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  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Only Two Weeks Left For Houston's Most Dog-Friendly Bar

    There's awful news for Houston dog owners. As initially noted by Syd Kearney at the Houston Chronicle, pup-friendly bar Boneyard Drinkery announced on its Facebook page that it is closing on November 30. It was Houston's first combination bar and dog park. It's another sad chapter in a story we're h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    TQLA: Another Washington Avenue Restaurant Closes

    If you're looking for a place to eat on Washington Avenue, it might be more difficult than it used to be. A few weeks ago, Coppa Ristorante closed. Last week, we reported that Polovina was locked out for not paying the rent. (Houston Chronicle has since confirmed that it is indeed closed.) Close by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Biggest Clusters of New Apartment Construction Going Up Right Where You Would Expect (and a Few Where You Wouldn't)

    Houston has experienced an explosion of growth over the past five years. As a result, housing costs have skyrocketed and rent has escalated right along with it. Yet the demand continues with no end in site. Some have suggested this is a real estate bubble, while others are more cautiously optimistic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Ripp's Grille Shutters & Tiger Den Finally Opens For Good

    Ripp's Grille is the only restaurant to announce sad news this week, and the diner's final day of business is today. The Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney reports the movie-themed restaurant will be closed as of 10 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Before it's gone forever, stuff your face with the Animal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    UPDATED: Richard Justice Says Chron Getting Rid of Nonessential Blogs

    We're still trying to figure out the details, but if one of Houston's more notable (former) writers is to be believed, the Houston Chronicle is shuffling back from its unencumbered foray into the digital age. Richard Justice, who worked for 11 years as the Chronicle's pre-eminent sports columnist be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Houston -- and Texas -- Well-Represented Going into 2013 James Beard Award Finals

    The finalists for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards were announced in several categories today that spanned the breadth of the food world from culinary writing to cooking. And just as Houston was well-represented in the semi-finalist round, we also secured some big-name finalists in advance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Houston Chronicle Prez Still Obsessing Transformation to a Top 50 Workplace, Cites Own Special Section As Handy Guide for Employees

    John O"Loughlin, president of the Houston Chronicle, was apparently beside himself with bliss after this weekend's special section on the Top 50 Workplaces in Texas, calling it "stunning." In an e-mail sent out to the entire Chron staff, he pointed out that not only was this a mammoth, year-long en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Some Local Doppler Radars are Slower Than Others

    With all the rain we've had over the last few days, no doubt many of you have been keeping an eye on radar offered on dozens of websites and smartphone apps. But, have you ever looked at the the time stamp on those radar images? You should because not all radars are equal. In looking through the ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    The New York Times Takes Another Shot at the Cleveland Gang-Rape Story

    Take two​Last Sunday, Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, noted in his column that the paper's original story on the horrific Cleveland gang rape was a "ham-handed article that led some readers to think we were blaming the 11-year-old victim." He said "the only way to make am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    CNN Celebrates Houston's Brother-Filled Marine Batallion

    CNN has a piece up that celebrates the 1st batallion of the 23rd Marine Regiment that's stationed at Ellington Field. The Texas reserve unit has gathered fame because it has five sets of brothers, as the Houston Chronicle reported a while back. The unit is set to deploy to Afghanistan soon, so kee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Ella Fitzgerald, Jailed in Houston for Shooting Dice: Photo of the Day

    Photo by Pete Vazquez/via Houston ChronicleElla: Shooting dice will get you arrested.​Is this a great picture or what? It's the inestimable Ella Fitzgerald sitting forlornly in a Houston jail, arrested for shooting dice in her Music Hall dressing room with -- get this lineup -- Dizzy Gillespi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    New Galleria Office Towers: You Think West Loop Traffic Is Hellish Now?

    Photo by Warren Pattison via SwamplotGalleria: more traffic on the way​You know what the Galleria area needs? More traffic. Luckily, that need is being addressed by developers who insist on building office towers there, office towers that will daily serve countless commuters who will be clogg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Chron Arts Writer's "How To Deal With Me" Memo Goes National

    NO chit-chat with the critic, please​Douglas Britt is the arts critic of the Houston Chronicle who, somewhat recently, was also ordered to shoulder part of the paper's society coverage.As a result, he's apparently desperate to manage his time better. So he wrote a 1,400-word memo to arts instituti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    More Consolidation For Chronicle And San Antonio

    The Chron-Express News​Hearst's unending efforts to make the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News one and the same continue apace.The latest memo appoints several editors to oversee matters at both papers, and offers tips on how the two can share coverage.Chron editors Laura Goldberg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    "McContent" Coming To Your Houston Chronicle

    Fast and not-so-juicy​Demand Media is a company that churns out reams of copy for which freelancers get paid very little; content is geared toward generating search-engine hits. Reporters sometimes call what it does "McContent" because it's high-volume, quickly done work by low-paid employees.And ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    Chron's Feelings Are Hurt

    HBO drama didn't celebrate Houston as best-est place.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    The Chronicle Gets Its Feelings Hurt By Treme; Possibly Offers A Solution

    ​In case you hadn't heard -- and there's no way you haven't heard, since seemingly everyone who writes for a living in America worships David Simon's TV shows -- Treme premiered Sunday.It's a story about New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. It contained two passing references to Houston: One, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2010

    Stop the Presses

    What's next? Holographic newspapers?

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    "Why Can't It Be More Like Jazzfest?" Rick Mitchell Debunks The Top 10 Gripes He's Overheard About Houston's iFest

    All photos courtesy of www.ifest.orgOzomatli: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Bud Light World Music Stage​ A couple of days ago, Houston International Festival Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell emailed Rocks Off and asked us if we'd mind reprinting something he wrote for the blog on iFest's Web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    How To Solve Walden's Deer Problem: Music Hath Charms To Soothe That Savage Beast

    The Montgomery County town of Walden is having a deer problem, the Houston Chronicle reports.And before you get all logical and say "Well, if you're going to build homes in a forest full of deer, you're going to have deer problems," just remember that deer don't worry too much about the resale va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    We Totally Agree With The Way The Chronicle Writes About Its Reporters

    ​As we noted earlier this week, nothing whatsoever was as important to the Houston Chronicle as the announcement of their new society reporters Sunday. Mayoral race? Texans victory? Meh.The Chron placed a huge photo on its front page, and even-huger photo on its feature-section front, and an equal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Big Boom In Seabrook, No Injuries Reported

    There was a big, loud boom and plenty of smoke near Seabrook this morning, but it appears so far that there are no serious injuries attached to an explosion at a chemical plant.Shelter-in-place warnings are in effect near the American Acryl plant, which is not extremely close, as these things go aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    The Chronicle Has Issues With Delivery

    Something went seriously astray with the printing of Saturday morning's Houston Chronicle. A whole bunch of papers arrived on doorsteps (or in flower beds) throughout the area without the Star (features) or (gasp) Sports section."We had issues with our presses and we had a lot of calls," a Chronicle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    We Are All Going To Die. Click Here For More Information!

    Houstonians -- HAVE YOU BREATHED ANY AIR LATELY?!?!Then run for the hills! That seems to be what the Houston Chronicle is saying with this latest splashed headline, sure to show up as a "Most Read Stories" link soon.Let's get this straight -- if you were in the Galleria recently, or talked to anyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Congratulations To The Chronicle

    There's been a ton of bad news coming out of 801 Texas lately, but those who are left have something to (semi-)celebrate: The paper was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the Breaking News category. The judges praised the "Houston Chronicle staff" for "taking full advantage of online technology a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    The Chronicle's Doll Porn Ignores Houston's Syphillis Threat

    Photo courtesy the proud, hip Houston ChronicleThe godawful sex blogger on the Houston Chronicle's so-hip-it-hurts 29.95 blog has a new bag: Doll porn.Each week she promises to demonstate a new sex position for all the rest of us unimaginative schlubs who just don't know how to bone it like th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Layoff Tales From The Chron

    The layoff tales are spreading from 801 Texas, home of the Houston Chronicle. Here's one. A former copy editor relates her day: my favorite part of the whole experience was being greeted with an offhand joke about copy editors by the bigwig who told me my copy editing job was being eliminated. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    More Bad News For Newspapers: Rice Cancels Its Student Subscriptions

    As if the journalism world isn't reeling with news of layoffs, buyouts and doing goddamn more to goddamn less, here's more bad news: Rice is canceling all its student subscriptions to the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times.They'll save $30,000 by doing so.We went to UH, not Rice, so we're not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Chronicle Cuts To Be Stretched Over Two Days

    Good news on the pending Houston Chronicle cuts -- the latest word is that the layoffs will be in the range of 12-13 percent of the newsroom. That's bad, but not as bad as the 30 percent figures that some understandably frantic people were tossing around. The bad news is the cuts will be carried out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Hearst's Seattle Paper Goes Online-Only As Houston Chronicle Cuts Loom

    It's official: Hearst, the company that owns the Houston Chronicle and several other large papers (as well as TV stations and magazines), has killed off the print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.Ominous times.The rumor mill is working overtime here in Houston; many expect the latest (and b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    More Job Cuts At The Houston Chronicle

    There's no way around it: It's a sucky time to be a journalist these days. The latest evidence comes from the Houston Chronicle, which is telling its people to expect even more job cutsHere's the memo: As our newspaper continues to report the condition of the economy, we read about companies in all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    HISD Gets A New Media Guru

    It took a while, but the Houston school district has apparently found someone to fill the shows of departed media spokesman Terry Abbott. The bad news is the new guy comes from Clear Channel, which is the hated monster of independent-minded radio fans everywhere. The good news is he comes from Clea ... More >>

  • Music

    November 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Some Bylines Be Gone

    We've already noted that Houston Chronicle DC blogger Julie Mason and film critic Eric Harrison are no longer with the paper. Other reported victims of the voluntary buyout/layoff purge at 801 Texas whose bylines you might recognize: DC staffer Bennett Roth, metro writer Rad Sallee, classical criti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Re: Houston Chronicle Staffers Facing Buyouts, Layoffs

    Yesterday we relayed the news that the Houston Chronicle would be getting rid of five to six percent of its current full-time staff. Romenesko has a copy of the full memo from Publisher Jack Sweeney. We've included it after the jump, but we'd like to take a quick second to say we've always thought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    A Modest Proposal: Teach the Gangbangers Respect

    Of late, even a cursory perusal of the B-section of the Houston Chronicle reveals a disturbing trend. Gang crime, of the most odious sort. In today’s paper alone, there are accounts of three MS-13 members accused of stabbing Ernesto Garcia to death on Wednesday. Three other gangbangers shot up a ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2007

    The Houston Chronicle Cuts, Annotated

    What the editor really meant

  • News

    May 31, 2007
  • News

    June 30, 2005

    Pimp My Ride

    Metro's transportation-plan "adjustments"

  • News

    May 26, 2005
  • News

    November 13, 2003

    Lineup Change

    The pressure is on the Chron's sports columnists

  • News

    June 26, 2003

    Pimpin' Ain't Easy

    Tension mounts at the Chronicle

  • News

    April 26, 2001

    Quoth the Chron

    The Chronicle runs out another inept marketing campaign

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Ask and Ye Shall Receive

    The missing Chronicle issue

  • News

    November 25, 1999
  • News

    August 12, 1999

    News Hostage

    Shopping for Dummies

  • Dining

    July 8, 1999
  • News

    August 6, 1998
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    December 1, 1994
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    October 6, 1994
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