Texas got a dismal D-plus for its efforts in fighting corruption in a broad nationwide study. At least they did better than New Jersey, you're saying? Gedda loada dis: New Jersey won the freakin' t'ing, with a B-plus. The Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International ... More >>
The Mayan calendar is ticking steadily on toward expiration, but that is the least convincing sign of the apocalypse since Harold Camping predicted one in May. More persuasive: 5,000 dead blackbirds falling from the sky on January 1, 2011, the New York Observer trend piece on how young people aren ... More >>
Brazoria County SOYou thought Tom DeLay was smiling in his police mugshot? He was an abject depressive compared to Rachelle Renee Price. Price was picked up in Pearland Sunday for trying to pass some forged checks at a grocery store, KPRC reports, and she was taken to the Brazoria County Jai ... More >>
It's not nature's way, it's Houston'sIf we were to list all the great, terrific things Texas, Our Texas has given to civilization, we would be here all day. (Two words: Jessica Simpson.) Unfortunately, Texas has also gifted America and the world with some things the world and America would n ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Following Tom DeLay and Michael IrvinRejoice, Cowboy fans -- the last quarterback to lead you to a Super Bowl is going on Dancing with the Stars.Troy Aikman has confirmed to TMZ -- who ambushed him outside a restaurant to get the answer to this pressing questions -- that he will follow in the sli ... More >>
Fort Bend is opening a new elementary, and they threw open the naming process. Three dozen suggestions came in.Some were old school: Abraham Lincoln Elementary. Honest Abe doesn't tend to get many things named after him these days outside of Illinois.Hillary Clinton Elementary? It would have ... More >>
Houston cops recently arrested a group of what the media described as "high-priced call girls" at a private event at a Midtown club."This is a party that was organized on a Web site that caters to mainly prostitution," said Lt. C. Vasquez with HPD's vice division. Police said they managed to infilt ... More >>
Do you remember The Alamo? Of course you don't. It was a terrible movie.But boy, did it get a lot of hype here in Texas. Papers did stories, Texas Monthly gave it a cover, and the American public gave it the finger.Which led to its inclusion as a 2004 Turkey of the Year, one in a string of years ... More >>
November brings with it Thanksgiving, which in turn brings with it the annual Houston Press accounting of the Turkeys of the Year here in Houston.Last year was easy, of course: any year that includes the e-mail antics of District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal is pretty much a no-brainer. When a year i ... More >>
The suburbs don't have to be all about McMansions, box stores, and soul-crushing conformity, do they? Open your mind and head to the land of Tara Lipinski, Tom DeLay and sugar. Photo courtesy of Japaneiro's5. Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill, 2168 Texas Dr. Like many so-called fusion places, Jap ... More >>
I know you think the only event of note last week in TV Land was the sad departure of Tom DeLay from Dancing With the Stars. But Dazzle Me Dreamy's punk out was only the beginning. NBC canceled Southland, which is officially the first victim of uber-hack Jay Leno's primetime talk show. Granted, ... More >>
Dancing With the Stars announced the pairings for its upcoming season Monday - like you care - and while some out there are no doubt crunching the odds of Debi Mazar and that Russian guy squaring off with Chuck Liddell and...that Russian chick in the finals, local interest is still focused on fo ... More >>
Most politicians, once their days in government service are over, go on to less public but nonetheless luractive careers in the private sector. They serve on corporate boards, become presidents of universities, or enjoy a quiet retirement. Sure, they can't all be Jimmy Carter, parlaying a lengthy p ... More >>
Photo by yomanimusBloomberg is reporting that the Houston-based Stanford Group Co. is under investigation by the Feds. In the aftermath of the Bernie Madoff scandal, both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority want to know how Stanford can keep payin ... More >>
The 2006 Collectors Edition
A legendary debate teacher has a lesson plan to knock off Congressman John Culberson
Just stuff 'em
Some HPD officers aren't so hot about safety
A state rep takes umbrage
A scorched-earth management philosophy is sucking the life out of our region's wetlands
Rewarding bad behavior by underachievers
No one disagrees on the latest pro-development plan
Just chop 'em where it says "Do Not Chop," boys
The worst flock-ups of 2003, starting with Big Tom himself
Metro's incoming chairman loves to tell stories. Can Houstonians cotton to his next one?
Plus: No Apologies, El Paso's Best
Congressional redistricting: Dem disaster or Trojan horse?
Brutality Behind Bars, Tall Tales, Dirty Airy
Teenagers and anti-handgun advocates are helping Jaime Barrica keep a promise to his dead son
A planned HOV lane in west Houston ma instead become yet another toll road in our fair city
In its quest for a Municipal golf course, Lake jackson learned a valuable lesson: Never buy land without checking it out first. Unfortunately, the lesson came six years too late.
APV is more than his home. It's his life. No wonder he can't let it go without one final struggle.