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  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Eight Can't-Miss Acts at For the Community 8

    The eighth edition of the always free and musically packed For the Community festival runs from Saturday afternoon into early Sunday morning. Once again, promoters Visionary Noise and Houston Free Thinkers have assembled a lineup of artists, poets and musicians representative of our city's diversity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Houston's Rowdiest Festival Moves to the Warehouse District

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    What Carrying the New "ReviewerCard" from Brad Newman Says About You

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    The 5 Worst Disasters In Benefit Concert History

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Heights Residents, Beware of "Door Tag" Scam

    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 >>

  • News

    November 8, 2012

    Patent Law: The New Cold War

    On the frontlines of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Don't Fall for the Mystery Shopper Scam!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Weighs Ethics Against Charity

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Hewlett-Packard Pays $16.25 Million To Settle HISD Bribe Case

    Invent new ways to get contracts​Hewlett 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 >>

  • News

    December 3, 2009

    Credit Repair

    Overwhelmed by debt? Hey, pay a company to get rid of it by saying it never really happened in the first place.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    How Not To Repair Your Credit

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    While You Weren't Tweeting: What, No More ACL?!

    ​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 >>

  • News

    July 16, 2009

    Cover Me

    Kathern Cathey thought she had an insurance policy that would save her life. Not exactly.

  • News

    June 25, 2009

    ID Theft

    Someone gets your social, ruins your credit, upends your life. And gets away free and clear.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    It's Official: Live Nation and Ticketmaster Merge

    The boards of directors of concert-industry giants Live Nation and Ticketmaster have approved a merger agreement, 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 >>

  • News

    July 17, 2008

    What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales

    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.

  • News

    February 21, 2008

    Live-Action Role-Players Get Boffed in Amtgard

    Amid flailing swords and flying shields, these modern-day knights fight on

  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Telemarketing Offers

    MGR promises help with federal grants and racks up hundreds of consumer complaints

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Texas coin companies target elderly investors

    Heads you lose, tails you lose

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    Cover Story: 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 >>

  • News

    May 17, 2007

    In the Sub-Prime of Life

    Homeowners complain that Litton Loan is quicker to foreclose than it needs to be

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Jerking Our Chain

    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 >>

  • News

    December 14, 2006

    Millionaire Mindsetters

    No skeptics need apply to this get-rich-quick proposition

  • News

    February 2, 2006

    Gaps in Coverage

    GlobalTec employees apparently aren't all they make themselves out to be

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Fool's Gold

    Desperate clients hand over thousands of dollars for a chance at a job

  • News

    July 21, 2005

    Doctor Nice

    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?

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture

  • Dining

    August 9, 2001

    Put Down That Fish!

    According to the Williamsons, the Scottish salmon you're holding may be bogus

  • Culture

    July 26, 2001

    It Happens

    Ohmigod! Five seasons in, South Park's the funniest show on TV.

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    When Life Gives You Lemons...

    Activists push for a law to keep homebuyers from getting squeezed

  • News

    November 16, 2000


    Shell Game, Desperately Seeking Susan, Hungary for Tex-Mex

  • News

    November 2, 2000

    Pumped Dry

    Gas station dealers find big oil blocking the way in their struggles against extinction

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Paying the Price

    Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Will the Real Texas Musician Please Stand Up

    The land of gee-tars and fiddles

  • News

    October 8, 1998

    Death Be Not Pricey

    In which good Ken Lambert fights the high cost of dying

  • News

    January 25, 1996


    A movie star's claim of a cancer cure spreads Cat's Claw fever through the city

  • News

    April 6, 1995

    The Wendy Card

    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.

  • News

    February 17, 1994

    Dying for Dollars

    As the death-care industry booms and consolidates, Houston's Service Corporation International is leading the way

  • News

    February 17, 1994