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    November 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Celebrate 1 Year with Union Kitchen - Kingwood

    Earlier this week, Julep launched a month-long happy hour featuring classic libations that pay homage to the spirit of the South. From now until Deember 9, get a taste of 30 cocktails -- including Mississippi Punch, which references the popular sport of boxing in the South; and the Meyer Lemon Thund ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Amazon Taking on Square, PayPal with New Local Register Card Swiping Service

    Twenty years ago, it was a safe bet that some small stores and vendors at craft markets would not have the ability to accept credit cards. It just wasn't practical. Now, most everyone has used one at a coffee shop or farmers market. Hell, people have them at garage sales. And we've all learned how t ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Gas Up the Chainsaw: Ganxsta NIP Is Back

    When picturing Houston hip-hop, most fans are apt to conjure images of hedonistic success: candy paint, gold grills and a cup full of purple stuff. And why not? The good times roll on a set of wire-spoke rims down here. But from its very earliest days, the city's sound of the streets has contained i ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Bands Want Houston Beer Fest to Pay Up

    A number of bands who played the recent Houston Beer Fest are now upset with the promoters, claiming they bounced checks to as many as 20 acts who appeared, as well as some vendors. Meanwhile, the promoters say they are digging out from a huge financial hole resulting from scheduled headliner Rick R ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2014

    Houston's Space Problem: Johnson Space Center Has Lost Its Identity and Purpose

    With a rudderless NASA in charge, JSC has been lost in the shuffle.

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    November 15, 2013

    Dining Website EatWith Invites You to Share a Home-Cooked Meal With Strangers

    A few weeks ago, I went online, found a stranger who can make North African food, and paid her and her husband to make dinner for me and a few friends. It's not as weird as it sounds. Alice and Carlos had created a profile on, a website that invites people to connect through dinner pa ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Open Season: Do Laws Against Animal Crushing Videos Violate Free Speech?

    Ashley Nicole Richards, who filmed herself torturing and killing kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, was the first person brought up on revised federal crush-video charges -- which backfired magnificently.

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    May 16, 2013

    Google Wallet Takes on PayPal with Send Money Function

    Remember checks? Some of us still use them on occasion. They are those paper things we have to fill out by hand and use to pay for stuff, mostly rent and maybe a birthday gift for the nephew. Just like the U.S. Postal Service is rapidly being replaced by e-mail, checks (and, in some cases, cash) are ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Feds Break Websites Selling Fake High-End Cycling Gear & Clothing

    That Coolmax and Lycra bike stuff you bought online? It wasn't from the website or, was it? If so, you might have bought yourself an expensive piece of counterfeit merchandise. The Homeland Securities Investigation office in Houston announced today they'd shut down 1 ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Want to Help a Dog Some A-Hole Shot in the Face and Left to Die?

    When we heard Satan was busy this morning roping off a special area in the Future Residents section of Hell, we gave him a call (as members of the media, we have him on speed-dial) to find out about the hubbub. He told us that a dog was found in Conroe early Saturday morning with terrible buckshot w ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2012

    No Sanctuary at Spindletop

    People dropping dogs off at the refuge trusted they were sending them to the best place possible. Not exactly.

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    July 17, 2012

    Charalambides Guitarist Tom Carter On the Mend

    Tom Carter, guitarist for Charalambides, the influential and prolific ex-Houston avant-garde/psychedelic duo, is out of intensive care and recovering at a rehabilitation hospital in Ahrenshoop, Germany after awakening from a medically induced coma last week. Carter's bandmate and ex-wife, Christina ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Charles Reese: Accountant Paid Vidor Woman $750,000 for Videos of Her Molesting Her Children & Sexing Animals

    A Louisiana accountant has been charged with the production of child porn, but the story is far stranger than that simple statement. Charles Edward Reese, 66, paid a Vidor woman $750,000 over eight years for sending videos and photos of herself having sex with her children and with animals, accordi ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    App of the Week: Tophatter

    A few weeks ago, a friend of mine alerted me to a Web site called Tophatter where she had started selling her photos, suggesting I might consider doing the same. Before I could take a look, it was explained to me that Tophatter was a live auction Web site for selling handmade or vintage goods market ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    December 29, 2011

    White and Nerdy: Explaining SOPA vs GoDaddy for the Tech-Challenged

    When trying to explain the debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the involvement of domain name registrar GoDaddy in a staff meeting this week, my words were met with collective blank stares, as if I were speaking a different language. It is a look I often get from Web-design clients when I tal ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011

    The Peddler

    Both in and out of prison, Brian Culwell has spent his life selling people baubles, trinkets and jewels. Now he's buying your gold and silver.

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    September 1, 2011

    Nothing's Shocking: Thank You, Iggy Pop

    singinglamb.caA young Iggy Pop has his way with a microphone stand c. 1968​Cyberspace was all abuzz on Monday, thanks to Lady Gaga's "shocking" VMA performance of "You and I" dressed as a young Ralph Macchio, or at least that's what it looked like from here. It was creative and bold, and defin ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Clint Broussard Has Blues In Hi-Fi After Car Wreck

    Lauren Summerville​Longtime KTRU disc jockey Clint Broussard, whose popular show Blues in Hi-Fi has been a Wednesday-night staple for more than 12 years, is recuperating at home after two surgeries on his leg. Broussard's leg was "separated below the knee" during a collision on U.S. 59 near th ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    My Chase Bank High School Checking Account Nightmare

    Banks and "customer service"​ UPDATE: It's one thing when banks screw me, quite another when they screw my son. I wasn't going to let this stand, so this morning I went back to Chase, dressed head to toe in black. I took a tape recorder, and I was ready for a Chase banker to explain to me how ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    The Ten Most Spectacular Cyber Attacks of 2010

    According to 4chan, Tea Party folks think cocaine is a helluva drug.​As the internet becomes a primary source for everything from news and entertainment to commerce and business, it makes sense that groups and hackers would be busier than ever. Websites are far more vulnerable to attack than, ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Weird Party Seeking Donations, Leads In Family Member's Death

    Craig HlavatyWeird Party at the Mink, March 2010​This is about the worst thing you can report, let alone have happen to someone in your family, but Weird Party guitarist Bryan Agan's family is looking for donations and any information surrounding the suspected homicide of his 18-year-old cousi ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    "McContent" Coming To Your Houston Chronicle

    Fast and not-so-juicy​Demand Media is a company that churns out reams of copy for which freelancers get paid very little; content is geared toward generating search-engine hits. Reporters sometimes call what it does "McContent" because it's high-volume, quickly done work by low-paid employees.And ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Cry for Yelp

    The popular Web site has buckled to pressure, but it isn't enough.

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    January 27, 2009

    Galveston's Di Bella's Restaurant Survives Ike, Gets Hit By Fire

    Di Bella's, a cozy little Italian place (we guess we should call it a "joint") in Galveston, got hit by Ike but opened its doors a month or so after the storm.So it really sucked that the place was knocked out by a big fire early Monday morning.No one was injured seriously in the -- as they say in t ... More >>

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    April 20, 2006

    Money for Nothing

    Hopeful beggars shake their virtual cups online

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    September 8, 2005

    Lyin' Scion

    How deep is this Toyota subsidiary's love of hip-hop?