The Wall Street Journal

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    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

    October 18, 2013

    Bankruptcy Spells Doom for Michael Brown's Companies

    Employees of ex-hand surgeon Michael "Reporting to Federal Prison in A Week" Brown's San Antonio businesses have been locked out of their leased spaces, and other Brown-related entities nationally have at least temporarily closed. Brown's companies went into bankruptcy in Houston this week, months ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    BP Just Wants To Be Loved (And To Not Pay For The Gulf Oil Spill)

    The folks over at British Petroleum want the world to know they feel real bad about that explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010. Last week, the company even took out a nice-sized ad in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, saying as much. ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    From Tacos to Tikka Masala

    Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.

  • 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 >>

  • 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,, 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

    December 14, 2011

    Looking Glass: Rock Music's Five Most Famous Four Eyes (Other Than Buddy Holly)

    Holly had no idea what he was starting.​The Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting article about Buddy Holly's optometrist. That's not something most people would think about when it comes to music, but fashion has been significantly influenced over the years by music. In much the same way C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Yao Ming: Basketball Player, Shark Saver, Wine Maker

    The last time we wrote about Yao Ming, it was to cover the former Houston Rockets center's fight against shark fin soup consumption in his home country, China, where the soup is considered a luxury and a necessity at large banquets and parties. Now, the retired basketball player is making news for ... 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

    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 21, 2011

    Rodeo Houston Sets Attendance Records

    Photo courtesy of the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoBrad Paisley brought 'em in Saturday night.​The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo set an attendance record this year with 2,262,834 total visitors including a single-night record of 150,948. That same night, the rodeo recorded its third high ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    Cry for Yelp

    The popular Web site has buckled to pressure, but it isn't enough.

  • 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

    August 17, 2009

    Conservatives Defend Whole Foods While Liberals Boycott

    Photo by That Other Paper​Irate progressives are calling for a boycott of Whole Foods after the health food store chain's founder John Mackey came out against Obama's efforts at reforming health care in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece last week. After stating his fears about socialized med ... 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

    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 ... 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

    January 5, 2009

    Continental Wants Its Pilots to Work Harder, Fly Righter

    If you're flying Continental to Mumbai in the near future, you might want to pay close attention to how rested the pilot is. Are her eyes bloodshot, or are the lids propped up with toothpicks? Or is she perhaps knocking back little pills with gallons of coffee? Well, the FAA seems a bit worried tha ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 23, 2008
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    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

  • 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

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    They Did What?

    The top WTF moments of 2005

  • Culture

    March 3, 2005

    "Double" Vision

    The CAMH hosts an ambitious show about black conceptual art

  • 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

    April 4, 2002

    Criminals Beware

    KPRC has an FBI man to state the obvious

  • 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


    Residency Woes, Good God!, Organ-ic Giver

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    November 30, 2000

    Calling All Scabs

    Hearst looks to Houston for strikebreakers

  • 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

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    April 27, 2000
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    December 26, 1996
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