Ben Taub

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    May 29, 2014

    HPD Reports Man Allegedly Wounds Roomates, Takes Own Life

    Houston police are investigating a shooting that wounded two roommates living at 9390 FM 1960 West, home of the Park at Humble apartments. The incident occurred around 8:55 p.m. Wednesday. Before taking his own life, police said the suspect, 46, shot a 62-year-old man and 55-year-old woman. Accordi ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Cover Story: Obamacare Still Lacking For Some Local Musicians

    January 1, 2014 saw most of the final stages of President Barack Obama's signature legislation, the health-care reform initiative known as both the official title of the Affordable Care Act and more derisively as Obamacare, start to be implemented. The individual mandate that requires every able per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: The Weeknd, Bill Callahan, Alt-J, etc.

    The Weeknd Bayou Music Center, September 24 As eccentric as he is explicit, the 23-year-old singer/rapper known as The Weeknd has become one of R&B's hottest names of the 2010s not just because of his association with fellow Toronto native Drake, but for lyrics that are unusually candid even for hi ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Welcome To A Harsh World: Infant In Middle Of Shootout That Leaves His Dad & A 15-Year-Old Dead

    We should at least be happy that 8-month-olds remember nothing of what happens to them. One such infant got a shocking introduction to the world Tuesday when he watched from the back seat as attackers ambushed his father at a northwest side apartment complex in a wild shootout that left two dead an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners

    As announced from the stage at Warehouse Live earlier Wednesday evening, here are the 2012 Houston Press Music Award winners. Congratulations to all. BEST LP/CD/EP Free Radicals, The Freedom Fence BEST MIXTAPE One Hunnidt, #keepit100

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    June 26, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    Already? Indeed. It's only been seven months and change since the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards, but that was enough time for more than 7,000 local music fans to nominate their favorites in some 40 categories, a figure well north of 200 talented Houston artists. So let's get to it. Here are your ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Ben Taub, 59 Diner and More

    This week's inspection reports were heavy on recognizable inner-Loop places, most of which did fine. The most upscale place among that group, however, earned the most violations. We'll get to that after we address everyone's favorite Level I trauma center that isn't called Memorial Hermann. Inspect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Joseph Elijah Mouton, 6 Months: Baby Found Dead In Refrigerator, Bayou Body Count No. 54

    A man who called 911 to say he was having suicidal thoughts is suspected of killing his infant son and putting him in the refrigerator, police say. The body of Joseph Elijah Mouton, 6 months old, was found in the refrigerator in an apartment in the 7100 block of Beechnut about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Alvin Foley III, 18, Bayou Body Count No. 42

    A teen who was critically injured in a fight March 25 has died, and murder charges have been filed against another teen. Alvin Foley III, 18, was shot with two companions in the 9800 block of Club Creek about 10 p.m. that night. He was taken to Ben Taub but died. Police arrested Denzel Earl McGee, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Black Chevy Avalanche Sought in Hit-And-Run

    If you're driving around town in a black Chevy Avalanche today, you might get some extra attention from Houston police. They're looking for the driver of such a car, one who smashed into a pedestrian on the Gulf Freeway service road early this morning and then took off. The 29-year-old guy who was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    For your holiday pleasure: An artist's rendition of Houston Press blog editor Rich Connelly, in ornament form​In the spirit of the season, we're going to throw in more clean inspections than usual. In hard news, if it bleeds, it leads; and for the Health Department Roundup, if there's slime, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Jessie Shepherd, 24, Bayou Body Count No. 197

    Shot by five men.​One man was killed and another injured when a group of attackers fired shots at them near downtown last night, Houston police say. Jessie Shepherd, 24, was shot in the 2200 block of Briley southeast of downtown about 10:35 p.m., HPD says. He was pronounced dead at Ben Taub. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Kevin Quintanilla, 16, Bayou Body Count No. 111

    Dead at 16​A 17-year-old male was shot to death about 2 a.m. today in Gulfton, Houston police say. The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot in the chest outside an apartment complex in 5800 block of Glenmont. (Update: Police have identified him as Kevin Quintanilla.) He was tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Mehmood Ghaznavi, 52, Bayou Body Count No. 96

    Shootout in a northside jewelry store​A northside jewelry-store owner was shot and killed in a robbery attempt last night, Houston police say. Mehmood Ghaznavi, 52, was in his store, Java Gold, in the 5500 block of Yale about 8:15 last night when one or more males entered the store and attemp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Man Doesn't Notice Knife Sticking Out of Bed He Jumps On, Killing Him

    How not to store your knife.​We're not sure why anyone would position a knife pointing upwards on a hotel bed, but someone did and a 24-year-old Garland man is dead because he didn't notice it before he dove right into it, Houston police say. The man, whose identity has not been released, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Comment of the Day: In Houston, It's Machetes Instead of Samurai Swords

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Omar Ventura, 29, Bayou Body Count No. 20

    Cop leaves bar at closing time and finds trouble​An off-duty cop leaving a bar shot to death a man involved in a scuffle and wounded another, Houston police say. Jose Coronado, who has been with HPD for almost five years, was leaving Sherlock's Pub in the 1900 block of West Gray about 2:20 a. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Samuel Mireles, 29, Bayou Body Count No. 14

    Shooting leaves one dead, one wounded​One man was killed and another critically wounded in an apparent robbery attempt north of downtown early Saturday morning, police say. Samuel Mireles, 29, was killed after being shot in the head. An unidentified man was in critical condition in Ben Taub, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Deylan Braxton, 27, Bayou Body Count No. 11

    Drunk driving leads to a death, police say​A late-night traffic accident near downtown has resulted in intoxication manslaughter charges against the driver, Houston police say. Deylan Braxton, 27, was in the backseat of a silver BMW traveling southbound on Dowling when the driver, Jason Deran ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    One Last Hit of K-2

    Fake weed's final freewheeling days

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 256

    A man was shot to death as he and his two brothers tried to stop a man from breaking into his car on the northwest side early Thursday morning, police say.The victim, whose identity was not released, saw the suspect about 4:20 a.m. and went out to confront him with his two brothers, HPD says.An alte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Christopher Jones, 29, Bayou Body Count No. 220

    Photo curtesy HPDHerbert Goldsmith, charged with murder​A double shooting left one man dead and one injured Friday evening on the northeast side, police say.Houston police sources told reporters that a drug deal was suspected in the death of a man found dead in the 9700 block of Galaxy shortly bef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Little Joe Washington Moved To Private Room At Ben Taub

    Jay Lee​Rocks Off just received this update on Little Joe Washington's condition from his friend (and ours) Reg Burns: Just left from seeing Joe. He was been moved out of SICU and is on the same floor, unit 4B, room 7, bed 3. He immediately recognized me and seems more cognizant than the last time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 133

    Love hurts on the southwest side of town​A love triangle exploded into gunshots early this morning on the southwest side, resulting in one death and two injuries, police say.An unidentified man was shot and killed in the 6900 block of River Bluff about 1 a.m. Two other unidentified people -- a ma ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Unidentified Male, 22, Bayou Body Count No. 109

    Driver hardly injured; passenger not so lucky​The driver of a Lincoln Town Car who smashed his way into some trees in a median has been charged with intoxicated assault for the death of his passenger.Police say Adrian Mendoza-Alvarez, 22, was driving northbound in the 3600 block of Briarpark about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Here's One Vote Against A New Dynamo Stadium

    ​So the Houston Dynamo are upset that Harris County hasn't yet given them money for their planned pleasure palace. Well cry me a river.I'm not sure if the Dynamo have noticed, but there's a rather severe recession going on in the country right now. And though the Dynamo are only asking for ten ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    July 29, 2009

    The Ike Baby Boom That Wasn't

    Photo by bbaunach​Whenever a city suffers a blackout for any extended period of time, you can be sure that journalists will trot out the old story about a "baby boom" happening nine months later.It's definitely been enough time for any local Ike babies to get themselves out into the big ol' world, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    The TSU Trae Day Shootings: A Near-Eyewitness Account

    Rocks Off just got off the phone with our man Shea Serrano, reporting from the Trae Day afterparty at Galleria-area nightclub the Roxy. He found an eyewitness - or at least someone who was close enough to the action Wednesday to have the living shit scared out of him - to Wednesday evening's shootin ... More >>

  • News

    June 11, 2009

    Mack Brown vs. Iraq & John Lomax vs. a Metro bus

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Protests Over The Proposed Shutting Of Ben Taub's Pediatrics Unit

    A few years ago, Carla Sageth was in high school, and she was dying. Her lungs were wasting away. Doctor after doctor at clinic after clinic diagnosed asthma and sent her on her way. She became unable to walk, and still her mom, who had no insurance, kept trying to find a doctor who could put Carla ... More >>

  • Music

    March 5, 2009
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    December 11, 2008

    First They Came for the Trans-Fats...

    El Paso Senator Eliot Shapleigh is worried about the country's obesity epidemic. He has seen the horrid results of unchecked waistlines - diabetes, heart disease, guest spots on Jerry Springer. So he recently authored a bill that would ban trans-fats in Texas restaurants starting in 2010. Shapleigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    First They Came For The Trans-Fats...

    El Paso Senator Eliot Shapleigh is worried about the country's obesity epidemic. He has seen the horrid results of unchecked waistlines - diabetes, heart disease, guest spots on Jerry Springer. So he recently authored a bill that would ban trans-fats in Texas restaurants starting in 2010. Shapleigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    Tales from Transit: Proxima Estacion

    John Nova Lomax rides the rails. The Metro Rail, to be exact. And when he isn’t busy dealing with bomb scares or dodging Nigerian scammers , he’s jamming out to Manu Chao and writing poems... Infinita Tristeza Manu Chao writes train songs But they don’t roll with Johnny Cash’s smoke-belch ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    Souchin' into Bethlehem

    Greg Wood's latest health scare costs him a few pounds of flesh and almost takes his arm

  • Music

    August 29, 2002

    Wood Redux

    Greg Wood puts his old band and a young heart attack behind him with Ash Wednesday

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Reality Check

    Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.

  • Music

    March 28, 2002

    Flogging Molly

    Friday, March 29

  • News

    October 11, 2001

    Paying the Price

    Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    A Night in the Tub

    An angel named Grace, a doctor who's a real Trip and fresh gore flooding the ER -- the new Ben Taub gets old quick

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Warded Off

    She got into a suspect nursing home. And the probate system got most of her money.

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    November 25, 1999


    Texas Lottery. Let's buy our tickets and bet on the day that Robert Arthur Pearson finally kills himself in public while we all watch

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    September 30, 1999


    American Dreams

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    June 17, 1999
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    October 16, 1997

    Trauma Mama

    Leandra Vilardi works at the city's busiest emergency room. She only wishes it were busier.

  • News

    December 14, 1995

    Getting the Lead Out

    A Mexican folk remedy stymies attempts to cleanse Houston of a heavy metal

  • News

    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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    October 6, 1994

    Psychotic Reaction

    Need emergency psychiatric care in Harris County? Have a seat. Or call a cab.

  • News

    March 24, 1994

    Hermann Park or Parking?

    City and Harris County hospital officials play let's make a deal

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