It must be a tricky thing being the Environmental Protection Agency, especially when it comes to the political minefield that is fracking. Hydraulic fracturing - the process of shooting sand, water and chemicals into an oil well to get the oil and natural gas trapped in the formation flowing - is a ... More >>
In 1999, the NFL had a decision to make. Would they award the NFL's 32nd franchise to Los Angeles or Houston? The contingent from Houston had the better bid worth $1.1 billion, an organized plan of attack and a city ready to build a brand new stadium. LA had the second largest television market in A ... More >>
I don't care how funny you think you are, there are just certain times and places you don't joke around. At or near the top of the list of places that you should back-burner any playfulness or boyish antics is when a judge is in the process of going easy on you for violation of your probation in a ... More >>
The likelihood of North Forest Independent School District being annexed into Houston Independent School District seems imminently probable, even though North Forest promises at least one more appeal of the decision. North Forest, which has been in disarray for almost two decades now, threw a Hail ... More >>
Fill a need -- that's what they tell you in business school. (We assume, anyway, since we escaped from a business major about two courses into it.) Fill a need and you can charge a premium to folks who can't get what you're selling anywhere else. It's a sophisticated plan, although the word "sophis ... More >>
Since the advent of the internet, more specifically YouTube and social media, as a means for virtually anyone with a laptop and a nearby wi-fi connection to convey his or her thoughts, it seems as though the best way to get noticed is to perform the following sequence: 1. Scream your thoughts as l ... More >>
Sexts Got Teacher Fired.
An Alief teacher economics teacher (Really? Economics?) faces a felony charge of improper relationship with a student after authorities learned about lewd texts and illegal physical contact between him and a 17-year-old female student. Jeffrey Nichcolas Guzman, 32, got into the improper relationshi ... More >>
They've already been labeled "high risk." Experts say the resulting damage could be bigger than Katrina in New Orleans.
Anyone who spends an extended period of time on social networks like Facebook and Twitter understands that there are certain offenses that are nearly unforgivable. Just as in real life, there are lines that don't need to be crossed. You might be slightly more tolerant of them online simply because t ... More >>
Stealing from the rich to...oh, whatever. Funny is the message in Tower Heist.
From a TranStar PowerPoint on the systemThe Web site Jalopnik, home to all things automotive, takes a lengthy and glowing look today at TranStar's use of Bluetooth devices to track traffic jams. "[N]o one has tried snatching real-time data directly from Bluetooth devices along a network of s ... More >>
Diversity: It's The Right Thing To Do!Remember back in 2008, when the Harris County Sheriff's Department circulated those internal e-mails making fun of everyone (but white men?) And later that year, when deputies handcuffed a Sikh woman and her entire family -- and called them Muslims -- bec ... More >>
Enron honcho needs work.
Andy Fastow: Time to get a jobAs you might have heard, Andy Fastow has returned to Houston after his stint in a federal prison. He's currently in a halfway house and, let's face it, he needs a job. Luckily the rules allow him to leave the facility for work or community service. But Fastow c ... More >>
It's easy for a three-time felon to get $20 million for his investment company, as long as no one asks any questions.
Pepper Grove oyster on the half shell at Branch Water Tavern.At this past weekend's inaugural Foodways Texas symposium, one of the most eagerly anticipated seminars wasn't held in a conference room, and it didn't come with a PowerPoint presentation. Attendees instead slurped down all manner o ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyA Sunday morning on the firing line"Don't point your gun at anything you are not willing to destroy or kill," reads the sign in the middle of the room. It's 8 a.m on Sunday morning and I am reading this, while drinking a cup of coffee, still bleary from being dragged ou ... More >>
Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?
Houston to Dallas High Speed Rail Presentation When we wrote earlier this week about a Japanese executive giving a presentation about a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, we really didn't think much of it. They've been talki ... More >>
Yesterday, we rolled out our list of the five best Houston restaurant websites. Today is something different. In scouring dozens of websites over the past week, we came to realize something. Restaurant websites in Houston are mostly terrible. This may be true of other industries as well, bu ... More >>
The Yes Men take on companies using their own tools.
Notorious protesters get the retrospective treatment
Photo by Margaret DowningSounding a bit like a past-the-honeymoon-stage couple whose partners are starting to feel misunderstood and underappreciated, Superintendent Terry Grier and the Houston ISD trustees got through Thursday's board workshop with a patina of camaraderie, occasionally interrupt ... More >>
After years of fighting everybody and anybody, now the ornery, annoying civil rights activist has to concentrate on fighting for his life.
The Yes Men's cheerful quest for social justice.
Black Guy, Rich White Guy, Lesbian or Hispanic Republican
In life, everything can be distilled down to chart form. It's a truism born of the PowerPoint age.Each week we will examine some pressing event or trend via the easy-to-follow form of putting a chart together that explains things. Today's subject: Serena Williams.Houston's Serena Williams made natio ... More >>
The ex-Talking Heads front man takes stock of his homeland on his second Brian Eno collaboration.
Pretty much no one ever goes to visit the modernistic white pavilion at Galveston's Seawolf Park.Now they never will.The building, which is mostly a kind of visual landmark seen by people cruising on the ferry, was heavily damaged by Ike. Since it was a bit of a white elephant, the city's Parks Boar ... More >>
A University of Houston faculty member reads and discusses his graphic novels
Man vs. nature deep in the heart of Texas
Devin the Dude, Katie Stuckey and The Dimes clean up
Hollywood pounces on 6-6-06 with a needless Omen revival
Kiran Verma's culinary chutzpah finds a home inside the Loop
Tunnels are a rare bird in Houston. But will they fly for I-45?
Video game vixen Morgan Webb stops by for a little X-Play
A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"
Don't let the cuteness fool you: Aisha Tyler's act is for adults
In your heart, you know the Yuppie Prick$ are right
Lee High School dropped football, deciding golf was a better sport for its kids, no matter how poor or new to this country they might be
Unbending state and HISD policies are pushing away a much-praised teacher
Dr. Shelley's new operating room reveals the worst and best of a City Council under term limits
Carroll Cocchia says she's one-third Indian, and is trying to bring local Native Americans together. Detractors say she's white, and is helping to tear them apart.
He was the perfect St. Nicholas. If he could just move faster.