• Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Surprise! Supremes Step In and Block Parts of Texas Abortion Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court has stepped in and blocked theFifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that had shuttered all but eight of Texas' abortion clinics. On October 2, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling allowing state officials to immediately begin enforcing the second part o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Fifth Circuit Ruling Shutters Most of Texas' Abortion Clinics

    More than a dozen abortion clinics in Texas won't reopen tomorrow. The federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Thursday afternoon allowing state officials to immediately begin enforcing the second part of House Bill 2 (the one that state Sen. Wendy Davis famously filibustered agains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    State Attacks Whole Women's Health in Battle Over Anti-Abortion Bill

    Clinics continue to rail against the state's new abortion law in court, a law that has closed almost half the abortion clinics in Texas through more stringent facilities requirements and required hospital admitting privileges. Whole Woman's Health has closed clinics in Beaumont, McAllen and Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    TxDOT Doesn't Want Mexicans to Drink and Drive this Easter

    This glorious Easter season, the Texas Department of Transportation has taken it upon themselves to disrespect the state's flourishing Latino population. How, you might ask? By using the Mexican game of chance known as lotería. The game is part of the branding for an anti-drunk driving initiative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Report: Federal Prosecutors Trample Constitutional Rights in War on Drugs

    The 7th Amendment to the Constitution allows for the right to a jury trial. The 8th Amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." A new report by Human Rights Watch shows that federal criminal defendants, especially those charged with drug crimes, are having their constitutional rights arguab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Fourteen Prison Guards Plead Guilty To Running Inmate-Drug Empire

    We guess the definition of "captive audience" is pretty much epitomized by prison inmates. In Beeville, guards at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's McConnell Unit took advantage of the potential customer base and ran one hell of a drug ring, with the aid of inmates. They also smuggled in p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Some McAllen Folks Oppose Plans for Private Prison

    Some McAllen residents are opposing plans for a 1,000 bed federal detention center that could potentially be run by private prison company GEO Group, which has a track record of abuse, mismanagement, and losing track of sex offenders in its Houston halfway house. According to The Monitor, "the deal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Last Night: Go Tejano Day 2013 at Reliant Stadium

    Go Tejano Day feat. Julion Alvarez, Los Invasores De Nuevo Leon, Mariachi Invitational Finalists Reliant Stadium March 10, 2013 I've said it once or twice, but I will say it again, and continue to do so until I am proven wrong. Tejano music is dead, at least at RodeoHouston. In its place is banda m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: The List Is Live

    Sorry about that teaser earlier this week. No fooling around this time, though: Our list is live. Go check out this week's feature -- "Eat Here: 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die" -- before reading on. We don't want to spoil any surprises for you. *** Read it yet? Are you sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Rockets Rookie Royce White Battles Anxiety in the Brutal Spotlight of Pro Sports

    Imagine waking up in the middle of the night unable to breathe, feeling like you are suffering a heart attack. Your first instinct is to dial 911, but your hand is paralyzed, unable to move out of fear. You lay there, completely still, struggling with every breath without the power to speak. It's da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Carnage: 9 Dead as Van Crammed With Illegal Immigrants Crashes

    A Chevrolet Astro van designed to carry seven passengers was packed with 19 illegal immigrants when it crashed trying to get away from police near McAllen last night. Nine died, six were injured and two escaped from the 10:30 p.m. crash in Palmview, police say. "The bodies, believed be those of il ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Rafa & Cuco: Smuggling 17 Illegals in a Toyota Tundra

    Two men received stiff sentences for running an illegal-immigrant smuggling business that was exposed when a Toyota Tundra carrying 17 of their clients crashed, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston announced today. Rafael Valles, "a.k.a. El Viejo or Rafa," and Refugio Reyna-Huerta, "a.k.a. Cuco," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    José Gustavo Diaz-Velasquez: Used Craigslist, YouTube To Recruit Immigrant Smugglers

    Doing business in this modern world can be cutthroat -- you either keep up with the times, or you die. Any good business gets itself on the web. Even if that business is smuggling illegal immigrants. The U.S> Attorney's Office in Houston has announced the arrest of José Gustavo Diaz-Velasquez, 29 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    More Texas Cities Considering Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags

    Brownsville set a trend last year when it became the first city in Texas to ban the use of plastic grocery bags in nearly all consumer settings. Brownsville mayor Pat Ahumada told the New York Times that the ban had eliminated 350,000 plastic bags per day, a decrease that "transformed our city from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Adrian Parada Jr.: Border Patrol Cop Accused in DWI Death Rocks The Affliction T-Shirt in Mugshot

    Photo by McAllen PDAdrian Parada Jr.: Left the Ed Hardy shirt at home.​A Border patrol agent has been charged with intoxication assault for causing an accident that has left one person in critical condition. The victim is on life support, meaning the charges against Adrian Parada Jr. may be u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street: 99 Percent Protesters March to City Hall for Occupy Houston

    See lots more pics of the protest in our slideshow. Joining a movement of protests across the country, several hundred Houstonians gathered at Market Square Park this morning to march to Hermann Square in front of City Hall, which they plan to occupy indefinitely in solidarity with the Occupy Wall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Alleged McAllen Starbucks Masturbator Immortalized in Song

    Jose Maravilla, celebrated in song​In the borderlands of South Texas, there has long been a tradition of immortalizing revolutionaries in song. Corridos, as these tunes are known, date back to the decades before the Mexican Revolution, and have been written in honor of people like Emiliano Zap ... More >>

  • News

    June 23, 2011

    Too Much Pavement

    Houston's strip malls increase heat, pollution.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Texas School Buying "Smurf Turf" Football Field; Superintendent Speaks To Criticisms

    "Smurf turf" is coming to Canutillo High. ​West Texas' Canutillo Independent School District hasn't been bringing in much green of late so they've decided to sing the $350,000 blues. Last week, CISD board of trustees approved the installation of a "smurf turf" field that will replace, for "s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Fetuses In A Public Landfill: Not The Way It's Supposed To Happen

    Just no​We all know that the souls of aborted babies go to live with Jesus, but what of their earthly remains? Well, in Texas, they legally can't be disposed of in landfills -- which is exactly where the remains from two abortion clinics have been going, according to Texas Commission on Enviro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Houston Allergies: Why Are You Sniffling? There Are 65 U.S. Cities Worse Than Us

    At least you're not in Knoxville​Spring is in the air, but you may not be able to smell it if you're wheezing and sniffling and full of phlegm. Take heart, though: You could be living in Knoxville, Tennessee. That city is the worst in the U.S. for spring allergies, according to the latest ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Pro Life Group Uncovers Health Problems at Clinics

    ​Texas abortion clinics are plagued with health and administrative violations and have tons of gross medical waste, including fetal remains, in open trash bins outside their doors, according to the results of a three-month undercover study by Christian pro-life group Operation Rescue. The gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Kallie Weyland of Byzantio

    ​After braving the icy winds this week in search of a worthy Bartender Chat candidate, I was very pleased to meet Kallie Weyland at Byzantio. Not only was the place warmly lit and inviting, she also had some great stories to share over samples of her signature Ginger Pomegranate Martini.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Oscar Gonzalez Jr.: Valley Teacher in Hot Water After Marriage to Lolita Turns Sour

    The Grand Plaza, in all its grandness​Just in time for the run-up to Valentine's Day comes this tale of romance vengeance from the Rio Grande Valley... In April of 2009, love bloomed in a science classroom at Economedes High School in Edinburg. The girl, named "Ms. G" in the police reports th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Texas Catfight Videos: Ferocious Filmed McAllen Brawl Bests Beaumont Battles

    Well, Beaumont, your reign as Capital of Texas Catfights was short. Not ten days after the wide publicizing of the long-running BMT Brawlz series of DVDs and the debut of the now nationally-infamous Chuck E. Cheese Throwdown, a new champion has emerged. After you see it, we think you'll agree with ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Walmart Wants to Be Friends on Facebook

    ​Although Texas has weathered the economic downturn better than most states, that's small consolation to those residents still unable to feed their families. According to research published by the Food Research and Action Center earlier this year, Texas has the 13th-highest rate of food hardsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Falcon Lake: Case Closed? Five Remaining Oddities In A Very Weird Case

    One more thing, ma'am....​After the murder and decapitation of one of their own, Mexican investigators are calling off the search for David Hartley's body, temporarily at least.So, is it case closed? Is STRATFOR's theory -- that Hartley was gunned down by Zeta thugs who believed he was a scout for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Jennifer Martinez: Posing As A Bribe-able Immigration Official

    If you're going to bribe someone, at least make sure they're legit​A woman who posed as an immigration officer took cash from hopeful immigrants, promising to get the papers, will get almost five years in prison for her trouble.Jennifer Martinez, 36, of McAllen, was sentenced here in Houston today ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2010

    Further On Up the Road

    Excerpts from the Press's copious online coverage of SXSW.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Big Brother Is Watching You Buy Cellophane

    ​Police in the Rio Grande Valley have a new tactic in the war against pot smugglers: staking out office supply stores. In three cases since last November, suspects have been followed after making large purchases of cellophane. Here's more on the most recent case, from U. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    The Feds Stage A Blitz On Illegal Gun Sales In Houston, And Rack Up Numbers

    ​For most of the spring and summer, a souped-up squad of 100 ATF agents was running all over Houston and South Texas doing everything possible to slow the raging river of guns illegally flowing into Mexico.Agents followed up old leads, tracked down new ones, made scores of arrests, confiscated hun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Artist of the Week: BetterLuck

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to some reason, back in 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Shades Of The St. Patricio Brigade: Conjunto Meets Irish At The I-Fest

    Conjunto Los Diamentes opened the Roomstore Latin Stage on Sunday. The high-school group came in from La Joya, Texas ("You know where McAllen is?" asks 16-year-old accordionist and music arranger Roger Guerra. "It's a little lower from that.")Since they aren't a professional group, we aren't going t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Border Patrol Amps It Up This Weekend

    At midnight on Saturday, the U.S. Border Patrol launches "Operation River Freedom Denial," a response to several clashes between agents and drug smugglers this week along the border. The operation will move more agents to the Brownsville and McAllen areas, to assist sheriffs' departments and local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    Weekend Music: Help Save the Houston Music Scene

    With a record number of Houston artists accepted into SXSW this year, sold-out crowds at shows like Hootenanny at the Mink and Bun B at Warehouse Live, and everyone from Fatal Flying Guilloteens and Karina Nistal to Hearts of Animals and Indian Jewelry raising eyebrows well beyond the Harris County ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Music Deaths

    The Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter returns

  • Calendar

    August 30, 2007

    Labor Day Show at Proletariat

    McAllen sextet will wind down audiences from three-day weekend

  • News

    May 31, 2007

    Border Fence May Destroy Wildlife Habitat

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.

  • News

    December 7, 2006


    Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    Peace -- For Now

    A caravan to Cuba isn't hassled. Yet.

  • Dining

    October 16, 2003

    Cancún Cuisine

    Take a little trip to Cascadas Cantina y Restaurante

  • News

    September 18, 2003
  • Music

    August 22, 2002

    Float Like a Butterfli, Swing Like a Trapeze

    Whether boogying on the floor or dangling from the ceiling, Yvette Perez's dancing divas want to be artists, not eye candy

  • Dining

    July 19, 2001

    North Guadalajara

    Fonda Dona Maria transforms into a colossal palacio

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    The Bored Patrol

    Border Patrol agents in South Texas contend they are getting paid to stay put as illegal immigrants go around them. Is this how the much-hyped crackdown along the Rio Grande is supposed to work?

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Death and the Salesmen

    Psst: Wanna buy a truckload of smoke-damaged caskets?

  • News

    January 4, 2001

    RV Xmas

    In which our intrepid reporter goes searching for the heart of America on a trailer pad. And finds disappointment, isolation, kindness and a great way to cook himself a turkey.

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Law and Disorder

    In Janice Law's quests for a judgeship, the fourth time was a charm -- and now an alarm for the rest of the courthouse

  • News

    May 2, 1996

    Goin' South

    I learned many things when I accompanied a trio of bounty hunters to Mexico to fetch a fugitive drug suspect. Foremost among them: never leave your map at home...

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