Louie Welch

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    April 19, 2011

    Which Houston Mayor Would Make the Best Rapper?

    Yesterday, the Rap Round Table at our sister blog Rocks Off pondered the interesting question "Which Houston rapper would make the best mayor?" You can go there for the discussion. Here, we will ponder which Houston mayor would make the best rapper. We have five nominees. 5. Diamond Jim McConn Smo ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Houston's Choice for Mayor

    Black Guy, Rich White Guy, Lesbian or Hispanic Republican

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    August 25, 2009

    The First Mayoral Ad: A Review

    We have our first ad in the mayoral race!! Peter Brown is up with a 30-second spot that will be running on local and cable channels. What we take away from this ad:1. Where's George Clinton? You are the only mayoral candidate in Houston history to be endorsed by P-Funk's George Clinton (actually ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Houston 101: An Earlier Time When Shots Rang Out At TSU

     On May 17, 1967 racial tension and misinformation led to a riot on the Texas Southern University campus.At the time, Houston, like the rest of the country, was struggling with race relations. Herman Short was chief of police under Mayor Louie Welch; Short was especially disliked by Houston's b ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Real Astronauts Don't Drink Pee

    Everyone is breathlessly following the latest space mission to see if astronauts will one day successfully be able to drink urine (NASA -- the kinkiest space agency evah!!)It's a bit of a comedown from the moon days.As it turns out, at this time in 1969 NASA was just getting ready to launch Apollo 1 ... More >>

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    October 30, 2003
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    October 9, 2003

    Do You Know the Way to Balmorhea?

    Jesse Dayton and Lew Temple do. And now so does Hollywood.

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    August 3, 2000

    Out of the Closets

    Archiving Houston's queer history, one T-shirt at a time

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    December 30, 1999

    The Good, the Bad, the Imprisoned

    Houston's best politicos were not always the ones elected -- or the ones who stayed in office

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    January 8, 1998
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    September 11, 1997

    The Airport That Wouldn't Die

    Last fall, environmentalists thought they'd finally put a stake through the heart of the West Side Airport. But the mayoral race seems to have given it a new lease on life.

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    April 17, 1997

    What's Wrong With Wheatley?

    It has history, it has heritage. But does Wheatley High School have a real future?

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    December 28, 1995

    After him, the deluge

    Thank the Lord, Jesus Christ above, this is Bob Lanier's last term as mayor of Houston. Now that he's bankrupt every city service, he's leaving the whole mess to somebody else. But who?

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    December 15, 1994

    Sixties Survivor

    Gene Locke rises from the streets to City Hall without disavowing his past

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    January 27, 1994

    Wanna Buy a RoboDome?

    The city's sports tycoons maneuver for inside position, and the questions mount: Who needs it? Why? At what cost?