We - and, judging by the email, nearly every other newspaper in the state - got a very perplexing message in our inbox yesterday from a brand new political action group calling itself the "Medical and Personal Freedom PAC." The message starts by pointing out how Texas feels mighty far behind on the ... More >>
In a tongue-in-cheek letter to Travis County's Public Integrity Unit, a Houston lawyer for a conservative PAC has called for an investigation into Senator John Whitmire's "coercive" texts to UH President Renu Khator. Jerad Wayne Najvar told the Press that the August 29 letter to Travis County DA Ro ... More >>
The Texas Supreme Court last week issued a ruling that could change how Texas lawyers fight defamation in the internet age. The State Supremes ruled in the case of Robert Kinney, a Texas legal recruiter for BCG Attorney Search, Inc. who left the firm in 2004 to start a competing venture. Some time ... More >>
In his mugshot taken Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse, Gov. Rick Perry sports that sly grin we've all come to know so well. Perhaps that's because Perry thinks he's winning the public relations war that's erupted over his indictment. Following his indictment Friday on felony counts of abuse ... More >>
Well, Gov. Rick Perry still has great presidential hair, but now he's also been indicted on two felony counts. Yep, that's right folks. It turns out that even the governor of the great state of Texas can't get away with using both the power of his office and tax-payer money to bribe an elected off ... More >>
We look at the rise and fall of the boy from Paint Creek.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims from tonight's tragedy. Make sure everyone you know is home safe tonight.— The Hawk (@mohawkaustin) March 13, 2014 A statement from the Mohawk about two hours after the fatal crash outside. SXSW turned tragic overnight when a ... More >>
Gary Clark Jr. Warehouse Live November 26, 2013 Gary Clark Jr. is a stealthy kind of guitar hero. He won't dazzle you with his fretwork very often (though he certainly could), but his subtle, brooding brand of blues doesn't have to try very hard to loosen inhibitions. I witnessed behavior Tuesday n ... More >>
Attorney General Greg Abbott, in an ironic twist of timing, has struck down the ability of cities, counties and school districts to offer domestic partner benefits. By almost any measure, today was a landmark day for the GLBT community, with all eyes focused on basketball player Jason Collins, the ... More >>
Lesley Pehrigo's career as a sex offender seems odd and details are sketchy. But if online records are correct, she went to prison for indecency with a child -- a four-year-old child. The incident, of which there aren't many details handy, happened in 1999. She did her time and got out. On Friday ... More >>
Bimal Patel, the Austin man whose wife allegedly doused him in gasoline and set him on fire after promising him a romantic massage back in, has died. Ever since the April 17 incident, Patel, 29, had been in a burns unit at San Antonio Military Medical Center. Doctors there confirmed that he passed a ... More >>
Teachers and staff at Popham Elementary in Del Valle had rarely seen one of their pupils acting so strangely and alarmingly. According to the Austin American-Statesman, on May 4, the six-year-old first grader was babbling to phantoms and complaining of "banging in her head." When the mother, 34- ... More >>
And your two Texas teachers of the day accused of having sex with students are: Shelley Linder from Brazosport High and Holly Lopez from central Texas. Both have been arrested and face charges, of different types. Lopez, 32, is accused of having sex with boys aged 14 and 13, but it is not clear if ... More >>
Ricardo Luna had to wonder what this world is coming to. Not only did the stripper he attempted to pay with crack cocaine refuse that form of payment, but she also turned him in to management at Austin's XTC Men's Club. And now, in the wee hours of Sunday morning, his night was coming to a premature ... More >>
Driver gives religion, not help.
More sir, please.The daughter of a Texas inmate is getting thousands of people to sign a petition demanding the state resume feeding its prisoners three times a day seven days a week. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced this fall that budget constraints were forcing them to fe ... More >>
Taking it to the courthouse.The Houston school board voted unanimously this morning (with four absentees) to join the burgeoning lawsuit against Rick Perry's latest funding scheme for public education, which cuts $5 billion over the next two years. HISD's state funding was cut $78 million th ... More >>
As much as Rocks Off has been talking about it, planning it, and writing about it these past two months or so, it doesn't seem possible that our first-ever Best of Houston® BestFest is only 10 short days away. By the time we finish coughing up all the dust from our trip to the no-smoking Aus ... More >>
The story that (possibly) launched a witchhunt.When my ex-wife called about a month ago to tell me that Travis County had sent me a hot check warrant to my old address here in Houston, I thought there had to be some kind of mistake. Maybe my identity had been stolen -- at South By Southwest ... More >>
satxmusic.comSince his body was identified Tuesday morning, Austin police have been investigating the final hours of rockabilly singer and bandleader Chadd Thomas, trying to fill in the blanks between Thomas' show with his band the Crazy Kings last Saturday night and the discovery of his body ... More >>
An Arlington-based company called Youth For Tomorrow labels kids but rarely comes into contact with them.
via @aliix on TwitterRocks Off is still working on the details, but according to massive Twitter reporting by fans at Stubb's off Red River, a camera boom injured about four fans on Saturday night before a set by Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark. Updated: According to a Rocks Off follower w ... More >>
Mayor, police grilled on HPD beating.
Travis County SOTommy Joe Kelley, the slasherTommy Joe Kelley's reign of terror appears to be at an end. The 56-year-old drifter was quietly nabbed by Austin cops last month on a trespassing charge and booked into Travis County Jail under what police say is one of his 44 aliases. Earlier this ... More >>
Rosemary Edwards is appalledIf you're a Republican living in Travis County, modesty comes naturally. We just never knew it extended to body issues. Apparently plagued by self-doubt about having their nekkid bodies ogled by airport staffers, the Travis County Republican Party, such as it is, ... More >>
Tom DeLay is, in Lonesome, Onry and Mean's opinion, one of the lowest, vilest, most divisive, scum-sucking snake oil salesmen ever to enter politics. Now DeLay is heading to the pokey to serve time for his money laundering activities (pending his appeal, of course). We don't recall another H ... More >>
How bike couriers plan to survive the internet age.
You don't wanna knowIf it's been too long since your last undercover-video-of-ghastly-animal-abuse fix, then check out the footage cited in this lawsuit concerning the Cal-Maine egg farm in Travis County. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is suing the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, ... More >>
Craig HlavatyWell, we were afraid of this. While Rocks Off Sr. remains at Mission Control here in Houston (appropriate, don't you think?), Craig Hlavaty and Brittanie Shey have sallied forth to the Live Music Capital of Travis County to cover this year's Austin City Limits music festival in Z ... More >>
The City Council could vote today to bring a Heights Walmart one step closer. This morning, the Houston City Council is set to vote on a proposed "380 agreement" with developer Michael Ainbinder that would help him build a Walmart-anchored retail center near the Heights. The agreement, posted on ... More >>
Chris GrayWilco's Jeff Tweedy in a much better mood, March 2008There may be a very good reason Van Morrison said practically nothing from the stage Saturday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Judging from the plentiful comments here, here and over at the Chronicle's review, it would have ... More >>
The BCS Championship is tonight. Have you made all your viewing-party plans?Any good viewing party needs a menu that supports the local team. If you're a fan of good college football, it's understandable that you might not be too familiar with the University of Texas Longhorns.Not to worry!! We'v ... More >>
Many predicted it would happen, either this election cycle or next, but it was a close-run thing. In the end, though, Harris County turned Democratic. For the first time since LBJ, the county did not go for the Republican presidential candidate. Democrats pretty much swept the judicial races, alth ... More >>
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 >>
Tom DeLay, the super Republican and former U.S. representative from Sugar Land, is home free of the criminal conspiracy charges filed against him. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today agreed with a lower court finding for a very special reason. To wit: That the crime he was accused of – name ... More >>
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