There's a great music scene and a lot of gigging musicians living in Houston, but few places to get musical equipment fixed when time is a factor. When I was playing in bands a few years back, any problem with a guitar or one of my amps meant I had two basic options: take it to one of the guitar sho ... More >>
In the penultimate episode before the upcoming June 19 school board decision on changing the Houston ISD magnet school funding formula, a number of parents and students turned out last night to ask the question: if these programs are working so well why does HISD want to destroy them? "I am a sing ... More >>
Political fights can get ugly, but the grappling over who will get the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor got particularly unsightly last Friday. Up until then, both the remaining candidates, State Sen. Dan Patrick and current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, had done their best to embarrass and ... More >>
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied Duane Buck's appeal for a new sentencing, meaning an execution date can be set if the Harris County District Attorney's Office chooses to seek an execution date. Buck was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 1997 for the murders of his ex-girlfrie ... More >>
During Duane Buck's 1997 murder trial in Harris County, a psychologist told the jury that Buck was more likely to be a danger to society because he was black. This would be a huge deal in pretty much any legal situation, but the statement had more direct life or death ramifications in Buck's trial ... More >>
During Duane Buck's 1997 hearing for shooting and killing his girlfriend, a psychologist claimed that Buck was more of a danger because he was a black man. He was spared from lethal injection in 2011, because of that claim. Enter former Texas Governor Mark White, who thinks that the racist claims a ... More >>
Though they've often been unfairly characterized as strictly a "jam band," The Spin Doctors were in fact one of the more underrated acts of the '90s, particularly as a live unit. The group's 1991 debut, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, proved a commercial smash with songs like "Little Miss Can't Be ... More >>
Photos by Margaret DowningFormer Governor Mark White with Terry GrierDeclaring "we can't afford to press the pause button on our children's education," Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier vowed to continue doing the things he believes have to be done, even if the Texas economy is in the cr ... More >>
Readers discuss "The Whipping Boy."
How did class size limits become the symbol of an unnecessary luxury in our schools?
Baylor Day comes with certain rulesThings you probably didn't know: Today is Baylor Day in Houston -- with a fancy proclamation and everything. It all has to do with the Texas Bowl, in which Baylor is making its return to post-season football after a long absence. (If you're aware of how dif ... More >>
Some mellow mood music for the panelContinental Airline's decision to merge with United and base itself out of Chicago wasn't very good news.But fret not: A committee has been appointed to study the situation.Mayor Annise Parker has announced the economic impact of the merger will be examined by ... More >>
D.R.U.M./photos by Jim Bricker D.R.U.M. got things moving at Venue with an explosive world-beat set that steadily drew more people into the stage area; most of those who walked in the doors stuck around for the duration of the show. The group truly took the audience all over the map, layering regga ... More >>
A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend
Where to celebrate New Year's Eve 2006
Plus: Courting the Vote, Taking Aim
With a local Democratic Party official at the helm, an AIDS agency nears collapse
After two defeats by voters, will Bob Burdette finally lose his black robe to a DWI?
The government stands Pat in its high-profile cases. And Pat pursues his freedom.
Refusing to switch, Andell fights for his bench
Reformed and reborn, the man now pushes the word of God, not drugs. So why does it still feel like the Johnny Binder Show?
An A.G.'s opinion only adds to the questions over Houston's special tax districts
Does selling George W. Bush mean Mark McKinnon has sold out?
The city of Houston is exploiting loopholes in state law to lavish big bucks on private developers
Doctors told Mark and Karla Miller their unborn daughter would face a life of pain and illness. Then, against the Millers' wishes, Woman's Hospital did everything it could to keep the newborn alive. Last month, after an extraordinary trial in a Houston co
At Post Oak and Westheimer, Mark Miller meets Wally World
Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true,
Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true
After years of making Mayor Bob presentable, Houston's First Lady is ready to get serious. Seriously.
After a vicious campaign, the religious right is poised to push its agenda on the State Board of Education
Lupe Salinas made a lot of friends on his journey from a Rio Grande Valley childhood to becoming a dogged prosecutor and respected state district judge. Until he was tapped for a federal judgeship, he never knew how many enemies he had.
A Vinson & Elkins lawyer wins a big one for a death row inmate