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 >>
Despite glitches, Houstonians flock to sign up to be covered by the new insurance plans.
According to various news outlets, the twerk-lovin' pop artist known as Miley Cyrus has lost her spot on the coveted Vogue cover, thanks to her naughty foam finger and vinyl underoos at her ill-fated MTV VMA performance. Apparently no one wants to take into consideration that she's just being Miley. ... More >>
As Sterling High School’s year comes to an end, merger talk has the community upset, critics say they can’t trust HISD, and its latest principal is pulling out all the stops to try to get kids to graduation.
They say that turnabout is fair play, and that's just what The Daily Meal did this week when it polled a group of chefs across the U.S. to see how those chefs rated some of the nation's most preeminent food critics. Those 20 food critics were chosen by Arthur Bovino, executive editor of The Daily M ... More >>
On the campaign trail, there's not a moment that goes unused. BlackBerries -- oh, the BlackBerries. While the iPhone triumphs in the general population, it appears the only subspecies of man still trolling with BlackBerries are the political stooges and groupies. Every time there's a lapse in schedu ... More >>
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.
Richard Justice leaves the Chron.Richard Justice, the Houston Chronicle sports columnist who might have the highest profile at the paper, is leaving after 11 years to write for MLB.com, the online service of Major League Baseball. "MLB.com made me a great offer. It's a place of such energy," ... More >>
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 >>
Our modern technological age has created a lot of new ways to communicate with others. For some, these means seem cold and impersonal. For those who use them regularly, they are simply another option for sending messages into the giant black hole of data that is the Internet. For politicians ... More >>
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 >>
Thomas R. Karsten believes he has a vaccine for cokeWhile a Houston doctor thinks he has found the cure for cocaine addiction, bureaucratic red tape is hindering the vaccine's approval and building doubts for its future success. "My hopes are pretty simple: number one, find some company in t ... More >>
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media.
Local movement fights for cottage food bill.
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 >>
A boon for budding comediansThe 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 >>
Al-Jazeera: But first, a look at traffic on the Katy FreewayThe Washington Post broke a story this morning on previously undisclosed negotiations between Pacifica and Al-Jazeera that would see Pacifica's five self-owned stations broadcasting content from the controversial Arabic network.One of th ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Craig Hlavaty"As we all waited, sweat-covered and parched, for the encore, something flashed over us in the crowd. Courtney Love had finally kicked her demons into the gutter, and we were all there witnessing it together. "The lights dimmed a little more and Aftermath spied that shock of bl ... More >>
So the president of the United States has a vampire for a bodyguard - damn, D.C. must be rougher than we thought
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 >>
Caught on her cell phone today, Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said that many people are distorting what Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a Tuesday eight-page speech about overhauling teacher evaluations.The speech wa ... More >>
Lonesome Onry and Mean didn't vote in Houston Press ex-sister paper Nashville Scene's annual Best of Country Music poll, but that doesn't mean we won't comment on the results. This year's poll essentially boils down to the Big Four: Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson. Com ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "H-Town State of Mind," Killa Kyleon Killa is so, so, so good at flipping at other people's songs. Wire ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightStanding in the rain on Saturday afternoon, watching Katy High School play Atascocita in a playoff game, Hair Balls remembered something we read on the Washington Post NFL blog this past week. This question, about the Dallas Cowboys, was asked: "Why are the Cowboys So Hated? ... More >>
It's nice to know that the dignified, studious, classy Tom DeLay we all knew and loved in the Congress is alive and well...and appearing on Dancing with the Stars.Because that's what serious people do.ABC announced today that the former King of Sugar Land will be a contestant along with such nota ... More >>
Enjoy the body beautiful
The fight for a TV show about truth, justice and high school football
The intriguing yet unsatisfying play The Story takes on race, class, sex and politics
Our critics weigh in on local theater
For years Tom DeLay has used nonprofits to help himself. Now the heat is on.
Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does
Audiences tell their stories
It's rerun time with the Chronicle's Enron coverage
In this tricked-up ghost story, the truth is way out there
Greg Wood is back with a new band, a new album, and a couple of jokes
The White House gets offended by a Chron question
The solution to Houston's image problems? Spin them away.
Eight years ago Tom Curtis reported that AIDS could have been spread by an experimental polio vaccine grown on monkey kidneys. Scientists sniffed. Journalists scoffed. The story died. Now, a new book says the theory wasn't so stupid after all.
March 26-April 1, 1998