• Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Washington Redskins Lose Trademark (Forever, Hopefully)

    Imagine if someone wanted to name their professional sports franchise the Washington White Guys. Or the Washington Black Men. People might take offense to that. The U.S. Patent Office would; it made that clear in its Wednesday ruling on the NFL's Washington Redskins' name. The office said the team' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    HISD Names New Mascots, Goes With Second Choice at Lamar

    When the Houston ISD school board decided to retire some mascot names that it found culturally insensitive, it opened up the naming process to the community, who were invited to submit their top two choices to HISD administration. As is being announced this morning at a 10:30 a.m. press conference ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2014

    Trapped: There Are No Simple Solutions to Houston's Traffic Crisis

    The crazy, complicated conundrum of Houston traffic.

  • News

    November 14, 2013

    The San Jose Clinic Is Here to Take Care of Those Left Behind by the Texas Health-Care Debate

    Even after the Affordable Care Act, tens of thousands of Texans have no medical coverage. That is why the San Jose Clinic in Midtown still exists.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Friday Night: Toadies, Helmet & Ume at House of Blues

    Toadies, Helmet, Ume House of Blues July 20, 2012 The '90s were in high demand in Houston on Friday night. Up in The Woodlands, the Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker and more packed 'em in to relive some of the decade's best one-hit wonders. Downtown, the Clinton-era jams were a little har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    A Feisty Texas Radio Road Trip with the Mike Stinson Band

    Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious routing that took us to my father's place in Gatesville for a couple of days, LOM hit the highway with the band last weekend. It is worth noting that L ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012
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    February 2, 2012

    The 10 Oddest Super Bowl Halftime Performers

    The Super Bowl seems to be running out of stadium-sized performers who can attract eyeballs (the Black-Eyed Peas?), and this year they're hoping that faded scandalist Madonna will do the trick. It's not like they haven't been desperate before. In the early days of the event, producers regularly tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Gas Station Sushi: 8 Fine Foods in Funky Places

    Gas station sushi from Natto: better than you expected, huh?​I read yesterday's Bon Appetit article on "Undercover Grub: Great Food in Surprising Places" with interest, hoping to catch a glimpse of a Houston restaurant in amongst the soda fountains and airport terminals. I was disappointed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Halley Catherine Shaw, 27, Bayou Body Count No. 158

    Photo by HPDDaniel Palacios faces manslaughter charges​A teenager has been charged with manslaughter in the traffic death of a Texas Southern law student. Daniel Garcia Palacios, 17, was fleeing from police in a gray Buick LeSabre about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday when he ran a red light at the 4100 b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Michael DeWayne Walker: Lawsuit Over Child Rapist's Prison Death Allowed to Continue

    The trial will go on, judge rules.​Michael DeWayne Walker was serving a 21-year sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child when he was put in a cell with Wilbert "Peanut" Hamilton in 2006. Hamilton beat him to death, and Walker's parents have sued on the grounds that guards and prison ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Aeros Keeping Their Eye on the Prize

    John RoyalJed Ortmeyer, the veteran leader​The Aeros' record on Christmas Day was 17-15-1-2. They were in seventh place in the division. They were in the midst of a long stretch of road games. They had been defeated 5-0 by the Hamilton Bulldogs in their most recent game, they had lost five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Aeros Defeat Bulldogs, Advance to Calder Cup Finals

    John RoyalThe Aeros surround Jon DiSalvatore after his game-winning goal.​The Houston Aeros don't believe in doing things the easy way. They battled to make the playoffs, after being near last place toward the end of December. They struggled throughout the playoffs, going to a game seven aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Aeros Poised To Make History -- The Wrong Kind Of History

    John RoyalA despondent Matt Hackett lays on the ice after Hamilton gets the winning goal in the second overtime​Only twice in AHL history had a team had to go to a game seven in a playoff series after grabbing a 3-0 series lead. But things change. And when a team from Houston is involved in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Aeros Take 2-0 Series Lead Over Hamilton

    John RoyalThis, amazingly, is not a penalty in the playoffs​Word began circulating through Toyota Center late in the third period of Friday night's game one conference final tilt between the Houston Aeros and Hamilton Bulldogs. And as the word got around, the building seemed to deflate despit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Hogg Middle School May Transform into an IB School After Parents Fuss

    Can Hogg make the jump to an IB school?​It was the politest group of revolutionaries Hair Balls can ever remember meeting. Gathered in the church parlor at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in the Heights, a small group of mothers gathered last night to discuss their petition drive to revital ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 27, 2011

    Another Time

    Rosenberg soda fountain offers nostalgia to diners.

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    September 15, 2010

    LeBron James -- Society Hates You, I Love Society

    LeBron: The power is waning​Mankind, I have to say that I was just about to give up on you. I'm a very patient person, but with every kid running around in a Ben Roethlisberger jersey or every nimrod that decides to turn right on Hamilton at the Texas Street intersection next to Minute Maid Park ... More >>

  • News

    September 9, 2010

    HISD Payola

    Kids get money for homework

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    August 27, 2010

    Five Other Ways HISD Can Pay Students And Parents

    Possibly where this concept originated​The Houston school district, desperate to get grades and test scores up, is offering cold, hard cash to fifth graders who do their math homework. A kid who masters a bunch of "concepts" can rack up $440 from HISD.That can buy a whole lot of....books extolling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Aeros' Schedule Finally Out, And Season-Ticket Holders Get Ripped Off

    Aeros season-ticket holders get screwed​The long wait for Houston Aeros fans is over as the AHL released the league's schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The Aeros season will open on the road on October when they play the first regular season game in the history of the expansion Oklahoma City Barons ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 6, 2010
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    May 5, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: The Big Easy's Origo Malum

    Photo by Troy Fields​Sitting at the bar on a quiet night at the Big Easy (5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999), it feels like you're a one-armed dwarf and an exotic dancer away from being in a Tom Waits song. Something about the music, empty space and Mardi Gras lights gives it that shore-leave-gone-wron ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010

    The 51st Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

    For the Irish and Irish-at-heart

  • Culture

    March 4, 2010

    Your Lucky Day

    St. Paddy brings the party when you need it most.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Gas Station Chicken

    ​The gas station food trend is sweeping through Texas. Last week, Katharine Shilcutt tried gas station sushi on the corner of Jefferson and Hamilton. This week, we tried gas station chicken in Austin, Texas. The El Pollo Regio we visited is on the Northeast side of town near 290. It consists o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Gas Station Sushi

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Only a few short days after Eating Our Words' body revolted violently against some inadvisedly consumed cheese enchiladas that had been on a steam table for far too long, as it turns out, we decided to show our stomach who's boss. Take back the night! And what bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Aeros' New Boss Promises A More Aggressive Offense

    Hard as it may be to believe, especially with the temps outside and with football just now starting, but within a matter of weeks, players will be reporting to camp for the Houston Aeros. The Aeros have undergone some rather massive changes this off season -- as has the team's parent club the Minnes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Discounted Woodlands Lawn Seats All Day

    Craig HlavatyUntil midnight tonight, the folks over at Live Nation are selling all lawn tickets to shows way out in the woody, mall-y expanses of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for just $24.99. The concert conglomerate has been running deals on Hump Day for about the past month to alleviate all ... More >>

  • Music

    May 21, 2009

    Cattle Decapitation

    The proud vegans in this San Diego grindcore outfit welcome you to The Harvest Floor.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Here's The Latest On School Closings Due To The "Don't Call It Swine" Flu

    Hamilton Middle School, which was closed Thursday and Friday over swine flu concerns, has reopened, HISD and city officials said.Hamilton had been closed because an individual "had exposure to a known case" of the flu, Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kathy Barton tells Hair Balls. "And subsequ ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008

    HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Hannah Montana star Mitchel Musso leads the entertainment for this year’s Turkey Day extravaganza

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008
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    June 26, 2008

    A Modest Proposal: Teach the Gangbangers Respect

    Of late, even a cursory perusal of the B-section of the Houston Chronicle reveals a disturbing trend. Gang crime, of the most odious sort. In today’s paper alone, there are accounts of three MS-13 members accused of stabbing Ernesto Garcia to death on Wednesday. Three other gangbangers shot up a ... More >>

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    January 25, 2008
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    January 21, 2008
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    January 18, 2008
  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Mercy Eventually

    More than 20 years down the road, Mary Gauthier is finally an emerging artist

  • News

    December 1, 2005
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    May 19, 2005

    Jane's a-DJ

    Alterna-god Perry Farrell's been caught spinning

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Get Out of My Head!

    Earworms bore in and won't let go

  • News

    August 28, 2003


    HISD shuts down a program for visually impaired students and strips its teacher of her job

  • News

    April 25, 2002

    Anatomy of an Attempted Whitewash

    A popular HISD principal gets eased out the back door -- almost

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Room to Grow

    The Engine Room fills a void in the music scene

  • Culture

    October 14, 1999

    Dismal Dig

    Deep Down doesn't mine its potential

  • Music

    June 24, 1999

    HammingIt Up

    Local blues guitarist Hamilton reaches musical puberty

  • Culture

    April 29, 1999

    Drums of Injustice

    Ensemble shows civil rights era through mental patients

  • News

    September 17, 1998

    Bum Deal?

    Politics plays an uncertain backup to this "Gimme Shelter"

  • News

    February 2, 1995

    It's Joe B.'s World

    In the Kingdom of Bob, lawyer Joe B. Allen is the prime minister of vested interests

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