A bevvy of local organizations, including the Houston Parks Board and Trees for Houston, will receive $308,000 each, after a state probate judge approved the settlement of businessman James Martin Hill Jr.'s estate. Hill, who "established a successful home building company," died in 2010, but an ag ... More >>
If there's one think Steven Hotze has thought long and hard about, it's sex between a man and a boy. As elder statesman of Houston's homophobic right-wingnutters, the doctor (we use that term loosely) wants everyone to know what will happen if the gays aren't forced back into the closet where they ... More >>
In a time before Houston was overly infested with sprawl, when portions of downtown were dripping with decay, mechanical bull-riding mesmerized crowds at Gilley's, and police violence regularly marred neighborhoods, bands like Vex, peppered with heavy duty politics, the "plague" of punk, and bruisin ... More >>
WHO KILLED THE SUN FAMILY? $70,000 REWARD. You'll be seeing that on billboards in the Houston area and in other parts of the state since investigators still can't tell us what happened to a Cypress family found murdered inside their Fosters Creek Drive home. While the shock from the murder has su ... More >>
It all ends not with a whimper, but a dick joke.
Update: The Boy Scouts of America responded to our request for a comment with a written explanation on their stance on the issue from Deron Smith, public relations director for Boy Scouts of America: "We respect the deeply held religious beliefs of all of our members. We're finding that when peopl ... More >>
The Boy Scouts have finally lifted their ban on including gay members within their ranks. While gay Scout leaders are still barred, young men will be allowed in regardless of orientation. For the sane among us, this is a cause for celebration. For Gov. Rick Perry, however, this is a sign of falteri ... More >>
I don't think there are many out there that would say Rick Perry is unprincipled. The epithets are plenty, and his mistakes are many, but there are few that would claim that Perry is anything approaching the slippery flip-floppery of Mitt Romney. He's a man of his word. Thus, when Rick Perry, flyin ... More >>
A conservative group called "Texas Values" is taking a new approach in the battle to make sure that no Lone Star boy scout ever, ever gets cooties from being near a gay person -- the group is circulating a letter urging the Boy Scouts of America to reject gay scouts, it's getting elected officials t ... More >>
Since 1919 the Boy Scouts of America has maintained a database of "ineligible volunteers." Known informally as "the perversion files," the database contains the name of 5,000 men and a few women who have been expelled from the BSA because of allegations of sexual abuse of children. Last week a grou ... More >>
A campaign, spearheaded by an ousted den mother, is gaining some momentum as it picks up the support of board members of the Boy Scouts. Jennifer Tyrrell, a gay mother from Bridgeport, Ohio, was no longer allowed to be a den mother in April of last year. Tyrrell started a petition on Change.org that ... More >>
Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.
What could go wrong with young kids learning to be cops by hanging with them as they do their jobs? Lots, according to this week's cover story. The Explorer program is administered by Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. Teenage girls and boys take part all over the ... More >>
2. Rick Springfield is a stone cold sex fiend... In recent years, many musicians have put down their instruments (at least temporarily) and picked up the computer keyboard to produce some pretty revelatory memoirs. And in one case, perhaps too revelatory - Billy Joel recently pulled the plug ... More >>
Hookers in Pecan Grove. Who knew?Apparently, pecans weren't the only nuts hanging in the Richmond, Texas suburb of Pecan Grove. Authorities based both there and here in Houston say that 37-year-old Robin Jeanette Jordan, a.k.a. "Lianna," has been involved in an Internet-based prostitution r ... More >>
Craig HlavatyEditor's Pick: Grandfather Child. It was a good year for the blues all around - the Black Keys' well-deserved radio breakthrough with Brothers; Lightnin' Hopkins' long-overdue historical marker in Third Ward - but Lucas Gorham's crew is a razor-sharp reminder that the best blues ... More >>
NO chit-chat with the critic, pleaseDouglas Britt is the arts critic of the Houston Chronicle who, somewhat recently, was also ordered to shoulder part of the paper's society coverage.As a result, he's apparently desperate to manage his time better. So he wrote a 1,400-word memo to arts instituti ... More >>
Those poor, unsuspecting mindsRemember the glorious fall of 2009, when the right-wing universe exploded in paranoid fear that President Obama was going to give a speech to schoolkids? Just like his Republican predecessors had?Talk radio frothed, politicians shouted and school districts scrambled ... More >>
Around noon on February 11, an unidentified Beaumont man -- a horny one, by the sound of this report -- was patrolling the city's southside streets in his SUV, looking for action.He found it in the form of 26-year-old Renee Denise Stoker, who likely didn't advertise the fact that she had been arr ... More >>
Two weeks ago today, in an nearly all-but-exclusive report, Hair Balls broke the story of the ongoing bat invasion of Texas schools and courthouses.At the time, the winged mammals had seized control of two schools in Clear Lake and one each in Chambers and Matagorda counties. They had also staked ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyNorth of Houston, outside the small town of Montgomery, there is a house where lobos in limbo live, the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary. The sanctuary, a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers, aims to provide a permanent home to captive-born wolves and wolf-dog ... More >>
It's barely a week into 2010, and we still find ourselves writing 2009 on invoices and checks. We can't seem to shake that last quasi-awful year out of our heads. It seemed like one of the most interminable years we had ever had the bittersweet pleasure to find ourselves mired in. Little wonder t ... More >>
Stacy McLady or true superstar?
Up soars in entirely unexpected ways.
Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead
Have you heard about the future according to right-wing freakies Focus on the Family? According to FOF, it will be bleak, full of gays running everything and the Boy Scouts banished from the Earth (along with the Pledge of Allegiance). This is all according to a “Letter from 2012” that Focus p ... More >>
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