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    May 8, 2014

    The Curious Case of African-Art Appraisal and Tax Fraud

    Appraising collectibles and filing the correct tax forms can be a tricky business, as convicted tax cheat Sulayman Jarra well knows.

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    January 14, 2014

    PSA: Stop Sharing Photos of Receipts with Crazy Tips and Messages

    2013 will go down in history as the year of sharing restaurant receipts via social media. First it was the Applebee's employee who shared a a photo of a check left by a pastor who included no tip, for religious reasons.Then there was the pushback and subsequent Instagram account by Tips for Jesus, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    It Returns! BATTLE-DRINK, The Houston Texans BINGO Drinking Game, Monday Night Opener Edition

    I am banging out this post in the dewey sweet ocean air of San Diego on Sunday morning. Since I make it to California like once every couple years, at best, I plan on spending Sunday watching football near the water somewhere (which I call "show prep" to you IRS auditors out there when I go to claim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Dick Continues to Rail Against Parker (For Election Sign Citations)

    Back in November 2011, the run up to the election was going strong and, as is the long standing tradition in Houston, there were election signs everywhere. Seriously. If your granny stood still long enough, someone was bound to attach an election sign to the front of her walker. The thing is, Mayor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Last Night: Willie Nelson at Arena Theatre

    Willie Nelson Arena Theatre March 10, 2013 For some artists, even superlatives aren't enough. Willie Nelson turns 80 next month. He's been making music -- and making a living off it -- longer than my parents have been alive. And while there are other country artists of similar vintage and pedigree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Austin Beer Fest Turns Into Houston Beer Fest Disaster, Redux

    This past June, the inaugural Houston Beer Fest at Hermann Square Park outsold the space by 8,000 tickets, infuriating attendees. But that was just the first of many problems for the event. Lines to get in stretched for blocks as many guests suffered heat exhaustion. Lines inside the event were equ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Randy Travis' Arrest: Five Other Country-Music Arrests That Sound Like Country Songs

    Randy Travis: Life is like a country song​Randy Travis' arrest sounded like nothing more than the opening verse to a country song. The singer is drunk, late at night outside a Baptist church, drinking wine out of the bottle. If that doesn't set you up for a redemptive last verse after you've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Luck: "You Don't Know Your Own Depth"

    When word came out that David Milch was working on another series for HBO, the inevitable question arose: Would we be getting the David Milch that created the densely lyrical, critically acclaimed Deadwood? Or the David Milch responsible for the incoherent John from Cincinnati? As it turns out, Luck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    10 Rock Stars the GOP Should Nominate for President

    As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys ain't got it. If the GOP is serious about wresti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Astros Collapse Against Braves Sends Stat Geeks Scrambling

    Uh-oh.​If you happen to be on the wrong end of a tough loss in baseball, the last words you want to hear are "Elias Sports Bureau." The mere mention of that group should elicit the same queasiness with a losing baseball team that the Internal Revenue Service does with tax cheats, the Federal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    The Fiesta Bowl Gets Slapped on the Wrist

    One possible solution​For illegal chicanery including, but not limited to, allowing its former CEO John Junker to reimburse political campaign contributions from the bowl revenues and permitting Junker to run up extravagant, frivolous, non-bowl-related expenses on the bowl's dime, the Fiesta B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    For some reason, this picture of the wine festival at Brenner's makes us very excited about the commencement of filming on The Hobbit.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where our constant tinkering in God's domain is about to pay off with the imminent discovery of a ... More >>

  • News

    January 20, 2011

    Playing Favorites

    HISD partners with the Chronicle on magnet report

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Game Time: Football -- This Season's First Round of Best Bets

    Oregon Ducks: Ignore the uniforms and jump onboard​Okay, it's the first officially great football weekend of the season (loaded college slate plus first weekend of NFL).Last weekend's college slate was sort of like a "soft" opening for a new restaurant, working out the kinks in anticipation of the ... More >>

  • Music

    August 26, 2010

    Ranch Style Beans

    Local folk hero is well-rounded, to say the least.

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Down on the Farm

    The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    What Can Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne And Other Stars Claim On Their Taxes?

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​ Got your taxes done? No? You poor dumb bastard. They won't let you just not do them, you know that, right? Unpleasant as it is, finding out you owe still more money after having paid a sales tax all year, it's nothing compared to what the government will d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    All Quiet On The Post Office Front

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttDaniel Dover finishes his Form 1040EZ.​Daniel Dover didn't wait until the last minute to file his taxes. He simply picked up the wrong set of information the first time around."I already had my stuff filled out for the most part, but I picked up the wrong booklet when I ... More >>

  • Music

    February 25, 2010

    Communication Breakdown

    Local music writers and online commenters discuss how musicians might draw media attention.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    The 2010 Census Launches the Latino Underground Into the Mainstream; Other Bold Predictions for the Coming Decade

    Will Lil Young be one of this decade's breakout Latino rap stars?​ Can Latino hip-hop in Houston continue to thrive as a black-market force, of sorts, whose sales are invisible to the IRS, and evolve into a powerful underground economy without the acknowledgement or praise of mainstream music medi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    A Chat with Mike Sammons of 13 Celsius

    Photo by Sarah Rufka​To some, a bartender is just a server with something to lean on. But Mike Sammons is an example of how, with passion and creativity, the job can be so much more. "I started doing this to make money, but I was really good at it because I liked it," he says. "I don't think p ... More >>

  • News

    July 16, 2009

    Cover Me

    Kathern Cathey thought she had an insurance policy that would save her life. Not exactly.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Artist of the Week: 10th Grade Cutie

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to 10th Grade CutieSm ... More >>

  • Film

    December 18, 2008

    It's a Miserable Life in Seven Pounds

    Will Smith encores his Pursuit of Happyness

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    October 9, 2008
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    September 10, 2008

    Finally, Someone Who Wasn't Bitching About The High Price Of Gas

    Gas costs a hell of a lot these days. The working man just can't get a break. Why, you can earn only $802 in a year even as you spend more than $88,000 on gas. Well, you can if the guy preparing your tax return is a scam artist. That's what the federal government claims Kyle C. Kasten is. They're ... More >>

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    April 6, 2008
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    March 27, 2008
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    March 3, 2008

    Chicago Connections: Barack Obama, Dorothy Tillman and Tony Rezko

    First, in December 2006, controversial Chicago alderwoman Dorothy Tillman was exposed by a community newspaper for using a taxpayer-funded development project to steer contracts to family and friends and possibly cheat the IRS. Then, in April 2007 – despite being endorsed by Democratic presidentia ... More >>

  • News

    October 26, 2006

    Haunts: Acting Gigs

    Haunted house actors get paid to trick, scare and horrify people

  • News

    July 27, 2006

    Bishop Is Back

    The former kingmaker is back, sort of

  • Film

    June 9, 2005

    Ball Busters

    The battle over Bonds's record-setting homer looks quaint four seasons later

  • News

    February 13, 2003

    Spaced Out

    Saturation coverage for another space shuttle crash

  • News

    October 17, 2002

    District 25 Forecast: Campaign Heatwave!

    Reiser sells his insurance firm while a state agency negotiates the fine

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    What's Wrong with This Picture?

    MFA director Peter C. Marzio gets a bonus of $1.7 million while front-line museum employees say they have trouble paying their rent

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Gardeners of the Music World

    Nightclub owners provide a feeding place for musicians

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Ballot Hits and Bloopers

    Sour grapes, golden gloves and acidic comebacks on the campaign trail.

  • News

    October 4, 2001

    Follow the Money

    Some familiar faces get subpoenaed in the investigation of an alleged kickback scheme

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Waldhauser Watch

    A story about the new life and old ways of a notorious killer spurs indictments and national coverage

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    No More Miss Congeniality

    For years Metroplex pageants abused their queens. Then the queens fought back.

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    May 6, 1999
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    April 1, 1999


    Jim Edwards quickly built a long-distance-dialing empire. But he couldn't keep the distress calls on hold. Then the line went dead.

  • News

    December 17, 1998

    King of the Pile

    Butch Forrest lives off the land. Need a used doughnut fryer?

  • News

    July 9, 1998
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    December 26, 1996

    Unembraceable You

    When it comes to AIDS funding, process takes precedence over children in Harris County

  • Music

    July 27, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    Guitar Man

  • Music

    June 29, 1995

    Full Nelson

    With a new disc and a boxed history, Willie Nelson wonders who'll buy his memories

  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

  • News

    August 18, 1994

    Teresa's In-Crowd

    As the House of Rodriguez crumbled, some insiders managed to get a payback... or part of one

  • News

    April 28, 1994

    Teresa's Treasures

    Teresa Rodriguez's up-for-auction goods tell a lot about Teresa -- and Houston

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