In 1968 outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, all hell broke loose. Antiwar protesters had gathered outside the Hilton Hotel, but what was a peaceful demonstration turned violent when police arrested and even beat some of those being arrested, all while TV cameras were trained on th ... More >>
We must give credit where credit is due: Sen. Ted Cruz is the best politician around when it comes to getting himself into the news cycle. You want an opinion on the Ukrainian mess? He's got one! You want a soundbite on Israel? Well, he's got one of those too! He'll talk about the border crisis and ... More >>
Research conducted by Auburn University recently reminded us just how germ-filled airplanes can be. Obviously, you should be more worried about your plane colliding with another, but given the disease breeding ground that is summer airplane travel, it's good to know you might need some bleach wipes ... More >>
On Friday SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that SpaceX is definitely totally coming to Texas to build a launch pad. Kind of. That's what the Houston Chronicle reported as breaking news with a headline that came off like the spaceport in Texas is a done deal. However, an offhand answer to a question at ... More >>
If you thought trying to get app-based transportation approved here in Houston was tough, it'll be interesting to see how smoothly it goes developing a plan for commercial space flight. Space travel is higher on the list, we think, especially since a project --- a planned public-private partnership ... More >>
2013 was a big year for Metallica, featuring performances in IMAX 3D and in Antarctica of all places. Let's face it, there's not a whole let left for the biggest rock band in the world to accomplish. I mean, when you're forced to start playing in Antarctica just to do something new, you've really hi ... More >>
If you thought drones were the stuff of Terminator movies and bombings in countries that aren't us, you've got another think coming. The world of drones and drone research is coming to Texas, pending FAA approval. The FAA is due to announce the designation of six test sites for unmanned aircraft sy ... More >>
After a four-month grounding, United Airlines' Dreamliner 787s return to the air. These aircraft are supposed to be Boeing's salute to energy-efficient travel. According to Boeing's Web site, this midsize airplane can carry between 210 and 290 passengers over a distance of up to 8,500 nautical miles ... More >>
Things can go wrongNext time you go to an air show, take a look at the fine print on the ticket. Besides the usual stuff about acts of God and "Promoter not responsible if the frontman doesn't show due to injecting Drano into his balls," there's something else. It says they're really, really ... More >>
On the plus side, maybe this guy can get a new gig.This November marks the 40th anniversary of the hijacking of Northwest Flight #305 by a man calling himself "Dan Cooper." The hijacker, later erroneously referred to in the media as "D.B.," jumped out of the plane at an altitude of 10,000 fee ... More >>
Save it for Laser Floyd, peopleThe FAA has issued its annual report on the growing problem of airplane pilots being targeted by laser pointers as they try to land, and be proud, Texas: You had more such incidents than any state but California. It happened 239 times in Texas in 2010, FAA spok ... More >>
Yo, "Tony" says it's all goodRobert Erdman ripped off the federal Bureau of Prisons and other agencies to the tune of almost $1.5 million, and now he will get a close-up view of just how good the computer systems in the BOP are.Erdman was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for selling ... More >>
If you're having a nice little get-together with fellow Jeep enthusiasts on a beach, the last thing you expect is to get your head almost taken off by some pilot who decides it'd be fun to bizz the beach.But that's what happened last weekend on Bolivar Peninsular, the Galveston County Daily News re ... More >>
The Houston Police Department began a full-scale hate-crime investigation this morning after a pair of women firefighters discovered racist and sexist graffiti scribbled all over the locker doors in the women's dressing quarters at Station 54 at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Houston Fire Depa ... More >>
Dick-measuring, Christian style
There amid the regiment of high-tension, high-voltage power lines that line the South Beltway, Sagemont Church's brand-new 170-foot cross does not look as impressive as it might if it were situated in more glorious isolation. (The mountaintop Jesus of Rio Janeiro is 45 feet shorter but much more str ... More >>
Houstonians downtown during today's lunch hour were treating to a very curious aerial display as they walking to and from their offices. A small single-engine was seen doing swoops and twirls in between our tallest skyscrapers. The plane's flight was mostly up and down Main, but the flight plan seem ... More >>
If you're flying Continental to Mumbai in the near future, you might want to pay close attention to how rested the pilot is. Are her eyes bloodshot, or are the lids propped up with toothpicks? Or is she perhaps knocking back little pills with gallons of coffee? Well, the FAA seems a bit worried tha ... More >>
The world’s most ridiculous trial continued today with two dynamo attorneys displaying radically different styles: Rusty Hardin, representing defendant Victoria Osteen, chose to impeach the plaintiff on the stand by presenting factual evidence that contradicted her claims, and by generally highlig ... More >>
Although not explicitly stating he wanted to recreate a scene from the 1975 classic Switchblade Sisters, Rusty Hardin today had Victoria Osteen and Sharon Brown stand beside each other so the jury could compare their height and weight. Hardin claimed this was so jurors could better visualize the ki ... More >>
Two things were made abundantly clear at the Victoria Osteen trial today: one is that Sharon Brown deserves millions upon millions of dollars for being attacked by a rabidly out-of-control harpie; and the other is that there is simply no greater attorney in Houston – nay, in world history – than ... More >>
Years after Sybil, the debate continues
Verdict on the Victoria Osteen trial: Fun!
Astronaut Farmer dares to dream
Houston minister Dr. K.A. Paul flies around the globe using Jesus to pull in worldwide donations -- unfortunately spending more money on jet fuel than orphans
Despite major opposition, construction commences on what could become North America's most dangerous airport
Critics of GoldStar ambulance service say it's late to emergencies, cares for profits over patients, and doctors its books. But without it, there's nothing.
Companies complain that they can't compete against convict labor
In the wake of September 11, security dogs have become must-have items. Prices have skyrocketed. There aren't enough German shepherds.
The Chron cooks the books for a circulation boast
Houston braces for an invasion of TV news
Not Ready for Prime Time. Continental may have taught the mayor how to fly right
In school, Des Hoebig learned to play an instrument. Now, out in the shady world of big-money dealers, he's learning to buy one.
When victims' rights advocate Pam Lychner and her daughters died on TWA Flight 800, her husband knew what he had to do: Find justice for Pam.
Last fall, environmentalists thought they'd finally put a stake through the heart of the West Side Airport. But the mayoral race seems to have given it a new lease on life.
How many winters more will Arctic waterfowl make their 10,000-year-old journey to the western edge of Houston?