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Todd Spivak

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    June 3, 2010

    Metro Responds To Our "Train Wreck" Article; We Respond To Their Response

    Metro ain't happy with us​Last week's cover story didn't go over too well at Metro; maybe that's not too surprising since it was entitled "Train Wreck: How Metro and it's president Frank Wilson got so far off track."George Smalley, the agency's head of communications and marketing, responded ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Kill Bill

    Readers respond to ill-defined proposed legislation.

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    April 20, 2009

    Important "Toxic Town" Trial Starts Up Today

    Photo by Daniel KramerThe polluters who turned Somerville into the Toxic Town described in an award-winning Houston Press story may have had a good result in the first lawsuit they faced, but a second one -- beginning a week from today in the town of Caldwell in Burleson County -- may be different. ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008
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    November 6, 2008
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    July 24, 2008
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    May 14, 2008

    Cover Story: College Immaterial

    This week’s cover story on vocational programs in today’s high schools reminds me of the old Woody Allen zinger: “Everything our parents said was good is bad. Sun, milk, red meat, college.” The idea for it came from an energetic young teacher in Houston Independent School District frustrate ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Going to the Chapel, Going to Jail

    This past year, two of my very best and oldest friends that I grew up with in Pittsburgh got married, one in Chicago and one in Austin. The Chicago wedding took place in a basement theater of the city’s main public library. Vows were exchanged onstage after bride and bridegroom sang a rousing ren ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008
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    April 5, 2008

    $13 at Jax Grill in Bellaire

    Where: Jax Grill, 6510 S. Rice, 713-668-3606 What $13 gets you: A giant slab of crispy fried chicken, a bowl of thick cream gravy and a stack of seasoned fries so tasty you and your little ones will be saying “mmmm” with every bite. The Press has done much to celebrate chicken fried steak but ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008

    Toxic Town: Contamination in Somerville Schools

    Somerville's schools continue to show elevated toxins, but are the health risks bad enough to shut down the schools?

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    March 18, 2008

    $13 at Zake Sushi Lounge

    Where: Zake Sushi Lounge, 2946 S. Shepherd, 713-526-6888 What $13 gets you: A surprisingly generous portion of fresh, delicious Japanese cuisine in a swank, luxurious setting. Good sushi for $13? Impossible, right? I thought so, too, until I recently wandered into Zake Sushi Lounge, which is set i ... More >>

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    February 20, 2008

    $13 at Barnaby’s Cafe on West Gray

    Where: Barnaby’s Cafe, 414 West Gray, 713-522-8898 What $13 gets you: Okay food at an okay price Barnaby’s Cafe, named for the owner’s deceased sheepdog, includes three locations in a relatively small area – Hyde Park, River Oaks and Midtown. At lunchtime, all get busy as hell and loud as ... More >>

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    February 7, 2008

    Cover Story: Saving Lobo from Montgomery County's Animal Control Department

    Lobo, a six-year-old Siberian husky mix, never bit or attacked anybody. But last month, Montgomery County officials seized and impounded the dog, then sentenced him to die. Why? Because one neighbor kept complaining that Lobo was off his leash. Dog attacks, of course, can be brutal, even deadly, an ... More >>

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    January 7, 2008

    $13 at Pollo Riko on Fondren

    Where: Pollo Riko, 7229 Fondren, 713-271-4321 What $13 gets you: Enough food to feed a family, and then some. One visit to Pollo Riko and you’ll never buy another dried-out bird from the grocery. Here, the chicken skin is crisp and the meat is moist, if a little salty. By itself, a whole roast c ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Toxic Town

    Talk of the Town

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    December 13, 2007
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    November 19, 2007

    $13 at Bayou City Seafood & Pasta on Richmond

    Where: Bayou City Seafood & Pasta, 4730 Richmond, 713-621-6602 What $13 gets you: A damn fine seafood lunch. Thirteen smackers won’t buy you supper at Bayou City Seafood & Pasta, where even the “small”-sized portions of seafood-filled pastas and fish entrees start at $15.99. Lunch, however, ... More >>

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    November 14, 2007

    The Trial of the Galveston Cat Killer

    If history is any indicator, there will be no justice for Mama Cat. Opening arguments started yesterday in the trial of 54-year-old bird-watching enthusiast James Stevenson, who last fall climbed below the toll bridge that links Galveston to the mainland and used a .22-caliber rifle to destroy the ... More >>

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    November 9, 2007

    My Mother-in-Law Is America's Worst Cook. No, Really.

    When I moved to Houston a couple years ago, my gal and I lived with her mom for several months to save money. We all got on well, except that we were charged with doing all the cooking. Melissa’s mom never cooked, and sometimes we complained about it. Turns out, we should have considered ourselves ... More >>

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    October 31, 2007

    $13 at Fish City Grill on Buffalo Speedway

    Where: Fish City Grill, 5172 Buffalo Speedway, 713-668-0197 What $13 gets you: An even crappier version of T.G.I. Friday’s Stepping into Fish City Grill, I had no idea the place was a chain. Turns out, there are locations throughout Texas, including in Katy and Sugar Land. I was impressed by the ... More >>

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    October 24, 2007

    $13 at Big Woodrow's on Chimney Rock

    Where: Big Woodrow's, 3111 Chimney Rock, 713-784-2653 What $13 gets you: Good, greasy bar food. The menu at Big Woodrow's is vast, going well beyond the standard nachos, wings and burgers. Here you can get everything from state-fair staples such as fried pickles ($3.99), fried alligator ($7.99) an ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007

    Fighting Tech with Tech: Red-light Camera Detectors Soon Available in Houston

    Yo, leadfoot! Listen up, if you’re one of the 111,000 numbskulls who got nailed in the last year by Houston’s increasingly ubiquitous red-light cameras. You can go on paying those $75 tickets, or you can make an investment. Next month, Best Buy and Circuit City are slated to begin stocking the ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007

    Mail Call

    Rice and Its Neighbors

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    July 6, 2007

    Shut Up, Fatty

    Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the once-Libertarian-now-Republican presidential candidate, was affable enough on The Colbert Report last month. Now check out this old appearance on the Morton Downey Jr. Show where he whacks an audience member who calls for a government crackdown on drugs. “The gove ... More >>

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    June 26, 2007

    Woodwind Lakes, Revisited

    With thunderstorms predicted for this afternoon, you may want to avail yourselves of the free indoor theatrical entertainment unfolding in Harris County 113th District Court. Sure, there’s no popcorn and the seats don’t recline, but the opening statements and testimony in this long-awaited tria ... More >>

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    April 17, 2007

    Cowboys Are Frequently, Not-So-Secretly Fond of Each Other

    Ever see a wealthy white geezer in a ridiculous cowboy hat jerk off another wealthy white geezer in a ridiculous cowboy hat? Sounds Kinky, right? Well, it was. On Sunday, Kinky Friedman gave his old friend Don Imus a tug-job in the New York Post, rating him with other “individuals who were summ ... More >>

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    April 11, 2007

    You Should See How They Greet Those Mormon Missionaries...

    It was 7 p.m. and getting dark outside when I hit the bell. Kimberly Brooks came to the door and flicked on the porch light, then switched it back off and turned away. Unsure what to do, I stood there for a minute then buzzed again. This time, the husband came. John Brooks strode across the living ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    Mail Call

    Truckin'

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    March 26, 2007

    The Houston Chronicle DeLayed

    It's easy to forget the Houston Chronicle is a newspaper — that is, a paper that delivers news. On March 21 the Chronicle blanketed its front page with a report on Tom DeLay's fiery new memoir — five days after Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak broke the story. (Credit Wonkette ... More >>

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    March 22, 2007

    Mail Call

    Shameless

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    February 8, 2007

    Yeah, We Watch The View. So What?

    Rosie O'Donnell's battle with foot-in-mouth disease continues. This morning on The View, a couple hours before Anna Nicole Smith's death topped the headlines, Rosie ranted: "If I have to see Anna Nicole Smith one more time on television...that woman and her paternity test...and she can hardly even ... More >>

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    January 24, 2007

    On a Related Note

    Daniel Kramer Marvin and Margie Hill. Just before Christmas we got a frantic phone call about an elderly woman trapped in a sterile nursing home and forbidden from leaving even to spend the holidays with her family. At the time, we didn't know that Harris County had taken guardianship of poor Mar ... More >>

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    January 9, 2007

    Paxil: Now with Even More Effects!

    Forty milligrams to freedom. The list of bizarre effects associated with the popular antidepressant Paxil is as horrendous as it is long, including: suicide, homicide, electric shock sensations during withdrawal and, for moms-to-be, an array of potentially fatal birth defects. Now the not-always ... More >>

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    January 3, 2007

    School Ranking 101

    Yep. These kids took an AP or an IB test. That much we can be sure of. Looks like Newsweek's "What Makes a High School Great" was the mag's most popular story of last year, according to its end-of-year issue. The people have spoken, and it's good to know they would rather read about high-school ... More >>

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    October 12, 2006
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    October 5, 2006

    No Parking Zone?

    An inner-loop park is still on the endangered list

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    September 28, 2006
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    August 24, 2006

    Hog Wild

    Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.

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    August 17, 2006
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    June 15, 2006
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    June 8, 2006
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    May 25, 2006
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    May 18, 2006
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    April 20, 2006
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    March 9, 2006
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    February 23, 2006

    Another Bright Spot

    Carver High School

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    November 17, 2005
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    September 22, 2005
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    August 18, 2005
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