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  • News

    April 24, 2014

    Houston's Space Problem: Johnson Space Center Has Lost Its Identity and Purpose

    With a rudderless NASA in charge, JSC has been lost in the shuffle.

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Houston Vet Gets to Share His PTSD Story and Musical Recovery

    Paul Delacerda's seen it all. From traveling the road living the rocker life and having it all tumble down in the mid 1990s. He was homeless for six months, living under a bridge near Interstate 610 --- then picked himself back up--- and joined the Army. He's been back in Houston since 2010, but wi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    When Politicians Lie, Here's How Journalists (and You) Should Correct Them

    It is a commonplace that politicians will spin facts to their benefit. Indeed, politicians have been known to stretch the truth so far that it reaches into "that is simply false" territory. "Truthiness" it's called. And it is not limited solely to politicians. Even more disconcerting is that social ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    The Power of Fox News: Republicans are More Republican, and Democrats are Too

    We know that most people don't watch partisan political cable TV news. But that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about the effect of Fox News on elected representatives, both Republican and Democratic. There has been some research that Fox News made GOP voters more conservative, but th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Bronco Bama For The Win: Your Election Night 2012 Live Blog & Comment Feed

    "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth or something I guess..." -- Luke 13:28, A Copy Of The Bible I Swiped From A Hotel Room Hello and welcome to Hair Balls' election night live blog and comment, where tonight I will be chronicling the mania of the 2012 presidential ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Speak Out: How Far Is Too Far When Musicians Talk Politics?

    Imagine this: You go to a concert to see one of your favorite artists. Suddenly, mid-show, they start spewing political rhetoric. You disagree with their ideas, so you and many others leave. Free speech is something we claim to value in this country, but we are biased against opposing viewpoints. R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    As Presidential Campaigns Rage And Famous Mayors Stump, Where's Annise Parker?

    Last weekend, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was a busy guy. He was all over California, meeting with President Barack Obama, hanging with George Clooney, and getting loads of national face time. Across the country, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg poured loads of money into the U.S. Senate candi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Five Lessons Learned from Hurricane Isaac

    The circus has finally left New Orleans as they begin their clean up after Hurricane Isaac dropped boatloads of rain on the Big Easy earlier this week. Despite some dire early warnings and a near-miss of the GOP convention in Tampa Bay, Isaac was fairly tame by hurricane standards. That didn't stop ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    The 5 Most B.S. Rebuttals in Internet Arguments

    Lately, my colleagues here on the Houston Press blogs have posted some kind, helpful tips on proper usage of social media to help you avoid pitfalls in a world where employers regularly look you up. That was sweet of them because I work with good people full of love and huggles (hugs snuggles) fo ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2012
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    March 22, 2012

    Scott Braddock: Radio Reporter Fired After Abortion-Sonogram Discussion

    Scott Braddock, a respected reporter who has been with the fledgling newsradio station KROI since November, has been fired. Twitter supporters and some fellow reporters have been questioning whether the ax fell because of a Braddock report on Texas' abortion-sonogram law, but he won't go that far. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Happy Birthday Paula Deen!: Great Butter-Stained GIFs

    ​Paula Deen is too easy of a target for the ire of the Internet. She cooks with copious amounts of butter, and has just that right mixture of cheerfulness and Southern sass to drive people crazy. Then, this past week we found out she has been living with diabetes. Not that having diabetes i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    MTV's Early VJs: Where Are They Now?

    vegastripping.comMTV's original VJ crew (l-r): J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter​When it comes to the attention spans of teenagers, entertainers are on borrowed time. Which might explain the turnover rate of MTV's Video Jockeys, or VJs for short. Currentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Pre-Bieber, Five Memorable Musician Interview Gaffes

    ​Remember in the days before "Bi-winning," when Twitter was all up in arms about Justin Beiber's interview with Rolling Stone? Was it really a surprise that some of the pop star's opinions, as told to the magazine last month, would be half-baked and maybe even a bit ignorant? Put aside for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Chris Baker Comes to KSEV: Another Attempt to Preach to Houston's Talk-Radio Choir

    Chris Baker is baaaack​Chris Baker, who was Houston's Glenn Beck before Glenn Beck really took off, is coming back to the local airwaves. Yet again. Baker, a superficial blowhard who in many ways -- none of them good -- epitimozes right-wing talk radio, will have a show on State Senator Dan P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Top 10 Worst Food Comas Ever

    Jesus VDangerous: Mexican pastries.​Postprandial somnolence is the scientific term for a food coma. How do I know this? Because I looked it up on my phone on Thanksgiving Day while I was slowly getting under the covers at my parents house that afternoon, swearing to myself that I was just "res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Now Rick Perry Wants To Invade Mexico

    Pancho Villa redux: U.S. sends troops into Mexico due to border crime?​Talk about an election win going to your head: Now Rick Perry wants U.S. troops to invade Mexico. Speaking with Chuck Todd on MSNBC this morning, Perry said "He'd be open" to sending U.S. troops into Mexico to control bord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    What Is The Best TV Show Of All Time? Martin? Really?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Fat Tony, Montana, Kyle Hubbard, Thurogoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Tea Party License Plates: Five Better Choices For Texans

    Too wishy-washy​Earlier this week we told you how Texas' vanity license plates might soon be making a Tea Party statement, with choices like the "Don't Tread On Me" flag that has been co-opted by the `baggers.A spokeswoman for the company who offers the plates through a privatization deal insisted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    The Ultimate Houston Rap Battle Royal: Who Should You Fight?

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​Of all of the Rap Round Table columns that have gone up, none generated more emails than this past Monday's "Which Rappers Would You Fight?" segment. Some people were pissed, some people were entertained, but most everyone had the same basic question: Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    The World's Hottest Weapon

    ​The world's hottest pepper is now a weapon? Yep! According to today's Houston Chronicle, the Indian military in now using what we know as the ghost pepper to make a type of tear-gas hand grenade. We've seen enough Man vs. Food episodes to know that this will be an effective weapon. Just the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    It's (Maybe) Gonna Snow In Houston!! Be Prepared!!

    ​Forecasters are still telling us there's a chance that it will snow in Houston tomorrow. We'll believe it when we see it, but the theory is that sometime Friday afternoon we may get hit with anywhere from a trace to an inch of solid white precipitation.This, of course, would be an earthshaking ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    The Curse Of Self-Loathing, Self-Loving Sportscasters

    ​So we're watching the ALCS last night, a couple of days after watching Sunday Night Football on NBC, and it just gets to be too much.We've had this feeling for a while, but now there's just no getting away from it.Since when has it been such a goddamn favor for announcers to deign to bring themse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Swine Flu FAQs: The Answers You Need...And The Answers You Deserve

    Unlike in 1918, when the flu really bitch-slapped humanity, leading medical experts have the ability to immediately update us with information on how to stay safe, and how to separate myth from fact. For example: By now, unless you're a vapid hotel-fortune heiress who answers the cell phone during s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Rice Says A Person's Looks Influence Loan Decisions. Let's Assess

    Who says you can't judge a book by its cover? It appears that banks and other lenders know a trustworthy face when they see one - or at least that's what a study co-authored by Rice professor of real estate finance Jefferson Duarte indicates.Using loan information and photographs from the website Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Oh Lord, Chris Baker's Coming Back To Our Airwaves

    Chris Baker is coming back to Houston. Ummm, rejoice?Baker, a erstwhile stand-up comic who had an often inane political talk show on Clear Channel's AM stations here, a show where he blustered and bloviated and did the typical right-wingnut radio shtick.Clear Channel AM head Michael Berry has announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Mortgage-Company Critic Takes Back All Those Nasty Things He Said

    In 2007, the Houston Press wrote about University of Houston student Cyrus Rafizadeh's online quest to prove that a major mortgage servicing company, Orix, fraudulently foreclosed on an apartment complex owned by his mother. Rafizadeh was so sure of this that he regularly uploaded thousands of pages ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Memo to Chuck Todd: Mommy Like

    Okay, so as our country elects the next president of these great United States, can I just take a moment to talk about something more important? Specifically, may I talk about how I am deeply and madly in love with news analyst Chuck Todd? Sorry, Mr. Pop Rocks, but I can’t keep it inside anymore ... More >>

  • Music

    June 12, 2008

    What Do Shepard Smith and Soulja Boy have in common?

    Wack's here to tell you: more than you might expect

  • News

    March 13, 2008

    Barack Obama's past

    The Reporter and the Politician

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008
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    January 23, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Houstonian Kady Malloy = Early American Idol Front-runner

    Dallas may have hosted the American Idol auditions’ most recent Texas stop back in August, but it looks like a Houstonian stole the show. On last night’s episode, notoriously curt Idol judge Simon Cowell practically flipped his wig over effervescent Katy Taylor alum and Jessica Alba lookalike Ka ... More >>

  • News

    July 6, 2006

    Debate Club

    KTRH's shouter has a hissy fit

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Kinky's Got His Mojo Workin'

    A Texas wild man enlists his Appalachian counterpart in his crusade

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Oddball Purgatorio

    Drums & Tuba's off-center groove isn't the only thing that's dislocated

  • Music

    October 28, 2004

    Rockin' in the Free World

    Soundtracks for your Election Night shindigs

  • News

    April 22, 2004

    Bye-Bye Bongs?

    Tubing without beer bongs? Why?

  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    One Hundred Million Reasons to Go See Great White

    "Once Bitten Twice Shy" ain't one of 'em

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Local TV News Anchor

    Gina Gaston, KTRK-TV, Channel 13

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Child Support

    The same extreme measures that saved Sidney Miller at birth also severely disabled her 11 years ago. Texas courts are still trying to determine who should pay for it -- and could set a legal precedent in the process.

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Musicians Sound Off

    For Nick Cooper, music and politics are hard to separate

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Out of Africa

    In a small office off the Southwest Freeway, an editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries

  • News

    December 14, 2000

    Bet You Can't Vote for Just One!

    Why did so many Houston Hispanics punch twice for president?

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Still Stumbling

    Houston Chronicle faces the Hispanic community and anchor confustion

  • News

    February 25, 1999
  • Film

    February 4, 1999

    Rushmore or Less

    Murray tries to rescue a comedy stalled in self-importance

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