• Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Los Skarnales Hit 20 Years as Houston's Favorite Vatos Rudos

    If a band ever personified the "Houston Sound," Los Skarnales would certainly need to be on that list. Last year group was inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame, after being Houston Press Music Award nominees and winners countless times. With shows that are always sweaty, soulful and a skanki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2013

    Top Five Acts at ACL Festival, 10/4/2013

    ARCTIC MONKEYS I spent a good part of the mid-'00s torturing every passenger in my car with the Arctic Monkeys' album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not on repeat. I still enjoy busting out that album (and my faux accent) to screech along with them. So needless to say, I was stoked to cat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    From House Party to House Music: A Wild Friday Night In Houston

    With a perfect combination of sun, clouds, and breeze, It felt as if Houston was making love to me as I escaped the treacherous, life-sucking fluorescent lighting of my Westchase office and moon-walked my way towards a Friday night full of booze, buds, and Budweiser. (I'm more of a Saint Arnold's dr ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2012

    Friends Can Also Betray You

    Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs.

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    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    An Even Crazier 4Loko Coming Soon from the Mexican Drug Cartels

    When 4Loko just isn't enough, try meth-laced Corona.​Caffeinated beer is for amateurs. The really powerful stuff appears to be just starting to seep across the Mexican border right now. Saturday night U.S. Customs and Border Protection working the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Falcon Lake: Case Closed? Five Remaining Oddities In A Very Weird Case

    One more thing, ma'am....​After the murder and decapitation of one of their own, Mexican investigators are calling off the search for David Hartley's body, temporarily at least.So, is it case closed? Is STRATFOR's theory -- that Hartley was gunned down by Zeta thugs who believed he was a scout for ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Falcon Lake: An Austin-Based National Defense Think Tank Chimes In

    They've got a theory​STRATFOR, an Austin-based think tank specializing in the Drug War and other national security measures, claims to have information shedding light on the disappearance and possible death of jet-skier David Hartley. Here's the scenario they unveiled in a press release yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Tiffany Young-Hartley: A Clairvoyant Sheriff, Vanishing Suspects, Whoring Politicos, Incompetent Pot Smugglers, And Weird Facebook Photos

    Still a lot of unanswered questions​Some law officers will tell you they develop a sixth sense about crime. They will say that even while they are driving to work, they know the kind of mayhem their shift will bring. But as Talking Points Memo notes, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez's ES ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Tiffany Young-Hartley: Plot In Mexican Lake Pirate Murder Thickens As Body Proves Hard To Find

    Tiffany Young-Hartley: Questions​October certainly came in like a lion for residents of the Rio Grande Valley. On October 1, news broke of the alleged murder of an American jet-skier on border-straddling, allegedly freshwater-pirate-infested Falcon Lake. A recap for those who don't want to clic ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    The Crucifixion of Juarez

    On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Top 9 Houston Restaurant Closings of the Decade

    Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.​1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Kiko's Mexican Cafe

    Photos by J.C. ReidKiko'sJust like mom used to make it. When was the last time you ate at a restaurant and said that to yourself? Probably not very recently. Lots of restaurants advertise "authentic, home-cooked" meals because they use the original recipes from the owner's family, but they're still ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
  • Culture

    June 21, 2007

    Mexican-American Culture


  • Dining

    February 15, 2007

    Who Is Sylvia?

    A chef who loves Karl's on the Riverbend and Freddie Fender

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    The Bored Patrol

    Border Patrol agents in South Texas contend they are getting paid to stay put as illegal immigrants go around them. Is this how the much-hyped crackdown along the Rio Grande is supposed to work?

  • Dining

    March 1, 2001

    The Chips Are Down

    Unable to secure a new location, Leo's Mexican Restaurant says adios -- for now

  • News

    October 22, 1998

    Partners for Pay

    Young women taxi-dance for dollars, at the price of innocence lost

  • News

    May 2, 1996

    Goin' South

    I learned many things when I accompanied a trio of bounty hunters to Mexico to fetch a fugitive drug suspect. Foremost among them: never leave your map at home...

  • News

    February 1, 1996

    Afternoon Delight

    Every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m., KLAT's Carlos Martinez loves to talk about sex. Many in his Spanish-speaking audience adore him. But not everyone's happy with what he has to say.