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  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    The Whole World is Tweeting: Social Media and Social Justice

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Is Ted Cruz Ever Going to Learn New Tricks?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Airplane Dangers -- the Germy Kind

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Let Us Clarify: SpaceX Spaceport "Probably" Will Come to Texas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Houston Spaceport, Still in Planning Stages, Has Its First Customer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Six Other Crazy Places Metallica Should Play Now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The Drones are (Probably) Coming to Texas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    United's 787s Make a Comeback After Grounding

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    The 6 Worst Air-Show Disasters: A Video Collection, Just In Time For Wings Over Houston

    Things can go wrong​Next 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Can't We Just Leave D.B. Cooper Alone?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Pointing Lasers at Planes: A Big Texas Pastime

    Save it for Laser Floyd, people​The 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 >>

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010
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    September 7, 2010

    Selling Counterfeit Cisco Parts To The Prison System? Get Ready To Meet Your Victim

    Yo, "Tony" says it's all good​Robert 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Soon-To-Be-Sorry Pilot Buzzes Bolivar Beach

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Houston Fire Department Battles Another Racism Allegation, Assuming You Think Graffiti Saying "Die Nigger" Is Racist

    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 >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    Battle of the Big Crosses

    Dick-measuring, Christian style

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    The Holy War Has Begun, and It Is Being Waged with Giant Crosses

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Don't Worry About That Plane Buzzing Downtown Houston. Really

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Continental Wants Its Pilots to Work Harder, Fly Righter

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    The Osteen Trial: All Over But The Shouting

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    The Osteen Trial: Wherefore The Shark?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    The Osteen Trial: Brilliant Legal Mind At Work

    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 >>

  • News

    April 17, 2008

    Do You Have Multiple Personality Disorder?

    Years after Sybil, the debate continues

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Victoria Osteen, Continental Airlines and Unmanned Drones

    Verdict on the Victoria Osteen trial: Fun!

  • Film

    February 22, 2007

    Fly Me to the Moon

    Astronaut Farmer dares to dream

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    The Plane Truth

    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

  • News

    December 22, 2005

    It's a Bird! It's a Plane!

    Despite major opposition, construction commences on what could become North America's most dangerous airport

  • News

    July 14, 2005

    A Gap in Coverage

    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.

  • News

    May 13, 2004

    Captive Market

    Companies complain that they can't compete against convict labor

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Man's New Best Friend

    In the wake of September 11, security dogs have become must-have items. Prices have skyrocketed. There aren't enough German shepherds.

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    If Six Were Nine

    The Chron cooks the books for a circulation boast

  • News

    October 19, 2000

    More of the Same

    Houston braces for an invasion of TV news

  • News

    October 7, 1999


    Not Ready for Prime Time. Continental may have taught the mayor how to fly right

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    Searching for a Cello

    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.

  • News

    September 3, 1998
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    October 23, 1997

    After the Crash

    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.

  • News

    September 11, 1997

    The Airport That Wouldn't Die

    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.

  • News

    January 20, 1994

    The fight to save the Katy Prairie

    How many winters more will Arctic waterfowl make their 10,000-year-old journey to the western edge of Houston?