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  • 1 day Preparing for a Hurricane Evacuation Houstonpress
    As Hurricane Barry rolled into the central Louisiana coastline over the weekend, no doubt many Houstonians were breathing a sigh of relief. While Barry wasn't exactly a blockbuster storm, it dropped dozens of inches of rain across a wide region from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama north to Arkansas. For anyone ... more
  • 1 day Rating Former Franchise Icons Acquired By Houston Rockets Since 1995 Houstonpress
    As the NBA offseason simmers down, and the MLB trade deadline approaches, we are reminded that we are very fortunate here in the city of Houston to be rooting for teams that are on the FUN end of the trades where a superstar player is changing teams and the team ... more
  • 2 days Rockets Announce Westbrook Trade: 4 Pros, 4 Cons Houstonpress
    On Tuesday, the Rockets announced the trade that sent Chris Paul and draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook. The trade, which was first reported last week, was one of the biggest blockbusters in an offseason of massive deals. There has been, and will continue to be, ... more
  • 2 days Four Thoughts On The Houston Texans’ Madden 2020 Scores Houstonpress
    How do you know that a sports video game is the most important sports video game in the history of the gaming genre? Well, I would say that the annual release of the game being a major talking point on talk radio and among players is a pretty good start, ... more
  • 3 days Astros Finally Go to “Opener” With Injuries to Starting Rotation Houstonpress
    A recent trend in pitching in baseball has been the "opener," a starting pitcher that goes maybe an inning or two before handing over the ball to a reliever, who is typically designated as the primary pitcher. It's typically stopgap measure used when a team feels like they have a ... more
  • 3 days Six People Most Affected By Texans’ Decision Not To Extend Jadeveon Clowney’s Contract Houstonpress
    Amid the predictable contractual outcome between the two sides, the saga between the Houston Texans and defensive end/linebacker Jadeveon Clowney took some interesting turns on Monday afternoon.  The 3 p.m. deadline for a new deal came and went, and to the surprise of virtually nobody, the Texans and Clowney did ... more
  • 3 days Houston By the Neighborhood: New Homes Replace Flea Market in Spring Branch Houstonpress
    What does Spring Branch mean to you? For parents, it's access to an award-winning school district that's worth paying a bit more in property values. For old school Houstonians, it's a region of phenomenal growth that saw tiny West Belt morph into the massive West Sam Houston Parkway/Beltway 8 — ... more
  • 3 days 50 Years After Apollo 11: Earthrise, A Giant Leap, and Mission Splashdown Houstonpress
    This week we continue our citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. There's tons to see and do, plus discover more events in the first two stories in our series (shown below). This week we've got massive celebrations at Discovery Green, stormtroopers at the Children's ... more
  • 4 days First Westbrook, Then Chandler…Is Iggy Next? Houstonpress
    The first ten days of free agency ended in a whirlwind for the Rockets who traded Chris Paul and draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for former MVP Russell Westbrook. We can get into the whole "will this thing actually work" soon enough. For now, Rockets GM Daryl Morey ... more
  • 4 days Who’s Making Amazon Prime Days Happen and What Do They Have to Do to Make You Happy? Houstonpress
    Surrounded by calls for work stoppages and strikes and following a highly uncomplimentary segment on the working life of its employees on Last Week Tonight with host John Oliver, Amazon is soldiering on with its two special Amazon Prime days starting today through Tuesday. Whether it was these factors or ... more
  • 4 days Mickey Gilley on Houston, Honky Tonks and Hollywood Houstonpress -Movies
    Mickey Gilley is probably not into numerology. But there are two double digits that he brings up several times each during our interview: 83 (his age) and 17 (his Billboard No. 1 country music hits – the titles of most which he rattles off with ease). “George Strait has more ... more
  • 4 days Four Thoughts On Jadeveon Clowney Contract Deadline Day Houstonpress
    So I'm back after two weeks in the woods in upstate New York, and like any two week period on the sports calendar, there has been some things that have changed and some that have remained the same over the first half of July. An example of the former would ... more
  • 1 week Rockets Trade Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook in Blockbuster Deal Houstonpress
    Less than two weeks into free agency, it appeared the Rockets had swung and missed. They attempted to land Jimmy Butler, who opted for Miami. Even second tier free agents found other homes while the Rockets  managed only to retain their own. In one of the craziest offseasons in NBA ... more
  • 1 week No GM in 2019? What the Hell are the Texans Doing? Houstonpress
    For years, it appeared that the Texans would never part with former GM Rick Smith. Through questionable drafts and failed free agent moves, he remained in place, quite literally at the side of beloved former (and now deceased) owner Robert McNair. When Smith stepped down because of his wife's battle ... more
  • 1 week The Dos and Don’ts of Rainy Weather Driving Houstonpress
    While it appears we will dodge a bullet when it comes to potential-Hurricane Barry, seeing a storm rumble through the Gulf of Mexico should not only trigger some Harvey-related PTSD, but remind us that during hurricane season, we often have to deal with bad weather. Forget the wind, water kills ... more
  • 1 week Soon-to-Be Tropical Storm Barry on a Path for Louisiana Houstonpress
    The disturbance labeled Potential Tropical Cyclone Two (eventually Tropical Storm, perhaps Hurricane, Barry) spent overnight Wednesday stumbling around the north central Gulf of Mexico remaining a rather disorganized blob. Forecast models, which had begun trending eastward in forecast tracks yesterday continued that overnight, some even putting a bulls-eye on the ... more
  • 1 week Four Keys to the Astros Second Half Houstonpress
    While the first half of the season actually ended about a week back, the unofficial start to the second half of the season begins on Thursday, just days after the All-Star game in Cleveland. With a seven-and-a-half-game lead in the division and only two losses separating the Astros and the ... more
  • 1 week Gulf Disturbance Expected to be a Hurricane at Landfall Houstonpress
    The forecast for what the National Hurricane Center has deemed Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 — what is likely to become Tropical Storm and eventually Hurricane Barry — remains rather uncertain Wednesday morning. The center of circulation is over water, but most of the thunderstorm activity is spread across a huge ... more
  • 1 week Astros Perform Well in AL’s Seventh Straight All-Star Win Houstonpress
    In a season where balls are flying out of ballparks at record pace and much of the discussion leading up to baseball's midsummer classic were about whether or not those balls are "juiced," the 90th annual All-Star game at Progressive Field in Cleveland felt a bit like a throwback. The ... more
  • 1 week Bregman Falls in Home Run Derby, Verlander to Start for AL in All-Star Game Houstonpress
    The Astros are well represented at this year's midsummer classic in Cleveland. On Monday, the league held its annual home run derby and Alex Bregman participated for the second straight year. Although he had a good outing with 16 homers in his first at bat, the man opposite him, Dodger ... more
  • 1 week Still Much Uncertainty Surrounding Gulf Disturbance Houstonpress
    The National Hurricane Center is giving an area of low pressure drifting south across the Florida panhandle a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next two days. The disorganized system will emerge over the eastern Gulf of Mexico sometime Tuesday and is expected ... more
  • 1 week Hot Listing: Travel to Provence By Way of River Oaks Houstonpress
    Just listed on the market is a new estate home that borrows the best from Provence, blending modern conveniences with antique chandeliers and marble mantles. On the lot once owned by Andrew Blackmore and Ruth Munson Blackmore, Jennifer Hamelet and her design-build firm Mirador Builders have created a stunning 8,116-square foot ... more
  • 2 weeks NBA’s Weeklong Free For All: Four Winners, Four Losers Houstonpress
    There have been moments in the NBA summer that have included cleverly executed plays, rim-rocking slam dunks and teams desperately trying to play defense in a league increasingly dominated by the other side. No, it's not the annual Las Vegas Summer League we are describing. It's the radical restructuring of ... more
  • 2 weeks Alamo Drafthouse Gets Ready for Once Upon a Time With Homework Series Houstonpress -Movies
    As the joke goes, when Quentin Tarantino was asked who he wanted to star in his ninth feature film, the reply was "Yes." So among the 176 actors appearing in the upcoming Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood, set to release July 25, you'll see Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio ... more
  • 2 weeks Possible Gulf Disturbance Could Affect Houston Area Later in the Week Houstonpress
    Just over a month into hurricane season, the first decent chance for a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico is being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. Right now, it's just an area of low pressure over northern Alabama, but it is forecast to slowly move south-southeast over the ... more
  • 2 weeks Five Ways You Can Help Improve Houston Traffic Houstonpress
    Houstonians spend a lot of time grumbling about what the government could and should be doing to improve the traffic conditions in our city. We talk about expanding freeways, filling potholes, trying alternate forms of transportation and increasing public transit options. But, we can help the situation as well. Sure, ... more
  • 2 weeks Astros Have a Chance to Break Away with Spate of AL West Games Houstonpress
    The Astros have won five straight, sweeping the Mariners and the Rockies in consecutive series. Counting that series against Seattle, seven of their eight series between June 28 and July 24 are against AL West opponents. As of writing this, the Astros were eight games up on the A's for ... more
  • 2 weeks Fireworks: A Cautionary Tale Houstonpress
    I tried to hide it. As I scurried back into my house, my right hand behind my back, I did my best to sneak off to my room, but then I heard her voice. "Jeff, come in here." It was my mom. Some friends of the family had stopped by ... more
  • 2 weeks Black Girls Ride Members Head For the Essence Festival On July 4 Houstonpress
    Thirty women led by Jaqueline “Feisty” Branch, dubbed the “motorcycling grandma,” will begin their ride on Thursday, July 4 from Houston to New Orleans to attend the 25th anniversary Essence Festival celebrating  African American culture and music in America. Under the banner of Black Girls Ride, the first motorcycle magazine ... more
  • 2 weeks Astros Eyeing Pitchers as Trade Deadline Looms Houstonpress
    The MLB trade deadline is less than a month away and the Astros are rumored to be in hot pursuit of some arms for both the rotation and the bullpen. It's no wonder they would target both. While Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole remain about as steady as they can ... more
  • 2 weeks Tampering and the Flaw in NBA Free Agency Houstonpress
    Unquestionably, there are no more fun times in sports off the field (or court) than the trade deadline and the opening day of free agency. And for every league, when it comes to free agency and excitement, the NBA is king. On Sunday, we saw dozens of transactions hit the ... more
  • 2 weeks Long Holiday Weeks and Traffic: Four Things to Watch For Houstonpress
    The first week of school is basically heaven at malls and movie theaters. If you have avoided them all summer long, that is your time to revisit them. On weekdays, they will be empty and about 50 times less annoying than days earlier. The same holds true for certain portions ... more
  • 2 weeks Verlander, Bregman Lead List of Six Astros Headed to the All-Star Game Houstonpress
    The Astros are one of the most talent-laden teams in baseball and, not surprisingly, they will have the largest contingent of players from any team representing them at the All-Star game this season. The midsummer classic will feature third baseman Alex Bregman, outfielders Michael Brantley and George Springer, starting pitchers ... more
  • 2 weeks Houston By the Neighborhood: Montgomery Near Lake Conroe Houstonpress
    Historic Montgomery is one of the oldest towns in Texas, getting its start as a trading post in 1826 and having bragging rights as the birthplace of the Texas Lone Star flag. Located near Texas 105 and FM 149, its town center is just about 15 miles west of Conroe ... more
  • 3 weeks Jimmy Butler Chooses Miami Over Houston Houstonpress
    Day one of NBA free agency didn't disappoint. The Brooklyn Nets landed both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, plus Deandre Jordan. The Warriors replaced Durant with D'Angelo Russell. The Celtics replaced Irving with Kemba Walker. The Sixers re-signed Tobias Harris and nabbed Al Horford. And the Knicks essentially got screwed ... more
  • 3 weeks HISD Trustees Make Several Changes to the Administration’s Budget Proposal Houstonpress
    Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan watched Thursday night as the majority of the school board, counting on trustee Anne Sung’s mathematics skills, rejected her refusal to redo her 2019-20 budget and passed one with  significant amendments that reset priorities on pay and funding. In the end, by a vote of 5-1 ... more
  • 3 weeks Three Houston Astros Named Starters In MLB All Star Game Houstonpress
    Amidst the roughest portion (back to back home losses to the Pirates by a combined score of 24-2) of the roughest patch of the season so far (nine losses in their last eleven games), the Houston Astros received a bit of good news on Thursday night, as an MLB-leading three ... more
  • 3 weeks What Will the Gamble on Jimmy Butler Cost the Rockets? Houstonpress
    Daryl Morey has been telling everyone who will listen he believes that not only will the Rockets be back with roughly the same lineup of players, but he expects them to be the favorites in the Western Conference. With just days before the opening of free agency, however, rumors are ... more
  • 3 weeks Contract Extension Predictions For Houston Texans Before 2019 Season Houstonpress
    We are now in Week 3 of our local football front office crisis — I'm joking, I'm not nearly as concerned as some others are that the Texans haven't hired a general manager yet — in which Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, EVP of Team Development Jack Easterby, and Senior ... more
  • 3 weeks The Case For Jack Easterby as New Texans General Manager Houstonpress
    Last Friday, in this space, I put together an odds board on the permanent general manager solution for the Houston Texans. About half the scenarios on the board involved some method of eventually acquiring New England Patriots Director of Player Personnel, Nick Caserio. As you all know, Caserio was the ... more
  • 3 weeks Rockets, Harden Take Shots on Twitter After Antetokounmpo Wins MVP Houstonpress
    Predictably, James Harden came in second to Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP balloting as announced during the NBA Awards on Monday night. Despite a record-breaking year for Harden, it was widely expected Antetokounmpo would win the award. In fact, he dominated, taking three-quarters of the first place ... more
  • 3 weeks Slurs, Right Wing Diatribes and Misdirection Abound at the Texans Against Communism Event Houstonpress
    In Saturday's Texans Against Communism event, part of a Latinos for Trump conference held in The Woodlands, a lead-off speaker questioned the genders of both Barack and Michelle Obama, while another quoted a reading from the Proud Boys (who describe themselves as "western chauvinists" but who the Southern Poverty Law ... more
  • 3 weeks Fixing Traffic in Houston Will Require All Kinds of Options. Including Freeways Houstonpress
    Two summers ago, we wrote about the complete overhaul to Interstate 45 scheduled to begin in the early part of the next decade. That story's focus was the potential loss of businesses on the near east side of downtown (or EaDo if you prefer). As plans for the expansion of ... more
  • 3 weeks How Many Hall of Famers Are Playing For Houston Teams In 2019? Houstonpress
    Later today, at the House of Blues down in the GreenStreet area of Houston, the Houston Sports Hall of Fame will conduct its ring ceremony for its second class of Hall of Famers. Congratulations to Jackie Burke, A.J. Foyt, George Foreman, and Dan Pastorini, who will join Nolan Ryan, Earl ... more
  • 3 weeks Find Design Inspiration With ASID TXGC 2019 River Oaks Show House Houstonpress
    Gold finishes, illuminated onyx and designer fabrics to crush over. Oh my. This year's Show House, courtesy of the America Society of Interior Designers Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, is replete in jaw-dropping splendor with inspired rooms by 21 designers. And there's still one more weekend to check it out for yourself, ... more
  • 4 weeks Astros Lead the American League With Seven on Final All Star Ballot Houstonpress
    Over the last week or so, the good news for the Astros has been somewhat sparse. Sure, you have George Springer and Collin McHugh coming back from injuries very soon, but Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz will be gone until after the All Star break, and there's this little matter ... more
  • 4 weeks Four Takes on the Astros Near the Midpoint of the Season Houstonpress
    As we approach the midpoint of the major league baseball season (yes, already), it should be noted that the Astros are still very good at baseball. Even with injuries, the team has maintained a stranglehold on the AL West and remains one of the best teams in the league. But ... more
  • 4 weeks Odds on Every Scenario For the Houston Texans GM of the Future Houstonpress
    If I've learned one thing over the last couple weeks, it's that on Fridays in June 2019, there is a high percentage chance that we will get some sort of Houston Texans bombshell dropped on us. At least, that's what we are on pace for. Two Fridays ago, on June ... more
  • 4 weeks Houston Astros Continue To Dominate AL All Star Balloting Houstonpress
    So much drama in the city of Houston right now among our sports teams. The Texans are involved in the top story in the NFL, as they were accused (and then un-accused) of tampering with Patriots personnel guy Nick Caserio last week, and the fallout continues. The Rockets have been ... more
  • 4 weeks Chris Paul vs. James Harden, What to Believe Houstonpress
    You would think in June the only thing basketball fans would be talking about is the NBA Finals or the draft, which is Thursday night, coincidentally. In Houston, it is reasonable that followers of the Rockets aren't exactly bouncing off the walls given the Rockets have exactly zero picks in ... more
  • 4 weeks A Do-Over Ahead for HISD and its Proposed Budget For Next School Year Houstonpress
    In a 6-3 vote Tuesday night, the Houston ISD board rejected a proposal recommended by Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan's administration to approve a basic budget now for the 2019-20 school year and then return next week to amend it to include employee compensation. Working against a state-mandated deadline of June 30 ... more
  • 1 month Groups Claiming Communism Running Rampant in Texas Schedule Meeting in The Woodlands Houstonpress
    Texas Patriot Network and Texans United for America, two groups with ties to white supremacy, plan to attend an event called Texans Against Communism at The Woodlands Financial Group's training facility on Saturday, June 22, as part of the Latinos for Trump Conference. As stated on the event’s Facebook page ... more
  • 1 month Five Places Where Rapid Transit Could Help Reduce Parking, Traffic in Houston Houstonpress
    Traffic is and will probably always be a pervasive issue for the city of Houston. That happens when your region is spread over 1,000 miles and is expected to grow to nearly 10 million people in the next 30 years. It is also at the forefront of the minds of ... more
  • 1 month Houston Rockets Have Fourth Shortest Odds To Win 2019-2020 NBA Title Houstonpress
    If you're a basketball fan who revels in the soap opera of player movement in the offseason, then Houston has been a pretty good place to be for the last half decade or so. The Dwight Howard Chase of 2013, the failed Chris Bosh Chase the following year, the Ty ... more
  • 1 month Rockets Less Chaotic Than Frustrated Houstonpress
    Former NFL running back Tiki Barber was once asked what it was like to be hit by a defensive player while running. He described it as running full speed into a brick wall. In some ways, that must be how it has felt the last five years or so for ... more
  • 1 month Brian Gaine’s Three Best Moves and Three Worst Moves As Texans’ GM Houstonpress
    As the Houston Texans' search for a new general manager turns into a full season of the next government conspiracy show on Netflix, somewhere (likely) warm and relaxing, the recently terminated Texans general manager, Brian Gaine sits with his toes in the sand, likely getting a good chuckle at what ... more
  • 1 month Houston By the Neighborhood: Traveling South Down SH 288 Houstonpress
    Imagine our surprise when, of the top most viewed homes on HAR.com over the past week, almost half of the interested buyers were looking at properties in Angleton, Rosharon and Alvin. So what's going on south of Houston that's getting all these lookie-loos? The $815 million construction project that's been ... more
  • 1 month Springer, Altuve, McHugh Close to Return for Astros Houstonpress
    The Astros remain one of the best teams in baseball despite an extended stretch of games without three of their best position players, their backup catcher and one of their starting pitchers. But, there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel. George Springer was shagging fly ... more
  • 1 month Texans Withdraw From Pursuit of Caserio For Open GM Spot Houstonpress
    Well, it happened again. Just the same way it did on two Fridays, me and my cohost Rich Lord were humming along on our radio show on SportsRadio 610, chopping up a handful of topics for the first two hours of the show, only to see those topics — well, ... more
  • 1 month LGBTQ Pride Parade Marks 50 Years Of Liberation Houstonpress
    Houston's Pride Festival and Pride Parade are scheduled for June 22, starting at noon and lasting all day. ... more
  • 1 month Several Houston Astros In Hunt For The 2019 MLB All Star Game Houstonpress
    There was a time, not all that long ago, that the MLB All Star Game may as well have not even existed to Houston Astro fans. The year 2013 was only six seasons ago, and back then, catcher Jason Castro was participating in that game solely because the rules said ... more
  • 1 month Don’t Mess With Houston: Time To Start Cleaning Up Our Own Mess Houstonpress
    The perception for decades in Houston was that our city's bayous were essentially part of the sewer system. Despite the fact that the bayous were just slower moving rivers that swelled with runoff, the silt-colored water was off-putting and they were largely written off by the general public. As a ... more
  • 1 month NickGate: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Texans’ Pursuit of Nick Caserio Houstonpress
    Well, the Houston Texans pursuit of a new general manager, specifically New England Patriots' director of player personnel Nick Caserio, to replace the ousted Brian Gaine took an odd, angry turn on Wednesday afternoon, as the Patriots basically lobbed a grenade into the middle of the Texans' search by filing ... more
  • 1 month Why Do Trump Fans Keep Bringing Up Communism? Houstonpress
    If you write a lot about the evils of American fascism like I do, you tend to get plenty of angry Trump fans in your inbox. Almost as if there was a connection or something. One of the things that comes up a lot is communism for some reason. Here’s ... more
  • 1 month Planned Botanic Garden Needs METRORail Stop Houstonpress
    As talks progress on the extended METRORail line that will reach Hobby Airport, there remains much debate over just where the line should go. In a recent Houston Chronicle article, District I Councilman Robert Gallegos represented his district over whether the line should travel down Broadway, recently re-done for the ... more
  • 1 month 5 Best Bets This Weekend in Houston: Boats, Cusack, and Man With the Plan Houstonpress -Movies
    Boats, boomboxes, bad movies and the bard: indoors and out there's plenty to see and do in and around Houston this weekend. Learn more about NatGeo's Photo Ark, discover a brand new Shakespeare festival up north, and wrap it all up with John Cusack talking about, well, anything. Keep reading ... more
  • 1 month How Good A Job Is the Houston Texans’ GM Post? Houstonpress
    The search is on for the Houston Texans' fourth general manager in team history after last Friday's shocking termination of Brian Gaine just 18 months into his five year contract. The interviews are underway, with presumably the same cast of characters making the decision on just who will head up ... more
  • 1 month Wishcasting the Astros Postseason Lineup Houstonpress
    Despite a spate of injuries to some of their best players, the Astros continue to win. They lead their division by nine games and are tied for the best record in all of baseball. Just to clarify, this is without Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Aledmys Diaz and Max ... more
  • 1 month Four Things To Watch For At Texans Minicamp This Week Houstonpress
    The Texans complete the pre-training camp portion of their offseason this week, with a couple of mandatory minicamp workouts over at their training facility across the street from NRG Stadium. From there, the players will go their separate ways for several weeks before reconvening for training camp in late July, ... more
  • 1 month Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans’ Firing GM Brian Gaine Houstonpress
    Friday was one of the stranger sports days I've experienced in my 12 years of hosting radio. It was around 3:30 p.m. and my cohost Rich Lord and I were debating and discussing the merits of the Houston Texans trading a first round pick to the Washington Redskins for 7-time ... more
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