According to a report from the Death Penalty Information Center, there have been only 39 executions in the United States this year, only the second time that number has been below 40 since 1994 and down 4 from last year's 43. This is additionally a decline of 60 percent since 1999 and the number of ... More >>
In 1998, a Harris County associate medical examiner ruled that 17- month old Tristan Rivet died as a result of homicide, and a Montgomery County jury decided that Neal Robbins killed her. In 2007, the same medical examiner decided she made a mistake, and that the cause of death should have been "un ... More >>
Harris County is responsible for 115 executions since 1976 -- by far the highest driver of capital punishment -- but taxpayers statewide have to bear the burden of the costly appeals process, according to a new study by an anti-death penalty group. The Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Informati ... More >>
There are a number of legitimate criticisms that can be levied at the American Bar Association: it has accredited far too many law schools such that there are more lawyers than there are jobs, it can be self important and it skews towards the "elites" in the legal profession. That said, it is still ... More >>
Voters in Harris and Fort Bend counties will get an extra treat on Election Day: Federal poll watchers. As a result of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (now 47 years old!), the federal government attempts to make sure every registered voter regardless of race, color "or membership in a minority langua ... More >>
Houston Babylon, the feature that came out earlier this week, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only s ... More >>
The Texas Department of Transportation has released its annual list of the most angst-producing stretches of highway in the state, and once again the Houston area is not to be denied. Four of the top 10 most congested "roadway segments" are within driving distance, if by "driving" you mean "sitting ... More >>
Houston has seen what;'s going on in Dallas and decided it is no time to mess around with the West Nile Virus. Three Houston-area deaths from the mosquito-borne disease have been reported, with the victims all being older than 55. Dallas County has declared a state of emergency after nine local de ... More >>
For people who've been losing Texas elections pretty consistently since the `80s, Democrats at the Democratic State Convention officially kicking off today in downtown Houston are surprisingly upbeat. That's because many of them are expecting the tide to turn in Texas politics, maybe not today or to ... More >>
Remember last summer's sudden media hysteria about a large amount of children's graves on a Liberty County home? It was all inspired by a psychic who phoned the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, and, we think, some tipster in that office who gave out bad info that led outlets such as CNN to momentar ... More >>
A Dallas County man is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, and Bishop Curtis Guillory, over sexual abuse the man allegedly suffered by a now-deceased priest in 1976-1977. Filed last week in Jefferson County District Court, the man -- identified as John Doe 104 -- claims that Father Ronald ... More >>
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have put together a list of health by county across the nation, looking at births, deaths and various measures of the quality of life. You can get a statewide ranking of the counties in your state, and if ... More >>
Road trip...to higher insurance rates.There's nothing like being a teen behind the wheel in summer. You've got your music blasting, you at least imagine the top's down, and the world is yours. Plus, if you're in Harris County, you have the added excitement of crashing at almost any moment. ... More >>
If you missed last night's debate then you missed a good one. In fact, it was the best one to date. Check the live-blog coverage to catch up on the juicy details.Gene Locke's background and possible conflicts of interests were brought up midway through the debate via a question submitted by a viewer ... More >>
Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison are locked in a pitched battle over the soul of the GOP. They are also running for governor.
The police raid on the Rainbow Lounge rocked the calm world of Fort Worth gays.
A group of former condo owners say SMU defrauded them of their homes to make way for the new Bush library.
It's World AIDS Day, and although you don't hear near as much about it these days, the disease is still very much with us. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, in 2006 - the most recent year for which statistics are available - Harris County had the state's most ne ... More >>
Swift & Company pitted employee against employee when it replaced injured workers with illegal immigrants
No skeptics need apply to this get-rich-quick proposition
UTMB is under fire in Dallas for its jail health care. So why is Houston ready to install it here?
The White House-cracking cybergang is gone. Now Houstonís most notorious hacker hopes to reboot his life and return to his love: computers.
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
A contained experiment in Medicaid finally gets uncovered
Former drug czar Lee Brown has trouble negotiating a question about why there's no needle-exchange program for addicts in Houston
How Ken Bentsen got run over by a rainbow
Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions
WorldPeace wages telemarketing terror in his quest for office
Programs surround a kid and his family with services, hoping for success
For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.
Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?
Houston killer Davis gets no deal on his plan to pare back his punishment
This time, a plan to bring drug courts here has real teeth
Catherine Mehaffey Shelton's husband got convicted of murder. And the jury believed Shelton was with him.
Make yourself heard
A dogged detective and a Houston judge take parting shots at an old nemesis
Despite a troubled Houston past, attorney Catherine Mehaffey Shelton says she's no killer
A story about the new life and old ways of a notorious killer spurs indictments and national coverage
Hard-line leaders such as loopy Stephen Mansfield have taken their agenda to the Court of Criminal Appeals, where legal precedents--not prosecutions--get overturned
A federal lawsuit accuses the county of upping the pressure for guilty pleas
Walt Waldhauser who became Michael Lee Davis may be headed back to prison
Double dipping, understaffing plague the M.E.'s office