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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Those folks across Texas who don't believe in God are getting organized and going public.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.
Courtesy of Miler Outdoor Theatre Advisory BoardDoyle BramhallDoyle 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 >>
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!
FBIThe Houston robberyRecently 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
Tough night for Dick VitaleMy 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 >>
Steeldrivers on FacebookExpatriate 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 >>
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 >>
We prefer Irving to Houston, thank you very muchExxonMobil, 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 >>
Photo courtesy FBICaptured after two decades on the runThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Wishing Upon a Star
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 >>
Life is good for Eli Young
Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.
Morning Star is like a made-for-TV movie
Austin's Davíd Garza shuns talk and comparisons and lets his muse do the cooking
Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.
If your condemned convicts survive, you thrive in this game
Activists rally ExxonMobil for recognition of same-sex-partner benefits
Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a hard lesson -- one the state should have known fouryears and $77 million ago
The secrets of radio success Repetition. Caution. Repetition. Caution. Repetition.
A ragtag group of Houston filmmakers eye the future, and make a hit in Dallas