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  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    CSI and Science: Crime Labs Across the Country Get it Wrong

    CSI, the venerable CBS television franchise, has placed forensic evidence at the forefront of many people's mind in regard to solving criminal cases. There is a belief -- albeit one without any empirical support -- that CSI and its ilk have made it harder for prosecutors in cases to get convictions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    What Happened to Gun Control After Newtown?

    Yale law professor Dan Kahan has persuasively argued that the reason why we seem like two ships passing in the night when debating gun issues is because people disagree about the facts, as they see them: Gun-control proponents argue that greater restrictions will promote public safety by reducing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Tim Tebow's TV Career Odds

    Unlike virtually any other vocation, professional sports has a very finite, and for most players a very short shelf life. This makes post career planning (and saving money) a crucially important life skill. What will I do for work? How will I pay the bills? For numerous athletes, this transition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Texans-Chargers: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, Matt Schaub Is Mr. September!

    The way that the construction of each season's NFL schedule works, every team already knows 14 of the 16 teams they will play every season from now until such time that the NFL a) expands, b) realigns, or c) gets bored and changes the way they do the schedule. Simply put, right now each team's sche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Cougars Throttle Southern, Wipe Away Some Memories of Last Season

    The Houston Cougars got the 2013 football season off to a nice start on Friday night, defeating Southern 62-13 before 26,205 inside Reliant Stadium. It's hard to really tell much about a team after a game like this - teams like Southern are brought in for the guaranteed win, after all. But after UH ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    2013 Crimesman Trophy: Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

    College football fans of recent years will always remember October 15, 2005. It was an unbelievably scintillating afternoon of college football that included LSU knocking off Florida, an overtime thriller between West Virginia and Louisville, and the historic "Bush Push" game between USC and Notre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    How Does The 2013 QB Class Stack Up According To The "Parcells Rules"?

    A few months ago, former head coaching great Bill Parcells was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, slated to be inducted this summer. If you're looking for the reasons why, there are obviously plenty -- twice named NFL Coach of the Year, twice a Super Bowl winner, three times a Super Bowl part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Randy Moss' And Chris Culliver's Nuclear Trolling Of San Francisco

    As an NFL player playing in the biggest football game known to the free world, the last thing you want to do during Super Bowl week is give your opponent any bulletin board material. Trash talk is not highly recommended. This year, perhaps because (more likely, in spite of) the two head coaches are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Satan Hates Auburn" Edition

    I was saddened on Thursday to hear of the passing of legendary college football historian and journalist Beano Cook, who passed away in his sleep at the age of 81. Back in the `80's and early `90's, before the television landscape was cluttered with literally dozens of studio shows all blending toge ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2012

    Keep Cool and Caffeinated

    Houston's ten best iced coffee crinks

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    July 2012 in Openings & Closings: t'afia Is Dead, Long Live t'afia

    It's true: t'afia is closed. But only until August 14. That's when -- as chef/owner Monica Pope told us on Wednesday -- the restaurant will be reopened with a revamped concept. It's also true that our beloved Nabi is on the chopping block, as owner Ji Kang confirmed to Eater Houston. However, just ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Blood Money

    More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Kevin Sumlin Has Been Contacted by Arizona State, No Wait, He Hasn't...

    The Internet is awesome. Only on Twitter can you get a reporter (in this case, Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic) to definitively state that University of Houston coach Kevin Sumlin has been offered the Arizona State head coaching job, and then have literally dozens of other journalists line up ... More >>

  • Film

    August 11, 2011

    Invasion of Piracy

    Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Connie Smith: Classic Country Queen Returns With New Heartaches

    Photos by Russ Harrington/Sugar Hill Records​People often get a bit confrontational with Lonesome Onry and Mean about "country music," like the last time we went to the bank in our father's little ranching town in Central Texas. As soon as we were introduced as a "music writer," one fellow - t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Top 5 Musician Novelists

    Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?​Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    Sheet Rocker

    Rod Picott's Welding Burns is bursting with hard-bitten blue-collar songs.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Sanctus Bellum: Nothing Certain But Metal And Taxes

    Photos courtesy of Sanctus BellumSanctus Bellum at Denton's 35 Conferette in March​What fuels heavy metal music? Some might say the Armageddon that is flirting with our world; others, watching the machinations of craven political and religious leaders. We, however, can testify that some of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Houston "Best Bachelor" City: But Aren't We Also Fattest, Sweatiest, Dumbest, Etc. Etc.?

    If you like your bachelors with bad teeth, Houston's your town​Hair Balls was stoked by Houston's ass-kicking turnout in recent national listings, including Fast Company's "city of the year," and Rent.com's ranking of us as the best city for bachelors. The highly scientific Rent.com survey fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Mary Sarah Ready For The World At Age 15

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Mary Sarah on Facebook​We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Walmart Wants to Be Friends on Facebook

    ​Although Texas has weathered the economic downturn better than most states, that's small consolation to those residents still unable to feed their families. According to research published by the Food Research and Action Center earlier this year, Texas has the 13th-highest rate of food hardsh ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 16, 2010

    Third World

    Problems n a First World country

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    NFL & College Football -- Weekend's Best Bets (Nepotism Edition)

    Keeping it in the family​Okay, last week's Best Bets were centered around a random string of stories from around the internet, good enough for a 3-3 record, which means it's still yielding better results than 2009, but still not good enough for me. And damn sure not good enough for you. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    H.A. McArdle: Long-Lost Battle Of San Jacinto Painting Found In A West Virginia Attic

    Found in an attic​Anyone who's visited the Texas capitol in Austin has seen the epic painting depicting the Battle of San Jacinto, where Sam Houston whipped up on the Mexican Army.There was a smaller, slightly different version of it by the artist, H.A. McArdle, but he kept it after a commission p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Best Sporting Event I Ever Attended -- 10/15/88

    ND-Miami: No love lost​"This game was won by the Notre Dame spirit." -- Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz after Notre Dame's 31-30 win over Miami, October 15, 1988 Fact. Those eight words uttered by Lou Holtz encapsulate so much. In specific terms, it pays homage to the tradition and magic that wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Terry Grier's AP Tests Could Also Stand for Auto Power

    Photo by Margaret DowningTerry Grier has a chart for success​In Greensboro, North Carolina, Terry Grier was known as that (crazy) guy who gave a car away every year.Grier, now slightly more than one year into his superintendency in Houston, used that dramatic, crowd-pleasing technique to up the nu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    A "National" Tour Is Not L.A. To San Francisco Or A Few Festival Dates

    Pavement? Nope, not here.​Tuesday, Rocks Off was a busy beaver keeping up with all the concert announcements coming over the wire. Along with the Fitzgerald's news, it was hard to keep up with everything going on. Interpol, Stone Temple Pilots, Drake, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Guaraná Antarctica

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next five weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. The first beverage we're examining in this series isn't exactly a hidden treasure. Guaraná Antarctica, produced in Brazil since 1921, is not only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Worst St. Patrick's Day Ever: Getting Punctured By Hidden Hypodermic Needles

    It was St. Patrick's Day two years ago and traveling businessman Douglas Hodge of West Virginia decided to stop for the night at a Super 8 motel in Baytown. (Because if anything screams "luxury" it's the phrase "Super 8 in Baytown.") After getting ready for a good night's sleep, he leaned back into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2009

    College Bowl Preview: Picks By A Real Expert, The Finale

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    The Top Five Ballsiest Actors From Texas

    Jacoby Jones likes clutching his balls: Texans receiver Jacoby Jones is carrying a football with him everywhere he goes. "I'm trying to get better and not fumble, so I'm going to walk around with this all day," said Jones, who lost fumbles on punt returns in the first two preseason games. "If you ... More >>

  • News

    September 6, 2007

    Greyhound Racing

    Tracks and breeders struggle as attendance declines

  • Film

    June 28, 2007

    Live Free or Die Hard

    Even with the Mac kid at his side, John McClane is just...old

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    Medicine Show No Mo

    Breaking the seventh seal at the Sideshow Tramps' CD release party

  • Home Entertainment

    March 8, 2007
  • News

    December 7, 2006

    Punk'd!

    Graffiti artists get their moment to shine on camera

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Houston Band Cartography

    The launch of our blog brings forth a quixotic attempt toward a local music atlas

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    Music to Cover Your Eyes To

    Houstonian Nick DiFonzo has one of the world's finest collections of bad album covers

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Let the Eagle Soar

    Alt-country hero Fred Eaglesmith dumps guitars and makes a pre-Beatles pop record

  • News

    December 25, 2003

    The Sex Life of Cynthia Hunt

    Between the sheets with KPRC's ace reporter

  • Film

    January 24, 2002

    Moth-Eaten

    In this tricked-up ghost story, the truth is way out there

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    Top Ten of 2001

    The top-ranked -- and stanked -- Chronicle stories of the year!

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    Scott Miller & The Commonwealth

    Thus Always to Tyrants (Sugar Hill)

  • Film

    June 10, 1999

    Limbo Shtick

    Alaskan survival story suffers from Sayles's moralizing

  • News

    March 4, 1999
  • News

    February 25, 1999
  • Film

    February 18, 1999

    Retro Rocket

    Sputnik-inspired October Sky runs hot and coal

  • News

    November 19, 1998
  • Music

    October 9, 1997
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