Moneyball transformed baseball. Now the same data-driven analytics and statistical models are coming to a human resources department near you. And they might just effect whether you get hired, fired or promoted. The big boys -- Google, Intel, etc. -- have already adopted this approach, and now small ... More >>
There you were feeling pretty damn good about yourself when you read the Brookings Institution found that Houston had the best economy in the country. You puffed your chest out, retweeted and shared posts on Facebook to all your yankee cousins. "Looky here," you said with a sense of pride, "Now, wha ... More >>
Here's something the sophisticates in New York, elitists in Los Angeles and crack dealers in Miami don't have on Houston. The Brookings Institution released their Global MetroMonitor last week and Houston's economy is number one in the country and 40th in the world. Take that, San Diego, with your p ... More >>
Courtesy of Jean Garst(From L to R) Larry Toenjes, Sherry and Joe Wagner aboard their 39-foot sailboat.Larry Toenjes was living a pretty nice life in Clear Lake Shores, Texas with his wife Jean Garst. Then, in April, the 74-year-old retiree decided that he would ditch his comfy existence to s ... More >>
It's Natty Light time!!!You're getting a tax cut!!! You may even notice it. A cut in Social Security taxes in 2011 means you should be seeing more in your paycheck. Since it involves taxes, however, it is all incredibly complicated and makes our heads hurt. The "Making Work Pay" tax credit ... More >>
Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.
Trees Have Been Killed: The print edition of the blog debuts
It's become a widespread meme as the subprime crisis has exploded and the housing bubble has imploded -- far-flung suburbs are going to become "the new slums." Ever since Atlantic magazine wrote about it in March, communities and worried suburbanites have been wondering if they're going to wake up ... More >>
So two more of those ubiquitous, specialized city rankings have come out this week. In one, the Brookings Institution ranked Houston 21st in walkabilty of the 30 largest metro areas in America, edging Dallas by four notches. In another, from Men’s Health, Houston did even better, coming in 20th ... More >>
Michael Lyddon slept on this bench at night because he had nowhere else to go. According to elected officials in Fort Bend, though, he doesn't exist
Scott Wizig's bread and butter is first-time home buyers with bad credit. He says he's making dreams come true, but many say dealing with him has been a nightmare.
An Internet fishing expedition titillates City Hall
Did Bush pick a master educator - or an overpaid front man?
Go to the Austin Hill Country and meet some folks who are taking Y2K very seriously