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ITC Defends its Safety Levels, Says Fire at Plant Probably Caused By a Leak

1 day ago by Kate McLean
As the fires at its Deer Park plant continued to burn Monday afternoon, Intercontinental Terminals Company  called a press conference to announce that an environmental assessment in air quality tests done today showed "all detections were below levels that would represent a health concern." That, of course, was in direct response...

Houston By the Neighborhood: Live Longer in 77073

2 days ago by Susie Tommaney
Want to live longer? Well it seems that geography could be a factor in longevity. The number-crunching brainiac scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have dug deep into 1.6 million death records at the Texas Department of State Health Services Center for Health Statistics. They mined that mountain of data...

There Needs to be a Texan on the 2020 Democratic Ticket

5 days ago by Jef Rouner
Beto O’Rourke, who narrowly missed unseating Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms, has finally thrown his hat in the ring for president in 2020 after months of speculation. I’ve been joking that O’Rourke has been following the Avengers trailer school of campaigning, and the fact that he formally announced...

Popular Anthills Biking Trails to Be Destroyed in the Name of Flood Mitigation

14 days ago by Jeff Balke
For those who have never seen them, some of the most popular mountain biking (and hiking) trails in the city of Houston were in Terry Hersey Park on the west side of town. Known as the "Anthills," a trail of handmade winding trails snaked along Buffalo Bayou for miles inside...

Houston By the Neighborhood: Midway's East River

16 days ago by Susie Tommaney
Longtime Houstonians will remember what happened to sleepy Town & Country Mall when Midway waved its magic wand. The resulting CityCentre has turned into more than stores and shopping; it's a self-contained destination spot with green spaces, promenades and plazas, live entertainment and luxe brownstones and lofts. Magic is happening...

Harris County GOP Blames Straight Ticket for Losses and “Communist” Votes

4 months ago by Jef Rouner
Though Ted Cruz held onto his Senate seat for a second term, Republicans in Texas and the Houston area in particular saw tremendous losses in the 2018 elections. The Harris County Republican Party blamed straight-ticket voting for the “Beto Wave” in a recent statement. “I am mad,” says Communications Director...

YouTube Demonetizes Anti-Vaccine Videos

22 days ago by Jef Rouner
The YouTubers who spread conspiracy theories, misinformation, and lies about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines will no longer be able to make money doing so. YouTube announced last Friday that they would cease letting such videos be monetized. This has led to the immediate suspension of monetization of several...

Paddlers Just Might See Beavers Along Buffalo Bayou During This Year's Regatta

27 days ago by Susie Tommaney
It's been said there are no new frontiers, but we beg to differ. How many Houstonians can actually claim they've seen the Bayou City from along its actual bayous and waterways? The numbers are growing, with more and more converts getting regatta fever each year. Of course it helps when...

Who Shot Karma in the Head and Threw Her in a Dumpster?

28 days ago by Jef Rouner
A two-year-old pitbull named Karma who was found in a dumpster somehow miraculously alive after having been shot in the head is recuperating while local authorities — aided by now a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest  — are looking for who did this to her. Karma was...

Climate Change Symposium: Will Houston Become Beachfront Property?

30 days ago by Susie Tommaney
Why should Houstonians care if a glacier in Iceland, almost 4,000 miles away, has officially died out? "There's a direct connection. In a weird way we are very much connected to this," says Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology at Rice University, who says NASA scientists predict that the melting of continental...

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