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  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 4 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months Former Astro Ace Keuchel Finally Lands a Deal, Signs With Atlanta Braves Houstonpress
    One of the most bizarre free agency journeys of my baseball watching lifetime finally came to a conclusion on Thursday night, with the news coming out that former Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel had reached an agreement to pitch for the Atlanta Braves for the remainder of the 2019 season: ... more
  • 5 months This Weekend in Houston is Carmageddon II: The Constructioning Houstonpress
    We hope you all enjoyed your reprieve. The folks at TXDot were merciful over the long Memorial Day weekend, allowing us all to be lulled into complacency. Then another weekend with minimal disruptions. Sure, there was word that the West Loop was about to be reduced to like one-half lane ... more
  • 5 months Say Everything: John Cusack Speaks Candidly on Movies, Music and Politics Houstonpress -Movies
    Lloyd Dobler famously did not want to buy, sell or process anything for a career, but if he could have peered 30 years from high school graduation into his future, might he have envisioned himself emphatically advocating against war profiteers and dubbing the American president a “cheap, regional crime boss?” ... more
  • 5 months Hurricane Season Forecast to Be Roughly Average But It Only Takes One. Houstonpress
    As if we needed any reminder of what the date is, Houston was deluged with tropical rainfall this week, which also happens to be the first week of Hurricane Season. For the uninitiated, hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. For all practical purposes, our hurricane season in ... more
  • 5 months Pearland ISD Still Facing Questions Regarding its Dress Code and Race Relations Houstonpress
    What conditions have to be in place for an assistant principal to think it is perfectly acceptable to use a permanent marker to color in the missing hair on a seventh-grader’s head? And for some parents to think that it’s no big deal and at worst, should be excused as ... more
  • 5 months Houston Texans 10 Best NFL Draft Values In Franchise History Houstonpress
    With the NFL about to enter its 100th season, we are being inundated with articles and posts centered around the theme of "100" — 100 best plays, 100 best players, 100 most significant Matt Schaub pick-sixes (OK, I'm kidding). Last week, CBS Sports had a post where they discussed the ... more
  • 5 months Astros Injuries Showcasing Depth of Talent Houstonpress
    "Next man up" is a popular axiom in sports. The idea that injuries happen and you overcome them with depth is a generally motivating idea, but not terribly practical. Teams that lose their best players to injuries don't tend to do so well. However, if that team happens to have ... more
  • 5 months Heavy Rains Expected Beginning Overnight Tuesday Into Thursday Houstonpress
    Heavy rain associated with a tropical disturbance currently located off the eastern coast of Mexico just northeast of Tampico will move into southeastern Texas between Tuesday night and Thursday morning. The disturbance remains disorganized with most of the rain well to the northeast of the system. On radar, the heaviest ... more
  • 5 months Early CFB Best Bets: Golden Nugget Releases Lines On 100 Big Games of 2019 Houstonpress
    Late last week, the Golden Nugget's sports book in Las Vegas released lines on 100 of the biggest, most relevant college football games for 2019. For avid gamblers like myself, not only does this give us our first odds-related window into the upcoming season, but it's our first chance to ... more
  • 5 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Economic Development in East Aldine Houstonpress
    At the heart of the East Aldine district is Keith-Wiess Park, with almost 500 acres (499.46, to be exact) of pine forests along Aldine-Westfield Road. It's operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and you can explore it virtually yourself through Street View in Google Maps, though nothing will replace the real ... more
  • 5 months Crashing Aly & AJ’s Rare Day Off Houstonpress -Movies
    A day off is a welcomed and not too uncommon occurrence in a routine work week. But for AJ Michalka, it’s sort of a rare commodity. Michalka is the busy actress who brings to life Lainey Lewis from ABC’s popular sitcom The Goldbergs and its spin-off, Schooled. She voices Catra ... more
  • 5 months Tropical Disturbance Will Bring Rain to Houston Midweek Houstonpress
    Hurricane season began this week and we already have our first tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. The disturbance in the southwestern Gulf has a 60 percent chance of developing into a depression or storm as it moves northwest toward the Texas and Mexico coastlines according to the National ... more
  • 5 months Zapruder Analysis of Carlos Correa’s Broken Rib Detail YouTube Video Houstonpress
    Among strange Houston Astros injuries, this broken rib saga for shortstop Carlos Correa certainly belongs alongside the all-time doozies, like Moises Alou tearing his knee and missing a whole season due to a treadmill injury and Hunter Pence going full on "unaware bird" and flying through a clear, glass sliding ... more
  • 5 months The Doobie Brothers Revisit Pivotal Records Houstonpress -Movies
    When most people think of PBS programming, shows featuring 18th century English castles and tea rooms, home improvement, quilting, and cooking programs, or Ken Burns documentary rotoscope fiestas come to mind. But this month, good viewers of public television will see something a bit different as an enticement during Pledge ... more
  • 6 months Traffic-Strained Houstonians Finally Seeking Alternatives Houstonpress
    Houstonians have always hated traffic. Everyone does, but we have a long-running beef with being stuck on crowded freeways with long commute times and frustrating drivers. Still, our city has never embraced alternatives to sitting in a car for hours every day. We bemoan the gridlock, but continue to contribute ... more
  • 6 months The Houston Texans Lead the AFC South In High End Talent Houstonpress
    Somewhere along the way in 2018, the Houston Texans turned a nine game winning streak and firm control of the AFC South into the perception that their brief hold on the division was over, and it would be the Indianapolis Colts controlling things going forward. Honestly, it's not hard to ... more
  • 6 months The Houston Press is Looking for News Freelancers Houstonpress
    The Houston Press is looking to add to the ranks of its news freelancers and is interested in applicants with some experience covering serious subjects such as crime, courts, local government and medicine (to name a few areas). We are looking for writers who can interview other people and accurately ... more
  • 6 months Four Observations From Week 2 of Houston Texans OTAs Houstonpress
    The construction of an NFL roster is a long process, and even once the season begins, it's a continuing, fluid process. The assembly of the 2019 Houston Texans is in just its second week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), and even head coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged on Wednesday that we ... more
  • 6 months Could the Rockets Trade Capela or Paul or BOTH This Offseason? Houstonpress
    Rumors were swirling around the internet on Wednesday when it was reported that the Rockets will be aggressive this offseason, making available nearly the entire roster for trades. Two of the league's most respected reporters, Marc Stein and Adrian Wojnarowski, tweeted the reports. As Wojnarowski says, it is unlikely any ... more
  • 6 months MFAH Puts “Jazz on Film” and In Your Ear Houstonpress -Movies
    For the seventh anniversary of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s “Jazz on Film” series, Founder and Curator Peter Lucas has once again put together a screening schedule as varied as the music itself. Running over three weekends, it includes a mixture of material from the Jimmy Stewart drama Anatomy ... more
  • 6 months Dad is Not Coming Home to Save America Houstonpress
    This week, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III broke his long silence with a brief press conference. The highlights were these: 1. Russia really did interfere with the 2016 election with specific intent to make sure Hillary Clinton – who President Vladimir Putin was afraid would stop his Doctor Doom ... more
  • 6 months Correa Out 4-6 Weeks, Altuve Reevaluated After Setback Houstonpress
    The Astros injury concerns seem to be mounting by the day. On Wednesday it was announced that shortstop Carlos Correa would miss four to six weeks with a fractured rib he suffered at his home. In a statement, Correa said his injury happened during "a massage at my home on ... more
  • 6 months Rockets Facing a Complicated Offseason Houstonpress
    Getting from game five of the 2018 Western Conference Finals when Chris Paul injured his hamstring through the beginning of their offseason after a game six loss to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals this year has been difficult for the Rockets. Their 2018 offseason included some incredible free ... more
  • 6 months Houston’s Royal Wedding: J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohai Are Engaged! Houstonpress
    The sound that you may have heard sometime Sunday morning was the sound of thousands single women in Houston screaming in horror at the news that their infinitesimally-to-nonexistent shot of being the first Mrs. J.J. Watt was officially over. Somewhere, on a faraway island, with a gigantic yacht sailing in ... more
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