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  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Anna Benson: The New Gold Standard For Bat Shit Crazy Exes

    As a baseball player, history will look back at pitcher Kris Benson as just another overpaid, oft injured blip on the starting pitcher radar screen. With a career record of 70-75 and a career ERA of 4.42, along with career earnings in excess of $39 million, on the field and in the wallet there's v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    NASA's New Astronauts: Half Women, None Alive for the Moon Landing

    There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Manhattan Project Is Finally (Sort of) Coming to Texas

    Back in the early 1940s when the U.S. Department of Defense was looking for some remote corner of nowhere to work on the Manhattan Project, maybe Texans were just a bit hurt that none of the out-of-the-way corners of our state (ahem -- the Panhandle) got picked. Alas, Texas wasn't even on the list, ... More >>

  • Film

    December 20, 2012

    Films of 2012: Ten Best Films of 2012

    Just because you live in Houston doesn't mean you can't see all these films.

  • News

    May 3, 2012
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    March 15, 2012

    Breaking It Down: The Hard Stuff

    Painkiller addiction is one of the largest and fastest-growing problems among today's younger veterans.

  • News

    March 15, 2012

    Breaking It Down

    It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.

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    February 16, 2012

    Blood Money

    More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2011
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    September 14, 2011

    BestFest Finalizes Lineup, Releases Schedule

    ​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 >>

  • News

    August 18, 2011

    Knocked Out: Bell Ringing

    Further studies at UCLA sounded the alarm about concussions and their treatment

  • News

    December 16, 2010

    American Grocers

    Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Texas Is Selling Your Baby's Blood Without Consent, Lawsuit Says

    Lawsuit: Your baby's blood is secretly being sold to science. ​A lawsuit's been filed by lawyers at the Texas Civil Rights Project because, allegedly, for the last seven years, the state's Department of State Health Services has "deceptively and unlawfully sold, traded, bartered, and distributed b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Army Helmets Made By Beaumont Prisoners Are Recalled For Safety Hazards

    Vic Morrow, dealing with the scum who made him a crappy helmet​It looks like it's getting harder to find good help these days -- especially when the help are federal prisoners: earlier this month, the U.S. Army recalled 44,000 helmets manufactured by Beaumont inmates working for Federal Pris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): One For You, Nineteen For Me

    Ah, April 14 -- the last day before taxes are due. If you listen closely, you can hear the frantic panic of folks who waited until the last minute to file. And this tax season was especially rough, what with the Obama administration's new mandate that even domestic animals have to pay taxes. Does th ... More >>

  • Film

    March 11, 2010

    Mission Finally Accomplished

    American hero Matt Damon and his WMD of a movie Green Zone confirm the big lie, Hollywood-style.

  • Calendar

    October 29, 2009

    "Day of the Dead Rock Stars"

    Carlos Hernandez turns Día de los Muertos into an homage to rockers

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Want to Levitate the Pentagon? These Songs Might Help

    ​On this date in 1967, some 50,000 protesters marched on the Pentagon with the intention of levitating it and exorcising any "evil spirits" within. The effort was led by Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman, poet Allen Ginberg, and Ed Sanders and satirically-minded rockers the Fugs. As we all know, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    John Cornyn Has KBR's Back In Any Future Rape Cases

    ​We've written several items about Jamie Leigh Jones, the local woman who is suing KBR over a gang-rape she says happened while she was working for the company in Iraq.The company put up roadblocks to her attempts to resolve the situation and her claims of rampant sexual harassment in KBR camps, b ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 2, 2009
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    April 8, 2009

    Army Chaplain Has Plenty Of Medals, But Can't Get Insurance For His Kids

    When it comes to being covered by your insurance company, years of dedicated service in the Army and all the Purple Hearts in the world don't mean squat. At least that's what one decorated Iraq War serviceman says he's finding out.According to a lawsuit recently filed in Houston federal court, Major ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Prisoners In Beaumont Federal Pen Sue Over Work Conditions

    Earlier this year, we brought you the story of the hundreds of inmates at the maximum-security federal penitentiary in Beaumont who sued the U.S. government claiming officials did not evacuate them during Hurricane Rita and thereby forced them to endure inhumane, medieval conditions. While that lega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Room 101

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Here at Rocks Off we’ ... More >>

  • News

    January 17, 2008

    Back from Iraq with Plenty of Problems

    Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.

  • Film

    February 16, 2006

    Blood Business

    Why We Fight probes America's passion for war

  • News

    January 5, 2006

    Don't Ask, Don't Be

    A Houston-area man leads the fight against the ban on gays in the military

  • News

    August 25, 2005
  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    "I Raq and Roll" vs. "We Can't Make It Here"

    Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.

  • Culture

    May 12, 2005

    Brave New Art

    Artists take on corporations and the government in "Thought Crimes"

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2004

    Downtown Cubs

    Tilman's tigers are on the prowl

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Rocket Man

    How one enterprising Johnson Space Center physicist followed his dream to Hollywood and porn stardom

  • Music

    March 27, 2003

    Hissin' Dixie.

    Country stars battle it out on the eve of war

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Young Guns

    Some are ready to die. Others aren't -- they just want a chance at a better life. But even the most careful of local teens who enlist in 2003 may find their plans for a desk job interrupted by war.

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    For Whom the Belt Tolls

    The curse of the area rocket men continues with California convictions

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Man's New Best Friend

    In the wake of September 11, security dogs have become must-have items. Prices have skyrocketed. There aren't enough German shepherds.

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Files Not Found

    Thousands of missing FBI documents in the Timothy McVeigh case? It comes as no surprise to the survivors of Operation Lightning Strike.

  • Music

    December 14, 2000

    The Empire Strikes Back

    The once-proud Rap-A-Lot rediscovers its fury with four new releases

  • Music

    June 29, 2000

    Later, Floyd

    Laser rock shows at the Museum of Natural Science go the way of the dinosaurs

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    News Hostage

    Love and Rockets

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    September 9, 1999

    FAT! SO?

    Cathy Woods weighs 500 pounds, wears a 50DD bra and an XXXXXXL dress. She loves her body. And so does her man.

  • Calendar

    July 8, 1999
  • Culture

    October 2, 1997

    Fly Like an Eagle

    With Black Eagles, the Ensemble takes wing

  • News

    November 28, 1996
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    February 15, 1996

    Reverse Sting

    A Lightning Strike target turns the tape on the FBI

  • News

    January 4, 1996

    The Last Battle of Chau Minh Nguyen

    An ex-commando claims the U.S. owes him for 19 lost years

  • News

    August 31, 1995
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    August 3, 1995
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    June 8, 1995
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    April 6, 1995

    Last Strike?

    The FBI's NASA sting operation may finally be headed to court

  • News

    October 27, 1994

    The Cloud Over Lightning Strike

    Did the U.S. government spend $2 million just to nail little guys like David Proctor?