We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.
Andre Williams is a true musical journeyman. Now a most ripe 76 years old, he's had the kind of career that seems like it could hardly be real to us 21st-century folk. He came of age in a time of segregated lunch counters and when musicians -- particularly ribald ones like him -- couldn't even title ... More >>
The story of Tim Samaras and the largest tornado ever documented.
On this, the 237th birthday of the good ol' US of A, we turn our attention to Mount Rushmore, not so much in a literal sense, but in a metaphorical sense. These days, the term "Mount Rushmore" isn't used so much to refer to the actual South Dakota monument celebrating Presidents Washington, Jefferso ... More >>
Five who might have inspired the name.
Don't have the time or gas money to burn driving out to legendary barbecue spots like Smitty's, Kreuz, Franklin, Snow's or Louie Mueller, but have a hankering for classic Central Texas-style 'cue? You're in luck, then, because highly-regarded pitmaster John Mueller is headed to Houston for a one-day ... More >>
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 >>
Over the weekend we learned of at least one high profile 2012 recording project that involves Houston at least peripherally: local arts patron and charity fundraiser Carolyn Farb will be the executive producer of a Jesse Dayton album of Kinky Friedman covers tentatively titled Sold American. Farb w ... More >>
Greg Abbott leads a mostly southern uprisingTexas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants everyone to know that he is doing everything he can to stop the federal Environmental Protection Agency from trying to implement greenhouse-gas limits on cars and trucks. In the latest of a series of lawsuit ... More >>
Photos by Neph BasedowConsidering the music junkies we are, Rocks Off couldn't wait to check out Houston's newest independent record store, the aptly titled Vinyl Junkie, which opened its doors November 1. Located at 4202 E. Canal in Houston's East End, customers might need to circle the blo ... More >>
The Owls are led by their Ray Guy Award nominee punter Kyle MartensThe Rice Owls (2-5) aren't going to out-physical most football teams. They usually don't have the talent of other teams. So for the Rice Owls to win football games, they need outstanding game plans, solid execution, and they ... More >>
Houston's Literary Greats sail onto the college-radio charts with Ocean, Meet the Valley.
Will Lil Young be one of this decade's breakout Latino rap stars? Can Latino hip-hop in Houston continue to thrive as a black-market force, of sorts, whose sales are invisible to the IRS, and evolve into a powerful underground economy without the acknowledgement or praise of mainstream music medi ... More >>
Looks like this time they picked the wrong country.
When five-year-old Adriel Arocha ran afoul of the Needville school district, getting cut off wasn't an option for his parents
Sean Penn delivers a soulful road movie and refuses to define his subject
When voters elected Martha Wong, they thought they were sending a moderate Republican to Austin. Critics say once there, she took a right turn. Now her district is rethinking its representation.
Damon Jones has traveled from UH to all around the NBA chasing stardom and a sound bite
How a mid-list band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili
Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach
Riding horses, sucking dust and planning for the big time
He left clues all over, but it still took investigators years to unmask the serial murderer in their midst
Enema of the Mental State: Notes from the Battle on Irritable Blink-182 Syndrome
Broken Note Records returns from the graveyard of labels
Dr. Hitoshi Nikaidoh stepped on a St. Joseph Hospital elevator and died. His death was gruesome and horrifying. But it wasn't unique.
Houston artist David Adickes finds new homes for his massive presidential busts
Did the Devereux Treatment Center provide the care Cecilia Garrett needed or did it drive the young teenager to her death?
Space City's tallest and shortest musicians rule the 2002 Houston Press Music Awards
The tycoon's gift shop sparks a turf war in Montrose
What do Lakewood Church and its pastor Joel Osteen have that most mainline Protestant denominations don't? People. Lots of them. And in an assortment of colors.
Former enemies unite against the continuing fallout from deadly defoliants of the Vietnam War
KTRK and the Chronicle contribute to an HISD campaign
A farewell feed and juror-felon add to the already unusual case of George Bishop
An early GOP force could be savoring party triumphs -- from prison
Indigenous Americans blow blues-rock smoke
There's a hole carved out of the earth 32 feet deep, 210 feet wide, and 400 feet long near the Texas-Mexico border.
Shawn Colvin's made A Few Small Repairs, and she's ready to show them off
How many winters more will Arctic waterfowl make their 10,000-year-old journey to the western edge of Houston?