It was like landing on the moon. The thought ricocheted through Joleena Malugani's mind as she took in the vast, dusty expanse of the corner of West Texas claimed by Midland and Odessa. Malugani was fresh out of college when she came across an Ector County Independent School District booth at a job ... More >>
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? His full name is Mario Al ... More >>
Most cops can go their entire 20- or 30-year careers without firing a gun at someone in the line of duty. Houston police officer B. Russell, Jr. wasn't so lucky. They say wounding (or killing) a suspect can be a traumatic thing for a cop to go through, and Russell is facing that process as a probat ... More >>
Well, this is embarrassing: An FBI agent has had her government-issued Glock and her purse stolen from her car while she was at a gas station. The incident happened about 10:30 yesterday morning near the intersection of Beechnut and the West Tollway, and resulted in, we're guessing, an unwelcome ph ... More >>
A 46-year-old woman died when the driver of the SUV she was in got into a wild accident, Houston police say. Amelia Perez was a passenger in a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Casimiro Campos, 64, in the 5400 block of Anderson on the southwest side about 2 p.m. Wednesday. "Campos was driving a blue Ch ... More >>
Shot to death by a visitorA man was shot to death in his Sunnyside home Sunday evening, police say. Michael Ray Cooper, 28, had a visitor to his home in the 3600 block of Bloomfield about noon Sunday. "At some point during the visit, the suspect shot and killed Cooper," HPD says. "After the ... More >>
Photo by HPDMichael Flores: Charged with intoxication manslaughterA drunk driver hit a man who was on an elevated freeway shoulder trying to fix his car, sending the victim flying down to the service road below, police say. Michael Anthony Flores, 37, was driving southbound in the 9300 block ... More >>
Kevin Will: HPD is looking for the driver who started a tragic chain of eventsIf you're a hit-and-run driver, it's a given the police are looking for you. But when you're the hit-and-run driver whose crash ended with a Houston cop being killed while he was investigating it, then the cops are ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org ... More >>
TrafficWhat is it with people trying to cross the freeway on foot lately? In case you were unaware, this is a really, really bad idea. A man in his 50s died on Tuesday trying to make his way across the South Loop and now this. An unidentified man was struck by an oncoming vehicle at around 6 ... More >>
The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but whats been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.
Drunk drivers, a car chase, a deathA man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after a wild car chase killed an innocent driver on Telephone Road late Friday night.Herman Rodriguez Torres, 36, was charged after the Chevy Suburban he was driving smashed into a Toyota Corolla in the 3200 ... More >>
Ivernal Stubbs: Are you sure MacBook is spelled with an "N"?You could call Ivernal Cawone Stubbs and his occasional cohorts stupid criminals and be done with it, but there's something about their schemes we find oddly affecting -- in the same way we once sort of rooted for Wile E. Coyote.Right no ... More >>
Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital
Someone was waiting when the victims came home with their weed haulA shootout over some weed resulted in three deaths early Monday on the west side of town.After the exchange of gunfire, Balraj Singh, 30 and Justin Colby Eaton, 27 were pronounced dead at the scene. A third man was taken to Memori ... More >>
Here at Hair Balls, we understand that living the life of a low-level street thief can be tough. The paycheck that comes from smashing out car windows and ripping out stereos probably doesn't go too far, especially when you've got a nasty crack habit to support. But it has to take a special kind ... More >>
A friend's family flew in from Detroit for the weekend and demanded a statewide Texas barbecue crawl. But time was short, so we stole four hours between work shifts last weekend and set off on a Houston barbecue sprint. One in our party dubbed the tour MEAT (Men Eating Animals Together), an ... More >>
If you happen to be sitting on a big pile of cash because you never invested in sub-prime mortgages or wrote Bernie Madoff a check, you might want to scoot on over to eBay and bid on Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady's sweet ride.That's right: T-Mac is auctioning his customized CL-Class Mercedes-Benz (Fl ... More >>
It was the year 2000 and I was a young hungry reporter in Chicago covering a young hungry state legislator
There's something crooked going on here. Ford really is the best in Texas — when it comes to getting jacked, at least. Ford pickups topped the Texas Department of Public Safety's list of stolen vehicles for 2006, followed by Chevy (drivin' Texas!) and Dodge (born on the Llano Estacado!). Ap ... More >>
An ex-cop from East Texas decides to switch sides
The Mexican Replies
Pump pains constrain some musicians and inspire others
County Judge Bob Eckels, the Doc Ock of transportation, is busy planning more roads
In your heart, you know the Yuppie Prick$ are right
Carlos Sosa promised to sell seized goods from the Port of Houston on the cheap. Many believed him. Until they learned he was a Customs Service snitch, and perhaps a con man on the side.
Houston's First Family of Barbecue has anointed an heir apparent to its expanding empire. And his name is Levi.
Butch Forrest lives off the land. Need a used doughnut fryer?
After years of making Mayor Bob presentable, Houston's First Lady is ready to get serious. Seriously.
Despite five deaths in recent weeks, HPD stands by its car chases
As the death-care industry booms and consolidates, Houston's Service Corporation International is leading the way