Deer Park

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Openings & Closings: The Honeymoon Is Open

    Boil House, located at 606 East 11th Street in the Heights, closed just as quickly as it opened. The crawfish restaurant opened its doors on May 9, but because crawfish season has ended, Boil House decided to close until mudbugs become available again, a.k.a. next year. On June 20, Boil House posted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Shell To Pay Up For "Alleged" Air Pollution From Deer Park Refinery

    Houston is a city known for many good things, but one of the bad things this town is known for is the air - there's a lot of air pollution around here, and we've got the Ozone watch days to prove it. So you wouldn't think a little extra air pollution would get noticed by the Environmental Protectio ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2013

    Chemically Burned: Dow Chemical Tries to Avoid Hot Water in Worker's Death

    Brian Johns suffered chemical burns over 65 percent of his body in a Deer Park plant explosion. A representative of his company, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, tried to tell doctors Johns had just encountered some really hot water.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Breaking News: Funnel Cloud Warning for Fort Bend County

    Click 2 Houston is passing on a weather report warning of possible funnel clouds this morning in Fort Bend County. The report says that rapidly developing thunderstorms coupled with "a very buoyant atmosphere" will lead to funnel clouds. Their report follows:

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Intertek Oil and Gas Workers Screwed Out of Moolah, Says Lawsuit

    Local oil, gas and chemical inspectors have been getting jipped out of overtime wages, according to a collective action lawsuit that was recently granted approval by a judge in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas. According to the suit, employees for Houston-based Intertek USA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Kevin Yang: Deer Park PD Sets Up Operation to Catch Cop Stealing from Cops' Refrigerator

    Take something from the typical office refrigerator, and the owner of a missing yogurt snippily whips out a Post-it or e-mail announcing that she really hopes To Whom It May Concern enjoyed it. In the Deer Park police department, they go a little more hardcore. The PD's refrigerator was routinely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Aaron Vaughn's Wedding Band: Navy SEAL Widow Asks Houston If You've Seen It

    Kimberly Vaughn, a former Washington Redskins cheerleader who married a Navy SEAL who died in Afghanistan this summer, was visiting the Houston area this weekend before flying back home to DC. Somewhere along the way, she lost her husband's wedding band, which he had given her t owear while he was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Shell Pays $500K to County for Not Telling About Pollution Incidents

    Shell pays up.​Shell Chemical has settled a threatened lawsuit over not notifying Harris County of five pollution incidents at its Deer Park plant, County Attorney Vince Ryan has announced. "The failure of a company as large and prestigious as Shell to notify the county of serious air-polluti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    A-Blake Records Joins Cadre Of Local Labels

    ​Houston has a multitude of music within - and bleeding across - its borders. By our own quick estimate, there are about 500 active musical acts in the metropolitan area, and that's probably still a lowball speculation. With all these acts, it's only natural that yet another label would sprin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    This Week's Deals

    striatic​Last Saturday I went through my online "deals" accounts, printed out the coupons I've purchased lately and put them all in a pile; it looks like a manuscript. That said, I'm ready to do it all again. Read on for today's deals: Houston Press VOICE Deal of the Day: 50 percent off at Rio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Bryan McCarthy: Illegal-Livestreaming Defendant Gets Some Web Help

    Bryan McCarthy gets some help​Bryan McCarthy, the Deer Park man arrested last week for illegally livestreaming sporting events on the Web, is getting some support. A Web-freedom group called Demand Progress says McCarthy's arrest represents "a radical shift" in federal-government policy becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Go Texan Day Looms: The Five Horrible Aspects

    Or else​Friday is Go Texan Day, the annual marking of the beginning of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in western gear, or cowboy stuff, or just wear a snap-button shirt. It's a charming little tradition, and we want to fully take part by sending us pict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Suggestive Restaurants to Get You in the Mood This Valentine's Day

    The big red cock itself.​On the way to Jimmy Changa's a few weeks ago, my dining companion and I passed a country-cute little restaurant in Deer Park called Jug and Muffin. Aside from reminding me that I still want to open a pub some day called The Honk and Jiggle, we couldn't stop giggling to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    What's Closed: Your One-Stop List, Updated Throughout the Day

    ​The announcements of closings due to the anticipated winter storm are beginning to roll in, the most significant so far being HISD closing all its schools and offices tomorrow. We'll be keeping a list of what's closed and updating it throughout the day, so check back frequently for news. Our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    First Look at Jimmy Changas

    My regular camera is in the shop. You'll have to bear with me until then.​At 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night, the wait time at Jimmy Changas was already 45 minutes for a two-top. We tried waiting in the bar, but it, too, was jammed full of people. The smart ones had hovered near the stools, waiti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Harris County Sues Chemical Plant Over Carcinogen Release

    County attorney steps in where TCEQ won't​It's no secret that when it comes to penalizing industrial plants for violating their emissions permits and endangering public health, TCEQ (the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) is not a very tough sheriff. The state regulatory agency rarely take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Drilling For Oil In Houston Parks: Five Things To Consider

    Thar's oil in them thar parks​City Council will consider this week a proposal to let Southern Star Exploration drill for oil and gas in Houston parks.Specifically, Herman Brown Park, Brock Park, parts of Maxey Park, and Public Works McCarty Road Service Center. (The last isn't a park per se, but i ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    The Five Worst Houston-Area High School Team Names

    Clear eyes. Full heart. Can't lose...unless you got a name like this.​When you live in Texas, you realize that certain things are sacred whether you like them or not. The Alamo, good barbeque and football are at the top of the list and when it comes to football, nothing is more sacred round these ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Texas Traveler: Independence Day

    Photo by photine​How did you celebrate the 174th anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico? You probably didn't do anything like what a group of stalwart runners spent their weekend doing -- running the 203 miles from Gonzales to the San Jacinto Battleground in Deer Park.Dozens of teams ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Gold Sounds Top a Four-Band Texas Variety Pack at Walter's

    Photos by Adam P. NewtonThe Small Sounds​While we're sure that some people feel that Aftermath engages in a bit of hagiography regarding the music of our fair city, we find it mildly difficult not to regularly and frequently express our love for the many excellent artists who call Houston home. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    It's Go Texan Day! Hope You Don't Have Any Out-Of-Town Friends Coming In

    Today, of course, is Go Texan Day, marking the opening of the rodeo.It's the day when secretaries all over downtown wear "western" blouses and skirts, adventurous guys sport bolo ties and cowboy hats, and the rest of us cringe.Longtime Houstonians know to never, ever schedule any friends to come vis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    The NFL's Hottest Cheerleader Is From Deer Park

    We are egregiously late in getting you this news, mostly because it involves Maxim magazine, and we get around to checking Maxim right after we Chinese Agricultural Monthly (we read it for the articles, not the pictures, dammit).Anyway, it appears that in yet another one of their highly scientific e ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Oldies, And Not Goodies, On The Pollution Front

    The wheels of environmental justice move ever so slowly. To call it a snail's pace would be an insult to mollusks everywhere. But it is what is, as we say in the parlance of our times, so now we have the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality assessing penalties against two local polluters for ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    Some Overnight Fun At Shell's Deer Park Plant

    The problem with oil refineries, from a purely layman's point of view, is they're full of valves and fittings and all manner of other hardware that seem to leak after a certain amount of wear and tear.And so it was at the Shell plant in Deer Park beginning at 1:44 a.m. yesterday -- Sunday, December ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Of Course They're Building A "Green" Hotel In Houston

    When you think Houston, you definitely think "green." You think unabashed commitment to the environment. You think "The Portland of the South."At least you do, apparently, if you're Starwood Hotels, that branch of the Sheraton company.Starwood has announced  they're opening a series of "green h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    The Best Local Songs of 2008, Part 1

    "Song About My Mom," Jenny Westbury: This song likely encompasses all of Westbury's tunes. It's silly, serious and most of all lyrics meet instrumentation in perfect harmony. Westbury's lyrical phrasing makes it seem as though rhyming couplets pour as effortlessly out of her mouth as water does from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Find Out How Polluted Your Kid's School Is (Answer, For Houston Residents: Pretty Polluted)

    School officials are always talking about percentiles, since we live in a mandated-testing world.USA Today has come up with percentile listings no school wants to be a part of: they tracked 12,800 schools to see how many toxic chemicals were in the air outside the buildings.You no doubt will be shoc ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    A Handy Guide To Terror Targets In Houston

    Sometimes it seems like organizations that want to protect Americans from terrorism end up doing all the terrorists' research for them. The Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank headed by John Podesta, formerly Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff, has compiled a handy guide to the nation' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Shell Oil Finally Gets Fined For What It Puts Into Deer Park's Air

    It took awhile, but state environmental regulators and Shell Oil finally came to meeting of the minds about a slew of pollution violations committed at the Deer Park refinery. Upshot: Shell will pay a $345,744 penalty for 35 emissions events and record-keeping violations that occurred from 2004 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    News You Can Use, Deer Park

    If you live in Deer Park -- well, any sentence that begins that way is unlikely to end well. And that's the case this morning, as a large chunk of the town is under a shelter-in-place order because of a fire at a plastics plant along 225. We're lucky we live in such a modern age, where information ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    How Not To Blog About Ike

    A Baytown-area teacher is in trouble for a blog she kept about her Ike experience. That "Ike experience" included, as the Baytown Sun reports: ...her love of MREs, her habit of hitting up more than one Place Of Distribution (POD) in trips between Baytown and her Deer Park home, and her enjoyment o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Where To Get Supplies From FEMA

    If you need ice or MREs you're probably not checking a blog, but in case a friend or relative out of the area is checking and can pass on the info, here's the official list of PODs -- the "places of Distribution" where you can wait on line for an ungodly amount of time to pick up some necessities: ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008
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    August 2, 2008

    In the Shade: In the Hot Seat with Chris from Gold Sounds

    We just heard the Gold Sounds and were pretty impressed. We decided to pull guitarist Chris over ask him "Who are you guys?" Well, we're from Deer Park. Sean recently moved to La Porte. Dee and Sean are brothers. How long have you been together? Since '05. I was going to UT before. Chris says t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2008

    Happy Record Store Day

    Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've forgotten how, don't bother asking your kids. It's r ... More >>

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    December 7, 2006
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    August 17, 2006
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    November 24, 2005

    Winning Ugly

    Don't ask how, but the city made a good move

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    July 8, 2004
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    August 28, 2003

    Trailer Treasure

    Tired of galleries? Head to "Trailer Park"

  • Dining

    November 21, 2002

    Come Fry with Me

    Valdo's misses some connections on its culinary journey around the world, but it's right at home with Gulf Coast seafood

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • Culture

    April 15, 1999
  • News

    January 14, 1999
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    December 24, 1998
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    December 10, 1998

    The Truth is Out There

    Pharmacist Garland Gross says Deer Park police have abused him for ten years. Police say Gross is a jerk who harasses them.

  • News

    December 5, 1996

    Crashing the Grand Old Party

    Dolly McKenna is the GOP candidate for the 25th District. But will Republicans vote for her?

  • News

    September 14, 1995

    Maxwell's Demons

    If you get crosswise with Larry Maxwell, beprepared to go to court

  • News

    April 14, 1994

    Trashing Houston

    To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go

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