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FEMA

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Houston Firefighters Head to Tornado-Ravaged Arkansas

    A dozen Houston firefighters were dispatched to Arkansas Monday morning after tornadoes there ripped through the Little Rock area, killing ten people. The 12-member Texas Task Force Team 1, which left Houston at 12:30 a.m. Monday, will assist in search and rescue activities.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    10 Initials Worse Than NRG for Re-Naming Reliant Stadium

    It has been widely reported that NRG Energy, the company that bought the retail division of Reliant Energy in 2009, would be re-branding Reliant Stadium and the surrounding complex as part of efforts to make its name change more visible. Reliant agreed to pay $300 million over 30 years in naming rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Megadeth's Dave Mustaine's Hopes You're Still Buying

    When Megadeth founder/singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine was growing up, the troubled teen -- like a lot of his own fans would later -- found an escape from a shitty life and comforting solace in hard rock and heavy-metal music. "It was the one thing I could always count on to make me happy," he refle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Five Metal Bands Who Should Break Up Immediately

    We've talked before about bands who we thought should break up here at Rocks Off, but frankly, I think metal deserves its own little corner of this argument. How come? Because there are just so damn many metal bands who reached their expiration date a long time ago but keep milking their fans for ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Rocks Off 100: Melane Gutierrez, The Coffin Queen

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who: 13 Black Coffins is a band that has al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    April Schooled: How Two Different Pranks Caught Even Us Off Guard April 1

    As the saying goes, you've got to get up pretty early in the morning to pull one over on us. Apparently, in at least two cases yesterday, people got up DAMN early because a couple of our writers got caught with their virtual pants down. We know conspiracy theorists think the media is involved in so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Roger Goodell Is Better Than FEMA" Edition

    So how bad was the controversial ending of Monday night's Seahawks-Packers game for the NFL? Well, consider that the story got coverage on every major national news show Tuesday morning, was the subject of a David Letterman Top 10 list, and prompted President Obama to comment publicly on the topic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Even While Accepting Help on Wildfires, Rick Perry Blasts Obama

    Too little and late, Perry says.​President Obama today signed an order declaring 45 Texas counties to be disaster areas because of wildfires, and even while saying the action was "good for Texas," Governor Rick Perry couldn't resist criticizing Obama. "President Obama's decision to finally ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    This Week's Cover Story: Ire Greets Dedication Of Bolivar's New Catholic Chapel

    Civil War over a Bolivar church​Ordinarily, the dedication of a new church building is cause for unbridled, unqualified celebration. Such is not the case in Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, where the circumstances surrounding the dedication of the new Our Lady By The Sea Chapel and Catholic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    A Day At The Beach For Beyonce, Dad

    ​ One of the things Rocks Off is most grateful for is our Google alert for Beyonce, which provides us with a never-ending stream of amusing and occasionally newsworthy anecdotes concerning the escapades of Houston's hometown diva and her extended family. This morning's was especially rich, because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Treme: Right Place, Wrong Time

    ​The third episode is potentially a tough one in a ten-episode arc like the one we're getting in the first season of Treme: Far enough in that characters have been set up, not quite at a major halfway point that would entail some twists or the onset of the momentum that will carry the narrativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Treme: Right Place, Wrong Time

    ​The third episode is potentially a tough one in a ten-episode arc like the one we're getting in the first season of Treme: Far enough in that characters have been set up, not quite at a major halfway point that would entail some twists or the onset of the momentum that will carry the narrativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Michelle Bachmann FAIL: Houston, Harris County Beats 2000 Rate Of Mailing In Census Forms

    Why don't Texans agree with this woman that the Census is an evil plot?​Way out there among the legions of birthers and deathers and FEMA concentration camp believers, there's the census haters. Led by Minnesota rep Michelle Bachmann, they refuse to fill out the 2010 census forms because...because ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2010

    Lively-Hood

    Coast's evolution from rapper to singer to, simply, Artist.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Texas Monthly Gives A Big Ol' Slobberin' Kiss To Bill White

    ​The newest edition of Texas Monthly has a lengthy profile of candidate (for something) Bill White, erstwhile mayor of Houston.The first few grafs give the flavor: by S.C. Gwynne Mayor Bill is on the move. Strapped into the passenger seat of an unmarked Lincoln Town Car, cell phone stuck firmly t ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2009

    Life, Post-Ike

    One year later, Galveston residents like Marie Creasy have dug in for the long haul

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    If Who's On First, What's On Second: A Post-Ike Diary Documenting One Family's Attempt To Get Past First Base With The Houston Housing Authority

    ​Ike's anniversary is coming up, an event which will be well-covered locally. We're doing out part with the September 10 issue; until then we'll be posting some Ike-related items to whet the appetite.In the 1950s the famous comedy team of Abbott and Costello developed what is probably their most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Galveston's Flagship Hotel: Going Once, Going Twice.....

    The Flagship Hotel, that iconic building on a pier in Galveston, seems to forever be endangered. It now looks like it's more endangered than ever.The strange, twisty tale of the now semi-battered building might be coming to a conclusion, the Galveston County Daily News reports. Landry's Restaurants, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Free Press Houston Announces "Summer Fest" Line-Up

    The chill dudes across town at Free Press Houston dropped an awesome bomb this afternoon, announcing their two-day "Summer Fest" shindig, set to go down August 8 and 9 at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Tickets are at $7 for each day, with the line-up spread out over those two days. The headliners that Edit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    June 1: And So It Begins......

    NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!! (MUST CREDIT HAIR BALLS!!!!!) Today is the beginning of the hurricane season.While the rest of the so-called mainstream media will ignore this important milestone simply because writing or airing stuff about hurricanes in Houston results in cheap increases in ratings and clic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    They're Still Arresting People Who Curse In Galveston County, Gosh Darn It

    Photo by Joe ShlabotnikLast year Kristi Fridge garnered nationwide publicity after being arrested in a La Marque Wal-Mart for cursing. Reasonable people thought that if a vengeful God had somehow decided to mess with you enough to place you in a Wal-Mart in LaMarque, then cursing would be a viable r ... More >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009
  • Culture

    February 12, 2009

    Pleasure Cruiser

    Why is Paul Villinski's "Emergency Response Studio" parked outside Rice Gallery?

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Finally, Some Good News For The Bolivar Peninsula

    Good news has been in short supply on the Bolivar Peninsula since Ike hit, but something that could pass -- these days, anyway -- as good news was announced this week.Crenshaw, a pre-K-8 elementary and middle school on the peninsula, will reopen February 4, GISD announced to the applause of resident ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2009

    Hurricane Ike's Wake

    Forgotten and overlooked, Galveston and the Texas Gulf Coast struggle on in the storm's aftermath

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Be Thou Fishers Of Men, Or Scammers Of Government

    There's no scam like a religious scam. And there's no religious scam like one where the church involved has a really churchy name, like Fishers of Men. And that's what we have (allegedly) in Houston -- the US Attorney's office has indicted the heads of Fishers of Men for skimming millions in fake s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008
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    October 27, 2008
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    October 21, 2008

    Fanfare For The Area Man

    The Sealy Times gets today's award for most-Onion like headline: "Local Man Joins Presidential Race" That big-dreamin' local man is a Houston native -- Thaddaus Hill, who heads the Madisonian-Federalist Party. Hill is a political science professor at Blinn College. He admits he's not measuring th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    No Room At The Inn For Returning Galvestonians

    Time is running out for Ike refugees who have been getting their hotel bills paid by FEMA. Soon they'll have to leave Austin, or Dallas, or wherever and head back to Galveston. Where, they will find, there are no hotel rooms. Complaints have been reaching city council that the hotels that are open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    You May Not Have Power, Galveston, But You Can Golf

    Galveston may still be struggling with basic services....but the golf course is soon going to open! In fact, the driving range already is open, so people can take out their FEMA frustration on the ball. The rest of the Moody Gardens course should be open in two to three weeks, officials say.

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Are You Taking Over, Or Are You Taking Orders?

    Trouble is brewing. A group of Galveston evacuees says they are planning a bit of civil disobedience in the fight to get into their island homes to assess and fix damage. "We are planning to caravan to Galveston and disobey the police when they tell us that we cannot have access to our homes," say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Aftermath: Jana Hunter and Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez at the Petrol Station

    Photos by Ramon "LP4" Medina It would be a stretch to call Wednesday's Jana Hunter/Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez show - which had been hastily relocated to Garden Oaks coffeehouse/pub the Petrol Station from DiverseWorks - normal. That much was clear when some guy came out of his house and expressed his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Unlucky Pasadenans Arrive At The George R. Brown

    Red Cross and FEMA workers seem about ready to be finished with shelter operations at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Earlier this afternoon, officers with the Houston Police Department arrested one man at the site and were on the verge of putting another man – possibly drunk – in handcuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    In The Re-Match, Second Baptist Again Kicks Lakewood's Ass

    The battle of the mega-churches is under way as hurricane-relief efforts continue, and it looks like Second Baptist has pulled out to a healthy lead over Lakewood. In fact, if you had bet on Second Baptist, you probably wouldn’t even need to worry about the spread. As of 1 p.m. today, volunteer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Bush Visit Causing Gridlock, Galveston Reporter Claims

    Thanks a lot, President Bush. According to Leigh Jones, the Galveston County Daily News reporter who's Twittering her reporting from around the battered island, Bush's visit there is hampering relief workers. "Emergency personnel can't get over the causeway because the president is here. No one ca ... 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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    September 15, 2008
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    September 15, 2008

    FEMA Looking Good at TSU Distribution Center

    In some spots, so far FEMA is looking good. The wait for folks at the Distribution Center at Texas Southern University (3600 Rosewood) was around 30 minutes. Volunteers were filling hands and trunks with ice, water and food of people in walk-thru and drive-thru lines. And things were moving ... "P ... More >>

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    Hard Rock Pawty

    Even Hurricane Katrina couldn't stop Suplecs

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2006
  • Calendar

    June 22, 2006

    We're All "Screwed"

    So save us, Lewis!

  • Resolutions

    January 19, 2006

    New Year's Resolutions for Houston

    We have a lot to forgive and forget about 2005; here's hoping local celebs do better next year

  • News

    October 27, 2005

    Faded Love

    Our correspondent finds his attempts to help rebuffed by evacuees

  • Culture

    October 6, 2005

    Keepin' On

    New Orleans artists find refuge -- and studios -- in Houston

  • News

    October 6, 2005
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    September 27, 2001

    Letters

    Rotten to the Corps, Wife Strife, Sweet and Neat

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    The Perfect Political Storm

    In this flood, Lee Brown has stayed high and dry (so far)

  • News

    April 8, 1999

    Preparing for the Millennium

    Go to the Austin Hill Country and meet some folks who are taking Y2K very seriously

  • News

    March 11, 1999

    City Pork Project

    Residents look for answers but find only a developer's arrogance

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