On Friday, everybody reports for team meetings, and come Saturday, it begins. The Texans' first training camp of the Bill O'Brien Era will be underway, and by Saturday morning, we will have confirmation on just how entrenched Andre Johnson is in his stance against the team. That will be the storyli ... More >>
It would take some major changes to the rules, even more major than some of the changes we've already seen, for me to stop loving football, and if television ratings, revenue, jersey sales, and social media are any indication, America feels the same way. That said, while most advancements the game ... More >>
So a hit and run is bad enough, but think about the badness of a boat and run. The phrase "boat and run" may sound the tiniest bit funny, but not if you let yourself imagine being out on the water in the Galveston Channel just past Seawolf Fishing Pier off of Galveston Island in the dark of night. Y ... More >>
Opponents of Lone Star College School System trustee candidate Kyle Scott are circulating a YouTube clip of a man who won a civil suit accusing Scott of punching him in the face in 2009. Scott, a professor of political science at the University of Houston, had originally been charged with striking ... More >>
The Thunder had no answer. They tried shooting threes. They tried running. They tried hard fouls. They tried flopping. Ultimately, down much of the game to the visiting Rockets, the Thunder tried fouling Rockets center Omer Asik on every possession. Asik, who shot only 52 percent from the charity st ... More >>
First, the bad news: Some unfathomable a-hole set a dog on fire last week. Now, the good news: Thanks to some kick-ass animal-lovers in Houston, he was rescued from the streets, given top-notch emergency medical care, and now has a good prognosis. The good news comes with a price tag, though, so w ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry will honor six Houston police officers tomorrow for the service they gave the public, service that left them wounded from gunshots or other actions. The officers will receive the Star of Texas Award, which "were created to honor and commemorate selected first responders who made ... More >>
When police arrived at the home of Marsha Tennell about 5 a.m. Sunday, they found her son covered in blood. They also found the corpse of the 53-year-old woman in her bedroom, dead from blunt-force trauma. Eric Deshayn Tennell, 33, eventually admitted to cops he killed his mother, police say. The ... More >>
Go ahead and chalk up the NBA All-Star Game taking place in a few weeks (Sunday, February 26, to be exact) in Orlando's Amway Center as the next "feels weird" moment of the NBA season. It feels like the season just tipped off a few weeks ago and yet here we are, about 20 games in, deciding who the b ... More >>
Where have you gone, Ed Wade? A nation's no-hit, aging, injury-prone free agent infielders turn their lonely eyes to you. Where have you gone, Ed Wade? A nation's worth of middle relievers looking for multimillion contracts turn their lonely eyes to you. Ed Wade is gone. So is Tal Smith. Jim C ... More >>
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Case Keenum: Info is on a need-to-know basisUH's Heisman trophy candidate, quarterback Case Keenum, suffered an injury in Friday night's victory against UTEP.What kind of injury? How bad? When will he be back? UH doesn't seem to want you to know.The Houston Chronicle's Cougar beat writer, Steve C ... More >>
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With a history of mismanagement, reckless disregard and outright abuse under its belt, the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care has its work cut out for it when it comes to righting wrongs.Houston's devoted and vocal animal rescue community has been integral in instituting a change in command -- ... More >>
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Photo by mighty_maxicanOne would think that infielder Edwin Maysonet might be a little pissed about the Astros sending him back down to the minor leagues on Saturday night. He would be justified, seeing as how all he did was play excellent defense at second and third base, while showing off some ... More >>
Tuesday's Metro Police shooting was not just unusual in that it was the first fatal shooting in the agency's history, but in that a bystander was injured as well. While we wait for more details to emerge from HPD, which is leading the investigation, Hair Balls checked in with a criminology expert ab ... More >>
Apparently Michigan State University is going to name its new baseball stadium McLane Stadium. That's because Drayton paid $4.5 million to build the stadium. And Drayton gave them the money because he was a MSU grad student. So it's nice to see Drayton giving a little back to the community. Of cours ... More >>
Mayor Bill White and Alex Brennan-Martin announced today that Brennan's of Houston will reopen in October of 2009. "Many of us remember the fire that night," Mayor White told the crowd assembled in front of the restaurant's building, which was gutted by an electrical fire during Hurricane Ike. "The ... More >>
Kumar Arya, a City of Houston engineer, was summoned to his department's downtown offices last summer to defend his rejection of a Metro site plan. He didn't think the design would work.Leaving the meeting, Arya decided to ride the Metro rail back to his office at 3300 Main St. He says he stepped of ... More >>
Everybody who’s anybody in the Houston food scene will be at The Beacon at 1212 Prairie Street on Thursday, October 23, at the giant benefit dinner for wine guy James Koonce and his four year-old daughter Katharine, who both suffered serious burns in the Brennan’s fire. The party goes from 4:30 ... More >>
So you're a Harris County Family Court Judge, and Children's Protective Services brings this case to you on October 19: There's a 20-month old girl with second-degree burns on her upper back and a first-degree burn on her right cheek. The burns are from about two weeks earlier. She's also got three ... More >>
Dolan Smith's "Scar Show" catalogs a life of comic misfortune and tragedy