Houston's homeless problem has been considered in decline for a couple of years running. At least the stronghold that is downtown is reportedly showing a thinning of the homeless population. With around 8,000 homeless people living on the streets, it's still hard to tell if that's the case. Read: ... More >>
There are eight big cities in the U.S. that ban smoking in public parks, and Houston isn't one of them. Sure, it's okay to smoke in a public park here (not in Dallas, however), as long as it's not a situation where everyone is sitting down for a concert or some function. If you want to watch your k ... More >>
We have a lot of flu this year. But you probably already know that. Although exact numbers are hard to come by since hospitals only voluntarily provide information on flu cases, we do know that there were 132 positive results found this flu season in Houston's bureau of lab services. A total of 11 ... More >>
You might think something as simple as giving away condoms would not create a controversy. Then again, Congress convened a panel last year to discuss the birth control provision of President Obama's Affordable Care Act that included no women, but it did have members of the clergy. In this instance, ... More >>
Hey soldier!! Wrap that rascal!! Loose lips sink ships!! Careless talk costs lives!!! Loose women may also be LOADED with disease!! The WWII vibe is heavy these days in Houston, as health officials have announced a comeback of the Greatest Generation's STD, syphilis. The Houston Department of Heal ... More >>
Lacy, the famed Natachee's horse, nuzzles up to owner Jerry Don Luco. Jerry Don Luco, co-owner of Natachee's Supper & Punch, is a cowboy. He's got the hat, the boots, an endless supply of quirky Southern idioms, and like any good cowboy, Jerry has a horse. Her name is Lacy, and she's quickly ... More >>
Mom-and-pop industrial plants not as wholesome as they seem.
G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo have signed on to headline Saturday's 4th Annual Hip-Hop For HIV Awareness concert at Reliant Center. Tickets are free, but only with an HIV test at one of the City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services' designated testing locations. A list ... More >>
In Houston, more and more chefs are curing their own pig products
The Thierry Andre Tellier Café and Pastry Shop (2515 River Oaks) was closed last week because of a health code violation but has reopened. There was a consultative visit by the Houston Department of Health and Human Services last Thursday, during which inspectors found that food was not prot ... More >>
A swine flu pandemic isn't a "foregone conclusion," according to the new alert level issued yesterday by the World Health Organization. But things are starting to get a little scary. Cue the travel warnings. The United States said not to head south of the border. The European Union said stay aw ... More >>
We scanned the Houston Department of Health and Human Services reports from September 13 to September 25 and found the following: The late, great Brennan’s (formerly at 3300 Smith) was inspected on September 15 and, as usual, had no violations… We have to admit, we were expecting dozens of vi ... More >>
We scanned the Houston Department of Health and Human Services reports from August 11 to August 19 and found these places among the offenders. The School of Culinary Arts (1900 Yorktown) seems to have a hairy bunch of students. During an August 19 inspection, its kitchen 405 was cited for “Food e ... More >>
We scanned the Houston Department of Health and Human Services reports for the week of July 28 and found these popular restaurants among the offenders. The Breakfast Klub (3711 Travis) got its hand slapped during an August 7 visit, racking up seven violations. Employees were mishandling food; equi ... More >>
There's a bull market on the meningitis vaccine. Are some doctors cashing in?