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 >>
Take it from someone who knows: British customs and immigration officials are a suspicious lot. Sometimes it's a major pain, like when they tear your bags apart for an hour in a fruitless search for drugs because you've arrived from Amsterdam looking scruffy and fatigued. Other times, it's damned i ... 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 >>
Most of you have probably been paying attention to the Houston Texans, what with them actually making the playoffs for the first time in team history. But there are other professional sports teams in this city, and one of those teams made some front-office moves last week, moves that will hopefully ... More >>
So let's continue our look back at the sporting year that was 2011 by taking a look at the Top 25 events to happen to the Houston Astros. 1. They finished with the worst record in team history, which was quite the accomplishment seeing as how the Astros were pretty damn bad for most of the ... More >>
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 >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
Photo by Chasen MarshallIf the signs don't sway you, the poll watchers might.Polling stations around Houston have turned into bastions of controversy this week: Fourteen reported incidents Monday and another that Hair Balls heard about on Wednesday in south Houston near Gulfgate. There are few d ... More >>
HPD: 50 new cops can wear this hatHouston is the only major Texas city to get funding in the current round of a federal police-hiring grant program, Mayor Annise Parker announced today.A $10 million grant will allow the city to hire 50 officers over the next three years, she said.Houston is one o ... More >>
Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.
Nostalgia, but no consolidation of voting locationsFor all those who pine nostalgically for cardboard privacy boxes and paper voting ballots, oh boy is this the year for you.At an emergency meeting of the Harris County Commissioners' Court on Monday, County Clerk Beverly Kaufman said paper ballot ... More >>
Still playing defenseDuring this economic recovery, we bet one place is hiring: the BP legal department.Not only is the company struggling to defend a crush of lawsuits connected to the oil spill in the Gulf, but now it has to deal with a $10 billion lawsuit for allegedly making thousands of peop ... 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 >>
Attn: Wall Street. Michael Moore is a Marxist (but he's still selling the same old shtick).
Houston is at the center of a big sweep against Medicare fraud announced today by the feds. A grand jury here issued indictments involving more than $16 million in fraud, and agents went out today and arrested 32 people in Houston, New York, Boston and Louisiana.Sayeth the feds: The Strike Force ... 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 >>
Matthew Collazo, an inmate at the Harris County jail, has a series of bumps under his skin that are troubling him. He wants to see an outside doctor to make sure he is healthy, and needs his medical records from the jail. He asked for them in writing, but officials wouldn't give 'em up. Collazo's mo ... More >>
Seal courtesy DOJUsually 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 ... 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 >>
A look at Gonzo's job hunt
Coke is the new weed
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
Clear Channel wants to cut the indies out of the deal
Dick DeGuerin beat the IRS. Now there's a bigger war over basic rights.
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.