Chris Vogel

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    July 14, 2011

    Montrose Muffled

    Residents take sides on bar noise issue.

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    March 24, 2011

    Bad Company

    Readers respond to "Betting Their Lives."

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    December 23, 2010

    Hatchet Job

    Activist Ray Hill responds to "Montrose Murder."

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    September 9, 2010

    Foreign Relations

    Readers debate asylum for Mexicans.

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    July 8, 2010

    Getting Played

    Readers respond to our story on the Trae ban at 97.9 The Box.

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    July 1, 2010

    Police Problems

    Readers respond to problems at HCC.

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    June 24, 2010

    The Case of Blue October

    Readers take both sides.

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    May 27, 2010

    Rice's Baker Institute on Drugs

    KPFT recordings to be archived there.

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    May 20, 2010

    Cop As Victim?

    Readers respond to "On Hold"

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    May 19, 2010

    Smallish YMCA Fire Brings Big HFD Response

    Photos by Chris VogelA lot of trucks responded for a smallish fire​As more than 30 fire trucks and 100 firefighters clogged up Downtown's Louisiana Street in front of the YMCA building this afternoon in response to a three-alarm fire, residents who had evacuated couldn't help but acknowledge the i ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Getting Creamed

    Online readers respond to high school girls slathered in whipped cream and chocolate.

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    April 8, 2010

    Baseball on the Brain

    Readers are gearing up for the Astros' 2010 season.

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    April 1, 2010

    A Dog's Death

    Readers respond tp Keiko's dilemma at BARC.

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    March 11, 2010

    Incoming: Fairness for Victims

    Plus: Darkhorse Rides In

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    December 31, 2009

    Critiquing the Critics

    Readers disagree with our statement that the AP's rock critics are assholes.

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    December 24, 2009

    Happy Hour Scene: Cielo Mexican Bistro

    Photo by Paul Knight​We had the wind knocked out of our sails, or stomach or lungs or whatever, on a Tuesday night trip to Cielo Mexican Bistro downtown, at 300 Main St. It started with a late night in the office and me desperately wanting to not go to Midtown. One of our own society columni ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Some Holiday Help For The Godless, On I-45

    Photo by Chris VogelBillboard along FM 1960​Houston can be a lonely place for an infidel, what with all the mega-churches and deep-rooted southern Sunday tradition. Even more so at Christmas, when it all gets ramped up a notch with as many commercial reminders of Jesus' (alleged) birthday at the m ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Minority Report

    Discussion continues around Ask A Mexican and the Bronx Bar.

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    July 16, 2009

    The Life of Brian

    Readers rejoice over the acquittal of an innocent man

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    April 9, 2009

    From Homelessness to Wine Snobbery

    Weighing In Across the Board

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    March 19, 2009
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    February 26, 2009

    Battle of the Big Crosses

    Dick-measuring, Christian style

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    February 5, 2009
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    January 8, 2009
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    January 1, 2009
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    December 10, 2008

    If Kids Are Our Future, Then We're Going To Be Stuck Forever With Red-Light Cameras

    Ever wonder what happens when you throw a bunch of kids in a room and ask them to debate and vote on a hot issue? Well, as it turns out, pretty much the same thing as the old folks.   Last night, 23 members of the Mayor's Youth Council sat behind the microphones at City Hall discussing whe ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    October 17, 2008

    Houstonians Think They're Great, Unlike All Those Other Houstonians

    Straight from the “my-shit-don’t-stink” department, a recent poll shows that while Houstonians think that they are responsible, they think their neighbors are not. The Responsibility Project, developed by Liberty Mutual, released their latest survey of 15 cities across the country, testing ho ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    After the Storm Comes the Fire

    Photos by Daniel Kramer This house in South Houston made it through Ike with just some power loss, only to catch fire yesterday afternoon. Neighbors at Ammons and 8th Street say no one was home as they rushed over to watch firefighters battle the blaze.

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    September 16, 2008

    The Scene From Kemah -- At Least They've Found Their Gator

    Click here for a slideshow from Daniel Kramer... Biologists at the Kemah Aquarium are breathing easier now that they’ve recovered a small gator named “Sweet Pea” that got loose during Ike. Not that this little gal could’ve hurt anyone, says biologist David Sanchez, but after saving all t ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Kemah Comes Face To Face With What Ike Hath Wrought

    Click here for a slideshow from Daniel Kramer... The street corner underneath the blue, arching sign welcoming visitors to Kemah is littered with debris washed out of people’s houses: light-switch covers, roof shingles and even a sandy, sticky clump of faded photographs of a family huddled around ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008

    Try Not To Be Disabled At A POD, Please

    The ice and water line at the Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church POD on Jensen Drive in northeast Houston is moving along briskly, but it certainly appears to be every man for himself. 76-year-old Rafe Osborne made the 8-mile trek from his powerless home in Scenic Woods -- quite an effort for a man w ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    ICE Won't Be Nabbing Illegals At Hurricane Shelters

    Safety first. That’s the message from federal immigration authorities this morning who say illegal immigrants needing to evacuate or use public shelters during Hurricane Ike should feel safe to do so without fear of being detained and possibly deported. “It shows the nature of the business,” ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    No Asylum From This Houston Judge

    It appears that Houston has not escaped the effects of the patronage-style selection of immigrant judges employed for years by the Bush administration. According to a story in Sunday’s New York Times, 31 immigration judges across the country were appointed during a three-year period during which ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    August 15, 2008

    St. Joseph's Nurses Told: "No Naps For You!!"

    The idea of being allowed to sleep at work might seem absurd to most people, but to nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital, it’s no laughing matter. “I’m not talking about people sleeping at their desk,” says one Behavioral Medicine nurse who says she can’t reveal her name without getting fire ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008

    What's In That Bottled Water You're Drinking?

    Sure, city officials say Houston’s tap water is safe to drink, but do you really believe them? And even if it is safe, why does it occasionally look or taste a bit off? Why do some people seem to prefer bottled water, saying it tastes a little crisper, maybe even a little better, than the stuff fr ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008

    Welcome to: Tapped-Out Neighborhood Associations

    There’s a new city ordinance in the mill that’s getting some neighborhood association folks hot under the collar. Jennifer Woodruff of Shepherd Forest says the city’s public works department is considering charging neighborhood associations $1,000, plus a $100 yearly renewal fee, to put up n ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008
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    May 22, 2008

    Court of Appeals Rules State Had No Right to Seize FLDS Kids

    Keith Plocek Send the little fundamentalists home. That was the decision earlier today as a state appellate court ruled that child welfare officials had no right to seize some of the more than 400 children they took into custody during a three-day raid in early April of the 1,700-acre Yearning F ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    Right To Life

    Life Lessons

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    March 20, 2008

    Prison Cover-Up

    Prison Breakdown

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    February 15, 2008

    Chuck Rosenthal Resigns

    Looks like Republicans and Democrats alike won’t have D.A. Chuck Rosenthal to kick around any more. Rosenthal resigned earlier today, citing several reasons in a press release, including possibly feeling a bit loopy of late due to a cocktail of prescription drugs. “Although I have enjoyed exce ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008
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    October 25, 2007
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    October 18, 2007
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    October 3, 2007

    Cover Story: The ManKind Project

    I was first introduced to a men’s group called The ManKind Project while reading through a lawsuit filed against the organization in Harris County civil court. It described a weekend retreat north of Houston where men dress in black, wear face paint, and engage in rituals and exercises called “C ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Take a Hike: Would an Extra Dollar a Gallon Keep People Thin?

    Ever been at the gas station watching some really fat guy pumping away and think, "I betcha if gas cost more, that dude would weigh less?" Well, graduate student Charles Courtemanche has. According to Courtmanche, who is working toward his Ph.D. in economics at St. Louis’s Washington University, ... More >>

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    September 7, 2007

    Let Me Wash That for You, Honey

    If you think showers are just for, well … showering, think again. It turns out that we use the washroom for everything from a good shag to a place to stash beer. According to a recent online survey by bathroom product manufacturer Grohe, 22 percent of Americans say they do the down and dirty ... More >>

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    August 2, 2007

    Pathetic: Houston Only Places Fourth in Terms of Unhealthy Commutes

    Well, the results are in, and unfortunately, Houston only came in fourth. We'll all have to do better next time. Oh, what's the competition, you ask. It's America's Unhealthiest Commutes.

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