The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published a report on charitable giving throughout the U.S. culled from Census information. The report noted that charitable giving among wealthier Americans is down and that the most poor citizens give a larger percentage of their income to charity than the ri ... More >>
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages Under the Volcano January 16, 2014 The tremors felt in Rice Village, Southampton, and West University Place last night were not small earthquakes related to fracking. All that shook-up vibration emanated from a little five-piece combo known as Barrence Whitfield and ... More >>
West University has issued an ominous warning to residents: Your beloved small pets might get carted off by a hawk. "There has recently been a resident report of hawks or other large birds of prey nesting in the central portion of West University Place, seen near the intersection of Auden and Plumb ... More >>
A West University Place man was arrested after pretending to be a cop on the Katy Freeway. Unfortunately for 22-year-old Miles Michael Lacy, one of the people he attempted to pull over was a real off-duty cop. According to a criminal complaint filed on February 24, the incident took place on Januar ... More >>
Hard on the heels of another Midtown brawl, three young men have been charged with felony aggravated assault/serious bodily injury after a December 20 beatdown at Celtic Gardens on Louisiana Street in Midtown. Steven Weil and Grant Woodruff, both 22 and from Bellaire, and Joey Arcidiacono, also 22 ... More >>
Fifteen years after the death of a legend, there are a few stories left untold.
Rats stay in only the best neighborhoods in Houston.D-Con, the pest-control people, have released a survey of the "Rattiest Neighborhoods" in Houston. In reality, it seems more like "The Neighborhoods Rich Enough To Call d-Con if they see a mouse or rat." The company says "approximately 200 ... More >>
William Radovan TylerHe came howling out of the north, under cover of darkness, like a Viking raider of yore. And soon the legends passed among the villagers in the peaceful homesteads of Bellaire and West University Place would tell of a young man who knew not terror for his own. Nay, he kne ... More >>
Omar comin', yo, to West U"Body Bag! Got that Body Bag right here!" "Yellow Top! Who wants to get up on that Yellow Top!" "Yo, G, want some o' that Sheed Wallace? Got that Sheed Wallace, yo!" If that sounds like a scene from The Wire to you, if you are so naive that you think such brazen d ... More >>
It's been a week of good news, which is a rare and precious thing around here. No real closings to report, only a few openings and some chef shuffles, which makes for a happy Friday around these parts. News that San Antonio's Freetail Brewing Co. is planning a three-story brewpub in downtown ... More >>
If you live in the Houston area, chances are good there's a sex offender living nearby. That's no matter how well-off your zip code is. The Department of Public Safety's sex offender registry allows you to look up sex offenders by zip code; we chose some of the best neighborhoods in town and took ... More >>
Jim Shields plays in the band, yo.It's election season in West University Place, and in the race for city council, shit just got real. In one corner, there's incumbent George Boehme, a sometime restaurateur, amateur Negro Leagues historian and daredevil tree surgeon. In the other corner, t ... More >>
Ellen Cohen doesn't sound like she's ready for retirementWith Anne Clutterbuck term-limited out of representing her posh and semi-posh southwest side district in 2011, who's going to take her place? Former state rep Ellen Cohen, fresh off being a victim of the GOP tsunami, apparently is read ... More >>
We'll get to our list of the five zip codes with the most sex offenders in Houston, but first let's discuss other areas of note. Outside of one of the zips in the list that follows, the area with the most sex offenders inside the loop is zip code 77009, which takes in both the Woodland Heig ... More >>
Back in 2004, we covered the battle of man vs. coyote in League City. Now it appears the wily canines have moved the battlefront closer to town.WestUInstantNews picks up the, um, tail: Coyotes and bobcats have recently been spotted prowling the border of Bellaire and West University Place, prom ... More >>
With the recent verdict against Eugene Etheridge and the permanent closure of his infamous Gaslight Video on Bellaire Boulevard in the West University area, an era has drawn to a close. No longer can the 3500 block of Bellaire be accurately described as the Red Light District of West University P ... More >>
Famous bank robber Willie Sutton -- who lived in a time when bank robbers became famous -- was once asked why he robbed banks."Because that's where the money is," he replied.So probably we shouldn't be surprised that Houston's rash of bank robberies (it's been a record-setting year) has come to incl ... More >>
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A classic Houston hell-raiser dies after two decades of debauchery
Overkill, Saint Joe, Pick of the Litter
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In music, as in law, David Rodriguez tries to fit things together
In a turnabout, homosexuals raid a police bar
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