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Texas Republicans Elect Right-Winger Allen West as Party Chair

17 days ago by Schaefer Edwards
Just hours before sunrise on Monday morning, the Republican Party of Texas chose former Florida congressman, conservative rabble rouser and Texas transplant Allen West to be their new chairman at the end of another chaotic day of the party’s virtual convention. West declared victory about half an hour before incumbent...

Texans Pick John Cornyn's November Foe In Tuesday's Primary Runoff

22 days ago by Schaefer Edwards
Tuesday’s primary runoff election felt just a tad different from the pre-pandemic voting days Houstonians are used to. Held in the blistering July heat after being postponed in May thanks to the coronavirus, Tuesday’s election led Houston voters to line up in a socially distanced fashion in their face masks...

Virus Fighting Words From Turner and Hidalgo: it's Time to Just Stay Home

24 days ago by Schaefer Edwards
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo both addressed the public on Monday in separate events, during which each leader reiterated their now shared view that a new area stay-home order would be the best bet for reversing the trajectory of COVID-19’s spread throughout the region. In...

Cancelled Texas GOP Convention Met With Anger, Relief and a Shrug from Greg Abbott

27 days ago by Schaefer Edwards
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner generated a predictable amount of uproar when he opted to cancel the Republican Party of Texas State Convention on Wednesday afternoon, dashing the plans of more than 6,000 would-be attendees poised to descend on the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston from July 16-18. In short...

How The Duke and The Messiah Met on the Path to Save Souls

2 months ago by Bob Ruggiero
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation By Kristin Kobes du Mez 368 pp. Liverlight $29.85 That Christian conservative and evangelicals would vote Republican in a U.S. presidential election is not surprising. More of a shock is just how fervently they have –...

Acevedo Brings Forward Family Members in Officer-Involved Shootings to Explain Why No Video Released

2 months ago by Kate McLean
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has undergone fire from the public as well as media for not releasing body cam footage of the seven officer-involved shootings that have occurred in Houston since April 21, six of which were deadly. In a press conference Saturday, Acevedo along with Mayor Sylvester Turner...

Independent Music Venues in Houston Are Fighting To Stay Alive

3 months ago by Gladys Fuentes
There is no industry that has been safe from the economic wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects, long or short term, cannot be denied but one area that will most likely suffer for a long time is the music industry. Music venues, large and small, were some of the...

Musaafer Opens May 18

3 months ago by Lorretta Ruggiero
The Indian cuisine restaurant Musaafer has finally made its way to Houston, two years to the date after we first announced its upcoming arrival in the Houston Press. It originally was slated to open in the fall of 2018 but the restaurant and hospitality industry are unpredictable at best. This project...

Gov. Abbott Closes Schools For Rest of Year, Re-Opens State Parks And Says It's Time For Retail-To-Go

4 months ago by Margaret Downing
Gov. Greg Abbott, vowing to re-open the Texas economy in a way that will still be safe and healthy for its residents announced at Friday's noon press conference that he was ordering all public, private and higher education schools closed for the rest of this school year. At the same...

Beatles Insider Becomes a Letter Man

9 months ago by Bob Ruggiero
The Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour By Peter Asher 272 pp. Henry Holt & Co. $27 Though the Beatles Bookshelf already consists of hundreds (maybe thousands?) of both in and out of print titles, a Fab Four Fan will always want to crack open one more...

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