Dan Parsons

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    September 22, 2011

    The Peddler

    Both in and out of prison, Brian Culwell has spent his life selling people baubles, trinkets and jewels. Now he's buying your gold and silver.

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Brian Culwell: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold at Gold and Silver Buyers

    Court documents tell a different tale.​Back in March, the Houston Chronicle produced a glittering profile of Brian and Amelia Culwell, founders of Houston-based Gold and Silver Buyers. The company, the report noted, had been launched in August of 2008 in a leased space inside an HEB store and ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2011

    The Great Heights Art Heist

    Artists claim they were ripped off by local gallery.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Houston's Better Business Bureau Has No Love For Conn's, Despite What Conn's Implies

    Yesterday, when we told you about Texas AG Greg Abbott going after the Conn's appliance chain for deceptive practices, we included the company's response.Conn's said "a current measure of our dedication to customer service by our more than 3,200 employees is our Better Business Bureau rating. We cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    One Way To Get Into The Better Business Bureau: Sue Its Ass Off

    After cleaning up its long history of customer complaints, a local moving company is trying to get back in Houston's chapter of the Better Business Bureau. Their method: a big fat lawsuit.Student Movers, Inc. is suing the local BBB in Harris County District Court for more than $6 million, claiming t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    This Year's Rodeo Scandal: Diversity, Or The Lack Thereof. With Dueling Memos!

    This year's rodeo brouhaha -- there usually is one -- surrounds the alleged lack of diversity of the event's staff, vendors and performers.State Sen. Mario Gallegos has filed a bill calling on the rodeo to open its books and get better about being inclusionary; local ctivist ben Mendez has circulate ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    It's Getting Testy With The Insurance Adjusters

    Things are starting to get ugly between Ike victims and insurance adjusters. Anyone who's listened to a radio in the past two weeks has heard the heartwarming commercials from insurance companies, full of comforting music and sympathetic voices consoling you and informing you that an army of adjust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    There's Plenty Of Gas, As Long As You Don't Need Premium

    Unlike the gas shortage in Georgia and other southern states, fuel supplies here in Houston have pretty much returned to normal. Unless you're looking for premium gas. Many stations have focused on getting as much regular gas as possible, leaving consumers who use premium gas scrambling.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2008

    How Is Price-Gouging Like Pornography?

    How is price-gouging like pornography? Because it consists of someone getting screwed? Well yeah, but that's not the only way. There is no sharply defined definition in Texas of what constitutes "price gouging" in the wake of a disaster. A bill in the legislature recently tried to define gouging a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2008

    Renters -- Don't Get Screwed By Lazy Landlords

    Homeowners hit by Ike know that if they want the little-to-somewhat-big things fixed after Ike, they just need to buckle down and do it themselves. But what about renters? Should they wait until their landlord does the job? And what happens, say, if their downstairs neighbor evacuated and the refri ... More >>

  • News

    April 10, 2008
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    January 10, 2008
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    July 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 5, 2007

    Secrets of Success

    Wayne Stroman of Conroe is known around town as a local realtor and successful businessman. Both are true, but what many people don't realize is that his company, Stroman Realty, is also the self-proclaimed largest resales broker of timeshares in the world. What's more, it is the subject of a raft o ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Eaten Alive

    Rent-to-own stores, pawnshops, payday lenders -- it's hope for sale, with interest

  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Turkeys of the Year

    Just stuff 'em

  • News

    September 29, 2005

    Rita Beatahs

    Houston dodges a bullet and finds traffic hell

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Fool's Gold

    Desperate clients hand over thousands of dollars for a chance at a job

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    Uncivil Action

    No one's responsible for a body-parts debacle

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Flowers of Evil

    Porn 'n' roses for Kemah's mayor

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    Jailhouse Mock

    Pot calls kettle black! Tonight on KHOU!

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Christmas Miracle

    A media benefit helps a charity that's been questioned

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    Thumb TAKS

    Plus: Wonderful Rubbish, Dems Don't Get It, Peeved at Parsons

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Consumer Advocates

    Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Building a Case

    Did prosecutors use -- or abuse -- a little-known remodeling law?

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Falun Follow-up

    Plus: Porn Priorities?, House Woes, Sit on It

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    My Funny Valentine

    A Chron columnist makes a whopper of a mistake

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Beyond the Womb

    A questionable charity cashes in on 9/11 and the Allison flood

  • News

    October 4, 2001

    The Ultimate Makeover

    Modeling agent Page Parkes never wore mascara in high school. But don't let that fool you.

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Fingered by the Flood

    Consumers complain about exploitation from Allison

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    Confidence Man

    Is the BBB's Dan Parsons the most honest man in Houston?

  • News

    March 8, 2001


    No Muckraker; Chopper Alert!; Isle of Man

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    The Badge Means You Owe

    A nursing home turns into another target for questionable cop telemarketers

  • News

    January 4, 2001

    Charity Case

    After the big split, HCC goes for the glamorous giving

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    ASS Stated

    A car repair chain manual reveals secrets to high markups and hefty profits

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Pain in the Ass

    America's Service Station claims to be the auto repair exception.So how come the high prices, cheap parts and minimal service warranties?

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    Easy Money

    Is a state rep taking Houston's poor for a ride on the law of the lend?

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Time Lines

    Buyers are the real prize in vacation-share pitches

  • News

    July 25, 1996

    Variety Club Follies

    How the curtain came down -- for the time being -- at the "show biz" charity