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    October 15, 2014

    Dallas Nurses Say They Were Totally Unprepared for Ebola Victim

    Remember when the official word was that Ebola in the United States was completely under control? Two weeks ago, the public was told that Thomas Eric Duncan, the country's first Ebola patient, was immediately quarantined after he went to Texas Health Presbyterian the second time with Ebola symptoms. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Are Restaurants That Don't Take Reservations Shutting Out Certain Guests?

    Recently, my editor posed a question: Why don't some restaurants that clearly get a lot of business take reservations? I explained that individual restaurants likely have different reasons for that choice, but that it's becoming an increasingly popular option. First come, first served. She went on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Five Things Perry Should Take Back While Rolling Back His Gay Comments

    It took long enough but Gov. Rick Perry finally walked back his already infamous comments in San Francisco where he compared being gay to being an alcoholic. While we admire that Perry at least may have been (probably accidentally) inferring that sexual orientation is something you're born with not ... More >>

  • Film

    April 3, 2014

    Why Listen to a Liar?

    Jayson Blair doc could use less Jayson Blair.

  • News

    January 16, 2014

    After Controversy in Houston, a Yoga Guru Resurrects His Practice in Denver

    John Friend built a yoga empire in Houston that came crashing down in 2012 amid allegations of financial mismanagement, an affair with a married student and Wiccan rituals. Now he’s resurfaced in Denver.

  • Culture

    December 5, 2013

    Real Horror: Local Filmmaker Brings the Horrific Crimes of Dean Corll to the Silver Screen

    Homosexual rape, torture and a graveyard of dead boys. A filmmaker decides to step away from fiction and delve into Houston's infamous Dean Corll rape-torture-murder case.

  • Film

    August 15, 2013

    The Butler Is So Old-School It Feels Modern

    The Butler finds urgency in the conventional.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Halliburton Destroys BP Oil Spill Evidence, Gets an Underwhelming $200k Fine (But That's Not the End of the Story)

    British Petroleum has been synonymous with the Gulf Coast Oil spill -- called the worst environmental disaster in American history by some -- since the Deepwater Horizon rig blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 and starting a leak that dumped almost 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of ... 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

    October 2, 2012

    Video Released Yesterday Shows Houston Journalist Austin Tice Alive, But Terrified

    In the first glimpse of Austin Tice since a message he tweeted on August 11, the captured Houston journalist appeared in a video clip released yesterday on a website supporting the Syrian government. It shows Tice marching in rugged and arid terrain, blind-folded, among men armed with bazookas and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Corb Lund's Bad Case of Cabin Fever

    Above: Corb Lund gettin' down on the mountain. It only takes one listen to any Corb Lund album to know the guy is witty and whip-smart. The salty Albertan who studied jazz in Edmonton before joining metal band the Smalls, also has a good sense of history and a strong respect for the land and people ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2012

    Barbarians in the Ivory Tower

    America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Grand Forks, North Dakota, Gets an Olive Garden

    Since I first read the Grand Forks Herald article last night -- "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" -- it's made its way around the Internet as an object of fascination faster than faked cell phone pictures of Christina Hendricks's breasts. "An Onion-worthy, rave review of...Olive Gar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Tim Gunn Joins ABC's Daytime Ensemble The Revolution January 16

    Tim Gunn is coming to network television on January 16 with ABC's new lifestyle/reinvention daytime talk show The Revolution. ABC describes the new show as an "uplifting, inspiring, and groundbreaking new daily show about health and lifestyle transformations co-hosted by a stellar team of experts wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Vegetarian Day is October 1, Celebrate with a Burger!

    Omnivores, grab your favorite herbivore and head to The Counter. The Washington Ave. burger joint, as well as the Woodlands location, will be celebrating Vegetarian Day on Saturday, October 1, with their "Veg Out at The Counter" promotion. Customers will receive a complimentary mini veggie burger wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Restaurant Ejects Diner for Tweeting While Eating

    Social media isn't always as friendly as it sounds.​Ever since Te House of Tea and its sister restaurant, the now-defunct Saute World Bistro, signed up for Twitter accounts in August 2008 -- the first two restaurants in Houston to do so -- it's become not only de rigeur but almost necessary f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    William McRaven, Supervisor of SEAL Team That Got Bin Laden: A UT Journalism Grad

    William McRaven: Knows a pyramid lede when he sees one.​Don't mess with journalism majors!! A lesson Osama bin Laden learned to his regret recently; the last thoughts through his diseased mind were no doubt about how journalism -- especially University of Texas journalism -- had triumphed aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    WikiLeaks: Texas Company Helped Pimp Little Boys To Stoned Afghan Cops

    DynCorp: WikiLeaks is not kind​Another international conflict, another horrific taxpayer-funded sex scandal for DynCorp, the private security contractor tasked with training the Afghan police. While the company is officially based in the DC area, most of its business is managed on a satelli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. New York Times: Despite some peoples' best efforts to the contrary, the City Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Dick Cheney's Shooting Victim Finally Speaks

    A boon for budding comedians​The Washington Post has a great story this morning, a profile of Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, better known as the man shot by Vice-Preesident Dick Cheney on a South Texas hunting trip.The lengthy story breaks some new ground -- for instance, despite reports, Whitti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Another Oil Rig Explosion In Gulf

    Another oil rig has exploded in the Gulf, injuring one person and raising fears of another massive leak.All the 13 workers on board have been accounted for. Officials are not sure if any oil is leaking from the rig, which is about 80 miles south of Louisiana's Vermilion Bay.The Department of Homelan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Eight Songs That Make Us Want To Go Back To School

    ​Last week, when Rocks Off was editing our former intern Matthew Keever's article about the worst back-to-school soundtracks when Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential" popped into our head out of the blue. Not really out of the blue, we guess, but the next thing we knew we were thinking, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Joel Achenbach: Not A Fan Of Houston

    Gets hot in a Houston summer? Who knew?​Joel Achenbach is the well-respected writer-of-all-things for the Washington Post; he's in Houston, or at least was yesterday.Color him unimpressed. At least with the weather.I keep my car AC cranked, and all internal spaces in Houston are air conditioned to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Marvin Zindler, Going Back To The Chicken Ranch One Last Time

    Next month will be two years since Houston has been robbed of the bewigged, be-surgeried, bellowing presence of Marvin Zindler.His friends and family are planning to mark the occasion with a special presentation of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.Which is kind of odd, really.Zindler was forever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Bad News For Bill White's Senate Run?

    Photo courtesy Bill White for TexasChris Cillizza, the hyper-connected political writer at the Washington Post, has gotten his hands on a polling memo outlining the Texas Senate race.The bottom line: Not good news for Bill White.Cillizza says (scroll down for "Texas Senate Numbers") the poll was tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    R.I.P. Texas, Says Best-Selling Author (A Non-Texan)

    Texas, your day is done.That's according to Bryan Burrough, the Vanity Fair contributor and author of The Big Rich, a best-selling look at the oilmen who ruled the state and beyond for much of the 20th century.Burrough writes in an op-ed column in the Washington Post that, with the farewell of Georg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    The Disappearing Local Film Critic

    The demise of the film critic has been reported in media sources from the august to the obscure. The butcher's bill from the last few years reads like a Reviewer's Hall of Fame: Nathan Lee (The Village Voice), David Ansen (Newsweek), Stephen Hunter (Washington Post), Jonathan Rosenbaum (Chicago Rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Another Gig For Christoph Eschenbach

    Christoph Eschenbach, who headed the Houston Symphony for most of the `90s, has got his own self a new, high-profile job -- leader of the National Symphony in Washington. The Washington Post reports the decision was announced by the Kennedy Center last night. Eschenbach had recently been conductin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Is It True That Pandora Is Dying?

    As an ex-hipster, I simply don’t have the time or energy to follow any music trends or pay attention to what’s happening in music. My music knowledge comes from watching the VMAs on MTV once a year to see if anyone does anything incredibly humiliating. (“Gimme gimme more, gimme more…”) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    Houston Sludge Company in Deep Shit?

    Municipal governance is a lot more fun in Detroit. Right now, there's an ongoing scandal involving a mayoral affair, not to mention mayoral lying about that affair (Detroit civic boosters, such as they are, no doubt cringe when reading a sentence in the Washington Post that mentions "the Detroit Fr ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 5, 2008

    John Alexander, the Mediocre

    The MFAH showcases an artist of limited talents

  • Film

    September 27, 2007

    The Kingdom

    Peter Berg sends Jamie Foxx to fight the enemy over there in The Kingdom

  • News

    October 5, 2006


    Gary Webb's reporting on CIA ties to cocaine destroyed his life, too

  • Music

    March 10, 2005
  • Film

    February 24, 2005

    Great Clips

    Tennessee schoolkids teach the world a lesson in an inspirational documentary

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    On Second Thought

    HISD isn't laughing now about a breakfast program

  • News

    November 25, 2004

    Talking Turkey

    Time again to honor the best in Houston

  • Film

    June 24, 2004

    George of the Bungle

    Michael Moore goes Bushwacking in Fahrenheit 9/11

  • News

    May 13, 2004

    Well-Dressed Rebels

    Revolt of the operagoing socialites

  • News

    April 17, 2003

    Dumb and Dumber

    Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does

  • News

    March 7, 2002

    Thou Shalt Not Pee

    Yates trial judge makes a captive audience of the media

  • News

    February 21, 2002

    The Line of Fire

    Enron reporters duck as the rich revolt

  • Music

    January 24, 2002

    What's in a Name?

    Everything, if you're in the band called Anthrax

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    Pigskin Parade

    A nonevent gets blanket coverage

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Same As the Old Boss

    A lack of Bush means a lack of news in Houston

  • News

    December 2, 1999
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    April 8, 1999
  • Calendar

    January 15, 1998
  • Film

    December 21, 1995

    Power Trip

    Oliver Stone takes a measured look at how Richard Nixon rose and why he fell

  • News

    April 28, 1994

    Teresa's Treasures

    Teresa Rodriguez's up-for-auction goods tell a lot about Teresa -- and Houston

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