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  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Rockstar Winemaker Pax Mahle Takes Houston by Storm

    A Houston wine writer considered himself fortunate to get an audience with rockstar winemaker Pax Mahle yesterday while the charismatic sommelier cum winery owner was in town to show his wine to buyers and speak at a sold-out wine dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. That's not to say that Mahle is p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    This Week in Serial Crime: The U-Haul Burglar

    The Houston Police Department earlier this month nabbed a suspect in at least 14 burglaries, they announced this week. Torron Jermaine Alexander, 42, was hit with a charge of two counts of burglary for a series of crimes, police say took him from one U-Haul business to another since late April. Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    What's an Urban Winery? Not Sure, But Now We Have One in Houston

    There are many things that make Houston a hip, cosmopolitan city. We have an incredible array of ethnic restaurants. We have a lesbian mayor. We have Johnson Space Center, the Texas Medical Center and plenty of universities. And now we have one more thing to solidify our coolness: An urban winery. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    TransCanada is Trying to Buy a Little Texas Love, Since D.C. Keeps Avoiding Keystone Issue

    The people at TransCanada are by no means stupid. While the fate of the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is still in regulatory limbo, the southern end is up and running. It's also still unpopular but TransCanada is stepping up and doing what all oil and pipeline companies should do -- provi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The Drones are (Probably) Coming to Texas

    If you thought drones were the stuff of Terminator movies and bombings in countries that aren't us, you've got another think coming. The world of drones and drone research is coming to Texas, pending FAA approval. The FAA is due to announce the designation of six test sites for unmanned aircraft sy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Mexico's Oil Industry Makes First Move Toward Opening Up After 75 Years

    Once upon a time, Mexico was more than a land of cheap tequila, drug violence and border issues. Back in the day, it was oil country and oil industry types from all over the United States and the rest of the world flocked to Mexico because of all the slick black crude discovered beneath the soil. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Election Roundup: Proposition 6 (Funding the State Water Plan)

    Referendum: Proposition 6 (the proposed constitutional amendment to fund the State Water Plan), if approved by voters, will allow a one-time transfer of $2 billion from the state Rainy Day Fund to provide local governments with loans to help build water infrastructure in the state. Key issue: The r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Hey, Lady, That Ain't Champagne in My Glass!

    A few nights ago, I cozied up to the bar at the swank Hotel ICON on Main Street downtown to wait for a friend who was staying there. I asked for a wines-by-the-glass list only to discover that there was nothing by the glass that I wanted to put into my body (it was dominated by usual-suspect, high- ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2013

    Chemically Burned: Dow Chemical Tries to Avoid Hot Water in Worker's Death

    Brian Johns suffered chemical burns over 65 percent of his body in a Deer Park plant explosion. A representative of his company, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, tried to tell doctors Johns had just encountered some really hot water.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Down Boy: Texas Ranks Third in Most Dog Bites in the U.S.

    Being a mail carrier for the postal service must be a bitch, particularly in older neighborhoods where they have to walk up to houses instead of just driving by a mailbox. There's the heat and carrying a big pack full of mail. But, perhaps the worst part is the fear of being attacked by a dog. Any a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Florida Atlantic University Sells Stadium Naming Rights to Horrible Private Prison Company GEO Group

    Before rapist and kidnapper John Enard clipped off his monitoring bracelet and strolled out of his Houston halfway house, he had it made it clear to state authorities: he would offend again before ever being sent back to prison. One of the best ways to allow Enard to run off and rape again was to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2012

    Surprise! Rick Ross' Maybach Tour Stop In Houston Canceled

    According to an email we have just received from Live Nation in Houston, the Maybach Tour set for next week on December 13 at Reliant Arena, has been canceled. In fact, Ross has canceled the rest of the tour. He cited problems with the tour promoter among other things. The tour -- featuring Rick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Sorry Houston, No Farm-Fresh Milk for You

    Here's a riddle: why would a dairy choose to stop selling milk to Houston resellers for $5 a gallon and instead sell it all to a giant co-op for a mere $1.62 a gallon? The answer? Unbearable pressure. Local milk producer Way Back When Dairy, run by the Ganskey family, has become a valued resourc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Natural Wine Becomes a Crime

    If you follow along here at Wine Time, you know that we frequently cover Natural wine and the vitriol-fueled debate on Natural wine that often eclipses the wines themselves (and we have written about Natural wine in Texas here). The stakes in the Natural dialectic just got higher. Last month, a Eur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Infographic: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Texas Wine and More

    See our slideshow of Texas wines and wineries. In this week's cover story, we take a peek behind the cellar door to investigate some of the Texas wine industry's more frustrating secrets. Namely, that much of the wine bottled and sold in Texas is made from California grapes -- and that almost all ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Southwest vs. United: The Tale of the Texas Tape

    This week brings another chapter in the titanic showdown between Southwest Airlines, who wants to fly international flights out of Hobby, and United Airlines, the company that flies international flights out of Bush. United knows that allowing international flights out of Hobby would be a very, ver ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Harris County Sues Over All That Dixon in the San Jacinto River

    Harris County attorney Vince Ryan announced he's suing a collection of companies for 45 years' worth of pollution in the San Jacinto River, and he's asking for up to $25,000 a day in penalties. Ryan is suing International Paper Company, Waste Management, Inc., Waste Management of Texas, Inc. and Mc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Last Minute Shopping: The 10 Best Online Retailers (Not Named Amazon.com)

    ​For a decade now, online retailers have increasingly grown their sales to the point they now rival traditional brick and mortar establishments. Let's face it, it's just easier to shop online if you have a computer, an internet connection and a desire to avoid crowds. You can sit there with a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 1, 2011

    Spinning the Black Circle

    Is the music industry stabilizing?

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Material World: Music to Rock Your Cyber Monday with Video

    In the late '70s, there was a movie spoof on Friday the 13th called Saturday the 14th. It was about as dumb as you imagine it would be. Well, insert punchline here because Black Friday is over, but we are still smack dab in the middle of Cyber Monday, where instead of being stampeded by rampaging sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    The Keystone XL Pipeline: Houston's Cardno Entrix In The Crosshairs

    Keystone XL: Coming to Texas​Houston-based Cardno Entrix is the latest target of scrutiny in the newest allegations of cronyism surrounding TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline project. A group of U.S. senators has called for an investigation into the State Department's handling of the Keystone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Is Commercial Radio Fading Into Oblivion?

    ​How many times has this happened to you: You're driving home from work. A song comes on. Drums. Guitar strums. A wimpy voice: "Say, oh, got this feeling that you can't fight..." You've heard this same song three times in 30 minutes, and it bores you to tears. Unlike the imaginary audience th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Feds Sue Kinder Morgan for $1 Million in Unpaid Overtime

    The Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Houston's Kinder Morgan that seeks more than $1 million in what it says is unpaid overtime owed to "4,500 current and former operators, technicians, maintenance workers, laborers and administrative nonexempt employees." Kinder Morgan provides serv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Pointing Lasers at Planes: A Big Texas Pastime

    Save it for Laser Floyd, people​The FAA has issued its annual report on the growing problem of airplane pilots being targeted by laser pointers as they try to land, and be proud, Texas: You had more such incidents than any state but California. It happened 239 times in Texas in 2010, FAA spok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Flying Fur: PETA Members to Protest on Black Friday

    Don't expect hot, naked protesters on Friday. Think about it if you like, but don't expect it.​When you are out picking up some toys for the tikes at the Galleria this Friday, you might see something besides chubby Santas and frustrated holiday shoppers. You might catch anti-fur protesters. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    A Taste of Honey: Harvesting A Beehive

    Photos by Brittanie SheyTom Helm, urban outdoorsman and hobbyist beekeeper​This 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Bullet Train Between Dallas And Houston: It's Coming (Maybe)

    How about a Lone Star flag on the front of that thing?​Houston business leaders got briefed yesterday by a Japanese company looking to build a bullet train between Dallas and Houston, with mostly private funds.It's part of a U.S. offense by the Central Japan Railway, which, according to media repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    BARC Supervisor, On Tape, Squelches Employee Complaint And Says Mayor Has His Back

    BARC, making sad puppies everywhere​When Chatauqua Allen, a supervisor at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, was shut out of certain meetings, she got the nagging notion that it may have to do with her race.The feeling was compounded when Allen, who is black, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Exciting New Job Opportunities At Stanford Financial

    Are you an attorney looking to work for a company "that strives every day on every level of our business to achieve a higher standard"?You're in luck!! Such a company advertised in the help-wanted section of the Chronicle Sunday!!The company "has an opening for a skilled, dynamic attorney to partici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    The King Catfish Ranch

    If you're looking for shining examples of the local indigenous cuisine while driving Highway 59 through East Texas and you've already had your fill of barbecue then its time to pull over for some catfish. I purchased this fried catfish dinner with cole slaw, french fries, odd cylindrical hush puppie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Grammy Day at U of H Until 5

    Paul Wall: Also available for oral-hygeine advice. Today at the UH Main Campus on Cullen, The Recording Academy and the Grammys are putting on a Career Day for students in the college's music department. The Grammys hold these workshops around the country for students looking to take the leap into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    The Most Unimpressive Hacker Ever

    Those wily IT guys.A computer tech who was a contract worker for the energy giant Calpine is going to federal prison for a year and a day because he hacked into an employee's computer and used it for nefarious purposes.Actually, not all that nefarious -- he used the financial information contained o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Don't Work -- It's Cyber Monday!

    Thought the holiday uber-shopping craze was limited to Black Friday? Welcome to Cyber Monday.Admittedly, the day was first a gimmick by Shop.org (they coined the term back in 2005), but over the years, more and more stores have jumped on board and as many as 82% of online retailers are offering spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Point Comfort Alcoa Plant May Close

    The Alcoa plant in Point Comfort, about 125 miles from here, is a pretty massive operation: It can produce up to 2.3 million metric tons a year of alumina, which is the stuff from which aluminum is made. Now it may be shutting down. An Australian newspaper (an Australian company partners with Alco ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    November Cinema and Media Arts Festival

    Alex Rivera screens Sleep Dealer during the Houston Cinema Arts Society film fest

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    National Cancer Organization Wants Hot Dogs Out of HISD Schools

    Photo by Robb Walsh Speaking of processed meats…okay, we’ll wait a second for you to stop drooling. Done? Good. Now where were we? Ah, yes… Speaking of processed meats, the good doctors at the Cancer Project filed a federal petition last week with the United States Department of Agricultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    National Cancer Organization Wants Hot Dogs Out of HISD Schools

    Photo by Robb Walsh Speaking of processed meats…okay, we’ll wait a second for you to stop drooling. Done? Good. Now where were we? Ah, yes… Speaking of processed meats, the good doctors at the Cancer Project filed a federal petition last week with the United States Department of Agricultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Freddie Mac Helps Out Bankers (And A Couple Of Home Owners)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    An Ike Miracle: Bayport Cruise Terminal To Actually Be Used

    And they said it would never happen. The brand-new $81 million cruise terminal at the Port of Houston's Bayport terminal is finished and has been able to handle ships for a while now. Not so's you'd notice, because no cruise companies have signed up to use it, as the Houston Chronicle reported. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    It Could Be Worse -- You Could Be An Entergy Customer

    While you're busy wondering what the hell Centerpoint is doing in terms of getting your service back up, look on the bright side. You could be an Entergy customer. Customers of Entergy -- mostly north and east of the city -- are having almost no luck getting power back on. In fact, Entergy is movi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2008

    Sysco Slapped for Bait and Switch with Florida Fish

    Houston-based Sysco, the nation's largest food wholesaler, got nailed earlier this week by the office of the Florida Attorney General for passing off cheaper fish as grouper in 14 Tampa-area restaurants. (Hey, at least the company wasn't passing off pork as veal.) Sysco, which has supplied food to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Sysco Slapped for Bait and Switch with Florida Fish

    Houston-based Sysco, the nation's largest food wholesaler, got nailed earlier this week by the office of the Florida Attorney General for passing off cheaper fish as grouper in 14 Tampa-area restaurants. (Hey, at least the company wasn't passing off pork as veal.) Sysco, which has supplied food to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2008

    Happy Record Store Day

    Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've forgotten how, don't bother asking your kids. It's r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    Rick Perry Talks Cancer at the Texas Life Science Conference

    Gov. Rick Perry appeared today before 250 national venture capitalists, researchers and business executives at the annual Texas Life Science Conference. During his talk, the governor called for a renewed commitment by the public and private sector to fight cancer. “Cancer is not a new fight fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    Madonna to Warner Bros.: "Sorry"

    In another blow to the beleaguered major labels, already rendered effectively obsolete last week when Radiohead allowed fans to download new album In Rainbows directly from the band’s Web site, Madonna announced today she has struck a multimillion-dollar deal with Houston-based concert giant Live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2007

    Eat That, New York!

    Slate had an article yesterday on Houston's own Sysco, the nation's largest food wholesaler, responsible for meals at Yankee Stadium, the Four Seasons, Applebee's and Club Gitmo. You can check out the article here, or read the HouStoned CliffsNotes version after the jump, courtesy of MS Word's Au ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 23, 2006
  • Dining

    August 2, 2001

    A Matter of Fat

    The U.S. beef industry's lower standards have led to an increase in chop houses

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