John Whitmire

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    March 24, 2014

    Court of Criminal Appeals Hears Homicide "Junk Science" Case

    We don't know how 17-month-old Tristen Rivet died. Neither does the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. The problem is, that medical examiner once thought she knew how Rivet died. Patricia Moore believed the toddler was murdered. And Moore testified to that effect in a Montgomery County c ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Charter-Friendly HISD Doesn't Like Sen. Dan Patrick's Charter School Bill

    Sen. Dan Patrick's charter school bill has drawn the ire of the one school district that probably would have been the most favorably inclined to support it: Houston. The Houston Independent School District was charter friendly long before other school districts were, mainly due to the influence of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    TDCJ's 10 Most Terminally Ill Inmates Cost $2 Million a Year to Treat

    Jailed offenders with terminal illnesses have a price tag, and the 10 costliest inmates in the state's prison's system totaled almost $2 million in health care costs in 2011. That's a figure quoted by Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, who tracks such topics as chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Comm ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012
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    May 9, 2012

    Prison Employees Say The Man (i.e., TDCJ) Is Monitoring Their Facebook Friends Lists

    Some employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are accusing wardens of disciplining, and in some cases firing, them for having Facebook friends with criminal records. Duane Stuart, who runs a private TDCJ employee forum,, tells Hair Balls that wardens regularly inspect e ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Out of Hand

    Michael Glyn Brown was recently acquitted of assaulting his wife. But that's only the latest allegation against the violent, drug-abusing doctor, long a fixture of Houston TV commercials and society.

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    July 29, 2011

    GLBT Hate Crime Victims Memorialized on Charles Armstrong's Property

    Montrose residents lit a candle for hate crime victims.​Last night, throngs of people bearing candles filled an empty parking lot in Montrose, just off the main gay bar drag of Pacific Street. A block or two from here, Paul Broussard was murdered in 1991. Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Mario Gallegos and Rodney Ellis Spar over Redistricting, and It Gets Ugly

    Mario Gallegos gets on Rodney Ellis's fighting side.​An attempt to move the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center into Sen. Mario Gallegos's senate district caused a minor skirmish between Gallegos and his longtime Democratic colleague Sen. Rodney Ellis. Emotions during redistricting al ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011

    Come and Bake It

    Local movement fights for cottage food bill.

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    February 17, 2011

    Sonogram Bill: God & Dan Patrick Get It Passed

    God speaks through Dan Patrick​Saying it was "God's time" to get the bill passed, State Senator Dan Patrick succeeded today in getting approval for Texas women to be forced to view a sonogram, and to hear whether the fetus has arms or legs, two hours before getting an abortion. During the deb ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Go Texan or Go Home

    Texas eggs and Texas flour in the pancakes at Lola.​Although the Go Texan Restaurant Roundup kicked off this past Monday, it's not too late to support the Lone Star State while eating at some of Houston's best eateries. Each year, the Restaurant Roundup celebrates and promotes Texas agricultu ... More >>

  • News

    February 25, 2010

    Victims' Wrongs: Injured parties in Harris County say plea bargains go on behind their backs

    Some injured parties in Harris County say plea bargains go on behind their backs and without their approval.

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    May 4, 2009

    Oh, He's In Trouble Now: Death-Row Inmate Indicted For Cell-Phone Smuggling

    You might think you'd have enough troubles, sitting on Death Row waiting to be executed. Just wait until they indict you for smuggling in a cell phone.Where's the Innocence Project now, eh?You can just imagine the torture going through Richard Lee Tabler's mind as he ponders his fate on Death Row. " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    TDCJ Death Sparks A Lawsuit

    Remember Larry Cox, the former Texas prison inmate who graced the pages of national papers like USA Today after having a run-in with guards about a year ago and was hospitalized with injuries, only to die because of alleged prison medical staff shortages? Well, Cox’s family recently filed a detai ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    Turkeys of the Year: Honor Roll

    Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Tom DeLay, Janet Jackson and Tom DeLay again

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    July 22, 2004

    Got It, Flaunt It

    Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets

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    February 12, 2004

    Firing Line

    The new tough-talking probation director has ousted aides, but can he improve services?

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    December 11, 2003
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    December 4, 2003

    Slipping into Darkness

    A lobbyist's last tango: politics, sex, drugs, death

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    July 31, 2003

    Herding Cats in District 5

    An effort to sort out black council candidates backfires

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    March 6, 2003

    Rocket Rodney

    A state senator moonlights as arena point guard

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    September 5, 2002

    Thrown for a Loop

    Plus: Hot Topic, Shooting Fish?, Sympathy - Not

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    January 10, 2002

    Riding Short

    Houston firefighters say the city has been playing Russian roulette by carrying crews of three members instead of four on its trucks. Last October, Jay Paul Jahnke anted up with his life.

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    December 6, 2001

    When Will They Learn?

    GOP label doesn't sell in mayoral races

  • News

    May 24, 2001


    Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.

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    February 8, 2001

    First Out of the Gate

    Now that he's got Mayor Lee Brown's attention, can Chris Bell win your support?

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    November 25, 1999

    Brave Talk, Bleak Prospects

    Outgunned county Dems feast before famine in 2000

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    June 10, 1999

    Campaign Appearances

    For Bush, the legislative session shows it's better to look good than do good

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    July 16, 1998
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    July 2, 1998
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    January 22, 1998

    Critical Diagnosis

    If you think your HMO is bad, check out what Texas has created for its prison inmates

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    December 12, 1996
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    October 31, 1996
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    June 27, 1996
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    July 27, 1995
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    June 29, 1995
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    June 1, 1995

    The Insider

    Too JA-ded?

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    May 4, 1995
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    November 10, 1994

    No Mercy

    A law of good intent goes unused, and proponents say that's left victims further victimized

  • News

    September 1, 1994

    Crisis on Cullen Boulevard

    Funding is down. Faculty is fleeing. And 50 professors are in semi-open revolt. Is the University of Houston on an irrovocable slide toward mediocrity?

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    December 9, 1993

    Following the Rules

    On the eve of her birthday and another reprieve, condemned murderer Karla Faye Tucker talks to the Press from death row