• Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Beer at Gun Shows? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Turning Off Phone Amber Alerts: The Guilt vs. the Terror

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Houston Area Might See Some Winter Weather as Soon as Friday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Willie D: "For Black People, Being Educated Is Not Enough"

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Last Night: Eli Young Band At Reliant Stadium

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Fourteen Years After His Death, Fat Pat's Legacy Continues Acting Bad For Scrilla

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Annise Parker Strongly Urges (Probably in Vain) NASA to Get Going on Its Next Manned Mission

    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 >>

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Por Favor, Nanny

    Houston moms help the help.

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Openings & Closings: July 2011

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Texas Is a Lying Junkie When it Comes to Buying Death-Penalty Drugs, Inmates Say

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    "Wetback Wednesdays" Now "Whiskey Wednesdays," Irish Have Not Protested Yet

    Whiskey defuses a crisis​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    "Wetback Wednesdays" At Huntsville Bar: What's The Problem?

    Not so happy for some​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Speed In A Hunstville School Zone, Get Fined $312

    Houston makes the top 10 list for big fines​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Attention, Houston Crime Victims: Be Like This Guy

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    TDCJ Inmate Wonders What's A Dude Gotta Do To Get His Wicca On In Prison

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    August 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Heirloom Melons: Swan Lake

    Photos by Robb Walsh​Swan 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Huntsville

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Glenn Beck Takes a Break From the Economy; Talks with Marcus Luttrell, Former SEAL Who Chased Down Men Accused of Shooting His Yellow Lab

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Rabbit, Run: Young Actor In Stages Play Seizes The Moment

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2009
  • Calendar

    November 6, 2008

    “Viewfinder: New Images from Texas Artists”

    There’s more to these photographs than meets the eye

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Can Edouard Save Jose Medellin?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    Here Comes the Black

    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 >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: '80s Night at The Lose Box

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 11, 2006

    Here Comes "Trouble"

    Roll up to Everyone's Art Car Parade

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    No Pain, No Gain

    Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    Outside the Box

    In keeping with the Halloween spirit, we bring you the tale of George Russell, who buries people in cardboard on his property. Welcome to his neighborhood.

  • News

    January 29, 2004

    Visitors' Guide

    Get Bowled over by the best of the real Bayou City

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Champion of the Underdog

    Texas Defender Service

  • News

    August 21, 2003

    Make It S-T-O-P

    The Texans go scoreless on tunes as well as turf

  • News

    January 9, 2003

    A Guarded Past

    Texas's impressive new prison museum engages in a little escapism of its own

  • News

    October 18, 2001

    Taking Aim

    Texas inmates fleeing the coop might as well pin targets on their backs, under a new prison policy.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Place to Mountain Bike

    Huntsville State Park

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Prose and Cons

    Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Letters 08-24-2000

    A Ring of Reverence, Early-Warning System, Sand and Toilet Seats

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Death Row Show

    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.

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Sam Houston's Retreat?

    SHSU stirred the higher-ed circles. Now the excitement has turned to exodus.

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Hanging with Mr. X

    Quanell comes on strong at Graham's execution, then vanishes

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Letters From the Inside

    Ricardo Lara spent 19 years in Texas prisons. He got out the other day.

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Stand Up and Holler

    A Huntsville execution draws a strange crowd

  • Calendar

    May 13, 1999
  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Rough Justice

    Last week Anthony Ray Westley was executed for a murder he may not have committed. Only his lawyer and family seemed to care.

  • News

    May 18, 1995
  • News

    April 6, 1995

    Down on Peckerwood Hill

    It's the last stop for some Texas prison inmates

  • News

    December 15, 1994

    Mr. Big

    Houston sculptor David Adickes has one message for the art world: large is good

  • Dining

    July 28, 1994

    The Church of the Immaculate Barbecue

    Heaven has its smoking pits too -- at New Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville

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