Anyone born south of the Mason-Dixon line can tell you how to crowd-pleasing queso with only two ingredients. I'm no big fan of Velveeta, but its partner Ro-Tel has become a staple in my kitchen over the past few months. Until I began writing this story, I had no idea Ro-Tel was native to Texas. T ... More >>
In an effort to explain to fans throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana what an Asher Wojciechowski is, the team sent caravans of players and staff on a 31-city, seven-day road trip this month. With three straight 100-loss seasons under their belts and still no TV deal, just the act of players stan ... More >>
We are not saying that Alejandra Angelita Sanchez is a stalker. Absolutely not. But judging from her mugshot, if she were a stalker, we wouldn't want her stalking us. There's a level of -- oh, we don't know...how you say...devilish intensity and a will to get things done once she's started them, th ... More >>
In mugshots lie truth. Just like in vino veritas, we're tellin' ya. Valley resident John Cortez is the latest example of the mugshot theorem. When it came time to pose for his close-up, he was wearing -- and was it sheer happenstance or something deeper? -- a t-short that aptly summed up his condi ... More >>
Fights with a girlfriend can be highly annoying, we can all agree. But maybe another thing we can agree on is that the best way to react to them is not by packing three kids into an SUV and then drunkenly peeling through the neighborhood doing donuts on front lawns at a time when the cops would det ... More >>
For the most part, porn films don't involve older people because, well, the average degenerate doesn't want to watch the elderly get it on. Most filthy porn-loving freaks prefer young, nubile and possibly cosmetically enhanced "actors" doing the nasty for their viewing pleasure. So, even if the old ... More >>
If you're going to deal ecstasy, it may be a good idea to keep a lower profile than Andrew Taylor Simmons (and not just the quintessential hipster look). On Saturday, Simmons was inside his black Chevy Avalanche, which was parked on North 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen, when Harlingen Police Depar ... More >>
On Sunday, as the afternoon sun gave the right of way to a dark evening, Carlos Perez and Crystal Calvo keep a spark glowing inside of their car and in front of their four-month-old baby. According to the Harlingen Police Department, Raymondville residents Perez, 23, and Calvo, 22, were posted up ... More >>
Stephen Michael Place doesn't always get accused of driving while intoxicated, but when he does, he makes sure he gives it a special twist. I mean, why just drive smashed when you can multitask and beat your ex-wife at the same time? Harlingen police report answering a disturbance call on Saturday ... More >>
A Rio Grande Valley middle school choir teacher was arrested after a mom caught him trying to arrange a sexual encounter with her 12-year-old daughter via Facebook. According to Valleycentral.com, the mom had allowed her daughter to have a Facebook page on the condition that she have total access ... More >>
Matt Marcus Eatsie Boys Food Truck 845-430-8479 www.eatsieboys.com This is Part 1 of a three-part chef chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. The Eatsie Boys have one of the most popular food trucks in Houston right now. Known for their pork snuggies, fanc ... More >>
When you're a guy who's reached the august age of 84, it can be gratifying to find a 22-year-old woman who wants to chat with you a bit and share some time. It can also be an expensive proposition, it turns out. We don't know whether Maria Delrosario Salinas, 22, of Harlingen staked out a Wells Fa ... More >>
Robert Pemelton decided to show off in his black Jaguar on a Harlingen street about 1:30 yesterday; unfortunately for him, a cop saw it all and stopped him. Pemelton failed field sobriety tests, but apparently he doesn't feel too bad about -- his mugshots show him all smiles, like he's having the f ... More >>
Lucia Cruz Mayo is either incredibly skillful or has a remarkably dim view on how smart cops are. She was pulled over by Harlingen cops for running a stop sign, and they noticed "she appeared nervous and was making furtive movements inside the vehicle," according to Harlingen Sgt. John Lee Parrish. ... More >>
If your plan is to shoplift from Target, we'd assume you'd want to be discreet. Blend in with the crowd, don't attract attention, that sort of thing. And maybe Jennifer Torres' look is what the typical Harlingen target shopper is sporting these days. Still -- for whatever reason -- store security n ... More >>
It's hard to believe that a common-law marriage doesn't always go smoothly, but it can be true. And if it is true, you don't want to be common-law married to Christa Nicole Parker. When she gets pissed, she does something about it. Harlingen police say they got a domestic disturbance call and arri ... More >>
The Stringer Bell School of Entrepreneurship.I remember former Houston Texans (and now Washington Redskins) wide receiver David Anderson telling me a couple years ago about a program that the NFL offered players in which they could travel to prestigious universities during the off season and ... More >>
All things not being equal....If you're looking for cities where women are not treated equally in the workplace, welcome to Texas, according to a report by US News & World Report. They've ranked cities all across the country on gender equality, and four of the bottom ten are in the Lone Star ... More >>
Naughty prison guardsChristopher George Gonzalez, 29, is a guard at a privatized federal detention center in the Valley. Or at least he used to be, before the feds nabbed him in a sting operation. The U.S. Attorney's office here in Houston says Gonzalez has been charged with agreeing to smug ... More >>
No appointed lawyers, unlike criminal courtsAlberto was born in Portugal, but moved with his parents to the United States before his second birthday. In time, he received his green card, becoming a legal permanent resident.But Alberto was bipolar, and as the decades ticked by, he found himself ho ... More >>
The Fail is strong in these younglingsYou'd think the three Rio Grande Valley teenagers might have realized it wasn't their night after their second attempt at an armed robbery failed. You would underestimate the persistence of this Borderlands gang that couldn't shoot straight.Fail #1: It all st ... More >>
Home births draw American-born Latinos directly into the immigration issue
Photo by superfemDavid Hernandez of Harlingen may have been delivered by a midwife not far from the border with Mexico, but he always knew he was born in the United States. The trick was convincing the U.S. Department of State, which refused to issue him a passport based on a history of midwife frau ... More >>
Post-9/11 worries target South Texas
After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border
We took a pilgrimage in search of old-fashioned tamales, chili con carne and cheese enchiladas
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Levi Draher came back from the dead. Other players were not so lucky.
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Get banged this Fourth
Track your true identity along a DNA trail left behind by your ancestors
This summer the PC Cowboys trade KILT for kilts
Benjamin Flores wants to box in the Olympics. But he isn't a U.S. citizen, and he can't risk returning to Mexico.
For Austin's Weary Boys, energy and exuberance trump technique
Off the "X", Beaching Out, The Low Down
Border Patrol agents in South Texas contend they are getting paid to stay put as illegal immigrants go around them. Is this how the much-hyped crackdown along the Rio Grande is supposed to work?
Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?
The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.
Web designer George Kalas wanted to re-fight the Civil War. Instead, he started one in his own movement.
Music, a Houston DJ andthe lure of Austin
At Harlingen's Marine Military Academy, the line between discipline and abuse is sometimes as thin as a knife's edge
Petrochemical plants and refineries are the lifeblood of Texas City's economy. But for Hester Joiner and her neighbors, all they've provided are foul odors, property damage and mysterious ailments.
'The I-69 "NAFTA Highway" is supposed to create thousands of jobs. Thanks to your tax dollars, it's already provided a very good one for the underemployed brother of Tom DeLay.
Gina Haley carries the name of a rock founder, but she'd rather make it on her own
Need a baseball fix? Hop over to Beaumont for Kerfeld's Frogs