In case you hadn't noticed, there's a war going on in River Oaks over a subject we're sure every human being finds endlessly fascinating: chemicals from dry cleaners leaching into groundwater. On one side are the heirs to the Melcher family fortune, who own the property at 4202 San Felipe leased by ... More >>
The Harris County Attorney's Office will move to enforce strict regulations on a Houston game room after a federal judge denied the owner's motion for temporary injunction. Fabian Elizondo, who owns the Cavalcade Game Room at 1828 Airline, had sued the County, the Harris County District Attorney's ... More >>
"The Track" has moved, apparently. Last May, we wrote about how County Attorney Vince Ryan was suing the Plainfield Inn at the corner of the Southwest Freeway and Bissonnet Street because it was home to prostitution and other general criminal activity. Those in the know referred to it as "the Track" ... More >>
There are plenty of sexually oriented businesses in and around Harris County. For the most part, they are basically harmless, unless you count failed marriages, sexual addiction and alcoholism. So, when one goes bad, and in this case allegedly REALLY bad, the Harris County Attorney's office steps in ... More >>
We don't know what you'll be wearing for Halloween, but in County Attorney Vince Ryan's eyes, the FM 1960 Babes North is already in full costume. According to a news release from his office Monday, Ryan filed suit against the business establishment, "alleging that it is a place where persons go fo ... More >>
Two Precinct One Harris County Constables have filed suit against Harris County and their immediate supervisor, Constable Kenneth Berry, successor to indicted former chief Jack Abercia. In both of the suits filed yesterday, plaintiffs Sergeant Kevin Williams (formerly of the Civil Division) and Ma ... More >>
Harris County attorney Vince Ryan is asking a court to force a southwest-side apartment complex to beef up its security measures because it is currently a hazard to residents. Ryan's office has filed against the owners of the 251-unit Point at the Southwest, in the 11500 block of Keegans Ridge Road ... More >>
The city and county have filed a suit seeking to shut down the strip club Treasures, calling it a public nuisance. They've been threatening to do this, most recently at a state hearing where dancers tearfully pleaded with officials not to close it down. "The Houston Police Department has made nume ... More >>
Harris County attorney Vince Ryan announced he's suing a collection of companies for 45 years' worth of pollution in the San Jacinto River, and he's asking for up to $25,000 a day in penalties. Ryan is suing International Paper Company, Waste Management, Inc., Waste Management of Texas, Inc. and Mc ... More >>
Shell pays up.Shell Chemical has settled a threatened lawsuit over not notifying Harris County of five pollution incidents at its Deer Park plant, County Attorney Vince Ryan has announced. "The failure of a company as large and prestigious as Shell to notify the county of serious air-polluti ... More >>
The word went forth at 9:30 this morning. Christina Garza, spokesperson for Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, e-mailed reporters to tell them of a new development."Sheriff Announces Employee Bill of Rights," read the e-mail header.Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has developed an Employee B ... More >>
Inmates emerging from the Harris County Jail tell remarkably similar stories of horrible conditions inside.
The ACLU of Texas is criticizing Harris County's criticism of the U.S. Department of Justice's criticism of Harris County Jail. Hair Balls isn't sure who to criticize yet. In a press release, the state chapter's legal director calls County Attorney Vince Ryan's response to the DOJ ... More >>
Reporter John Mecklin worked a long time in Houston for the old Post; he also served as an editor at the SF Weekly, the San Francisco paper in our very own Village Voice Media chain.He's now editor at a magazine called Miller-McCune, a publication started by a Southern California philanthropist; ... More >>
Photo courtesy Harris County Attorney's officeLuis Ortiz, the polluter who was sentenced to five days' jail time for failing to clean up his auto-salvage business, went behind bars today after a last-ditch effort to stay free.Ella Tyler of the county attorney's office tells Hair Balls district judge ... More >>
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Photo courtesy Harris County AttorneyHere's something relatively new: A Harris County polluter is going to jail.Vince Ryan, the new Harris County Attorney, has decided to make pollution a priority, and he went after the owner of a northside auto-parts salvage company that had been dragging its legs ... More >>
Saying he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, the former city councilman serves up cherry information to his current political opponent
Democrats' dilemma: the difference between antiwar and anti-U.S.
Who wants to be interim city controller?
Airing out Darryl Carter's dirty laundry, with the help of Womack's campaign
Will Montrose come home in 2001?
Learning to love the one-party state
Hordes of city candidates block-walk, while voters sleepwalk
Former Houstonian Charles Kathryn McGuire has been a millionaire, a transvestite, a socialite, a political candidate and a woman. Now, with son James's first play on stage in New York City, she's Daddy Kathryn.
Roland Garcia has the political backing to be the U.S. Attorney for South Texas. He also has a brother imprisoned for murder and drug trafficking -- a fact he somehow forgot to tell his congressional sponsors. That may not be enough to disqualify him, but
What happens when the county's premier good ol' boy tangles with a sensitive '90s-style guy? It ain't pretty.
County attorney candidate Mike Fleming brands his opponent a traffic-court jockey. Sylvia Garcia labels him a special-interest pawn. You be the judge.
In the Kingdom of Bob, lawyer Joe B. Allen is the prime minister of vested interests
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?
Two soon-to-be-unemployed politicians may be headed for a City Council showdown
Bob Lanier's buddy Billy Burge wants to play the power game the way it was played in the old days. . . . . . But the rules have changed.
A former prosecutor finds it was easier to investigate ethically challenged officials than to run against one
Robert Eckels and Vince Ryan fight the battles of the past as they fight each other for county judge
His campaign manager's gone, his headquarters got smoked, but domestic bliss awaits