Houston Fire Department

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Barbecue & Bourbon Go Together Like Cookies & Milk

    Get your tickets to this five-course barbecue dinner at Killen's BBQ before they are all gone. Jim Beam and Ronnie Killen have teamed up to bring Barbecue & Bourbon, a cocktail-paired barbecue dinner. The event takes place on Wednesday, June 11, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Stand Your Ground, or Murder?

    How many people have to die before we take a hard look at the stand-your-ground defense in Texas? How long before the message gets out that this will-nilly shooting of people on your property is a bad thing? Stand your ground is intertwined with The Castle Doctrine, which was a Texas law revised in ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 10, 2013

    Top 8 Seasonal Texas Brews

    Get in the fall spirit with one of these beers.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Mangiamaccheroni: A Sicilian Seafood Pop-Up Promises Gioia di Vivere

    It's Thursday evening at Camerata, the new wine bar adjacent to Paulie's, and Felipe Riccio, a young chef who works behind the bar, has just poured me a sample of a Gravner wine from Italy. After he provides a comprehensive description of the wine, including how it's made and some of the complexitie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Severe Weather Is Here (w/Pictures!): Save Those Files, Use the Tunnels & Tip Your Pizza Guy Better (Updated: Person Hit By Lightning)

    If you don't have a window, you might not realize it's 10 p.m. in parts of Houston. It's a dark and stormy night out there, as Edward George Bulwer-Lytton would say. Last night saw some major thunderstorm activity, with impressive lightning shows in some parts of town. (This being Houston, other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    All-Day Fundraiser Today at Liberty Kitchen for Injured Bartender David Brown

    On Thursday, September 13, Liberty Kitchen bartender David Brown was riding his bicycle -- his main means of transportation -- down a busy stretch of Studemont that crosses White Oak Bayou when he lost his balance and plummeted 40 feet over the railing into the bayou below. Luckily for Brown, the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    State Senator Mario Gallegos Hospitalized In "Grave Condition" (UPDATED: He's Died)

    State Senator Mario Gallegos, a member of the legislature for two decades and a thorn in the side of the Houston school district for much of that time, is gravely ill, a spokesperson says. Gallegos, 62, is hospitalized in Houston. "Senator Gallegos' family is at his side during this difficult time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Terrorist Attacks, Drugs and Danger: Why City Council Doesn't Want Food Trucks Downtown

    "Food trucks -- are they allowed to sell other items within the food trucks?" asked a bewildered-sounding Jack Christie, Council Member At Large 5, during Tuesday morning's City Council hearing on food truck regulations. "To what extent does it not become a food truck?" Christie continued. "I reali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Adrian Peterson Decides To Pull Out The Nukes, Hires Rusty Hardin

    When the news came down on Saturday afternoon that Minnesota Vikings running back and Houston resident Adrian Peterson had been arrested for resisting arrest at a club at Bayou Place after hours, the Internet did what the Internet does. Half of everyone with an opinion went with the "Spoiled athlete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Rap Feud Turns Deadly In Southwest Houston

    A young man killed in the parking lot of a southwest Houston McDonalds the night of May 4 was an up-and-coming Alief-area rapper, and police believe he was killed by a former bandmate who left to start a rival group. According to a criminal complaint filed in Harris County District Court, Toyurean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Sharon Russell: Mom Sues HPD (Again) For Auctioning off Evidence Related to Daughter's Suspicious Death

    Approximately three years ago, the Houston Police Department auctioned off evidence that prosecutors planned to use in a tricky case against a disgraced lawyer named Shawn Roberts. Roberts's girlfriend, Tara Sganga, was found dead in her apartment in March 2007, and prosecutors planned to use Sganga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Hero Metro Cops Awarded for Helping Save Chris Gray

    Our favorite Metro cops -- the officers whose quick actions helped save Houston Press Music Editor Chris Gray after he suffered a heart attack last month -- were presented with awards this morning from Metro and the American Heart Association. Officers John Zepeda and Leonard Wagner just happened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    A-Blake Records Joins Cadre Of Local Labels

    ​Houston has a multitude of music within - and bleeding across - its borders. By our own quick estimate, there are about 500 active musical acts in the metropolitan area, and that's probably still a lowball speculation. With all these acts, it's only natural that yet another label would sprin ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011

    Dead Center

    Bad things keep happening to people in Shawn Roberts's orbit.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Jolanda Jones's Controversial Visit to HFD Station No Big Deal, City Investigators Say

    Jolanda Jones is effing cleared of allegations​The latest brouhaha between city council member Jolanda Jones and the Houston Fire Department -- concerning claims she belittled firefighters while visiting the downtown station -- is overblown and involved no misconduct, the city's Office of Insp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Meridian's Problems Persist; Wu-Tang Moved Back To Numbers

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Just when it seemed like Meridian was on the comeback trail, a mysterious power outage and shows both canceling and relocating to different venues over the weekend have raised more questions about the problem-plagued venue at 1503 Chartres. Sunday, My Onstage Events an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    These Men Want to Save You a Taco (Truck)

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttLeft to right: Jay Rascoe, J.R. Cohen and Dan Joyce, brothers in beards (and tacos).​Jay Rascoe, J.R. Cohen and Dan Joyce are all familiar faces in Houston's social media community. Rascoe, best known for his food blog, Guns and Tacos, is even a bit of a food celebr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    City's Report On HFD Allegations Isn't The Last Word

    ​At a press conference earlier today, the City of Houston announced that an investigation -- conducted by lawyers hired by the city -- was complete and the law firms were ready with suggestions on how to improve the fire department. If anyone has forgotten, it was a tough 2009 for the Houston Fire ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Be Happy or Die

    Inside Super Happy Fun Land, Houston's most eclectic musical venue (and more).

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: There Actually Is An Ax-Murderer On The Loose

    ​Did Houston police officer R.G. Gardiner shoot John Barnes on Saturday evening unnecessarily?The police department says no. The official version goes that Gardiner, who was working an off-duty security job at the Woodland Hills Village Apartments at 2139 Lake Hills Drive, saw Barnes and a wom ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2009

    Mortgage Papers and Foreclosure

    It's easy for a homeowner's payments to fall through the cracks.

  • News

    March 29, 2007

    Thai Xuan Village

    The city is handing out grants to spruce up apartments near Hobby Airport. Unfortunately, a group of dilapidated Vietnamese condo units don't qualify

  • News

    September 8, 2005

    The Terrorist

    Call the cops! Call the fire department! Tony Cantu and the Epernay subdivision are at it again.

  • News

    July 14, 2005

    A Gap in Coverage

    Critics of GoldStar ambulance service say it's late to emergencies, cares for profits over patients, and doctors its books. But without it, there's nothing.

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Rodeo's Gonna Git You, Sucka

    When the Fat Show calls, you better answer

  • Music

    November 14, 2002


    A redneck institution drowns in a flood of syrupy smooth jazz

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    Going off the Rails

    A proposed line into the Bayport Industrial District has residents from Clear Lake to the East End vowing to stop the "toxic train" in its tracks

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Ballot Hits and Bloopers

    Sour grapes, golden gloves and acidic comebacks on the campaign trail.

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Burning Grief

    The mayor's new HFD staffing plan postpones the dreams of dead firefighter's kin.

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Gunning for a Runoff

    Can Bell avoid being the odd man out?

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    Heir Time

    Debra Duncan pays her dues, hits her cues and hopes to be the next Oprah

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Working Stiff

    Glenda Turner wrestles with ways to regain a normal life -- as others beat on her to break the grip of the bizarre syndrome racking her body

  • News

    January 13, 2000

    The Insider

    Curse of El Mercado. Did a city planning commissioner try to cash in on the project?

  • News

    November 25, 1999


    Texas Lottery. Let's buy our tickets and bet on the day that Robert Arthur Pearson finally kills himself in public while we all watch

  • News

    May 27, 1999
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    July 24, 1997

    A Neighborhood Divided

    In the Heights, a gate blocks Dian Street, separating the haves from the have-lesses, whites from Hispanics and once, an ambulance from an emergency. Three years after the city erected the "traffic calming" measure, how you feel about it still depends on

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    July 18, 1996
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    April 4, 1996
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    January 25, 1996


    Since Dr. Joe retired as Harris Countys chief medical examiner, the morgue itself has been undergoing a critical examination. Whats been uncovered botched postmortems, illegal tissue-harvesting, double-dipping pathologists reveals a county office thats op

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