Audie Murphy, starring in the story of his own lifeOur war heroes are presented to us in different varieties. There are those we create for ourselves, in the mold of what we think a hero should be: David Crockett (nobody but Walt Disney called him Davey), astride the ramparts at the Alamo goi ... More >>
At around 9 a.m., a dump truck headed eastbound on Capitol was struck by a southbound MetroRail train. The truck was knocked up on the sidewalk, where it came to rest very near the door to Ziggy's deli. The train derailed, but both vehicles remained upright.
A statement from the Houston Fire Depart ... More >>
One hundred men we'll test today, but only three win the Green Beret.The Green Berets, at least the unit everyone thinks of when they think of the Green Berets, are 50 years old tomorrow. President Kennedy, on one of his romantic James Bond flights of fancy, approved activating the U.S. Army' ... More >>
Ryan Maseth: Electrocuted while showering at an Iraq base.A federal judge has said no to KBR's move to have a (friendly) court in Iraq, rather than one in America, handle the lawsuit filed against the company by survivors of a Green Beret who was electrocuted in one of their facilities.
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Monk: Round Midnight is the right time for a beretWe read with mixed emotions the news that the U.S. Army is dropping the beret from its official combat uniform after soldier complaints. On the one hand, the overall foppishness of the beret tends to cancel out the otherwise serious, assertive ... More >>
William McRaven: Knows a pyramid lede when he sees one.Don't mess with journalism majors!!
A lesson Osama bin Laden learned to his regret recently; the last thoughts through his diseased mind were no doubt about how journalism -- especially University of Texas journalism -- had triumphed aga ... More >>
You don't want Chuck Bronson coming after you.There are uncountable things that could have gone wrong in the raid that ended up with Osama Bin Laden dead; operations like this usually have the odds against them.
The Bin Laden raid will join the ranks of historic missions, some famous because ... More >>
This week's cover story in the Houston Press details the case of Houston-based American Grocers and its owner Samir Itani, charged with shipping expired food to troops stationed in the Middle East and ripping off the government with bogus shipping costs. As noted in the story, "the case stretched ... More >>
DynCorp: WikiLeaks is not kindAnother international conflict, another horrific taxpayer-funded sex scandal for DynCorp, the private security contractor tasked with training the Afghan police.
While the company is officially based in the DC area, most of its business is managed on a satelli ... More >>
KUHT, always with the fundraising and "Viewers Like You" and all that.They think they can get us to donate with some cheap Les Miz collector's CD, a totebag and some doo-wop reunion concerts? No chance.KUHT used to take this stuff seriously. As evidenced by the above clip, featuring Houston songstr ... More >>
Chris Strong/ Drag City
Last Friday, Rocks Off had the distinct pleasure of talking to Mayo Thompson, the man behind psychedelic (or not) art-rockers The Red Krayola, whose career spans the early days of Houston label International Artists, the art worlds of New York and Europe in the '70s, a sti ... More >>
This weekend, as we come together to celebrate Independence Day, let's
do our best to remember what this holiday is all about. It's more than
merely dodging DWI checkpoints on your way home from backyard barbecues
and trying to decide between the Jon & Kate 8 or
Deadliest Catch marathons on TV ... More >>