A Texas appeals court has ruled the state can't ban "improper photography" in public places, striking down a sweeping law that criminalized photos taken in public "with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person." Like many free speech battles, the underlying case that trigger ... More >>
We - and, judging by the email, nearly every other newspaper in the state - got a very perplexing message in our inbox yesterday from a brand new political action group calling itself the "Medical and Personal Freedom PAC." The message starts by pointing out how Texas feels mighty far behind on the ... More >>
Kimberly Humphrey of South Carolina had a simple and noble goal: She wanted to start a nonprofit group, Teens of Power, to "encourage [t]eens to continually excel in their personal lives and environment." The dream got derailed, she says, when she entrusted a Houston woman to incorporate the group ... More >>
Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.
The old AstroWorld site, the Dallas Country Club, Valero refineries in the San Antonio and Port Arthur areas, and Western Refinery out in El Paso are a handful of high-end properties that have ditched millions of dollars in property taxes to the detriment of school districts, firefighters and emerge ... More >>
We don't know how 17-month-old Tristen Rivet died. Neither does the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. The problem is, that medical examiner once thought she knew how Rivet died. Patricia Moore believed the toddler was murdered. And Moore testified to that effect in a Montgomery County c ... More >>
Justin Carter said he would "shoot up a kindergarten," but is that a "terroristic threat" according to Texas law?
When we last met David Ringo Avalos, a San Antonio contractor with a history of civil judgments against him for ripping people off, as well as an open warrant for assault out of El Paso, the Bexar County District Attorney's Office had finally taken an interest in the complaints of all the people who ... More >>
Three resident artists put on a strong group show.
KSATJust walk away, Cal DayThe Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of a San Antonio dermatologist indicted last month on two counts of sexually assaulting patients -- but what really got our attention is the part where he ordered an employee to stick a laser hair-removal device "int ... More >>
Road trip...to higher insurance rates.There's nothing like being a teen behind the wheel in summer. You've got your music blasting, you at least imagine the top's down, and the world is yours. Plus, if you're in Harris County, you have the added excitement of crashing at almost any moment. ... More >>
Ana Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis: Sat., Aug. 20. Toyota Center. Ben Sollee: Thu., July 21. Fitzgerald's. Bexar County Bastards, Hell City Kings, Southbound Saints: Fri., June 10. Rudyard's. Black Congress, Milk Music, Chest Pain: Tue., June 7. Rudyard's. Bob Schneider: Sat., July 23. Hou ... More >>
Dude seriously likes his beer.Urban Dictionary defines the term "wahoo" like this: "To approach the alcohol isle calmly, grab a case of beer and run the hell out like there's no tomorrow." San Antonio's Santiago Martinez Jr. is the King of the Wahoo, or "El Rey del Guaju," if you're feeling ... More >>
Adolescents, Lower Class Brats: Sat., Jan. 1. Walter's On Washington. A.J. Croce: Thu., Feb. 10. McGonigel's Mucky Duck. Amos Lee: Sat., Feb. 12. House of Blues. Black Angels: Wed., Nov. 17. Cactus Music & Video. Cradle Of Filth, Nachtmystium, Turisas, Daniel Lioneye: Tue., Feb. 1. Wareh ... More >>
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
Photo from Bexar County SORaymond Garcia: You'll never crack me, copperThere are ways to respond to police when you're being questioned about possibly sexually abusing a kid. Defense lawyers would probably not suggest using Raymond Garcia's template.Garcia, 24, was identified in a police lineup b ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a report about state prison populations, and Texas was one of six states with large decreases in the number of people incarcerated. These numbers continue, the report says, "the trend of slower growth observed in the prison population since 2 ... More >>
There was a lot that puzzled us about this sordid little tale out of San Antonio.Bexar County deputies raided an adult video theater and arrested three men Thursday evening after they were seen performing sexual acts on themselves, officials said. Jose Valenzuela, 51, Alvie W. Baird, 83, and Rey ... More >>
UPDATE: San Antonio's Channel 5 reports that the mystery female tenant is Moore's approximately 40-year-old daughter. It's like a modern-day Texas version of one of the Canterbury Tales...Old men cling to younger women at their own peril.Septuagenarian William Moore awoke in the wee hours of ... More >>
Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.
It's officially a disaster! The TV weathercasters always get rapped for over-hyping approaching hurricanes, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not shy about jumping the gun. From Austin, he's already declared the counties of Harris, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grime ... More >>
The DA doesn't make deals. And that's why Jesus Salazar is living the free life in Venezuela while a teenage girl lies dead, stabbed 26 times.
A contractor convicted of theft and facing additional charges bounces around Texas till he hits Houston
There's a lot of money to be made in adoptions. Jennalee Ryan moved to Texas to continue doing that.
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions
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.
She's here. She's queer. The neighbors are used to it.
Christie Lee Littleton's chromosomes nullified her marriage, but paved the way for a groundbreaking one
A federal lawsuit accuses the county of upping the pressure for guilty pleas
Undertaker Jay Herman shot his lover, Edwina Prosen, to death in 1991. That's the only thing he and her family have agreed on since.
Since Dr. Joe retired as Harris Countys chief medical examiner, the morgue itself has been undergoing a critical examination. Whats been uncovered botched postmortems, illegal tissue-harvesting, double-dipping pathologists reveals a county office thats op
Double dipping, understaffing plague the M.E.'s office
Could castration cure Larry McQuay of his urge to molest children? He thinks it can, and wants the state to nueter him. Others would just like to neutralize him.