• Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Openings and Closings: Midtown Happenings & a Cupcake ATM!

    We had one major closing to speak of this week and one almost closing, so let's just start there, and then move on to all of the exciting openings, shall we? Zunum restaurant in the Woodlands announced its closing on its Facebook page on Monday, August 5. Many people voiced their disappointment on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    10 Essential Early Randy Travis Songs

    Even as Randy Travis clings to life in a North Texas hospital, his spartan brand of country music feels like a thing of the past. At the very least, it's hard to imagine songs like "Forever and Ever, Amen" or "Deeper Than the Holler" ever crying out for a "Cruise"-style remix. Or the North Carolina- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Mystery Surrounds Doink the Clown's Untimely Death

    Plano police are investigating the death of Matt Osborne, better known as Doink the Clown, one of the greatest of all evil-clown WWF characters. Police say the 55-year-old Osborne "was found in his Plano, TX, apartment on Friday by his girlfriend, who reported that he was unresponsive. He was trans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Houston Gets a Food Truck Park & Many Restaurants Reopen

    This week brought more openings and reopenings than closings, so let's start with some reopenings. Eater Houston reports that Marfreless, the makeout bar that closed in March of this year, posted an announcement on its website on June 14 that it will be reopening at the same location in River Oaks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Governor Perry Signs Bill Allowing Teachers and Students to Say "Merry Christmas"

    Last December, Houston Representative Dwayne Bohac picked up his son from first grade and asked what he'd done in class. His son answered that they'd decorated their "holiday tree" with "holiday ornaments." This concerned Bohac. "Why do we call it a holiday tree at school, but a Christmas tree at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    (Updated) Jesus FTW: God-Lovin' Kountze Cheerleaders Trounce Heathens in Court Battle

    Updated with statements from Governor Rick Perry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In a high-profile battle based on small-town football, the cheerleaders in the little East Texas burg of Kuntze have won a court battle to praise Jesus during football games. The Kountze case drew national a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Green Grocers Come to Katy and Hooters Enhances Its Seats

    Congratulations, Katy -- your grocers have officially gone green. Two new grocery stores are opening this week in Houston's far west suburbs, starting with the Whole Foods Market that's opening this coming Wednesday, January 30. The newest Whole Foods will feature 34,000 square feet of organic good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Kountze High School: Keep Jesus on the Football Field, Where He Belongs!

    If there's one thing we learned from the Bible, it's that Jesus loved high school football. Remember Galatians 2:34? "And yea, Christ the Savior sayeth unto the Jerusalem Central Serpents, 'We are Bethlehem West, we couldn't be prouder, and if thou didn't hear us, we shall shout a little louder!'"? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Blondie/Devo, Uncle Lucius, etc.

    Houston's football, etc., who package the spidery and poignant guitar passages of '90s bands like Mineral and Rainer Maria into a super-crunchy outer shell, went to the UK this summer and released a three-song split with Square Business in July. Monday, see if you can talk the trio out of a T-shirt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    What's Next For Randy Travis? 5 Fantasy Scenarios For Country's Newest Outlaw

    Embattled and sorta-awesome country singer Randy Travis got into trouble again Thursday night, fighting drunk in a church parking lot in Plano, in an altercation involving another man and woman. According to TMZ -- which should stand for "Travis, Man, Zoinks" now -- there was "a "family argument" ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 23, 2012

    Drawn by Drunken Seven-Year-Olds

    The five ugliest beer labels in Texas.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Does Dallas-Fort Worth Have the Worst Tippers in the State?

    Last week, Eater alerted the great foodie masses to a website called Lousy Tippers that contains a pretty scary database of the nation's worst tippers. "There is a consequence," the site preaches ominously from its header. Call it the ultimate form of societal pressure to make sure you leave a grat ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Mala Sichuan's Big Sister Disappoints in Dallas

    Visiting family in Dallas this weekend, I found myself with a little down time to explore a city I very nearly grew up in but know very little about. I spent my summers as a kid split into three very different settings: Houston, Dallas and a cattle ranch in Henderson, and only eating out in one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    UPDATE: Trader Joe's Plans Locations in Memorial, Montrose

    UPDATE: The Houston Business Journal reports that Trader Joe's has also received a sales tax permit for 2922 S. Shepherd, which is the location of the Alabama Theater. It looks like plans for the Montrose incarnation of the grocery store in the repurposed theater are back on. *** According to a po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Dallas Makes a Damn Fool of Itself on Top Chef: Texas

    ​Thoughts: Is it really a "Healthy Choice" when so many of your frozen dinners are laden with preservatives and other chemicals? With that, we're hitting the road to Dallas, better known these days as a "dining nowhereville." Great choice, Bravo! Enjoy that! "When I think of Dallas, I think of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Is Houston's Handsome Bank Robber a Dallas Dude?

    FBIThe Houston robbery​Recently we told you of the FBI's search for a man they dubbed the "handsome bank robber," who was described as being "older, well-dressed and accessorized." Those accessories included a black semiautomatic pistol, but that's just how he rolls. The item rang a bell wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    The 10 Worst Things Texas Has Given To The Modern World

    It's not nature's way, it's Houston's​If we were to list all the great, terrific things Texas, Our Texas has given to civilization, we would be here all day. (Two words: Jessica Simpson.) Unfortunately, Texas has also gifted America and the world with some things the world and America would n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Dale Allen Richardson Jr.: This Badge Means I'm an Attorney!

    OF COURSE I'm a lawyer​A 28-year-old Plano man is going to federal prison for more than five years after falsely claiming to be a lawyer -- despite submitting a badge declaring him to be an "Officer of the Court" of the Cherokee Nation. That's not good enough? Well, it isn't when a clerk for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    The 10 Sexiest (Male) Texans Of Our Lifetime

    Last week we gave you our 10 Sexiest Texans of Our Lifetime. It was a list that was, admittedly, vagina-biased. We make it up to the people who love guys with this definitive list, which involved more asking around than the first one. Here are, then, the 10 sexiest Texas men of our lives: 10. Sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Tuna Salad Sandwich

    Kraftsmen on the left, Weslayan Cafe on the right. ​When it comes to tuna salad sandwiches, I'm with David Rosengarten: there is no better homemade sandwich. So simple - in its most basic form, comprising only canned tuna, mayonnaise, and bread - and so delicious. But there's also a dark side ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    WAR ON CHRISTMAS: Texas Principals Still Face Lawsuit Over Banning Jesus Pencils & Candy Canes

    Who knew Jesus was a "Say my name! Say my name!" guy?​Two Texas elementary school principals have failed in their attempt to have the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismiss a suit filed against them for trying to kill the spirit of Christmas, not to mention Jesus, in innocent young children ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    One Last Hit of K-2

    Fake weed's final freewheeling days

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Recipe: Marinated Mozzarella

    ​Continuing my Italian kick, I'll share with you a simple method to spruce up that delicious chunk of mozzarella you have sitting in your fridge. This is a marinated mozzarella recipe inspired by Josh, the cheese guy at Whole Foods in Plano, who tediously but happily makes his fresh mozzarella ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Busted! 20 Musician Mugshots

    ​ Getting arrested and booked isn't the end of the world, by any means. Well unless you just killed a shit-ton of people at a bowling alley or something, it really is. But if you are a rocker or a celebrity who committed a minor offense, it's just a funny footnote in your public life you can look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Everyone's Packing Up Their U-Haul And Moving To Houston

    ​Houston is the top U.S. city for people relocating with U-Hauls, the company announced today.Last year we were second to Atlanta, but that city has dropped off the face of the earth, probably because it has too many Braves fans, coming in only seventh this year.More than 1 million U-Haul transact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Quote Of The Day, From The Judge Who Had An Affair With A Prosecutor

    ​The odd case of Charles Dean Hood has been a subject of talk for a while. He was convicted of killing a Plano couple -- there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of doubt about it -- but he's got a unique appellate argument: The judge and his prosecutor had been lovers.Back in our cub-reporting days, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    The Dallas Observer Learns About Interviewing Bill White

    Photo by Sam Merten​Our sister paper the Dallas Observer tagged along recently as Houston mayor Bill White visited a suburban deli and learned what it's like to deal with the generic, content-free answers the big man uses when he doesn't want to reply to what you're asking.The headline? "Will Sena ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Plano Balloon Festival

    Photos by eppytx​Every fall for the past 29 years, the skies over Plano come aglow with colorful aircrafts and odd hissing sounds that signal take-off for flight The Plano Balloon Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 18-20. It's an event that has raised more than 2 million dolla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Times Writer Dumps on Texas' JC Penney, Because We're Just So Damn Fat Here

    ​JC Penney is the reliable standby of malls across the Midwest and in Texas; for the past 20 years the company's been headquartered in Plano, the mall-infested suburb of Dallas.They've decided to open a Manhattan branch, and were met with heaps of condescending scorn from The New York Times' "Crit ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    Perverts, Beware

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    The Pride Of Spring, TX, Doesn't Blow It For Halo Fans

    Stephen Rippy grew up in Spring, and unless you're into gaming you've probably never heard of him.But if you are into games, perhaps obsessively, then you're familiar with his work -- he provides the soundtrack for such titles as Age of Empire and Age of Mythology.But that was peanuts compared to hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Houston, Thank The Real-Estate Gods That You Don't Live In Florida

    You want some good economic news?Hmmm. Well, the best we can do is that the Houston area has officially been declared the third-least-risky real-estate market in the country.The PMI Group annually issues a list of markets that are most at risk of seeing home prices fall, and the 2008 report came out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Possible Loophole To Get Out Of Those Red-Light Camera Tickets

    A Dallas judge has ruled that the company operating that city's red-light cameras violated state law by operating without a private investigation license. So what's the big deal?Well, American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona-based company that operates the cameras in Houston, isn't licensed in Texas ... More >>

  • News

    October 30, 2008

    A Mainstream Mormon's Test of Faith

    Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but the effects linger

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Texas Horror Movies: The Top Five

    We Texans live with our share of horrors: fire ants, Rick Perry, residents of Plano, but this entry was still something of a challenge. After all, coming up with Texas horror movies without invoking the one that actually has the name of our state in the title is harder than successfully suing local ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 19, 2008
  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Lights On or Off?

    The fight for a TV show about truth, justice and high school football

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2006

    Six Degrees of Separation

    Way to go, NAFTA U.S. Border Watch has organized a rally this Saturday in response to Labor Day marches by pro-immigrant groups, and you can expect plenty of hooting and hollering about all the bad stuff those damn Mexicans are bringing into this here country. We don't necessarily want to throw ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2006
  • Dining

    May 27, 2004

    Plano Tex-Mex

    Mi Cocina's food may be tepid, but the margaritas are magnificent

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2003

    Pass the Salad

    This dance festival has got the world's best ingredients

  • News

    October 12, 2000


    Investigate CEP, Santa Fe's Shame, Politics Makes Strange...

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Death (Row) Watch

    Odell Barnes joins a growing list of death row inmates whose convictions have become a lot less clear-cut during the appeals process.

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Waldhauser Watch

    A story about the new life and old ways of a notorious killer spurs indictments and national coverage

  • News

    July 15, 1999
  • News

    January 14, 1999
  • News

    December 24, 1998

    Merry Xmas, Mr. Waldhauser

    A hearing officer finds that a convicted killer did not violate parole

  • Calendar

    August 20, 1998
  • News

    January 5, 1995
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