The year was 2002, and I was in the back of my mom's Chevy high-top. She was driving my brother to Sam's Club to pick up his new blue iPod 1st Generation. For months, I watched him listen to Papa Roach and moody pop-rock queen Avril Lavigne as he sat in his bedroom lifting his 8-pound dumbbells -- t ... More >>
When the Houston Police Department releases its monthly list of the most stolen vehicles, the makes and models rarely change. What does move the needle a bit, however, is the total number of vehicles stolen each year. According to police, there were just over 13,500 thefts last year, a 4 percent inc ... More >>
Hey, need a ride-share? The City of Houston has used Zipcar's technology of electronically loaning and reserving cars for a little more than year. A total of 13 city departments use this technology which promotes clean air and has city employees whipping around in electric and hybrid vehicles. How ... More >>
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released composite sketches of two suspects wanted in connection with a sexual assault of a woman in north Houston Sunday. Investigators say the suspects slit the woman's throat and left her for dead before fleeing in a white four-door Nissan.
Note: This is a reprint from last year. This almost goes without saying, but very few things complement an afternoon of barbecuing or grilling like a slice of ice-cold watermelon and a pleasant buzz. That's where Drunk Watermelons come in. A slice of Drunk Watermelon is the best of both worlds: s ... More >>
The 2010s will forever be known as the decade of the crossover. But what is a crossover, exactly? It's a car that's trying its hardest to look like an SUV. Crossovers are the poseurs of the automotive world. My friend's car got totaled last week, and she called to ask me for used car advice. "What' ... More >>
When Hair Balls first cast about for reasons behind Houston Woman Magazine's selection of Helena Brown as one of Houston's "50 Most Influential Women" earlier this month, the only thing we could come away with was a statement from Brown's office. According to the councilwoman's coterie, her selectio ... More >>
This weekend is the big Houston Art Car Parade, where children and adults of all ages can gander at their fellow Houstonians' labors of car love. Each car is a marvel to the ingenuity and the insanity of this race known as the modern Texan. The Art Car festivities have cars on our brains. Rock a ... More >>
Another fatal shooting by a Metro cop.For the second time in two years -- the only two times in its almost 30-year history -- a Metro officer has fatally shot someone. Nolton Joseph LaFleur III, whose age is unknown, was shot by Metro police officer Richard Hernandez on the west side of town ... More >>
Photo by mynameissharshaAll of this watermelon could be vastly improved with the addition of vodka.This almost goes without saying, but very few things complement an afternoon of barbecuing or grilling like a slice of ice-cold watermelon and a pleasant buzz. That's where Drunk Watermelons com ... More >>
Storeowner kills three robbersA wild shootout as an East End jewelry store owner defended his property ended with three robbers dead Thursday aftertoon. HPD identified two of the dead robbers as Onilton Bolanos Castilon, 38 and Nelson Wilfred Tambora-Ramiro, 21. The identity of the third is ... More >>
Gang Starr's DJ Premier still mourns partner Guru.
Photo by Danny LopezThe electric car is here, but you can't ride it yetGeneral Motors and Nissan are in a tight race that could go down to a photo finish. No, it's not the Corvette Z06 vs. the Nismo 350z. They're in a race to see who can get the first electric car on the US market -- the Chevro ... More >>
Shot to death despite a nearby copA shooting at a southwest side car wash -- while a cop was investigating a traffic accident next door -- left a 36-year-old man dead, police say.I(nocencio Martinez-Solis was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene in the 7100 block of Alder Street abo ... More >>
Just plug it inIf you're sick of gas-guzzling vehicles, don't want to do any further harm to the environment or just want to stick it to BP and all the other oil barons, there will soon be a practical alternative in town. It was announced on Thursday that Houston is partnering with ECOtality to t ... More >>
Killed while sweepingAll Maria Hernandez wanted was to keep the front of her home on Crosstimbers clean. Instead she ended up dead.Hernandez, 57, 59, was slammed by a hit-and-run driver in the 400 block of Crosstimbers a little before 9 a.m. Sunday morning, and was pronounced dead at the scene.Wi ... More >>
A robbery includes multiple fatal gunshotsA 62-year-old man was found shot to death in his place of business in southeast Houston early Monday afternoon, police say.The family of Lee Tisdel went to check the business in the 9100 block of Winkler after being unable to contact him and found his bod ... More >>
It was a little before dawn on Monday when gunshots rang out into the early morning quiet behind a 24-hour Mexican restaurant in southwest Houston. A body fell to the ground in the parking lot. Someone called 911.When police arrived at about 4:30 a.m., they found a man, whose name has not been re ... More >>
Attorney Tyler Flood says he wins 80 percent of his clients' DWI trials, even if they were 100 percent drunk as a skunk.
Unarmed 23-year-old black man Robbie Tolan was shot in his own driveway last Wednesday in Bellaire. The bullet pierced his lung and lodged in his liver, where doctors say it will likely remain for the rest of his life.The shooter was Sgt. Joseph Cotton, who evidently thought Tolan's 2004 Nissan Xter ... More >>
When DNA is the only evidence, a good analyst is especially important
Q&A with Josh Grier
Hands off the Bolivar ferry, Al Qaeda!
It came from Japan and may turn out to be bigger than Godzilla. It,s drifting - a high-speed, fishtailing race toward a wall without a crash. They hope.
Sunday, May 2
After two defeats by voters, will Bob Burdette finally lose his black robe to a DWI?
Carlos Sosa promised to sell seized goods from the Port of Houston on the cheap. Many believed him. Until they learned he was a Customs Service snitch, and perhaps a con man on the side.
Hard-line leaders such as loopy Stephen Mansfield have taken their agenda to the Court of Criminal Appeals, where legal precedents--not prosecutions--get overturned
It wasn't Santa who surprised the McCarleys on Christmas morning
Houston artist Bert Long returned home from Spain, only to find he had no home
But now that he's arrived, can Victor remain Victor?
He's a nice guy. He drives a pickup truck. But what would Victor Morales do in the U.S. Senate? He'll get back to you on that one.