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Freight Transportation

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    'I Did What I Had to Do,' Says Mailman Accused of Killing Dog With Rock

    Houston may have a high number of dog attacks on postal workers, but it's a Fort Worth letter carrier who's taking heat for allegedly killing a family's dog with a rock. Lawrence Brown says the mailman, whose name has not been released, admitted to caving in the 5-year-old Yorkshire terrier's skull ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Houston Dogs Hate Postal Workers

    More postal workers were bitten by dogs in Houston last year than in 61 other cities. In advance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which we all know kicks off May 18, the United States Postal Service has released statistics showing that Houston had 63 dog attacks of postal workers in 2013, out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Galveston Bay Oil Spill: A Lesson In a Series of Lessons

    Mark Twain's declaration that "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme" is an appropriate and memorable reminder in the wake of the March 24, Galveston Bay oil spill. It's one more prompt that environmental abuses, whether by negligence, human error, or political gain, need our attention no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2013

    The Postal Service at Free Press Summer Fest, 6/1/2013

    The Postal Service Free Press Summer Fest June 1, 2013 Back in 2003, a magical group of musicians came together to create a standalone project. Their little experiment became Give Up, one of the most beloved indie records ever. They never toured this record, but its fanbase continued to grow. Ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Acts We'd Rather Skip This Time

    This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off has been bringing you our staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Down Boy: Texas Ranks Third in Most Dog Bites in the U.S.

    Being a mail carrier for the postal service must be a bitch, particularly in older neighborhoods where they have to walk up to houses instead of just driving by a mailbox. There's the heat and carrying a big pack full of mail. But, perhaps the worst part is the fear of being attacked by a dog. Any a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest '13 Announces Postal Service, Stooges, Cat Power, TV On the Radio, Social D, Geto Boys, Calvin Harris, etc.

    Moments ago, the lineup for the 2013 Free Press Summer Festival was announced online at fpsf.com. Let's get to it, shall we?

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Say Goodbye To Nine Houston Post Offices

    Offices a-closin'​The U.S. Postal Service has announced it's thinking about shutting 3,700 locations across the country, many in small towns. But Houston would not be spared: A list of potential closings -- hilariously labeled the "Expanded Access Study List" -- shows nine sites in the city a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Union Pacific Is Very Sorry For Blocking Major Galleria-Area Roads For 7 Hours Today

    A crew had to stop where they were​Galleria area drivers had a nasty morning today because a Union Pacific train was dropped dead in its tracks blocking Richmond and West Alabama for almost seven hours. Union Pacific spokesperson Raquel Espinoza tells Hair Balls the train's crew had reached t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Houston Dogs Worst In Country For Attacking Mail Carriers

    Probably lives in Houston​It's hard out there for a Houston mail carrier -- if the heat doesn't get you, the dogs probably will. The United States Postal Service has put out its list of the 10 most dangerous cities for dog attacks, and coming in at the top is....us. USPS says 62 Houston lett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Frankie Sanders: Union Boss Put in Travel Vouchers for Hotels Closed by Katrina

    Make sure your fake receipts are not for closed hotels.​If you're going to rip your union off for $10,000 by putting in fake travel vouchers, don't put in one showing you stayed at a New Orleans hotel while it was closed because of huge Hurricane Katrina damage. It's just common sense. Con Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Neal Uy Lim: Got Millions Through Counterfeit Postage Scheme

    Don't mess with Newman​A Houston man has been convicted of running a multi-million scheme where he used counterfeit postage machines to rip off the post office. Neal Uy Lim, 50, owned three large pre-sorting mail businesses in the Houston area, operations that handle bulk mail and get a disco ... More >>

  • News

    January 6, 2011

    Don't Kill the Messengers

    How bike couriers plan to survive the internet age.

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2010

    RealFilms Screening: Living with the Trinity

    How the Trinity River made political history

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Lead Plaintiff In "Toxic Town" Lawsuit Dies

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​A little over two years ago, the Houston Press published an award-winning story looking into Somerville, a small town 90 miles northwest of here that contained a plant that made railroad ties."Toxic Town" described the high rate of cancer in the town and focused on the lead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Texas Is Still The Destination Of Choice, Moving Company Finds

    ​For 42 years, Allied Van Lines has issued a report saying where people are moving to and where they're leaving. Once again, Texas tops the list of destination states.Dominates the list, is more like it. The state had a net gain of almost 2,000, the company reports, far greater than second-place A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Commuter Rail From Galveston And Hempstead By 2012!! Well, Maybe

    ​The Citizens Transportation Coalition is currently giddy with dreams of 90 MPH commuter trains speeding from Galveston and down 290 into the city...possibly by 2012, which sounds like the far future but is only three years away. There hasn't been much public movement on commuter rail since the HG ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Railroad Wins Important "Toxic Town" Suit

    Photo by Daniel KramerDennis DavisIn 2007, our Todd Spivak did a feature on  the "Toxic Town" of Somerville, 90 miles southnorthwest of Houston and home to a Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway plant.Residents there have much higher cancer rates than normal, a fact some traced to the arsenic, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Important "Toxic Town" Trial Starts Up Today

    Photo by Daniel KramerThe polluters who turned Somerville into the Toxic Town described in an award-winning Houston Press story may have had a good result in the first lawsuit they faced, but a second one -- beginning a week from today in the town of Caldwell in Burleson County -- may be different. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The East End Doesn't Like Metro's Light-Rail Overpass (Updated)

    The Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, the Eastwood Civic Association, and some East End residents are up in arms over Metro's plans for a light rail overpass on Harrisburg Boulevard. So what's their problem, you say? Why would anyone have anything critical to say of Metro? Yeah, Hair Balls found ... More >>

  • News

    May 22, 2008

    Truck Drivers Falter Under the Weight of High Fuel Prices

    The rising price of diesel hits independent owner/operators the hardest

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Duck Season. Rabbit Season. Tax Season.

    Several organizations took advantage of the tax day rush at the downtown post office to promote their causes – anti-government sentiment and beer. Members of HoustonTruth.org and RiotUSA.org gathered outside the post office to pass out pamphlets and DVDs, and to denounce taxes, the IRS and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2008
  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Toxic Town: Cancer and Birth Defects in Somerville

    In Somerville, chances are far better than normal that you will die of cancer or give birth to a deformed baby

  • Home Entertainment

    October 19, 2006

    Cold as Ice

    NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp.

  • Calendar

    March 23, 2006
  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Ultra Man

    Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach

  • News

    June 17, 2004
  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Welcome to Fire Island

    While communities across the country block LNG terminals, Quintana just shrugs

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Post Office

    Sam Houston Branch

  • News

    May 23, 2002

    Perilous Paths

    A severed foot revives the fight over safe train crossings for schoolkids

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    Going off the Rails

    A proposed line into the Bayport Industrial District has residents from Clear Lake to the East End vowing to stop the "toxic train" in its tracks

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    The Cannabis Caper

    How a citizen's donation to NORML got routed to the DEA

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    Letters

    Rotten to the Corps, Wife Strife, Sweet and Neat

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Letters

    Silent Echo, Going Postal, Freedom Fighter

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Zoned Out

    The biggest Houston postal "improvement" ever has cut 400 jobs -- and snarled mail delivery

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Stale Mail at the Fed

    Urine, tax returns, and credit card payments pile up at the federal building

  • Culture

    April 26, 2001

    Letter Bombs

    Dittborn's airmail art challenges your assumptions about his Chilean background

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Puff It Up

    Anchors have feelings - and a flair for fashion!

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    Pushing the Envelope

    Sushi via the U.S. mail? Velveeta boxes affixed with stamps? To Beth Jacobs, it's all art.

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    City Hall's Dime Debts

    When it comes to Houston follies, full fare is only fair

  • News

    December 17, 1998
  • News

    December 3, 1998

    D.on't

    P.olice S.emis?

  • News

    December 3, 1998

    Semi-Safe

    Pasadena police wanted bad trucks off the road. Then big-rig politics wrecked their plans.

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Stolen and Forged

    The check is in the mail takes on a whole new meaning in West University Place

  • Film

    December 25, 1997

    Return to Sender

    With The Postman, Kevin Costner fails to deliver

  • News

    October 31, 1996

    DisUnion

    Rent by charges of corruption and ineffective representation, Teamsters Local 988 may be driving itself to destruction

  • Calendar

    June 27, 1996
  • News

    June 13, 1996

    The Bender Difference

    A former corporate downsizer takes a hard-nosed approach to helping the homeless

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