This story was updated to include a statement from Governor Rick Perry Hobby Lobby has 15 stores in the Greater Houston Area, and none of them will have to offer insurance coverage for birth control methods the company equates to abortion. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Religious Freedom ... More >>
Over the Rhine -- as a band, as an entity unto itself -- has been an unexpected journey for its two primary members, husband and wife Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler. "It is mind-boggling," says Detweiler, who plays the acoustic guitar and keyboards, and occasionally sings. "The fact that we ... More >>
"Excuse me, ma'am. Would you like to dance?" We've only just stepped foot in the bar, but have already been invited onto the dance floor a few times. Our two left feet are hesitant to oblige. "Come on," she coaxes. "She'll hold your drink, I'm sure." Nancy, the woman standing over us at Neon Boot ... More >>
All are welcome at the LGBT country bar.
Legendary country singer Ray Price is not long for this world. But he's not quite gone yet. Earlier Sunday afternoon, reports of Price's death began surfacing on the Internet from news outlets including Country Weekly, Rolling Stone, USA Today and even Nashville's Tennessean -- none of them citing ... More >>
Scores of great female chefs are ignored.
If you love wings, TVs and cheap drinks, you'll be happy to learn that Pluckers Wing Bar has landed in Houston. While it's the concept's first location in the Bayou City, the company has 14 other spots scattered throughout the Austin area, where it began, and in Dallas and Baton Rouge. I got a g ... More >>
With the Affordable Care Act tied to the federal budget, and the Senate and House of Representatives about as cooperative as a herd of sugared-up, nap-free toddlers, it seemed inevitable that the government would shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday...and it did. A government shutdown hasn't happene ... More >>
A Houston man arrested in a four-state, multi-agency investigation into dogfighting ring resulting in the seizure of 367 pitbulls won nearly $35,000 after one fight, according to a recently unsealed indictment. Demontt "Wheelchair" Allen, 37, and 11 others have been charged in an Alabama federal c ... More >>
Dwight Howard is bringing his talents to Houston and will be joining the Houston Rockets. It ended up being D-Day after all for Howard, according to USA Today. It appears that the hashtags, kolaches and celebrity endorsements were enough to get Howard to leave Hollywood and head to Space City. No o ... More >>
Sports is big money, and for every $100 million contract where a team sees a return on their investment and then some, it feels like there's five where a team walks away with some serious buyer's remorse if not right after the signing, certainly by the time the contract has played itself out. Of th ... More >>
The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.
College football's methodology for selecting its championship game participants (and its marquee four bowls outside of the title game, for that matter), the BCS, is cloaked in numerous flaws that when all is said and done, more often than not give us a title game shrouded in controversy over who act ... More >>
Through the first few weeks of the football season, I had been combining my foremost thoughts and remembrances of the weekend that was in football -- Texans, college, and general NFL -- into the ever popular "4 Winners, 4 Losers" post. However, now we've got three weeks of college football in the b ... More >>
The Food and Drug Administration's approval Monday of a pill shown to reduce the risk of contracting HIV is a "game-changer," according to AIDS Foundation Houston's director of prevention services. The pill, Truvada, was shown to "cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42 perc ... More >>
I was excited enough when YouTube announced it was launching "Geek and Sundry" in April, a new channel devoted to all things geek and featuring shows by such geek icons as Felicia Day. But then the video Web site had to go and up the ante. Today, YouTube announced that it will be launching another ... More >>
J. C. Reid, Texas: Chicken fried steak is one of Chris's areas of expertise, which he puts to good use in this Food Fight-style battle between two of the great CFS joints in town: Barbecue Inn and Triple A. I was just happy to see that my favorite won. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: P.J. Stoops's Total ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes you think and ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerBuxton at Rudz in AugustLonesome Onry and Mean has been spinning local sensation Buxton's upcoming release Nothing Here Seems Strange for almost two weeks now. And we're sorry, but we still don't get it. Maybe we are old and jaded and out of it, but to us it sounds l ... More >>
Qui-Gon in your room?Today, it was announced that the House of Representatives Page Program, a program both steeped in history and marred by scandal, is coming to an end. According to USA Today, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the $5 million annual expenditu ... More >>
Feels goodWhen the graphic to the right appeared recently in USA Today, it led to talk about how a good editor needs a dirty mind to spot things like, we guess, a huffing sun giving a hand job to a thermometer. But really, the weather always seems to attract the unfortunate sexual reference ... More >>
We're a cheap date.USA Today's travel section has a column by a SmarterTravel.com writer listing the top five bargain destinations for the summer traveler. Among them: us. Probably because Houston has to offer a hell of a lot of discounts to get anyone to come here during the summer. It's a ... More >>
CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled.
Bellamy Bros. may hold new single against her a good deal longer... Jive RecordsBritney Spears' new single, "Hold It Against Me," leaked yesterday and was officially released earlier today. As of this moment, it's blowing up the charts at iTunes and radio. The song sounds as if she walked ou ... More >>
Congratulations to Houston folksinger Glenna Bell. Her "The Cougar Anthem," from this year's Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder, was singled out Tuesday alongside Aaron Neville, Keith Richards, Norah Jones and Paul McCartney & Wings in USA Today's weekly "The Playlist" feature. I ... More >>
Photo via White House Flickr group"Anyone seen Bill?"President Barack Obama is visiting Texas -- including Houston -- next month to raise money for Democrats, but Bill White won't be appearing with him.White, in fact, has gone out of his way to be snippy about it, telling USA Today "I was in the ... More >>
McGonigel's Mucky Duck, called by USA Today one of the top listening rooms in America, celebrates its 20th anniversary this evening. Originally leased but now owned by proprietors Theresa and Rusty Andrews, the operation has grown from a shoestring-budgeted enterprise to become one of Houston's m ... More >>
There are restaurants that simply sound unappealing based on their name alone; the presence of health department violations certainly doesn't help bolster that appeal. This week, we're featuring places that just sound like they had it coming. Finger Licking Bukateria (9811 Bissonnet) sounds too un ... More >>
School officials are always talking about percentiles, since we live in a mandated-testing world.USA Today has come up with percentile listings no school wants to be a part of: they tracked 12,800 schools to see how many toxic chemicals were in the air outside the buildings.You no doubt will be shoc ... More >>
You wont find any green beer at this St. Paddys party
Who or what the hell is Irie, anyway?
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Fit for a King (Almost)
There was a curious phrase in a USA Today report of the Nielsen BDS, Arbitron and Radio & Records. It's just a blurb, but it speaks volumes if you read between the lines a little. First, Akon's "Don't Matter" from his Konviction CD is still in the No. 1 spot, where it's been now for six weeks. Along ... More >>
According to USA Today, Yahoo music (Music.Yahoo.com) is supposed to be adding lyrics search to artist pages and top song lists. A free search engine will find song lyrics for users who enter a phrase or song title. Trouble is we can't find the search box. Oh, little search box, come out, come out w ... More >>
Houston rapper Paul Wall's Get Money, Stay True got only lukewarm reviews from USA Today last week but that didn'tstop the CD from debuting number eight on the Billboard 200. It currently sits at the number one spot on the Top Rap Album and number two on the R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard charts.
USA Today reviewed Houston rapper Paul Wall's new CD Get Money, Stay True today. The April 3 release got a lukewarm two and a half stars rating by reviewer Steve Jones, who calls Wall "a likable hustler." Apparently, Wall is very, very likable - he's number 207 on the Amazon list of best selling CDs ... More >>
Daniel Kramer Seems like yesterday that young Haf was crashing local prom parties... Journalistic powerhouse USA Today has an interesting story today about the young people. Seems TV's Judy Woodruff and a team from MacNeil/Lehrer Productions are traveling the country, hoping to speak to and lea ... More >>
The Chron cooks the books for a circulation boast
Salman Rushdie lashes out at his favorite targets in Fury
Just who is behind the McVeigh ads is called into question
Mary Cutrufello wanted to be a rock star. For a moment she was.
Houston media hit the GOP convention