Sad news today that professional team roper Broc Cresta was found dead in his living quarters Saturday while in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to compete in the annual Frontier Days rodeo there. The news was confirmed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association on its Web site. Cresta was only 25 years old ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightThe unchanged Long Island, sitting on the pre-renovation barSeeing people smoking outside of the newly renovated Marquis II is strange enough to distract you from the other changes, like the exterior coat of dark paint and the windows that make the place seem less like the ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightBrews (and booze, if you go inside and order it) will be served on the bayou at Brenner's upcoming Beer Fest.This weekend, if you aren't headed to our own BestFest, check out the 3rd annual Wine Festival on the Kemah Boardwalk on Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. Mo ... More >>
Residents take sides on bar noise issue.
Photo by Paul KnightThe once-glamorous arched entrywayWe've written before about the long-empty Sheraton-Lincoln hotel downtown, and the myriad attempts to save itNow it looks like it's Demolition Time.Swamplot reports that Brookfield Office Properties, which owns a skyscraper across the street f ... More >>
Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paul Knight Rocks Off has ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightThe Place: Cheerz Bar and Grill 2416 Brazos Street713-522-0118www.cheerzmidtown.comThe Hours: Nightly drink specials. The Deals: On Mondays, Bud Light drafts are $1, pitchers are $4, and wings are 50 cents. Domestic drafts are $1 on Tuesdays, and domestic pitchers are $7 ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightThe Place: The Petrol Station 985 Wakefield Dr. 713-957-2875www.facebook.com/PetrolStationThe Hours: Monday through Friday 3-7 p.m.The Deals: All $4 beers are $3.The Scene: On Wednesday afternoon, the Petrol Station, a little bar tucked away in the Oak Forest neighborhoo ... More >>
Readers respond to "Trash Talk"
Photos by Paul KnightThe Place: Voice Lounge at Hotel Icon220 Main St. 832-667-4470www.hotelicon.comThe Hours: The "Traditional Happy Hour" at Voice runs on Fridays 4-7 p.m., but drink specials also are offered on Wednesdays 4-7 p.m., and Thursdays, for the "legal community," 4-9 p.m.The De ... More >>
METRO responds to our cover story, at length.
Photos by Paul KnightPeople driving through the Museum District this morning probably noticed soap suds floating in the fountains at the Main/Montrose/Hermann Drive roundabout. Perhaps they gave a little chuckle and thought, "Classic."But we saw something far more serious. This is real, tangible ... More >>
Readers discuss our take on porn addiction.
Photos by Paul KnightCertain bars have this game -- a machine, really -- that has a mechanical arm with a punching bag on the end, and when a person puts in money, the bag swings down, waiting to be belted. Usually it's a group of three of four guys playing, standing around the machine, and ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightThe enormous crowd in the parking lot of the Catholic Charismatic Center, just south of downtown, began to thin out at about noon as people headed for the streets, or school buses, to make their way across I-45 to protest the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic (it hasn't ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightObsolete August, a cover band that plays live music at Shuck Daddy's on Wednesday nights, was in the middle of a rendition of Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" when we walked in. To make matters worse, it was a slow-rolling version, almost like a love ballad. The song se ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightWe had the wind knocked out of our sails, or stomach or lungs or whatever, on a Tuesday night trip to Cielo Mexican Bistro downtown, at 300 Main St. It started with a late night in the office and me desperately wanting to not go to Midtown. One of our own society columni ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightWhere: El Cuscatleco, 6041 Bissonnet, 713-666-2690What $7 gets you: A tall stack of pupusas. Driving through southwest Houston earlier today, we started wondering something about all the random little restaurants that seem to appear at every intersection. How do you cho ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightArnetta Yardbourgh was sitting on a couch in the lounge at the new Lucky Strike Lanes during Thursday's Grand Opening party, eating barbecue chicken bites and pepperoni pizza, trying to talk to her friends over the mind-numbing techno beats blasting through the speakers ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightHair Balls was prepared for an evening of stale beer and possibly mullets at this weekend's opening party for the new Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in the Houston Pavilion. Then we noticed a small warning at the bottom of the invitation: "dress code enforced."Our confusion m ... More >>
Photo by Paul Knight Where: Brothers Taco House, 1604 Dowling St., 713-223-0091 What $13 gets you: More than enough food to feed us, a dining companion and a guy who was panhandling. After we finished getting our food at Brothers Taco House, we walked out to the small patio and ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightA small rally was staged today on the steps of city hall as a "show of solidarity" for Jane Draycott and Paula Keyes, the two women firefighters who were victims of racist (to say the least) graffiti on their lockers.A group of women church leaders offered prayers and general sup ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightHarris County is seeing the result of failed government efforts to fix the housing crisis by issuing 90-day moratoriums on foreclosures.July was the worst month for foreclosures in the county since the savings and loan debacle, just 73 properties short of the record month -- Octo ... More >>
Reader weigh in on youths in state homes and behind bars.
Photo by Paul KnightA senior captain in the Houston Fire Department kept a noose hanging in his locker, and according to the Houston Black Firefighters Association, the fire department, city council and mayor haven't taken the incident seriously. "They basically gave him a slap on the wrist," firefi ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightWhere: Poppa Burger Hamburger Stand, 1622 N. Main St., 713-227-6721 What $7 gets you: A combination of two or three items from a menu that features just about anything you could expect from a roadside hamburger stand. It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even on holidays ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightTrevor FalkBefore our first trip to Richmond State School, we imagined it as a dark place with prison-type buildings, a prime spot for the type of abuse stories that have been widely publicized in the last several years. It wasn't that way.When we started going to privately ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightThe announcement of the big bust.That much-ballyhooed dogfight bust last year has yielded some jail time: A 35-year-old Houston man has pled guilty and will receive a 15-month state-jail sentence for both causing and attending a dogfight, the DAs office has announced."Belinda Smi ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightWhere: Bodega's Taco Shop, 1200 Binz St., 713-528-6102 What $7 gets you: A Bodega taco plate that includes three tacos built to order and a choice of two sides, and that pretty much means rice and beans. The first step to get food at Bodega's Taco Shop is "pick the pallet," ... More >>
Readers respond to ill-defined proposed legislation.
Photo by Paul KnightWhere: Putty's Pizza, underneath One Allen Center, 500 Dallas St., 713-951-9369 What $7 gets you: A greasy slice of pizza and any item from a menu that would make any bar proud. Unfortunately, Putty's doesn't serve booze. The lunch options in the downtown tunnels are diverse, ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightHair Balls was escorted by a customs agent out of the Bush airport today, and we left through a door with a big red sign that said, "Do Not Exit, Alarm Will Sound." When we exited and the alarm didn't sound, the agent chuckled a bit and said, "That's government."We were at the a ... More >>
Readers respond to "Wild Ride"
Ah, the joys of replying to forwarded e-mail.You get an e-mail forwarded to you from someone, you think you're replying to the guy who forwarded it but instead you're replying to the original sender. So your e-mail that says something like "This is the single most idiotic pitch from a PR person ever ... More >>
Our old pal Michael J. Mooney, who helped us out with our October feature about the Katy High School football team, posted up at Dolphins Stadium last night to live blog the game for our sister paper, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Here's the recap, which includes frequent references to the Uni ... More >>
The Big Day in local high-school football is one day closer: Come Saturday, both Katy and Hightower will be playing for the state championship in their respective Class 5A divisions.In Katy they're excited; at Hightower, things are pretty calm.How can you tell these two championship contenders apart ... More >>
Internet commenters are some of the most eloquent and compassionate people around, especially when the story they're commenting about involves illegal immigrants or alleged rape victims. The editors at the Victoria Advocate appreciate that input and are now letting you, the Internet reader, help p ... More >>
The Harris County Sheriff's Department – largest sheriff's department in the state and third largest in the nation – wants to get caught up with its peers and have some aerial support. The department doesn't have any helicopters or planes, so Eyes on the Border, a border watch group, was going ... More >>
Keith Plocek Child Protective Services continues its investigation of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but the Associated Press reports that more than half of the 440 custody cases have been dropped by the state, with more dismissals to come. Criminal charges – s ... More >>
A study was released this week about truckers and bus drivers maintaining commercial licenses despite being "medically unfit." The report highlights some extreme cases, like the driver of a tanker truck with a prosthetic leg who is permitted to drive until 2012. Or a bus driver with "life-threaten ... More >>
Several organizations took advantage of the tax day rush at the downtown post office to promote their causes – anti-government sentiment and beer. Members of HoustonTruth.org and RiotUSA.org gathered outside the post office to pass out pamphlets and DVDs, and to denounce taxes, the IRS and the ... More >>
We now present the second of four clips from reporter Paul Knight's prison interview with Martin Draughon for this week's feature...
We now present the third of four clips from reporter Paul Knight's prison interview with Martin Draughon for this week's feature...
We now present the last of four clips from reporter Paul Knight's prison interview with Martin Draughon for this week's feature...