In all likelihood, it was ranchera music playing, and not a Donna Summer classic when a squad of law enforcement officials stormed a cantina called Lolita's Bar, an alleged front for prostitution, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The sting was dubbed "Operation Last Dance," in a vi ... More >>
It has been widely reported that NRG Energy, the company that bought the retail division of Reliant Energy in 2009, would be re-branding Reliant Stadium and the surrounding complex as part of efforts to make its name change more visible. Reliant agreed to pay $300 million over 30 years in naming rig ... More >>
If you're white and have a college education or greater, you're probably (one of) the reasons our politics is so polarized. Using abortion, a polarizing issue if there ever was one, as a proxy, researchers have shown that since 1980, educated whites' stances on abortion have skewed in two very diffe ... More >>
Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?
Let's say you want to be a real estate broker in Houston, but you're a bit of a fuckin' idiot. Relying on underhanded tactics online in the hopes that it'll drive traffic your way, you create a website called, oh, Texasrealtypros.com, and then, in a section of alleged client reviews and testimonia ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! BOSS LADY IS A BULLY Dear Willie D: I am a single mother with a small child, clocking 50 hou ... More >>
We don't know who first came up with the phrase "you can't get good help nowadays," but whoever did likely realized the importance of having a staffer interview someone before hiring. It's a valuable personnel lesson ingrained in Yevette Lauren Walton and Lakisha Lashell Rogers, but for all their p ... More >>
If you need your drivers license renewed -- or have a kid getting his for the first time, God help us all -- you know what you are in for. The lines, the angry people, the smell, MY GOD THE SMELL! Ok, not all DPS offices smell bad (I'm looking at you Dacoma location!), but they all are God awful sev ... More >>
Just before his trial was set to start in federal court yesterday, Houstonian Joe B. Phillips, 73, faced up to the truth: He's a pretty despicable guy. How despicable? He entered a guilty plea to ripping off mentally incompetent veterans to the tune of more than $2 million. That's right: Phillips ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekend roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're actually kind of looking forward to two straight days of festival food this weekend. It'll be a welcome vacation from reality and sanity. We started the week off right with a look at the many, many, many different varieties o ... More >>
How insiders use the college bowl system to loot American universities.
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.
Christian Lopez: Now sponsored by the champagne of bottled beersThat's it, you win, Christian Lopez. I give up. You all remember, Christian Lopez, right? (It's only been like 24 hours since I last wrote about him. Please tell me you remember.) Just in case, Lopez was the ample Yankee fan wh ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Sanctus BellumSanctus Bellum at Denton's 35 Conferette in MarchWhat fuels heavy metal music? Some might say the Armageddon that is flirting with our world; others, watching the machinations of craven political and religious leaders. We, however, can testify that some of the ... More >>
kMatherlyCheers indeed. Local breweries celebrate a win in the House of Representatives.Just as we were bemoaning the huge, wet bite the IRS took out of our savings account, along comes an example of tax dollars being put to good use. On April 21 the office of State Representative Jessica Farrar (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 >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Bring The Kush Back Freestyle," ATW Attn: Houston's Underground Rappers: You are on notice. These two ... More >>
thestarceleb.comHe Said began his week by watching a Houston landmark and one of his favorite restaurants of all-time go up in flames. We covered the Mai's fire most of Monday morning for Hair Balls, taking pictures of the smoke and flames as they got progressively worse and began engulfing the s ... More >>
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 >>
A man with the unlikely name of Dong Dang Huynh got some bad news this morning: He was sentenced to 22 years in a federal prison. Oh, and he also has to forfeit $24 million in ill-gotten gains.Why? He didn't file the proper paperwork for all the money he was moving around to finance an ecstasy-im ... More >>
Local and federal agents in an anti-gang task force charged with waging the much-debated "War on Drugs" have nabbed another round of bad guys, this time more than a dozen members of Texas' largest prison gang, Tango Blast Houstone. Acting Houston U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson announced today that 14 mem ... More >>
Saying he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, the former city councilman serves up cherry information to his current political opponent
Several organizations took advantage of the tax day rush at the downtown post office to promote their causes – anti-government sentiment and beer. Members of HoustonTruth.org and RiotUSA.org gathered outside the post office to pass out pamphlets and DVDs, and to denounce taxes, the IRS and the ... More >>
How could you have missed this one, right? We recently learned that Dawn Wells, who played television’s original girl next door as Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island,” is serving six months probation for being caught with a little weed in her car. Our pig-tailed Miss Sunshine gave some pretty ... More >>
The Kid Care story fizzles to a finish
So the great news on December 20 was that President Bush signed into law an extension that allows Texas state residents (and residents of eight other states with no state income tax) to deduct sales tax from their federal taxes for the next two years. [Other renewed deductions were for higher tuitio ... More >>
Playing against type, Will Ferrell can't quite ground this artificially whimsical romantic comedy.
For years Tom DeLay has used nonprofits to help himself. Now the heat is on.
When it comes to local facts, don't rely on Allmusic.com
The Chron tries to stay, uh, abreast of circulation counts
For HGO, another local tragedy might be looming offstage
District C's ex file: Then it got personal
Lest tax payers forget about the rebate, U.S. Rep John Culberson drives the message home with $36,000 worth of mailings
Houston's latest image-boosting campaign gets a big hand from the Chron
A lawyer gets charged up -- really -- over a convict's financial plight
Advocates are working to unleash a plan for a public park where pooches can play
Dismembered bodies. Gold booty and an ex-con's grudge. A trial rips into the mysteries of the disappearance of atheist icon Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
Westheimer Street Festival and the TABC
An early GOP force could be savoring party triumphs -- from prison
A nonprofit "charity" is pursuing millions in taxpayers' money to redevelop the Fourth Ward. The question for Houston Renaissance is, charity for whom?