U.S. Navy

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Fireman's Widow Sues Over Training Course Death

    The widow of a volunteer Atascocita firefighter who died of overheating during "smoke diving" training in Beaumont in 2012 has sued two firefighters' groups and a safety council, accusing them of gross negligence leading to his death. Captain Neal Wade Smith, 46, a U.S. Navy veteran and father of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    USS Texas is a Reminder of D-Day Glory

    If you want to thank a veteran on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, head to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. That's where the USS Texas rests as a museum ship. The 573-foot-long battleship is one of only six remaining ships to have been a part of both world w ... More >>

  • Film

    January 9, 2014

    Lone Survivor Shows Our Boys Suffering but Doesn't Ask Why

    Peter Berg's latest ia a jingoistic snuff film.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Gunning for Theocratic Vote, Dan Patrick Bent on Forcing Christ Back Into Texas Politics

    There's a saying, often attributed to novelist Sinclair Lewis, that can sum certain strains on the American right: "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and waving a cross." And while the phrase always comes across as a bit screechy -- we've spent 237 years swearing in on a B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    NASA's New Astronauts: Half Women, None Alive for the Moon Landing

    There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Robin Kirby, C.J. Chenier, The Suffers, etc.

    Robin Kirby Last Concert Cafe, June 18 Singer-songwriter Robin Kirby entered the Houston music scene in 2008 after leaving her band Robin & the Hurricanes behind in Dallas. Since then she's been constantly on the go, offering a stripped-down and honest style that sounds absolutely timeless. Kirby' ... More >>

  • News

    April 11, 2013

    Eyes on Texas

    North Korea Is Aiming Nukes at...Austin?

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The Top 25 Music Videos of 2012, Nos. 5-1

    Never before have I agonized so hard over the picks for best music video of the year because never before have I had the kind of selection that 2012 offered. The art form is alive and well like never before, and we are entering a new renaissance of cinemaudio. Today we reach the videos you simply ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Bassman Cometh: Jerry Scheff On Working With Elvis, Dylan & The Doors

    Way Down: Playing Bass with Elvis, Dylan, The Doors & More By Jerry Scheff Backbeat Books, 240 pp., $19.95 Bassist Jerry Scheff had a bird's -eye view of a lot of musical greats in the '60s through the '80s, and in this memoir, the easygoing, affable storyteller tells about his experiences and how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    The Bridges of Texas: 12 Beauties

    We don't do rustic covered bridges here in Texas; we don't do massive Golden Gate spans either. But that doesn't mean the state isn't home to some beautiful pieces of bridge art. You can look for abandoned bridges here. Here, though, are a dozen of Texas' best. ​12. Suspension Bridge, Waco T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    The 10 Best Warplane Films, According to Real Aviation Buffs (No Top Gun, Thank You)

    Featuring a proto-beatnik jet pilot​With the possible exceptions of horses and ships, no other non-speaking entity has starred in so many motion pictures as the airplane. And we love airplanes. We love them so much we've probably seen every last airplane movie worth watching, and even more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Texan Sails Across Atlantic to Mark a U.S. Government "Cover-Up" of the USS Liberty Incident (Update)

    Courtesy of Jean Garst(From L to R) Larry Toenjes, Sherry and Joe Wagner aboard their 39-foot sailboat.​Larry Toenjes was living a pretty nice life in Clear Lake Shores, Texas with his wife Jean Garst. Then, in April, the 74-year-old retiree decided that he would ditch his comfy existence to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Las Puertas: 10 Things You May Not Know About The Doors

    "Hey Robby, don't try to look too not-stoned in our press still. Thanks, buddy."​On this day in 1965, The Doors began recording demos together, laying down some songs set to Jim Morrison's freaky poems. Nearly 50 years later, the band is an exalted classic-rock group, firmly implanted in that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Get Ready: The Five Best Post-Apocalypse Books Not Written by Stephen King

    It was the `70s, man​The Rapture, as has been reported, is coming tomorrow morning. About this there is no doubt, according to some of the most influential and knowledgeable billboards in the nation. Being bright-side-of-life kinda people, we've offered five terrific results to come from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Five Presidents Who Could Kick Chuck Norris's Ass

    Abe Lincoln: Let's get rrrrready to rrrrumble​In our continuing series of scholarly meditations on the United States Presidency, we now bring you a list of five presidents who could kick the crap out of Chuck Norris. Of note: only one of the top five served after 1908, although two honorable m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Hilton Kelley: Port Arthur Oil Refinery Activist Wins Huge Green Prize

    Photos: Goldman Environmental PrizeHilton Kelley, winner of "the green Nobel"​Ten years ago, by anyone's standard, Hilton Kelley was living the dream. Then just turning 40, he was in sunny California, having escaped his malodorous hometown of Port Arthur via the United States Navy. After his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Sierra Club Takes Its Oil-Spill Act To The Offshore Technology Conference

    Photograph courtesy US NavyA hunka, hunka burnin' Gulf​Dressed in a black business suit with a fake BP badge on the lapel, Sierra Club spokeswoman Donna Hoffman pretended to be a BP company exec giving a press conference after an oil spill."I want to reassure everyone that the oil spill, outside o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010

    In the Heights

    All that singing and dancing might help the characters in this musical reach their dreams quicker

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Documentary About Tattoo Legend Being Shown Tonight At Rocbar

    For the past three years, director Erich Weiss has been piecing together a documentary on the life of legendary tattooing pioneer Sailor Jerry. Tonight, Rocbar (530 Texas) hosts a special screening of Weiss' film, Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry, complete with complementary Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum for tho ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 10, 2009

    Bayou City Concert Musicals: On the Town

    Sailors sing their way through the city that never sleeps

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2009

    Memorial Day Rockers, Part 2: The Navy

    The U.S. Navy has an equally strange list of famous musician alumni as any other branch: Two musical laughingstocks and a titan of mournful soul were former midshipmen.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    To The Shores Of Tripoli: Five Pirate Movies

    We're not saying the Somali pirates are bad at their job, exactly; just that it doesn't take a lot of skill to take over ships when you're the only guys with guns. They showed the extent of their foresight most recently by hijacking some American ships, thus rousing the sniper-y might of the United ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 9, 2009

    Island Grinds

    Two new Hawaiian fast-food joints are bringing down-home Asian fusion to Houston.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Lisa Nowak Ordered To Undergo Psychiatric Testing

    Lisa Nowak, the former Houston astronaut whose lovesick, (possibly) adult diaper-enabled 1000-mile drive from Houston to Orlando made international news in 2007, has been ordered by a Florida judge to undergo psychiatric testing.According to an Orlando TV station, Nowak's attorneys might be planning ... More >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    Guantánamo's Final Days: Profile in Cojones

    Top Pentagon lawyer Alberto Mora risked his career arguing against Guantánamo abuses. Now he's an Obama man

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 2: Measuring Time Mars Volta-Style, Led Zeppelin Rumors and More

    Photo by Dawn Jones-Garcia Nope. No Page. Just Plant. * C3 and Capitol Metro have really improved their shuttle-bus efficiency. Granted, both the Mars Volta and Manu Chao were far from through when I left the park, but the line never stalled for more than about 30 seconds. In fact, it took almost e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008

    The USS Houston -- A Sub That Lives Up To Our Name

    Ever since her commissioning in 1982, the nuclear submarine USS Houston has been spreading Space City's good name across the oceans. Why, even its hull number -- 713 -- is as Houston as you can get. The area-code connection isn't the only tres-Houston thing connected with the ship, though. It has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008
  • Music

    February 15, 2007

    Borrowed Stories

    Ruthie Foster on love and politics

  • News

    July 20, 2006
  • Film

    January 26, 2006

    Rocky Waters

    Annapolis salutes all the classic boxing clichés

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Against All Odds

    A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    Lay of the Land

    Kenny Boy's fall: a sign of Houston's corporate culture gone wrong

  • Culture

    March 10, 2005
  • News

    September 9, 2004

    Six Feet Blunder

    Bring out your dead -- and wait

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2004

    Man with the Mike

    Ernie Manouse chitchats with visiting stars

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    All Duct Up

    From leftist camps and corporate security to semi-panic and port patrols, Houstonians tackle terrorism threats. Sort of.

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Searching for Normal

    At Clements, Muslims push church-and-school issues

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Roller Derby

    Wheelchair basketball is for wussies. And park your pity at the door. Welcome to quad rugby, where quadriplegics slam their opponents into the hardwood.

  • Music

    August 22, 2002

    Ruthie Foster

    Runaway Soul (Blue Corn Music)

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Racist Radio?

    A rights group forms after local airwaves flow with anti-Chinese sentiments

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    Fatal Illness Claims Renaissance

    Troubled youngster succumbs on steps of Public Trough

  • Music

    February 18, 1999
  • Calendar

    June 18, 1998
  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

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

  • Culture

    January 29, 1998
  • News

    September 14, 1995
  • Music

    September 29, 1994

    Somber News from Nashville

    Townes Van Zandt hospitalized with lung problems

  • News

    June 23, 1994
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