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Todd Spivak

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    August 20, 2009
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    June 26, 2009

    Railroad Wins Important "Toxic Town" Suit

    Photo by Daniel KramerDennis DavisIn 2007, our Todd Spivak did a feature on  the "Toxic Town" of Somerville, 90 miles southnorthwest of Houston and home to a Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway plant.Residents there have much higher cancer rates than normal, a fact some traced to the arsenic, ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008
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    June 19, 2008
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    June 12, 2008

    Machinist and Truck Drivers

    The College Question

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    June 5, 2008
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    May 22, 2008

    Right To Life

    Life Lessons

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    May 10, 2008

    $13 at Nam Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant on Fondren

    Where: Nam Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant, 2727 Fondren, 713-789-6688 What $13 gets you: A delicious, healthy, heartwarming meal – followed by a firm slap in the face That was my experience, anyway. I wandered into Nam not knowing what I was getting into. It’s located in a charming little mal ... More >>

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    April 26, 2008

    $13 at Pappas Bar-B-Q

    Where: Pappas Bar-B-Q, 1100 Smith, 713-659-1245 What $13 gets you: Some not-too-bad barbecue from the city’s biggest corporate chain of barbecue restaurants I never much cared for Pappas Bar-B-Q. The barbecue sauce is thin, the links and ribs are nothing special and I still don’t get the appea ... More >>

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    April 18, 2008

    MTV in Houston? YES

    MTV will be visiting Houston’s southwest side this afternoon to film students of the universally acclaimed YES College Preparatory Schools, who will be hosting a fundraiser to battle malaria. The “Stayin’ Alive” dance, sponsored by Malaria No More, will feature local DJ Michael 5000 Watts. ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008

    Prison Cover-Up

    Prison Breakdown

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    March 17, 2008

    Death on the Highway

    The Chronicle’s front-page story on Sunday about pedestrian fatalities offered few great insights – except that sometimes people walking along Houston’s highways and access roads get hit by cars and die, and that the people who accidentally hit and kill them tend to feel not-so-great about it ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008

    Barack Obama's past

    The Reporter and the Politician

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    February 21, 2008
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    February 11, 2008

    Rick Casey, High-Minded Columnist

    So Rick Casey’s a stoner. Who knew? In his Sunday column, the Chron crank tucked a bizarre anecdote about once getting fucked up on reefer while on assignment. The column was particularly meandering and unintelligible, even by Casey standards. He leads with a weak example of a possible conflict ... More >>

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    February 3, 2008

    $13 at Pesquera’s Ocean Grill & Oyster Bar

    Where: Pesquera’s Ocean Grill & Oyster Bar, 34616 Highway 249 in Pinehurst, 281-259-5000 What $13 gets you: A surprisingly sophisticated meal aboard an absurdly tacky fake boat Let me start by saying I love restaurants on fake boats. There are loads of them in the Houston area, and all the ones ... More >>

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    January 25, 2008

    $13 at Sabor! on Bellaire

    Where: Sabor!, 5712 Bellaire, 713-667-6001 What $13 gets you: Delicious authentically prepared Central American specialties. Sabor! is best known for its fajitas ($11.95) and seafood entrees, such as whole fried tilapia ($8.95) and black clams ($8.50). But I go for the simple, traditional fare – ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    Fighting Tech with Tech, Redux

    A few months ago, we advised Houston’s serial red-light runners to invest in new technology. Now we learn that the same Chicago-based company which introduced the first-ever wireless radar detector that uses GPS to track intersections with red-light cameras plans to showcase a sleeker, more porta ... More >>

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    December 15, 2007

    Web Extra: Cancer and Birth Defects in Somerville

    As part of our coverage on the unfolding public-health situation in Somerville, here are four clips of videotaped depositions from two former railroad tie-plant superintendents and a veteran employee on the failure to provide workers proper safety equipment and inform them on the long-term health ha ... More >>

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    December 11, 2007

    Salty Sourcing from the Chron

    According to journalism.org, the first principal of journalism is an obligation to the truth. “Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built--context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from ... More >>

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    November 26, 2007

    The Houston Police Department's Attack of the Drones

    We’ve heard of unmanned drones used for military operations, border patrols and battling wildfires. Now the Houston Police Department is apparently planning to employ the expensive aircraft to take on another menace: speeding drivers.

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    November 13, 2007

    Ask an Expert: Devin the Dude Talks about the History of Marijuana

    Daniel Kramer Props to alt-weekly Willamette Week in Portland for spotlighting Devin the Dude in an item called "Notable Moments in Weed History," just before he sets out for Amsterdam to perform at the 20th annual Cannabis Cup festival. The H-Town rapper riffs on the film Reefer Madness, the 19 ... More >>

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    November 9, 2007

    $13 at Original Napoli Flying Pizza on Beechnut

    Where: Original Napoli Flying Pizza, 5266 Beechnut, 713-726-1166 What $13 gets you: No-nonsense Italian food. The wait staff at Original Napoli is as refreshingly unpretentious as the restaurant itself, a neighborhood favorite for families, cops and retirees. The place is airy and comfortable thou ... More >>

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    September 28, 2007

    Sucks to Be Bob and Vivian Smith Right Now

    There’s been an unfortunate oversight in this week’s Press celebrating all-things Houston. Somehow, we failed to include the category Best Fountain That Appears To Be Bubbling Liquid Poop. The winner: Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain at Polk and Smith. Did anybody else see this today? Ich. – To ... More >>

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    September 28, 2007

    $13 at Cali Sandwich & Fast Food

    Where: Cali Sandwich & Fast Food, 3030 Travis, 713-526-0112 What $13 gets you: The freshest food at the best value in all of midtown. Figuring out how to drop $13 at Cali is no easy task. After all, the giant sandwiches cost a mere $2 apiece. That’s right, $2. Meaning $13 at Cali can comfortably ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007

    Maker Faire Is Coming to Texas. And No, It Has Nothing to Do with Ren Fest, Although That Extra "E" Did Throw Us for a Sec.

    Calling all inventors! Bring your best handiwork to the Children’s Museum of Houston and let a panel decide whether your creation is worthy of inclusion in an upcoming traveling exhibit dubbed “The Woodstock for inventors.” Maker Faire, sponsored by Make magazine, hosted a similar gathering i ... More >>

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    August 24, 2007

    Still the Best at Being the Worst: Four Texans Honored in Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

    Winners of an international literary parody contest were recently announced, and four Texans made the cut out of more than 10,000 applicants. Syler Womack, from podunk Eustace, set about an hour’s drive southeast of Dallas, was named runner-up in the Western category for this submission:

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    August 2, 2007

    Mail Call

    Coin Flipping

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    July 20, 2007

    People Are Talking About Coins. And Beaumont. And Us.

    Various message boards are filling up with spirited comments from coin hobbyists regarding this week’s feature story on several related Beaumont-based coin companies accused of using aggressive tactics to defraud customers out of millions. You can follow the thread or add your two cents here. – ... More >>

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    July 18, 2007

    Cover Story: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose

    You’ve probably seen the ads for rare coins, maybe while waiting to get a cavity filled. They run in stodgy mainstream pubs such as Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. If you looked closely, you saw at the bottom of the page, in itty-bitty type, a disclosure: “We may contact you from ti ... More >>

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    July 6, 2007

    Day by Day

    You can now see three-fourths of Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre’s installment of the celebrated 365 Days/365 Plays on YouTube. For those of you who missed our write-up back in January, the project was the brainchild of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who penned a play every day ... More >>

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    June 22, 2007

    We Heart CFS

    Chicken fried steak lovers, this must be your week. And it isn’t just because the current Press features 25 choice locations for CFS. Daniel Kramer Nope, as an added bonus, we learn from the New York Times today that Houston’s own Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital boasts one of the nati ... More >>

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    June 22, 2007

    We Heart CFS

    Chicken fried steak lovers, this must be your week. And it isn't just because the current Press features 25 choice locations for CFS. Daniel Kramer Nope, as an added bonus, we learn from the New York Times today that Houston's own Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital boasts one of the nation's ... More >>

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    May 17, 2007

    Mail Call

    Snake Snark

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    May 10, 2007

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    Trash Talk

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    May 3, 2007

    Mail Call

    Unhappy Customer

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    April 26, 2007

    Mail Call

    Woodwind Lakes Edition

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    April 5, 2007

    Mail Call

    Special HouStoned Ballz Edition

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    March 15, 2007
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    March 8, 2007

    Mail Call

    Homeless Alone

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    February 21, 2007

    We Hear Houston Is Lovely. Have You Tried There?

    Daniel Kramer Michael Lyddon slept on this bench at night because he had nowhere else to go. According to elected officials in Fort Bend, though, he doesn't exist. More poor people live in suburbs than in cities. Surprising, no? The homeless population in suburban Fort Bend County is surging, t ... More >>

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    February 8, 2007
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    December 21, 2006
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    September 7, 2006
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    August 23, 2006

    Notes from Hog Heaven

    Todd Spivak These hogs weren't harmed in the story -- just fattened up for the rodeo. Todd Spivak may be back from horsing around for his hog story, but his heart's still in rural Texas. It was my first time on a horse. We rode for eight hours, till five in the morning. Needless to say, it wa ... More >>

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    June 22, 2006
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