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    September 19, 2014

    Ex-Jailer Fired After Inmate Death Sues to Get Job Back

    A Harris County detention officer fired in the wake of an inmate death is suing Sheriff Adrian Garcia and the Civil Service Commission in a bid to get his job back. Christopher Taylor claims that he was unfairly singled out, because two other officers fired after the 2011 incident were later rehire ... More >>

  • Music

    November 28, 2013

    The Last Dance for Blanco's: Houston's Only Old-School Honky-Tonk Closes Its Doors

    After 31 years, the River Oaks bar and music venue says good-bye.

  • News

    November 14, 2013

    The San Jose Clinic Is Here to Take Care of Those Left Behind by the Texas Health-Care Debate

    Even after the Affordable Care Act, tens of thousands of Texans have no medical coverage. That is why the San Jose Clinic in Midtown still exists.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Elderly Local Bluesmen I.J. Gosey, Little Joe Washington Both Ailing

    Two of Houston's last surviving bluesmen have recently suffered significant health setbacks, according to members of the blues community. Guitarist I.J. Gosey, once a member of the session crew that produced a slew of R&B standards for Houston's Duke/Peacock records in the '50s and early '60s, has ... More >>

  • News

    July 25, 2013

    Getting Stuck: Uninsured Patients Slammed with Lawsuits by Not-for-Profit Hospital

    Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.

  • News

    April 4, 2013

    Poverty at UH

    Teaching fellows looking for raises.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Guys Driving In Car Flag Down Ambulance, Drop Off A Near-Dead Body & Hit The Road

    A Galveston-based ambulance was driving along the South Loop about 4: 30 yesterday afternoon when a small black SUV pulled up alongside. As the vehicles continued along, the driver and passenger of the SUV managed to convey the message that they needed the ambulance to pull over ASAP, which it did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Lluvia Paloma Rodriguez: Sister Sticks Nose Into Her Business, and She Bites It Off, Police Say

    After a long night in the clubs back in July, Ivon Rodriguez, her sister Lluvia and Lluvia's husband returned to a Spring Branch area apartment. There, according to an HPD affidavit, an altercation ensued, with Lluvia and her husband the initial combatants. Ivon attempted to intervene, but Lluvia d ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    August 9, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    Stephanie Irene Santana, Allegedly Drunk & Pregnant: Clubhouse Leader in Bad Mom of The Year Stakes

    Houston police say that 20-year-old pregnant mother Stephanie Irene Santana was drunk early this morning when she left her infant in the car to go get a body piercing at a North Freeway tattoo parlor. Whew. Let's unpack that sentence, shall we... Drinking underage is against the law, so there's th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Brandon Marquis Bryant, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 53

    A man was shot to death on a south Houston street Tuesday afternoon, Houston police say. Brandon Marquis Bryant, 28, was sitting in his car with the door open in the 3700 block of Alice about 4:30 p.m., police say. "At some point, Bryant was shot by one or possibly two unknown male suspects," HPD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Courtney Dickerson's Reaction to Break-Up: Rape, Two Kidnappings & Suicide

    It's safe to say 22-year-old Courtney Elton Dickerson didn't take the break-up of his relationship well. So he scarred three lives and ended his own. Police say Dickerson had been going out with a woman until last week. Thursday he abducted her, raped her and then dropped her off at her job. She im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Micheal McClain, 21, Bayou Body Count No. 37

    A man was shot to death on the east side Wednesday night during an argument, police say. Micheal M. McClain, 21, was shot in an apartment in the 600 block of Maxey Road about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say he had been visiting the apartment with two other males when an altercation began. "McClai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Unidentified Male Killed Over Stolen Rims, 22, Bayou Body Count No. 27

    A man whose tire rims were stolen confronted the man who did it and ended up dead, police say. HPD says the 22-year-old man, whose name has not been released, had his tire rims stolen Sunday by Demontrion Terrell Albert, 24. "Investigators determined Albert stole the male's car earlier in the day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Rodrigo Rodriguez Carranza, 31, Bayou Body Count No. 25

    A Greenspoint robbery turned into murder Saturday night, police say. Rodrigo Rodriguez Carranza, 31, was sitting in a car with his brother at an apartment complex at 90 Northpoint about 10:15 p.m. when "when they were approached by two male suspects who attempted to rob them," HPD says. "During the ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 29, 2011

    Lost in Space

    "Visionary" artists share their universe at The Menil Collection.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Two Unidentified Victims Of Alleged Drunk Driver, Bayou Body Count Nos. 182 & 183

    Driving drunk at 8 a.m. Sunday, cops say​A 20-year-old man has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter after a weekend accident. The identities of Eric Quiroz' victims have not been released pending verification by the medical examiner. Police say Quiroz was driving a black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Singer's Health Scare Prods Horseshoe Reunion

    Artwork via Horseshoe on Facebook​With a band reunion facing him in a little less than three weeks, Greg Wood is just happy to be here. "Man, I had that heart attack when I was 35 and I never figured I'd ever see 47, but here I sit," he gestures expansively around the twilight Sunday scene at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Houston Restaurant and Bar Industry Rallies for One of Its Own

    FacebookLinda Salinas, before shaving her mustache.​Linda Salinas is a talented sommelier and bartender. She's worked at and with some of Houston's best bars and restaurants: Voice, Anvil, Branch Water Tavern, Bootsie's, Beaver's, 13 Celsius and Kata Robata. She is a fixture within the industr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Things You Should Know Before You Start A Band

    ​A few weeks back we asked our round table what advice they would give other bands in town. Their answers ranged from solidly DIY nuggets from April Brem Patrick to smart business ethos from Andrew Karnavas. Now Rocks Off even feels like we could be in a band. Our powerviolence/noise project ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Sarahi Rosales Gutierrez, 19, Bayou Body Count No. 251

    Teen shot "without provocation"​A teenager who was chatting with friends was shot "without provocation" by one of the group and has died, Houston police say.Sarahi Rosales Gutierrez, 19, was in a driveway in the 200 block of Tallant on the northside about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, visiting with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Obama Birth Certificate: San Antonio Demands The Truth, Via Billboard

    Dude, where's the birth certificate?​While the mainstream media continues to perpetuate the myth that Barack Hussein Obama is American as apple pie and waterboarding, one publication has been brave enough to answer the single-most important and totally unanswered question of our times: Where's the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Benito Pantoja, 24: Bayou Body Count No. 146

    Aussies know what's up with tips​Would you get killed over a tip jar?Benito Pantoja, 24, did, and it was a tip jar from a taco truck. Which means it was either the world's most tip-happy bunch of taco fans, or no matter what the amount in the jar, the taco-truck owner takes tips, very, very seriou ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Ronald Keith Foreman, 21, Bayou Body Count No. 129

    Shoot-out in broad daylight at the Marq-E​A drug deal gone bad in the parking lot of the Marq-E entertainment complex resulted in the death of a 21-year-old man.Houston police say Ronald Keith Foreman and Glenn Earl Hickman, 26, "met with two male suspects in the parking lot of the Marq-E Entertai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Little Joe Washington Hospitalized In Ben Taub ICU

    [Updated at 2:33 p.m. with information from Reg Burns, who saw Joe at the hospital Monday and has more information on his condition.] Mark Britain Little Joe Washington at House of Blues, May 8, 2010​Little Joe Washington is in the intensive care unit of Ben Taub Hospital after undergoing e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Donald Ray Spencer: Tiny Terror Tries To Grab Cop's Gun After Burglary Bust

    Photo courtesy HCSOSmall, but feisty​It's a cliché, but criminals come in all shapes and sizes.On Saturday night, the Houston Police Department picked up 20-year-old Donald Ray Spencer for burglary of a habitation, a felony.Evidently Spencer did not go down without a fight, because he is also cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: A Cold Case Solved

    ​After 15 long years, Houston police detectives believe they've finally found their man. Michael Deshawn Winfrey, 36, has been charged with capital murder for allegedly shooting a man who was protecting his son at a pay phone at 6603 Fuqua on April 24, 1994.Police say Jeffrey Brown, 30, was drivin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Terrible Tragedy, In A Lexus

    Just before 4 pm Tuesday, according to Houston police, Pedro Enrique-Garcia Rosabal, 34, called his wife to say he'd just picked their two kids up from summer school and was going to kill them. Turns out Rosabal made good on his threat, shooting his 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son with a .380 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: The Handyman Goes Wild

    It was the case of a handyman gone wild. Harris County deputies began investigating the murder of Elizabeth Ann Williams, 66, after her body was discovered inside her home at 3618 Treaschwig on March 28. Williams had been stabbed and beaten. On Monday, detectives say, they finally got their man. New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    The Most Dangerous Game: Man Vs. Metro

    Photo by Mike GiglioLomax, keeping to his strict warm-up regimen for the big raceIt was to be the ultimate contest between man and machine. Hair Balls announced in earnest at this afternoon's staff meeting its plans to sample the new 402 Quickline Bellaire, which was unveiled by Metro on Friday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Gazing Ahead into 2009, Part 2

    [Note: see here for Rocks Off's previous prognostications.]   U2 (March) Best Case Scenario: Armed with the backing of Live Nation, they release their best album in over a decade and Bono shuts his face as they sell out Reliant Stadium in two minutes. Worst Case Scenario: The recession (fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Houston Zoo No Longer Free On Labor Day

    The Houston Zoo is a victim of its own success. Every year the Zoo sets aside several days for free admission, usually including Labor Day. But more than 30,000 people swarmed the Zoo last Labor Day, making for a hot, crowded, not-so-much-fun-after-all experience. So, no more free Labor Day. Now yo ... More >>

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    April 2, 2008
  • News

    July 12, 2007

    The Fantastic Foreskin

    Circumcised men are employing weights and pulleys to cover themselves back up

  • News

    July 28, 2005

    Staying Safe

    Another approach to drug trials

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    May 12, 2005
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    September 30, 2004

    On the Case

    Our new TV series is ready to roll

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Bloodless Coup

    There'll be no waivers for patients in this experimental blood-substitute program

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    Fresh Starts

    For two Houston politicos, 2003 brings big changes

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Greg Wood

    Ash Wednesday (Stag)

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Music

    April 11, 2002

    Back To Basics

    Steven Van Zandt is dedicated to garage rock

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Turn The Beat Around

    Long before DJ Screw, Darryl Scott was Houston's mixmaster, spinning records that eventually spun him into the ground. A reformed Scott has a new rap these days - the word of God.

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Nowhere to Land

    Crisis care for the mentally ill crumbles under the weight of not enough money, too much beauracracy

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    No Miracle on Main Street

    A homeless woman's plight highlights the harsh realities for the disabled poor

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    December 26, 1996
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    October 17, 1996
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    April 4, 1996

    Ana's Angel

    Jay Hamburger rushed in where others feared to tread ... only to find that no good deed goes unpunished

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    December 16, 1993
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