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The Wall Street Journal

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Restaurant Managers and Servers Move Toward a Friendlier, Less Formal Environment

    "Treat celebrities like locals, and locals like celebrities, because everyone loves to be made to feel special." That's the mantra of Gabriel Stulman, owner of six restaurants in Manhattan and featured speaker at the inaugural Welcome Conference on hospitality held in New York earlier this month. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cobblers, Coffee Ice Cream & Burgers, Oh My!

    Adventures in a New(ish) City: Even though she grew up in Houston, her first visit to The Original Ninfa's on Navigation was two weeks ago. Her and her friends started with the queso (of course!), then she ordered the soft corn shrimp tacos with bacon-wrapped shrimp, shredded Jack cheese and cabbage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    The Problem With Justice Scalia

    Insofar as a member of the federal judiciary has a "rock star" it is almost certainly Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia is feted at Federalist Society gatherings and he enjoys giving speeches at law schools and to civic organizations across the country. He is beloved by conservatives for his acid pen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Five Reasons Getting Super Bowl LI Is a Good Thing for Houston Even if You Hate Sports

    As noted here yesterday, the NFL awarded Super Bowl LI to Houston. The game will be played at Reliant Stadium in February 2017. There are plenty of you out there who couldn't care less about football and sports in general. Frankly, the Super Bowl is often anticlimactic as a sporting event, but it is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Zack Kopplin Appears on Maher, Informs WSJ Editor that, No, He Doesn't Research Snail Mating

    For those who've forgotten, our recent profile subject Zack Kopplin, the 19-year-old pro-science/anti-creationism advocate we're fortunate enough to have living in Texas, was once a meek-mannered boy who could barely stand eye contact and direct speech. His path from his shell has continued, and las ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 7, 2013

    Reaching Critical Mass

    Suddenly fashionable Houston shows off its contemporary arts scene along Main Street in and around the Isabella Court building.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Houston Makes Great Strides In Selling Its Own Music Scene

    A few months ago, Rocks Off wrote an article expressing our surprise and disappointment at the paucity of musical content on the City of Houston's tourism site, visithoustontexas.com, the Texas-friendly smiling face it offically presents to the Web and thus the world. There wasn't much at all, just ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 29, 2012

    Spoiler Alert!

    A handy infographic guide to the shelf life of fruit.

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Relax, Houston: Your Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Safe

    I know people who mark the passing of the seasons by Starbucks' seasonal lattes, and I am very much not joking about this. Fall has officially arrived when the coffee chain starts carrying Pumpkin Spice-flavored lattes. Winter is here when the Peppermint Mochas arrive. It's become a cycle as constan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    St. Ides & Hip-Hop: Would Today's Rappers Endorse Malt Liquor?

    ​The early '90s was a time when some of the best hip-hop music ever was being made, and the beverage of choice was malt liquor. Before rappers glorified Cristal, Ciroc and even their own branded alcohol, there were many hip-hop-inspired malt liquor ads. St. Ides in particular enlisted several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Exxon's New Giant Oil Find Could Meet World Needs For....A Couple of Months

    Fighting with the feds over who gets that sweet, sweet oil​The energy world is marveling today at news that ExxonMobil's recent discovery in the Gulf of Mexico could contain up to a billion barrels of oil. "The only thing that surprised the energy industry more than Exxon Mobil Corp.'s mammot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Morty Parsa of Kasra Persian Grill

    Matthew DresdenMorty Parsa and his son Adam, in front of Kasra Persian Grill ​In Part One of our Chef Chat, we learned how Kasra Persian Grill chef/owner Morty Parsa came to open a restaurant in Houston. Today we discuss his approach to cooking and his philosophy of running a Persian restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Perry For Prez Speculation Heats Up With His Key Aides Quitting Gingrich Campaign

    New signs point to yes​The political world is buzzing with word today that key aides to the hilarious Newt Gingrich presidential campaign have resigned. Why? Because some of those aides are longtime Rick Perry people, and their presence on the Gingrich team was often cited as evidence Perry wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Mark Lanier Hits The Big Screen

    When we read in the Wall Street Journal that Houston mega-lawyer Mark Lanier had a role in a new movie called Puncture, we assumed it was about a class-action suit involving defective killer tires, and that the above video was an early trailer for it before a name change. Alas, no. Puncture involve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Texas To Put Humans to Sleep With Animal Drug

    Texas' execution-bound inmates will soon know what it's like to be put to sleep.​Pretty soon, in-deep-doo-doo Texans will be able to exit the planet in the same style as deaf, blind and arthritic-ridden Fidos and Fluffys. As was recently reported by the Wall Street Journal, the state of Texas ... More >>

  • News

    December 9, 2010

    Pardon the DeLay

    Readers weigh in on politician's guilty verdict.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Bill Gates Helps Out Houston's KIPP Charter School In A Big Way

    ​The KIPP charter schools in Houston are getting a huge boost from Bill Gates, according to the Wall Street Journal.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it is guaranteeing $30 million worth of bonds so that KIPP can expand operations here "from 4,500 in 15 schools to 21,000 stude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    More Junk from Whole Foods

    Photo by Robb Walsh​"We sell a bunch of junk," Whole Foods founder John Mackey told the Wall Street Journal when he announced the new focus on health foods that's supposed to be taking place at Whole Foods this fall. Mackey hopes to stop the decline in the sales of beans, nuts and whole grains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Stimulus Funds Helping Houston Firm Give Out Free Home Fixes

    Photo courtesy Sheltering ArmsPeople are sometimes suspicious when one of Scott Pool's inspectors calls. The offer -- to weatherize one's house for free -- sounds too good to be true. "We have to convince them that, really and truly, nobody's going to charge them," says Pool, the weatherization ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Hard Economic Times Coming To Sports Franchises

    The NHL doesn't have a team in Houston, so I'm pretty confident that most of you don't follow the league, and don't have any idea about some of the severe financial problems facing many of the southern teams.  The NHL has intervened in Phoenix in an attempt to find new ownership for the club.&n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Our Robb Walsh Gets Plagiarized In Journalism's Mini-Scandal Of The Day

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Our Robb Walsh Gets Plagiarized In Journalism's Mini-Scandal Of The Day

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Live Nation and Ticketmaster Near Merger

    The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that entertainment megacorp Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing agency and an important player in artist management, are in talks to merge the two companies. "The resulting firm" - called, appropriately, Live Nation Tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    What This Area Needs Is A Good Nanotechnology Center

    David Goswick is thinking small -- very, very small. No, even smaller than that. Goswick, the head of Historic Real Estate, wants to build the Nano World Headquarters right here in River City, ah, ... we mean Houston. The idea behind the Headquarters is that Houston (well, at least the Sam Houston T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Former TV News Stuntman Now A Chicago Anchor

    If you were in Houston a dozen or so years ago and watched Channel 2 News, you might remember Rob Johnson. He was the reporter who submitted himself to any manner of peril for your TV enjoyment, including plunging himself via car into a bayou to demonstrate how to properly extricate one's self from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2008

    The Immigration Cops Hate Midwives

    Hispanics in south Texas who were delivered by midwives are having a tough time proving their citizenship these days, the Wall Street Journal reports today. Thanks to a scandal in the early 1990’s, when some midwives fraudulently obtained U.S. birth certificates for kids born in Mexico, the Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    Tonight: Are You Ready for Cruefest?

    This somewhat giddy reporter sure was, as Motley Crue's Vince Neil and Tommy Lee gave her an "exclusive" backstage interview before the tour's Palm Beach stop. My, how times have changed - anyone who's read The Dirt knows what "exclusive backstage interview" used to mean. Now apparently the Crue sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2007
  • Film

    August 23, 2007

    The Nanny Diaries

    Life as a young, hot, white, educated nanny in the city sure is a drag

  • Film

    August 2, 2007

    The Simpsons Movie

    Breathe easy, Simpsons fans

  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Junior High Kid Goes Big-Time, Zero Tolerance

    She's glad her 15 minutes are up

  • Film

    June 21, 2007

    A Mighty Heart

    Angelina Jolie kidnaps Daniel Pearl's movie

  • Film

    July 27, 2006

    The Metamorphosis

    Boy turns bug in redemptive kiddie-lit adaptation

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    The Show Band that Wouldn't Die

    Three things you didn't know about Vince Vance and the Valiants

  • News

    November 11, 2004

    Ready for a Rumbo?

    News wars return as two Spanish papers go mano a mano

  • Music

    March 25, 2004

    Adieu, Monsieur Mojo

    ...And other SXSW adventures

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

    Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?

  • Culture

    February 13, 2003

    Don't Call the Cops!

    William Pope.L's "eRacism" crawls into town

  • Dining

    May 2, 2002

    Duck Soup

    The fancy French food or the fizzy water? What to trust at Papillon.

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    If Six Were Nine

    The Chron cooks the books for a circulation boast

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Starry, Starry Night

    The Chronicle gets honored at a downtown bash

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    Letters

    Residency Woes, Good God!, Organ-ic Giver

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    Potty Training

    The Chron's annual fight against "smut" is on again

  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    Hell Phone

    Some diners would like to bite into cellular telephone users at upscale restaurants

  • News

    April 27, 2000
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    January 27, 2000
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    November 11, 1999
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    December 26, 1996
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