"Print the legend!" This is how Jeff Davis, ex-husband to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and rising star in Democratic circles, responded ("with palpable weariness") to a New York Times reporter who was trying to get to the bottom of what's really the truth about Wendy Davis's biography. ... More >>
One of conservatives' favorite rhetorical tropes is to criticize the "liberal elite." Birthed largely by Barry Goldwater and George Wallace, it was perfected by Nixon. Spiro Agnew, Nixon's attack dog/Vice-President made references to the coastal elite, a red-meat line in his speeches. Necessarily i ... More >>
A judge has issued a temporary restraining order against Houston Community College Trustee-elect Dave Wilson, preventing him from taking oath of office. Harris County District Judge Elaine Palmer granted Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's motion Dec. 30, after Ryan asked the court to determine if ... More >>
HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.
Ted Cruz, the id of the Tea Party, is nobody's dummy, academically speaking. Cruz is a double-Ivy grad, who went to Princeton for his undergraduate degree and law school at the venerable Harvard. When the Daily Beast undertook to discover what Cruz was like at Princeton, it reported: several fellow ... More >>
I have a memory of the Astrodome that I want to share. Of a Friday night in May of 1993, the Friday night before my law school graduation. I was working that night, handling the stats and graphics on the DiamondVision screen, something I did for most Astros games from 1989 through the end of the 199 ... More >>
Saturday night, I went to a live podcast recording for some standup comedian buddies of mine. The show was at Outlaw Dave's bar over on Washington and my buddies are four very funny guys collectively known as the "Whiskey Brothers," or as I call them "The Four Horsemen of Dick Jokes." At one point ... More >>
One month before your friends began painting their Facebook profile pictures red in support of gay rights, a group of University of Houston English Teaching Fellows swapped their main photos to something of the same color: a shot of the Cougars' mascot, blazing red, with a bit of text underneath it: ... More >>
See Lone Star Board President Randy Bates' comments at the end of this post. Go to the website (unless they've changed it) of the Lone Star College System in Houston, type in the word chancellor in the search box and you'll find out their chancellor, Dr. Richard Carpenter, has a degree from the pre ... More >>
The Texas Education Agency has released its new performance standards for the STAAR test, the newest statewide exam whose acronym we can't be bothered to decipher. The new standards will be phased in, which is good because it may take a while to understand them. They're as clear as anything could b ... More >>
Well, this is embarrassing: Just one day after the Attorney General of the United States visited its campus and gave an uplifting speech on doing what's right, Wheatley High has been forced to forfeit five basketball games because of ineligible players. The announcement from HISD said the school -- ... More >>
Wrists are being slappedSeven freaking years ago our Josh Harkinson wrote about the board members of the Houston Community College System and their very relaxed attitude toward ethics and conflicts of interest and so on. HCCS pretty much closed up the ranks and did nothing much. Now it look ... More >>
Coogs pushing hard in Austin.The University of Houston is the last holdout in a vote to set the funding distribution method out of a voter-backed endowment devoted to ramping up the number of nationally ranked universities in Texas. The University of Texas and Texas A&M University are the st ... More >>
Metro's police force has a new leaderMetro's new police chief is a Hispanic veteran HPD cop with a law degree. HPD Captain Victor Rodriguez replaces Tom Lambert, who has taken another role in the agency, after a somewhat lengthy search. My goal and desire is to make METRO's police departmen ... More >>
No college degree for 85 percent of HISD 9th-graders?About 15 percent of Houston Independent School District ninth graders will get a college degree.That stark news was delivered at the board of trustees early morning workshop today to the six board members in attendance (Anna Eastman, Diana Davi ... More >>
Honors are nothing unusual for the Houston school district's DeBakey High School. And frankly, after you've been named Best High School after an extensive study by the Houston Press, everything else is a bit of an anti-climax.But we guess the folks there will still accept the latest good news, fr ... More >>
It's hard out there for a pimped-out student housing facility.We reported back in May that UH was having trouble leasing rooms in Calhoun Lofts, the deluxe dorms intended for grad students to live in (as well as dance, take cooking lessons, do yoga and reach the summit of Maslow's hierarchy of n ... More >>
TP-ing the dean's house, frat brothers hazing pledges, people getting some strange after the football team's upset victory. These are some of the most sacred and time-honored college traditions, and Houston Community College would like its pupils to live them.Now HCC can't guarantee that you'll ... More >>
Just when it looked like UTMB might leave Galveston forever, local legislators saved it.
Photo by don schulteThe folks at the gun-control organization The Brady Center are crowing over their victory in Texas. All you gun-loving yahoos couldn't pass a bill allowing concealed weapons on college campuses, the center all but said, and nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah."Common sense is alive and well in T ... More >>
Photo courtesy UHCalhoun Lofts, UH's swanky new facility intended for graduate and professional students, has almost everything: a 24-hour fitness center, private terraces and programming that includes yoga and cooking classes. As of late as last week, though, one thing was missing from the expensiv ... More >>
It looks like Austin ISD is ready to take the Houston ISD route and dump some of its troubled kids into the hands of Community Education Partners, the for-profit operator of alternative schools throughout the country. CEP operates two facilities here in Houston and as we've noted before, seems to be ... More >>
Beastie Boys, "So What'cha Want" Today is one of those cosmological coincidences so uncanny it may be no coincidence at all: the Beastie Boys' Mike D and Cypress Hill's Sen Dog were both born this day in 1965. (Scorpios represent!) In the late '80s and early '90s, from opposite sides of the U.S., ... More >>
They are American in everything but name. They can go to college in Texas and improve themselves. Doesn't matter. At the end of the day, they're just illegal immigrants without social security numbers or futures.
A legendary Houston pianist works to improve Fifth Ward's schools
The schools who could have been contenders
Bad behavior at UH's Phi Kappa Theta fraternity
Baylor balks at budget questions and boots a new hire
Sundance Yoga Studio
Museum District to West U through Rice campus
Joseph Paul Jernigan's journey from death row inmate to 3-D computer model
The D.A. and county attorney dip into office funds to up the influence in judicial polls
Head chef and co-owner, Saba Blue Water Cafe
A fired UH prof sues in a student crusade for -- of all things -- geography
She's here. She's queer. The neighbors are used to it.
SHSU stirred the higher-ed circles. Now the excitement has turned to exodus.
When Kilgore College staged a gay play, administrators learned there were limits to a liberal education in East Texas
Rice will try to tone down its annual Night of Decadence
James Douglas has a plan to return TSU to itsformer glory. But first, he's got to keep the school out of bankruptcy and conservatorship.
M.D. Anderson just can't say no to research funding from the tobacco industry