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  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    NASA Broke Up With Russia's Space Agency, Now What?

    The United States has ended things between NASA and Russia's space agency. While the U.S. has yet to issue a Taylor Swiftian pop ballad about the breakup, a memo on the split did get leaked. We can't say we didn't see this coming. Things have been, shall we say, tense between the two countries sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2014

    Executive Chef Grant Gordon Leaves Vallone Family

    As CultureMap first reported yesterday, Grant Gordon has decided to step down as executive chef of both Tony's and the recently opened Vallone's steakhouse in Gateway Memorial City. This announcement comes just a week after Eater reported that Vallone's beverage director Evan Turner is also leaving ... More >>

  • Film

    October 17, 2013

    The Fifth Estate Never Puts Julian Assange into Focus

    Director Bill Condon never gives Benedict Cumberbatch room to act.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Now It's Nebraska: More Problems For The Keystone Pipeline Folks

    The folks over at TransCanada just cannot seem to catch a break. The company has been working for years to get the Keystone XL Pipeline Project -- which will go from the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, moving up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil over more than 2,000 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    For J. Lo: Five More World Leaders Who Don't Deserve a Happy Birthday

    J. Lo's Marilyn Monroe moment may not have gone as well as she planned. You see, when Monroe sang the words "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy, the controversy arose by murmurs of an affair. When J. Lo sang those words, scandal came by means of scathing headlines about human-rights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    GOP Senate Favorite, David Dewhurst: Worst. Campaigner. Ever.

    Things have not gone as planned for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. This was supposed to be easy. He had the experience, he had the supporters and he had the money. Lots and lots of it. Not to mention, he was running against some guy named Ted Cruz in the primaries -- who? By all accounts, Cruz doesn't eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Reviews For The Easily Distracted:

    Title: Haywire So Is Gina Carano The Next Big Action Star? She certainly has the acting chops for it. Uhhh... Exactly. Rating Using Random Objects Relevant To The Film: Two-and-a-half Jean Claude Van Dammes doing the splits out of five. Brief Plot Synopsis: Private security operative is betray ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Rough Justice: Bloodthirsty Bar Greets Bin Laden's Death​Osama bin Laden is dead. Following a late dinner at Van Loc Sunday, Rocks Off was a block or two away from Leon's Lounge when a friend texted us the news around 10 p.m. When we entered the bar, our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean's daughter in the military had just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Phuong Anh: New Houstonian Tells Of Her Time As Near-Slave

    Photos by Paula BeltránPhuong Anh told a harrowing tale of survival​The promise of a $300-per-month job was enough to convince Phuong Anh to sell her home in Vietnam and move to Jordan. Things didn't turn out like she expected. Earlier this week a tearful Anh told her story of resilience and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Josh Daniel Goes From Houston Press To Hillary Clinton's Speechwriter

    Josh Daniel: From the Press to some government job​In a huge step down that can only be seen as evidence of incredible drug abuse or chronic ineptitude, a former Houston Press copy editor has become the new chief speechwriter for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Josh Daniel, who had been working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Imprisoned Iran Hikers: Mom Still Has Hope, And Obama, On Her Side

    Photos courtesy Ben FellemanShane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fatta: The three hikers​Ben Felleman is almost a typical Millennial or Gen Y young man: a 25-year-old who digs the local Houston music acts, enjoys steady employment as an SAT instructor and his own freelance work as photographer, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Hikers Imprisoned In Iran Getting Houston Support Tomorrow

    Music and a vigil this Saturday​Ben Felleman is hoping that the vigil he is hosting this Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of his cousin Josh Fattal's arrest and imprisonment in Iran's infamous Evin Prison is canceled: "I would be thrilled to get that call that could transform the event fr ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Former Fed Prakash Khatri Says The Immigration Fast Track Takes 130 Years, On Average

    Approximate time on hold remaing...130 years​Some people seem to believe that for a Mexican immigrant to become a U.S. citizen and come here legally, all he needs to do is to sign some forms, pay a fee, and then wait a little while. "Eventually they'll have their day," these people say, "just like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Another Day, Another Awkward Annise Parker Statement On HPD

    Not exactly a low-key week for the new chief​Fresh off a low-key description of what's described as a "horrific" beating of a teen-age burglary suspect by Houston Police, Mayor Annise Parker has once again been forced to acknowledge some alleged HPD misbehavior.In the wake of reports that HPD offi ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    The Man Who Sued the Pope

    Houston's Daniel Shea thinks Joseph Ratzinger has a lot to answer for if he'd talk.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    KBR Rape Victim's Arbitration Award Not So Final Yet

    ​Just when it looked as if the legal battle between former KBR contractor Tracy Barker and Halliburton, which used to own KBR, was about to come to a multi-million dollar conclusion, filings made today in the rape case seem to indicate there is still some ways to go until it is all over. More th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Heroic Iraqi Refugee On His Deathbed As Family Struggles to Obtain Temporary Visas to Be At His Side

    Photo courtesy of Dario Lipovac​Houston's Iraqi refugee community is saying a painful goodbye to one of its most valued members. Now Marwan Hamza's friends are scrambling to help his family do the same. Hamza, 22, is on his deathbed at Memorial Herman hospital after crashing his car earlie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Political Change (Here And In DC) May Help Murder Victim's Mom

    Carrie Ruiz of Humble is praying that President Obama and his promised commitment to foreign diplomacy will help bring her daughter's killer to justice.Nine years ago, Ruiz's teenaged daughter, Felicia, was stabbed to death 26 times in an open field. Two of the three attackers are now behind bars, b ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2008

    Immigration: Luck of the Draw

    Some Cubans in Houston find work right away, others languish withoutEnglish skills

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007
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    August 11, 2007
  • News

    March 8, 2007
  • News

    September 21, 2006

    The Cost of Doing Business

    An oil-field services employee from Texas is shot down on the streets of Nigeria, martyr to someone's cause

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    The Plane Truth

    Houston minister Dr. K.A. Paul flies around the globe using Jesus to pull in worldwide donations -- unfortunately spending more money on jet fuel than orphans

  • News

    December 15, 2005

    Tale of Two Cities

    Catholic priest John Chinh Tran re-created Vietnam's Thai Xuan Village in Houston with an iron hand. These days his control is slipping away.

  • News

    June 3, 2004

    He Won't Back Down

    The mayor was threatened -- or maybe he wasn't

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    Relying on Reliant

    IFest makes the jump from downtown to South Main

  • News

    April 3, 2003

    Critical Condition

    Expect the Iraq war to worsen the Medical Center's reduction in Arab patients

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    A Killer Nanny

    Charlotte Foster wanted a male nanny who’d play sports with her sons. She got an escaped murderer.

  • News

    August 2, 2001

    Battle Corps

    How the fine art of diplomacy dissolved into a bitter two-word war

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Deliverance from China

    Unmarried and pregnant, she knew her options in a land obsessed with population control: Abort or become an outcast. Lijun looked for another way out.

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    Strangers in Paradise

    Kosovar refugees in Houston fight to hang on in a land they don't understand

  • News

    November 5, 1998
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    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

    Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways

  • News

    May 22, 1997
  • Music

    May 8, 1997
  • News

    February 20, 1997

    What's Driving Miss Shelia?

    With her frenetic grandstanding, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has irritated her staff, her colleagues, and even the president. she says she speaks for her constituents. But will anyone listen?

  • News

    October 24, 1996

    Recuerda (And Celebrate Life) Muerte

    Macario Ramirez is reconnecting Mexican-Americans to a forgotten cultural tradition and their own pasts. It's a tradition that Anglos are embracing, too.

  • News

    April 4, 1996

    Ana's Angel

    Jay Hamburger rushed in where others feared to tread ... only to find that no good deed goes unpunished

  • Culture

    May 25, 1995

    A Glut of Gurney

    The Old Boy is too familiar to be fascinating

  • Film

    February 10, 1994

    It's All Great

    A finished documentary about an incomplete Orson Welles masterwork