James Baker

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    November 27, 2013

    Music Turkey of the Year: The Kanye/Rothko Chapel "New Slaves" Fiasco

    Note: To go along with this year's "Turkeys of the Year" Houston Press cover story, Rocks Off presents our choice -- the aborted screenings of Kanye West's "New Slaves" video on the sides of several Houston buildings, including the Rothko Chapel. This article was written by Nathan Smith. For the pa ... More >>

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    May 25, 2013

    Read My Lips: No "New Slaves" For Houston

    For the past couple of weeks, the suddenly punk Kanye West has been promoting his forthcoming album "Yeezus" by projecting the video for the single "New Slaves" on 66 buildings across the globe, from Chicago to Berlin. On Friday, the word came down that Houston was next on the list: "New Slaves" wou ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    A Secretary of State, an Elk Head, and Rice Students - What Could Go Wrong?

    The most well-known prank in Rice history took place on a warm spring morning in 1988. A few years after the idea first crept into their keg-addled minds, a handful of engineering students erected a pair of 24-foot A-frames around the campus's centerpiece, a one-ton statue of William Marsh Rice that ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Film Collage

    Johan Grimonprez's stunning work screens at the Blaffer Museum.

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    January 11, 2011

    Clyde Brewer, Western Swing Star, Passes Away At 80

    Jesse Morris/ Western Swing Journal via​Versatile musician Clyde Brewer, one of the founders of the popular Houston-area Western swing band River Road Boys, passed away Jan. 8 at his home near Magnolia. He was 80. Originally from Luling and later Beaumont, Brewer was a noted sessi ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Rappers Vs. Uncle Sam: N.W.A., Eminem, Kanye...

    ​Mike Myers will probably go down in history as the most uncomfortable white guy next to a black guy in TV history, thanks to Kanye West's unscripted outburst during that infamous Hurricane Katrina telethon. It began with Myers reading his part of the script verbatim. Two-thirds into the PSA, ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    The James Baker Monument: Five Things It Needs

    James Baker: Not related to Velvet Revolver​Finally, there will be a reason to visit downtown Houston: A statue honoring former Secretary of State James Baker will be unveiled Tuesday.Why Baker? As the monument's official website so modestly puts it, he's "A Magnificent American."Some people might ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    The Death Of The Kay-For-Governor Effort, In Five Telling Moments

    ​The campaign of Governor Rick Perry has been gleefully sending out "pre-bituaries" -- in other words, stories analyzing what went wrong with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial race.Barring an upset of Truman-like proportions, the only question remaining in tomorrow's primary will be whe ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Kay Bailey Hutchison Continues To Nail Down The Inside-The-Beltway Vote So Important To The Texas GOP This Year

    ​Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison rolled out the big guns today as President George H.W. Bush endorsed her. Coming on the heels of the recent endorsement of former Secretary of State James Baker, Hutchison has ably demonstrated what it takes to win the GOP gubernatorial primary. If it were being run i ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Houston 101: Rice University's Twisted, Tangled Birth

    ​Rice University's foundation story is amazingly checkered and includes spousal double-dealing, a secret will, a lengthy court battle, and finally, murder. A murder committed by the butler, no less, and one involving many of Houston's first families. Dominick Dunne would love this one... William ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Food & Foreign Policy

    The World Affairs Council of Houston is best known for holding public events featuring foreign policy heavyweights such as former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and James Baker III. However two upcoming programs will extend the Council's reach into food-related subjects.

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    February 15, 2007

    Command Performance

    Bill Clinton wakes 'em up, for a while, at Rice

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    November 2, 2006

    Getting Schooled

    A legendary debate teacher has a lesson plan to knock off Congressman John Culberson

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    April 20, 2006

    Love, Actually

    The CAMH honors a Houston assembler

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    July 15, 2004

    Good Fellows

    A snake and a lady in a bikini take up residence at Space 125 Gallery

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    January 1, 2004

    Harvard and the Boogeyman

    Will it be the Aeros' brawler or brainiac who gets to the NHL?

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    June 13, 2002

    Write On

    Jim Maxfield's Tanglewood Pharmacy is home to the autographs of the rich and famous

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    March 7, 2002

    Some Very Reliant Directors

    Board members on gilded strings

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    January 3, 2002

    Lay of the Land

    Houston headed toward hard times: sports flops, floods and transit duds. If only city fathers could find a proven leader, an energy executive with a KEN-do attitude.

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    July 8, 1999

    Trouble in Mind

    Texas's mentally impaired used to go to treatment centers. Now they go to prison.

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    June 17, 1999

    The Man Who Would Be Kingmaker

    Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul.

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    May 13, 1999
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    June 11, 1998

    Lovett? Or Leave It?

    Can public opinion preserve what a preservation ordinance can't? Or: Follow the bouncing wrecking ball

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    August 7, 1997
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    July 31, 1997
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    October 24, 1996
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    February 15, 1996
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    April 6, 1995

    The Wendy Card

    Wendy Gramm's all-American success story is a centerpiece of her husband's fledgling presidential bid. But there's more to the story than what's being packaged and sold by the Phil Gramm campaign.

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    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?