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  • News

    December 26, 2013

    Beer and Blood: Ash Rowell's Murderer Is Still at Large, and His Mother Wants to Know Why

    Eleven months after his shooting death, there are still more questions than answers.

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    JFK: A Few of Our Favorite Batshit Crazy Conspiracy Theories

    One of the greatest disservices Jack Ruby did when he killed Lee Harvey Oswald was unleash a neverending stream of conspiracy theories ranging from insane to slightly-less-insane. Most of these are benign, and in their own way entertaining; some, like deranged Orleans Parish District Attorney Jim Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    More JFK Assassination "Swag" Hits the Auction Block as Anniversary Approaches

    We're rolling up on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, so of course everyone in possession of items with any tie whatsoever to the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, is coming out of the woodwork and popping their stuff up on the auction block. We all know about the in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Lee Harvey Oswald's Wedding Ring on the Auction Block

    As we roll up to the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, a lot of weird stuff keeps getting brought up and it seems like everything that was ever even slightly related to the president, Jackie, or his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is up on the auction block. The frenzy of merchandising and tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: Wine and Dine on the Hill

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    The Turtles: The Raunchiest Band of the '60s?

    Even the most voracious reader or rock-music biographies and autobiographies would be hard-pressed to find a better opening sentence than Howard Kaylan, lead vocalist of The Turtles, has in his new memoir Shell Shocked. "I was snorting coke on Abraham Lincoln's desk in the White House," it reads. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Texas Activist Chains Neck to White House Fence (German Bike Locks Rock)

    If you've never heard of Diane Wilson, you've probably heard about the environmentalist who poured Karo syrup on herself on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., to protest the BP oil spill. (That was Wilson.) Or about the one who chained herself to the Dow Chemical tower in 2002, ... More >>

  • Film

    May 2, 2013
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    February 12, 2013

    Guess Who Is Bringing Ted Nugent to the State of the Union Address?

    Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, arguably the Tea Party's No. 1 advocate on Capitol Hill, has already had an eventful first term his second time in Washington. About three weeks ago, Stockman said he was ready to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama if Obama's proposed gun-contr ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2013

    Jonestown's Medicine Man

    A young Houston physician designed a lethal cocktail that killed more than 900 men, women, children and babies at a place that was supposed to be a paradise but is better known as Jonestown.

  • Culture

    September 6, 2012

    Mamet’s November Lacks Bite

    The Alley Theatre's production is funny — and forgettable.

  • News

    August 23, 2012

    Your Gonzo Guide to the Republican National Convention

    From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    William Park: Helena Brown's Volunteer "Senior Adviser" Owes IRS $339,000

    City Council Member Helena Brown's volunteer "senior adviser" William Park, who was barred from the investment industry last year and has come under criticism for his apparent influence over the councilwoman, owes the Internal Revenue Service $339,160 in federal liens, raising significant ethical co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    William Park Denies Getting Banned By FINRA, Then Says He Was Banned By FINRA

    Read what else we wrote about Councilwoman Helena Brown and her adviser William Park today. City Councilwoman Helena Brown's volunteer "senior adviser" William Park issued a lengthy third-person press release today about himself, denying that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ever banned ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    Who's Behind Helena Brown?

    Some say the councilwoman known for her diatribes is influenced by senior adviser William Park, who last year was banned from the investments industry.

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    The Best & Worst Of All Possible Buzzfests

    Photo by Marc BrubakerWe did it all for the nookie.​This weekend is Buzzfest XXVII in Houston, 94.5 The Buzz's bi-annual all-day throwdown at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Rocks Off has covered a few of the shows in the past few years, including the May 2010 edition where we took along ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    James Vernon McVay: Obama Assassination Plot Foiled After One Murder in Planned Spree

    South Dakota State PrisonJames Vernon McVay: Proud Houstonian​James Vernon McVay wanted to kill President Obama. After his arrest in Wisconsin earlier this month, he told police that he believed the best way to do that was to stalk the commander-in-chief while he was playing golf and pick him ... More >>

  • News

    July 21, 2011

    The Unexpected Guest

    Suave, with impeccable but false credentials, "Dennis Shaw" moved easily through River Oaks society.

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Andy Surface: Alvin Man Sends Fake E-Mail Invoice to Fancy New York Magazine Publisher, Gets $8 Million

    Andy Surafce: Alvin man dupes New York sophisticates​While we never endorse fraud, we have to give up some grudging applause for one Andy Surface, of Alvin. According to federal prosecutors, Surface set up a company with a name that sounded a bit like that of the company that does the publish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Sorry, Pitchfork & Rolling Stone, Kanye's Fantasy Is Not Perfect

    ​Out since Monday, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy finally hit stores to what is seeming to us like mass audience acclaim. It's hitting in the right spots, lyrically and musically, and now, one by one, the critics are weighing in. A week or so ago Rocks Off turned in our own ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    George W. Bush's River Oaks Book Signing: In The Belly Of The Beast

    Photos by Brittanie SheyGeorge W. Bush signs copies of his memoir, Decision Points, at River Oaks' Barnes & Noble. See more photos of the booksigning and small protest in our slideshow.​By 5 a.m., more than 100 people were already camped outside the Barnes & Noble in River Oaks for a chance to ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2010

    Under Fire

    Present and former officers accuse HCC's police chief of not treating his employees fairly.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Dieter Heinz Werner: In Allegedly Stalking Ex, AARP Card Holder Shows Mad Tech Skills

    Photo courtesy HCSOThis guy not only sounds like a Bond villain, he looks like one​While jilted Romeo and alleged GPS aficionado Dieter Heinz Werner might have a hard time taking no for an answer, you have to hand it to the 68-year-old text-a-holic for keeping up with the times. If what court reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Chamillionaire's Inaugural Diary, Part 4: Bush Departs, Obama Arrives

    Photos by Massa Mohawk The sweetest revenge for eight years of failed policies came when the helicopter door opened. To watch former president George W. Bush walk to that helicopter and wave bye to the world had to be the most memorable moment of the entire inauguration. Who would have thought that ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2007

    The Year In Film

    Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more

  • News

    October 13, 2005

    Game Four: A Bitter Sweep Ending

    The Astros’ attempt to win without scoring somehow fails

  • Calendar

    March 3, 2005

    Made in Japan

    The MFAH pays homage to an American's love of Eastern film

  • Film

    December 23, 2004

    Fahrenheit 2004

    Remembering the movies that heated up cinemas this year

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Yin and Yang

    The killing of Dimebag Darrell rains on Michael Haaga's Continental Club Plus and Minus Show parade

  • News

    February 5, 2004

    Turkeys Fly

    Houston actually pulls off one crazy week

  • News

    December 25, 2003

    The Sex Life of Cynthia Hunt

    Between the sheets with KPRC's ace reporter

  • News

    April 4, 2002

    Power House

    What do Lakewood Church and its pastor Joel Osteen have that most mainline Protestant denominations don't? People. Lots of them. And in an assortment of colors.

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Man's New Best Friend

    In the wake of September 11, security dogs have become must-have items. Prices have skyrocketed. There aren't enough German shepherds.

  • Film

    August 16, 2001

    The Mild West

    American Outlaws' parallel dimensions diminish Jesse James into a cuddly, goofy bore

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Pass or Fail?

    A former employee claims a KPRC reporter counterfeited press credentials

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    Confidence Man

    Is the BBB's Dan Parsons the most honest man in Houston?

  • Film

    April 5, 2001

    A Tangled Web

    Along Came a Spider's flimsy plot survives only because of its many cheats

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Left Return

    Once burdened by debt and internal politics, a rejuvenated Texas ACLU is back mixing it up with those who dare to trample on the U. S. Constitution.

  • News

    May 4, 2000

    Bullets After Brunch

    Marc Kajs repeatedly asked the police for protection. They said theycouldn't do anything until his stalker physically harmed him. Eight bulletslater it was too late.

  • News

    February 24, 2000

    Boots and Hoots

    Rocky Carroll crafts footwear for presidents and popes -- but not the Houston Rodeo

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    The Wrong Enemies

    Judges may be gunning for James DeAtley, the interim U.S. attorney

  • News

    July 9, 1998

    The Party Boys

    Politics pulls out the hard "soft" cash, Houston-style

  • Film

    November 20, 1997

    French Originals

    A new film festival displays the latest in Gallic cinema

  • Film

    July 24, 1997

    Going Down

    Air Force One nose-dives into an ocean of ennui

  • News

    June 26, 1997

    Pain for the Prosecution

    Assistant district attorney Kristen Pain sent criminals to jail -- and then went to jail herself.

  • Calendar

    January 2, 1997
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    October 24, 1996
  • Film

    September 14, 1995
  • News

    June 15, 1995

    Mad Dog's Demise

    Alan Mabry was a man on a mission. His death last month left friends, colleagues and authorities baffled -- as did his obsessive life.