Brownsville (Brooklyn)

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Jose Rodriguez-Treto: Baby Seat Tipped Off Cops That He Wasn't A Cop

    There's no bigger thrill, if you're one of these people who like to imitate cops, than to blast on the party lights and blow by some dweebs who have to pull over. (Well, we suppose a bigger thrill for these idiots would be pulling over a drunk, credulous woman with big cleavage, but we digress.) On ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2013

    No Requests

    Five reasons EDM shows are better than rock concerts.

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Kris Kristofferson's Favorite Place on Earth Is In Texas, But Not Houston

    Rocks Off spoke to Kris Kristofferson by phone from his home in Hawaii where he describes living a life as spare and literal as the records he makes with producer Don Was. Twice he told us that he's old, once he told us that he's brain-damaged and then he told us that his favorite place on Earth is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Liquid-Meth-In-The-Shampoo-Bottle Trick Doesn't Work for Women in Brownsville

    You might say that law enforcement personnel assigned to the Brownsville bus station has seen it all, especially with the smuggling (or attempted transportation) of illegal substances. "With the U.S.-Mexico border being right there, there are a lot of drugs on the main highway and in the bus termi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Spare Change: Armed Robbers Hold Up Convenience Store, Net $20

    Police in Brownsville say two armed robbers entered a Stripes Convenience Store on Friday and robbed it at gunpoint. One of the two, wearing a "baby blue sweater with a hood" (aw, cute!), went behind the counter and pointed a gun at the cashier before grabbing about $20 in cash and change from the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    State Criminal Justice System Group: "Texas Failing Traumatized Girls"

    The state's juvenile justice system is failing the girls in its custody, according to a new report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. The findings of a one-day survey of approximately 100 girls at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex suggest that the residents, most of whom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Houston-Bred Attorney Marc G. Rosenthal Wants His Federal Racketeering Trial Moved Here. Let the Circus Begin.

    A Houston-bred attorney from a prominent local family wants to come home for the biggest day of his life: his upcoming 13-count federal racketeering trial. If the feds grant his change of venue request from Brownsville to Houston, Marc G. Rosenthal will bring one of the juiciest legal scandals in Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Robert Hedrick: Airline Owner's Child-Porn Defense Rejected By Jury, Ridiculed By Feds

    Robert Hedrick was the guy who convinced some Brownsville residents he would make the city an international destination through his Pan Am Airlines: flights from Brownsville to Johannesburg! All that came crumbling down when he was arrested for child porn. A jury convicted him yesterday in less tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Luis Gonzalez: Drunk Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Crashes into Taco Shop, Cops Say

    An off-duty Border Patrol agent drunkenly drove his truck into a Brownsville taqueria in the early-morning hours Thursday, police say. Luis Alfredo Gonzalez, 24, faces DWI charges after driving into the popular local eatery called the Ultimo Taco Restaurant, the Brownsville Herald reported. "Gonza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    More Texas Cities Considering Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags

    Brownsville set a trend last year when it became the first city in Texas to ban the use of plastic grocery bags in nearly all consumer settings. Brownsville mayor Pat Ahumada told the New York Times that the ban had eliminated 350,000 plastic bags per day, a decrease that "transformed our city from ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Guillermo Villarreal & Leoncio Sanchez: Buying 17,000 Rounds of Ammo at Academy Stores Will Raise Eyebrows

    If you live in Texas, or much of the South, you've probably heard the bouncy jingle "Academy Sports & Outdoors -- the right stuff, the right price!" This apparently holds true if you're in the market for a ton of ammunition to sneak into Mexico. Guillermo Enrique Villarreal, 37, of Brownsville, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Cops Sexually Abusing Teens Learning to Be Cops

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Sarah Daniel of The Davenport

    It's early on a Friday night at The Davenport , but there's already a pretty decent crowd. The interior is dark, almost romantic, lit by candlelight and a faux fireplace. Throw a bearskin rug on the floor, and I bet some people would forget they're in public. A few folks are still in post-work att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Om Prakash Budha: Faces Prison over Refusals to Fill Out Visa Forms

    Man, Om Prakash Budha, 28, does not want to go back to Nepal. He was nabbed in October 2010 crossing the U.S. border at Brownsville without proper documentation. Fine, you got caught, go home and try again, right? Wrong. "On four separate occasions during a four-month period, Budha steadfastly ref ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    TS Don: And Then, Depression Set In -- Tropical Storm Could Bear Down on Texas by Friday (Updated)

    Courtesy National Hurricane CenterLittle Donnie is getting bigger.​The National Hurricane Center reconnaissance plane found winds strong enough in Invest 90 to declare it the fourth tropical depression tropical storm of the 2011 hurricane season -- their next full report is at 6 p.m. As we m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Rene Huerta Jr.: Guesses Border Cops Will Forget the Secret Ammo-Holding Compartment In His Dashboard, Guesses Wrong

    Hey, it's worth a shot.​It's difficult to say whether Rene Huerta Jr. was ballsy, dumb or maybe forced to do something against his will. But he dodged a huge bullet (ha HA!) in November 2010 when Customs and Border Protection inspected his car as it crossed over from Mexico to Brownsville. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Mexican Pop Singer Fights Rape Allegations, Racism

    ​The latest chapter in Mexican pop singer Kalimba's life saddens us for a number of reasons, but the possibility of never hearing his music again is not one of them. If you haven't heard, while recording his latest album in El Paso, Kalimba was held by the U.S. Border Patrol on suspicion of ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    UT-Brownsville Using Text Message to Warn Students of Violence

    UT-Brownsville: text messaging to fight the drug cartels. ​UT-Brownsville is using a new tactic to keep its students safe from violence across the border: text messaging. Students, faculty and staff at the school are being asked to enter their cell phone numbers in a university database, so whenev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Valley Sheriffs Want To Search Southbound Cars, Too

    Be careful headin' south​Be careful if you're driving south with your guns and life savings. If some sheriffs have their way, county cops could take it all away.Late last week, sheriffs from Cameron County and El Paso County announced that they would love it if deputies started inspecting every ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    People Think A Plastic-Bag Ban Is Terrible, Plastic-Bag Industry Reports

    Brownsville is getting ready to implement a ban on plastic bags in supermarkets, under an ordinance passed earlier this year.You know who doesn't like that? The American Chemistry Council, which we're sure just deals with the wonders of chemistry and how it can improve lives, through the use of, say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Rio Grande Mud: Cops, Mayors and Judges Busted For Corruption, DWI And Whoring All Over Valley

    Froget it, Jake. It's just the Valley​On moving to Miami during that city's Cocaine Cowboy heyday, a friend once described the place thusly: "You are nobody here until you are under indictment."As the frontline for the drug war has shifted from Colombia and South Florida to Mexico and South Texas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Brownsville Chess Teams Get Some National Pub

    HBO provides proof positive chess is a sport​It's been more than two years since the Houston Press wrote about the unlikely success of the collegiate and grade school chess programs in Brownsville, but now the big boys at HBO have caught up and will air a segment Tuesday night about the community' ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2010

    Concrete Dreams

    Preemo paints his masterpiece, but who will wake up to listen?

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Mario Alberto Gasca: Brownsville Teen Confesses To Horrific Puppy Slaughter

    One sick puppy​Mario Alberto Gasca didn't like it when a group of people in his Brownsville neighborhood accused him of burglarizing a nearby house.In fact, the very idea he could be accused of something like that made him furious. How could he best show how much he was misunderstood? How could th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot Are Gonna Forget: Preemo's Concrete Dreams

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email ​ Preemo is an enigmatic, velvet-voiced MC from Brownsville that now lives in Houston. He is both con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    June Trial Set For Brownsville Murder of Barry Horn, '70s Houston's Answer To Truman Capote

    Photo courtesy Nueces County SOErnesto Martinez​A June trial date has been set for the suspect in the Brownsville murder of Barry Horn, a former Channel 13 TV news personality who was at the time of his death the executive director of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.The 59-year-old Horn, once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    PETA Be Buggin' About Blinged-Out Border Beetle

    Photo courtesy CBP​Contraband along the Texas-Mexico border flows both ways. Drugs tend to come north. Desperados on the lam tend to flow south. But every now and then there's a novelty like this woman and her strange pet. The Brownsville Herald picks up the tale: It wasn't marijuana, co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    "Weird" and Proud, Preemo Understands the Meaning of "Hustle Town"

    ​ We think "Weird Al" Yankovic screwed it up for everybody. There aren't lots of times you can use the word "weird" in a good way. That's one of those words we need to take back, on the real, because when you put "weird" into the right context it can be a positive thing - a differentiator from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    "Paper Or Plastic": You Won't Be Hearing That In Brownsville Anymore

    ​Brownsville is never going to be confused with Portland, San Franciscio or some other bucolic tree-hugging liberal city, but it's home to just as many crunchy ecological activists as any yurt-living commune, apparently.Yesterday its version of the city council voted to ban merchants from usin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Mexican Marmalade

    ​My friend Ed Cooper is a financial consultant. I was hoping for a hot stock tip for Christmas, but instead he gave me Mexican fruits. Ed grew up in Brownsville eating these Conserva Valdez conserves. They are fairly unusual-looking, but quite good. The orange conserves contain big pieces of o ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 18, 2009

    Not So Clear Cut

    What are you really eating when you order fajitas in a Tex-Mex restaurant?

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Swine Flu Death In Mystery Hospital

    The first case of a death from swine flu has been reported -- and it's here in Houston.Of course, it's not exactly a Houstonian who, say, was attending an elementary school in HISD. It was an infant, born in Mexico, who got sick in Brownsville and was transported to Houston and died in a hospital he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    UT Actually Makes The Final Four For Once: In Chess, And In Brownsville

    While UT barely made it out of the first round in this year's college basketball tournament, a lesser known member of the state university system was playing in the Final Four ... of chess.UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College wiped the geek right off the faces of the players from Stanford to claim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Texans Throw Parties for Michael Chertoff and He's Not Invited

    Local South Texas officials didn't like Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff too much to begin with and then when he pushed forward with the border wall despite every political and ecological plea they could make, the dislike morphed into something very akin to hatred. That hasn't passed, apparentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Border Patrol Amps It Up This Weekend

    At midnight on Saturday, the U.S. Border Patrol launches "Operation River Freedom Denial," a response to several clashes between agents and drug smugglers this week along the border. The operation will move more agents to the Brownsville and McAllen areas, to assist sheriffs' departments and local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Aldine ISD Is The Susan Lucci Of The Broad Prize, Again

    Remember, Aldine -- it's an honor just to be nominated. It's an honor just to be nominated. It's an honor just to be nominated. That's what school district officials will have to keep repeating to themselves as once again they have been denied the $1 million Broad Prize in Urban Education. For the ... More >>

  • News

    April 10, 2008

    Chess Masters at UT-Brownsville

    An open-admissions university has become a national powerhouse in the collegiate game.

  • News

    January 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    It’s All About Location

    The New York Times has a warmhearted story today entitled “Quebec and Vermont Towns Bond Over a Sleepy Border” that highlights the wonderful towns of Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec that butt up against each other on either side of the U.S.-Canada border. Accompanying the story is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2007

    Packing Meat

    One morning in March, the world's forces of globalization, migration and economic inequity collided in a split second on the balcony of a Best Western in the Texas Panhandle. There, bubbling away outside the doors of three motel rooms, was a line of Crock Pots. Beside one was a small, dark man squat ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 15, 2007

    Who Is Sylvia?

    A chef who loves Karl's on the Riverbend and Freddie Fender

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2007

    Just a Taste

    In this week's Chef Special, Sylvia Casares-Copeland, chef and owner of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, answers a few burning questions, including: What are you sick of? "People who put down Tex-Mex! I grew up in Brownsville. And I am proud to be cooking the food that I grew up eating. When people tell ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 27, 2006
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    March 6, 2003
  • News

    July 5, 2001


    Off the "X", Beaching Out, The Low Down

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    The Bored Patrol

    Border Patrol agents in South Texas contend they are getting paid to stay put as illegal immigrants go around them. Is this how the much-hyped crackdown along the Rio Grande is supposed to work?

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    January 1, 1998
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