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    July 30, 2014

    Texas Cities Tops Rankings in Recession Recovery Study

    The Great Recession is a thing of the past in Texas, according to a study by Wallet Hub. The website ranked the economic recoveries from the Great Recession of America's 150 largest cities by non-metro population, and Texas cities were atop the pack. Wallet Hub used 18 metrics in its study, brok ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The Top Ten Eating...Our Words Posts of 2013

    It's the end of another year, and here at Eating...Our Words we're looking back at all the great stories we shared in 2012, remembering some that weren't so popular and figuring out new ways to keep you coming back for more. We've already looked at the best new restaurants of 2013, biggest scandal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Bartender at Rice Institution Valhalla Threatens To Cut Off Alumnus' Necktie

    Certain bars in Houston have long been notorious for their dress codes. For example, in 2012, Tyler Deric, a backup goalie for the Houston Dynamo, became involved in a physical and legal altercation outside Heights bar Roosevelt Lounge after being denied entry because his group of friends "didn't me ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Lee Harvey Oswald's Wedding Ring on the Auction Block

    As we roll up to the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, a lot of weird stuff keeps getting brought up and it seems like everything that was ever even slightly related to the president, Jackie, or his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is up on the auction block. The frenzy of merchandising and tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Iced Coffee Guides & Medieval Jousting Entertainment

    Blue Jean Gourmet: If you're looking for the perfect summer dessert, look no further. Blue Jean Gourmet made a peach and blackberry cobbler with freshly picked peaches and blackberries. The sweetness of soft peaches combined with the tart, yet subtly sweet, blackberries makes for the ultimate cobble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Judge Rules That Gang Members -- Including Piggy and Law Dog -- Barred From Public Space

    It seems a simple solution. Gangs have turned certain swaths of Houston into no-man's lands, shuttering businesses, keeping otherwise law-abiding citizens cowed in their houses. These gangsters -- these Crips, these Bloods, these members of Most Wanted -- have turned otherwise placid neighborhoods i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Ex-NFLer Scott Turner, Now A State Rep, Wants Tougher Penalities For First-Time DWI Offenders

    New Rep. Scott Turner, R-Rockwall, lent a certain amount of star power to a bill Rep. Bill Callegari, R-Katy, continues to push each session: mandatory interlock devices for first-time driving while intoxicated offenders. Turner, who played nine years as a defensive back in the National Football Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Gays In The Boy Scouts: Texas Elected Officials Are Signing On To Say Hell No

    A conservative group called "Texas Values" is taking a new approach in the battle to make sure that no Lone Star boy scout ever, ever gets cooties from being near a gay person -- the group is circulating a letter urging the Boy Scouts of America to reject gay scouts, it's getting elected officials t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Dallas Baseball Fans Suck, Former Ranger Star Josh Hamilton Says

    Josh Hamilton is no longer a Texas Ranger, meaning the Dallas-Fort Worth area is deprived of its chance to spot the recovering alcoholic in bars and be subjected yet again to his Jesus-centric quotes. Maybe he should stick to proselytizing, because all he's doing now is pissing off Dallas fans. Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    NBA All-Star Game: Your Prop Bets For This Weekend

    Michael Jordan turns 50 this weekend, I'm not sure if you've heard. In case you missed the incessant career retrospective pieces that ran on Sportscenter or the story of MJ's renting the Museum of Fine Arts here in Houston for his birthday shindig this weekend, the most iconic team sport athlete o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    A Very Pawny Christmas: What Pawn Shops Buy and Sell Around the Holidays

    So you've got a million Christmas gifts to buy for family, friends, acquaintances, acquaintances' cousins, the mailman, Roger Clemens (we're not the only ones to send the Rocket a gift each year, are we?) and various and sundry pets. You have a limited budget and a limited amount of time. It's best ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2012

    Atheism Rising

    Those folks across Texas who don't believe in God are getting organized and going public.

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    October 26, 2012

    Ten Houston Men Named (So Far) In Boy Scouts "Perversion Files"

    Since 1919 the Boy Scouts of America has maintained a database of "ineligible volunteers." Known informally as "the perversion files," the database contains the name of 5,000 men and a few women who have been expelled from the BSA because of allegations of sexual abuse of children. Last week a grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Yes, The Rice Owls Will Play Basketball This Season

    Ben Braun's tone is weary. His expression is resigned. His body language is tired. He's aware of the questions that he's about to face in the long day ahead of him, and he knows that if he's ever going to get a chance to talk about the future, he's going to have to first talk about the past. Braun, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    iFest: Top 5 Argentine-American Musicians

    The Houston International Festival enters its second weekend tomorrow, with featured musical acts WAR, Joe Louis Walker, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Texas Tornados, Del Castillo, Steel Pulse and lots more. Although iFest's performers come from all over the world, all around the main stages will be the sig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Marc Benno Remembers Badass Doyle Bramhall

    The unexpected passing of Doyle Bramhall of heart failure November 12 has caused Lonesome, Onry and Mean to revisit the man's career. And while Bramhall is probably best known for his association with Stevie Ray Vaughan, who cut several of Bramhall's compositions and copped his singing style, Bramha ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011

    Hands-On Experience

    Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2011

    RIP Doyle Bramhall, Austin Blues Legend

    Courtesy of Miler Outdoor Theatre Advisory BoardDoyle Bramhall​Doyle Bramhall, one of the legendary Austin drummers and a noted songwriter, passed this morning. He was 62. Unconfirmed reports on Facebook noted that Bramhall had been under the weather for some time. He had recently had pneumon ... More >>

  • News

    September 15, 2011

    The Red-Light Camera Circus

    Step right up, folks: Passion, deceit, money, lots of money, double dealing and a mayor with more flip-flops in her than a Cirque du Soleil acrobat!

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Is Houston's Handsome Bank Robber a Dallas Dude?

    FBIThe Houston robbery​Recently we told you of the FBI's search for a man they dubbed the "handsome bank robber," who was described as being "older, well-dressed and accessorized." Those accessories included a black semiautomatic pistol, but that's just how he rolls. The item rang a bell wit ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Odd Pair: Cheeseburger and Barbaresco

    ​My friend and blogging colleague Franco Ziliani -- Italy's top wine blogger and veteran enojournalist -- is always astonished at how Americans "apply" the great wines of Italy. In Europe, the food and wine canon guides the "user" in ensuring that the wine will be enjoyed to the fullest by pa ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​Eats Blog: Texas has a new top sommelier, and his name is Bill Elsey (right), winner of the "best sommelier in Texas" competition held each year at the Texas Sommelier Conference. The title was conferred late yesterday afternoon in Irving, Texas on the last day of the event, and the news spre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Despite Blue Laws, Texas Sommelier Conference Opens on Schedule

    ​"You'll note that there are pastries in the foyer," said Master Sommelier James Tidwell, as he and Houston's own Master Sommelier, Drew Hendricks, opened the Texas Sommelier Conference promptly at 9 a.m. yesterday morning at the Four Seasons Las Colinas Resort in Irving, Texas. The two co-fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Tough night for Dick Vitale​My fingers are still recovering from the lengthy (eight printed pages!) live blog I did last night here on Hair Balls, but the day after the draft necessitates some post-draft analysis. I've now had a day to sleep on it, and without further ado, a few post-draft tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Steeldrivers Continue Bluegrass Supremacy On Reckless

    Steeldrivers on Facebook​Expatriate Texas fiddler Tammy Rogers describes the formation of the Steeldrivers as a "dream come true." "I always wanted to be in a killer bluegrass band," says Rogers from her home in Nashville, where the band recently recorded their sophomore release Reckless. "S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Cathy Comic Ending, Creating Crisis In Refrigerator-Magnet Industry

    Oh no, bikini season is around the corner!!​Cathy Guisewite has announced she will no longer be doing the comic strip Cathy. Yes, the comic strip Cathy was still around. There are several horrifying ramifications from this announcement: 1. Refrigerator doors of certain types of single women acro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    ExxonMobil Not Moving To Houston, Chief Says

    We prefer Irving to Houston, thank you very much​ExxonMobil, which has a large downtown Houston presence (right near the Houston Press; we heartily recommend the cafeteria), but rumors that it will be building and moving into a large campus on the city's north side are apparently untrue.ExxonMobil ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Jacqueline LeBaron, Daughter Of Infamous Murdering Cult Leader, Is Back In Houston

    Photo courtesy FBICaptured after two decades on the run​The FBI has announced that they have captured Jacqueline LeBaron, who has been on the run for 22 years after a notorious series of killings ordered by her father, a bigamist cult leader.The FBI received a tip LeBaron, daughter of Ervil LeBaro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Hot-Button Immigration Issue Gets Little Discussion Among County Commissioners

    Photo by Liana LopezA packed room hears about 287(g)​It only took 15 seconds for the Commissioners Court of Harris County to approve three additional years of participation in 287(g) after hours of public testimony, mostly in opposition, to the program.The two Houston Garcias, who, by the way, wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Houston Companies Don't Do Too Badly In Survey Of Gay-Friendly Workplaces

    ​The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has issued its latest rankings of how businesses treat their gay and lesbian employees, and things look a little better than last year.The report gave 305 businesses a top score of 100 this year; that's an increase from last year's 260. Eleven of the top 20 Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Aggies Finally Get Around To Caring About Their Athletes' Safety As Much As UT Does

    ​A dozen people were injured when a freakishly strong spring storm slammed into the Dallas Cowboys practice facility in Irving earlier this year. It turns out Texas A&M 's $35 million new athletic center was built by the same company and has the same basic steel-and-fabric design.Now the Agg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    One Plus For Red-Light Cameras: Entertaining Crash Videos

    Yeah, everyone pretty much hates red-light cameras, except city bureaucrats who collect the money from them.On the other hand, they can be somewhat entertaining.American Traffic Solutions, the company that runs red-light cameras in 180 cities including Houston, ushered in the new year by releasing v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    The Busiest New Airline Route Is In Houston

    Airlines across the plant added almost 2,100 new routes last year. Which new route was the single most popular? It was right here in Houston. The new Hobby to Big Spring route drew tens of thousands of travelers, which is especially strange because it uses a one-prop plane. Actually, the most pop ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Prince Fielder Sued in Houston Federal Court for Allegedly Helping Pops Hide Assets

    Milwaukee Brewer All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder may have learned how to hit the long-ball from his famous baseball father Cecil Fielder, but he has also inherited his dad’s long-standing legal troubles. When Prince was 18 years old, playing A-league ball in the minors, a process server tra ... More >>

  • Music

    October 19, 2006

    What, Me Worry?

    Life is good for Eli Young

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    January 12, 2006
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    August 18, 2005

    "I Raq and Roll" vs. "We Can't Make It Here"

    Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.

  • Culture

    March 31, 2005

    Hallmark Theater

    Morning Star is like a made-for-TV movie

  • Music

    September 6, 2001

    Stone Soup

    Austin's Davíd Garza shuns talk and comparisons and lets his muse do the cooking

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Prose and Cons

    Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.

  • News

    April 26, 2001

    Injecting Fun into Death Row

    If your condemned convicts survive, you thrive in this game

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Oil Giant's Policy Fuels Gays' Protest

    Activists rally ExxonMobil for recognition of same-sex-partner benefits

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    December 30, 1999
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    July 22, 1999

    Learning Curves

    Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a hard lesson -- one the state should have known fouryears and $77 million ago

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    August 20, 1998
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    April 23, 1998

    Played Out

    The secrets of radio success Repetition. Caution. Repetition. Caution. Repetition.

  • Music

    May 11, 1995
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    December 1, 1994


    A ragtag group of Houston filmmakers eye the future, and make a hit in Dallas

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