State Senator Robert Deuell is being sued by Houston-based Texas Right to Life because according to court papers the Greenville senator had his lawyers try and stop radio ads the pro-life group was airing against him. First some background. Deuell, who is a doctor, had introduced SB 303, a bill tha ... More >>
Kimberly Humphrey of South Carolina had a simple and noble goal: She wanted to start a nonprofit group, Teens of Power, to "encourage [t]eens to continually excel in their personal lives and environment." The dream got derailed, she says, when she entrusted a Houston woman to incorporate the group ... More >>
Houston's homeless problem has been considered in decline for a couple of years running. At least the stronghold that is downtown is reportedly showing a thinning of the homeless population. With around 8,000 homeless people living on the streets, it's still hard to tell if that's the case. Read: ... More >>
It's hard to believe that the Houston International Festival was once just a street fair in front of Jones Hall and the Alley Theater, but that's but one wrinkle in a fascinating history that stretches back to 1971. iFest has been all over the city, from Main Street downtown to Reliant Park, but off ... More >>
The people at TransCanada are by no means stupid. While the fate of the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is still in regulatory limbo, the southern end is up and running. It's also still unpopular but TransCanada is stepping up and doing what all oil and pipeline companies should do -- provi ... More >>
The Texas Humane Legislative Network pushes for animal-friendly laws, and encourages responsible ownership, a la spaying and neutering your pet. But it appears that the Network itself is neutered when it comes to supporting its dedicated volunteers. We're talking about an alleged incident where the ... More >>
Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?
Houston wasn't hit by a hurricane this season, but there are questions about what will happen to the San Jacinto Waste Pit superfund site the next time a hurricane roars through town. The highly toxic Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been sitting in the middle of the San Jacinto R ... More >>
Yale law professor Jack Balkin is credited with coining the term "off the wall" legal arguments and has written how "off the wall" arguments can become accepted as mainstream or obviously correct. Some examples: it would have been "off the wall" for an antebellum Southern lawyer to argue that slaves ... More >>
Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.
If you've never felt the need to accessorize every last thing in your life, you may have no idea about the world of options that exist when it comes to license plate customization. We're not just talking the six-letter/number message you can display, either; there are over 140 license plate backgrou ... More >>
As event grew, so did promises, expectations and disappointments.
On Wednesday, Pop Warner, the nation's largest youth football organization, announced some rule changes that could significantly alter how the overall game is played. During Pop Warner practices, players are no longer permitted to line up more than three yards apart during blocking and tackling dri ... More >>
The Texas Music Office, a division of the Office of the Governor, announced Friday the creation of the Live Music Grant Program, funding free concerts across the state. But don't get all excited yet. This is the Texas guv'ment we are dealing with, after all, so there are a few catches. This is all ... More >>
When you work for a nonprofit that provides health services to indigents, you can get inspired. Or you can get greedy. Lynn Tran, 38, apparently chose the second option, if what court documents say is true. Tran was a staffer at The Rose, a 25-year-old breast-cancer organization which provides me ... More >>
The next time you are driving down the freeway and some guy starts weaving over into your lane because he is busy on his phone, it's a safe bet it is happening in the Lone Star state. According to a report from the non-profit organization Connected Texas, Texans utilize broadband mobile services on ... More >>
The Librotraficante made it back to Houston late last night, ending a generally successful caravan designed to bring attention to Arizona's noxious law prohibiting Mexican American Studies and to promote minority literature. A final event in Tucson, Arizona was held Friday and was sold out, Librotr ... More >>
If you're a sentient creature, chances are you've seen, or heard tell of, Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign, and chances are you have an opinion about it. There's also a good chance that, regardless of which camp you're in, you're an insufferable, sanctimonious dillweed. (Sorry; we've just had ... More >>
MyspaceDenise Gonzales: Says hard times made her do it.Former Children's Museum of Houston assistant gallery director Denise Gonzales used the nonprofit's credit cards to fund over $13,000 in illicit purchases, court documents say. According to a criminal complaint, Gonzales, 41, was issued ... More >>
Purveyors of filthNANO Fiction, a bi-annual publication of "flash fiction, prose poems, and micro essays of 300 words or fewer," is holding a fund-raiser. Why? So it can prove to the IRS it isn't porn. Eric Todd, an associate editor, says NANO Fiction is trying to qualify as a non-profit, ... More >>
This weekend is the Houston Beer Festival, an event from the same organizers as last year's Houston Wine Festival, and it's not without its share of controversy. Organizer Timothy Hudson came under fire earlier this week when it was noted by local Twitter bloodhound Kyle Nielsen that the bee ... More >>
Noah's Kitchen on FlickrVolunteers prepare meals at what was until recently Noah's Kitchen's prep space.I got Amber Rodriguez on the phone in the middle of a run to Sam's, restocking on supplies to reopen her business. Her business is Noah's Kitchen, a non-profit charity organization that mak ... More >>
Lovett Inn: A youth hostel?Rumors are flying around Montrose that the Lovett Inn, the renowned bed and breakfast in the very heart of the neighborhood (and a Best of Houston winner for Best In-Town Get-Away) is being sold to a non-profit group that will turn it into, of all things, a youth ho ... More >>
Once again the Houston Press is trying to lend a hand and give a shout to deserving nonprofit groups and creative people in town with our MasterMind awards, which not only include high honor but, perhaps even more important, a $2,000 check. Last year the winners were Opera Vista; Reginald Adams, fo ... More >>
PR maven Sarah Gish celebrates a decade of success
If it were a recipe, it would read like this: One giant heaping of dog rescue efforts 40 hungry people Lots of desserts made by Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson A little bit of cheese Maybe a salad Some champagne A couple cocktails Combine all thoroughly on Sunday, June 6, at Ralph Smith ... More >>
Where's the boss? Oh, that's her onstage
Photo by chotdaI had a hard time choosing between kumquat, grapefruit and Meyer lemon when I decided to plant a citrus tree last month. I guess I should have taken a class or something. Houston is a great place to grow citrus trees, and this week is a great time to plant one. Tomorrow (Tuesd ... More >>
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Edward PerezIn the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit against Houston Humane Society Shelter Director Edward Perez, former HHS employees have told Hair Balls they were driven to quit because of Perez's verbally assaultive behavior, condoned by Executive Director Sherry Ferguson and at least one ... More >>
A little soccer, a little doing good - not a bad afternoon
A couple of months ago we brought you the sad tale of the dwindling jaguarundi, and how an environmental group was suing the U.S. Department of the Interior demanding that the agency create a conservation and survival plan for the endangered cat from South Texas. Now that same environmental group ... More >>
Which is worse - the storm or the helpful rescuers?
This year's rodeo brouhaha -- there usually is one -- surrounds the alleged lack of diversity of the event's staff, vendors and performers.State Sen. Mario Gallegos has filed a bill calling on the rodeo to open its books and get better about being inclusionary; local ctivist ben Mendez has circulate ... More >>
Tonight at Caroline Collective, Houston will be joining over 175 cities across the world for the Twestival. The Twitter-spawned event was set-up to benefit Charity:Water, a nonprofit group that helps build wells in underdeveloped countries to help bring fresh water to their communities. The all-volu ... More >>
Relatively well-off after Ike? Feel like helping those who aren't? Then the life of a disaster-relief worker is for you! See exotic PODs! Hand out wonderful MREs! Here's the info from the county emergency-management office: Volunteers are urgently needed to assist with Hurricane Ike relief effo ... More >>
Former Black Panther heads to Houston for lecture and dramatic performance
The tunnel will fix you up, brotha. Do you right! It's got infinite ways to get annoying chores done, except it's devoid of the most annoying ones that you want to do while you're on the clock, like upgrading your cell phone. And here's what else you don't have in the tunnel:
A questionable charity cashes in on 9/11 and the Allison flood
Two decades ago, the Burkitt Foundation saved the historic enclave of Hyde Park. But now the foundation is pulling out, and Hyde Park -- as well as many of the social service agencies it houses -- may really become a thing of the past.