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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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, thebackgate.org, tells Hair Balls that wardens regularly inspect e ... More >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Local movement fights for cottage food bill.
God speaks through Dan PatrickSaying 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 >>
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 >>
Some injured parties in Harris County say plea bargains go on behind their backs and without their approval.
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 >>
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 >>
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Tom DeLay, Janet Jackson and Tom DeLay again
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A lobbyist's last tango: politics, sex, drugs, death
An effort to sort out black council candidates backfires
A state senator moonlights as arena point guard
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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.
GOP label doesn't sell in mayoral races
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.
Now that he's got Mayor Lee Brown's attention, can Chris Bell win your support?
Outgunned county Dems feast before famine in 2000
For Bush, the legislative session shows it's better to look good than do good
If you think your HMO is bad, check out what Texas has created for its prison inmates
A law of good intent goes unused, and proponents say that's left victims further victimized
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?
On the eve of her birthday and another reprieve, condemned murderer Karla Faye Tucker talks to the Press from death row