It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one ... More >>
Neon Boots, Texas's biggest LGBT country bar, is open for business.
When I ventured out to Neon Boots on Saturday, August 24, I was ready for a crowd, but I wasn't quite anticipating what I found. As I made my way down Hempstead, it was suddenly apparent that Neon Boots was not only a huge success, but the biggest bar opening I've ever been to. People were seen c ... More >>
As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>
Blackberry-picking season is right around the corner. In fact, in the next several weeks, blackberries will be ready for picking at several local farmers' markets. Don't be fooled by the early berries growing on the side of the road because those are dewberries, not blackberries. Tommy Neal from Ne ... More >>
In the Houston of 1959 and 1960, Willie Nelson was just another unknown musician. But not for long.
For the second time since July, a Hempstead Highway exotic dancer is facing felony aggravated robbery charges. According to a complaint filed September 20, 24-year-old Amber Lynn Garcia menaced a woman with a tire tool on September 4 and took an untold amount of valuables from her. Garcia, who rep ... More >>
Trey Sesler, the 23-year-old YouTube anime critic who had been charged with killing three family members in rural Texas, has entered a guilty plea and been given life without parole, Waller County prosecutors say. Sesler gunned down his parents and a brother in their Houston home and then led cops ... More >>
Growing up, the best part of having a birthday in July was instead of a cake, I got to go to my grandfather's watermelon patch and pick my own watermelon instead. He had a patch in Big Sandy, Texas, and it was our tradition that I could run up and down the rows searching for the perfect birthday mel ... More >>
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 >>
A Hempstead man got 20 years in prison today for trying to smuggle GPS devices and pre-paid phone cards to Al Qaeda. Former Prairie View A&M Barry student Walter Bujol Jr, 30, had been convicted in November after defending himself in the trial, which featured a boatload of incriminating evidence, ... More >>
Houston police say four teenagers have confessed to taking part in the murder of a homeless man from whom they stole a dollar. Pedro Ramos, 32, was shot and killed April 4 in the 11700 block of Hempstead Highway. Four teens, including a 16-year-old female, have confessed to taking part in the kill ... More >>
Houston police say a homeless man was shot to death for his bicycle and some food he'd been given. Pedro Miguel Rosales Ramos, 32, was shot in the chest Wednesday night in the 11700 block of Hempstead Highway and was pronounced dead at the scene. Ramos was heard arguing in a parking lot about 10:3 ... More >>
Karbach's banana-flavored wheat beer is already a hit.At last night's grand opening for Karbach Brewing, Rich Arnold walked over to me with a glass of Karbach's Weisse Versa wheat in hand. "Have you ever had a beer that tastes so much like..." "Banana!" we both finished at the same time. The ... More >>
Margaret DowningScott Ross had to flee his houseScott Ross had held out past the wildfire evacuation order. The father of six didn't want to leave his place off at Southall Drive and FM 1486 to looters and in his case, it wasn't idle speculation. He'd already had a guy run out from under his ... More >>
The end of the Age of Aquarius In honor of the NCAA Tournament ending, we're going to highlight some health inspection Cinderella stories. These are the little guys that lack citywide recognition but still have to conform to the same tough sanitation standards as the big-name restaurants. For ... More >>
Tonight is no-refusal night.Happy Friday! It's the joyous start to the weekend, that grateful lapse between the freshly dead work week and the one that looms next. It's also the kickoff to no-refusal weekend, HPD's drunk driving initiatve. If you're pulled over on suspicion of being drunk and ... More >>
Where's Indy when you need him?We were intrigued by Brittanie Shey's visit to the Camp Logan ruins in Memorial Park last month, so we wondered: Where are the best spots in the Houston area to do some archeological exploring? We asked Louis Aulbach, one of the best Houston historians, for som ... More >>
larrybutlertexas.comWillie Nelson and Larry Butler at Willie's Place, May 2009One day in 1960, Larry Butler was rehearsing his band at the Esquire Ballroom on Hempstead Highway when the manager approached and said a man at the front door wanted to talk to him. "So I told her to just show th ... More >>
What are the best neighborhoods to live in if you want to get burglarized? We've gathered 10 of the finest. We looked at the most recent crime stats for HPD beats, which means the month of October. HPD generally doesn't like "raw data comparisons between police beats" because the info can be ... More >>
How far did cardinal go in tearing down Ike-ravaged church?
Some beer, an argument, deathThings went from sitting around drinking beer to a heated argument to a dead body early Saturday morning on the northwest side.The incident, in which an unnamed victim died of blunt-force trauma after being hit in the head with a rifle, is being referred to a Harris C ... More >>
HoustonianWhy, you ask? "Farmers markets are good for you for health, good for your community, and good for the economy," says Stacy Miller, executive director of the Farmers Market Coalition, a nonprofit supporting farmers' markets across the country. "During Farmers Market Week, we invite e ... More >>
Well, there you have it, hot off of Twitter. Trae Day, which had been searching for a new venue since the International Ballroom backed out a couple of weeks ago, has found a new home at Northwest Mall (9600 Hempstead Hwy., aka U.S. 290) on the same day as originally scheduled, July 22. Trae' ... More >>
He'd received a book entitled 42 Ways of Supporting JihadA Hempstead man who told an undercover FBI officer he wanted "to travel overseas to fight in violent jihad for" Al-Qaeda was indicted today on charges of trying to help a terrorist organization.Barry Walter Bujol, Jr., 29, was arrested as h ... More >>
These days, there are a lot of misconceptions about what constitutes a dive bar. Going by lists on sites like Yelp and Citysearch, and especially this laughable list from the Houston Chronicle, apparently any drinking establishment that does not sport bottle service, valet parking and a velvet r ... More >>
Believe it or not, trolling the Houston Health Department website for tidbits about dirty floors, missing hand-washing signs and spoiled animal parts is not always an invigorating activity. But sometimes, as Blanche Dubois says, there's God. Take a look at page one under Full Service Restaur ... More >>
The Citizens Transportation Coalition is currently giddy with dreams of 90 MPH commuter trains speeding from Galveston and down 290 into the city...possibly by 2012, which sounds like the far future but is only three years away. There hasn't been much public movement on commuter rail since the HG ... More >>
Houston police on Monday arrested a man in the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Harold Chester Amburgey, 48, is accused of killing Donna Baeza, 48, who was found dead in her apartment in the 1700 block of Wirt Rd. May 17.She suffered a stab wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, according t ... More >>
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