University of Virginia

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    The New Segregation: Political Polarization in Houston and the U.S.

    Gerrymandering is always tossed around by lazy national media types as a reason for why our politics are so polarized. As I've noted before, this is not the case. Some of the alternative explanations are the urban/rural divide and people self-selecting to live (or move to) cities where they feel at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Sheila Jackson Lee: Smartest Person In Congress, Vocabulary Study Says

    Because (we guess) someone had to do it, a guy named Dan Kozikowski took to his Tumblr account to announce the results of a massive study of the vocabulary used in floor speeches by current members of Congress. He judged them by the "word diversity," which he defined as "how frequently a rep uses S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Executive Entertainers: America's Most Musical Presidents

    Big-money supporters were treated to the first indelible moment in Barack Obama's reelection campaign last Thursday when the President crooned the opening lyric from Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" from the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. It was just the sort of off-the-cuff instance that c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    For The Final Four: 9 Musicians Who Love College Sports

    ​After weeks of anticipation and preemptory hand-wringing over where we're going to park on Washington Ave. this weekend, the Final Four is Finally here. As with any other time a marquee sporting event comes to Houston, you can count on some familiar themes in media coverage: Where to party, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Game Time: Lawrence Taylor -- We Liked You A Lot Better When All You Did Was Sack Quarterbacks And Snort Blow

    You can't say you weren't warned when it comes to LT​There's a scene at the very beginning of the Tom Cruise hit film Jerry Maguire where superagent Maguire is shown adeptly handling all of the day-to-day duties that come with his territory. Wooing potential new clients, securing sponsorship deals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Vanity License Plates: A Place To Tout Things You Like

    Photo courtesy EDSBS​ A few days ago, the sterling college-football blog EDSBS (Every Day Should Be Saturday) noted a vanity plate designed for alumni of the University of Virginia. It had a large "V" decal on the left side, as all UVa plates do; the owner then purchased a vanity plate with the le ... More >>

  • News

    October 23, 2008

    No Pressure. It's Just Texas High School Football.

    Katy High School was going to play against a Florida team on national TV. Now all it had to do was find a way to win again.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2006

    They Got Next

    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 >>

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    These Kids Go to the Best Public High School in Houston

    This week: Our first- through fifth-place finishers

  • News

    February 23, 2006
  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Go, Baby, Go

    Behind the barricades with the Pro-Life Cougars and their dead-fetus pictures

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Global Warming Is Good for You!

    Cheap heating bills! Great gardens! Thriving civilizations! In energy-crazed Houston, friends of greenhouse gases abound

  • Calendar

    July 5, 2001

    Science for Hire

    The Mad Science Group educates kids with rock music and science

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Bobsledder

    Meg Henderson

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Race Cars

    If you're black or brown, driving a nice car will get you noticed by police in Houston

  • News

    July 17, 1997

    Holistic Touch

    Some ex-patients credit the mind-body therapy of New Age healer JoAnne Mandel with saving their lives. Others say her compassion stopped at the bottom line.

  • News

    February 20, 1997

    What's Driving Miss Shelia?

    With her frenetic grandstanding, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has irritated her staff, her colleagues, and even the president. she says she speaks for her constituents. But will anyone listen?

  • Music

    February 8, 1996

    Loose Gravel

    Pavement walks the tongue-in-cheek line between genius and junk