Luc Besson's movie teeter on the edge of insanity. They're full of stylized violence, shouting, slow motion, and visual effects. They're full of bright colors, big stars, fancy camera moves, and flashy editing. Yet his movies usually make zero sense, appear to have no script, don't follow the rules ... More >>
The Houston Astros are on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. The photo's not a joke; neither is the story. The story goes into the radical rebuild of the club and the magazine makes the bold prediction that the Astros will win the 2017 World Series. And who knows, if the Astros really get ... More >>
It's been a little over three months since Judge Marvin Isgur put CSN Houston into bankruptcy. It's been nearly three months since the Houston Astros appealed that ruling to Judge Lynn Hughes. Judge Hughes has received the parties briefs on the bankruptcy ruling, and he's attempted multiple times to ... More >>
They claim Brian Staples is bad at the monkey business.
It was just a little over 30 days ago that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said he wanted the CSN Houston matter settled within 30 days. That didn't happen. The parties still await a ruling from a Judge Lynn Hughes on the Astros appeal of Judge Marvin Isgur's ruling that put the network into bankrup ... More >>
Jim Crane met with the members of the Astros media on Monday before the team's win over the Seattle Mariners. Topics of discussion included his disappointment with the team's start and the progress toward a new spring training facility. But it's his comments regarding the continuing CSN Houston saga ... More >>
The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Comcast gathered before federal district court judge Lynn Hughes on Friday. This wasn't a hearing, and no judicial orders were handed down. It was, instead, the third mediation session for the parties within the past several weeks. The dispute under mediation ... More >>
The Houston Astros are in week two of the regular season. The Houston Rockets regular season is quickly coming to an end. This makes for two years that the Rockets games have not been available for most Houston viewers, and it's the start of the second year that Astros games mostly haven't been avai ... More >>
The Houston Astros host the New York Yankees tomorrow night. It's Opening Day, the team's second as a member of the American League. The game will be aired on CSN Houston for anybody unwilling to pay the exorbitant prices brought on by the Astros' dynamic pricing model. That means that most of the H ... More >>
Jim Crane, Les Alexander, and Robert Pick have been "invited to attend to informally discuss a resolution" to the CSN Houston bankruptcy matter on Friday, March 28. The invitation has been extended by Federal District Court Judge Lynn Hughes, the man overseeing the Astros appeal of CSN Houston's inv ... More >>
While most of the city's attention Tuesday afternoon (and that of the local sports media) was centered on Nolan Ryan's return to the Houston Astros, on the other side of downtown Houston the asses of the Houston Astros bankruptcy attorneys were being handed to them by Judge Marvin Isgur. And while t ... More >>
Lactation not related to giving birth.
Six historical paintings at Houston's federal courthouse have raised some hackles with two federal judges, who believe the paintings dredge up offensive imagery of slavery. The paintings, depicting the Houston Ship Channel in the late 1870s, were completed between 1938 and 1941, and were displayed ... More >>
Not connected to pregnancy.U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes is likely about to become the butt of Internet merriment with the news of a recent decision. He'll also be pissing off breast-feeding moms, and that is one group you do not want to cross, as many companies and entities have discovere ... More >>
Someone bribed, but it wasn't John O'Shea.The executive of a Sugar Land-based company who's been accused of paying bribes to Mexican officials was acquitted without the defense even putting on a case. John O'Shea, the former general manager of ABB Industries, was acquitted by U.S. District J ... More >>
William Gammon gets four years.William Gammon, an attorney who has been instrumental in getting Texans' homeowners associations power to wield over nonconforming residents, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for possession of child porn. Gammon, who entered a guilty plea to t ... More >>
Both in and out of prison, Brian Culwell has spent his life selling people baubles, trinkets and jewels. Now he's buying your gold and silver.
Step right up, folks: Passion, deceit, money, lots of money, double dealing and a mayor with more flip-flops in her than a Cirque du Soleil acrobat!
The money machine is running againThe red-light cameras have been turned back on and fines are being issued. Much as it pains Mayor Annise Parker to get all the revenue, she will be forced to take it until the city can appeal a judge's ruling. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes late Friday deni ... More >>
Red light cameras: Status back to "up in the air."A federal judge has thrown out the city's ban on red light cameras because it came from a referendum, not a charter amendment. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes said the changes mandated by voters last November were not valid -- they could only ... More >>
It's the city vs. the red light camera company, no intervenors The city of Houston, which really doesn't want to give up red light camera revenue, will be the only party trying to convince a federal judge to stop the red light camera program as soon as possible. The people who really want re ... More >>
Nowhere to hide. If there's one place we expect to be safe from Sarah Palin and her reality TV exploits, it's a courtroom in a federal courthouse during a hearing about red light cameras. We are wrong. Sarah Palin's Alaska received at least three mentions at a hearing earlier today, starting with ... More >>
The "Jazzy" model, no kiddingSandra Thurman Patino, 46, had a pretty good deal going with a Medicare scam involving motorized wheelchairs, but now she's headed to federal prison for four years.Plus she's giving up the $1.1 million she had in the bank, and a Cadillac, to the feds.Patino was senten ... More >>
Even ICE agents were taken abackWilliam Gammon, the attorney who's pushed for aggressive homeowners' associations in court and in the legislature, is out on bond on charges of possessing a pornography stash described by an investigator as "one of the largest collections of extremely young c ... More >>
After today, set-asides for women-owned businesses in Houston may be set aside forever. The move stems from a federal lawsuit brought in 1996 by business owner Robert Kossman who alleged the city's MWBE program discriminated against him because he was white.U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes gave ... More >>
There was a bit of an uproar two years ago when one of the ringleaders of a notorious smuggling effort that resulted in 19 deaths was sentenced to only the 33 months she had already served. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new sentencing for Norma Gonzalez Sanchez, and the results ca ... More >>
Edwin Wilson said he was still in touch with his former employer, the CIA, when he shipped explosives out of Houston to the Middle East. The CIA denied it. The CIA lied
U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes
A pastor finally finds peace, four years after being accused of kiddie porn
A respected preacher gets busted for child pornography on his computer. Has he delved into the worst of cyberspace depravity or just the stuff of scholarly research?
Convicted felons Mike and Pat Graham are at it again, trading allegations for favors
A farewell feed and juror-felon add to the already unusual case of George Bishop
Will the "temp" United States Attorney exile dissidents to the border?
John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.
Is little guy Larry Duncan being made to suffer for the big guys' sins?
The Houston Police Department puts high-ranking cops out on the street
Headline:The Case Against Hurwitz In one of the last big S&L cases from the '80s, two federal agencies are pursuing Charles Hurwitz over the failure of united Savings. And for once, Hurwitz may have no place to hide.
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?