David Thompson

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    HISD Joins the Lawsuit Against State's Educational Funding Plan

    Taking it to the courthouse.​The Houston school board voted unanimously this morning (with four absentees) to join the burgeoning lawsuit against Rick Perry's latest funding scheme for public education, which cuts $5 billion over the next two years. HISD's state funding was cut $78 million th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    HISD Gets Millions, Avoids Tax Hike & Harvin Moore Gives the Lege a Bronx Cheer

    Cutting too much doesn't mean there's money in the bank​It doesn't look like there's going to be an increase in taxes after all and Houston ISD just got word that it's been approved for more than $70.6 million in so-called E-Rate Funding which means a lot of kids who've been going without wi-f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Between Passing Standards and State Funding, HISD Remains in Free Fall

    Margaret DowningHISD Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett warns there's no tax increase -- yet.​It wasn't just the budget numbers that remain in free fall as Houston ISD trustees discovered at today's agenda workshop. Next fall, board members and Superintendent Terry Grier's administration ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Texas Finances in Tatters, State Tells HISD It's "The New Normal"

    Get used to it​Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett passed on the new buzz phrase coming out of the state capital at today's Houston ISD workshop session: "The New Normal," which is being used to explain that the current state budget crisis isn't a transitory thing but something that will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    HISD Prepares For Biggest Battle Since WWII

    HISD will be breaking out the budget ax​For the first time since World War II - the big one - the state of Texas is looking at actual reductions in public education funding, Houston ISD board attorney David Thompson told trustees today. "Uncharted ground" is how Thompson termed what HISD and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Bill White the Loser, HISD Declares

    Bill White's going down, HISD declares​Houston ISD's assessment of the upcoming state legislative session on Monday began with the declaration that Bill White doesn't have a chance and that Rick Perry will continue as governor. Rebecca Flores, the director of Government Relations for HISD, and bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    HISD Asks Annise Parker For a Break, Gets Clobbered by Prop 1 Fans (Updated With HISD Response)

    HISD says no to flood-fighting fees​Houston ISD trustees think they've already given enough tax money in support of flood control/drainage issues and want no part of the Renew Houston Proposition 1 measure that would allow the City to collect even more money through drainage fees. So they voted 8- ... More >>

  • News

    September 30, 2010

    Goodbye, David Thompson

    Mystery fans mourn the passing of a Houston bookseller

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    R.I.P, David Thompson Of Murder By The Book

    Photo courtesy Murder by the BookDavid Thompson, 1975-2010​For avid fans of the murder mystery genre, you'd think death was commonplace. But not when it snatches away one of our own. So we loyal patrons of Murder by the Book, Houston's go-to place for all things murder and mystery, are devastated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    HISD Trustees Go For Guinness World Record in the Long-Winded Meetings Category

    HISD: Lots of talk, no action​If Houston ISD trustees really want to fulfill their promise of transparency, they need to start getting to the point a lot quicker in their meetings -- so that when they have something important to debate, more people are still there to hear it.Last night's meeting w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    How HISD Might be Facing a $57 Million Shortfall Next School Year

    ​The Houston Independent School District might be facing a shortfall in public education funding of as much as $57 million in the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2010. That less than happy news was delivered at this morning's school board agenda meeting, in a power point demonstration by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Book Review: A Collection Of Female Noir

    Sure, ice may be a dominant form of currency in the aftermath of a hurricane. But here’s what Tunnel Mole needed to survive two weeks of no electricity: a miner's hat avec flashlight. That's best for bedtime, to snuggle in and devour some juicy noir -- make mine the XX chromosome variety, please. ... More >>

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    August 3, 2006
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    March 24, 2005
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    November 13, 2003
  • Culture

    August 14, 2003

    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner doesn't make friends. He makes movies, dang it.

  • Music

    November 28, 2002

    Glamorous Youth

    Sharon Osbourne put the local kids of Pure Rubbish in front of millions on MTV. Then things fell apart.

  • Music

    May 23, 2002

    Moby Pick

    Beaumont's Barbara Lynn lucks out with a song that almost died

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    Thai Raid

    In America, Thai dishes are being toned down. The Thai government wants to step in to stop it.

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Learning How to Survive (at) CEP

    HISD and a paid trustee get entangled in the spreading empire of a private firm touting safe alternative schools for troubled kids. So why are some students and parents so scared?

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • News

    January 13, 2000

    Lost Legends

    Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.

  • Culture

    November 5, 1998

    Getting the Picture

    Winter Street Art Center focuses on photo-based art

  • Music

    March 19, 1998

    Sparking Interest

    David Rice finally throws the switch on greenelectric

  • Music

    June 26, 1997

    Young Punks

    Peach-fuzzed trashers Pure Rubbish are Houston's anti-Hanson

  • Culture

    May 11, 1995

    Lives in Song

    Stages gives Kander and Ebb the brilliant turn they deserve

  • News

    March 17, 1994

    Soundboard to Heaven

    Justice Records is looking for treasure in a CD gap