Willie Horton

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Happy 90th Birthday George Bush Sr.: A Rousing R&B Salute

    A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert Directed by David Deutsch Shout! Factory, 120 min., $19.98 "Tonight is not a night for politics," says a well-coiffed man at the microphone with an unmistakable Southern drawl at the beginning of this concert. "Tonight is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    The James Baker Monument: Five Things It Needs

    James Baker: Not related to Velvet Revolver​Finally, there will be a reason to visit downtown Houston: A statue honoring former Secretary of State James Baker will be unveiled Tuesday.Why Baker? As the monument's official website so modestly puts it, he's "A Magnificent American."Some people might ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Tunnel Mole Hops On The Early-Voting Train

    This time of year, you tend to think about those who welcome you with open arms, ready to share their abundance. And if you think I'm talking about Thanksgiving family gatherings, you really must have just come in on a pumpkin truck. I'm referring instead to the Harris County Administration Buildin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    If Only I Had Bashed Houston, I'd Have Been President

    Michael Dukakis now knows how he could have won the 1988 presidential election: Dump on Houston. Dukakis, the epitome of a wonkish Democrat with zero charisma, was handily defeated by George H.W. Bush, partly because of the heinous "Willie Horton" political ad, which blamed Dukakis for a convicted ... More >>

  • News

    October 3, 2002

    Justice for Some

    Just who is a victim? After flexing its muscles to reform the justice system, the victims’ rights movement suffers growing pains over divisive issues.

  • News

    May 24, 2001


    Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.

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    June 11, 1998

    The Special Needs of Frank Gonzales Jr.

    The Texas parole board let him out to die; instead, he got involved in a killing.

  • News

    November 10, 1994

    Too Pharr-out?

    The GOP tried to peddle a story about Ann Richards' own "Willie Horton," but the state's press corps wasn't buying