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Astros Lose to New York 5-0, Face ALCS Elimination | Houston Press Astros Lose to New York 5-0, Face ALCS Elimination
The Astros were nine outs away from shutting down the New York Yankees on Tuesday and taking the 3-1 American League Championship Series lead. The Yankees came from behind to win that game 6-4, and on Wednesday, the Yankees took the early lead and never looked back, winning 5-0 and...
Houston Press | October 19, 2017
NFL Football, Week 7 — This Weekend's Best Bets | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 7 — This Weekend's Best Bets
It's strange territory for me this season now, having gone two straight weeks without making money on these picks, with a 3-3 week last week. At least I had a better week than the Green Bay Packers, though, who lost Aaron Rodgers for the season with a broken collarbone, which...
Houston Press | October 19, 2017
Mayor Turner Votes Against Staying Within Revenue Cap for Next Year | Houston Press Mayor Turner Votes Against Staying Within Revenue Cap for Next Year
The statement seemed unambiguous to City Controller Chris Brown, as he listened to Mayor Sylvester Turner thank Governor Greg Abbott for the $50 million check that ended Turner's bid to raise taxes last month. The mayor told Abbott, "Because of what you have given today, let me say there will...
Houston Press | October 19, 2017
Two Blue Bell Shareholders Sue Over Listeria Contamination Debacle | Houston Press Two Blue Bell Shareholders Sue Over Listeria Contamination Debacle
Most people have gotten over how Blue Bell, the "national ice cream of Texas," was found to be selling listeria-tainted products back in early 2015, but at least two of the company's shareholders are upset enough to turn litigious. Apparently, humans have an almost infinite capacity to forgive and forget,...
Houston Press | October 19, 2017
Rating The Upcoming Returns Of Houston Texan Players | Houston Press Rating The Upcoming Returns Of Houston Texan Players
It's Week 7 of the NFL season, and with most of the league having played six games, this is about as parity-ridden as the league has ever been. In the AFC alone, 14 of the 16 teams have either two, three or four wins. Only Kansas City at 5-1 and...
Houston Press | October 18, 2017
Astros Bullpen Implodes as Houston Blows Game Against Yankees | Houston Press Astros Bullpen Implodes as Houston Blows Game Against Yankees
The New York Yankees were on the ropes, one punch away from being down for the count. The Astros were up 4-0 going to the bottom of the seventh inning and Lance McCullers Jr. was pitching a gem. Nine more outs and the Astros would be up 3-1 in the...
Houston Press | October 18, 2017
Ogg Outlines Plans for Ogg Outlines Plans for "More Diversion, Less Jail" for Small-Time Offenders
Flanked by dozens of members of her transition team, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg laid out plans for what she described as "more diversion, less jail" for people who need help rather than the book thrown at them, such as those who are mentally ill or struggle with addiction...
Houston Press | October 18, 2017
No Further Punishment for The Woodlands Student Who Sent Racist Snapchat | Houston Press No Further Punishment for The Woodlands Student Who Sent Racist Snapchat
After a student at The Woodlands High School told a fellow classmate, an African-American girl, that all black people should have been lynched a long time ago, it turns out the boy who sent the message won't face any legitimate discipline after all, an attorney representing the girl's parents said...
Houston Press | October 18, 2017
Rockets Beat Defending Champion Warriors in Overtime Thriller | Houston Press Rockets Beat Defending Champion Warriors in Overtime Thriller
For several seasons now, the Houston Rockets have been on the cutting edge of NBA advanced analytics, an incubator of the theory that to win with the rules currently in place, teams must score fast and easy, taking three pointers over midrange jumpers, getting to the free throw line as...
Houston Press | October 18, 2017
Video Shows Gunmen Carjack Aunt, Infant After Houston Shooting | Houston Press Video Shows Gunmen Carjack Aunt, Infant After Houston Shooting
Houston police are still searching for three of four suspects who they say committed a drive-by shooting in south Houston and then carjacked an aunt and her infant niece before fleeing. Police said a blue Mazda sedan with four armed men inside pulled up to 6833 London on Monday afternoon...
Houston Press | October 18, 2017
Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says She Was Molested At Karolyi Ranch | Houston Press Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says She Was Molested At Karolyi Ranch
As the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal continues to unfold, a former Olympic gymnast took to Twitter on Wednesday to remind everyone that the reality of powerful men taking advantage of girls and women is also true outside of Hollywood. It's old news at this point that former USA Gymnastics team...
Houston Press | October 18, 2017
Houston Bombs in Rankings for Cities Most Ripe for Amazon Headquarters | Houston Press Houston Bombs in Rankings for Cities Most Ripe for Amazon Headquarters
Depending on how much Jeff Bezos and the folks at Amazon care about the opinion of Moody's Analytics, Houston is apparently not even close to being in the running for the new Amazon headquarters. In rankings Moody's Analytics recently released, the country's fourth-largest city ranks an embarrassing, somewhat puzzling 49...
Houston Press | October 17, 2017
NBA Opening Night: Five Season Win Total Bets For 2017-2018 | Houston Press NBA Opening Night: Five Season Win Total Bets For 2017-2018
It's amazing to think about where we are as Houston sports fans these days, and perhaps the best way to put it in perspective is to examine where we were just before the NFL Draft. Back in April, here was the state of the union for the three biggest teams...
Houston Press | October 17, 2017
Trump Picks Former TCEQ Head and Climate Change Denier for White House Post | Houston Press Trump Picks Former TCEQ Head and Climate Change Denier for White House Post
President Donald Trump has tapped Kathleen Hartnett White, the former head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, to be the chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, an entity charged with forming the Trump administration's environment and energy policies. If you aren't alarmed by this news, it's...
Houston Press | October 17, 2017
Montgomery County Deputy Kills Man After Police Chase in Kingwood | Houston Press Montgomery County Deputy Kills Man After Police Chase in Kingwood
A deputy shot and killed a man Monday after a motorcycle chase and a struggle in Kingwood. At around 1:30 p.m., police said, a Montgomery County Precinct 4 deputy stationed near Humble ran the license plate of a passing motorcyclist. The license plate came back invalid but the driver didn’t...
Houston Press | October 17, 2017
Yankees Deliver 8-1 Stomping of the Astros and Charlie Morton | Houston Press Yankees Deliver 8-1 Stomping of the Astros and Charlie Morton
The final score of Game Three of the ALCS was 8-1 in favor of the New York Yankees. But that score lies in that the game was never that close. The Astros were done in by awful starting pitching from Charlie Morton and excellent starting pitching from CC Sabathia. The...
Houston Press | October 17, 2017
Houston Firefighters Rescue Homeless Man Who Got Stuck in Manhole for Days | Houston Press Houston Firefighters Rescue Homeless Man Who Got Stuck in Manhole for Days
A homeless man was rescued from a manhole early Sunday morning after somehow getting stuck underground for days, the Houston Fire Department said Monday morning. Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a construction company doing repairs near Sam Houston Parkway and Dover Road discovered the man and called 911. HFD arrived and...
Houston Press | October 16, 2017
NFL Football, Week 6: Texans 33, Browns 17 — 4 Winners, 4 Losers | Houston Press NFL Football, Week 6: Texans 33, Browns 17 — 4 Winners, 4 Losers
If you've never been to a controlled football scrimmage before, where teams run plays just to kind of see how they work and the stress level of who wins and who loses is fairly low, then you're not missing much. If you were at Sunday's 33-17 Texans win over the...
Houston Press | October 16, 2017
Harris County Jury Duty Is Back After Harvey — Albeit with Harris County Jury Duty Is Back After Harvey — Albeit with "Portable Bathrooms"
After weeks of delayed justice since Hurricane Harvey plummeted the Harris County court system into chaos, hundreds of jurors are set to descend on the downtown court complex Monday so defendants pleading not guilty can finally start having their days in court. Jury duty was cancelled during Harvey and after...
Houston Press | October 16, 2017
Verlander Dominant in Complete-Game Gem As Astros Beat Yankees 2-1 | Houston Press Verlander Dominant in Complete-Game Gem As Astros Beat Yankees 2-1
The Astros stunned the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon, getting the 2-1 win on Carlos Correa’s game-ending double that scored Jose Altuve from first base for the winning run. It was another thrilling contest that saw the Astros take the early lead. It featured some fantastic defensive plays, great...
Houston Press | October 15, 2017
UH Cougars Embarrassed by Tulsa in 45-17 Loss | Houston Press UH Cougars Embarrassed by Tulsa in 45-17 Loss
The Houston Cougars kicked off as a 13-point favorite against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday afternoon. And as with just about every other game in which the Cougars kicked off as a double-digit favorite, Houston was defeated in embarrassing fashion. This time the Cougars (4-2) lost by a 45-17...
Houston Press | October 15, 2017
Dallas Keuchel Shuts Down the Yankees as Astros Take 1-0 ALCS Lead | Houston Press Dallas Keuchel Shuts Down the Yankees as Astros Take 1-0 ALCS Lead
The Astros and Yankees played a thriller Friday night with the Astros getting the 2-0 win to take a 1-0 ALCS lead. The Astros runs came in the fourth inning thanks to Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel. The lone Yankee run came on a two-out ninth inning home...
Houston Press | October 14, 2017
Buc-ee's Tried to Take Back $68K It Paid a Former Employee. Texas Judges Said No. | Houston Press Buc-ee's Tried to Take Back $68K It Paid a Former Employee. Texas Judges Said No.
After years of courtroom battles with Buc-ee’s, a Texas appeals court finally told Kelly Rieves what she has maintained all along. Her money is her money. A year after a trial court ordered that Rieves pay her former employer, the popular Texas convenience store chain, close to $100,000 for breaching...
Houston Press | October 13, 2017
Astros vs. Yankees in the ALCS: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly | Houston Press Astros vs. Yankees in the ALCS: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The American League Championship Series starts on Friday night with the Houston Astros hosting the New York Yankees in the first game of a best of seven contest. The good news is that since its the Yankees, most of the games will be in primetime, meaning that fans will not...
Houston Press | October 13, 2017
U.S.-Turkey Relations Deteriorate as NASA Scientist Remains Jailed | Houston Press U.S.-Turkey Relations Deteriorate as NASA Scientist Remains Jailed
The ties between Turkey and the United States are growing increasingly strained. And in the middle of all of this, Serkan Golge — the 37-year-old NASA scientist and U.S. citizen who has been held in a Turkish jail for more than a year on charges of being involved in an...
Houston Press | October 13, 2017
Armageddon Will Not Be Upon Us This Sunday, NASA Maintains | Houston Press Armageddon Will Not Be Upon Us This Sunday, NASA Maintains
The beginning of the end of all days was supposed to start last month, but now the word goes that the end of the world will actually kick off this Sunday. As we've noted before, this whole the-end-is-nigh business started with a four-minute video by the evangelical Christian publication Unsealed...
Houston Press | October 13, 2017
Renowned Houston Tattoo Artist Lana Gooding Dead at 36 | Houston Press Renowned Houston Tattoo Artist Lana Gooding Dead at 36
Beloved Houston tattoo artist Lana Gooding, named best in her field in the 2016 Houston Press Best of Houston issue, died Wednesday at age 36, leaving behind two young sons. The preliminary findings suggest she died of a heart attack, her brother, Nash Wingo, told the Press Friday morning. The...
Houston Press | October 13, 2017
Supporters of Bertie Simmons Protest Second Probe Launched by HISD | Houston Press Supporters of Bertie Simmons Protest Second Probe Launched by HISD
The investigation into Furr High School Principal Dr. Bertie Simmons over whether she "threatened" students with a baseball bat for not adhering to dress code in the early part of the school year is old news. Houston Independent School District has instead moved on to a new, separate investigation into...
Houston Press | October 13, 2017
NFL Football Week 6: Browns-Texans — Four Things To Watch For | Houston Press NFL Football Week 6: Browns-Texans — Four Things To Watch For
After a week like last week, it's prudent to sit back and assess where the Houston Texans truly are heading into the meat of their schedule. I mean, you lose J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus within a few plays of each other, and you have Deshaun Watson balling out like...
Houston Press | October 13, 2017
Following Obama-Era Guidance, EPA Orders San Jacinto Waste Pits Removed | Houston Press Following Obama-Era Guidance, EPA Orders San Jacinto Waste Pits Removed
Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has made good on his word. With three days to go before the football game between Oklahoma University and University of Texas, the deadline Pruitt set when he visited the San Jacinto Waste Pits and other Houston-area sites after Hurricane Harvey rolled...
Houston Press | October 12, 2017
<i>Houston Press</i> Van Full of Tacolandia Supplies Stolen, Used in Smash-And-Grab | Houston Press Houston Press Van Full of Tacolandia Supplies Stolen, Used in Smash-And-Grab
Our delivery guy came looking for our white Ford van in the Houston Press parking lot Tuesday afternoon, intent on picking up a load of Tacolandia supplies to bring to our warehouse, ahead of the taco event next weekend. It was full of cups, plates, drinking games and a corn...
Houston Press | October 12, 2017
NFL Football Week 6 — This Weekend's Best Bets | Houston Press NFL Football Week 6 — This Weekend's Best Bets
Well, it had to happen eventually. After six weeks of avoiding a losing weekly mark, I was in the red last weekend. Truth be told, in real life, I was 3-3, as I got Tampa Bay at +5.5 and avoided the push against New England. But I am honest, if...
Houston Press | October 12, 2017
Texas Prisoners Donated Thousands to Harvey Relief From Their Commissaries | Houston Press Texas Prisoners Donated Thousands to Harvey Relief From Their Commissaries
They might have been locked up in prison while Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, but that didn't stop prisoners from pitching in with Harvey relief in one way or another. Namely, by donating more than $50,000 out of their generally limited commissary funds. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman...
Houston Press | October 12, 2017
Houstonians Sentenced in Elaborate Online Dating Scam | Houston Press Houstonians Sentenced in Elaborate Online Dating Scam
Two Houstonians have been sentenced in an Oklahoma federal court for their roles in an elaborate — not to mention sort of creepy — online dating scam that defrauded multiple victims out of nearly $5 million. Ken Ejimofor Ezeah, 35, and Akunna Baiyina Ejiofor were sentenced to 11 and seven...
Houston Press | October 12, 2017
Harris County Approves More Buyouts For Homes That Repeatedly Flood | Houston Press Harris County Approves More Buyouts For Homes That Repeatedly Flood
Harris County Commissioners Court approved yet another round of buyouts on Tuesday in effort to get rid of homes built in floodplains and that have repeatedly flooded over the years. Forty-one more properties will join the more than 300 flood-prone homes that, over the past month, have been approved for...
Houston Press | October 11, 2017
Team Player: Doctor to All-Stars Calls Houston Home | Houston Press Team Player: Doctor to All-Stars Calls Houston Home
Opportunity can come packaged in the strangest, most subtle ways. For Dr. Walter Lowe, one of the world’s most prominent orthopedic surgeons, the opening to become the head team physician for the Houston Rockets and, ultimately, the Houston Texans may as well have shown up at his door in disguise...
Houston Press | October 11, 2017
As HFD Fleet As HFD Fleet "Erodes," Fire Chief Pena Asks for $13 million in Upgrades
In a lengthy presentation at City Hall Tuesday, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña delivered a persuasive appeal to council members for more robust funding to address his department's dire needs, namely its aging fleet of fire engines and its severe lack of high-water vehicles and rescue boats. Speaking before the Public Safety...
Houston Press | October 11, 2017
Meet The Houston Metal Scrappers Making Money Off Harvey | Houston Press Meet The Houston Metal Scrappers Making Money Off Harvey
“You can drop a car in my shredder and in 30 seconds, you’ve got a pile of shredded up metal with pieces no bigger than your fist,” observes Jerry Bailey from his office overlooking Rose Metal Processing in the Heights, the scrap metal yard he owns and operates. H­e’s not...
Houston Press | October 11, 2017
What The EPA's Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Means for Texas | Houston Press What The EPA's Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Means for Texas
Texas has long been known for bucking at anything that even smells like an environmental regulation, so it might be easy to think that the latest round of repealing and relaxing rules issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency would not affect the state. The truth, as is so often...
Houston Press | October 11, 2017
After Student Gets Racist Snapchat Message, Woodlands School Suggests She Could Transfer | Houston Press After Student Gets Racist Snapchat Message, Woodlands School Suggests She Could Transfer
Their daughter had just been posting on Snapchat about her support for the NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem when she came downstairs to tell her dad, R.J. King, that she was afraid for her life. Caught off guard, King asked her what had happened, and she showed him...
Houston Press | October 11, 2017