• Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Study Focuses on Youth Pot Use, Should Focus on Pill Popping Instead

    The Prevention Resource Center at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston has released its annual Regional Needs Assessment, which gathers a ton of data and compiles it to identify everything you need to know about substance abuse. The study shines a light on what's going on in our area (Region 6 ... More >>

  • News

    January 23, 2014

    Behave Yourselves!

    Let's all stop embarrassing Texas now, please.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Let's All Stop Embarrassing Texas Now, Please

    Texas, we're starting to earn our reputation. When we look at the recent headlines out of Texas that have made national news, it's pretty easy to see why folks outside the Lone Star state think that we all ride our horses to work. Our antics are becoming the punch line for national jokes, and real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    David Feherty Makes Hard Truths Funny at Waggoner Foundation Speaker Series

    Golf Commentator David Feherty hasn't recovered. He's made that clear in his address at the Waggoners Foundation Speaking Series fall luncheon at the Hilton Americas-Houston on Friday. He's not cured of alcoholism or addiction, he's just not drunk right now. The luncheon benefited the Council on Alc ... More >>

  • News

    July 18, 2013

    Innocent Bystander: An Innocent Man Wins in Court But Loses in the Long Run

    Roderick O'Bryant got sucked into a court case that stole his life from him.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Jamie Lee Curtis Speaks at Drug Council Fundraiser, Michael Myers Nowhere to Be Seen

    It was nice to hear Jamie Lee Curtis talk about something other than yogurt that helps you poop, for a change. The Curtis who gave a speech Thursday at a fundraising luncheon for the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houstonwasn't the smiley Activia-fairy who magically appears whenever a woman somewhere ... More >>

  • News

    April 25, 2013

    Thieves' Bazaar: Medicare Fraud

    Hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation's sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Sharon Russell: Mom Sues HPD (Again) For Auctioning off Evidence Related to Daughter's Suspicious Death

    Approximately three years ago, the Houston Police Department auctioned off evidence that prosecutors planned to use in a tricky case against a disgraced lawyer named Shawn Roberts. Roberts's girlfriend, Tara Sganga, was found dead in her apartment in March 2007, and prosecutors planned to use Sganga ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2012

    Breaking It Down: The Hard Stuff

    Painkiller addiction is one of the largest and fastest-growing problems among today's younger veterans.

  • News

    March 15, 2012

    Breaking It Down

    It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Christmas Catfight Lands Mom and (Alleged) Meth-Peddling Daughter Behind Bars (w/VIDEO)

    Trinity County Constables OfficeBrandy Liles: Now facing another felony, on top of two from her earlier case.​A woman charged with meth possession earlier this month is behind bars again after she and her mother were filmed beating a woman they suspected had been working with the police. Acc ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2011

    Turkeys of the Year 2011

    We combed through an abundance of riches this year to bring you the best of the worst

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Collins and Gorathy Uwake: Feds Seize Over $1M and Five Fancy Cars in Drug Raid

    Wikipedia CommonsOf the five rides cops seized in their raid, police say that Collins Uwake loved his Titan the best.​With a Missouri City drug raid late last month, agents from the DEA and multiple other local and state agencies closed an investigation into the activities of husband-and-wife ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Clarence Leroy Teel: Cops Raid Hospital Room, Find Well-Stocked Illicit Pharmacy

    Some people get happy in different ways​According to court records, it all started on August 14 when a nurse at Methodist Willowbrook hospital noticed that the patient in room 6412 was leaving a few syringes around. That struck her as odd, as the patient in that room, 52-year-old Clarence Lero ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    The Wrong Ones Are Just Right On Deceiver

    ​The end of the world has been on people's minds lately, what with the Mayans apparently penciling in the apocalypse next year and the Rapture rain-checked for October of this 'un. That preoccupation with the end of the world is why we skipped straight to 'Doomsday Transmission" on the Wrongs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Porter Man Texts Cops To Set Up Drug Deal; Mom (aka "Butterbean") Talks Self Into Felony Bust

    Travis Huffman is not happy​Texting dong shots is not the only way to get in trouble with your cellphone. Just ask Porter mother and son Travis Edwin Huffman and Kimberly "Butterbean" Meadows. Police in Montgomery County say Huffman, 25, was trying to set up a hydrocodone deal with one of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Ex-Con Jason Wayne Crockett Lives Up to Middle Name and Nickname

    Brazos County JailJason Wayne "Crash 'Em Up" Crockett​We've said it before and we are duty-bound to say it again: Please, parents, get off the Wayne train when your baby needs a name. And as if having that apparently-crime-causing middle name wasn't bad enough, 28-year-old Jason Wayne Crocket ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011

    Dead Center

    Bad things keep happening to people in Shawn Roberts's orbit.

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    One Last Hit of K-2

    Fake weed's final freewheeling days

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Last Night: Jonsi At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Austin Miller​Jonsi Verizon Wireless Theater October 27, 2010 This is not an article about Jonsi. There are no articles about Jonsi, because there are no words for Jonsi. He is pre-linguistic. Go try and write an article about what it feels like to smell colors, why don't you? Desc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Open Up And Say Ahhh: An Oral Surgery Playlist

    ​If you're reading this around the time it's published, Rocks Off will once again be in the dentist's chair. This has been something of a recurring theme for us this summer, as we have been trying to reverse years of neglecting our poor gums by undergoing several surgical procedures that do no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Where Are We Peeing (And Buying Possibly Stolen Merchandise)?

    Craig Hlavaty ​Haggard Gentleman: "You ever saw that movie Righteous Kill with Robert De Niro?" Where Are We Peeing: "Yeah, I guess so. Why?"  HG: "You wanna buy it?" WAWP: "Nah, I'm cool. Thanks though." HG: "You wanna get fucked up? I have Vicodin and some sherm. You wanna smoke? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Get Lit: I Am Ozzy by John Michael Osbourne

    ​In the long line of rock and roller autobiographies, there is a tried and true formula. You must always recall your humble troubled beginnings, like Anthony Kiedis did with 2004's heroin-addled tome Scar Tissue. Or you single-handedly re-write your own already decadent folklore like Motley Crue d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Man, That Was Going To Be One Laid-Back Jail Stint

    ​If you're going to be stuck in jail for a while because of a hit-and-run charge, you ought to enjoy the experience, right? That's certainly the philosophy Anna Sporleder of Friendswood follows. The 30-year-old woman was arrested on the old "failure to stop and give information" charge and wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Great Green Room In the Sky: The Grim Reaper's 2009 Musical Roll Call

    ​Thankfully, 2009 was a sorry year for the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter. Aside from the not terribly unexpected (but still weird) demise of the King of Pop, few bona fide legends went on to the Great Green Room Beyond the Sky. The Rock Death Meter rates rock deaths on a ten-point scale in three c ... More >>

  • Film

    December 10, 2009

    Maniac Cop

    New Orleans as breeding ground for one Bad Lieutenant.

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Pop Rocks: Tips For Strip-Mining Our Childhoods

    ​Spike Jonze's live-action version of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are led the box office this weekend, grossing over $32 million. Last month, another children's book adaptation, Sony Pictures' version of Judi and Ron Barrett's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, scored similar numbers f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Grant Langston's Plastic Honky-Tonk

     California, we have a problem. It is much the same problem we encounter with the whole Texas music phenomenon championed endlessly by Best In Texas music magazine: calculated, paint-by-the-numbers music and writing. This was one of LOM's chief criticisms of L.A. tonker David Serby's latest eff ... More >>

  • News

    July 16, 2009

    Cover Me

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

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Come Help a Brother Out This Friday

    Roburt Reynolds Rocks Off knows we make it look pretty easy down here, but it's really not. Case in point: On his way to cover Balaclavas' SXSW showcase in March - that's right, bands were there from all over the world and we're checking out the locals; that's how much we love you - Rocks Off first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Now We Know Why Wal-Mart Has That Smiley Face

    The U.S. Attorney's office has just announced the break-up of a major drug operation. It was run by Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, so you know it was convenient and cheap.Wal-Mart Stores paid the Southern District of Texas a $637,000 fine in order to close cases involving Wal-Mart Pharmacy and Sam's Club ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 3, 2008

    Totally Commercial: Super Bowl Color Commentary with Miss Pop Rocks

    Let’s get right to it: Half an hour before the show starts, I’m watching Don Shula, Emmitt Smith, and others reading the Declaration of Independence. Can someone explain to me what the Hell this has to do with the Super Bowl? Break out the frozen pizza…here we go. Jordin Sparks is singing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2007

    Rotation: Trailer Tapes

    Chris Knight The Trailer Tapes Drifters Church Records In the summer of 1996, Houstonian Frank Liddell and a 22-year old engineer named Joe Hayden took some beer, guns, fishing poles, and a portable tape machine up to Chris Knight's mobile home in Slaughter, Kentucky. Knight wasn't on the nationa ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

  • Music

    March 23, 2006


    Mr. Beast

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005

    Carlin the Shots

    Fresh outta rehab, grouchy George is here to spread his vitriol

  • Music

    May 19, 2005

    Addicted to Fluff

    Racket and company's American Idol symposium

  • Music

    November 18, 2004

    Page Turning

    Helmet is back, with only its head intact

  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    Opie Hendrix & The Texas Tallboys

    San Jacinto (Def-Texan Records)

  • Culture

    February 20, 2003

    Natural Disaster

    Was Terry Gilliam the man who killed Don Quixote?

  • Film

    February 20, 2003

    The Devil You Know

    This comic book adaptation may be gritty, but Ben Affleck isn't

  • Film

    February 13, 2003

    Bloody Hell

    Daredevil is a grown-up adaptation, but still too two-dimensional

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    The Good Doctor

    Michael Brown made it big in the hand clinic business. But as his wife discovered, there was a much darker side to this dynamic surgeon.

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Curiouser and Curiouser

    Ex-congressman Stockman is labeled a co-conspirator in prescription fraud

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    In Arms' Way

    Phil Arms once saved Ron Garner from a life of sin. Garner tried to return the favor when confronted with evidence of the preacher's drug use. But Arms viewed it as just a Judas kiss.

  • Film

    April 13, 2000

    Drug Rehab: The Comedy

    Alcoholism undergoes the Sandra Bullock treatment in 28 Days

  • News

    September 3, 1998

    Heal Thyself

    Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects