HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.
The Rice Owls played valiantly in losing to the Texas Aggies. But losing valiantly just doesn't cut it. Not anymore. The coaches want to win games. The players want to win games. What few fans there are want games won. And the brand new, just named Athletic Director wants the football team to play a ... More >>
Still haven't made plans for the weekend? It's not too late. It's never too late. Carpe diem and whatever else Robin Williams yelled at his English class in that movie where they all stood on their desks as the whitest act of defiance you've ever seen on-screen. Yaki Snack Attack at Grand Prize Bar ... More >>
Stanford's Mark Appel was the focus of Friday's pre-Rice/Stanford season opening talk. But while Appel showed some of the electric stuff that made him the number one choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer, his thunder was stolen by the performance of the Rice Owls pitching staff. The Owls def ... More >>
I'm not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the line in 2012, the Zapruder-style analysis of viral videos became my thing. Much like you'd go to Clay Travis on SEC football or to Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback for the weekend that was in the NFL, when you the reader needed hardcore ... More >>
So how bad was the controversial ending of Monday night's Seahawks-Packers game for the NFL? Well, consider that the story got coverage on every major national news show Tuesday morning, was the subject of a David Letterman Top 10 list, and prompted President Obama to comment publicly on the topic ... More >>
A recently released Stanford University study, which reviewed and analyzed more than 200 previously conducted studies comparing the health effects of organic and conventional foods, suggests that organic food may not be a shining star in the department of nutritional value. The study's findings, in ... More >>
The Astros, post-All-Star break, have been much like the Astros pre-All-Star break. They're still losing -- they were swept by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend. The offense is still awful. They're decimated by injuries. And management is still making tons of head-scratching decisions. So yo ... More >>
After a few days of assessing the scores it had been dealt, Houston ISD today released the broad outlines of the latest Stanford scores for kids in grades 1-8 and claimed that its students "matched or beat the average scores posted by students across the nation ... in reading, math, science, and lan ... More >>
Houston ISD got some great news today -- it's been nominated once again as a finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education thanks to an increased African-American graduation rate, more African Americans and Hispanics taking Advanced Placement tests and a greater percentage than any other urban di ... More >>
According to a report on Billboard.com, iHeartRadio, an online streaming service with a companion smart phone app owned by Clear Channel communications, Rice Radio (formerly KTRU) is one of 14 college radio station being added to the streaming platform in an effort to broaden the company's radio off ... More >>
Coming up roses, againCollege football is back, and probably for the first time I can remember, the feeling that the return of football brought with it more than anything else was relief. Finally, we can stop obsessing over agents, runners, tattoos, memorabilia, and Nevin Shapiro. The games ... More >>
Has the lottery been played?You may remember Joan Ginther, the woman who's racked up four Texas Lottery million-dollar-plus wins over the years. The lottery said she had just gotten lucky, but now one expert thinks she might have figured out how to game the system in a completely legal way. ... More >>
HISDHISD's graph showing movement in the right direction.The Houston school district says its students have made impressive gains in the latest round of Stanford and Aprenda tests, which measure students nationwide. "HISD students posted especially strong gains in math and science during the ... More >>
Maybe 200 or so students at Morton Ranch High in Katy took to the barricades this morning, protesting planned layoffs for 350 teachers districtwide. (Video above from KHOU.) A representative group of them got to meet with Superintendent Alton Frailey, who explained Blame Austin to them. None of th ... More >>
Margaret DowningHISD Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett warns there's no tax increase -- yet.It wasn't just the budget numbers that remain in free fall as Houston ISD trustees discovered at today's agenda workshop. Next fall, board members and Superintendent Terry Grier's administration ... More >>
HISD could use some of 50 Cent's cash.It was another lengthy trek through the budget for Houston ISD trustees this morning as board members considered good news - the shortfall from the state may be several million dollars less than first thought (but still a lot) - and not so great: employee ... More >>
John RoyalHouston's Caleb Ramsey knocks a first-inning two-run triple on Friday nightThe expectations for the Houston Cougars baseball team are almost nonexistent. Hustle. Stay competitive. Aim toward being better next season. The expectations for the Rice Owls are high. Win Conference U ... More >>
Parents who bought into the TAKS hype dealt blow at HISD meeting.
Rice University just got a lot more... trill. Never thought you'd hear those words in the same sentence? Yeah, us too. But as hiphopdx.com reports, you just might be seeing a lot more "Diamonds and Wood" and "Front, Back & Side to Side" in the Rice University parking lot. That's because B ... More >>
Better than Boston or San Francisco!The online Forbes empire never tires of putting together lists that rank American cities in any number of categories, all in the vain hope that media in the city named number one will write about -- DAMN! Fell for it again!!Okay, we'll give them an item, since ... More >>
Sex and the City 2 struggles against nature to stay forever young.
In the Heights explodes off the stage.
All that singing and dancing might help the characters in this musical reach their dreams quicker
A UH professor takes a stab at breaking down the idea of moral psychology
Less than two years removed from taking home the Bear Bryant Award which goes to college football's top head coach, Kansas coach Mark Mangino's mouth is getting him in trouble. No, I'm not talking about the fifth serving of cheesecake he may or may not have had (ok, DID have) after dinner tonight ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Break Dem Boys Off," ESG feat. Slim Thug and Big Hawk Wire To Wire Chamillionaire continues to market ... More >>
While UT barely made it out of the first round in this year's college basketball tournament, a lesser known member of the state university system was playing in the Final Four ... of chess.UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College wiped the geek right off the faces of the players from Stanford to claim ... More >>
Photo courtesy HCSOSometimes one flip remark transforms things.One Houston cop calls a woman "The Heidi Fleiss of Houston," and the media goes nuts (Hey, including us.)But we're really not convinced Debbie Turbiville is up to Heidi Fleiss's standards.Until we see Joel Osteen's name on a credit-card ... More >>
Are you an attorney looking to work for a company "that strives every day on every level of our business to achieve a higher standard"?You're in luck!! Such a company advertised in the help-wanted section of the Chronicle Sunday!!The company "has an opening for a skilled, dynamic attorney to partici ... More >>
Various news outlets reported Wednesday that the Katy Independent School District received 10 reports of counterfeit bills passed in school cafeterias in the past couple of months. These include several high schools and an elementary school.Steve Stanford, district spokesperson for KISD, tells Hair ... More >>
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