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  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Houston Jilted By Taylor Swift's "1989" Tour

    That high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston now in the early planning stages can't get here soon enough for fans of Taylor Swift, who this morning announced that next year's world tour behind her brand-new album 1989 will include just about every major city in the continental U.S. except th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Houston Man Gets 20 Years in Synthetic Drug Case

    The supposed mastermind behind a Houston-based synthetic drug distributorship linked to the deaths of two teens in Minnesota and North Dakota has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. Charles Carlton, sentenced in a North Dakota federal court August 28, was the 15th defendant sentenced in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Man Gets 11 Years in Online Drug Ring Deaths Case

    A Houston man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for his role in a synthetic drug ring that prosecutors say led to the deaths of two men in North Dakota and Minnesota in 2012. John Robert Polinski, 26, was sentenced for his role as a "computer specialist" for an online drug importer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Cowboy Diaries 2014: Britany Diaz, Rodeoing Beats Working in a Bank

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Other States Sure Have Hilarious Taste In Music

    See that map above? It knows things. It knows if most of your entire state is sporting permed ponytails and jamming out to horrible '90s rock, like in North Dakota. But it also knows when your state is a bunch of bearded hipsters with collective "outsider" tastes, like Pennsylvania. It even knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Eagle Ford Shale is Causing Air Pollution -- Lots

    If you live around here and you haven't heard about the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas play in the past few years, you just haven't been paying attention. The shale play that stretches from South Texas into Mexico is one of the key developments that has revitalized the U.S. energy sector after ... More >>

  • News

    February 20, 2014

    The Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase Gives Players a Free Chance to Change Their Lives

    The high school senior football combine gives kids a free chance for scouts to have a look and maybe help them finance college in Division II, III and NAIA.

  • Film

    January 30, 2014

    The Ten Films to Watch for from Sundance

    Recapping the best of the fest.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Federal Appeals Court Hears Texas Abortion Law

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday over the controversial Texas abortion law. The law, which was allowed to be enacted in October by the Fifth Circuit, requires doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges to conduct abortions. State Sen. Wendy Davis rocketed to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: The One Hit Wonders

    When it comes to crowning the King of Content for the year 2013, quantity is the basis on which the kingdom is built, and rightfully so. Maintaining a consistent flow of excellence/criminal behavior/bizarre work/belligerence is what gets you the ultimate reward. But the extravaganza that is an over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Texas Becomes Second Most Populous State, Adds More Than 387,000 Residents

    According to the New York Times, the state of New York is ceding its status as most populous state to California as U.S. Census numbers rolled out Monday. Texas now moves into the No. 2 spot and has achieved the greatest growth of any state in the U.S. over the last 10 years. The numbers from the U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Trafficking in Flesh: New Report on Human Trafficking in Houston and the United States

    Remember when Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, said he was just a banker doing "God's work"? That statement was both false and borderline blasphemous. Some folks who are actually doing the lord's work are the people at Polaris Project, an NGO, which started The National Human Trafficking Resou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: J. Cole, Avenged Sevenfold, John Fogerty, etc.

    J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    California, Bucking Other States, Expands Access to Abortion

    As you can see from this chart, since the 2010 mid-term elections there has been a significant uptick in abortion restrictions. State legislatures in Texas, Ohio, North Dakota (overturned in Court), Wisconsin (also blocked in court) and Pennsylvania (among others) have all enacted restrictions on ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 4: New Mexico to South Carolina

    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 in your heads just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. New Mexico: Heather Nova, "Out in New Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    EPA Says Fracking Is Safe But An Internal Report Says Different

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    George Mitchell, 'Father of Fracking,' Dies

    George Phydias Mitchell was the kind of oilman other oilmen tell stories about. Decades before the Galveston native became known as "The Father of Fracking," he was the son of Greek immigrants who'd come up from nothing and made good millions of times over. Mitchell died Friday at the age of 94, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Texas Shale Puts U.S. Back on Top in Oil Producing

    Once upon a time, way back when, the United States was at the top of the oil-production food chain, because, basically, you could poke a hole in the ground seemingly just about anywhere and the black gold would come bubbling up. (Seriously, that's basically what happened when they dug down 1,139 fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Zaprduer Analysis Of A.J. Clemente's (F-Bomb Dropping News Anchor) 15 Minutes Of Fame

    As I wrote about yesterday, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz kind of re-calibrated the acceptability scale for the f-word on Saturday when he dropped it in the middle of his brief speech welcoming Bostonians back to baseball in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Hell, even the FCC wasn't go ... More >>

  • News

    March 21, 2013

    Pope Francis Who?

    Five who might have inspired the name.

  • News

    March 14, 2013

    Breaking Bad: Digital Drug Sales, Analog Drug Deaths

    The feds and a prosecutor say a Houston company selling synthetic drugs on the Internet is responsible for the deaths of teenagers in Minnesota and North Dakota.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Cover Story: Prosecutors Say Two Houston Men Sold Analog Drugs That Killed Teenagers Over 1,000 Miles Away.

    When kids in North Dakota and Minnesota started overdosing and dropping dead from synthetic drugs in a span of a week last year, authorities there knew they had a problem on their hands. It didn't take long for them to trace the drugs -- called 25-I or NBOME -- to a dealer in Grand Forks, North Dako ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Porn Proves Texas Is Not Southern: We Prefer "Teen," They Prefer "Ebony"

    The question of whether Texas is part of the South or the Southwest has long been debated. Now we can answer that question, thanks to porn. (Is there anything porn can't do?) PornMD, porn-searching website that apparently tries to wrap itself in the aura of the health industry, has put together ra ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    The Battle Against the Keystone Pipeline

    Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Report: Texas Ranks Near the Bottom in Tobacco Settlement Spending

    Texas is only spending 2.4 percent of the tobacco settlement money it collects on tobacco prevention campaigns, placing the state near the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control's recommended state-spending list, according to a December report. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' report states t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    For Flag Day: America's 10 Best State Flags

    As all you vexillologists out there know so well, it's Flag Day again: the most wonderful day of the year. Last year's drought and intense hear put us in a sour mood, so we raked ten of the worst state flags over the coals. This year, thanks to all the rain we've been enjoying, we're feeling much b ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Cinco de Mayo As Celebrated in Five of America's Whitest Cities

    Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, meaning restaurants and bars are all going Mexican-themed with their specials and events. The day has grown to be a big deal in the U.S., if not Mexico, where it's not Mexican Independence Day or anything. Everyone's hopping on the Cinco de Mayo bandwagon, including some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Track Your Bud Lets You Find Out Where Your Brew Was Born

    There are many things about food and drink that I will readily admit confound me. How did salty, slimy fish eggs become a delicacy an ounce of which cost more than my monthly rent? What is the obsession with food so spicy, it literally hurts to eat it? If Anthony Bourdain weren't famous, would he be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Gulf Coast Diving at the Poop Deck

    "Where elite meet in bare feet," looking east off the deck.​I once overheard someone ask a Poop Deck (2928 Seawall) bartender whether the Galveston dive had any happy hour specials. The bartender, like every one I've seen in person at this place or pictured on its matchbooks, was dressed in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Texas A&M Just Ruined College Football

    It's an emo day to be a college football fan. ​Today, Texas A&M basically ushered in the era of the college football superconference when the Southeastern Conference extended an invite to the university. (That legal threat lobbed by Baylor an anonymous Big 12 school is idle at best.) Well don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    For Flag Day: The 10 Worst U.S. State Flags

    As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Look Out Notre Dame: HBU To Challenge For Gridiron Supremacy Of Religious Schools

    The Huskies are making a move​The college football world was (not exactly) shaken up today with Houston Baptist University's announcement that it is looking to field a team. The Huskies play in a few sports, but the school says it is looking to play football "should an appropriate league oppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Texas AG Greg Abbott Grabs The Spotlight In Fight Against EPA's Tailpipe-Emissions Rule

    Greg Abbott leads a mostly southern uprising​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants everyone to know that he is doing everything he can to stop the federal Environmental Protection Agency from trying to implement greenhouse-gas limits on cars and trucks. In the latest of a series of lawsuit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    The United States of Murder: A Map

    Illustration by Monica FuentesClick here for larger version and more info​Serial killers and famous murderers have existed almost as long as mankind, we're sure. But as in so many things, the United States may just have perfected the thing. Each state has its own infamous episode, some very w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The United States of Soft Drinks

    Full-size image below.​In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Your Holiday Party Won't Break the Bank with $2.99 Wines From Whole Foods Market

    Three Wishes, available exclusively at Whole Foods for $2.99 a bottle or $33 for a dozen. ​Save your hard-earned cash for presents by stocking your holiday party with Three Wishes wines, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market for $2.99 a bottle. At this point, some of you are no doubt s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Local Spotlight: Bee Wilde Honey

    ​What: Heavenly honey from a guy that's gone from a figurative worker bee to a literal beekeeper. Kenny Reed started his corporate life as a FedEx courier. He earned a respectable living at a respectable company that most any guy would be thrilled to work for. And he liked it. But one year ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2009

    Jail Hell

    Inmates emerging from the Harris County Jail tell remarkably similar stories of horrible conditions inside.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2009

    The Sheriff Of Crosby, N.D Protects His Citizens From Terror Better Than Adrian Garcia

    ​Harris County Republican chair Jared Woodfill is steamed, according to a letter we first found on Isiah Carey's Insite.He is totally pissed and outraged because Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has "opened the doors" of his office to Al-Jazeera. A, umm, media outlet.Maybe not a media outlet wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Playboy's Finalists for Sexiest Sportscaster: Erin Andrews, Bonnie Bernstein, Charissa Thompson, Lauren Shehadi and Molly Sullivan has named its five finalists for this year's Sexiest Sportscaster. And despite my best efforts, neither Carrie Milbank nor Suzy Kolber got the necessary number of write-in votes to qualify. The finalists are Erin Andrews, of course, Bonnie Bernstein, Charissa Thompson, Lauren Shehadi, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Playboy's Finalists for Sexiest Sportscaster: Erin Andrews, Bonnie Bernstein, Charissa Thompson, Lauren Shehadi and Molly Sullivan has named its five finalists for this year's Sexiest Sportscaster. And despite my best efforts, neither Carrie Milbank nor Suzy Kolber got the necessary number of write-in votes to qualify. The finalists are Erin Andrews, of course, Bonnie Bernstein, Charissa Thompson, Lauren Shehadi, a ... More >>

  • Film

    February 8, 2007

    Message Bored

    Hollywood ho-hum horror keeps ripping off the best, turning out the worst

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys

    Time and venue to be determined. For more information, call 337-779-2102 or 704-399-2210

  • Calendar

    March 16, 2006
  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Farewell to the Twenty Nickel

    Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06

  • Film

    March 22, 2001

    Mass (Murder) Media

    The satirical Series 7 exposes the black heart of reality TV

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    The Olympic Bid

    Dan Morse is world-ranked. Ruthless. And 62 years old.

  • Culture

    April 13, 2000

    Young at Art

    Glassell School's Core show reveals the heart, soul and blood-sugar levels of its visiting artists

  • News

    March 18, 1999
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