The Great Recession is a thing of the past in Texas, according to a study by Wallet Hub. The website ranked the economic recoveries from the Great Recession of America's 150 largest cities by non-metro population, and Texas cities were atop the pack. Wallet Hub used 18 metrics in its study, brok ... More >>
Fortunes sure have a way of changing. Just a few years ago, Texas A&M had a brutally awful football team in the Big 12 with their rivals, University of Texas, a team that was competing for titles seemingly every year. The Aggies were constantly playing second fiddle to their Austin adversaries. Then ... More >>
We never expected to find a home as quickly as we did. When my fiancée and I started looking, we assumed we would casually search until after our wedding in October, then get serious. But as we watched interest rates slowly begin to tick upward, we decided to speed up the process. Even then, we ass ... More >>
App: Speedtest Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: http://www.speedtest.net/mobile/ Cost: Free Doors can be a problem. Some nights, when I'm sitting on my front porch, but I want to quickly check my e-mail, my wi-fi just spins. It's the door. It's getting in between my router and m ... More >>
A new study claims Houston is one of the best cities in the country when it comes to not getting too stressed about personal finances. This "Houston" that CardHub.com is talking about is apparently the one right here in Texas -- the one where we don't know too many people who aren't "stressed about ... More >>
After nearly a week of early mornings, late nights, and a few choice Facebook posts, it seems the University of Houston's English Teaching Fellows' sit-in has finally ended. A meeting with President Renu Khator, and a subsequent statement from her office, detailed the measures the university is will ... More >>
This year will mark the 136th time the Cattle Raisers Convention has met, but it's in a climate that these cattlemen haven't battled for a long time. More than 2,500 ranchers and landowners are convening in Fort Worth this March to discuss a trifecta of issues that won't easily be solved. Ranchers ... More >>
Twenty-seven seconds into the song posted above, Canadian rocker Matthew Good says the phrase "first world problems." It is, as far as most Internet detectives can tell, the first time that phrase was used in a piece of art. Good wasn't setting out to create a punchline that would be beaten to death ... More >>
We couldn't help but laugh our asses off at the latest move by EarthQuest "consultant" Don Holbrook to silence two of his loudest critics: Last week, he hired an Ohio attorney to send cease and desist letters to Garland, Texas, resident Heather Dobrott, who runs a site called realscam.com, and to a ... More >>
Don Holbrook, one of the masterminds behind the perpetually stalled New Caney clusterfuck known as EarthQuest, has been sued by the city of Huber Heights, Ohio, for allegedly performing a substandard economic analysis for the city. The city, located just northeast of Dayton, entered into a $66,000 ... More >>
A green amusement park was supposed to bring prosperity to New Caney, but so far, only a few have profited. And it still exists only on paper.
Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.
In Texas, illegal immigration is often extremely lucrative.Texas is number one again today. To our trophy case of great honors, we add Most Beholden To Private Corporations, When It Comes To Illegal Immigration. The Detention Watch Network recently released aggregated data about the big busi ... More >>
bbc.comMy, those little turkens sure do look delicious!What has the body of a chicken, the head of a turkey, and is bred for its skills in magic? Okay, so that last one's a rip on Napoleon Dynamite, but there really is such a beast, originating in the far corners of Eastern Europe. Recently ... More >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
Part meltdown memoir, part essential finger pointing, Inside Job will make you seethe.
The Heights Walmart deal worked despite missing documents from the developer. That's sure to drive some people crazyHair Balls obtained new e-mails this week that reveal an interesting detail about the controversial 380 agreement between the city and developer Michael Ainbinder: The application, ... More >>
Got to live within its meansThe city's Department of Housing and Community Development has cut 29 jobs due to budget strains and will begin a restructuring "that will restore financial integrity, improve performance and facilitate expansion of the mission to include a new focus on community devel ... More >>
Get a Head Start, even if you're keeping a poor kid outThe problem with the Head Start program is that it's always been an exclusive, good-ole-boy club where only poor and disenfranchised kids can matriculate. The doors are flung wide open to ragamuffins, only to be slammed shut in the faces of e ... More >>
Robert Lock, slapped with an injunctionThe West Virginia Attorney General has sued an alleged debt settlement company we investigated in December. However, one of the company's founders had told us the company -- predicated on the belief that when you get a credit card, the bank owes yo ... More >>
So the Houston Dynamo are upset that Harris County hasn't yet given them money for their planned pleasure palace. Well cry me a river.I'm not sure if the Dynamo have noticed, but there's a rather severe recession going on in the country right now. And though the Dynamo are only asking for ten ... More >>
Attn: Wall Street. Michael Moore is a Marxist (but he's still selling the same old shtick).
Byron Hagan and Marshall HainleyNobody told the Red Door Theater Company there was a recession going on. The plucky theater troupe launched their group earlier this year in, of all theater-starved places, Pasadena. With true Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney/"Let's Put on a Show" spunk, Artistic ... More >>
The 88 major job markets across the U.S. lost a total of 1.2 million jobs in 2008, according to a study by Bizjournals.Only 15 of the 88 markets saw a job increase in the year. And the city with the largest increase of all -- Houston.We added 57,300 jobs in 2008. While that may have been a good mont ... More >>
Peter Tosh The Ultimate Experience (Shanachie) www.shanachie.com More than 20 years since Peter Tosh's 1987 assassination, the Wailers co-founder's legacy (as well as Bob Marley's) live on around the world, but that rings especially true in his native Jamaica, where he burst out of poverty and ... More >>
It's become a tradition. You spend two days cooking, slaving over a hot stove, sweating into the family green bean casserole, making gallons upon gallons of iced tea for assorted loved and loathed ones. But instead of taking the next day off to go comatose and let the fullness subside, what do you d ... More >>
[From time to time, Rocks Off will post flyers and posters from local gigs that catch our eye. Tonight's Recession Thursday installment at Numbers is a good place to start. If you'd like us to post yours, email a jpeg to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
August Wilson offers up his own 70s show
A quick fix may only have created more problems for CPS and the families it serves
Interactive exhibit presented by Doctors without Borders
Homeowners complain that Litton Loan is quicker to foreclose than it needs to be
The city sends a special something to Africa
UTMB is under fire in Dallas for its jail health care. So why is Houston ready to install it here?
Don't cook tonight! The first of a three-part series on summer takeout
A naked woman's traffic death rekindles concerns about Shed
Previous tax bills and blighted properties haunt the city housing director
Questions about conflicts of interest and motives cloud a $77 million city housing deal
The city of Houston is being carved into special taxing districts, promising windfalls for some, financial burdens for others
A family battles to save its land -- and a homeless shelter -- from an urban-renewal juggernaut
APV is more than his home. It's his life. No wonder he can't let it go without one final struggle.