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  • 1 month Woman Convicted of Animal Cruelty. Pets Starved to Death After She Left Them Behind. Houstonpress
    When Jamica Roshawn Chambliss moved out of her Fondren Road apartment in 2016, she apparently wanted to travel light. Or she was very forgetful. Or maybe she meant to return but couldn't because she was being held captive somewhere? In any case, the 42-year-old woman left behind two dogs, a ... more
  • 1 month Flood Risk Continues Through Saturday Houstonpress
    On Wednesday, things were mostly quiet in our area while central and north Texas were hammered with rain thanks to a slow moving cold front. After Tuesday, when certain areas northeast and southwest of downtown received up to 10 inches of rain, it was a welcome break. But, there is ... more
  • 1 month Warriors Beat Rockets, but Lose Durant: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The Rockets missed a golden opportunity on the road in game five of the best of seven Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday. The Warriors were down both Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the fourth quarter and the Rockets were unable to get a win in Oakland, losing 101-97 and ... more
  • 1 month KMCO Says a Failure in a Piping Component May Have Caused the April 2 Gas Leak and Fire Houstonpress
    While an investigation is still continuing, a spokesman on behalf of KMCO released a statement Wednesday saying that the April 2 gas leak and fire at its East Harris County plant that caused the death of one employee and critically injured two others may have been caused by a piping component ... more
  • 1 month Houston Texans Are Underdogs To Defend Their AFC South Division Title Houstonpress
    Well, those last two games between the Texans and the Colts in 2018, both at NRG Stadium, both Colts wins, one in Week 14 of the regular season and one in the playoffs, made quite an impression on the odds making community and the betting public. At least, that appears ... more
  • 1 month NFL Draft Experts Give Houston Texans’ 2019 Draft Dismal Grades Houstonpress
    I will preface this post by saying that I think one of the silliest things in the sports world are NFL Draft report cards that are doled out THE WEEK AFTER THE DRAFT. You may respond by saying "But Sean, we need to hold our general managers accountable! They MUST ... more
  • 1 month Flood Threat This Weekend in Southeast Texas Houstonpress
    Tuesday's rains, which were particularly heavy southwest and northeast of Houston, are just the start of an extremely wet end of the week. Our city's weather pattern, which included something called a capping inversion that acted a bit like a giant umbrella for the area, has changed allowing Gulf moisture ... more
  • 1 month Rockets Win Game Four, Even Series: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The most anticipated series of the playoffs has lived up to the hype. Even when the Rockets led by 17 points in the fourth quarter, it felt like a close game. Like the previous three, game four ended within two possessions. Fortunately, the Rockets managed to come out on top ... more
  • 1 month Four Undrafted Free Agents That Can Make the Houston Texans’ Roster Houstonpress
    In the National Football League, there is a certain pecking order to what exactly moves the needle on a roster. Sure, the franchise quarterback is at the top of the list, and after that are the highly drafted, highly compensated star players. However, the glue of a roster tends to ... more
  • 1 month Houston By the Neighborhood: Broadacres in the Rice/Museum District Houstonpress
    The notable families who live in Houston's historic Broadacres subdivision are there to stay; don't expect much turnover among these stately mansions along the tree-lined boulevards near Rice University. The area is certainly wrapped in history; it is one of only 11 Houston neighborhoods designated on the National Register of ... more
  • 1 month Four Things the Rockets Must Do to Win Game 4 Houstonpress
    After the win over Golden State in overtime of Game 3, it became quickly clear there are some things that probably won't happen again. For one, the Warriors had never lost a game in which Draymond Green had a triple double until Saturday. More critically, it is unlikely that Steph ... more
  • 1 month J.J. Watt Charity Classic Raises Over $1 Million Houstonpress
    J.J. Watt's comeback from football's medical rock bottom has been scintillating to watch and experience with no shortage of triumphant returns, the most astounding of which, of course, was Watt's own return to the first team All Pro squad in 2018, with 16.5 sacks. However, underrated in its return was ... more
  • 2 months Texans Sign Safety Jahleel Addae To Fill Secondary Void Houstonpress
    On Thursday morning, I posted about five burning questions I had for the Houston Texans' brass with respect to the roster and some of the areas that still needed to be addressed. The third question was this one about the safety position: How about a safety to backfill the mass ... more
  • 2 months The Five Biggest Traffic Headaches to Come in Houston Houstonpress
    We all hate the traffic situation in Houston. It's brutal and annoying and with population on the rise, it is likely to only get worse. But, that's only part of it. Because we are right at the start of several massive construction projects that are going to slow things down ... more
  • 2 months Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Long Shot Houstonpress -Movies
    Title: Long Shot Describe This Movie In One Weird Science Quote: DINO: Tell me something: what's a beautiful broad like you doing with a malaka like this? Huh? LISA: It's purely sexual. DINO: ... No shit. GARY: She's into malakas, Dino! Brief Plot Synopsis: Wheezy beardo fans old flame. Rating Using Random ... more
  • 2 months 5 Good Things About Donald Trump (Yes, Really) Houstonpress
    Donald Trump has done a few good things. To be clear, he’s done mostly bad ones. He’s more personally corrupt than Chester A. Arthur, more surrounded by criminals than Ulysses S. Grant, and more shamelessly duplicitous than Richard Nixon. I believe the only reason we have not seen a national ... more
  • 2 months Grading the Astros After Month One Houstonpress
    It's early. REALLY early. At least in terms of the baseball season. But, the Astros have had a very solid start to 2019 and continue to ping pong back and forth with Seattle for the lead in the AL West. At the moment, that lead (or lack thereof) means exactly ... more
  • 2 months Five Burning Questions on the Houston Texans’ Roster Following the NFL Draft Houstonpress
    In the NFL offseason, when roster building and repair is at its peak, there are generally three ways in which teams go about executing their makeover plan. For the 2019 offseason, two of those methods are on the books. The land rush of free agency took place in March, and ... more
  • 2 months Explore How Architecture Has Been Preserved In Galveston’s Historic Homes Houstonpress
    We already were excited about the return of clear blue water to Galveston Island, though everybody knows it won't last long. Just as much of an attraction, and certainly more dependable, is the upcoming Galveston Historic Homes Tour. It's the 45th go-round for this annual backstage pass to privately-owned homes, ... more
  • 2 months Rockets Go Down 0-2 to Warriors: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    There were times in game two when the Rockets were within double digits of the Warriors and it seemed like a miracle. In the first half alone, the Rockets were down as much as 14 points, had 13 turnovers and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. That doesn't even count an ... more
  • 2 months Houston By the Neighborhood: New Green Spaces on the Horizon Houstonpress
    "They paved paradise. And put up a parking lot." Not only did Joni Mitchell have a gift for lyrics, but she also was a keen observer of the decline of our natural surroundings. So isn't it wonderful when those wrongs get righted through the planning of new green spaces? Here's ... more
  • 2 months Jury Takes 4 Minutes to Convict a Woman in Dog Cruelty Case Houstonpress
    A Houston judge has sentenced a 45-year-old woman to six months in jail after a jury took just four minutes to find her guilty of cruelty and the neglect of the two adult dogs who were in her care. A veterinarian who testified said neither had enough water, food or ... more
  • 2 months Harris County DA’s Office Plays Hard Ball With ITC, Files Criminal Charges Houstonpress
    Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC), whose Deer Park refinery tanks caught fire last month in an accident that shut down local schools and the Houston Ship Channel for days, has been hit with five environmental criminal charges by the Harris County District Attorney's Office. DA Kim Ogg announced the measure, saying ... more
  • 2 months Five Ways to Fix the NBA Officiating Problem Houstonpress
    No one should put the blame for the Rockets loss in game one on the officials, not entirely. If there were a percentage of blame to go around, the Warriors probably merit 50 percent, the Rockets 40 and the refs perhaps 10, maybe 20 if you are really steamed about ... more
  • 2 months Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Owe Bernie Sanders a Damn Apology Houstonpress
    Elizabeth Warren is the candidate on many people's lips right now as she cuts through the political noise with some incredibly popular policy announcements. She’s come out with an inventive proposal to cancel student loan debt and provide immediate relief to around 95 percent of Americans. Frankly, the fact that ... more
  • 2 months Four Thoughts on the Texans’ Exercising Will Fuller’s 5th Year Option Houstonpress
    This Friday is the date by which NFL teams need to exercise the fifth year option on their draftees from the Draft Class of 2016. Most of the decisions are fairly obvious, and several teams had already made their decisions prior to this past week's 2019 NFL Draft. The Houston ... more
  • 2 months Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans Adding Seven New Faces In 2019 NFL Draft Houstonpress
    There was a lot of speculation over how Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine would handle his first draft with any real draft equity. Last season, he was without a first and second round pick, but this year he had not only one first round pick, but TWO second round ... more
  • 2 months Rock Hall Wrap Up Houstonpress -Movies
    On Saturday night, HBO televised its coverage of the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which took place this past March 29 at the Barclays Center in New York. And while hardcore music geeks pine for the time when the event was televised live and uncut, this ... more
  • 2 months Rockets Fall in Game One to Warriors: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The Rockets lost to the Golden State Warriors 104-100 in Oakland Sunday afternoon in game one of the Western Conference Semifinals. The game was not without controversy. Chris Paul was thrown out in the final seconds of the game after picking up his second technical foul and Coach Mike D'Antoni ... more
  • 2 months Houston Texans TE Ryan Griffin Arrested In Nashville Houstonpress
    Back in the day, I used to have a gimmick that I executed in this blog during the NFL offseason called the "Fantasy Crime League." It was a tongue in cheek homage to two things — the feverish need for NFL fans to have anything fantasy sports related to which ... more
  • 2 months Houston Texans Draft Alabama State Tackle Tytus Howard With 23rd Overall Pick Houstonpress
    Up until Thursday evening, it had been practically two years to the day since the Houston Texans had the opportunity to use a first round pick in the NFL Draft. The last time they had a pick in the first round, it was their former GM Rick Smith moving up ... more
  • 2 months Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Avengers: Endgame Houstonpress -Movies
    Title: Avengers: Endgame Describe This Movie In One Lyric From "Sun King": THE CULT: This is where it all ends. Brief Plot Synopsis: They couldn't protect the Earth, so you can damn well sure they're gonna avenge it. Rating Using Random Objects Relevant To The Film: 4.5 Melllvars out of 5. Tagline: "Avenge ... more
  • 2 months Prepare Yourselves: I-10 Closed All Weekend West of Houston Houstonpress
    Other than your garden variety construction on area freeways, the last few weeks have been relatively quiet when it comes to construction. Quiet for Houston, anyway, which is in a near constant state of flux when it comes to traffic. And certainly this is the calm before the storm as ... more
  • 2 months Latin Wave: Che Guevara, a Baby-Face Serial Killer, and Mexico City’s History Houstonpress -Movies
    What is it about people behaving badly that elicits such fascination? In the news we gravitate toward stories about evil-doers and even some of the most compelling movies were inspired by real-life criminals: Goodfellas, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street. That fascination for true crime is apparently universal because ... more
  • 2 months Five Best Prop Bets on the 2019 NFL Draft Houstonpress
    If you live in Houston and you're a fan of the Texans, then you already know that our long, citywide nightmare is about to end tonight — after two years, the Houston Texans will (barring a trade out of the first round by GM Brian Gaine) have a pick in ... more
  • 2 months Rockets Win Series Over Jazz: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The Utah Jazz employed every form of defense they could think of, all meant to slow down the Rockets and, more importantly, their MVP, James Harden. Yet, in the end, it was their inability to score that cost them. With 1:32 left in game five, the Rockets led 94-93. The ... more
  • 2 months Weather Weekend: Like Easter, but Warmer Houstonpress
    The much ballyhooed storms overnight Wednesday mostly fizzled in the Houston area despite causing flooding and spawning tornadoes in other parts of the state. Most of the city received about a tenth of an inch of rain or less. And while we could use a little more rain, the skies ... more
  • 2 months Missing In Harris County Day Is a Way For Relatives to Help Identify Family Members’ Remains Houstonpress
    Last year, 40,175 children were reported missing in Texas (over 9,600 of these from the Greater Houston area). And while many of these cases ended up solved, as of December 31, 8,360 missing persons cases (children and adult) remain open in the state.Hoping to bring these numbers down, Texas Center for ... more
  • 2 months You Can’t Be Pro-Life and Anti-Vax Houstonpress
    The anti-vaccination movement has gotten a booster shot lately. Measles cases are still on the rise in Texas, with the most recent number of confirmed cases being 15. In New York it’s even worse. To contain the spread there they have instituted an emergency vaccination order that fines parents $1,000 ... more
  • 2 months Five Players the Texans Could Take If They Pass on Tackles and Cornerbacks Houstonpress
    When it comes to draft strategy this time of year, every NFL general manager trumpets the same mantra — "We will NEVER draft for need! We trust our board and select the best available player! Always! NOW! FOREVER!" Okay, maybe they're not that obnoxious about it, but they do talk ... more
  • 2 months Jazz Stave Off Elimination in Game Four: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The Rockets have only swept one seven-game series in franchise history. That came against the Orlando Magic in the 1995 NBA Finals. That streak will continue as the Utah Jazz shut the Rockets down in the fourth quarter and stayed alive in the series with a 107-91 win in Salt ... more
  • 2 months The Houston Texans History In Finding Foundational Football Players Houstonpress
    The lead into Brian Gaine's press conference last week gave us the first glimpse into the stated goals of the draft coming up this Thursday: “We have four picks here in the top 86, so we get four selections here in the top three rounds. We’re going to get four ... more
  • 2 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Brays Oaks Houstonpress
    The circle of life can be found right here in the Bayou City. The historic Brays Oaks district experienced a tremendous building boom back in the 1970s and early '80s with new single family homes and major retailers, then the region fell out of favor as homeowners discovered shinier, up-and-coming ... more
  • 2 months Weather Week: Possible Storms Mid Week Houstonpress
    We just had one of the loveliest weekends this year with the kind of weather Houston gets maybe a handful of times each year. Dry air and temperatures only reaching around 80 degrees, it was positively stunning outside, perfect for Easter egg hunts. Unfortunately, it is possible that was our ... more
  • 2 months The Degree of Difficulty In What Houston Texans GM Brian Gaine Is Trying To Accomplish Houstonpress
    Our long wait is almost over, Texans fans. After more than 720 days without a first round pick in the NFL Draft, the Texans will soon be on the clock, picking 23rd overall in the draft coming up this Thursday night. The consensus says that they will take either an ... more
  • 2 months Rockets Can (and Do) Go 10 Deep in the Playoffs Houstonpress
    In the playoffs, there is little margin for error. Every play is magnified and the pressure is ratcheted to ridiculous proportions. It's the reason most coaches have, for as long as the NBA has been around, opted for short rotations once the postseason begins. Using 10 or 11 guys in ... more
  • 2 months Way Too Early Prediction For The Houston Texans’ 2019 Regular Season Record Houstonpress
    The Houston Texans' 2019 schedule has now been revealed, and generally speaking, the one thing we can all agree on is that the list of opposing quarterbacks is scary as hell. If you want to go through it in detail, I've already discussed the many pitfalls of the slate of ... more
  • 2 months Houston Texans Announce 2019 Schedule, Visit London In Week 9 Houstonpress
    Since the end of the 2018 regular season, we've known who the Texans' opponents would be in 2019, and we knew where they would be playing each of them, but we didn't know exactly when and in what order. Well, that was unveiled on Wednesday night, and without further ado, ... more
  • 2 months Rockets Go Up 2-0 on Jazz in Playoffs: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Houstonpress
    The danger of a Game Two at home after a Game One victory was clearly not lost on the Houston Rockets. Realizing that just one year ago Utah won at Toyota Center in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Rockets came out fired up and routed the Jazz ... more
  • 2 months Weather Weekend: A Rocky Start to a Beautiful Easter Weekend Houstonpress
    Some absolutely beautiful weather early in the week gave way to rain on Wednesday ahead of a cold front that will move through Thursday morning. By the time you read this, it may already be over and the skies may be starting to clear. Rainfall amounts associated with the front ... more
  • 2 months Fours Keys to a Rockets Win in Game Two Houstonpress
    The Rockets routed the Utah Jazz in Game One of their first round playoff series. But if you recall just a season ago, the Rockets manhandled the Jazz in Game One of the semifinals by 14 points only to have Utah return to Toyota Center for an eight-point win, ceding home court ... more
  • 2 months Four Thoughts On Russell Wilson’s Record Deal, How It Affects The Houston Texans Houstonpress
    Russell Wilson issued a deadline to the Seattle Seahawks a couple of weeks ago, and it was pretty simple — with one year left on his $87 million contract he signed a few years ago, give him an extension that makes him the highest paid player in football, by April ... more
  • 2 months Can The Astros Piece Together a 2017 Offense and a 2018 Rotation? Houstonpress
    In 2017, the Houston Astros were, inarguably, the best offensive team in baseball. They were a relentless hitting machine that dominated virtually every pitching staff in the majors. But, they were only a so-so pitching staff moderately stabilized with the acquisition of Justin Verlander, with a very shaky bullpen particularly ... more
  • 2 months Five Wishes For The Houston Texans 2019 Regular Season Schedule Houstonpress
    The Houston Texans finished the 2018 regular season with an 11-5 record, including nine wins in a row at one point. Yet, when Vegas put out their first round of season win total futures bets a couple weeks ago, the Texans were among a gaggle of teams with a relatively ... more
  • 2 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Five Corners Houstonpress
    Everybody's got a different definition of what it means to be "inside the Loop." Purists know it means 610, though as the Houston metropolitan area has grown there are looser interpretations that it's inside Beltway 8 or even more nebulous claims that it's inside the Grand Parkway. Located smack dab ... more
  • 2 months Rockets Over Jazz in Game One: Four Winners, Four Losers Houstonpress
    The two best defensive teams in the NBA since the All-Star break would seem to make for a rather low-scoring playoff series. That was true of one team on Sunday night at Toyota Center. The Rockets, particularly in the fourth quarter, shut down the Jazz offense and finished off Game ... more
  • 2 months Weather Week: In the Full Swing of Spring Houstonpress
    This weekend was really a tale of two days. Friday and Saturday were rainy and Saturday turned a bit blustery in the afternoon as a cold front pushed through the area. By Saturday evening, temperatures began to drop and Sunday was a windy, chilly affair in the morning with brilliant ... more
  • 2 months Masters 2019: Four Thoughts on Tiger Woods’ Miraculous Career Resurrection At Augusta Houstonpress
    Over the last decade, it's not so much that Tiger Woods had hit rock bottom, but it was the fact that, if you wanted to pinpoint exactly when he hit rock bottom, you had multiple rock bottoms from which to choose. The most high profile and shocking nadir was in ... more
  • 2 months HISD Trustees Refuse to Shut Down High School Ahead Houstonpress
    Are Houston ISD trustees and Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan (and her administrators) not talking at all? How otherwise to explain last night's 7-0 vote solidly against the administration's proposal to shut down High School Ahead Academy, a special school set up during former Superintendent Terry Grier's reign designed to serve ... more
  • 2 months The Rockets Might Be Better Off with the Fourth Seed Houstonpress
    In a bizarre final two nights to the NBA regular season, a complex set of scenarios, each more improbable than the next, all happened...at least for a few minutes at a time. The Rockets coughed up a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter at Oklahoma City. Less than an hour ... more
  • 2 months Houston Texans, Where Are They Now? All The Non-Watson QB’s of the Bill O’Brien Era Houstonpress
    So I'm on Twitter on Tuesday night, and I see that former Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage has signed on with the Detroit Lions to compete with Connor Cook for the backup job behind Matthew Stafford, and it made me harken back to 2017, when Tom Savage actually started in ... more
  • 2 months Get Ready HISD Trustees, Parents at the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School Are Headed Your Way Houstonpress
    Parents say they were told by Houston ISD administrators that the sudden and unexpected resignation of Principal Chaolin Chang from his position at the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School was "a personal decision on his part." Chaolin Chang himself has told parents his abrupt resignation after six years as principal of ... more
  • 2 months Weather Weekend: Cooling Off After a Hot Week Houstonpress
    So, how have you liked summer so far? In fairness, it hasn't been summer exactly but it did hit 90 for the first time this year. Fortunately, it was dry and rather breezy, particularly on Wednesday. As hot as it was, it was a gorgeous day. The weekend will start ... more
  • 2 months How DeMarcus Lawrence’s $105 Million Extension With Cowboys Affects Jadeveon Clowney Houstonpress
    In the NFL, while a player's contract is a very personal, seemingly individual thing, every deal near the top of the market has wide ranging ripple effects. You see, signed NFL contracts are like houses sold in a neighborhood — not only do they (hopefully) enrich the person receiving the ... more
  • 2 months Rockets Blow Fourth Quarter Lead, Chance at Number Two Seed Houstonpress
    Everything lined up for the Rockets on Tuesday night. The Nuggets, on the road in Utah, lost. The Rockets were up 13 to start the third quarter. A win plus a Denver loss meant the team that was at the bottom of the Western Conference in November could climb to ... more
  • 2 months Texans Safety Justin Reid on Antonio Brown: “I Can’t Wait To Smash This Dude” Houstonpress
    Perhaps you're somebody whose only following of the NFL in the offseason surrounds the NFL Draft, or perhaps you take a few months off from football altogether once the season is over. (If you're able to do that, good for you!) If that's the case, then maybe you're not totally ... more
  • 2 months How Austin Became “Austin” is a Wild ‘n Weird Tale Houstonpress -Movies
    Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed The Capital of Texas By Joe Nick Patoski 376 pp. $32 Texas A&M University Press First things first: You are reading the identity of the publisher correctly above. That the literary cabal at College Station could (and would) put ... more
  • 2 months Astros Early Results Feel Familiar Houstonpress
    Through 11 games in the 2017 season, the Astros were 7-4. The team that had garnered the cover of Sports Illustrated a few years prior with the bold prediction they would be World Series champs in 2017 was...underwhelming. There was talent, to be sure, but there was something missing. The ... more
  • 2 months With No Rudy Tomjanovich, Basketball’s Hall of Fame Is a Joke Houstonpress
    I'm a big fan of Halls of Fame, whether in sport or any other genre. They represent measuring sticks for greatness, and in the content generation business, they provide debate and discussion for days. In sports, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is hallowed ground. The Baseball Hall of Fame ... more
  • 2 months Houston By the Neighborhood: East Montrose Architecture and Art Studios Houstonpress
    Click your bedazzled ruby slippers together three times and say "Location, location, location." With a whoosh of the magic wand — or a quick trip on METRO's 56 Route — you'll be transported to geographically desirable East Montrose, where historically accurate paint colors are optional, funky art is de rigueur, ... more
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