Last June, the four movement conservatives on the Supreme Court, joined by Anthony Kennedy, held that the Voting Rights Act's "pre-clearance" procedure was a relic of the past--the South, and society in general, had changed, the High Court told us. No longer did states and jurisdictions that had a h ... More >>
I tried shopping at a health-food market for a few weeks, until the time I brought my friend Stephanie along. She quipped that the clientele of Wild Oats seemed split between the robustly healthy and the sickly anxious. Her astuteness made me laugh, but she wasn't finished yet. "Which of those paths ... More >>
As we know, Rick Perry likes to party like its 1860 (the year South Carolina became the first to secede in the "War Between the States"). Of course, Perry wanted to secede based on Obamacare and federal debt, not one of the great moral crimes in American history, but we all have our own cause celebr ... More >>
When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your heads just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. New Mexico: Heather Nova, "Out in New Me ... More >>
I was especially bad at science in school. I failed chemistry twice and third-time-charmed my way to finally passing with a C. So now, of course, I enjoy anything with a scientific bent and listen to excellent podcasts, like Radiolab and This American Life, that present the scientific world in a w ... More >>
Beautiful Creatures, the ravishing chastity fantasy.
Voters in Harris and Fort Bend counties will get an extra treat on Election Day: Federal poll watchers. As a result of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (now 47 years old!), the federal government attempts to make sure every registered voter regardless of race, color "or membership in a minority langua ... More >>
A few weeks ago, I endured a rather unpleasant dinner at The Rouxpour -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- which had nothing to do with the food itself and everything to do with two very drunk patrons. After being harassed by the two men throughout the evening, I finally retrieved a manager ... More >>
The somber-sounding Sanctified is a rollicking good time.
As all you vexillologists out there know so well, it's Flag Day again: the most wonderful day of the year. Last year's drought and intense hear put us in a sour mood, so we raked ten of the worst state flags over the coals. This year, thanks to all the rain we've been enjoying, we're feeling much b ... More >>
The GOP is still stumbling about, looking for someone to run against President Obama. After vastly outspending his opponent, frontrunner Mitt Romney managed to eke out a victory in his home state. And it was over an all-but-demonstrably certifiable opponent. That's not good. So the "GOP Establishm ... More >>
Texas is still doing its partAmerica, you just ain't the criminal-killin' place you used to be. A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center says that for the first time since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976, less than 100 executions took place in the U.S. There have bee ... More >>
It's twue! It's twue!Everyone is reporting it: Rick Perry's spokesman says he will announce his intent to run for president this weekend. The suspense is over!! It looks like he'll announce it in visits to the early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire, according to the Associ ... More >>
Shrimp and Grits at Bistro Catron
It only makes sense that June, with its rising humidity, would be National Iced Tea Month. Whether you're lazing on the beach, grabbing lunch with a buddy or relaxing at home, summer life just seems calmer when you've got a tall tumbler of iced tea, garnished with a sun-colored wedge of lemon ... More >>
The Big Recession may have hit the rest of America harder than it has Houston, but that doesn't mean we're not feeling the effects. Especially the youngest people in the job market -- whether it's twentysomethings trying to start their dreamed-of career or teens looking to begin making money on t ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™Took us long enough, but Aftermath finally understands the rodeo. After one performer who left us cold, and another who turned Reliant Stadium into the world's biggest gospel/R&B revival, Darius Rucker's set Tuesday was the definition of " ... More >>
When we think of the rodeo, we think of barbecue. So in honor of the rodeo, we wanted to bring you our top five cities for barbecue in Texas. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. Sure, we have our personal favorites like Taylor and Lockhart. But, what we soon realized is that barbecue is very personal. ... More >>
Eat the scenery
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Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.
Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, at Sunnyside Park, 3502 Bellfort. Step Rideau, Sherman Robertson, Rick Marcel, Kyle Turner, Bridgette Taylor, Michael Ward, Werner Richard, Rayvon Foster, Caliente and Ernest Walkerd are also on the bill.
Sunday, March 20, at the Hobby Center's Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby, 713-315-2525.
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Carving the racism out of Texas barbecue mythology
As his ex and Fort Bend cops find out, don't let this guy take out the trash
A Children's Museum exhibit focuses on the culture, contributions and talents of the Gullah people
Speaking off the toque: Francis Walters
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The State Bar of Texas tries again to KAYO John O'Quinn but can't lay a glove on him
A new series of reissues reaffirms the genius of rap's granddaddy
Attorney John O'Quinn has checked into a substance-abuse center as he prepares for his disbarment suit
There's a hole carved out of the earth 32 feet deep, 210 feet wide, and 400 feet long near the Texas-Mexico border.
Attorney John O'quinn says his big-business enemies are out to do him in. But the real source of his troubles may be closer to home.
Hootie gets big while keeping its eyes on the small stuff