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    April 2, 2014

    Astros and Yankees Opening Day (Photos)

    Yesterday was the beginning of another baseball season. For lovers of the game, there are two words that jumpstart the heart and clean the slate for another long, hopefully successful year: Opening Day.

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    March 28, 2014

    Lesser Prairie Chicken Listed as 'Threatened', Cornyn's Not Thrilled

    Why did the lesser prairie chicken cross the road? To get the hell out of Texas where a whole lot of people are not thrilled with the fact that the chicken, a Texas native, has been taken under the protective wing of the federal government and placed on the threatened species list by the folks over ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Texas Wineries Bring Home Gold in Dallas Competition

    The organizers of the Dallas Morning News-TexSom Wine Competition announced this week the winners of the highly regarded annual event, now in its 30th year.

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    March 27, 2014

    Texas Hookah Lounge Opens the Door to a New Kind of After-Hours Scene

    This little lounge is not in the cocktail business.

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    March 25, 2014

    It's National Donate Life Month, Yo!

    We must admit that we snicker anytime we hear the phrase "organ donation," but it's really no laughing matter. Every day, 75 people throughout the country are saved through donation, according to Donate Life Texas. That's the good news. But here's the bad: "More than 120,000 men, women and children ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Honky-Tonks

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Stand Your Ground, or Murder?

    How many people have to die before we take a hard look at the stand-your-ground defense in Texas? How long before the message gets out that this will-nilly shooting of people on your property is a bad thing? Stand your ground is intertwined with The Castle Doctrine, which was a Texas law revised in ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    Texans Tracker Update: The Blake Bortles' Pro Day Gushing Adjustment

    It's funny, it's been so long since I was in an NFL city that had a high draft pick and an acute need at the quarterback position, I had forgotten how much garbage fun Pro Days for quarterbacks are. Add into this the fact that the opinions among fans, and (now, to a lesser degree) pundits are so di ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    "Machete Kills" Producers Sue Texas Film Commission

    A lawsuit filed by the producers of "Machete Kills" accuses the Texas Film Commission of violating the producers' First Amendment rights by denying tax breaks usually granted to films made in Texas. Per the Courthouse News, the suit claims that the sequel to director Robert Rodriguez's 2010 "Machet ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Texas Isn't All Rednecks and Bible Thumpers as Gay Marriage Ban May Suggest

    In the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, George W. Bush carried the state of Texas, which came of little surprise to anyone. Texas is, after all, as red as red states can be on most socio-political issues and the former governor was a poster boy for socially conservative politics. But, here in H ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Eagle Ford Shale is Causing Air Pollution -- Lots

    If you live around here and you haven't heard about the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas play in the past few years, you just haven't been paying attention. The shale play that stretches from South Texas into Mexico is one of the key developments that has revitalized the U.S. energy sector after ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    How Open-Carry Group Wants to Honor Texas Independence

    At the end of the day it's about firepower. Or, as it's being sold by gun advocates, it's about our Constitutional rights. Yet, maybe, it's about staying free from Mexico, as the group Open Carry Texas said in a message last week to media. "On March 2nd, 2014, the largest pro-carry group in the ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Power Trip Returns for Another Badass Weekend

    If you're heading out to the 2nd Badass Weekend festival downtown this weekend, don't forget to bring your earplugs -- the ones that go in your ear canals, not your earlobes, dude. Matter of fact, a mouth guard not be a bad idea, either, because Dallas' Power Trip is playing the extreme rock fest's ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Pinky Stars at Texas Star Grill Shop

    It's hard to ignore a large metal pig, even when you're zipping home from the gym gravely in need of some post-workout fuel. Trust me, I know from experience. Rubbernecking at my giant porcine friend while she stands proudly in the window of the Texas Star Grill Shop has become somewhat of a morni ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Northern Punk Avengers DOA Return to the Dirty South

    Seething, agitated and anarchistic, DOA continues to unleash tuneful and frenzied songs, proving they are far from retired. For more than 30 years, the band has unleashed rock and roll tethered to lumberjack toughness and 'green' environmental issues. They balance flannel-shirt, beer-smeared, hocke ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Snowpocalypse Part Two: The Wrap Up

    It's hard to believe, but our long, frigid nightmare is over. OK, it wasn't particularly long or even that nightmarish, but Snowpocalypse the Sequel is over and we can get back to what we do well in southeast Texas. No, not sweat. We'll save that for August. For now, we'll have typical January weath ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Texas Receives Failing Grades in Emergency Physicians' Report Card

    Texas ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to access to emergency care, according to a report card just released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. That's a big fat F for that category. The state ranked 38th overall (a "D ") in the report, which measures "America's emergency care e ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014
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    January 15, 2014

    Let's All Stop Embarrassing Texas Now, Please

    Texas, we're starting to earn our reputation. When we look at the recent headlines out of Texas that have made national news, it's pretty easy to see why folks outside the Lone Star state think that we all ride our horses to work. Our antics are becoming the punch line for national jokes, and real ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014
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    January 8, 2014

    State Representative to Sriracha CEO: Relocate to Texas

    By now we've all heard about the ongoing saga of the Huy Fong Sriracha plant, which that was forced to temporarily shut down part of its production due to complaints from nearby residents about the fumes. We've moaned and groaned and wrung our hands, fearful that we might be deprived of the spicy re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Wine 101 at Camerata & French King's Cake at Bistro Provence

    On Tuesday, December 31, The League of Extraordinary Brewers invites you to "A Craft Beer New Year." All proceeds will benefit the Brewery Incubator, created to assist Texas breweries establish their businesses. Enjoy a beer pairing dinner at 7 p.m. for $75, followed by the New Year's Party at 9 p.m ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Get Your Dude-Dog Neutered While Letting Him Keep His Cojones

    Montgomery County residents on public assistance can have their male dogs non-surgically neutered for free December 22, thanks to a partnership among Montgomery County Spay Neuter Project, Texas Litter Control, Ark Charities, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ed Rinehart. That's right -- thanks to a drug ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Refashioning an Old Fashioned With Knob Creek Maple Bourbon (For Wendy Davis)

    Sometimes the best way to cool down is with a warm drink. Such was the case this past week when I got rather hot under the collar while waiting in very long pre-Thanksgiving line at the grocery store. Long story short: I was listening to two completely misinformed fools discuss the state of Texas wo ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Rocksgiving: Rockets on Six-Game Roll, Finish November 13-5

    n the month of November, the Rockets won three more games than the Texans lost in their entire season...so far. Such is the distinction between a team bottoming out and one clearly on the rise. The most recent evidence of both being a loss to the Patriots for the Texans and a win over the Spurs for ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Save the Date: Houston Gets a Postcard From One Direction

    Amid the promotional blitz surrounding their new album Midnight Memories, Britain's One Direction -- currently the biggest band on the planet, boy or otherwise -- announced a summer 2014 stadium tour that includes an August 22 show at Reliant Stadium. The group's biggest tour to date, "Where We Are ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013
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    November 13, 2013

    Still Awaiting the Keystone Decision, Oil Moves On

    Oil industry types and environmentalists alike have been arguing about the Keystone XL Pipeline for years now. Oil people wanted the Transcanada line put in because it would tote barrels worth of bitumen, the sticky black tar sands crude, thousands of miles from Canada to the Gulf Coast. But now, de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Texas is Still On Top in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Across the nation, greenhouse gases actually declined last year, according to a federal report, but Texas still managed to stay on top. Even Texas decreased in carbon dioxide emissions, but the Lone Star State still produces double the carbon dioxide of any other state, according to Associated Pres ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Sebelius Says Texas Politics Screwed Up Obamacare

    The Affordable Care Act has been rolled out, the insurance enrollment website went live and it's had a lot of snags in the process. Hair Balls will bet no one knows that better than U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She's been out on tour, promoting Obamacare while simulta ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Texas Voter ID Info For Early Voting and Election Day

    For anyone wishing to vote this election cycle in Texas (early voting opened on October 21), there is a new wrinkle. If you don't have a valid ID like a Texas drivers license or concealed handgun permit (not kidding), you are going to have to get a voter ID card. Sure, there are fights against it in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Time Magazine Cover: The United States of Texas

    In this week's Time Magazine they asserts that Texas is the future of the country and that future is going to be complicated. The cover is a map of Texas broken down into individual states and pretty clever. Hey, anytime someone puts Texas on the cover of a magazine, we probably won't argue. We did ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013
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    October 15, 2013

    Underbelly's Chris Shepherd To Star At Meatopia Texas in San Antonio

    For years the beau monde of cuisine derided Texas food as slabs of tasteless meat thrown on an open fire. But it's that relationship with meat and fire, along with a cadre of inventive chefs, that has attracted Meatopia, a self-described celebration of meat, to the state. "I believe in Texas as the ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Will Texas Foot the Bill to Open National Parks?

    As the government shutdown drags on, it's created plenty of frustrating situations -- people who can't get into medical programs, thousands of workers furloughed without pay, and of course, the shutting down of all national parks. Texas has some great national parks within our borders -- Big Bend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Weather Week: Cloudy, Raining with Cooler Temps by Mid Week

    If you like wet, overcast, cool weather, this week is going to be your favorite. If you don't, buck up there, little man, there is good to be had from your misfortune. While anyone who suffers from seasonal effective disorder (i.e. people who live in Seattle) might find this week kind of depressing, ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Festivals Galore, Gumbo Day & More

    Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival Fall 2013 @ Houston Community College - Southwest West Loop Campus Friday, 6-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. 5601 West Loop South Freeway Get excited, because the Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival is finally here. Starting tonight, the weekend kicks off with Truc ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013
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    October 3, 2013

    The Top 5 Texan Creamy Creations Flavors in Honor of New Texans Tackle Crackle

    One of the biggest debates in Texas has nothing to do with sports or politics or even barbecue. It's about ice cream. Blue Bell versus H-E-B's Creamy Creations. There is many a wonderful thing to be said about Blue Bell ice cream. It's the third-best-selling ice cream brand in the country (despite ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Texas Law Prompts Creation of More Abortion Clinics (And One Will be in Houston)

    The new anti-abortion legislation is expected to do what a lot of its proponents were hoping for - closing down a bunch of the abortion clinics in Texas - but it's also had a couple of upshots the pro-choice people weren't aiming for, like, say creating more abortion clinics in the Lone Star State. ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Texas Abortion Law: If You Can't Beat 'em, Sue 'em

    If you thought we were done talking about abortion around the Lone Star State, you obviously haven't been paying attention. As Sen. Wendy Davis gears up for her big gubernatorial run, the abortion legislation that sparked her star-making filibuster in the state legislature has been slapped with a fe ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Rock the Vote: Texas Scrambling to Implement New Voter ID Requirements

    With the November elections rapidly approaching, the State of Texas is trying everything to get people registered. This is nothing new, except the voter ID law passed earlier this year has added a new wrinkle, complicating efforts for those who want to vote and the people trying to register them. ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Weekend Weather: More Rain Forecast, but Report Says Drought Could Last 15 Years

    The temperatures are gradually moving in a downward direction as we get set for October and autumn. Last weekend saw our first significant cool front, dropping temps into the mid 60s in the evening. We also got a LOT of rain -- the most we've gotten in that short of a stretch all year. This weekend, ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Unauthorized Immigration Ticks Back Up Nationally (Probably), But Never Went Down in Texas

    Check out this chart from a new study by the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project. What is this chart telling us? Well, it's telling us that unauthorized immigration is increasing after declining -- mostly likely due to the Great Recession -- from its high in 2007 (12.2 million) to 11.3 mi ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    American Bar Association to Texas: Your Administration of the Death Penalty is Woefully Inept

    There are a number of legitimate criticisms that can be levied at the American Bar Association: it has accredited far too many law schools such that there are more lawyers than there are jobs, it can be self important and it skews towards the "elites" in the legal profession. That said, it is still ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Rainy Start to a Much Cooler Weekend

    Plenty of rain pushed through the area yesterday. Most of Houston recorded at least a quarter of an inch and some areas got more than an inch of rain. That will continue today and into Saturday as a cool front sags towards the coast pulling moisture from the Gulf and destabilizing the atmosphere ove ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Drivers License Offices Now Open Saturday, But Not for Getting Drivers Licenses, Seriously

    As if the issue of voter ID cards wasn't confusing enough, the state of Texas has managed to complicate matters further by offering Election Identifications Certificates between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays at select drivers license offices throughout the state through November 2. This would make a ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Weather Week: Tropics Should Begin to Die Down, but Rain Chances Increase

    The Houston area received a good dose of rain Monday afternoon as our typical warm, muggy and occasionally rainy summer forecast played out. Still, we are way behind where we need to be when it comes to precipitation. We may not be at 2011 levels of drought, but we are very dry regardless. Any rainf ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Don't Mess with "Don't Mess with Texas" or "Remember the Alamo"

    Don't Mess With Texas. I'm serious, Do. Not. Mess. With.Texas. By this, I mean, the slogan, which was created by an ad agency in the 1980s to go with an anti-littering campaign (protect our highways!), which has become a trademark that Texas guards closely. In 2011, the Texas Department of Transpo ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    UPDATE: Hurricane Ingrid in the Gulf Won't Threaten Texas, but May Bring Rain

    Update: Ingrid made landfall this morning. It appears she isn't much of a threat to Texas for rain, unfortunately, but we will have a good chance at tropical moisture by the end of the week from the Gulf. More on that tomorrow in my regular weekly weather update. The second hurricane of the year is ... More >>

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