• Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Vote on Buffalo Bayou Takes Place Behind Closed Doors

    A handful of people clustered in the dim hallway outside room 100 in the building that houses the Harris County Flood Control District. The clock nosed to 2 p.m. and everyone allowed in the meeting -- the members of the Harris County Flood Control District Task Force, each of whom are allowed one ... More >>

  • News

    January 9, 2014

    Fighting for Control: Can Buffalo Bayou Survive the Latest Plan to Save It?

    Plans to reroute Buffalo Bayou will rescue an unstable waterway. Or they will destroy one of the last natural stretches of riparian forest on the bayou. Consensus seems to have taken a hike.

  • News

    July 19, 2012

    If the Addicks and Barker Dams Fail

    They've already been labeled "high risk." Experts say the resulting damage could be bigger than Katrina in New Orleans.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    HISD's E-Rate Report is Out, Some Mysteries Remain

    Tickets, trips, gifts to HISD board members‚ÄčIt's debatable what's more amazing when reading over the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm's report on ethical violations in the so-called E-rate program by Houston ISD employees and their too-tempting IT vendors -- the stuff they can verify or the alleg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Young & Recessioned: Jason Jeansonne -- An Engineering Degree Gets You Work At A Movie Theater

    Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Jason Jeansonne, a 24-year-old Texas A&M grad whose engineering job didn't work out as planned. I got this job at an engineering company back in October of 2008. That was before any of the real bad financial stuff happened. I got hir ... More >>

  • News

    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell

    Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Remains Of Burned-Out Church May Become A Park

    Now here's a good idea, and we mean that sincerely -- transforming the battered hulk of the burned-out, historic Bethel Baptist Church in Midtown into a park.KHOU reports that City Council has voted to buy the land what is left of the church, which suffered a massive fire in 2005. The hope is that a ... More >>

  • News

    March 9, 2006

    Bring It On

    Why Houston should want a nuclear power plant

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Digging It

    Tunnels are a rare bird in Houston. But will they fly for I-45?

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    Wretched Excess

    Sludge, spread across the land, makes some people vomit and others very rich

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    October 10, 2002

    Diva of the Deal

    How Enron's high temptress turned massive projects into a $2 billion wet dream for the company -- and an estimated $100 million profit for herself

  • News

    July 12, 2001

    Up a Creek

    Diverting streams into the Brazos and Posh Amenity lakes has been great for fancy Fort Bend developments. But it's killing Oyster Creek, the lifeblood for legendary Texas cattle ranchers.

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    The Basement Tapes

    Muni Channel disaster drill: Keep to the high ground!

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Red Light, Green Light

    With billboards of windmills promising gentle, nonpolluting energy, Green Mountain offers Texans a new power avenue. Will they take it? Should they?

  • News

    April 6, 2000


    Bass kills and lesions on fish worry Sam Rayburn anglers. So does the state's plan to lower the lake's pollution standards.

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    We're No. 1!

    Houston seems destined to remain the country's biggest stink hole

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    Lost in The Woodlands

    A former slave colony finds it isn't even worth basic water and sewage systems

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Down the Drain

    Downsizing may not be treating city water workers -- or what we drink-- safely

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    Marriage Contract

    The Scotts' personal public-private partnership really paid off in city projects

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Blowing Smoke

    Government and civic boosters know the way to clean up the air in polluted southeast communities: add another chemical plant

  • News

    November 13, 1997

    Caution: Consultants Ahead

    The city has been doling out millions in no-bid contracts to outside consultants on public works projects. sometimes the results aren't pretty.

  • Culture

    October 9, 1997

    Art for the Masses

    Jessica Cusick wants to brighten our drab landscape with little moments of wonder and delight

  • Film

    August 21, 1997

    Peace and Lite

    In Box of Moonlight, John Turturro finds himself ... in a too-precious movie

  • News

    May 23, 1996

    Down the Drain

    Encroaching development and bureaucratic inertia are jeopardizing Sheldon Reservoir, one of east Harris County's last natural outposts

  • News

    May 9, 1996
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    March 14, 1996

    Swinish Behavior

    Texas A&M's attempt to push an animal research center on a black neighborhood has raised a sour smell in College Station

  • News

    July 6, 1995
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    June 22, 1995

    A Question of Power

    Do fields from high power lines cause childhood cancer? Years of research have revealed few solid facts. But Joe Jamail has charged the answer is yes, and HL&P knows it. He's headed to court to prove his case - or to dig into the utility's deep pockets.

  • News

    May 25, 1995