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    November 13, 2014

    Is Scott Panetti Too Mentally Ill for Execution? Does Texas Care?

    Scott Panetti has been in that will-they-or-won't they execution limbo for about a decade. However, by this time next month, Panetti will be dead, unless someone -- Gov. Rick Perry with a stay of execution or the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles with a commutation -- steps in. That's what a varie ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Country Stars Who Live In Texas

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever HONORABLE MENTION: SUNNY SWEENEY Thus far mainstream success has eluded Sunny Sweeney, but not for lack of either talent or trying. According to her Facebook page, Sweeney (a former standup comic) has now played the Grand Ole Opry 41 times but continues to reside in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Our Awards For The Weirdest High School Mascot Names in Texas

    Anybody can come up with a simple name for a sports team. God knows there are enough Tigers and Lions and Eagles and such to fill a stadium. But, it takes real creativity and bravery to come up with a totally unique nickname for a school. In Texas, where high school football is only slightly less im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    The New Hate Group List Is In, Y'all!

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its 2014 map of hate groups, and we're so stoked over the 57 choices in Texas that we don't even know which one to join! Choices include Holocaust deniers, Nazis, black separatists, neo-Confederates, and that ol' chestnut of hate, the KKK. The Klan is es ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    Fancy Some Tea? Here's All You Need To Know

    After a fairly mild fall and a deceptively warm December, winter finally decided to wallop us with some mighty chilly weather. Fortunately, our weather won't be so cold that we'll be forced indoors by the possibility of frozen flesh like folks in other parts of the country. And while warmer temperat ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    It Begins, O'Brien/Manziel: New Year's Eve's Perfect Texan Storm

    At around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, about the time that my girlfriend Amy and I were leaving small, Washington-area Italian joint Patrenella's after a quiet New Year's Eve dinner, that's the time my iPhone started to buzz. The deluge of tweets and texts (mostly positive) confirmed it -- Penn Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Wood & Wire, FPH NYE, Riverboat Gamblers, etc.

    Wood & Wire McGonigel's Mucky Duck, December 30 Anticipating folk music's return to the pop-culture conversation thanks to Inside Llewyn Davis by a few years, Wood & Wire have become a fixture on the bluegrass/acoustic circuit as much for their dogged work ethic as their precision-timed songs. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    For His Next Trick, Johnny Manziel Will Try To Will A&M To An 11-1 Record

    "For us, this wasn't the end of our season. This wasn't the Super Bowl. This wasn't the last game of the season. Alabama lost a game last year and still went on to win the national championship, they lost to LSU the year before and still went on to go to the national championship. Our season isn't o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Seven Spring Music Festivals In Texas That Beat Staying Home

    SXSW is officially over, thank the sweet baby Jesus. Now music fans have already begun to fan out to the four winds, seeking sunshine, swimsuits, alcohol, easy hookups and all the tunes they can handle until it gets ridiculously hot. Texans: you have about three hours. It's already begun over in Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Robert Earl Keen's "Christmas" Present That Keeps Right On Regifting

    For many people, the Christmas spirit fades as soon as the last trash bag bulging with wrapping paper hits the curb. Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Robert Earl Keen is counting on goodwill toward men lasting at least through the end of his "Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee" tour that stops at Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Southern Discomfort: Kinky On the Road

    The one-liners come out of Kinky Friedman's mouth so fast you need a protective shield. "The only thing Rick Perry managed to do with his Presidential campaign was to make George W. look like Thomas 'Fucking' Jefferson." "Real people don't get into politics. The only people who get into politics ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    UPDATE: Linda Chorney, Listen Up

    UPDATE -- a note from the author: We spoke to Mr. Ames again this afternoon. He informed us that he thought the conversation would not be used in our article and that it was only for background information. He also stated that he does not recall some of the statements attributed to him. Neither Mr. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Killing Fields North? Montgomery County Detective Looks Anew Into '80s Cases of Five Slain Women

    Montogomery County might have had a serial killer 20 years ago‚ÄčA Montgomery County detective has detected a possible pattern in five murders committed between 1980 and 1983. All of the victims were young women from blue-collar backgrounds, and all were found dumped along major roadways. "That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Speed In A Hunstville School Zone, Get Fined $312

    Houston makes the top 10 list for big fines‚ÄčThe school year has begun in some places, and that means school zones are up and cops are watching for violators. In some places you can't text or talk on your cell in a school zone; in every place you can't speed in one.What are the worst places in Texa ... More >>

  • News

    July 30, 2009

    Love in the Time of Leprosy

    The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    The Texas Traveler: Stonehenge II

    In a rural field on a little-traveled loop just west of Kerrville stands a sight right out of the set of Spinal Tap -- a miniature replica of the Stonehenge monolith. Stonehenge II stands just north of Hunt, in the middle of the Texas Hill Country. It's an oddity you might miss if you weren't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Aftermath: The Revival Tour at Walter's on Washington

    l-r: Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, Ben Nichols Photos by Craig Hlavaty The Revival Tour is the kind of tour that keeps little beer companies like Texas' own Lone Star in business. And it's no accident that, not even an hour into the show Monday night, the bar at Walter's ran out of bottles of the cheap h ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008
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    July 10, 2008
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    May 3, 2007
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    February 23, 2007

    Playbill: Albert & Gage

    Along with folks like Dana Cooper, Albert & Gage could be poster children for the Kerrville Nation. Christine Albert and Chris Gage are exactly the kind of folk duo you'd imagine if someone asked you to imagine an Austin folk duo. You want some meaningful poetic stuff? They've got it. A little Weste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2006

    Kinky Pig Action

    Courtesy of Simon & Schuster/ photo by Getty Images Kinky's Pig is something you'd cast your vote for, seriously. I've been playing phone tag all week with one Kinky Friedman, whom you might remember as one of the independent candidates for Texas governor. The Kinkster, fresh from his concession ... More >>

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Buddy Mondlock

    Friday, March 10, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    Last of the Hard-Core Troubadours

    Randal Calcote, Houston's most dangerous folkie, needs your help

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    On Second Thought

    HISD isn't laughing now about a breakfast program

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    January 15, 2004

    Pike's Peak

    Catch the tattooed lady's act at the Rhythm Room

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Colorado River Blues

    For New Mexico-bred singer-songwriter Eric Hisaw, the move to Austin is just starting to pay

  • Dining

    November 6, 2003

    Shooting Bambi's Mom

    A gourmet environmentalist shares his favorite venison recipes

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    A Figure to Die For

    Community Health Systems cashed in big on the stomach stapling rage. It almost cost Kaye Parsley her life.

  • News

    November 16, 2000

    Raising Cain Against Abel

    There wasn't room enough on the family's West Texas ranch for two feuding brothers. So Cody Cardwell took up arms against his older sibling.

  • News

    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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    April 1, 1999
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    March 25, 1999
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    December 3, 1998


    Pasadena police wanted bad trucks off the road. Then big-rig politics wrecked their plans.

  • Music

    June 18, 1998

    "Think" Not

    A Texas housewife/songwriter claims country hunk Collin Raye stole her song

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    May 23, 1996
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    July 13, 1995
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    June 15, 1995

    Bad Trip to Kerrville

    Not all the vibes were good at this year's folk festival

  • Calendar

    April 28, 1994
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    April 28, 1994