It's hard to know exactly what any merger of two giant conglomerates means for the world. If you are like me, you view the joining of AT&T and DirecTV with about the same level of passing interest you might have for the sports scores from a team in the division of your favorite. That's to say it is ... More >>
On Tuesday, the judge in the Comcast Sports Net bankruptcy case granted the flailing sports network the opportunity to reorganize under of Chapter 11, which gives them protection from creditors until they can work out what they are going to do next. This is a clear victory for the folks at Comcast a ... More >>
Some homeless Houston cats and dogs will be finding new homes in Colorado, thanks to the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care and the Rescued Pets Movement. "There is a high demand for pets in Colorado, and Houston has the supply," according to a BARC press release. "RPM has set a goal to transpor ... More >>
Whew! What a crazy week it's been for openings and closings! First, the bad news. The worst news this week came from Farrago World Cuisine, whose owners announced it was closing after 13 years due to a massive increase in rent. The restaurant is catty corner to Midtown Park, which has seen a lot o ... More >>
Parking rules are inane.
As if the clusterfuck of multi-jurisdictional litigation involving wife-beater and alleged flight-attendant-choker Michael "I Did Not Give That Woman Anal Herpes" is not crazy enough, the former TV-ad icon is seeking to dismiss his bankruptcy filing in a Miami federal court. Avid Brown-watchers wi ... More >>
Each September, the Houston Press releases our Best of Houston® issue after slavishly compiling what we consider to be the best this city has to offer -- from theater companies and sports figures to bars and restaurants. With that in mind, we're excited to announce a new partnership with Foursquar ... More >>
An impressively chaotic inventoryIn honor of this week's feature story on former hand surgeon and all-around weird dude Michael Brown, and seeing as how it's Friday, we thought we'd have some fun with a Price is Right-style walk through the inventory of belongings in Brown's 2005 bankruptcy f ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. 2995: Good news for 'cue lovers: Burns BBQ has not only reopened, it's already ... More >>
But SpongeBob is evil, my sonRick Perry's courageously craven call for the nation's 50 governors to come to Houston to pray isn't exactly being met with unanimous hosannas. There's already a Facebook page up organizing protests of the August 6 event at Reliant Stadium, and other groups have ... More >>
It was inspiring to watch a few hundred schoolchildren working furiously with trowels and hands, digging holes, planting flowers, bushes, fruit and vegetable seeds, and not tossing dirt on each other. That was the scene at the reconstructed Piney Point Elementary (Pagewood Lane at Fondren) a ... More >>
Has HISD found somebody new?State Senator Mario Gallegos has a new beef with the Houston school district -- he says HISD is stiffing Houston Community College in favor of Lone Star College. Gallegos wrote to HISD superintendent Terry Grier saying the district's "been extraordinarily indiffer ... More >>
The bonds are junk, but so are the teamsThe Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, the entity created to build new stadiums for billionaire sports owners, has found itself reduced to junk-bond status.Kind of like the Astros, Texans and Rockets, really.Hotel occupancy and car rentals -- the magic ... More >>
Popular mystery writer reads from new novel
Some mellow mood music for the panelContinental Airline's decision to merge with United and base itself out of Chicago wasn't very good news.But fret not: A committee has been appointed to study the situation.Mayor Annise Parker has announced the economic impact of the merger will be examined by ... More >>
Continental -- just a memory nowHouston's Continental Airlines is seemingly about to be taken over by the Yankee corporation of United Airlines in a $3 billion merger than will create the world's largest airline.That airline will not be named Continental.Bad news for Houston? Not necessarily so, ... More >>
Leaving on a jet plane......Dozens of reporters stood cheek to cheek inside Houston Mayor Annise Parker's stuffy press room Monday afternoon seemingly waiting with bated breathe to hear what she would say about today's announced merger between Continental and United.But in truth, there wasn't a w ... More >>
In the last several months, things could not have gone worse for Metro president Frank Wilson. When Annise Parker was elected mayor, it seemed only a matter of time before Wilson was ousted from the agency. Parker was critical of Metro during her campaign, and her criticism continued after the el ... More >>
The newish Metro board got a wild introduction to the Metro-loving public at its first meeting this afternoon, where one Houstonian got so worked up that he nearly collapsed and later was taken to the hospital. DeWayne Lark, the man that almost collapsed, was talking about the light rail construc ... More >>
[UPDATED to include AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiwecke's statement about the merger.] Via CNBC, businessinsider.com reported Monday morning that the U.S. Justice Department has approved the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster into a multi-platform entertainment corporation that can do ... More >>
Last week, shareholders of both Ticketmaster and Live Nation voted to approve the companies' impending merger, which was first announced last February. The stock price of both companies rose sharply after the announcement, and the Dow Jones Newswire reported that the U.S. Justice Department coul ... More >>
The "Tall, Dark, and Chicano" comedian stops by Houston on his way to the bank
Allegedly, more people use Facebook than e-mail, and during the last several months, Twitter became a verb. But for Corporate America, that could cause some problems, according to Houston attorney Chris Schaeper. "Twenty years ago, you might be having beers with an old frat buddy from college and ha ... More >>
It looks like Austin ISD is ready to take the Houston ISD route and dump some of its troubled kids into the hands of Community Education Partners, the for-profit operator of alternative schools throughout the country. CEP operates two facilities here in Houston and as we've noted before, seems to be ... More >>
Luby's announced a little stimulus package of its own - the Houston-based cafeteria has cut the price of its LuAnn platter in half for Fridays and Saturdays after 4:30 p.m. That leaves the price at somewhere around four bucks, depending on location. The reduction will remain in effect until the end ... More >>
At first blush, one would think that the $541,450 fine levied yesterday against Enterprise Products Operating LLC would freak out any cost-conscious CEO. But then you realize the Houston-based company, whose refinery in Mont Belvieu incurred the fine for air quality violations this year, reported a ... More >>
The Menils new chief curator debuts with a lecture on the Drawing Institute
Hiding info? Blame the temp
There's a protest going on right now outside the downtown Dynegy building. I just happened by on my bike and got some photos, which scored me a lot of "What, are you some kind of narc?" looks from the crowd and which I'll post in a little bit. The group was there to voice its concerns about a poten ... More >>
A lawsuit accuses oil executives of cheating a divorcée
Some Tasca investors are nervous about the money. So was the state of Texas.
Claims fly in the great Manvel Opry clash
Will past financial flops come back to haunt a front-runner?
The Rice School/La Escuela Rice was a much-touted experiment by HISDand Rice University. So far, the results haven't been encouraging.
Julio Laguarta makes a Fourth Ward purchase from a bankruptcy creditor and business partner
A nonprofit "charity" is pursuing millions in taxpayers' money to redevelop the Fourth Ward. The question for Houston Renaissance is, charity for whom?
How once-fearsome corporate raider T. Boone Pickens was beaten at his own game -- by a one-time protege
Headline:The Case Against Hurwitz In one of the last big S&L cases from the '80s, two federal agencies are pursuing Charles Hurwitz over the failure of united Savings. And for once, Hurwitz may have no place to hide.
State Senator Buster Brown wants to make Lake Jackson safe for development. Guess who's one of the developers.
At Lawndale's "Big Show," the artists get lost in the "grid"