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  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 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
  • 5 months Weather Week: After the Rain, the Sun Houstonpress
    Houston got its first significant rainfall in quite a while over the weekend. Some of it came attached to some heavy rain and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon. While we certainly needed the rain, we could have done without the winds and torrential downpours. But, hey, springtime in Houston. Fortunately, this week ... more
  • 5 months March Madness 2019: Texas Tech Is Going To The Championship Game Houstonpress
    The first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament was about as chalky a tournament as we've ever seen, at least through two rounds. For those not plugged in on the gambling parlance, "chalky" is just a fancy way of saying that almost all the favorites moved on — all the ... more
  • 6 months Texas House Reps Seek Answers From ITC Friday In Austin Houstonpress
    A panel in the Texas House of Representatives questioned International Terminals Company and those involved in the effort to contain the chemical fire that began March 17 at its facility in Deer Park, in a hearing Friday in Austin. ITC, who used independent fire fighting contractors including U.S. Fire Pump, ... more
  • 6 months Twitter Etiquette: 4 Rules to Follow Right Now Houstonpress
    Twitter is unstoppable. What was once primarily a way for people to post inane updates about what they were doing at every second of the day is now the de-facto news wire service of the twenty-first century...and a place for people to post inane updates about what they are doing ... more
  • 6 months Four Big Questions About The Houston Texans After Free Agency Houstonpress
    If the outset of NFL free agency is a fire hose, then we are most certainly down to the point in the free agency calendar where the faucet has been turned off, and all we are seeing, hearing, and feeling are small droplets from the free agency hose. And while ... more
  • 6 months Why Did KMCO Get a High Industry Ranking In 2017 Despite Violations? Houstonpress
    Operations remained suspended Wednesday at the KMCO plant in Crosby on orders of the Harris County Fire Marshal's office after Tuesday’s plant fire and explosion that cost 27-year-old James Earl “Bubba” Mangum his life and left two other men critically injured.  One of the men identified by channel 13 as ... more
  • 6 months Weather Weekend: Hope You Don’t Have Outdoor Plans Houstonpress
    Sometimes, the weather gods just don't play nice with modern work conventions. Such was the case this week when the most beautiful late winter weather we have seen in a while landed on Monday and Tuesday. Quite the waste unless you were on vacation. But, that's how it goes sometimes ... more
  • 6 months The Most Significant Offseason Move For Each Texans 2019 Opponent Houstonpress
    It appears that the free agency portion of the offseason is winding down. Houston Texan fans would say that it's been largely winding down from about the time that it started, but their lack of activity in free agency is neither here nor there, for the purposes of this post ... more
  • 6 months Best Bets This Weekend in Houston: Margaret Atwood, Fast Cars and ‘Stros Houstonpress -Movies
    There's literally something for everybody this weekend in Houston. Muscle cars, literary superstar Margaret Atwood, opening day for baseball, and even a plant sale to jumpstart your pollinator garden. Film buffs can choose between attending WorldFest or seeing home movies on the Menil's exterior; music lovers have opera, chamber music ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts On Texans Safety Andre Hal’s Retirement Announcement Houstonpress
    Sometimes, the unexpected can happen in an NFL offseason. With safety Andre Hal, it's happened now this offseason AND last offseason. Last year, in June, Andre Hal was announcing to the world that he had Hodgkin's lymphoma. His career was put on hold, and he was left to fight for ... more
  • 6 months Sampson Remaining at UH Great for the Program Houstonpress
    It took the University of Houston men's basketball program 35 years to get back to the sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. It took them 34 just to win a game in the tourney. Three decades ago, it was Guy V. Lewis, the unique and innovative Hall of Fame coach, ... more
  • 6 months One Dead, Two Injured As Another Plant Fire Hits the Houston Area Houstonpress
    On Tuesday afternoon, fires were still burning at the KMCO chemical plant in East Harris County with reports that one person died in the blaze and two others were critically injured and were taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann. By 5 p.m. the fires were out and the one-mile shelter-in-place ... more
  • 6 months Alfred Blue Moves On From Texans, Signs One Year Deal In Jacksonville Houstonpress
    Empirically, Alfred Blue is an NFL success story. As a sixth round pick out of LSU in 2014, the fact that Alfred Blue is still bumping around the league in 2019 means he has, by definition, defied the odds, and for that he should be applauded. Yet, I couldn't help ... more
  • 6 months Ranking the Rockets’ Potential First Round Opponents Houstonpress
    As of writing this, the Rockets sit at third place in the Western Conference, a half game up on Portland. Even though the Blazers won the season series, the Rockets have the advantage because they won their division. So, if the teams end the season tied, the Rockets win the ... more
  • 6 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Bridgeland in Cypress Houstonpress
    If you have an active lifestyle, enjoy the great outdoors, and want to live near parks, waterways and green spaces, then master-planned communities just might be the way to go. Last year the Texas Association of Builders named the Howard Hughes Corporation® the top developer of the year for its Bridgeland® community in ... more
  • 6 months NCAA March Madness: Four Thoughts on the Elite Eight Houstonpress
    The first weekend of the NCAA men's basketball tournament was, quite frankly, pretty boring, with virtually no buzzer beaters or last second plays to decide games, and even fewer Cinderella stories. The Sweet Sixteen this weekend consisted of all four 1-seeds, all four 2-seeds, all four 3-seeds, two 4-seeds, a ... more
  • 6 months Four Reasons Not to Panic, Astros Fans Houstonpress
    If you have been on vacation, you're forgiven for missing the opening of the Astros season. And, to be honest, you didn't miss much. The Astros lost three of four in Tampa Bay, including a game two loss to former Astro Charlie Morton. The bats were awful — Alex Bregman ... more
  • 6 months Weather Week: Enjoy This Last Gasp of Winter Houstonpress
    We took a glance at the calendar on Sunday. It said March 31, but we swore it was January 31. Temperatures hovered in the 50s all day long under overcast skies. We avoided rainfall, which made the day not too bad, even outside assuming you had a jacket on. You'll ... more
  • 6 months Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Hotel Mumbai Houstonpress -Movies
    Hotel Mumbai isn't the kind of movie you "enjoy," exactly. It's a gut-churning and pitiless experience, much like United 93. ... more
  • 6 months Carmageddon II: The Constructioning Houstonpress
    It seems almost like a hysterical irony that April Fool's Day is Monday. Because if you don't feel like a fool climbing into your car and setting forth on area freeways now, you probably will by the start of next week. Look, man, we don't want to harsh your buzz, ... more
  • 6 months HISD Trustees Go Back to Square One, Discuss Their Options Tonight Houstonpress
    For the last three years, Doris Delaney has been appointed by the Texas Education Agency to help straighten out Houston Independent School District. As a state-appointed conservator she has fairly substantial powers that range far beyond just giving advice. For instance, as she did just this past Monday, she can ... more
  • 6 months Weather Weekend: The Clouds Return, But Probably Not the Rain Houstonpress
    The weather this week has been nothing short of spectacular. With cool temperatures and sunny skies, if you were able to get outside, this was the week to do it. Unfortunately, the continued lack of rain has made for some really awful allergy conditions as pollen counts remain basically off ... more
  • 6 months Five MLB Season Win Total Best Bets for 2019 Houstonpress
    Of all the sports on which I enjoy betting, and there are many, the most tedious and possibly degenerate to bet in the form of individual, regular season games is baseball, where even the absolute worst teams win games about 40 percent of the time. Therefore, my play in the ... more
  • 6 months 10 Best Bets This Weekend in Houston: Polo, Wiener Dogs and Siempre Selena Houstonpress -Movies
    Spring has sprung and we've got all sorts of great reasons to get out of the house this weekend in Houston. Memorial Park plays host to the Bayou City Art Festival, a walkable feast for the eyes; the Houston Polo Club starts back up with the new season; and there's ... more
  • 6 months Four Questions As the Astros Begin the 2019 Season Houstonpress
    The flowers are blooming, the weather is starting to warm up and spring break is in the rearview mirror. It's springtime and that means baseball. The Astros begin their 2019 campaign after a record-setting, yet ultimately unfulfilling 2018. Of course, anything short of another World Series victory would be a ... more
  • 6 months Harris County Commissioners Vote to Sue ITC Over Costs From Its Plant Accident Houstonpress
    In a unanimous vote Tuesday, played out before a packed room of onlookers, Harris County Commissioners Court voted to sue ITC for the fire and toxic chemical spill at its plant that shut down schools and the Houston Ship Channel, had nearby residents sheltering in place and will perhaps have ... more
  • 6 months Who’s The Next Big Houston Sports Contract To Be Signed? Houstonpress
    It's been a big week for locking up foundational players, with the Houston Astros signing third baseman Alex Bregman to a six year extension, and then a few days later, signing ace pitcher Justin Verlander to the highest annual salary in team history — two years, $66 million. Living in ... more
  • 6 months Houston Jewish Film Fest Includes 1924 Satire That Foreshadowed Holocaust Houstonpress -Movies
    Social media and the interwebs provide an outlet for hatemongers. Those amplified thoughts also increase the dangers of classifying people as "others" and create an environment where it becomes easier to think of entire populations as unwanted or threatening. More than a few parallels have been drawn between the rise ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts On the Retirement Of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Houstonpress
    As the Houston Texans were reconfiguring their secondary this offseason, allowing safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson to walk in free agency, one big focus in finding their replacement was to locate a safety who excels in covering tight ends. Therefore, they signed former Jaguar Tashaun Gipson, perhaps the best ... more
  • 6 months Some Historical Significance in UH’s Return to the Sweet 16 Houstonpress
    UH men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson summed up how his team felt about being the first team since Phi Slama Jama to reach the NCAA Sweet 16, "These guys weren't born," Samson said. "So that means nothing to them. Like when they came here, everybody likes to talk about Phi ... more
  • 6 months New Gun Nut Talking Point: Gun Control is Privilege Houstonpress
    This month New Zealand experienced a horrible white supremacy terror attack that killed 50 people. In the wake of that tragedy their government is skipping the “thoughts and prayers” portion of the Stages of Mass Shooting and going straight into banning “military-style semiautomatic weapons.” Their neighbor, Australia, passed similar measures ... more
  • 6 months Houston By the Neighborhood: Touring the Homes and Gardens in the Heights Houstonpress
    Charming, historic, pedestrian friendly, and now with beer and wine available from the grocery store, the Heights neighborhood remains one of Houston's shining stars. With an eclectic mix of Victorian and Queen Anne style residences, interspersed with new construction and domiciles-turned-offices, it's easy to envy those lucky enough to live ... more
  • 6 months TEA Conservator For HISD Suspends the Superintendent’s Search Houstonpress
    The Houston ISD school board that voted in February to continue its search for a permanent superintendent was hauled up short Monday when a Texas Education Agency conservator assigned to the district told them to halt proceedings. Dr. Doris Delaney sent the board a letter dated March 25 saying they ... more
  • 6 months Weather Week: Another Nice Spring Week on Tap Houstonpress
    Despite a few clouds, it turned out to be a pretty nice weekend. The sun managed to peek through the clouds off and on, and the mild temperatures along with a pleasant breeze made for some great spring weather. More of that is coming this week. Monday should be much ... more
  • 6 months ITC Reports Progress and No More Setbacks at Its Deer Park Plant Houstonpress
    The U.S. Coast Guard stepped up its efforts to reopen the Houston Ship Channel Sunday, by tripling the length of its booms as it worked to capture more of the chemical toxins released in the March 22 containment wall breach that followed the March 17 ITC tank farm fire. Lt. Commander ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts on Houston Texans Signing LT Matt Kalil Houstonpress
    I've said this many times since Deshaun Watson took over as the unquestioned leader of the Houston Texans' on-field operation, and I'll say it again here — every decision the franchise makes needs to come with a good answer to the question "Is this in the best interests of Deshaun ... more
  • 6 months Four Thoughts on Justin Verlander’s $66 Million Contract Extension With the Astros Houstonpress
    Well, if the Houston Astros' regular season is as eventful as the last four or five days have been for the Houston Astros' future payroll, 2019 should be a helluva good time out at Minute Maid Park! Just a few days after locking up third baseman Alex Bregman for the ... more
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