Even after the Affordable Care Act, tens of thousands of Texans have no medical coverage. That is why the San Jose Clinic in Midtown still exists.
Lou Reed, the tragically hip, eternally cool songwriter and musician whose friendships, collaborations and rivalries with the likes of John Cale, David Bowie and Iggy Pop helped define, expand and elevate rock music from the mid-'60s to the present, has died. Reed's death was confirmed to The New Yo ... More >>
The morning of September 11, 2001, I was asleep upstairs at my house in the Heights. It seems like 100 years ago considering all the changes that have happened to the world and for me personally since then. As was typical, my alarm went off. It was the radio tuned to 610 AM KILT. Lance Zierlein and ... More >>
Barry Smitherman hasn't done a lot of time on the Railroad Commission, but he's already set his sights on becoming the next state attorney general, and he's calling for a conservative crusade to get him there. Smitherman has come a long way from the days when he was a prosecutor at the Harris Count ... More >>
There's no other way to say this except to say it: Houston has a lot of music venues, a lot of music venues, but most of the high-profile shows around here get routed into a handful of places. This happens for any number of reasons, most of them financial: Very few promoters in town can afford to pu ... More >>
Lactation not related to giving birth.
Six historical paintings at Houston's federal courthouse have raised some hackles with two federal judges, who believe the paintings dredge up offensive imagery of slavery. The paintings, depicting the Houston Ship Channel in the late 1870s, were completed between 1938 and 1941, and were displayed ... More >>
We don't do rustic covered bridges here in Texas; we don't do massive Golden Gate spans either. But that doesn't mean the state isn't home to some beautiful pieces of bridge art. You can look for abandoned bridges here. Here, though, are a dozen of Texas' best. 12. Suspension Bridge, Waco T ... More >>
The Press hands out its first Houston Web Awards.
Buxton takes its bump to the roots-rock big leagues in stride.
Hat tip to Mr. Kimberly over at Neon Poisoning for tipping us off to the excellent photo stream of Louis Vest, OneEighteen on Flickr, who occasionally uploads amazing videos of the humdrum business on the Houston Ship Channel, including the one above.
Headed to courtFollowing in the footsteps of Shell and and ChevronPhillips, ExxonMobil has been sued by environmental groups who say its refinery routinely violates clean-air regulations and doesn't really do anything about it. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced their lawsuit to ... More >>
The Velvet Underground has certainly had an interesting second act. After Andy Warhol's favorite NYC "party" band soundtracked countless narcotic jags and laid the foundation for everything from punk rock to shoegaze, its members went on to very different lives: Lou Reed to street-life classi ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyTom Helm, urban outdoorsman and hobbyist beekeeperThis weekend we were invited to a honey-harvesting party at the home of Tom Helm, an urban outdoorsman who in 2006 was the subject of our cover story "Dark Water", in which he and then-Press reporter Josh Harkinson kaya ... More >>
Photos by Taylor TurnerNot exactly Gilligan's Island.The not-so-everyday presence of yachts on Buffalo Bayou has been bringing sight-seers to Allen's Landing this week. But the docking is no holiday for the boaters, who've been stranded at the downtown birthplace of the city of Houston since Sund ... More >>
Gene Green: Which way will he go?Health and safety advocates will be watching U.S. Congressman Gene Green closely tomorrow, when his colleagues on the House Energy & Commerce committee are expected to introduce a bill intended to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, such as ... More >>
Workers are claiming "disfigurement"On May 17, after a fire erupted at a local LyondellBasell refinery, the national headlines read "No Injuries at Houston Refinery."The source? 'Twas the friendly P.R. folks at Lyondell, of course.Given this fact, perhaps it will come to no surprise to learn that ... More >>
Online readers respond to high school girls slathered in whipped cream and chocolate.
If there's one company out there that won't put up with illegal oil dumping, it's Exxon. These guys are hawks about pollution, and they will sue whoever the hell they need to in order to bring evildoers to justice.So they're suing the United States, which blithely went ignored all sorts of Enviro ... More >>
What are you looking at here? A window pane shattered by a rock or bullet? Some kind of art project?No. You are looking at.......
Sadly, it wasn't a long week for Mr. Kirk Daley.He and a few co-workers left work early on Monday, probably with a skip in their step, to go cash their tax refund checks at a convenience store in northeast Houston at 8103 Homestead Road. When Daley, 30, was finished and all cashed-up, he began wa ... More >>
The troubled people whom Houston police officers hate to see headed their way.
Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.
Four years ago, Houston Mayor Bill White and his environmental policy director Elena Marks didn't think that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was doing a very good job enforcing pollution violations and keeping the area's oil refineries and chemical plants in check. The city had ... More >>
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The Houston Ship Channel will not be the scene of a terrorist attack tonight, one that will involve FBI agents, huge law-enforcement motocades, sirens, lights, all the good stuff.If you see such things, don't start running for the hills. It's a drill, baby."Late this evening int ... More >>
Stay the hell away from Houston's waterways. Don't swim in them and for heaven's sake don't eat the fish.That was essentially the message this morning at a news conference held alongside the Houston Ship Channel, hosted by Environment Texas, an environmental advocacy group, which complied data fr ... More >>
The Monument Inn continues an old tradition of dining on hallowed ground.
Back in November, Hair Balls indulged itself in some utterly sub-Swiftian satire on the possibility of Ike-wracked Galveston reconstructing itself as a haven for pirates. We suggested that Galveston apply for a Federal License to Plunder, citing advantages such as ease of access to all the booty ... More >>
A Houston company has been exploiting Vietnamese workers by promising big bucks, bringing them over here to work near the Ship Channel and then gouging them for rent and transportation costs while putting them up in dilapidated housing, a lawsuit claims.Thus it has been in America since...well, sinc ... More >>
We've seen the devastation first-hand, read the gloom and doom reports. Bolivar has been erased. UTMB's cutbacks threaten terminal meltdown for the Galveston economy. The schools are in peril. The beaches are ravaged.What is to be done?Predictably, there is a call for casino gambling on the island. ... More >>
Dr. Roger Wood and James Fraher serve up another heaping helping of Houston music lore
A reporter, a photographer and canoeist Tom Helm paddle from the Galleria to Galveston Bay by canoe and kayak, finding beauty, danger and urban debris in equal measure
Rodney Crowell comes back to town with yet another great album under his belt
PCBs may prompt a first-ever warning against bay speckled trout fishing
A bridge to Bolivar might be good for business -- but not for the birds
Turning Basin observation deck
A Port suit accuses several companies of contaminating its land for decades
Lunch with Rory Miggins
Alex MacLean's aerial photography puts our development-happy city in its proper perspective
Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?
For more than 70 years, Milby High School has educated working class kids from the East End. In the early 1960s, I was one of them. I recently went back to Milby to see not what had changed, but what, if anything, remained.
To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go