How far back does the Dallas vs. Houston rivalry go? Is it even a legitimate rivalry anymore? A column in the Dallas Morning News this week seems to question this, but then points out to how much stronger growth seems on the Houston front. And while we cheer about Toyota Motors bringing about 4,000 ... More >>
With the state primary runoff election only a month away, Cleve Hattersley, who is steering Richard "Kinky" Friedman's run for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, says the big push is on in Harris County, where Friedman did poorly in the March primary. "Harris is the only major county we got whupped i ... More >>
Right now the world is full of Kennedy nostalgia and tons of stuff you can see linked to the day President John F. Kennedy and company drove past the Texas Book Depository in downtown Dallas. The 50th anniversary is upon us, and while it might feel a wee bit on the morbid side to be so focused on th ... More >>
On Wednesday, students at Richardson High School near Dallas were treated to an assembly featuring Justin Lookadoo, porcupine-looking religious "motivational" speaker. Lookadoo is the man behind the website and books R U Dateable, in which he presumes to tell 16-year-olds how to find a suitable mate ... More >>
Every year around this time, former Saints quarterback Archie Manning oversees the Manning Passing Academy. For those not familiar with the Academy, it is a four day, annual camp conducted in Thibodeaux, LA on the campus of Nicholls State University where the Manning patriarch, along with his Supe ... More >>
It's been more than two months since the explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer factory left the little town looking like a nuclear bomb had been dropped on it. Since then, the hits have kept on coming. The townspeople have gone about trying to rebuild their home without the help of disaster reli ... More >>
Haven't had a chance to peruse this week's feature yet? Catch up on our list of the 30 essential Texas restaurants and then meet us back here. Synchronize Swatches! There have been plenty of questions asked by readers confounded by how some of their favorite Texas restaurants could have been left o ... More >>
The Texas metal community lost a major creative force over the weekend when Ministry/Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia passed away in Ft. Worth. He was 47. Scaccia collapsed onstage at Metroplex metal haunt the Rail Club early Saturday morning, where he was performing as part of a 50th birthday ... More >>
Those folks across Texas who don't believe in God are getting organized and going public.
Yesterday, we caught up with Anthony Bourdain -- chef, author, TV host, publisher and recent Texas barbecue convert. We talked about his love affair with Austin (he used the word "quirky" twice, if you're counting) and his disdain for Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner, why restaurants servi ... More >>
29-95: Did you head out to the food truck rally this past Sunday at The Refinery? Andrew Rebman was there snapping shots all day long, in case you missed it. Most food trucks ran out of food -- although a few were able to restock and sell out once again -- as huge crowds clamored for unique eats fro ... More >>
Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling
Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>
Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>
Edd Burleson is the head of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, and when it comes to discussing recent controversies between TAPPS and non-Christian schools, he brings the crazy like he brings the "d"s to his first name. The Dallas Morning News published an interview with Burle ... More >>
The next senator from Texas?Great news if you're a fan of inept political campaigns, or if you just want less awful announcing on your TV. Craig James, ESPN college football analyst who was personally involved in two ugly college football scndals of varying degrees, is running to replace Kay ... More >>
Another table-turning restaurant is making Montrose its home: Say sayonara, Tomo and irashaimase to its new incarnation, Nabi. The Asian fusion restaurant is taking over the sushi joint, which had been a fixture on Lower Westheimer since 2007. Prior to Tomo, the building at 1517 Westheimer wa ... More >>
Fast for a day, Chris Christie: the power of Perry compels you!There are few t hings more annoying than the stranger who asks you if you've accepted Jesus, but Governor Rick Perry has became That Guy with a letter to the 49 other state leaders in the U.S. He's asking them to come to Houston ... More >>
What would Stingo say?The state's budget crisis is making for some stark choices in the legislature, clear-cut votes that lay things out for all to see. One of them came today, when House members voted on whether to budget $3.5 million to the Texas Commission on the Arts (enough to keep it a ... More >>
Since our item on Houston attorney Geoff Berg's campaign to draft Tommy Lee Jones for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, things have been moving fast. 1. Tommy Lee Jones still has had nothing to say on this. 2. But the story has been picked up by CNN, the Dallas Morning News, ... More >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
Different kinds of heartbreakWe've identified the absolute, unarguable Top 10 Sports Moments (and five worst) in Houston history. Everyone has at least some personal stories connected to events on the list. I have four.1. UH-LouisvilleI was the quintessential cub reporter, having lucked into a j ... More >>
Feds come to the same conclusion we didThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency smacked the hell out of Texas environmental regulators earlier this week, announcing that the feds will begin taking control over the issuance of operating permits to chemical plants and refineries because the s ... More >>
Last night's historic health-care vote was an emotional event on both sides of the aisle. Only one side, however, showed the class it takes to yell "Baby Killer!!" at a colleague.And all signs point to a Texan doing the deed.Anti-abortion Democrat Bart Stupak got up to speak late in the evening, exp ... More >>
More stumbles for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in her attempt to take out Governor Rick Perry: After saying for months that she would quit the Senate around now to go all in on the gubernatorial race, she has just announced she won't leave until after the GOP primary.Why? Bad poll numbers leading ... More >>
Pete Freedman/ DC-9 at NightIndependence Day in Arlington? Nah, just U2's ginormous 360 "Claw" stage. It's a little less than 36 hours and counting until U2's 360 Tour stops at Reliant Stadium, and Rocks Off is starting to get excited. Really excited. Bono and the boys were in Arlington at Cowboy ... More >>
You've had the fabulous "Baby Goat Masala Burger" at Indika, right? You know, the cabrito burger seasoned with masala and topped with goat cheese and watercress? How did Texas Monthly skip this masterpiece on its list of the 50 top burgers in Texas, while the messy bulgogi burger at Burger Te ... More >>
It's taking longer for people to get their food stamps these days, and that's because so many people are trying to get food stamps. (INSTEAD OF GETTING A FREAKING JOB, as KTRH listeners are no doubt saying after reading that sentence.)Two civil-rights groups have sued the Texas Health & Human ... More >>
Forget what I said about Catalan Chris Shepherd is one of the top toques in Texas.
Breaking news: Ocala, Florida, has an "award-winning lifestyle magazine."Further breaking news: That magazine steals. A lot.A local paper in Ocala (we assume it too is award-winning) has the story of how Ocala Magazine's editor, Heather Lee, was a enthusiastic plagiarist.A story Lee "wrote" about he ... More >>
Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School
Trees Have Been Killed: The print edition of the blog debuts
Dallas may have hosted the American Idol auditions’ most recent Texas stop back in August, but it looks like a Houstonian stole the show. On last night’s episode, notoriously curt Idol judge Simon Cowell practically flipped his wig over effervescent Katy Taylor alum and Jessica Alba lookalike Ka ... More >>
It’s a good thing Tropical Storm Erin is headed toward Texas and predicted to be ready to drop some heavy duty water on us and cool things off. Especially our mulch, which according to some people becomes a time bomb on the ground if the right conditions are in place: namely day after day of ext ... More >>
Swift & Company pitted employee against employee when it replaced injured workers with illegal immigrants
Craig Larotonda Today's cover story is based largely on court documents and internal government memos, most of which can be found at The NarcoSphere, an online project of the Narco News bulletin. Unlike other publications which have covered the House of Death story, Narco News has not ignored th ... More >>
Kid-Care's former leader says the attorney general is playing favorites
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
Or, how I learned to stop caring and accept the dumb
What's the statute of limitations for rip-n-read violations?
How many times can the Chronicle write the "How to be a Texan" story?
Local political campaigns struggle to get news coverage
Former staffers line up to testify against KHOU
Houston braces for an invasion of TV news
Glory days for KHOU and Anna Werner
Will past financial flops come back to haunt a front-runner?