These dudes know how to write a sweet contract.A KBR government contract protected the company from liability for injuries or deaths caused by willful misconduct, according to recently declassified Army documents. Although the existence of the clause was revealed as a part of a lawsuit file ... More >>
Jamie Leigh Jones had a long wait for her day in court.A federal jury rejected claims by Jamie Leigh Jones, who says she was gang-raped as a KBR employee in Iraq and then mistreated by the company. The jury found she was not raped, and KBR did not commit fraud. Jones, 26, sued KBR/Halliburt ... More >>
Jamie Leigh Jones' fight finally finds a courtroomAfter years of delays, today Jamie Leigh Jones is finally getting her day in court against Halliburton and KBR. Jones -- we've done a number of stories on her -- has become famous through her attempts to hold the company responsible for the g ... More >>
Not only the big players get hit with Iraq sex-abuse suitsHouston-based energy services companies have gotten plenty of ink over the past several years due to allegations and accusations that male employees working in places such as Iraq have raped and abused their female co-workers. Much of it i ... More >>
This nondescript-looking restaurant is serving the real thing.
They delivered in the Global War on TerrorSwanita Taylor, a former employee of KBR, was taking a break from her job doing laundry at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan when a man suddenly came up from behind her.He forced her face down into a table with one arm while he used the other to grab Taylor ... More >>
The Yes Men take on companies using their own tools.
Gushing oil is not always a good thing, Houston companies findLouisiana, not Texas, will be feeling the effects of the massive oil spill in the Gulf -- unless you count the indirect fallout, and in that case we are Oil Spill Central.Lawsuits are already being filed in regards to the explosion and ... More >>
Notorious protesters get the retrospective treatment
Today is the big day before the U.S. Supreme Court for Jeff Skilling, former Enron exec, former Manhattan party animal, current federal inmate.Among other things, Skilling's lawyers are arguing that his federal trial should have been moved from Houston because we all were so affected by Enron tha ... More >>
We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?
Most politicians, once their days in government service are over, go on to less public but nonetheless luractive careers in the private sector. They serve on corporate boards, become presidents of universities, or enjoy a quiet retirement. Sure, they can't all be Jimmy Carter, parlaying a lengthy p ... More >>
Jo Frederiksen of The Woodlands has joined the ever-growing number of women who claim they were sexually abused and harassed in Iraq under the watch of their former employer, Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root. She recently filed a lawsuit in Harris County District Court against the company. ... More >>
For decades, vital issues affecting the U.S. and Texas were hashed out in Suite 8-F of the Lamar Hotel in downtown Houston.The suite had only two rooms and a kitchenette and it was decorated in whatever the relevant time period's definition of "tacky" was, but it became the Unofficial Capital of Tex ... More >>
A group of former condo owners say SMU defrauded them of their homes to make way for the new Bush library.
There's always someone offended over something these days
KBR (Halliburton to the old-schoolaz) has had its share of troubles on its way to making untold billions of dollars of profit in Iraq.There's the rape and sexual harassment (Female and male-on-male!). There's the electrocuting soldiers. There's the dogs running around chomping on human remains inten ... More >>
UPI (Motto: "Yes, we're still around") is reporting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a "follow-on" contract to Houston's KBR (Halliburton) to continue work on a convoy supply camp in Iraq.And why not?It's not like KBR has senators demanding investigations into allegations that soldi ... More >>
A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend
After the jump, we’ve embedded a documentary about the deportation of peace activist Scott Parkin from Australia a few years back . Parkin now calls San Fran home, but he lived here before heading Down Under, and the documentary features some quick footage of the infamous 2005 anti-Halliburton pro ... More >>
Some TAKS tests are murder
Breaking out of the pack of Iraq war docs, No End in Sight devastates
On the Fence
Full pads, full contact, no slackers allowed
For our next FOIA request, we'd like to know where he got that lovely tie. When Senator John Cornyn isn't busy making sure the Prez can torture anyone he wants, he's doing some good stuff for government transparency. Along with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Cornyn sponsored the OPEN Governme ... More >>
An oil-field services employee from Texas is shot down on the streets of Nigeria, martyr to someone's cause
...making Houston proud. America's favorite war profiteers are in the news again. Unsealed on Friday, a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Kellogg, Brown & Root claims the Halliburton subsidiary used military supplies for its own Super Bowl party. (We were going to blog about this yesterday, b ... More >>
Are they sellouts -- or just really bad rappers?
The city sends a special something to Africa
Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.
Yanti's Indonesian food takes you back to the plantation
A Pearland guy causes a Beltway firestorm
A snake and a lady in a bikini take up residence at Space 125 Gallery
Houston has no equal when it comes to hankering for war, a study finds
While communities across the country block LNG terminals, Quintana just shrugs
Metro's new president already has a Houston attitude
According to former Houstonians the Business Machines, that's the only way to get a career
Armageddon comes for the current incarnation of Earthwire.net
We've got South By Due East
Take one tax rebate, a Houston man advises, and apply liberally
Is little guy Larry Duncan being made to suffer for the big guys' sins?
Traffic-ticket lawyer David Sprecher is a master at beating the system. But the system may need him more than his clients do.