Update: 8:33p.m.: This story has been updated with information about the standoff and the deceased. In a Wednesday afternoon shooting in the Spring area, seven people have been shot, including six who died,
Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.
Want to get a better look at the New Dome Experience plan? Click here. Going into the meeting of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation board on Wednesday afternoon, held in the glassy glory that is Reliant Stadium, there was a certain dread hanging in the air. (This is Houston, after ... More >>
Some people have to take it twice.When we saw this story about the Webb County Attorney wondering why the county medical examiner never took an oath of office, thus potentially jeopardizing all her rulings, we wondered if the same thing could ever happen in Harris County, since no medical exa ... More >>
Rice football becomes a little less gangstaIn April we noted a surprising run of guns-and-ganja arrests among Rice football players, not a population normally given to resembling the University of Texas, either on or off the field. So, in order to dispel the impression that the campus on Sou ... More >>
photo courtesy of beckstir01 Kidnappings, pipeline bombings and vigilantism has become a way of life for both offshore oil workers stationed along the coast of Nigeria as well as the oppressed native insurgency groups who carry out the violence. (Check out this week's feature about one Texan's re ... More >>
Teens could go to TYC till they're 19, then have another hearing to determine parole or prison after that.
Several candidates in upcoming Harris County political races are meeting for a forum on Tuesday to talk about mental illness and the Harris County Jail. If you don't think the jail can be rough for a mentally ill inmate, check out "Gone to Hell," this week's Houston Press cover story. Harris Coun ... More >>
There are some naysayers out there who might claim that Harris County government has a problem with ethics. These carpers will point to a DA and Sheriff who think county e-mail systems are a good place for racist jokes; a longtime revolving-door tradition that sees county employees move on to jobs ... More >>
Good news for political junkies -- Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman announced today that the county is joining the city and state by putting candidates' campaign-finance forms online. "The public can now view information pertaining to campaign contributions to local county officeholders and cand ... More >>
Homeowners find the rules can change from county to county
Our print edition is out, including an item in the Hair Balls column about how Harris County may be demanding that its librarians stay in town and go to the front lines as responders to a biological or chemical terrorist attack. We probably weren’t clear enough in writing it, though, and that res ... More >>
For a while there, it was a nice conspiracy theory. A local reader e-mailed to complain that he/she was trying to get the new Christopher Hitchens’ book God Is Not Great through the Harris County Public Library System, as were at least 13 other people, if the library’s Web catalog is to be bel ... More >>
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The judiciary starts scrambling after state cuts in visiting judges
Socialite Sanam Soudavar
He looks like Clint Eastwood and loves John Wayne; now this county official faces a showdown with Tomball's elderly
Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions
Visitors to the county jail can now get the most for their money
Candidate recruits include a former Republican jurist
By falling behind in reports on educating kids, Harris County may lose hundreds of thousands in state grants. Or more.
Harris County jailers are in no hurry to hand out meds to inmates with AIDS. Inmates claim this and other lockup practices endanger their lives.
Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.
Have patience: From the wrath of dangling chads comes computerized dial-a-voting
The Democratic Party chief is full of promises -- and attitude
A legislative panel summons local GOP leaders to a show-and-tell
A new county study predicts an explosive minority population increase
and Nobody Filed?
Local judges go anti-immigrant in bail policies
A federal lawsuit accuses the county of upping the pressure for guilty pleas
Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?
Harris County's chief pathologist finds herself under the microscope.
In 1992, Harris County changed the way it cares for those who can't manage their own lives. Four and a half years later, social workers are swamped, and people like Miss Natalie suffer.
What are the penalties in Harris County's tax collection deal with Heard, Goggan?
Double dipping, understaffing plague the M.E.'s office
Harris County has abdicated a basic responsibility of government: to provide for the public safety of all. Instead, those who have get and those who don't get the leftovers.
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?
Need emergency psychiatric care in Harris County? Have a seat. Or call a cab.
Bail bondsmen claim no-money bonds are putting criminals on the street
The Feds created a program to feed the hungry. In Harris County, it became a program to feed the greedy.
Do court-appointed attorneys serve their clients or the courts?