Appraising collectibles and filing the correct tax forms can be a tricky business, as convicted tax cheat Sulayman Jarra well knows.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Randy Travis: Life is like a country songRandy 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
One possible solutionFor 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 >>
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 >>
HISD partners with the Chronicle on magnet report
Oregon Ducks: Ignore the uniforms and jump onboardOkay, 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 >>
Local folk hero is well-rounded, to say the least.
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
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 >>
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 >>
Local music writers and online commenters discuss how musicians might draw media attention.
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 >>
Photo by Sarah RufkaTo 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 >>
Kathern Cathey thought she had an insurance policy that would save her life. Not exactly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Courtesy 10th Grade CutieSm ... More >>
Will Smith encores his Pursuit of Happyness
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 >>
Hiding info? Blame the temp
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 >>
Haunted house actors get paid to trick, scare and horrify people
The former kingmaker is back, sort of
The battle over Bonds's record-setting homer looks quaint four seasons later
Saturation coverage for another space shuttle crash
Reiser sells his insurance firm while a state agency negotiates the fine
MFA director Peter C. Marzio gets a bonus of $1.7 million while front-line museum employees say they have trouble paying their rent
Nightclub owners provide a feeding place for musicians
Sour grapes, golden gloves and acidic comebacks on the campaign trail.
Some familiar faces get subpoenaed in the investigation of an alleged kickback scheme
A story about the new life and old ways of a notorious killer spurs indictments and national coverage
For years Metroplex pageants abused their queens. Then the queens fought back.
Jim Edwards quickly built a long-distance-dialing empire. But he couldn't keep the distress calls on hold. Then the line went dead.
Butch Forrest lives off the land. Need a used doughnut fryer?
When it comes to AIDS funding, process takes precedence over children in Harris County
With a new disc and a boxed history, Willie Nelson wonders who'll buy his memories
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?
As the House of Rodriguez crumbled, some insiders managed to get a payback... or part of one
Teresa Rodriguez's up-for-auction goods tell a lot about Teresa -- and Houston