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  • 2 days NFL Week 7: Packers-Texans — Four Things To Watch For Houstonpress
    When you start an NFL season with a 1-5 record, like the Houston Texans have, you just inherently, by way of simple math, stop at several junctures along the schedule where you say "Welp, if they lose THIS one the season is over." Very few teams make the playoffs after ... more
  • 2 days Just Say No to Drugs (and Yes To Positive Police Relations): DARE Returns Houstonpress
    Whether or not DARE’s return to Houston Independent School District in January will successfully keep kids away from drugs remains to be seen, but one thing it will certainly do — what the district and its police department are intending it to do — is give kids more face time ... more
  • 3 days HISD Reopens 16 Schools, Changes COVID-19 Closing Standards Houstonpress
    The Houston ISD has announced that the 16 schools it temporarily closed as of Tuesday after coronavirus cases were confirmed or suspected there, will all reopen today for in-person instruction and that in the future it will take more than one case to shut down a campus. All 16 schools ... more
  • 3 days What Happens to 60 Million Trump Voters After the Glorious Leftist Revolution? Houstonpress
    The thing that scares me the most about some of the far leftists that I run into lately is their disdain for democracy. Spend any time on Twitter and you’ll run across angry users reminding people again and again that elections are meaningless, that there is no difference between President ... more
  • 3 days Houston, Texas — Where Sports Coaches and GM’s Go To Die In 2020 Houstonpress
    In what's already been a bizarre and twisted year globally on virtually every front — social, medical, political — here in Houston, the sports landscape has mirrored that craziness, as well. The results have actually been fairly cookie cutter and expected — the Texans lost in the divisional round of ... more
  • 3 days From Boom to Bust? The Future of Houston Sports Houstonpress
    It felt like we were living in the golden age of Houston sports. The Astros, coming off a World Series (yeah, we know) looked like perennial contenders. The Rockets were embarking on what would be their best regular season ever and a near miss at a championship. The Texans rolled ... more
  • 3 days In Senate Race, Cornyn Still Leads As Hegar Rakes In Cash Amid Friendly Fire Houstonpress
    While there’s been plenty of ink spilled over the showdown between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden and whether or not this could finally be the year that historically blood-red Texas turns blue, there hasn’t been nearly as much buzz around the contest that shows up second ... more
  • 3 days Bob Gruen’s Life Through the Lens of Rock and Roll Houstonpress -Movies
    While their names are often known only to music nerds and credit line readers, the iconic images taken by A-list Classic Rock and Roll Photographers are familiar from hundreds of record covers, T-shirts, posters, and prints which now can be seen in high-end galleries. This small club includes shutterbugs like ... more
  • 3 days Elmer Manzano Charged With Capital Murder In Killing of HPD Sgt. Harold Preston Houstonpress
    On Wednesday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo gave an update on the fatal shooting of Houston Police Department Sgt. Harold Preston, a 41-year department veteran just days away from retirement, who was killed while responding to a domestic violence call on Tuesday. “He was about two weeks away from ... more
  • 4 days Four Thoughts on Jeff Luhnow’s Exclusive Interview With Channel 2 Houstonpress
    On January 13, 2020, Major League Baseball handed its punishment down to the Houston Astros for using a garbage can banging scheme to steal signs in 2017 and early 2018. In addition to losing multiple draft picks and  getting hit with a multimillion dollar fine, MLB decided to suspend Astros ... more
  • 4 days HISD Closes 16 Schools Where COVID-19 Detected Houstonpress
    Well this was probably not what Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and her administration wanted to see as on just Day 2 of in-person classes, the Houston ISD has announced it is temporarily closing 16 campuses  where the coronavirus has been detected or is presumed to have arrived. The schools that ... more
  • 5 days Through Early Voting Week One, Greater Houston Casts Ballots At Record Pace Houstonpress
    Americans have already been voting like crazy, and there are still two weeks to go before Election Day on November 3. That holds especially true for Texas, where so far over four million voters have already voted early, putting the Lone Star State above all others for early voting so ... more
  • 5 days Houston Texans Likely Underdogs In Majority of Remaining Schedule Houstonpress
    The Houston Texans sit at 1-5 on the season, and even with the daunting early schedule that we all knew would be problematic, especially for an already poor defensive team that got WORSE in the offseason by letting D.J. Reader walk in free agency, 1-5 seemed like an absolute worst ... more
  • 5 days HISD Starts In-Person Classes As 13,000 Students Still Unaccounted For Houstonpress
    On Monday, Houston Independent School District’s Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan was joined by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and other local lawmakers to celebrate the district’s first day of in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic after six weeks of online-only learning. Lathan’s 10:30 a.m. press conference — held at Highland Heights ... more
  • 6 days Astros Season Ends in ALCS Game 7: Four Winners, Four Losers Houstonpress
    This has been a very difficult year for the Houston Astros. It began with the loss of one of their ace pitchers to free agency followed unceremoniously by a cheating scandal and the firing of both the architect of the team and their beloved manager. Then, the entire season was ... more
  • 6 days NFL Week 6 Shootout: Titans 42, Texans 36 (OT) — Four Winners, Four Losers Houstonpress
    The Houston Texans fell to 1-5 on the season with a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans, 42-36, and at this point, that's probably the nicest thing I can say about this cesspool of season — at least they are finding thrilling, heart-pounding ways to lose games, as opposed ... more
  • 1 week Houston Religious Leaders Present Some Saving Faith Guidelines Houstonpress
    Twenty-five percent capacity. Pre-registration for attendees. Wearing masks throughout the service. No hymnals or prayer books in the pews. No shared audio visual equipment. Social distancing. Constant cleaning of surfaces. And although the guidelines didn't specifically say so, shared communion cups are probably not a great idea right now. Before ... more
  • 1 week Springer, Correa Force Game Six with Dramatic Win: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    For the second straight night, the Astros won in an elimination game against Tampa Bay 4-3, this time forcing a Game 6 on Friday after going down 3-1 in this best-of-seven series. Unlike Game 4, however, this one began and ended in dramatic fashion with bookend home runs by two ... more
  • 1 week Houston Film Critics Society To Hold Virtual “POTUS Fest” On October 25 Houstonpress -Movies
    You may have heard there's an election coming up. In the spirit of the American Experiment, the Houston Film Critics Society is celebrating the "reel lessons of leadership" with a salute to films about U.S. Presidents and the election process in POTUS Fest: Cinema in Chief. Society members’ comments and reviews on ... more
  • 1 week On the Road with Linda Ronstadt and Young Mexican Songbirds Houstonpress -Movies
    Everybody thought she was crazy. I mean, she’s Linda Ronstadt. A reigning queen of rock and roll. Why the hell would she do a complete left (and right) turn and put out an album featuring her singing old Mexican songs in Spanish? And then go on tour with a full ... more
  • 1 week NFL Week 6: Texans-Titans — Four Things To Watch For Houstonpress
    The Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans face off this Sunday in a matchup of two teams whose last couple weeks have been disrupted in completely opposite ways. The Texans' season took a turn for the better, after an 0-4, when they decided to cut Bill O'Brien loose as head ... more
  • 1 week Daryl Morey Stepping Down as Rockets GM Houstonpress
    According to reports, Daryl Morey's decade-long tenure with the Houston Rockets is coming to a close. Morey will step down as the team's general manager effective immediately and the team will promote Rafael Stone to the GM position. Stone will become the tenth black NBA executive to hold the title of ... more
  • 1 week Astros Enter Game Five Down 3-1: Four Things to Watch Houstonpress
    The Astros clawed their way to a win, looking more like the resilient team we were used to on Wednesday night. The bats came to life (somewhat) and Dusty Baker gave Zack Greinke the opportunity to work out of a jam, and he did. It was the kind of performance ... more
  • 1 week Houston Wilderness Turns To “Super Trees” and Old Golf Courses To Fight Flooding and Climate Change Houstonpress
    Houston Wilderness president Deborah January-Bevers knew that the coronavirus was going to turn Houston upside down when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner cancelled the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in early March. When she heard the news, the local environmental nonprofit was just wrapping up a tree planting event with NRG ... more
  • 1 week The Four Prongs of Bill O’Brien’s Complex Legacy Houstonpress
    When we eventually have the stomach to look back on the Bill O'Brien Era here in Houston, I think it will be viewed as one of the more remarkable (not really in a good way) progressions of an individual hoarding power within an organization in NFL history. It will be ... more
  • 2 weeks U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Law Banning Common Abortion Method Houstonpress
    On Tuesday night, Texan abortion rights advocates celebrated a new ruling from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that finally struck down State Bill 8, the Texas Legislature’s attempt to ban the most common form of abortion used after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “My immediate reaction to yesterday’s Fifth ... more
  • 2 weeks Astros on the Brink, Down 0-3: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    The Astros came within one game of heading home for the offseason after losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Tuesday night in San Diego. It was yet another frustrating game with unforced errors and difficulty putting runs on the board. Their two runs came on solo home runs from ... more
  • 2 weeks On Early Voting Day One, Excited Voters Turned Out in Droves Across Greater Houston Houstonpress
    Early voting started with an impressive turnout in Texas on Tuesday, despite some early hiccups and delays. While a voting system snafu caused serious delays in Fort Bend County, things went off pretty much without a hitch in neighboring Harris County, where over 100,000 voters flocked to polling places. For a ... more
  • 2 weeks Four Thoughts on Texans ILB Benardrick McKinney’s Season Ending Injury Houstonpress
    Texans inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney has been a fixture on the team's defense since arriving as a second round pick out of Mississippi State in 2015. He made a Pro Bowl in 2018, and is viewed by his teammates and coaches as a leader of the team's defense. So when ... more
  • 2 weeks Computer Error Means Rocky Start To Early Voting In Fort Bend County [UPDATED] Houstonpress
    On the first day of early voting, widespread technical difficulties in Fort Bend County meant that no votes could be cast when polls opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Hundreds of would-be voters were queued up in massive lines at polling places across the county, many of whom gave up ... more
  • 2 weeks Brave New World: Training to be a Doctor in the Age of COVID-19 Houstonpress
    Baylor Med student David Vien is working in an emergency room in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. It’s March 2020 and across the country from New York City to Seattle, the threat of COVID-19 is finally becoming real to millions of Americans. The Houston area’s first case has been discovered in ... more
  • 2 weeks Astros Go Down in 0-2 Hole in ALCS — Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    The Astros have out-hit the Tampa Bay Rays 19-10 in the first two games of the American League Championship Series. Unfortunately, they've only managed three runs to the Rays six. Monday afternoon's Game 2 felt like a carbon copy of Game 1 with the Astros shooting themselves in the foot ... more
  • 2 weeks Four Reasons Bill O’Brien Should Have Been Fired After LAST Season Houstonpress
    There are plenty of people who think the Houston Texans should have fired Bill O'Brien years ago. There are plenty of people who think he should have been fired after last season's playoff debacle in Kansas City. There is NOBODY, nobody I've seen at least, campaigning for him to have ... more
  • 2 weeks Astros Fall in Game One of ALCS 2-1: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    The Astros were playing only a few hours south of where they faced off against the A's in the American League Division Series, but the feel was quite different. After averaging three home runs and eight runs per game during the ALDS, they moved on to San Diego's Petco Park ... more
  • 2 weeks NFL Week 5: Texans 30, Jaguars 14 — Four Winners, Four Losers Houstonpress
    281 days. Going into Sunday, that's how long it had been since the Houston Texans had won an NFL football game, all the way back in the first weekend in January against the Buffalo Bills in the wild card round of the playoffs. A lot has gone down since then, ... more
  • 2 weeks With COVID-19 and Finger Condoms Galore, Early Voting Sure Looks Different This Year Houstonpress
    We’re about seven months into pandemic life at this point, and if that wasn’t enough to drive you nutty, our fearless leader President Donald Trump has been infected with the coronavirus. Thanks to our divisive Commander in Chief and his knack for riling-up concerned citizens on either side of any ... more
  • 2 weeks NFL Week 5: Jaguars-Texans — Four Things To Watch For Houstonpress
    This time last week, the winless Houston Texans were heading into a home game against the winless Minnesota Vikings. For the first time all season, fans would be allowed in NRG Stadium. Try as they might, the Texans still couldn't come out on top, and as we've learned in the ... more
  • 2 weeks Astros Crush A’s in Game Four, Advance to ALCS: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    "They wanted us. They got us." - Astros catcher Martin Maldonado via Twitter. It's incredible to think how hated the Astros are, but only peruse Twitter for a while and you can feel the hate. That was even more evident after the Game 4 win over the A's on Thursday ... more
  • 2 weeks A’s Avoid Sweep, Beat Astros 9-7 in Game 3: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    The Astros finally lost in the postseason. After a sweep of the Twins and opening 2-0 on Oakland, Game 3 gave the A's some revenge, as they beat the 'Stros 9-7 and staved off elimination. Like the rest of the series, there was a ton of offense on both sides ... more
  • 2 weeks Odds On Who Will Replace Bill O’Brien As Houston Texans Head Coach Houstonpress
    Romeo Crennel officially took the reins of the Houston Texans on an interim basis yesterday, as he conducted his first practice in his new role. Crennel will not be the permanent head coach once the season is over. The future head coach of the Texans is out there working for ... more
  • 2 weeks Abbott Says Bars Can Open Next Week At 50 Percent, If County Judges Approve [UPDATED] Houstonpress
    Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday afternoon that starting October 14, bars in most Texas counties can open at 50 percent capacity — as long as local county judges approve. Like his last round of opening Texas businesses more widely back on September 17, Abbott said that the new allowances for bar ... more
  • 3 weeks Texas Supreme Court Blocks Harris County Clerk From Sending Mail-In Ballot Applications [UPDATED] Houstonpress
    On Wednesday morning, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins cannot send out mail-in ballot applications to the 2.4 million registered voters in the county. “We hold that the Election Code does not authorize an early-voting clerk to send an application to vote by mail to ... more
  • 3 weeks Astros Take 2-0 Lead Over A’s in ALDS: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    The Astros leapt out to a two-game-to-nothing lead over the Oakland A's in their best-of-five American League Division Series Tuesday in a 5-2 game leaving them just one win away from another trip back to the American League Championship Series. The bats broke out once again with three home runs ... more
  • 3 weeks Lawsuits Abound as Governor, Voting Rights Groups Spar Over Election Integrity Houstonpress
    In the last few months, the volunteer organization Powered by People founded by Beto O'Rourke, has made 4.1 million calls and registered nearly 80,000 voters. So it's not surprising that O'Rourke and Democratic leaders in Texas were not happy with Governor Greg Abbott's October 1 order restricting the number of mail-in ... more
  • 3 weeks Texan Players React On Twitter to Bill O’Brien Firing Houstonpress
    The year 2020 is a beautiful time if you're into reacting not only to big news, but also reacting to the reactions of big news. I know, real multilayered stuff, right? But social media has given us that platform, several platforms really, to sound off with our own opinions, and ... more
  • 3 weeks Abbott Winks At Reopening Bars, 18 Days After Calling Them “COVID-Spreading Locations” Houstonpress
    In his latest coy pandemic policy tweet, Greg Abbott Monday afternoon strongly hinted that he might soon relax restrictions on state bars due to Texans’ alleged success in slowing the spread of COVID-19. “Texans have continued to keep COVID under control,” he wrote. “The hospitalizations, number of new positive cases, ... more
  • 3 weeks Astros Take Game 1 of ALDS 10-5: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    The Astros exploded for 10 runs, beating the A's in Monday's Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Los Angeles. Lance McCullers, Jr. struggled as the starter, but the Astros bullpen bested the A's allowing no hits in five innings while the bats came to life and roughed ... more
  • 3 weeks Hearing Set For Harding Street Raid Investigation Despite City Hall Pushback Houstonpress
    The family of Rhogena Nicholas is one step closer to uncovering the truth about what happened during the botched drug raid last year during which Houston Police Department officers shot and killed both Nicholas and her husband in their home. On Monday, Harris County Probate Court Judge Jerry Simoneaux set ... more
  • 3 weeks Houston Texans Fire Head Coach Bill O’Brien Houstonpress
    The Houston Texans have started the 2020 regular season with four straight losses. They are 0-4. In the history of the NFL, there has been exactly ONE franchise to start a season 0-4 and go on to make the playoffs. (In case you get into bar trivia duels, that one ... more
  • 3 weeks Bill O’Brien’s Big Offseason Moves Backfired On Him Houstonpress
    Bill O'Brien is, at his core, a football coach. At the professional level, he is an adequate football coach, having won four division titles in the last five seasons (a streak that appears a lock to crash land this season, but I digress). At the collegiate level, he was a ... more
  • 3 weeks Three Killed, One Injured in Building Collapse of Soon-to-be Marathon Oil HQ Houstonpress
    The construction site of the new Marathon Oil headquarters in Memorial partially collapsed early Monday afternoon, killing three construction workers and injuring one, according to the Houston Fire Department. All 240 construction workers are believed to be accounted for after the building’s stairwell collapsed. The identities of the victims are ... more
  • 3 weeks No Chevron Houston Marathon Filling the Streets of Downtown Houston This January Houstonpress
    There won't be the usual mass of racers on course intent on PBs or just finishing. Spectators and volunteers with their placards and water bottles won't have to face the sometimes bitter cold weather of Houston in January. All onlookers can now participate from the laid back comfort of their ... more
  • 3 weeks NFL Week 4: Vikings 31, Texans 23 — Four Winners, Four Losers Houstonpress
    In the Houston Texans' first three games of the 2020 season, it was generally accepted that their opponents were on a different level than the Texans were. The Chiefs and the Ravens are two of the three best teams in football, and the Texans' opponent last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers, ... more
  • 3 weeks Months After George Floyd, Black Lives Matter Houston Keeps Fighting For A Better Bayou City Houstonpress
    By any measure, 2020 has been one of the worst years of all time. It’d still rank high on the list of most awful years if it were only for the still raging coronavirus pandemic that’s killed over a million people globally and the plethora of natural disasters that have ... more
  • 3 weeks Houston Food Banks Battle Skyrocketing Food Insecurity While Texas Slashes Budgets Houstonpress
    Local food banks have found new ways to meet increased food insecurity needs during the pandemic, even as Texas has cut a food bank grant almost in half. Food insecurity has more than doubled in Southeast Texas since March, according to Reginald Young, the chief strategy officer at the Houston ... more
  • 3 weeks HISD Board Hears Pleas From Speakers to Further Delay In-Person Classes Houstonpress
    It somehow seems chillingly appropriate that after Thursday night's parade of public speakers at the Houston ISD agenda meeting, all of whom pleaded with the district not to resume face-to-face instruction on October 19 because of COVID-19, that early today we learned that our mask-defying President and First Lady have ... more
  • 3 weeks NFL Week 4: Vikings-Texans — Four Things To Watch For Houstonpress
    You don't get these games very often in Week 4, and trust me, neither team involved in Sunday's game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans wanted it this way, but this game between two 0-3 teams is basically a playoff game for the team that loses. 0-3 puts ... more
  • 3 weeks “This is Bad Policy”: Trump Administration Proposes Restrictions for International Students – Again Houstonpress
    The University of Houston and Rice University, which both enroll thousands of international students each year, are assessing the potential impacts of the Trump administration proposal to impose narrow time limits on international student visas. Dr. Adria Baker, Rice University’s Associate Vice Provost for International Education, said that requiring international ... more
  • 3 weeks Abbott Limits Mail-In Ballot Drop-Offs Citing Fraud Fears, But Dems Call BS Houstonpress
    Citing unsubstantiated fears of voter fraud, Gov. Greg Abbott has decided that Texas counties are only allowed to have a single location where voters can drop-off their mail-in ballots, no matter the county’s size. Issued via a Thursday afternoon proclamation, Abbott’s new rule is a gut punch for Harris County, ... more
  • 3 weeks Turner’s Police Reform Task Force Releases Full Report In Detail-Free Press Conference Houstonpress
    On Wednesday, 97 long days after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed his 45-person Task Force On Policing Reform in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, the task force’s leader was given the megaphone of City Hall to officially unveil the group's painstakingly researched list of 104 recommendations on how the ... more
  • 3 weeks Rating the Roster Teardown Possibilities For Each Houston Team Houstonpress
    It wasn't all that long ago that we were touting a "golden age" of Houston sports. In early 2018, the Astros were beginning defense of the franchise's only World Series title, the Rockets were on their way to a 65-17 regular season and a deep playoff run, and the excitement ... more
  • 3 weeks Rolling Stones’ Lost Steel Wheels Concert Fires on All Cylinders Houstonpress -Movies
    In 1989, there was a lot riding (pun intended) for the Rolling Stones on the release of their new record, Steel Wheels. It had been three years since their prior LP, Dirty Work, and the feud between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been going strong in the interval. There ... more
  • 3 weeks Porn Viewing Was So Big During the First Presidential Debate Houstonpress
    Warning: Most of the links in this story lead to porn. There will be many sex puns. Who won the presidential debate Tuesday night between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden? Numbers suggest that would be frustrated masturbators and the fine people who cater to their needs ... more
  • 3 weeks Astros Sweep Twins, Move on to ALDS: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    With few expectations following a generally rough season that just happened to coincide with the weirdest year in MLB history, the Astros waltzed into Minnesota and swept the team with the best home record in baseball. It's surprising and then some because a) the Astros weren't favored and b) they ... more
  • 4 weeks TEA Investigation Slams HISD’s Special Ed Operations Houstonpress
    Calling the way Houston ISD provides services to disabled students a "historical failure," the Texas Education Agency Tuesday released the results of its 11-month investigation into the district. Harsh in its criticism of HISD, a special investigation unit of the EA concluded that a state conservator should be appointed to ... more
  • 4 weeks Bill O’Brien Climbing The Odds Board For First NFL Coach Fired Houstonpress
    On my radio show, which I cohost with original Houston Texan defensive tackle Seth Payne, Seth and I jokingly refer to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien's general manager alter ego as "William O'Brien." In other words, there are two Bill O'Briens — there's the head coach who is named "Bill," ... more
  • 4 weeks Astros Edge Twins in Game One: Four Thoughts Houstonpress
    The Astros limped into the playoffs, one of only two teams in history to make the postseason with a losing record in Major League Baseball history. They faced a team in the Twins with one of the best pitching staffs in the majors and a power hitting lineup at home ... more
  • 4 weeks YMCA of Greater Houston Nixes Long Term Locker Rentals and Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions Houstonpress
    These past six months of pandemic living have been a struggle to say the least. Like the rest of us, the YMCA of Greater Houston is doing its best to manage during these strange times, even though there’s been some disorganization and confusing messaging from the local Christian charity and ... more
  • 4 weeks Abbott and State Leaders Talk Lake Jackson’s Brain-Eating Amoeba Problem Houstonpress
    Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference an hour south of Houston in Lake Jackson Tuesday afternoon to give an update on the ongoing effort to purge a killer amoeba from that city's water supply. Area residents will be asked to keep boiling their tap water before using it for ... more
  • 4 weeks Texans Open NRG Stadium to 13,300 Fans Starting Sunday Houstonpress
    After opening their season in an empty arena, the Houston Texans announced Monday afternoon that a limited number of fans will be able to attend Texans home games at NRG Stadium for the rest of the season. Starting with this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, up to 13,300 fans ... more
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