Years ago in Huntsville, Texas just around the corner from my aunt and uncle's house was a convenience store. The sign for this store was something that cracked up my father and I for many years. It read (in all caps): BEER WINE GAS DRUGS AMMO. It is difficult to imagine anyone could want much more ... More >>
One night this past week, the amber alert signal built into my iPhone went off three times in about 15 minutes after 9 p.m. None of them were alerts I could do anything about, but that really isn't the point. One of them, at some point, could be. Still, the fact they came in rapid succession would h ... More >>
It's so damn hot in Houston most of the time, we forget what cold weather feels like. Then, we get a week where it doesn't make it out of the 50s and we wish for warmer climates if only because frozen margaritas seem so much less appealing when it is 40 degrees outside. Right now, we're in the midst ... More >>
"Racism is a cancer that America does not want to cure." -- Willie D Willie D is a passionate man. About everything. About politeness as a social construct. About girls with little to no hair. About countries in South America. All of it. Any of it. Everything. But perhaps especially about race an ... More >>
Eli Young Band RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 5, 2012 Texas country fans ain't your average, run-of-the-mill country fans. We're not referring to country lovers who live in Texas, either. When we speak of Texas country, we're talking about the strain of country music that's reared on the small ... More >>
In Huntsville, back somewhere around 2000, there used to be this club called The Tin Can. There are a bunch of reasons to remember The Tin Can; two stand out and another is unfortunately appropriate today. The most nefarious of the three: It had to have been the most unsafe club in American histo ... More >>
Light this candle.Mayor Annise Parker joined today with the mayor of Huntsville, Alabama -- do we really need to tell you his name is Tommy Battle? No, really, it is -- to inform NASA and all politicians who vote on it that they better get going on NASA's new project. The two "have formally ... More >>
Houston moms help the help.
Chef Raj Dixit takes over at The Inn.Another busy week in the city where good things happen in threes: Three coffee shops are opening soon, three chefs have moved into new positions, and three restaurants are fast on their way to opening (or reopening, in one case). And bad things happen in t ... More >>
Anything for a fix, man.You know those guys who are masters at faking prescriptions or massaging paperwork in order to abuse their drug of choice? Texas might be a member of that club. Two TDCJ inmates are complaining to feds that the state's paperwork shows the mandatory DEA registration n ... More >>
Whiskey defuses a crisisThe Draft Pub in Huntsville said it would stand tall against criticism of its "Wetback Wednesday" special, but it has changed its mind.In an odd column defending its decision not to cover the issue, the Huntsville Item says the bar has decided to change the name to "Whiske ... More >>
Not so happy for someThe Draft Bar in Huntsville has daily specials, and catchy names to go along with them.Including "WB Wednesdays." When resident Arthur Guerrero recently asked what the "WB" stood for, television station KBTX reports, he found out it wasn't "Warner Bros."It's Wetback Wed ... More >>
Houston makes the top 10 list for big finesThe school year has begun in some places, and that means school zones are up and cops are watching for violators. In some places you can't text or talk on your cell in a school zone; in every place you can't speed in one.What are the worst places in Texa ... More >>
TV news loves to talk to witnesses or victims of crime. We'd love it, too, if they were all like this guy, from Huntsville, Alabama.Please adopt his style when you are interviewed for television, Houston.Thank you.
Charles Roberts -- aka Alabama, aka Hell Boy (according to a lawsuit he filed from prison) -- was recently transferred to Huntsville from Edinburg after he claimed, via lawsuit, that the prison didn't allow him to practice his Wiccan religion. Michelle Lyons, the director of public information fo ... More >>
Photos by Robb WalshSwan Lake is an heirloom melon with a sensational honey-like flavor and a custardy texture. It's my new favorite melon. I had never even heard of heirloom melons until last weekend when I ran into this guy selling them at the Bayou City Farmer's market on Richmond. Garth ... More >>
Most Houstonians probably know Huntsville for the colossal Sam Houston statue, designed by Texas artist David Adickes, himself a graduate of Sam Houston State University and a Huntsville native. At 67 feet tall, "Big Sam" is dubbed The World's Tallest Statue of an American Hero. Or maybe they know ... More >>
If you have been listening to right-wing pundit Glenn Beck's daily syndicated radio show on 740 AM KTRH in the mornings or watching his Fox News Channel TV show in the evenings, no doubt you have heard the sad tale of former Navy SEAL and Navy Cross recipient Marcus Luttrell. The distinguished war ... More >>
In the emotion-packed play Rabbit Hole, now being presented at Stages Repertory Theater, one of the standouts among the five actors on stage is the young actor playing Jason, the teenager who was driving the car that caused a death. It is a demanding role and one that calls for actor Mark Ivy to act ... More >>
Theres more to these photographs than meets the eye
One guy who you might think would be praying hard for Tropical Storm Edouard to be really, really bad is Jose Medellin. He's the guy scheduled to die tonight in Huntsville, after being convicted of capital murder in the notorious Ertman-Pena case. The World Court couldn't save him; George Bush and ... More >>
Austin roots-rockers the Black, whose frontman David Longoria is a satellite member of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - he plays keyboards from time to time; ...ToD singer Conrad Keely sometimes returns the favor by sitting in on viola with the Black - and whose shows often feel like w ... More >>
I am making the stand, right here and now, that only winning teams that don’t play like an erratic Bad News Bears can have special theme nights at the ballpark. Want to really make me come to the stadium, Drayton McLane? WIN A GAME. Don’t give me a funny hat to wear while I watch the Astros get ... More >>
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Texas inmates fleeing the coop might as well pin targets on their backs, under a new prison policy.
Huntsville State Park
Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.
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The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.
SHSU stirred the higher-ed circles. Now the excitement has turned to exodus.
Quanell comes on strong at Graham's execution, then vanishes
Ricardo Lara spent 19 years in Texas prisons. He got out the other day.
A Huntsville execution draws a strange crowd
Last week Anthony Ray Westley was executed for a murder he may not have committed. Only his lawyer and family seemed to care.
Now everybody, it's claimed, will be on their best behavior. Really?
It's the last stop for some Texas prison inmates
Houston sculptor David Adickes has one message for the art world: large is good
Heaven has its smoking pits too -- at New Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville