Last week, the major political story was Bridgegate, shorthand for the revelation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top political aides, along with his high school buddy at the Port Authority, intentionally created traffic interruptions for commuters from Fort Lee, New Jersey because their m ... More >>
British Petroleum has been synonymous with the Gulf Coast Oil spill -- called the worst environmental disaster in American history by some -- since the Deepwater Horizon rig blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 and starting a leak that dumped almost 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of ... More >>
West sues fertilizer company while Senate cries phooey on EPA, wants changes.
It's been more than two months since the explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer factory left the little town looking like a nuclear bomb had been dropped on it. Since then, the hits have kept on coming. The townspeople have gone about trying to rebuild their home without the help of disaster reli ... More >>
Working together, Interpol, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Webster police have busted a 24-year-old Hitchcock woman allegedly responsible for creating live child porn and transmitting it to a British man via Skype. According to court documents, after a raid on the home of a man named Paul ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience.
Do you hate Ticketmaster convenience fees? If you don't, it's because you've never been to a concert. The various fees tacked onto admission prices by the global ticketing behemoth can add a pretty penny in a hurry to the face value of a chance to see and hear our musical heroes, and they're one of ... More >>
The Texas Education Agency's plan to have the Houston school district absorb the chronically troubled North Forest district has been shelved, for now at least. TEA commissioner Robert Scott informed HISD by letter today that merging with NFISD "is no longer an option," HISD spokesman Jason Spencer ... More >>
What will the second half bring?
Today, WikiLeaks released the first few hundred of what promise to be 5 million e-mails belonging to Austin-based global security think tank Stratfor. One concerns not one but two Houston-area shit magnets, one formerly high-powered and one still very much high-powered: Halliburton and disgraced f ... More >>
The youthful Eversole, before the feds started pestering him.Jerry Eversole surprised a lot of people when he escaped conviction on bribery charges. A hung jury ended in a mistrial, but prosecutors expect to take another swing at it soon. In the meantime, everyone is poking through the wrec ... More >>
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 >>
In a few hours, Carrie Underwood will be onstage at Toyota Center. Besides being an all-around American girl who will mess you up if you cheat on her, Underwood once dated Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and married Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators back in July. That's right, a hockey ... More >>
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 >>
Toyota announced today that it would pay the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration $16 million to settle allegations that it kept quiet about safety defects on its cars. The penalty is the largest that the federal government has collected from a car company."Toyota could have contested t ... More >>
Photos by Britney Jackson"Obamie is a comma commie" says the fine print, for some reason. Britney Jackson was just headed to the Home Depot near Gulfgate this past weekend, looking to repair a fence.She walked into a border war.The stalwart members of some group had gathered there, presumably sin ... More >>
The Willie D iPhone international fraud case is over, and the rapper has pled 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 with ... More >>
courtesy of HPDMelchor IzquierdoThere is a hatchet-man killer hiding in Houston. The cops know who he is, but not where to find him.Police are hunting for Melchor Izquierdo, 29, charged with murder in the slaying of Estevan Tellez back on September 14. Tellez, 42, who worked at a foundation busin ... More >>
For most of the spring and summer, a souped-up squad of 100 ATF agents was running all over Houston and South Texas doing everything possible to slow the raging river of guns illegally flowing into Mexico.Agents followed up old leads, tracked down new ones, made scores of arrests, confiscated hun ... More >>
Then don't end up there, say readers.
Con man or super spook — either way, Roland Carnaby wasn't supposed to meet his death on a Houston highway in a high-speed chase with the cops.
Earlier this year, Halliburton agreed to pay nearly $560 million in fines to the federal government to end an investigation into its former subsidiary, KBR, and its involvement in bribing Nigerian officials to get construction contracts. It was reportedly the largest fine ever paid by a U.S. comp ... More >>
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