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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Just because you live in Houston doesn't mean you can't see all these films.
where's the military when the chips are down?
Painkiller addiction is one of the largest and fastest-growing problems among today's younger veterans.
It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.
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.
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 >>
Further studies at UCLA sounded the alarm about concussions and their treatment
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
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 >>
Vic Morrow, dealing with the scum who made him a crappy helmetIt 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 >>
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 >>
American hero Matt Damon and his WMD of a movie Green Zone confirm the big lie, Hollywood-style.
Carlos Hernandez turns Día de los Muertos into an homage to rockers
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here at Rocks Off we’ ... More >>
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
Why We Fight probes America's passion for war
A Houston-area man leads the fight against the ban on gays in the military
Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.
Artists take on corporations and the government in "Thought Crimes"
Tilman's tigers are on the prowl
How one enterprising Johnson Space Center physicist followed his dream to Hollywood and porn stardom
Country stars battle it out on the eve of war
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.
The curse of the area rocket men continues with California convictions
In the wake of September 11, security dogs have become must-have items. Prices have skyrocketed. There aren't enough German shepherds.
Thousands of missing FBI documents in the Timothy McVeigh case? It comes as no surprise to the survivors of Operation Lightning Strike.
The once-proud Rap-A-Lot rediscovers its fury with four new releases
Laser rock shows at the Museum of Natural Science go the way of the dinosaurs
Love and Rockets
Cathy Woods weighs 500 pounds, wears a 50DD bra and an XXXXXXL dress. She loves her body. And so does her man.
With Black Eagles, the Ensemble takes wing
A Lightning Strike target turns the tape on the FBI
An ex-commando claims the U.S. owes him for 19 lost years
The FBI's NASA sting operation may finally be headed to court
Did the U.S. government spend $2 million just to nail little guys like David Proctor?