque du Soleil acrobat!

  • Calendar

    May 26, 2011
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    February 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Dijwun Morgan, The Greensheet Bandit: Not Difficult To Find

    Part of a master criminal plan​The Greensheet is a good way to buy or sell a TV, a hopefully not-too-mysteriously stained mattress, or your antique china. But Dijwun Morgan found another use for it, according to Baytown police: He used it to rob people. Morgan confessed to the robberies, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    ExxonMobil's Baytown Refinery Sued For Being So Damn Leaky

    Headed to court​Following in the footsteps of Shell and and ChevronPhillips, ExxonMobil has been sued by environmental groups who say its refinery routinely violates clean-air regulations and doesn't really do anything about it. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced their lawsuit to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Acid Bombs: Sure, Set Them Off Next Door To A Cop's House. And Throw One In His Yard For Good Measure

    I can haz felony on my record?​There's a certain lack of common sense inherent in building homemade acid bombs, but it's the type of lack that can be common in males in their teens and early 20s.There's a very special lack of common sense, however, in building such a bomb and setting it off in you ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010

    Baytown's 4th of July Parade and Celebration

    Houston's small-town neighbor throws a big, big independence bash

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Exxon Leads The Environmental Fight By Suing The U.S. Over Winning World War II

    ​If there's one company out there that won't put up with illegal oil dumping, it's Exxon. These guys are hawks about pollution, and they will sue whoever the hell they need to in order to bring evildoers to justice.So they're suing the United States, which blithely went ignored all sorts of Enviro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    They run a great coffee shop, but the ambiance suffers a little from all the squished mushrooms and empty turtle shells lying around.​ Welcome back to the weekly round-up here at Eating Our Words, where we have a lovely bouquet and notes of walnut and oak in our boldly earthy flavor. Efferves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Ceviche at El Sinaloense

    ​On the southwest side of Baytown, sandwiched between the giant ExxonMobil Baytown Refinery and the City Hall, is a neighborhood I call "old Baytown." It's an area of older shops and houses, with what appears to be a largely Hispanic population. Market Street runs through the middle of it. I c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Arrest Made In That Infamous Baytown Arby's Prank

    ​Baytown police have filed charges against one of the "men" who pull idiotic phone pranks such as making people drink urine or having them break windows in hotels. They do this by convincing the listeners they are talking to officials of some sort, and some kind of emergency action must be taken.O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    ExxonMobil Fined $600,000; We Think They Can Come Up With It

    ​Let's be honest.There aren't a lot of "bad days" for a global petrochemical company that made a record $45.2 billion profit last year, so we'll just say ExxonMobil had a less than stellar day on Wednesday when state regulators penalized it more than $600,000 for environmental crimes.ExxonMobil's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Ghost Mountain

    ​Rocks Off had heard a lot of great things about Ghost Mountain, but until the Buxton 7-inch release party, the Baytown-based electro duo's merit had yet to be proven. When the two high-schoolers took the stage, we thought it was some kind of joke. No way could tracks like "Good Heart" and "Eye Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Where The Stimulus Jobs Will Be, By Congressional District

    The winners and losers of Barack Obama's stimulus plan can be figured out -- to a degree -- by a new study by the White House's Council of Economic Advisors.It breaks down by congressional district how many jobs will be created or saved by the act; the big loophole there, of course, comes from the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Your Chance To Drive A Top-Of-The-Line Dragster

    If you've ever wanted to race a full-blown, 8,000-horsepower NHRA dragster down the strip, this crummy economy is giving you the chance. If you can afford it.Urs Erbacher, who as you well know is a four-time drag-racing champ, is offering to train drag fans at his Baytown facility and then let them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    "Chili When It's Chilly" Chili Cook-off

    January in Houston is when Rodeo season really starts to kick in. One of the most popular events is the "Chili When It's Chilly" Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Baytown/Highlands Subcommittee of the Houston Metro Go Texan Committee. This year's event took place January 9 and 10 at San Jacinto Mall i ... More >>

  • Music

    October 30, 2008
  • Music

    October 2, 2008

    The Shredder

    One Show, One Sentence

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    How Not To Blog About Ike

    A Baytown-area teacher is in trouble for a blog she kept about her Ike experience. That "Ike experience" included, as the Baytown Sun reports: ...her love of MREs, her habit of hitting up more than one Place Of Distribution (POD) in trips between Baytown and her Deer Park home, and her enjoyment o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Let The Polluting Begin Anew!

    You still may not have electricity, ice, Internet access or Starbucks access, but the petrochemical plants of Southeast Texas are slowly cranking up again after the bastard Ike came and left. Frankly, it's an awesome undertaking starting everything up again. The process will continue, in some cases ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008
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    July 30, 2008

    No Saggy In Baytown

    The propriety of young men wearing baggy pants down to the middle of their buttocks has reached the halls of government in Baytown, the refinery town 30 miles east of Houston, where the City Council has been asked by a local radio personality with KWWJ-AM ("Keep Walking With Jesus") to put a stop to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Houston Still Seeing Job Growth (Thank Christ)

    Houston may not be big on that hip, trendy stuff like recycling, but we are kicking ass in a different category -- job growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its June 2008 report on job growth in the country's 12 largest metropolitan areas. Houston leads the way.

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Creole Heritage Zydeco & Crawfish Festival

    Great music and all the mudbugs you can eat — who could ask for more?

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2008

    Happy Record Store Day

    Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've forgotten how, don't bother asking your kids. It's r ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2008
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    February 5, 2007

    Mayor McCheese Could Not Be Reached for Comment

    An artist's sketch of the victim. A Ronald McDonald statue was stolen yesterday from a Mickey D's in Baytown. KHOU broke the story, but HouStoned has an update, in the form of a transcript of what the thieves said right before perpetrating the larceny. Here it is, in its entirety. Thief One: Dude ... More >>

  • Music

    July 27, 2006

    The Bards of Baytown

    Scattered Pages' urban art-country music is as pretty as its hometown is ugly

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    Kinky Talk

    Courtesy of Wayne Gilbert Kinky visited Houston this weekend. We can still smell the cigar. If you happened to see a mustached, cigar-toting dude in a big, black cowboy hat this weekend, chances are good that you espied one Kinky Friedman. The gubernatorial hopeful was in town for a fundraiser, as ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 30, 2006
  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Close to the Vest

    Some HPD officers aren't so hot about safety

  • Calendar

    February 3, 2005

    Boobs, Balls and Beer

    Check out what's brewing for Super Sunday

  • Dining

    May 1, 2003

    Bigger and Battered

    Where does Baytown Seafood get those enormous shrimp?

  • Music

    April 10, 2003
  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Racetrack

    Houston Raceway Park

  • Music

    February 17, 2000

    Prog's New Face

    Deadwood Forest isn't your father's progressive rock band

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Waste Not, Want Not

    Local residents unite to fight the mountain of landfill trash headed their way

  • Music

    February 19, 1998
  • News

    December 26, 1996
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    April 18, 1996

    The Fire Next Time?

    Downsizing, outsourcing, deferred maintenance ... It all makes for a volatile mix at Baytown's Exxon refinery.

  • News

    April 18, 1996
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    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

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