Somerville (New York)

  • Dining

    August 11, 2011

    Dinner with Friends

    Try a topsy-turvy Brazilian burger.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Lead Plaintiff In "Toxic Town" Lawsuit Dies

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​A little over two years ago, the Houston Press published an award-winning story looking into Somerville, a small town 90 miles northwest of here that contained a plant that made railroad ties."Toxic Town" described the high rate of cancer in the town and focused on the lead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Waterin' Holes

    Photo by David A G WilsonHamilton Pool, Austin​School starts soon and Labor Day will eventually herald the unofficial end of summer. But as Houstonians know, the sweaty season lasts well into fall around here. There's still time to dip your toe in a stream or two, so Texas Traveler presents to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Railroad Wins Important "Toxic Town" Suit

    Photo by Daniel KramerDennis DavisIn 2007, our Todd Spivak did a feature on  the "Toxic Town" of Somerville, 90 miles southnorthwest of Houston and home to a Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway plant.Residents there have much higher cancer rates than normal, a fact some traced to the arsenic, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Black Pepper Laden Onion Rings at Somerville's Country Inn

    Speaking of onion rings, some of the best I have come across are served up by the Country Inn in Somerville. The place isn't afraid to spice 'em up with black pepper the way I like 'em. -- Jay Francis

  • News

    December 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 16, 2007

    Over the Weekend: Shopping, Stripping, Watching and Wishing

    Anyone else out there try to do any shopping this weekend? The malls were freakin’ packed. The War on Christmas is officially over. What? That was just something Bill O’Reilly made up? Well, call it an easy victory. Anyway, we did more than just brave the Christmas crowds… Merry Stripmas Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2007

    Web Extra: Cancer and Birth Defects in Somerville

    As part of our coverage on the unfolding public-health situation in Somerville, here are four clips of videotaped depositions from two former railroad tie-plant superintendents and a veteran employee on the failure to provide workers proper safety equipment and inform them on the long-term health ha ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Toxic Town: Birth Defects

    Critics say contamination from the tie plant caused severe problems for these babies

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    Special Report: Toxic Town

    Raised less than two miles from the Houston Ship Channel, 49-year-old cancer specialist Dr. Peggy Connor for years had fantasized about chucking city life, and the industrial pollution that goes with it. “I wanted to move to a clean, safe place,” she says. In September 2006, Connor selected Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    The Best at Being the Worst: Alberto Gonzales and Other Texans Top the List of Bad Prosecutors

    Texas is known as a place where law and order is no laughing matter. The state boasts aggressive prosecutors who are not afraid to go head to head with the scum of the earth and are famous for not exactly being shy when it comes to seeking the death penalty. Now, the Lone Star State can put another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2007

    Endless CFS

    My e-mail box is filling up fast. “Robb, have you tried the CFS at the Old West in Denton? It is probably the best one I have ever eaten,” wrote David Luna. Burleigh Nevills wrote, “Beef N bun restaurant on West Fuqua wasn't on your list....hmmm.” And Walter Hammock thoughtfully observed, ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2007

    I Love CFS: 25 Lovable Chicken-Fried Steaks

    Who invented the CFS? There are a lot of competing theories. Whose do you love? Better try them all to be sure.

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Death Row Show

    The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.

  • News

    December 14, 1995

    Lenwood Johnson's Last Stand

    APV is more than his home. It's his life. No wonder he can't let it go without one final struggle.