U.S. Coast Guard

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Poachers Kill More Than 50 Sharks in Gulf

    Coast Guard crews in the Gulf of Mexico have found what they're calling a bootleg fishing net operation about 37 miles north of the Mexican border that left more than 50 sharks dead and decomposing in the ocean. According to the Coast Guard, "Crews in South Texas located and recovered a gill net wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Beachgoers Reminded About Deadly Stretch

    There have been a number of drownings near San Louis Pass. The strait is located at the southwestern tip of Galveston Island, and has taken on a reputation as a deadly spot for swimmers. Not because of Jaws or anything, but because of the dangerous rip currents and sudden drop offs.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Oil Slick Is Still on the Move

    Although commerce is pretty much back to normal with limited use of the Houston Ship Channel for fishing and recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that the oil slick that was cramping Galveston Bay's style isn't gone yet. It's currently traveling south along the Texas coast. Right now, environm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Cruise Ship Could Test Oily Waters in Houston Channel, Says Coast Guard

    The Houston Ship Channel is looking a tad busier in the fourth day since a collision spilled close to 170,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. This morning the ship channel opened to barge traffic, but full use is still a no-go. According to Lt. Sam Danus of the U.S. Coast Guard, inbound and outb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Cleanup Continues in Galveston Oil Spill

    Quicker than you can spell environmental disaster, another major oil spill is affecting the Gulf Coast. This time, caused by the collision between a tanker and a barge that's shut down the Houston Ship Channel, according to reports. Crews from state and government agencies are working on cleanup af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    BP Rig Managers Take the "Whatever Happens in Vegas" Defense

    It's been awhile since the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and kicked off the British Petroleum oil spill, sending barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Now it seems it's been long enough that the tragedy of it all has taken the track these tragedies always seem to take -- na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Game Wardens Investigating Galveston Boat Hit and Run

    So a hit and run is bad enough, but think about the badness of a boat and run. The phrase "boat and run" may sound the tiniest bit funny, but not if you let yourself imagine being out on the water in the Galveston Channel just past Seawolf Fishing Pier off of Galveston Island in the dark of night. Y ... More >>

  • News

    March 21, 2013

    Bloody Tide: How Puerto Rico Affects the U.S.

    As Puerto Rico is battered by a wave of drugs and brazen murders, Houston and other continental U.S. cities feel the blowback.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    As Hurricane Sandy Moves to East Coast, The HMS Bounty Has Sunk, 2 Crew Missing, Was Supposed to Winter in Galveston

    The HMS Bounty, the historic wooden ship that was supposed to winter in Galveston this year, has sunk off the North Carolina coast, it was reported today. According to a statement from the U. S. Coast Guard, two members of the crew were still missing, after 14 others were rescued by the U. S. Coas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Coast Guard Seized $100,000 Worth of Illegal Shrimp Last Week

    Only a couple of weeks prior to the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opening, the Coast Guard has been busy seizing thousands of pounds of illegally harvested shrimp in Texas waters. Last Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron caught two shrimping boats hauling up their catches in closed water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Obama's Mini-DREAM Act: Who Wouldn't Want These People As Citizens?

    President Obama has thrown Republicans into a tizzy by having the Department of Homeland Security issue new guidelines, effective immediately, that put much of the defeated DREAM act into law. Obama announced that the following persons would be granted deportation waivers: People who came to the U. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Noel Sosa-Ruiz: Bizarre End For Man Who Killed His Kids' Mother At Her Office

    Photo by HPDNoel Sosa-Ruiz: Tries to escape to Cuba​The death of 29-year-old Yodani Cruz-Rojas was odd enough -- the father of her children walked into the suburban dentist's office where she worked and killed her in a hail of gunfire -- but now there's an odd finale. The suspected killer, No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    AG Sues to Preserve Galveston's Fort Crockett

    ​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a suit on behalf of Texas's state historical officer, asking a judge to order the owners of Fort Crockett to fix the buildings and not demolish them. The state is asking for a temporary restraining order against Max Bowen Enterprises and Juan Hijo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Your Bolivar Ferry Experience Might Be Annoying For A While

    Keep your fingers crossed​If your time-off plans include a leisurely cruise on the Bolivar Ferry this holiday season, expect things to be a little more leisurely than usual. One of the ferries is in the shop for emergency repairs, TxDOT's Karen Othon says, and another is in for regularly sche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Three Hour Tour Turns Into Extended Stay At Allen's Landing for Houston Yacht Club

    Photos by Taylor TurnerNot exactly Gilligan's Island.​The not-so-everyday presence of yachts on Buffalo Bayou has been bringing sight-seers to Allen's Landing this week. But the docking is no holiday for the boaters, who've been stranded at the downtown birthplace of the city of Houston since Sund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    The Tarballs Cometh, To Galveston

    Crystal Beach, via KHOU​As the Fourth of July weekend loomed, Galveston's visitors bureau put out a press release "reminding the public that Island beaches remain oil free and open for business this 4th of July holiday weekend....The U.S. Coast Guard confirms that the spill remains more than 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Pappas Files Lawsuit Against BP and Halliburton

    The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, engulfed in flames.Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard​It was only a matter of time before the Gulf fishing industry -- whose entire livelihood has been threatened by the Gulf oil leak -- struck back at the organizations responsible for causing the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Local Lawyers Unimpressed With Transocean's Bid To Limit Its Oil-Spill Exposure

    Photo courtesy US Coast GuardPLEASE let the oil-spill litigation be heard here, Houston hotel owners pray​Transocean, the Houston company that owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon rig that is currently gushing huge amount of oil into the Gulf, is looking to limit the amount of damages they may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Fight The Oil Spill By Giving Your Dog A Haircut

    Blow-drying after the cut is optional.​Until today, Hair Balls thought pet hair clippings were only good for making you sneeze, but apparently the hair is incredibly absorbent, which could come in handy in the case of, say, a gigantic freakin' oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Pet Paradise, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Chef Chat: Jeremy Massudi of Two Saints Restaurant

    ​Two Saints Restaurant has only been open for about seven months. But it already some regular followers. The night we visited, two different groups of customers went to the kitchen to say hi to Massudi like old friends, asking what he was featuring that night on the menu. We later found out th ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Miyako's Lychee-Tini

    Photo by Troy Fields​When I eat expensive sushi, it's usually at family dinners honoring special occasions — my little brother coming down from Austin for Mom's birthday, my little brother getting out of city lockup, my little brother beating that misdemeanor drug charge. (Lesson learned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Pay No Attention To Those Military Jets Screeching Overhead Tomorrow

    ​If you happen to look up the skies tomorrow and see high-powered military jets wildly maneuvering to intercept and possibly shoot down a potential terror threat, don't panic.We're not saying you would panic -- you're probably a level-headed person who would assume it was some type of exercise. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Beaumont TV Station Warns Of Pirate Attacks: We Investigate!!!

    Back in November, Hair Balls indulged itself in some utterly sub-Swiftian satire on the possibility of Ike-wracked Galveston reconstructing itself as a haven for pirates. We suggested that Galveston apply for a Federal License to Plunder, citing advantages such as ease of access to all the booty ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2009

    Searching for Hurricane Ike Victims

    Some may never be found.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Coming (Maybe) To Kemah: A Fake Christopher Columbus Ship

    You know what Kemah needs?We mean, beyond extensive repairs in the wake of Hurricane Ike.What Kemah (apparently) needs is a replica of the Nina, one of the three boats Christopher Columbus sailed to make his old-white-man invasion of the bucolic New World.There is a mysterious plan afoot to restore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Heroes Hip Hip Hurray: Was Tina Turner Right?

    Heroes Hip Hip Hurray, Heroes Hip Hip Hurray In rock and roll, the concept of a "hero" has always been lyrical fodder. John Lennon and David Bowie both voiced our yearnings for fearless ones who fight injustice in the open or just suffered quietly in their own futile way. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Some Ike Statistics

    The Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management office has released a by-the-numbers look at the response to Ike. It's pretty random, but numbers are real, man. So here they are: 2,400 special-needs residents were moved by Metro 1,125,750 gallons of water were distributed at PODs 2.8 ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2008
  • News

    October 11, 2007
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    June 28, 2007
  • Film

    September 28, 2006

    That Sinking Feeling

    Coast Guard epic succumbs to watery clichs

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    Dark Water

    A reporter, a photographer and canoeist Tom Helm paddle from the Galleria to Galveston Bay by canoe and kayak, finding beauty, danger and urban debris in equal measure

  • Film

    November 24, 2005

    All Yours

    Yours, Mine & Ours lowers the bar for miserable remakes

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Owed to Billy Joe

    Today all the best poets are singers. That's why a singer should be Texas's next poet laureate.

  • News

    July 8, 2004

    Golden Boy

    Morgan Faulkner may be the best surfer Texas ever kicked out

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Welcome to Fire Island

    While communities across the country block LNG terminals, Quintana just shrugs

  • News

    April 8, 2004

    Oral Argument

    The duel of the tongue vibrators

  • News

    March 18, 2004

    All Aboard

    Since 9/11, tanker sailors are having a tough time making it to dry land in Houston

  • News

    February 12, 2004

    Ship Wrecked

    A Houston firm certified the oil tanker Prestige as good to go. It broke apart in the Atlantic, causing the worst environmental disaster in Spanish history.

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    All Duct Up

    From leftist camps and corporate security to semi-panic and port patrols, Houstonians tackle terrorism threats. Sort of.

  • Film

    November 14, 2002

    Dead Weight

    Kathryn Bigelow gets Water-logged with too many plots

  • Film

    June 29, 2000

    Storm Warning

    Disaster film sinks under its own melodramatic weight

  • News

    February 17, 2000
  • News

    December 9, 1999

    Raw Deal

    Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?

  • News

    October 21, 1999
  • Calendar

    October 16, 1997
  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

  • News

    May 19, 1994

    The Battle for Lavaca Bay

    Diane Wilson asked only that her home bay be allowed to live. She says she was told no. So she went to war.

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