CPS hands off kids to placement companies who send the kids to foster families. Something goes wrong, for example, a 13-year-old girl says she's been raped, and accountability vanishes along the way.
One of the biggest debates in Texas has nothing to do with sports or politics or even barbecue. It's about ice cream. Blue Bell versus H-E-B's Creamy Creations. There is many a wonderful thing to be said about Blue Bell ice cream. It's the third-best-selling ice cream brand in the country (despite ... More >>
Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour closes out this year's rodeo.
"Pancho and Lefty" long ago became more than just a song and something closer to a pop-culture touchstone, particularly in Texas and the Southwest. According to Urbanspoon, you can even dine at Pancho & Lefty's Tex-Mex restaurant in St. George, Utah. Unforgivably, it charges separately for chips and ... More >>
Chris Williams Lucille's 5512 La Branch Tel: (713) 568-2505 www.lucilleshouston.com This is Part 1 of a three-part Chef Chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. Tucked away in the Museum District on La Branch near the Children's Museum, Lucille's is one of the ... More >>
As the recent weather has proved, there's no better time to be outdoors in Texas than fall. In springtime, there's always that lingering knowledge that summer is right around the corner, so this time of year there's nothing else to look forward to but Santa Claus. It's also harvest time, and the tho ... More >>
Black cowboys didn't get to the big show in Houston by the most direct route, but they made it all the same.
While the trail riders rode into town last Friday, you could be riding out one weekend soon to hit one of Texas's 11 wine trails just as the bluebonnets are beginning to bloom this spring. The fifth most productive wine-producing state in the nation, Texas features more than 200 vineyards wi ... More >>
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
If Chainsaws, Slackers and Spy Kids sounds like a titillating title for a book, it's only because the book itself deals with some of the most provocative indie films in recent cinematic history - many of them made by Texas-born filmmakers. The book is the work of Alison Macor, former film cr ... More >>
Graeter's ice cream -- the only delicious food to come out of Cincinnati (we're looking at you and your abominable bastardization of a perfectly good dish, Cincinnati "chili") -- has been a favorite among dessert fans since its creation in the 1920s. Spanning four generations, the ... More >>
Sex offenders have rights too. Don’t they? At least one Missouri City woman who was convicted of a sex crime is out to prove just that in court after being fired from her job at Wal-Mart. Rebecca Vlasek, 37, claims that Wal-Mart fired her and more than 800 registered sex offenders, in line ... More >>
Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School
In Somerville, chances are far better than normal that you will die of cancer or give birth to a deformed baby
Doug Supernaw's long, sad spiral
Where to celebrate New Year's Eve 2006
Where to celebrate New Year's Eve 2006
Full pads, full contact, no slackers allowed
Talking jazz with Dave Marcellin
The former kingmaker is back, sort of
It's not too late to keep the Hammer
Meth users are really proDuctive, sExy, hAppy anD slim
Parents plead with the state not to shut down the state schools for the mentally retarded. But it looks like a done deal.
Starbucks tries to step on the start-up of Starbock beer
Michael and Nandy Berry are world-class charmers. But what's really behind those two smiles?
Robert Casey told on Constable Perry Wooten. Wooten fired him. Now Casey and two other people are suing to get their jobs back.
Plus: So-So What, Right with Wong, Love Lessons
County prosecutors and the sheriff target a controversial judge
Businessman Michael Shelton thought he had beaten the system. Then he learned the legislature can be as unpredictable as the salt domes where he wants to store toxic waste.
Luke and Rachel Watson have lost most of their sight. They eventually will lose all motor skills. Their parents are losing sleep -- do the adults tell their kids they're dying of Batten disease?
After riding with the majors, born loner Darden Smith learns it's easier to drive yourself
Chuck Colson and his evangelical Christians team up with a local prison for a divine intervention program
Bound for the World Wrestling Federation or not, these folks learn to take their lumps at Texas All-Star Wrestling
Lyndon's Pit Bar-B-Q serves an excellent approximation of the real thing
Marshall Ball can't talk. So he listens to God. Everyone else listens to Marshall.
From blues rock to punk, Fitzgerald's plays what it must to survive
Judge to O'Quinn, O'Quinn to rehab and Bishop to Dock
Go to the Austin Hill Country and meet some folks who are taking Y2K very seriously
It couldn't happen inside a nice suburban school like Jersey Village High ... could it?
Gayland Randle was there the night Paul Broussard was murdered, but he never laid a hand on the victim. So why is Randle doing 15 years in prison?
To animal control, Pedro was ring-tailed vermin. To Jimmy Vonderglotz, he was a friend.
APV is more than his home. It's his life. No wonder he can't let it go without one final struggle.
A gray November day spent in the gray world of the inmates and staff of the Texas State prison for women