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    November 21, 2014

    The Flu Is on the Rise in Texas, Just in Time for the Holidays

    Should you want to avoid some Thanksgiving awkwardness with the family, well, just go out into the general public and touch a bunch of stuff. Flu cases are up in Texas, a bit earlier than normal, according to the CDC, which means there's still hope for a valid excuse for skipping out on the turkey t ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    Scott Wizig's Shell Companies File for Bankruptcy in Baltimore

    Seven shell companies managed by Houston-based absentee landlord Scott Wizig, who was ordered to repair 49 dilapidated properties he owns in Baltimore, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in an apparent bid to sidestep the circuit court judge's order. (Wizig is the subject of this week's cover story). Bal ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Bad Blood: Chikungunya Kills and it's Coming to a Mosquito Near You

    It started in mid-April with a fever, as if her body were trying to burn itself up. Then 39-year-old Belkys Jimenez developed a pounding headache and pain in her muscles and joints. Her feet and ankles ballooned, and even taking a step became difficult. Jimenez had dealt with hypertension for years, ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    JohnMichael Lynch Named Executive Chef of Hotel Granduca

    After a nationwide, year-long search, the Hotel Granduca has finally named a new executive chef: JohnMichael Lynch. Since taking the reins approximately five weeks ago, the classically trained 31-year-old -- who is responsible for all aspects of hotel dining, from banquets, to pool and bar, in-room ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Gambling! Five College Football Season Win Total Bets You Should Play

    Each week in this space, I plan to give you, the faithful news blog reader, six picks against the spread for the upcoming football weekend. I would encourage you to read them even if you don't plan to wager as they serve the dual purpose of conveying football predictions as well as ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Married, Sort Of: The Legal Limbo of Being Gay and Married in Texas

    Jenn and Lizzie Wigle are wandering the halls of a bridal expo, searching more for ideas than products or services. Eventually they visit three of the events, looking at dresses, invitations, cake decorators and all the other trappings of the $40-billion-a-year American wedding industry. Most of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    CSI and Science: Crime Labs Across the Country Get it Wrong

    CSI, the venerable CBS television franchise, has placed forensic evidence at the forefront of many people's mind in regard to solving criminal cases. There is a belief -- albeit one without any empirical support -- that CSI and its ilk have made it harder for prosecutors in cases to get convictions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Where to Dine Out in Houston on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2013 (No Dishes To Do!)

    Eliminate some of the holiday stress this year by letting some of the best Houston chefs serve you and your family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After you've finished shopping, decorated the house and welcomed all of your family members into your home, you deserve a scrumptious meal prepared b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Does Rick Perry Have an Ulterior Motive With His "Jobs Trips"?

    As I have noted in the past, Rick Perry is on a mission, a mission to steal, er, lure, er, convince companies to move to Texas where we have the alleged best business climate in America. Perry has visited six states -- California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri and New York -- which all h ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Houston Music Hall of Famer Creole Joe Sample Is On a New Mission

    Joe Sample is on a mission. While the illustrious keyboard genius behind the Crusaders continues to expand his career and is as in-demand at 75 as at any point in his life, these days he balances his commercial career with good works. Inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame's inaugural class a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 2: Hawaii to Maryland

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. A Classic Education, "We Can Always Run to Hawaii" I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Mike Aresco, Commissioner Of The Conference Stew That U of H Is In Now, Speaks

    On the college football calendar nowadays, everything seemingly has its own season. Years ago, before social media, before a thousand television channels, before those channels shelling out billions of dollars for broadcasting rights, there were essentially two college football seasons: the regular ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Energy Drinks Are a Crock of Crap, But You Knew That...Right?

    On the front page of yesterday's New York Times was the headline: Energy Drinks Promise Edge, But Experts Say Proof Is Scant. And not that people feeding their babies Mountain Dew out of a bottle nor concocting go-go juice for their kids, Honey Boo Boo-style, will notice or care what the New York T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Rockport Meth Trailer Yields Strong Ice; Pit Bull Killed in Raid

    A pit bull is dead and three people have been arrested after a police raid on a Rockport meth house. According to KIII-TV, police found more than $1,000 and eight grams of high-grade ice hidden in an Altoids can and a pill bottle inside the trailer home. Elizabeth Martinez, 44, Sean Lee Harrison, ... More >>

  • Film

    November 1, 2012

    Auteur Goes Amateur

    Barry Levinson's The Bay aspires to YouTube.

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    October 26, 2012

    Horror Business: The Top 5 Most Evil Rock Stars

    Halloween and rock and roll go together like peanut butter and jelly. Something about darkened rooms filled with outlandish costumes and screaming girls, we guess. Some of the rock's most ghoulish stars are also its most fun, as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson will no doubt prove once again at Reliant ... More >>

  • News

    October 25, 2012

    Game Changer

    Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major league sports.

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    October 24, 2012

    Hey Kids, Stop Drinking Monster -- You Could Ruin It For Adults

    Headlines this past week have been screaming -- OK, raising their voice slightly -- once again about those dastardly energy drinks. Which you could be drinking right now as you read this, depending on the time of day and your occupation. This time it's Monster Energy drinks, those 24-ounce jobs es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    It's an SEC kinda week​Time for another round of college and NFL friendly wagers. Are my selection techniques the most textbook, orthodox methods in the world? No. I mean, if I hosted a handicapping show and gave out six games and chose those games because they gave me convenient fodder to ta ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2011

    Half a Paycheck

    Dave Alvin is an inveterate troubadour and staunch advocate for Houston's blues history.

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    July 1, 2011

    Four Gung-Ho Patriotic Tunes That Are Actually British

    ​Monday, July 4th, you'll celebrate Independence Day. We say you'll celebrate it because we will have already done our celebrating on the proper day... July 2. That's the day the Continental Congress voted to tell King George III to kiss their grits. It's true that the Declaration of Independe ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 28, 2010

    With a Grain of Salt

    BRC Gastropub could be great.

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    September 7, 2010

    Game Time: College Football Week 1 -- Ain't No Party Like a Boise Party

    Boise State is ready to rumble‚ÄčLast night, as Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore gathered the Bronco offense in the huddle to concoct one final haymaker in their prize fight with Virginia Tech, guaranteeing we were going to see some sort of fantastic finish -- either a game-winning touchdown or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    First Look: Eddie V's Prime Seafood

    Photos courtesy of Eddie V'sChilean sea bass​The first thing you notice at Eddie V's Prime Seafood, the newest mini-chain addition to Town & Country's enormous CityCentre development, are the white waistcoats on the servers. Yup, it's that kind of place. It's traditional, even retro, in layou ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Aftermath: Clutch at House of Blues

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty If you ever wondered what might have happened if James Brown and Audioslave had a baby, you should have been at House of Blues Wednesday night. You might only be wondering this if you are a member of the male gender, because - with a few exceptions at the almost-full venue - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: How I Inspired the Song "Texas Ganja Man"

    According to some songwriters, given the right circumstances, songs just pop out. Ironically, Baltimore, Maryland honky-tonker Arty Hill (right) recently wrote a song inspired by a line in a comment LOM dropped onto Craig Hlavaty's blog about the relative merits of Bob Marley. I commented that "I li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Something New To Worry About: Chinese Drywall

    If your house smells like rotten eggs, don't blame the dog. It may be the Chinese drywall the house was built with a few years ago.  America's Watchdog, which calls itself a national consumer-advocacy group, discovered numerous cases in Florida, Virginia, Maryland and the entire Gulf coast wher ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009
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    September 17, 2008
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    January 29, 2008

    OMGNKOTB: The Return of the New Kids on the Block

    Ohmigawd, ohmigawd, ohmigawd. Alert! Alert! Alert! OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! The New Kids on the Block are getting back together. Oh my God. Oh my GOD!!!!! I am totally serious. For real. They are.

  • Dining

    August 23, 2007
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    November 2, 2006

    Alpha Music by an Omega Male

    John B. Levine plays to your brainwaves

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    May 11, 2006
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    March 15, 2006

    South By Southwest

    By Scott Faingold My party line is this: I am a ball bearing, and the 2006 South By Southwest Music Conference is a massive pinball machine. Ommmm. This faux-Buddhist stance serves me well in the first hours of my SXSW experience, allowing me to ride out a messy and convoluted series of disasters w ... More >>

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    November 24, 2005
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    September 22, 2005
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    July 8, 2004

    The Last Word

    They've fought for justice for nine years, but time is running out

  • Dining

    June 6, 2002

    Dharma and John

    Dharma Cafe has atmosphere to spare and a lot of good home cooking, but you might want to pass on the pizza

  • News

    August 16, 2001

    Publishing Gulf?

    How Internet pipe dreams and literary ambitions dismantled one of Texas's largest publishers

  • Music

    June 14, 2001


    Soul Brains (né Bad Brains)

  • Film

    October 26, 2000

    Witch Way Did It Go?

    BW2 spoils the mystery of the original - while creating a few of its own

  • Dining

    October 19, 2000

    Fish Stories

    Speaking off the toque: John Zotos

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    February 17, 2000
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    January 28, 1999
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    June 12, 1997
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    May 29, 1997
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    January 30, 1997
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    December 14, 1995
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    December 29, 1994

    Post-Christmas Clearance

    John Frusciante and Hildegard von Bingen never went to Festus, Missouri

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    December 8, 1994
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