And so it has come to pass: an venerable and award-winning major metropolitan daily has ceased publishing every day. Last week, Newhouse Newspapers announced that this fall, their new acquisition, the 175-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune, would only hit the streets in print form three days a we ... More >>
It's all about us.CNN's series Defining America has taken a long look at Houston and its absorption of Katrina evacuees. "Houston, the sprawling, business-friendly oil city, has absorbed some of New Orleans, a compact mecca of music, merriment and food," the report says. One of the main sub ... More >>
Sharp eyes at the Austin American-Statesman have noticed something different about the home page for the epic Houston prayer meeting called The Response: It seems to have been scrubbed. The page no longer includes a list of "endorsers," several of whom drew criticism for being frothing luna ... More >>
Like combining chocolate and peanut butterIn the Southern District of Texas, U.S. Attorneys often deal with two kinds of fraud: scams involving a) Medicare, or b) Hurricanes Katrina or Rita. It takes a special genius to combine the two, and apparently Patrick Ita is that man. Prosecutors un ... More >>
Things gets illustrated in Dark Rain
Two women write poems / About life and the Super Dome / Theirs don't tend to rhyme / but still come out fine / Their reading is well worth your time
The Wire's creator moves south in Treme on HBO.
Even before Katrina, Houston was long a brother to New Orleans. Cars packed with revelers make that I-10 drive come Mardi Gras time, or whenever the urge hits.Katrina only cemented the bond. So with the Saints in the Super Bowl, as odd as those five words strung together may sound, we're firmly r ... More >>
This summer we told you about two locals who had not only been accused of defrauding the federal government, but something far, far more powerful: Oprah Winfrey.Sisters Darlene McGruder Poole and Lashone McGruder Victor were charged in August with filing false information to FEMA in order to get ... More >>
In a late and welcome addition to the Big Top Lounge's calendar, tomorrow night finds the New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band making their Main Street debut. Fans of the Rebirth, Dirty Dozen or Hot 8 brass bands will dig these guys, most of whom settled here after Katrina but have played out more ... More >>
It's one thing to defraud FEMA in the wake of a hurricane. It's another to mess with Oprah.That's the sad, heavy lesson learned by four people named in indictments unsealed this morning by the U.S. Attorney's office. They're charged with, as the feds put it, "wrongfully obtaining rental assistanc ... More >>
Houston's resident urban mannerist takes a hard look at life in black America
There's no scam like a religious scam. And there's no religious scam like one where the church involved has a really churchy name, like Fishers of Men. And that's what we have (allegedly) in Houston -- the US Attorney's office has indicted the heads of Fishers of Men for skimming millions in fake s ... More >>
File this under “Since you just got your ass kicked by Hurricane Ike, we’re gonna give you a break (kinda).” Freddie Mac has ordered its servicers to suspend all foreclosure sales on Freddie Mac properties until December 31, including mortgages that were in default prior to Hurricane Ike. (Se ... More >>
We're right in the middle of Oh God, Oh God, We're All Gonna Die season (as Wash might say) and sure enough there's hurricane Gustav, creeping through the Caribbean and toying with the sphincter control of everyone from Corpus Christi to Destin, FL. Trouble is, Gustav is hardly a name we Houstonians ... More >>
Houston is not exactly accustomed to getting rave reviews in the national press, so city and county officials rode Katrina for all it was worth. Houston opened its arms to evacuees, Houston showed its welcoming heart, Houston demonstrated what taking care of neighbors is all about, etc., etc., etc. ... More >>
The case of Rhonda Tavey is a tangled one; a Good Samaritan involved in Hurricane Katrina relief now being accused of abducting the five children she took into her care. An Amber Alert was issued, but now Tavey has returned to Houston from Dallas and been arrested.
Hola, Edouard. I hope you won't mind, but we Houstonians are still a little fatigued from taking 12 hours to drive from The Woodlands to Conroe during Hurricane Rita to get too worked up over the "threat" of a [*snicker*] Category 1 storm. And to cheer you up, we've compiled a list of the top five h ... More >>
I finally got around to checking out the entertainment line-up at Discovery Green, and tonight's offering really caught my eye. Basically, it's a showdown between two New Orleans-style brass band with Houston ties. In this corner you've got...
1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina
To listen to our interview with author Chris Rose and a short reading from 1 Dead in Attic, After Katrina click the LISTEN button below. A crime reporter and columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Chris Rose had been covering politics, pop culture and NOLA nightlife. All that chan ... More >>
Performance artist Jose Torres Tama brings us his story of Katrina
You don't need to be an anthropologist to walk around the streets of Houston and notice we have one of the richest and most culturally and racially diverse cities around. But in case you haven't been outside for the past ten years or don't believe that, indeed, white people here are getting old and ... More >>
The Music of New Orleans
If you were wondering just who would issue this year's Most Depressing Christmas-Related Press Release, we have your answer: The fine folks at FEMA . In a brilliantly understated few sentences, a script for radio public-service announcements succeeds in making us want to slit our wrists, and we did ... More >>
DiverseWorks goes apocalyptic in "Run For Your Lives!"
Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige and more hit H-town
New Orleans mayoral candidates are looking for votes -- and finding them in Houston
A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.
Drums & Tuba's off-center groove isn't the only thing that's dislocated
A local Olympic hopeful wants you to get on board
Friday, October 14, at the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival, Downtown Square, Conroe, 832-298-4161.
Music to drown by
A New Orleans boy in Houston ponders what nevermore may be
Houston gets hit with its own hurricane surge