Arguments in the trial of Riverside General Hospital administrators accused of pilfering millions in a federal healthcare scam concluded Monday as the jury left to decide whether Earnest Gibson III, his son and two other defendants bought and sold patients by the head to cash in on Medicare and Medi ... More >>
While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.
After a five-month investigation into testing irregularities at Atherton Elementary School, three of the teachers involved are going to be recommended for termination at Thursday's school board meeting, Houston ISD announced in a press release Wednesday. But Larry Watts, attorney for teachers Reue ... More >>
It's the face of everyday Houston. The local nail salon worker, the guy toiling every afternoon on a construction site, the server at a local cantina, there's a possibility they could all be victims of human trafficking. At least that was part of the message being delivered at Rice University's immi ... More >>
With the November elections rapidly approaching, the State of Texas is trying everything to get people registered. This is nothing new, except the voter ID law passed earlier this year has added a new wrinkle, complicating efforts for those who want to vote and the people trying to register them. ... More >>
We've all seen the video. We couldn't help watching it, how the flames were licking the sides of the building, the smoke was coming out in plumes. We watched it, knowing what was about to happen, but it still came as a surprise when the fireball erupted and the fertilizer plant in that small North T ... More >>
A handful of weeks ago, before Carrie Thompson showed up with her partner, Jane, at the east entrance to last weekend's Pride Parade, she sat before a Harris County Family Court judge. Jane couldn't come, leaving Carrie alone in sending her best pitch to regain custody of her three children, the thr ... More >>
If bookies are taking bets on whether North Forest ISD will get swallowed up by HISD on Monday, it looks like the smart money is on HISD. HISD officials seem pretty darn confident about it, considering they've already got plans for summer school classes for North Forest students. After years of l ... More >>
Still fighting his lonely battle seven years after his fraud conviction, former Enron honcho Jeffrey Skilling has reached an agreement with the feds on his sentence and will drop all his appeals, the two sides announced today. Skilling, who has been in federal custody since December 2006, has agre ... More >>
The likelihood of North Forest Independent School District being annexed into Houston Independent School District seems imminently probable, even though North Forest promises at least one more appeal of the decision. North Forest, which has been in disarray for almost two decades now, threw a Hail ... More >>
How do these freaks keep winding up at schools? A former middle school band director has pleaded guilty in Austin to producing and distributing child porn. Robert Ramos Jr., who's been in custody since his January 2012 arrest, is facing a maximum penalty of 50 years. The 33-year-old former assistan ... More >>
Just before his trial was set to start in federal court yesterday, Houstonian Joe B. Phillips, 73, faced up to the truth: He's a pretty despicable guy. How despicable? He entered a guilty plea to ripping off mentally incompetent veterans to the tune of more than $2 million. That's right: Phillips ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far.
Texas joined 15 other states and the feds today in suing Apple and three publishing companies for alleged price-fixing e-books. "Colluding to fix prices violates antitrust laws and raises costs for customers," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. "In this case, three of the nation's largest pub ... More >>
Someone bribed, but it wasn't John O'Shea.The executive of a Sugar Land-based company who's been accused of paying bribes to Mexican officials was acquitted without the defense even putting on a case. John O'Shea, the former general manager of ABB Industries, was acquitted by U.S. District J ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.
The hammer comes down.No, "Project Delirium" isn't the latest Anthrax album; It's a nationwide crackdown targeting alleged members of the La Familia Michoacana Drug Cartel. It's been a 20-month operation, and in the latest wave of arrests beginning this month, 221 suspects have been taken in ... More >>
Margaret DowningGene Locke walked HISD trustees through redistricting, Chapter 1The Hispanic population continues to boom, the Anglo drip-drip-drip away to suburbia continues, there's a small decline among African Americans in Houston ISD and the district's biggest gain percentage wise is in ... More >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
What? A lawsuit coming from a controversial, well-publicized event?The June 7 shooting of 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca near El Paso became an internet sensation and has provoked demonstations against the U.S. Border Patrol.But the feds have no idea what's hit them yet: The parents ... More >>
In this week's feature, a man named Steve Morrison was hit in his car and killed by Rosa Villegas-Vatres, a legal immigrant from El Salvador. Villegas-Vatres was allowed to stay here through the T visa program, which was founded about nine years ago by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft as a too ... More >>
Last week, shareholders of both Ticketmaster and Live Nation voted to approve the companies' impending merger, which was first announced last February. The stock price of both companies rose sharply after the announcement, and the Dow Jones Newswire reported that the U.S. Justice Department coul ... More >>
The Willie D iPhone international fraud case is over, and the rapper has plead guilty. This morning the Geto Boys MC and Dirty South pioneer went before District Court Judge Gray Miller at a hearing and confessed to posing as an electronics salesman and using eBay to establish his credibility w ... More >>
Photo by alex-sThe Houston Chronicle bannered a headline Saturday over a story about federal inspectors criticizing the Harris County Jail: "County Jail Fails Feds' Probe."The story outlined the results of the inspection, saying "poor access to health care and life-threatening conditions" at the jai ... More >>
Usually when the Justice Department announces the settlement of a Medicaid-fraud case, it's a small-time operation dealing with wheelchairs or even adult diapers.Not today.Today they've nabbed a nearly-$10 million settlement out of Methodist Hospital here for defrauding the federal program.The US At ... More >>
The boards of directors of concert-industry giants Live Nation and Ticketmaster have approved a merger agreement, CNNmoney.com reported today, a deal expected to take effect later this year. The deal is a stock swap that awards Ticketmaster shareholders 1,374 shares in Live Nation per ... More >>
Don't you just hate it when some contractor tries to pass off some shitty work on you? When he covers it up and crosses his fingers that you'll never discover it? NASA does. And so does the Department of Justice. They announced this morning the indictment of Richard Harmon of Alvin, accused of sel ... More >>
A look at Gonzo's job hunt
Texas is known as a place where law and order is no laughing matter. The state boasts aggressive prosecutors who are not afraid to go head to head with the scum of the earth and are famous for not exactly being shy when it comes to seeking the death penalty. Now, the Lone Star State can put another ... More >>
Coke is the new weed
The brilliant, confounding Syriana digs for a necessary truth
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
Dick DeGuerin beat the IRS. Now there's a bigger war over basic rights.
A federal grand jury aims at a fledgling author's notes in a long-running murder probe
Nichols's Houston attorney turns upbeat about the FBI's newest foibles
Time's running out on commutation efforts
Time to pull out those election wish lists
The hotel six sting hits the little screen
Brace yourself --the FBI says the Tracker is a fraud
Asian crime is growing. Asian immigrants are its main target. And the HPD hasn't a clue what to do.