Houston ISD, the district that years ago was a leader in the country in using magnet schools to desegregate its campuses, announced Thursday it will close 20 of its 115 magnet programs - saying that not enough kids from outside their zoned neighborhoods are going to these particular schools. Here' ... More >>
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Much thanks to True-Blood.net, who has offered to help us with trac ... More >>
The Hunger Games rages against our stupid culture, and becomes part of the problem.
Dollars: HISD ain't got `emUpdate:HISD spokesman Jason Spencer sent us a note that these schools are now up for closure and/or consolidation: Elementary schools: Memorial, Paige, N.Q. Henderson, Port Houston, Gordon, Pleasantville, Stevenson, Houston Gardens, Burrus, Rhoads, Grimes, McDade, a ... More >>
On the Furr campus, kids are getting the chances they need.
Plus: Houston's past, all boxed up and nowhere to go.
Photographs (c) Elizabeth Paul / All Rights ReservedElizabeth Avedon has boxes full of treasure, yet unopened. Her dad was president of the Harris County Mounted Posse back in the day -- making him a bigwig in the rodeo -- and he kept a large amount of pictures from his stint. Pictures that show ... More >>
The man behind the Pleasantville debris pile has spoken to the Houston Chronicle and has offered a novel defense of his actions.Marlon Copeland of CCG, the company that created the giant pile, essentially tells complainers this: Your neighborhood smelled so bad before, you should be thanking us for ... More >>
There's a pile of rotting garbage (some optimistically call it "mulch", but if it's been there since Ike, it's garbage) festering in Pleasantville, near the Port of Houston. It's been there since Hurricane Ike converted large chunks of the city to debris back in September, and now it looks like the ... More >>
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