We all know the reason Jasper, Texas is famous... Butterflies! Oh wait, no, sorry. That's from Bizarro World, where the answer isn't "hate crimes and murder." It's one of those East Texas towns, like Vidor, that the rest of the state keeps waiting for someone to make a horror movie about. Barring th ... More >>
So, the 9th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is just around the corner, and you should care because it involves the ever-illustrious Country Barbie known as Ms. Dolly Parton. She's my favorite, and just saying her name makes me want to adopt a Southern accent and wear rhinestones. If you're a ... More >>
When representatives from Librotraficante, a Houston-based organization best-known for its work smuggling Latino texts into Arizona last year, visited Austin on Thursday, they met with one of Sen. Dan Patrick's aides. According to Tony Diaz, Librotraficante's lead organizer, Patrick's aide informed ... More >>
Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: Mainstream country. BY MIKE SEELY With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close last week with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first bl ... More >>
Photos by Marco Torres8:08: You know what's just never a slick move? Red wine in a plastic cup. Just an FYI, ladies. "Oh, you're drinking red wine? That's classy. Wait. Is that a plastic cup? Never mind. I forgot this was the Walmart break room." 8:58: Ooh, neat. There's a guy here wearing ... More >>
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Monday, July 4th, you'll celebrate Independence Day. We say you'll celebrate it because we will have already done our celebrating on the proper day... July 2. That's the day the Continental Congress voted to tell King George III to kiss their grits. It's true that the Declaration of Independe ... More >>
Fire didn't have time to spread.The Texas chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is asking the FBI to investigate an attempted arson at a southwest side mosque as a hate crime. Media reports say at least three men in masks broke a window at the Madrasah Islamiah mosque near ... More >>
Houston punk vets Anarchitex still full of piss and vinegar.
Sheyla Hershey: Another sad twistSheyla Hershey, the local woman whose very odd and sad obsession with getting huge breast implants has been chronicled widely, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, a British tabloid is reporting. But The Sun's story is alarmingly vague and contains no detail ... More >>
politicsworldwide.comWillie Nelson's Conroe buddy Larry Butler was not only a performer, he also ran a series of clubs in the area over the past 50 years, including Willie Nelson's Night Life on FM 1960 during Willie's IRS problem years. And while Butler has some fond memories of IRS agents ... More >>
Readers share their bike messenger stories.
Crispus Attucks, the namesakeIt took a while, but the spirit of Crispus Attucks -- the first casualty of the Boston Massacre, who happened to be black -- has finally worked its way into the Tea Party: Founded by über-conservative pundit and apparent uppercase "C" fan, Anita MonCrief, ... More >>
Millet Harrison believes in the first part of this message, at leastIt's January, which means it's time once again for Millet Harrison Jr. to ask a Jefferson County court if he can leave the mental hospital he's been locked up in since he cut out his mother's brain and heart in 1994. E ... More >>
Wednesday, the NAACP released an extensive, in-depth study of the main six groups which provide the lion's share of support for the infamous Tea Party movement, and the results of their study are not encouraging. It chronicles a great deal of cross-pollination between Tea Party and white supr ... More >>
Unlike refugees from other troubled countries, only a fraction of Mexicans seeking U.S. asylum are accepted no matter how horrible their wounds or their stories.
Even before Katrina, Houston was long a brother to New Orleans. Cars packed with revelers make that I-10 drive come Mardi Gras time, or whenever the urge hits.Katrina only cemented the bond. So with the Saints in the Super Bowl, as odd as those five words strung together may sound, we're firmly r ... More >>
We have documented weekly just how Notre Dame is moving inexorably towards a BCS championship while UT is deluding itself that it is doing so.Today, though, we discuss why ND's road may be harder.We have discovered, shockingly, that the pernicious influence of the KKK and other such anti-Catholic ... More >>
Roughly 84,000 rap albums that have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bushwick Bill Little Big Man (Priority, 1992)"Get to the house, ... More >>
It's a red-letter day in our journalistic career. For the first time in our career, we are being called out in print by a former presidential candidate.Under the headline "The Eternal Life of a Lie," the would-be president and former state representative begins thusly: Sometimes when I read all ... More >>
In 1928, Jesse Jones -- grand poobah of Houston, Lord of Suite 8-F -- was determined to bring national glory to his town by hosting the 1928 Democratic convention. Cleveland, San Francisco and Detroit also wanted the prize, but Jones took a $200,000 check to the bidding committee and got the nod. ... More >>
Pancho Villa's purloined pate
Glory Road relives the season when college hoops smashed the color barrier
The Art Car Parade presents pimped rides
Tennessee schoolkids teach the world a lesson in an inspirational documentary
Undertow relishes the pain and beauty of a reclusive Southern family
Cyclists are finding out what really lurks along those serene country roads
After 21 years of arguing, Conroe still can't come up with an MLK tribute
The Foreigner is right at home at the Alley
The Chronicle locks away the Post archives
Plus: Movie Props, Blame the Magnets, Crossed Out
Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings and The Best of Townes Van Zandt (Tomato)
Bomb Osama, a KRIV reporter sings
Senators Gramm and Hutchinson dig deep into applicants' political pasts
A health food store and restaurant falls victim to the movement it helped create
Heaven's Gates, Teaching Tolerance, Todd's Odd
He wouldn't eat it, so they did!
Immigrant shrimpers survived Vietnam and the wrath of Texas rednecks. Can they do the same with new fishing restrictions?
Houston's best politicos were not always the ones elected -- or the ones who stayed in office
Woody's clever Celebrity charts the descending pain of fame
A Time to Kill does John Grisham proud
In a small town south of Houston, they say school prayer is a matter of religious freedom. But even in Santa Fe, freedom for one student can be tyranny for another.
The Ensemble explores the shades of racism in Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play