As the population of Texas has swelled since the mid 1970s, the number of native Texans has shrunk, according to a fascinating chart from the New York Times blog The Upshot. In their "Where We Came From, State by State" story, charts for every state in the country show the number of people moving in ... More >>
The Anita Hill doc doesn’t bother making a case.
Texas ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to access to emergency care, according to a report card just released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. That's a big fat F for that category. The state ranked 38th overall (a "D ") in the report, which measures "America's emergency care e ... More >>
University of Texas law professor Sandy Levinson (he's also a visiting professor at Harvard) is one of the most respected constitutional law scholars in the country, and, increasingly, one of the most iconoclastic. Levinson's scholarly crusade been calling attention to the Constitution's "hard-wired ... More >>
Remember when Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, said he was just a banker doing "God's work"? That statement was both false and borderline blasphemous. Some folks who are actually doing the lord's work are the people at Polaris Project, an NGO, which started The National Human Trafficking Resou ... More >>
It must be a tricky thing being the Environmental Protection Agency, especially when it comes to the political minefield that is fracking. Hydraulic fracturing - the process of shooting sand, water and chemicals into an oil well to get the oil and natural gas trapped in the formation flowing - is a ... More >>
We all know the reason Jasper, Texas is famous... Butterflies! Oh wait, no, sorry. That's from Bizarro World, where the answer isn't "hate crimes and murder." It's one of those East Texas towns, like Vidor, that the rest of the state keeps waiting for someone to make a horror movie about. Barring th ... More >>
Michael Cimino revisits his notorious flop Heaven's Gate, which maybe was a masterpiece all along.
True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his or her boots to c ... More >>
It's not too late to order those Valentine's Day sweets for your sweetie -- and if you order from Fluff Bake Bar, you can make the gift even sweeter: A whopping 40 percent of the proceeds from the bake sale will go to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. Pastry chef Rebecca Masson has put together a menu of Fl ... More >>
The most well-known prank in Rice history took place on a warm spring morning in 1988. A few years after the idea first crept into their keg-addled minds, a handful of engineering students erected a pair of 24-foot A-frames around the campus's centerpiece, a one-ton statue of William Marsh Rice that ... More >>
Texas is only spending 2.4 percent of the tobacco settlement money it collects on tobacco prevention campaigns, placing the state near the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control's recommended state-spending list, according to a December report. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' report states t ... More >>
Just imagine it all awayA guy who told debtors he could erase their credit card debt because there's no such thing as "credit" just landed into some money problems of his own: Bob Lindsey must repay $13.8 million to hundreds of Texans who signed up for his Freedom From Debt Alliance program. ... More >>
Think all bourbon comes from Kentucky? Think again.
Say your insurance agent or financial adviser asks you to invest $25,000 on a sure thing with a "guaranteed" rate of return, with a company you never heard of. Do you cut a check right then and there, without asking a single question? Well, that appears to be what nearly 300 folks in Tex ... More >>
This means sonething different when Ben Roethlisberger does itOkay, so now we can put the whole Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers thing to bed, right? While Aaron Rodgers still has a ton of work to do to build the overall resume of the Ol' Dongslinger, yesterday's win over the Steelers, and just as ... More >>
You'll never know what gets you in TexasBetween tainted peanuts and fatal spinach, we feel like there have been a lot of Texas food scares lately. But it's the stuff we don't hear about that gave Texas a failing grade in a new study of how states report icky food outbreaks. If you live in Texas an ... More >>
Masson's famous Fluffernutters and the main ingredient: Fluff.Rebecca Masson is one of Houston's top pastry chefs and proprietor of Fluff Bake Bar, her online pastry shop. This petite woman's fiery energy and drive has taken her far and wide, from Wyoming to Paris to New York to Houston. This ... More >>
Texas Tech, innovating againAs if the Texas Longhorns didn't have enough troubles, what with struggling to beat Rice and Wyoming to open the season, now they face their most severe challenge ever.They go to Lubbock this weekend to play Texas Tech, and the student government at Tech is asking stud ... More >>
The most important character in this play based on true events is never seen
Bull rider Tyler Smith. Rodeo cowboys basically live on the road, traveling with men and women crazy enough to ride, rope and wrestle live animals for a paycheck. Each day, Hair Balls is asking a different cowboy to tell us a little bit about himself and his wildest story from a life of rodeo. Na ... More >>
A quick look at the DVDs being released today once again proves that there's no accounting for taste. The box office money makers are Disney's The Princess and the Frog, which raked in more than $102 million, and Ninja Assassin, which pocketed just over $38 million. Then there's Did You Hear Abou ... More >>
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Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Feel It In The Air" (Lil' Flip's Haiti Tribute) Solid stuff here. Wire to Wire Bun B - who headlines t ... More >>
Okay, this is your last chance to see one of the few theater productions this month that doesn't feature Santa, Scrooge, Frosty, or a talking Christmas tree: The Laramie Project at FrenetiCore Theatre. (Thank you E Catter Productions and the Cast of Eight for saving us from wonderland overload!)T ... More >>
Unless you were around here almost 30 years ago and traveling in the music scene, Mickey Clark probably means nothing to you. But the inside liner sleeve on Clark's new album, Winding Highways, is the Anderson Fair music calendar for March 1980. Nanci Griffith and John Grimaudo both had two-day ... More >>
There's a pretty interesting election going on for boss of the sheriff's department in Waller County, a mostly rural area on the western border of Harris County. The elected candidate will be the first new sheriff in two decades, because long-time sheriff Randy Smith is retiring. The candidates are: ... More >>
The rising price of diesel hits independent owner/operators the hardest
Five Times August performs Saturday, May 5, at Mojo Risin', 1600 Shepherd, 713-426-1505.
Lisa Collins took the Paxil her doctor prescribed. There was supposed to be no problem with her continuing it during her pregnancy. Now, it seems, there was.
Ludacris rankles the white pride of the National Alliance and Bill O'Reilly
Why the best teen movie of the year, based on a beloved novel, won't be in theaters
The solution to Houston's image problems? Spin them away.
Ellen Trevathan finds her own brand of salvation driving people to and from the city economy lot at the airport
As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad
Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed
Ten days of alternative films roll out with Get Real
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