When the city's preeminent music festival announced its lineup last week, some observers questioned whether this year's lineup had enough bang for the buck. One of Houston's fastest-growing music fests, For the Community, has no such problem, though. This weekend's installment, the fest's seventh, f ... More >>
With Yelp currently tangled up in piles of Federal Trade Commission complaints about its business practices -- which restaurant owners allege range from libel to extortion -- a new scourge upon the dining scene seems poised to take its weaselly place: the ReviewerCard. First reported in the LA Time ... More >>
Benefit concerts are great. The practice of bands playing to raise money for a cause can be as local as helping a fellow unsigned musician pay for their son's hospital bills to as international as world hunger. Though we may pinch our noses at the perceived sanctimoniousness of people like Bono and ... More >>
Yesterday, when I got home to the house I rent in Lindale Park just east of the Heights, I found a door tag (see image) on my door alerting me that someone attempted to deliver a package and directing me to call a number to reschedule delivery. My first couple attempts ended with no connection until ... More >>
On the frontlines of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.
Like most of the rest of us, Algernon Morehead of Humble could always use a few extra bucks, so he looked online last month for ways to become a mystery shopper -- people paid by market research firms to evaluate the shopping experience at a variety of companies (usually retailers). He filled out ... More >>
Texas is ablaze today, wildfires ravaging Bastrop and threatening small towns outside of Austin. Fifty-seven fires are burning across 100,000 acres of Central Texas, and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed since this latest rash of fires broke out on Monday. And in Austin, local blogger ... More >>
Invent new ways to get contractsHewlett Packard has agreed to pay a $16.25 million fine to settle a case that involved improprer gift-giving to school-district employees in Houston and Dallas, the Associated Press is reporting. The allegations came in connection with the federal government's ... More >>
Overwhelmed by debt? Hey, pay a company to get rid of it by saying it never really happened in the first place.
You might think that a business couldn't squeeze much money out people who are tens of thousands of dollars in debt, but where there's a will, and perhaps a paucity of ethics, there's a way.This week's Houston Press cover story takes a look at a rift between two "debt invalidation" companies, in ... More >>
Whether you helped rip Zilker Park to shreds or you simply groaned inwardly (and rolled your eyes outwardly) every time someone gushed about Them Crooked Vultures, everyone's got their own brand of ACL war story to propagate. But since we know that you suckers actually ruined your Ferragamos ... More >>
Kathern Cathey thought she had an insurance policy that would save her life. Not exactly.
Someone gets your social, ruins your credit, upends your life. And gets away free and clear.
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 >>
That kid at your door with a magazine order form will tell you a story -- part sad, part hopeful. The truth will be infinitely worse than you can imagine.
Amid flailing swords and flying shields, these modern-day knights fight on
MGR promises help with federal grants and racks up hundreds of consumer complaints
Heads you lose, tails you lose
You’ve probably seen the ads for rare coins, maybe while waiting to get a cavity filled. They run in stodgy mainstream pubs such as Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. If you looked closely, you saw at the bottom of the page, in itty-bitty type, a disclosure: “We may contact you from ti ... More >>
Homeowners complain that Litton Loan is quicker to foreclose than it needs to be
All we wanted was the chance to make a few jokes about one-handed typing. Honest. So our fearless blog editor gets an e-mail from a PR company about a new porno site called Red Light Center. Think "X-rated Second Life." He asks if I want to write anything up for this venerable blog, but then we d ... More >>
No skeptics need apply to this get-rich-quick proposition
GlobalTec employees apparently aren't all they make themselves out to be
Desperate clients hand over thousands of dollars for a chance at a job
Steven Hotze uses a warm, easygoing manner to peddle natural hormones to women, at thousands of dollars a pop. So who cares about credentials or documented results?
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
According to the Williamsons, the Scottish salmon you're holding may be bogus
Ohmigod! Five seasons in, South Park's the funniest show on TV.
Activists push for a law to keep homebuyers from getting squeezed
Shell Game, Desperately Seeking Susan, Hungary for Tex-Mex
Gas station dealers find big oil blocking the way in their struggles against extinction
Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed
The land of gee-tars and fiddles
In which good Ken Lambert fights the high cost of dying
A movie star's claim of a cancer cure spreads Cat's Claw fever through the city
Wendy Gramm's all-American success story is a centerpiece of her husband's fledgling presidential bid. But there's more to the story than what's being packaged and sold by the Phil Gramm campaign.
As the death-care industry booms and consolidates, Houston's Service Corporation International is leading the way