Fan scorn, player arguments, maybe even a little physicality. Those things are all, unfortunately, part of the officiating experience. Whether it's an umpire in baseball, a referee in basketball, or any of the various officiating positions on a football field, the whole thing can be a thankless gig ... More >>
Blues chanteuse Shemekia Copeland may have never actually lived in Houston, but as the daughter of legendary Bayou City bluesman Johnny "Clyde" Copeland (1937-1997), she heard a lot about it growing up. "My daddy was from Houston, and Texans love being from Texas!" she laughs. "So it's a wonderful ... More >>
A man who was the equivalent of a postmaster at an Army base stole 565 $1,000 money orders and manged to convert about $90,000 each to himself and his fiance before getting caught, federal prosecutors say. Delmus Eugene Scott, Jr., 34, of Humble, Texas, was sentenced to almost three years in a fede ... More >>
More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
This week's cover story in the Houston Press details the case of Houston-based American Grocers and its owner Samir Itani, charged with shipping expired food to troops stationed in the Middle East and ripping off the government with bogus shipping costs. As noted in the story, "the case stretched ... More >>
A Houston company gets nailed for $15 million for sending expired food to U.S. troops in the Middle East. The Department of Justice announced today that Houston's American Grocers, Inc., has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit that charged the company with shipping expired food to U.S. ... More >>
Friedrich Glorian via FlickrIt's a Google-rific society we be a-living in, and the fastest way to notoriety is to coin a phrase that, when Guantanamo Bayed safely between quotation marks in a search field, will bring up endless debate upon your win or fail. We have been blessed with some rea ... More >>
As America (fuck yeah!) prepares to celebrate its 234th birthday over the long July 4 weekend, our proud yet troubled nation is about to be inundated once again by Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." About as innocuous as a song can be on the surface, it's become one of the most polarizing t ... More >>
Try the wasabi-flavored Kit KatsThe Texans cheerleaders are headed to Japan on an Armed Forces Entertainment tour, because our brave service members want to hear what Matt Schaub is really like. Or maybe they want to look at cheerleaders.Texans cheerleader Lindsay (as always, first names only to ... More >>
Con man or super spook — either way, Roland Carnaby wasn't supposed to meet his death on a Houston highway in a high-speed chase with the cops.
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Mack Brown, along with a handful of other NCAA coaches, is making a goodwill visit to the troops in Germany, Iraq and Kuwait. (He's following in the footsteps of a coach at an actual good football school, Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, who visited the Middle East earlier this year.)Brown's to be com ... More >>
Surviving our War on Terror calls for more than an ability to dodge bullets and IEDs
Jason Franco now struggling in civilian life
A Houston-area man leads the fight against the ban on gays in the military
Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.
Hundreds of Houstonians have signed up for wartime jobs with KBR. The hefty paychecks come with a scary, bloody price.
Demme's Candidate overhaul goes for the knowing giggle
Mo Amer is an Arab-American and Muslim, but you might not know that
There's actual good news for CITGO's battling refinery union
Silly Caucasian boy Tom Cruise likes to play with Samurai swords
Stern's diversity shines in the Alley's Fully Committed
When these soldiers became writers, the pen becomes very mighty indeed
At Miami's Winter Music Conference, P. Diddy blows up dance music while the U.S. blows up Iraq
The Chron's embedded reporter is far from the action
From leftist camps and corporate security to semi-panic and port patrols, Houstonians tackle terrorism threats. Sort of.
Welcome to the "Jewelled Arts of India," made possible by your SUV
Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?
Painter Vladimir Gorsky learned how to work the system in the Soviet Union for personal gain. He discovered that things operate much the same way in America.
Director Rod Lurie's nuclear debate blows up in his face
March 4 - 10, 1999
Winter Street Art Center focuses on photo-based art
There's a hole carved out of the earth 32 feet deep, 210 feet wide, and 400 feet long near the Texas-Mexico border.
March 26-April 1, 1998
Clueless is an improbably entertaining time-waster
Painter Susan Crile takes on the oil-field infernos of Kuwait