A former local youth minister has been arrested in New York City, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl at the local church where he once worked. Police in New York arrested 33-year-old Jude Ramdial on charges of sexual assault of a child last week after the local victim reported the alleged ... More >>
After a series of storms in March 2012, John Bonta is sorting through the wreckage on his Highlands ranch, 20 miles west of Houston. He's just gotten home from work when his wife, Pam, asks him to help her pick up a portion of the fence that had fallen during the night. He doesn't wait for her, thin ... More >>
Jose Figueroa is still dancing. The Channelview high-school teacher we told you about earlier this month, whose goal was not only to dance to live music every single night for a solid year but also to make a documentary film about it, says he's not much closer to recovering the equipment that was st ... More >>
We're not terribly strict about most things having to do with the environment around here. Maybe it's because we're living on the carcinogenic coast, or maybe it's because that's just not how things go in the Lone Star State, or maybe both. But when a company is spitting out enough chemical smells a ... More >>
PETA pisses a lot of people off with their efforts to sway meat eaters to a vegetarian diet. The controversial campaigns often draw attention for their outlandishness. One particular approach, however, generally irritates no one, and that is the ad campaign featuring hot people, usually actors or mo ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.
If this week's roundup of openings and closings had a theme song, it would be "Movin' On Up" from The Jeffersons. Pico's Mex-Mex is doing just that, by vacating its old Bellaire location to move into the recently closed Maggie Rita's at Richmond and Kirby. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook broke ... More >>
Picking the 10 best tacos in Houston is something akin to picking the most beautiful women in Texas. There are far too many options to do any justice by limiting the list to just 10. Instead of trying to pack the list with an arbitrary top 10, I spent the past three weeks pilfering other taco list ... More >>
Click 2 Houston is passing on a weather report warning of possible funnel clouds this morning in Fort Bend County. The report says that rapidly developing thunderstorms coupled with "a very buoyant atmosphere" will lead to funnel clouds. Their report follows:
Taqueria offers al pastor-style meat cooked on a classic trompo.
Around 800 hotel owners have plans to descend on BP's headquarters along I-10 West today, condemning a recent proposed settlement between the embattled monolith and thousands of business owners because, apparently, they weren't invited to the get-lots-of-money-from-papa-BP party. A U.S. district j ... More >>
In this week's cafe review of Northside restaurant Taqueria La Macro, which specializes in tacos de trompo, we take a brief look at the history of the trompo itself, which I was excited to find in Houston proper: And sure enough, sitting right there in the open kitchen surrounded by sanitation-main ... More >>
Local oil, gas and chemical inspectors have been getting jipped out of overtime wages, according to a collective action lawsuit that was recently granted approval by a judge in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas. According to the suit, employees for Houston-based Intertek USA ... More >>
Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man who told friends he had beaten and burned a prostitute for ripping him off. Garrick "Joker" Hastings said the woman had robbed him of $6,000, so he had her kidnapped and taken to a Channelview trailer where he beat "the prostitute with a metal rod, tied her up ... More >>
Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.
In the recent critically acclaimed movie Drive, dreamy heartthrob Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. He has some simple rules that the crooks hiring him must follow. For example, there is a very narrow window of time when Gosling's character will remain on the sc ... More >>
Eliseo Gonzalez says he's not a member of this choirFederal investigators were looking into a members-only web message board dealing with child pornography and noticed one enthusiastic user named "panchovilla." They eventually traced panchovilla to a Channelview arrest, which happened to be ... More >>
Gas station sushi from Natto: better than you expected, huh?I read yesterday's Bon Appetit article on "Undercover Grub: Great Food in Surprising Places" with interest, hoping to catch a glimpse of a Houston restaurant in amongst the soda fountains and airport terminals. I was disappointed to ... More >>
View 100 Favorite Dishes: The 2011 Edition in a larger map Now that it's been a little over a week since we wrapped up this year's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes, you've hopefully had a chance to digest some of the dishes on the map -- and I mean that both literally and figuratively. I know at lea ... More >>
Photos Angelina County JailApril Peeples in front of the cameras again.It sounds like May 17 was a busy day for Angelina County sheriff Kent Henson. While he was at the scene of a meth lab bust, his radio crackled with news of a burglary in progress nearby, so he hopped in his car and sped of ... More >>
Catching catfish as a kid with our ranch hand, Billy Garrett.The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is about to give Houstonians another activity at their local parks: fishing. Now, plenty of folks already fish at parks around Houston. My personal favorite spot is at River Terrace Pa ... More >>
Photo by Abrahan GarzaThe re-reckoningThe forecasters got everything right about the big snowstorm that hit us last week, except for the fact it didn't include snow. It did include plenty of dangerous icy road conditions, though. Get ready: The sequel is here. It's been drizzling all day an ... More >>
The announcements of closings due to the anticipated winter storm are beginning to roll in, the most significant so far being HISD closing all its schools and offices tomorrow. We'll be keeping a list of what's closed and updating it throughout the day, so check back frequently for news. Our ... More >>
Houston Kid Rodney Crowell learns to "fail better."
County attorney steps in where TCEQ won'tIt's no secret that when it comes to penalizing industrial plants for violating their emissions permits and endangering public health, TCEQ (the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) is not a very tough sheriff. The state regulatory agency rarely take ... More >>
You know what's shocking?You go out to appear on The Jerry Springer Show, and you get involved in a fight where police are called.That's like going to see a Michael Bay movie and -- instead of the insightful character study you were expecting -- there's a bunch of explosions.An unnamed Housto ... More >>
It took three years and officers from at least five different law enforcement agencies, but it looks like they finally nabbed the ATM crooks who used and then left fork-lifts behind as an odd sort of a calling card.The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced today that three brothers - Mark, Melvin ... More >>
Other school districts have sat around on their hands, helpless while HISD gets all the great pub that comes with a having a string of teachers and administrators get arrested for drugs.Channelview represent!DA Kenneth Magidson announced today that a Channelview teacher (and assistant football coach ... More >>
Sometimes it seems like organizations that want to protect Americans from terrorism end up doing all the terrorists' research for them. The Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank headed by John Podesta, formerly Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff, has compiled a handy guide to the nation' ... More >>
City Councilwoman (and ex-tribal member) Jolanda "Jo" Jones heads up a local, one-day version of the hit television series
If you need ice or MREs you're probably not checking a blog, but in case a friend or relative out of the area is checking and can pass on the info, here's the official list of PODs -- the "places of Distribution" where you can wait on line for an ungodly amount of time to pick up some necessities: ... More >>
We'll update this list as info comes in. HISD is closed through Friday. HISD athletic events for this coming weekend canceled. Spring Branch is closed through Tuesday. Fort Bend is closed through Tuesday. Katy ISD is closed through Tuesday. Goose Creek is closed indefinitely. Aldine ISD is closed t ... More >>
Several girls from Morton Ranch High School in Katy are the latest group of Texas cheerleaders gone wild. Apparently, the girls got a little carried away with their hazing. "When a girl (censored) in her pants and puts her pants on another girl's head, that's just disgusting," a sister of one of the ... More >>
The Bayou City's biggest festival continues making strides toward total recovery
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