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  • News

    April 17, 2014

    For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

    While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    There's a Difference Between Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking

    Usually, when someone is smuggled into the country they pay a fee to a coyote. When they are forced here to work, or to pay off a debt with their labor it becomes trafficking. Sometimes it's not clear which one it is until all the facts come to light. And that decision will soon get made after au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Robert Kuhn, the Well-Traveled Islander

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? They say it's difficult t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Cordúa Family's Food and History Come to Life on the Pages

    The Cordúa family recently released their first cookbook after more than 25 years in the Houston restaurant industry. It's the product of years of recipe development melding the food of Nicaragua with the melting pot of Houston cultures. The Cordúa patriarch, Michael Cordúa, is credited with bri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Good Vibes, Good Dogs and Good Coffee

    Good Vibes Party @ Liberty Station Friday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2101 Washington Bravado Spice is at it again with their second Good Vibes Party after the great success of their first fête in July that attracted 300 people. The parties are the brainchild of James Nelson and his partner Jeremiah Taller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    7 Quality Rums To Try For National Rum Day

    Today, August 16, is National Rum Day, and while you might be tempted to partake in a little Captain and Coke or Malibu and pineapple to celebrate, don't reach for that bottle of Bacardi so fast. Rum is actually a complex, incredibly tasty spirit with as many varieties as there are islands in the C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Soccer Notes: Another Setback For Stuart Holden

    So let me give you the good news first. The US Men's National Team was victorious in their CONCACAF Gold Cup Final match this past Sunday. Their 1-0 win over Panama was their fifth cup title, and first since 2007. The one blip on Sunday's victory was the injury to Houstonian and former Dynamo Stua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Dynamo Learn, 'You Can't Win Them All'

    Have you ever been traveling, and you just have this sneaky suspension that you left something in the hotel room? The lads in Orange over at BBVA Compass Stadium might be having that same feeling right about now. Just two weeks ago, they were the proud owners of a 36 home match unbeaten streak. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Coffee Beans Could Be Extinct In 60 Years; Then What?

    If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Unarmed Man, Kenneth Brian Releford, Fatally Shot After Charging Police, HPD Says

    Police fatally shot an unarmed man, Kenneth Brian Releford, early Thursday morning near downtown, following a confrontation when he approached officers with a hand tucked behind his back, police said. This was the second time in three weeks that police gunned down a person who had a suspected ment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Last Night: OFF! & Negative Approach at Warehouse Live

    OFF!, Negative Approach, Power Trip Warehouse Live September 20, 2012 Thursday night, East Downtown was hoppin.' The streets were filled with orange-clad soccer fans ready to watch the Dynamo whip up on El Salvador's C.D. FAS, and the bars on St. Emmanuel St. were doing brisk business. Rewind: Ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Monica de Guzman: Three Kilos Of Heroin In Nine Packages Of Powdered Drink Mix

    Let's see, the three steps of Gatorade greatness in the G Series are 10 Prime, 2) Perform and 3) Recover. In the heretofore unknown H Series, the process also includes 4) Blissfully nodding out to Lou Reed. That's the takeaway we get, anyway, from the arrest and charges filed today against Guatema ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 12, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    El Salvador vs. New Zealand: BBVA's First International Match Ends In A 2-2 draw

    So what do you get when you cross FIFA's 49th-ranked team against its 130th? You get BBVA Compass Stadium's first international soccer match featuring El Salvador and New Zealand. And it didn't disappoint. The 2-2 draw had more goals than either of the Dynamo's first two games at BBVA. A relativel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup, where yours truly is currently racing against an incoming hellstorm-raingasm, and hoping to get this thing completed before the bottom falls out. Will I succeed? The only way to know is to read on. We started the week off right with sushi, sushi, sushi, sushi. Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    East Side Vacation at El Petate: A Guide to Salvadoran Cuisine

    If you're anything like me, pupusas are the first thing that spring to mind when thinking of Salvadoran food. And why not: The fat, round pockets of cheese, beans, meat (and sometimes all three) are like the divine offspring of Mexican quesadillas and gorditas. They're portable and easy to consume, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Cowboy Diaries: Clint Cannon -- Surfer Dude

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Van Halen Announces 2012 Tour On Twitter, Official Site

    Here it is folks, your first stirrings of Van Halen's 2012 tour, long rumored, but now a sweet reality. OK, we won't believe it until we have a tour tee in our hands outside Toyota Center and a sweaty, torn ticket stub in our wallet. Late Sunday night on Twitter, David Lee Roth tweeted a Vimeo and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Seven MS-13 Gang Members Indicted Here

    Three murders, the feds say.​The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the unsealing of indictments for racketeering and murder against seven members of the notorious MS-13 gang, who have been arrested. The USAO says MS-13 is: a criminal organization in Houston that functioned as a unit engaged i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Soccer Notes: Dynamo Look for Intensity; Mexico's Stars Get Ready for Reliant

    ​ The Houston Dynamo locker was quiet following their 2-0 loss Saturday night to the Columbus Crew. Whether it was the loss or the fact that there was no air conditioning in the home locker room, players were quick to leave after the match. Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear went through his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Houston's Best Patios: The 10 Best to Pretend You're On Vacation

    Photo by Taylor LaShaeEl Pueblito, home of Houston's best cabanas.​With patio weather season in full swing, Houstonians are absolutely spoiled for places to enjoy the day outside. And sometimes all you know is that you're in the mood for a patio, but can't figure out where to go. So how do you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Terry Grier Girds His Loins And Wants You to Do the Same

    Photos by Margaret DowningFormer Governor Mark White with Terry Grier​Declaring "we can't afford to press the pause button on our children's education," Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier vowed to continue doing the things he believes have to be done, even if the Texas economy is in the cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Health Dept. Roundup

    ​City health inspectors appeared to focus mainly on taco trucks last week. Here's the lowdown: Antojitos Las Catrachas (6026 Dashwood) was closed temporarily after an October 15 visit found six violations, including some paperwork troubles and potentially hazardous foods being stored at an un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Summer AND Hurricane Season Over For Houston (Unofficially, But We're Going With It)

    We are NOT jinxing anything​Not to jinx anything, but it looks very much like Houston has avoided any real tropical storm experience in what was/is supposed to be the hyperactive hurricane season of 2010.When Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle says so, that's good enough for us. And if we're ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    TRUly Good Booze

    ​Although I have been eating organic for many years, the idea of drinking organic had not really permeated my brain until maybe a year ago. Even then, finding organic spirits was somewhat of a hassle, especially if I wanted something that was actually drinkable and affordable. After visiting w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Carlos Lee Goes AWOL: At Least Someone Noticed

    Carlos Lee: Bats right, throws right, jogs all the time​So the Astros were upset that Carlos Lee missed a voluntary workout in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and as a result, he was benched on Friday night.The puzzling thing is trying to figure out just why it is the Astros were upset. The workout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Palma Garcia Marlen-Beatrice, 30, Bayou Body Count No. 181

    Photo courtesy HCSOWeird, but surprisingly successful, way to kill your wife​Back on May 13, 48-year-old Pedro Cueva-Ferman thought he had come up with the perfect way to get rid of his wife and get clean away with the crime, according to allegations in a probable cause warrant on file at the Harr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    BBQ pit rustlin', eh? Here in Texas, that there's a hangin' offense.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're currently trying to engineer a type of sausage that looks like, tastes like, and has the consistency of soy. Ha ha, wouldn't that be crazy? Nobody says ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010

    David Corbett: Do They Know I'm Running?

    His new novel has been called a "rich, hard-hitting epic"

  • News

    February 4, 2010

    Crash Reports

    Running a red light and killing someone does not automatically mean you're in trouble in Harris County.

  • News

    November 12, 2009

    City of Coffee

    Is Houston about to become America's coffee capital?

  • Culture

    October 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Talking Skirt Steak with Mark Mavrantonis

    Mark Mavrantonis, Director of Culinary Development for Legacy Restaurants, which owns the Original Ninfa's, buys Certified Hereford outside skirt steak for the famous fajitas there. He doesn't hold back in his opinions about fajita meat. "Using inner skirt steak for fajitas is probably okay," he wr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009

    "North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection"

    Get a glimpse into the' growing cache of work from south of the border

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009

    Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America: The Maid

    Filmmakers south of the border enjoy another golden age

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008

    Oscar Romero’s Legacy

    Sister Dianna Ortiz and Bishop Medardo E. Gomez Soto discuss the effect winning the Rothko Chapel’s human rights award had on their lives

  • Dining

    March 27, 2008
  • Calendar

    November 8, 2007

    The Refuge

    Houston’s immigrant community is given a voice in the world premiere of a groundbreaking opera

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2007

    Edgar Bustillos

    Painter draws on past experiences from travel, sports and politics

  • Calendar

    September 6, 2007

    Luis Fernando Roldan

    Sicardi Gallery presents “Drawings”

  • Culture

    April 27, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Culture

    February 23, 2006
  • Film

    April 4, 2002

    Reel Guilty

    The military thriller High Crimes sets a new low for Ashley Judd

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Child Trek

    The devastation of Hurricane Mitch propelled thousands across our southern border in search of new lives in America. And those were just the kids.

  • News

    June 6, 1996
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