Hate Crimes

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    A James Byrd Jr. Memorial Playlist

    We all know the reason Jasper, Texas is famous... Butterflies! Oh wait, no, sorry. That's from Bizarro World, where the answer isn't "hate crimes and murder." It's one of those East Texas towns, like Vidor, that the rest of the state keeps waiting for someone to make a horror movie about. Barring th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Hate-Crime-Guilty White Supremacists -- One Who "Only Hates the Dallas Cowboys" -- Sentenced For Attacking a Black Male at a Bus Stop

    The three dudes who united over their white-power tattoos and then beat down a random black male at a downtown Houston bus stop are bound for federal prison. On Monday at the downtown Houston federal courthouse, Charles Cannon, Michael McLaughlin and Brian Kerstetter were sentenced to 2-1/2 to 6-1/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Mollie Olgin & Mary Chapa: Teen Lesbian Couple Shot, Left to Die in Woods

    On Saturday morning in Portland, Texas, hikers stumbled across the bodies of two girls in tall grass: 19-year-old Mollie Olgin and 18-year-old Mary Chapa, both shot in the head. Chapa was rushed to the hospital, where she's currently in serious but stable condition. Her girlfriend, Mollie, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Charles Cannon, Two Others Guilty in Hate-Crime Beating of Black Man at Bus Stop

    A Houston federal jury has convicted three men on hate-crime charges for beating up a random black man at a downtown bus stop. Charles Cannon, 26, Michael McLaughlin, 40, and Brian Kerstetter, 32 were convicted under the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; a fourth man saw his case dismissed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Feds Indict Charles Cannon, Three Others on Hate-Crime Charge for Bus-Stop Beating

    A federal grand jury has indicted four men in the beating of a black man at a Houston bus stop in August. Charles Cannon, 26; Michael McLaughlin, 40; Brian Kerstetter, 32; and Joseph Staggs, 49, were indicted on one charge each of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Alleged White Supremacists Beat Black Man, But DA Doesn't File Hate Crime Charge

    FacebookCharles Cannon won't face hate-crime charges.​In a crime that hearkened back to the skinhead days of the early '90s, or modern-day Dallas, four white men remain behind bars today charged with assaulting a black man at a downtown bus stop early Sunday morning. Police want the incident c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Jon Buice: Parole Reversed for Gay Basher

    Jon Buice stays in prison.​Jon Buice, who had been awarded a controversial parole after serving time for his role in the gay-bashing death of Paul Broussard, will not be a free man after all. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles today reversed its earlier decision granting Buice parole in l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    GLBT Hate Crime Victims Memorialized on Charles Armstrong's Property

    Montrose residents lit a candle for hate crime victims.​Last night, throngs of people bearing candles filled an empty parking lot in Montrose, just off the main gay bar drag of Pacific Street. A block or two from here, Paul Broussard was murdered in 1991. Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Crime Rate Drops in Houston, Nation

    Bite taken​Violent-crime rates have dropped in both Houston and the nation, according to the FBI's just-released annual report on crime statistics. Nationally violent crime dropped 5.5 percent; in Texas six percent and in Houston the drop was 5.9 percent. (You can see the Texas stats here.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Idiots Try to Burn Mosque

    Fire didn't have time to spread.​The Texas chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is asking the FBI to investigate an attempted arson at a southwest side mosque as a hate crime. Media reports say at least three men in masks broke a window at the Madrasah Islamiah mosque near ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Hatchet Job

    Activist Ray Hill responds to "Montrose Murder."

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Paul Broussard: Hate-Crime Victim Lives On In Parole Fight Over His Attacker

    Orgies with a female prison chaplain?​Jon Buice was at the center of one of the most publicized hate crimes in Houston history, a 1991 attack outside a Montrose gay bar that left Paul Broussard dead. Buice was sent away, but now is the focus of an intense fight over whether he should be parol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Lance Reyna: Transgendered Man's Attacker Is Free

    Photo courtesy HCSOTerrence Calhoun, accused of attacking Lance Reyna​This summer we reported on the assault against Lance Reyna, a Houston Community College student who was assaulted in a bathroom on the main campus.Reyna, a transgendered man, is a vocal leader in the HCC GLBT community, and supp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Lance Reyna: An Arrest, But No Hate-Crime Charges

    An easier prosecution without a hate crime angle, prosecutors say​Authorities have made an arrest in the assault of a gay-rights leader who was attacked on the central campus of Houston Community College, but no hate-crime charges will be filed.HCC student Terrance Calhoun, 22, was charged in the ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 18, 2010
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    October 21, 2009

    A Preview Of CNN's Latino In America: Disappointing, And Where The Hell Is Houston?

    ​CNN unveils its take on the Latino experience tonight with the widely publicized debut of Latino in America.Hair Balls admittedly enjoyed the broiled shrimp and free wine at the 50-minute preview two weeks ago when CNN was using Houston Latinos as a test audience for the program and we're somewha ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009

    Domy Movie Nights: The Bible Tells Me So

    News flash: God doesn't hate gays and lesbians

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    City Council Candidate Lives A Life Of Danger, He Says

    ​Houston politics can be a dirty business -- and first-time City Council candidate Lonnie Allsbrooks says he's finding out how nasty things can get: he says he's been the target of shady dudes in tinted-windowed cars staking out his business and chasing him down the mean streets of the Heights ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 12, 2009

    The Monster Among Us

    Web exclusive!

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Today’s event gives supporters an opportunity to mourn lost friends

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Slant 8: Bold Asian American Images

    Aurora Picture Show hosts a three-day festival with films by Soham Mehta, Joyce Wong, Alison Kobayashi, Nobu Adilman and others

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Fueling the Ire

    Despite downpours and dwindling diesel, the Klan tries to mount a soggy comeback

  • News

    March 22, 2001

    Road Hog

    Tick off these drivers and prepare to die, or at least to wake up to a gigantic mess in your front yard

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Campaign Appearances

    For Bush, the legislative session shows it's better to look good than do good

  • News

    September 3, 1998

    Rogue Elephant

    Log Cabin Republicans want to be part of the GOP, which wants no part of them

  • News

    May 21, 1998
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    January 2, 1997