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    October 8, 2014

    Jordy Tollett, Former "Mister Downtown," is Again in Jail Because of Booze

    Once a political wheeler-dealer and head of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gerard Jay "Jordy" Tollett is again in jail because of alcohol. Records show Tollett, now Pasadena Convention Center general manager, was arrested for drunk driving in Nassau Bay on March 4, 2012. Tollet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    The Musical Cream of This Fall's County-Fair Crop

    If you've been lucky enough to see the so-called "supermoon" the past couple of nights, you know good things are coming: not only cooler temperatures but fairgrounds full of carnival midways, fried foods, beauty pageants, golf tournaments, parades, cookoffs, livestock auctions and top-notch country ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The Urban Cowboy Soundtrack Holds Up Pretty Well

    Have you watched Urban Cowboy lately? It's actually on Netflix right now if you never have. But the movie that in many ways put Houston on the map in the world's eyes -- how come nobody ever brings up Terms of Endearment, though? -- frankly hasn't aged all that well. Pulpish B-movie fare to begin w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis: The Conroe Prostitution Ring

    I consider myself a fairly worldly fellow. I have a social life, I've travelled to multiple continents, I'm not afraid to try new things. But admittedly, I'm not all that dialed into the prostitution game. Oddly enough (and despite what some of you would contend as a miraculous proclamation), I've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Travel company hopes you're not sick of cruises, banking on local ports

    Just last month a Caribbean Princess cruise had to cut itstrip short. It returned to Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadenaa day early so folks from the Centers for Disease Control could investigate what caused 181 passengers and 11 crew members to get sick, a nast little bug called norovirus.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    BCS Roundup: Missouri Learns The "Kicker Lesson" The Hard Way

    How fragile is a college football season? Well, let's ask the University of Missouri. Heading into Saturday night's home game against the 21st ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, the fifth-ranked Tigers were one of three teams that theoretically controlled their own destiny in getting to the BCS Nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Big Music Festivals Sure Can Be Creepy Sometimes

    This weekend Rocks Off will send another team to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park, three days sure to be full of music, drinking, and the sort of behavior that tends to happen when tens of thousands of scantily clad young people gather to get their buzz on and scope out potential ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    10 Albums Any True Urban Cowboy Should Own

    There's no telling the reasoning that caused Kings of Leon to call their sixth album, released late last month, Mechanical Bull. But to venture a wild guess, could be the Nashville-via-Oklahoma rockers are trying to put across a general image of toughness after a difficult few years, or perhaps sugg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Social Media Summons the Ghost of Gilley's at Urban Cowboy Reunion

    In the late '70s, New York City had Studio 54. Pasadena, Texas, had Gilley's. The massive honky-tonk nightclub, which was the real star of the 1980 John Travolta flick Urban Cowboy, was an entertainment mecca in the booming chemical-plant town -- a place where plant workers could catch big-name cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Welcome Montrose's Midtown Bar & Grill

    La Guadalupana is one of Montrose's most beloved Mexican restaurants, a charming family-run bakery that also happens to turn out top-notch Mexican breakfasts every day of the week. And soon, it could become one of Pasadena's most beloved restaurants too. Owner Trancito Diaz told our own Francisco M ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2013

    Hotel ZaZa's Hidden Dungeon

    You have to ask for this cell.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Thrash Supergroup Pasadena Napalm Division Musters Debut Album

    Hold on to your flip-brim hats: New music by Pasadena Napalm Division, the local thrash-metal supergroup featuring members of D.R.I. and deadhorse, is on the way. The band announced last week that it has signed a deal with San Francisco-based Minus Head records to release its debut album this year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    (Updated With Semi-NSFW Text) LaShawn Simmons: Pasadena Teacher Had Sex With Four Students, Cops Say

    LaShawn Simmons, a 41-year-old former middle-school math teacher in Pasadena, is facing a slew of charges in connection with her having sex with four students, police say. Simmons, who has resigned her position at the Pasadena district's Beverly Hills Intermediate School, is charged with sexual ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Is Gilley's Coming Back to Pasadena?

    One way you know it must be rodeo season is when strange things like this start happening. Mickey Gilley, the country singer and businessman who made Pasadena world-famous when his Gilley's nightclub was featured in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy, announced on Facebook about 30 minutes ago that he is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Spicy Nuts and Tennessee-Style Barbecue

    From the Gutt: Does every wine drinker's palate matter? That's the question posed this week by local wine blogger Tom Gutting, who writes that it's "silly to think that an 'expert' taster's opinion, such as that of Robert Parker or James Laube or James Suckling, should be given dictatorial deference ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    December 15, 2011
  • Culture

    December 8, 2011

    Gifts Galore

    Wrapping up Houston's holiday shows.

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Pasadena, Home to Some Sickos, Is Also a Nifty Place to Retire

    Retire to this in Pasadena.​The economy blows, especially for old folks, who aren't as able to kick it with an umbrella drink at some beachside hang like in the old days. No worries, according to Tom Corley, author of The Top 100 Cheapest Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2012. Instead of sink ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 20, 2011
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    September 30, 2011

    Wanda Trombley, 56, Bayou Body Count No. 149

    Remains found September 22 in Pasadena have been identified as Wanda Trombley, 56, who had been missing since July. Trombley was last seen in the 200 block of Harris Road. The remains were found in the 6100 block of Red Bluff. No other information was available. The investigation is being handled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2011

    ACL: Batman's Bale At Bingham, Nick 13 is a 10 On Sunday Afternoon

    Marco Torresoh hai Batman!​The widget on our phone says it's only 91 degrees here at Zilker Park but we don't believe that voodoo. The humidity and heat pounding the park reminds us of Houston. We smell Pasadena and our fair city's taco trucks all the way from Austin. Our day started by walk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Thomas Fortenberry: Former Youth Pastor, 30, Admits to Girlfriend He Video'd Her and Other Girls Taking Showers Four Years Ago When They Were Teens

    Uncomfortable conversation leads to charges.​You think you've met the man of your dreams, a man you first knew when he was the cool and hip youth pastor at your church. Things seem to be moving towards marriage, and then -- well, a conversation that allegedly goes like this: Him: "Remember ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    The Pasadena Strawberry Festival in Photos

    Photos by Adrienne Byard​The 38th annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival drew an estimated 50,000 attendees this year, but it also drew our new photographer Adrienne Byard, whose photos from the event capture a slice of Houston so sweetly and unintentionally nostalgic that they could have been ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    85 MPH on Texas Highways: Why the Hell Not? (Five Houston-Area Spots That Should Be Considered)

    We can all indulge our inner Racer X​The Dallas Morning News (behind a paywall but AP report is here) noted a small clause in a transportation bill passed by the House in Austin this week -- if approved by the Senate, it allows speed limits to be raised on some Texas highways to 85 mph, the hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Benjamin Childress: High School Orchestra Director Busted for Soliciting Underage Boy

    Manvel PDBenjamin Childress: Says he answered a Craigslist ad.​The orchestra director at Pasadena's Dobie High School has been arrested for online solicitation of a 15-year-old boy, police in Pearland say. Benjamin Clark Childress, 26, met the boy through a Craigslist ad and was found drunk i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    What's Closed: Your One-Stop List, Updated Throughout the Day

    ​The announcements of closings due to the anticipated winter storm are beginning to roll in, the most significant so far being HISD closing all its schools and offices tomorrow. We'll be keeping a list of what's closed and updating it throughout the day, so check back frequently for news. Our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    In the Little Stalls Behind Canino's: Tejocote

    ​Mexican hawthorn is the English name of the fruit called tejocote in Mexico. I had never seen them before I ran across a bunch in the stalls behind Canino's. When I picked one up and tried to eat it, the owner of the produce stall looked horrified. You don't eat them raw, she told me, you use ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Game Time: Longhorns, All I Ask Is That You Take Your Ass-Kicking Like Men

    ​First and foremost, I want to congratulate the University of Texas football team, their fans, their alumni. Regardless of how it got done, on Saturday night you scored 13 points, Nebraska scored 12, and by virtue of 13 being greater than 12, you now find yourselves making reservations for Pasad ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Things to Do This Weekend If You're (Almost) Broke

    Friday​Twice the Classic Numbers this week. Free admission Saturday with Friday's ticket stub. Dallas electronica-rockers Ishi gets bodies moving at Walter's with DJs Cuba Gooding Jr., Fredster and Stiletto Chrome. Ride your bike and get in free. The Urbane Guerilla Sound System spins vintage soul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Wal-Mart Goes Tex-Mex

    Photos by Robb WalshWal-Mart has entered the highly competitive Hispanic grocery store category with a prototype on Long Point at Wirt. Supermercado de Wal-Mart opened its doors a month ago. The nation's biggest retailer is going up against the well-established Fiesta supermarket chain and HEB's Mi ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    MP3 Monday: Music from Dominique, Fiskadoro, Chocolate Crucifix and Dave Wrangler

    Welcome back to MP3 Monday. We've been away for a bit due to SXSW, but we're back now and dedicated to bringing you tantalizing tidbits of local music from all over the spectrum. If you think you've got what it takes, email your MP3s to or We'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Houston Blows Up Real Good

    The awesomely morbid folks at Carlos Labs have created a "Ground Zero" nightmare generator for every city on Earth. Using Java Script and some Google Map magic, anyone can pinpoint a location in the world, AND BLOW IT THE HELL UP. You can choose your own weapon of mass destruction and see how big "g ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008

    Caught in a Mosh at The Pitt

    Teen metal aggression finds an outlet in Pasadena

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2008

    Plague Of The Nicknamed Bandits

    Paper? Plastic? Or Denim? Last Thursday, a Sterling Bank location in Kingwood was robbed by a man with a gun and some extra room, um, down there. The “Bagless Bandit” (as he’s being dubbed by the FBI) walked in, asked the teller to cash a check and then pulled a gun on her. She gave them mon ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2008
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    May 19, 2005

    Muchos Luchadores

    Mexican wrestlers take the ring in Angel Rodriguez-Diaz's new exhibit

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    August 28, 2003

    Trailer Treasure

    Tired of galleries? Head to "Trailer Park"

  • Music

    June 12, 2003

    Pasadena Air Force

    Indie rockers *mytwilightpilot* chart a moody, mystery-shrouded course out of the chemical burbs

  • News

    February 27, 2003

    PISD Plans to Quit CEP

    The district will follow Dallas in preparing to end contract alternative education

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Trading Places

    Who wants to be interim city controller?

  • News

    August 30, 2001

    Cracking the Club

    Latinos find little sympathy from Commissioners Court

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Blowing Smoke

    Government and civic boosters know the way to clean up the air in polluted southeast communities: add another chemical plant

  • News

    June 11, 1998

    The Special Needs of Frank Gonzales Jr.

    The Texas parole board let him out to die; instead, he got involved in a killing.

  • News

    June 5, 1997
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    May 15, 1997

    Sherwood's Rules

    Sherwood Cryer lost his redneck empire the same way he built it: in a tangle of lawyers, women and country music

  • News

    December 26, 1996
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    June 6, 1996
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    May 30, 1996

    Blood Feud

    The head of the ME's DNA lab says prosecutors are trying to discredit her for failing to be a "team player"

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