37 min ago

This week's Houston restaurant report card:

This week's Houston restaurant report card:

    Roaches on the wall leaves Houston restaurant in trouble with health inspectors
    See this week's list of restaurants with violations (April 11-18)
    https://www.chron.com

56 min ago

Part of the intense incident was captured on ...

Part of the intense incident was captured on three different body cams worn by police.

    Fort Bend man found not guilty of taking weapon from officer during intense scuffle with police
    Body cam footage from Rosenberg Police Department officers in Fort Bend shows a chaotic scene in August at a probation office where Zachary D. Brooks, 39, was apprehended and arrested on a warrant. Brooks was ultimately charged with taking a weapon from an officer. He was found not guilty by a jury April 12.
    https://www.chron.com

1 hour ago

A woman who was in the car had minor injuries...

A woman who was in the car had minor injuries. She said she had a couple beers before the wreck, and the man had “a whole lot of beers."

    Man in critical condition in suspected drunken driving crash
    A wrong-way suspected drunken driver is in critical condition after crashing his car on the East Freeway Friday morning, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The man was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10, near Freeport Street in the Cloverleaf area, when around 2 a.m., he hit a concrete dividing wall, said Sgt.
    https://www.chron.com

1 hour ago

Any map nerds out there?

Any map nerds out there?

    One of the most rare early maps of Texas debuts at Texas A&M
    The Texas A&M University Libraries recently acquired a rare first edition of Stephen F. Austin's own map of Texas, first produced in 1830. According to officials at the school, it is one of eight known to exist, and that makes it even more special. Donors gifted it to the school.
    https://www.chron.com

1 hour ago

MORNING WRECK: The Houston Fire Department ex...

MORNING WRECK: The Houston Fire Department extinguished an 18-wheeler that was on fire on the southbound lanes of Interstate 45. (Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle) DETAILS: https://bit.ly/2He47XC


2 hours ago

“Imagine how bad this could have been had it ...

“Imagine how bad this could have been had it not been uncovered before it got to a real hitman.”

    Pearland man tried to hire hitman to kill four people, DA says
    A Pearland man tried to hire a hitman to kill an ex-girlfriend and three other Houston residents, prosecutors said Thursday in announcing his arrest. Rajesh Bakshi, 54, was charged with four counts of solicitation of capital murder and is accused of trying to pay a professional killer to shoot a woman he had once dated, along with her boyfriend and parents, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said, in a news release detailing the case.
    https://www.chron.com

2 hours ago

"Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra B...

"Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland" makes its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 25 and will air on HBO later this year.

    Clip from HBO documentary on Sandra Bland is now available
    If you're curious about the new HBO documentary focusing on the controversial death of Sandra Bland, the Chicago woman who died in police custody in Waller County in 2015, a clip is now available to view.
    https://www.chron.com

2 hours ago

DEVELOPING:

DEVELOPING:

    Big rig fire closes North Freeway at Mount Houston
    A heavy truck burst into flames on Interstate 45 North Friday morning, closing all lanes of the freeway near Texas 249, according to Houston TranStar. At least six vehicles were involved in an accident linked to the fire, which happened around 5:15 a.m. in the inbound lane of the North Freeway.
    https://www.chron.com

3 hours ago

Cops are probably watching on these Houston-a...

Cops are probably watching on these Houston-area roads.

    Don't speed in these neighborhoods; cops are probably watching
    There are some places around Houston where the locals instinctively let off the gas a bit, wary of a possible patrol car lurking around the bend. And, if a police officer is actually sighted, it's probably advisable to slow down even more just to be safe.
    https://www.chron.com

8 hours ago

He allegedly hit a public defender in the fac...

He allegedly hit a public defender in the face.

    Harris County inmate accused of punching his lawyer in the face
    A Harris County jail inmate is facing a new charge after he allegedly punched his lawyer in the face. Luciano Charles Olivarez was meeting with his attorney in the hold-over area inside the 701 San Jacinto jail Thursday morning when he hit public defender Danny Lacayo once in the face, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
    https://www.chron.com

10 hours ago

A pedestrian died after he was hit by a car n...

A pedestrian died after he was hit by a car near the West Oaks Mall on last night, police said. https://bit.ly/2F0joFJ

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    A pedestrian died after he was hit by a car near the West Oaks Mall on last night, police said. https://bit.ly/2F0joFJ
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10 hours ago

A magician never reveals his secrets. Well, n...

A magician never reveals his secrets. Well, not unless a court mandates it.

    David Copperfield forced to reveal secret of vanishing trick in court
    A magician never reveals his secrets. Well, not unless a court mandates it. David Copperfield, 61, is currently in the midst of a civil jury trial in Las Vegas' Clark County District Court that began on Friday, following a negligence lawsuit filed against the illusionist by 58-year-old British chef Gavin Cox.
    https://www.chron.com

11 hours ago

A freight train struck two cars that were mys...

A freight train struck two cars that were mysteriously sitting on the railroad tracks near Washington Avenue this morning. https://bit.ly/2JXe2ih

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    A freight train struck two cars that were mysteriously sitting on the railroad tracks near Washington Avenue this morning. https://bit.ly/2JXe2ih
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11 hours ago

A man is dead after police say he was shot by...

A man is dead after police say he was shot by his own mother Wednesday night.

    Police: Mother fatally shoots son in Northwest Side house
    SAN ANTONIO - A man is dead after police say he was shot by his own mother Wednesday night on the North Side. San Antonio Police Department Sgt. Barry Smith said the man, 31, was fatally shot at about 9:15 p.m. in the 7000 block of Valley Trails.
    https://www.chron.com

12 hours ago

Burglars broke into a Harris County courthous...

Burglars broke into a Harris County courthouse to steal an ATM this morning, making it the third attempted burglary at a courthouse this week, according to television reports. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Burglars-target-ATM-in-Baytown-courthouse-12847171.php

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    Burglars broke into a Harris County courthouse to steal an ATM this morning, making it the third attempted burglary at a courthouse this week, according to television reports....
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12 hours ago

#BREAKING

#BREAKING

    Police: Suspect calls 911 after shooting brother in south Houston
    A suspected shooter called 911 to report his crime after gunning down his brother inside a south Houston home Thursday night, police said. Houston police officers were called out to a home in the 1200 block of Bayswater Drive, near Almeda-Genoa Road and the South Freeway, around 8:30 p.m.
    https://www.chron.com

12 hours ago

It may be a little hot in the summer, but Tex...

It may be a little hot in the summer, but Texas still has some awesome places to visit.

    Texas totally snubbed in US News & World Report's places for the 'best summer vacation'
    Published 12:15 pm, Thursday, April 19, 2018 U.S. News & World Report released its list of the best places for a summer vacation in 2018, but after a look through their picks, something seemed amiss. Not a single location is in Texas.
    https://www.chron.com

12 hours ago

Just when you thought you've seen it all ...

Just when you thought you've seen it all ...

    Pickup almost falls off U.S. 290 overpass under construction
    A pickup truck driver nearly fell off a U.S. 290 overpass that's under construction after apparently driving through a construction zone, authorities said. Houston police were called out to the Northwest Freeway near Fairbanks North Houston Road around 1:40 p.m. to a reported crash in a construction zone.
    https://www.chron.com

13 hours ago

Stephen F. Austin drew the map himself and fo...

Stephen F. Austin drew the map himself and for years it was the standard for Texas maps.

    One of the most rare early maps of Texas debuts at Texas A&M
    The Texas A&M University Libraries recently acquired a rare first edition of Stephen F. Austin's own map of Texas, first produced in 1830. According to officials at the school, it is one of eight known to exist, and that makes it even more special. Donors gifted it to the school.
    https://www.chron.com

13 hours ago

Now that we've seen their schedule, how do yo...

Now that we've seen their schedule, how do you think the Texans do in 2018? 🤔🤔🤔

    A way too early prediction for the Texans' 2018 season
    We already knew who the Houston Texans would be playing in 2018 and where, but we didn't know when until Thursday night when the NFL released the schedule for the entire season. Now that we finally know what order when those games will be and which ones are scheduled for prim time, we can't make a better, more educated guess, of how the season will play out.
    https://www.chron.com

13 hours ago

Do you own a home in one of these neighborhoo...

Do you own a home in one of these neighborhoods?

    Houston's hottest neighborhoods of 2018, according to real estate brokerage site Redfin
    Real estate brokerage site Redfin has released its predictions for the Hottest Neighborhoods of 2018 and has named Houston's top three neighborhoods as Lawndale-Wayside, Sea Isle, and El Lago. Lawndale is located east of the East Downtown neighborhood.
    https://www.chron.com

14 hours ago

Where else can you see the Houston Astros' Ca...

Where else can you see the Houston Astros' Carlos Correa and George Springer as Brooks and Dunn, or Jose Altuve as Ice Cube?

    15 album covers reimagined with Astros players
    It may come as a shock to some of you, but there was a time when you actually had to leave your house to buy a physical copy of the music you wanted to listen to.
    https://www.chron.com

14 hours ago

Two women were charged with criminal trespass...

Two women were charged with criminal trespassing after attempting to disrupt the business of Fisher Ham and Meat Co. in Spring.

    Animal rights activists arrested for protesting, trespassing at Fisher Ham and Meat Co.
    Three Spring women were arrested at Fisher Ham and Meat Co. for protesting, blocking traffic and, for some, criminal trespassing. Shelby D. Gibbs, 25, and Victoria R. Botchlett, 20, were charged with criminal trespassing Wednesday "in an attempt to interrupt the business," the Harris County Constable's Office Precinct 4 said in a news release.
    https://www.chron.com

14 hours ago

Houston police arrested the driver and passen...

Houston police arrested the driver and passenger of a car that crashed after a short chase near Acres Homes this morning. https://bit.ly/2HgzAo2

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    Houston police arrested the driver and passenger of a car that crashed after a short chase near Acres Homes this morning. https://bit.ly/2HgzAo2
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14 hours ago

The doctor is not currently a target of any c...

The doctor is not currently a target of any criminal investigation, federal prosecutors said in a letter to his attorney.

    Prosecutor: Prince thought he was taking common painkiller
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prince thought he was taking a common painkiller but instead ingested a counterfeit pill containing the dangerously powerful drug fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday as he announced that no charges would be filed in the musician's death.
    https://www.chron.com

15 hours ago

Weather is the culprit. The plan is to do thi...

Weather is the culprit. The plan is to do this thing next month at a new venue.

    Great Texas BBQ Festival postponed
    The inaugural Great Texas BBQ Festival, which was to have taken place this weekend in Sam Houston Park downtown, has been postponed until next month. Organizers were concerned about the possibility of thunderstorms on Saturday.
    https://www.chron.com

15 hours ago

We are counting down the days to summer vacat...

We are counting down the days to summer vacation time.

    Yes, Houston has a nonstop flight to New Zealand (and many other destinations)
    Vacation time is getting close, and Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) has a lot of nonstop flights for international destinations.
    https://www.chron.com

15 hours ago

'THE WHOLE BUILDING SHOOK' Witness described...

'THE WHOLE BUILDING SHOOK' Witness described moments when Valero plant in Texas City exploded Thursday afternoon.

    Explosion, large fire at Texas City plant
    Updated 6:10 pm, Thursday, April 19, 2018 A large fire broke out Thursday afternoon at a Texas City plant, city officials said. The explosion was reported at the Valero plant on Loop 197 in Texas City, officials said. Witnesses said the explosion happened around 4:45 p.m.
    https://www.chron.com

15 hours ago

Check Out New Zealand’s Version of Austin – E...

Check Out New Zealand’s Version of Austin – Enter for a chance to win* two roundtrip economy tickets! T&C apply: https://www.airnewzealand.com/texas-contest

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    Check Out New Zealand's Version of Austin - Enter for a chance to win* two roundtrip economy tickets! T&C apply: https://www.airnewzealand.com/texas-contest
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16 hours ago

BREAKING:

BREAKING:

    Explosion, large fire at Texas City plant
    Updated 6:10 pm, Thursday, April 19, 2018 A large fire broke out Thursday afternoon at a Texas City plant, city officials said. The explosion was reported at the Valero plant on Loop 197 in Texas City, officials said. Witnesses said the explosion happened around 4:45 p.m.
    https://www.chron.com

16 hours ago

There was something different about the conve...

There was something different about the conversation around the former first lady's passing:

    Experts: Barbara Bush may change discussion about end-of-life
    When former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday, people spoke of the 92-year-old's legacy and her impact on the culture, both positive and negative. For the most part, it was the sort of talk that circulates any time a well-known person is lost. But there was something different about this conversation.
    https://www.chron.com

16 hours ago

Would you open your doors to three complete s...

Would you open your doors to three complete strangers in need? Meet the Koch family in our latest installment in our Heroes of Harvey series.

    Young Memorial family takes in three strangers stranded by Harvey
    As Hurricane Harvey brewed in the Gulf, three longtime friends were planning to make the most of a rainy weekend. Rosemary Colvin and Peggy Spann headed to Jimmie Davis' home in Nottingham Forest for a "House of Cards" marathon. Davis had lived in her home for 48 years, and it never flooded.
    https://www.chron.com

16 hours ago

A couple allegedly tortured and killed a 70-y...

A couple allegedly tortured and killed a 70-year-old Vietnam War veteran in an attempt to gain access to his financial information. "We know the children were taken to where the body was burned and watched the body burn."

    Calif. couple allegedly tortured, killed Vietnam War veteran, burned body in front of children
    A couple allegedly tortured and murdered a 70-year-old Vietnam War veteran in Hanford, Calif. in an attempt to gain access to his financial information, police say. Kenneth Coyle, a retired contractor for Naval Air Station Lemoore first met Stacie Mendoza, one of the accused murderers, in a Hanford restaurant where she worked as a waitress, according to the Hanford Police Department.
    https://www.chron.com

17 hours ago

The guy who made it easier to order random ca...

The guy who made it easier to order random cables, an accomplished NASA astronaut, and the dude from the HEB ads.

    Meet the most influential Texas-connected people on TIME's newest list
    A new list released this week by TIME of the most influential people on Earth features a handful of notables with distinct ties to the Lone Star State. The most recognizable name for many will be Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt, with Amazon chief Jeff Bezos coming in a close second.
    https://www.chron.com

17 hours ago

Each week, we recognize two individuals or fa...

Each week, we recognize two individuals or families that you told us were Heroes of Harvey. Today, hear the amazing story of a young family from Memorial who opened their doors to complete strangers after Harvey flooded their neighborhood.

    Heroes of Hurricane Harvey
    Get the latest news and information on Hurricane Harvey.
    https://www.chron.com

17 hours ago

The man, in his 60s, was airlifted to a Houst...

The man, in his 60s, was airlifted to a Houston hospital.

    Welder critical after explosion at northwest Harris County drilling company
    A welder at a northwest Harris County drilling company was airlifted Thursday afternoon after a small explosion, authorities said. The man, in his 60s, was welding inside Global Drilling Support International in the 9800 block of Windmill Park Lane, near Fallbrook Drive and North Beltway 8, when the explosion happened around 1:20 p.m.
    https://www.chron.com

17 hours ago

"Somehow it feels like the whole city of Hous...

"Somehow it feels like the whole city of Houston just lost its grandmother."

    The nation mourns a first lady. Houston mourns a neighbor. [Editorial]
    Somehow it feels like the whole city of Houston just lost its grandmother. We all know her face just as surely as if she were someone in our own family. The classic inauguration day photo taken in 1989 shows Barbara Bush standing next to her husband, proudly and dutifully holding a Bible as he took the oath of office to become the only president of the United States from Houston.
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com

17 hours ago

The challenge includes eating a six-pound bur...

The challenge includes eating a six-pound burger comprised of prime rib, brisket, sausage, onion rings, mac and cheese, cole slaw, pickles and bacon. This guy tried it, and here's what he has to say about it.

    What it's like to tackle Corpus Christi Hooks' crazy food challenge
    The Corpus Christi Hooks, the Astros' Class AA team, came up with a new promotion this season - The Dallas Keuchel Smoke Stack 60. A fan gets 60 minutes to finish a burger that weighs six pounds and includes prime rib, brisket, sausage, onion rings, mac and cheese, cole slaw, pickles and lots of bacon on sourdough bread.
    https://www.chron.com

18 hours ago

Pearls have become the go-to way for many to ...

Pearls have become the go-to way for many to honor the woman who championed various causes over her life in the public eye.

    Nationwide billboard company honors former first lady Barbara Bush
    Lamar Advertising joined the list of citizens and businesses saluting the late former first lady Barbara Bush this week. The company's simple digital billboard shows a string of Mrs. Bush's trademark pearls. Digital billboards usually scroll through a series of paid messages, with this one thrown in the mix.
    https://www.chron.com

18 hours ago

An 8th-grade American History class was assig...

An 8th-grade American History class was assigned a worksheet titled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View."

    San Antonio school responds to assignment asking students to list 'positives' of slavery
    Updated 11:06 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 Middle school students at Great Hearts Monte Vista in San Antonio were asked to weigh the "positive" and "negative" aspects of slavery for an assignment. Great Hearts Monte Vista, a local charter school, confirmed an 8th-grade American History class was assigned a worksheet titled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View."
    https://www.chron.com

18 hours ago

#40NeverLookedSoGood

#40NeverLookedSoGood

    Chip Gaines wishes wife, Joanna, a happy 40th birthday with an adorable message
    Joanna Gaines celebrates her 40th birthday on Thursday, but with her fifth child on the way and a booming home decor partnership with Target, a magazine, a restaurant, a storefront and several other business partnerships, you wouldn't know it.
    https://www.chron.com

19 hours ago

She was arrested after an exotic weeks-long c...

She was arrested after an exotic weeks-long cruise that she and an accomplice documented on social media.

    She shared drug-smuggling vacation on social media. Now 'Cocaine Babe' is off to prison.
    A Canadian woman who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars. Melina Roberge, 24, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of the drug into the Sydney Harbour in 2016, following an exotic weeks-long cruise that she and an accomplice documented on social media.
    https://www.chron.com

19 hours ago

More than 270 employees are going to be affec...

More than 270 employees are going to be affected by this closure.

    Former Maxwell House coffee plant to close
    Atlantic Coffee Solutions will shutter the former Maxwell House factory, one of the largest coffee manufacturing plants in the world. The Houston-based company will cease roasting and packaging regular, decaf and instant coffee at its massive factory east of downtown this summer, according to company officials.
    https://www.chron.com

19 hours ago

Drivers who have outstanding toll road late f...

Drivers who have outstanding toll road late fees from 2007 to March 1, 2018 don't have to worry about paying them anymore.

    TxDOT waives $1.3 billion in late fees after new law takes effect
    Updated 12:41 pm, Thursday, April 19, 2018 Drivers who have outstanding toll road late fees from 2007 to March 1, 2018 don't have to worry about paying them anymore. About $1.3 billion in late fees will be forgiven, said Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Brandon Bass during a House Committee on Transportation meeting Wednesday.
    https://www.chron.com

19 hours ago

She trained at Cypress Academy of Gymnastics ...

She trained at Cypress Academy of Gymnastics in Houston and competed in USA Gymnastics junior events in the mid-1990s.

    Former Houston gymnast files lawsuit against Larry Nassar, USAG, USOC
    Updated 9:18 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 A former Houston gymnast has filed suit in Harris County district court against disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and, apparently for the first time in the series of lawsuits spawned by Nassar's conduct, the International Gymnastics Federation, the sport's international governing body.
    https://www.chron.com

20 hours ago

Police found the child crying in the backseat...

Police found the child crying in the backseat of the vehicle.

    Texas mom arrested after leaving crying toddler in car while partying at nightclub
    Published 10:33 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 A young West Texas mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her crying toddler in her vehicle while she partied at a nightclub. According to Odessa American, Itzel Vazquez-Barrera, now 23, went to an Odessa nightclub on Tuesday, April 17, to celebrate her birthday and left her 3-year-old son in the backseat of her Jeep.
    https://www.chron.com

20 hours ago

Police found the child crying in the back sea...

Police found the child crying in the back seat of the vehicle.

    Texas mom arrested after leaving crying toddler in car while partying at nightclub
    Published 10:33 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 A young West Texas mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her crying toddler in her vehicle while she partied at a nightclub. According to Odessa American, Itzel Vazquez-Barrera, now 23, went to an Odessa nightclub on Tuesday, April 17, to celebrate her birthday and left her 3-year-old son in the backseat of her Jeep.
    https://www.chron.com

20 hours ago

The news comes after Reginald Moore, who over...

The news comes after Reginald Moore, who oversees a cemetery near the construction site, warned school officials to not build in the area.

    Nearly 80 graves found at Fort Bend ISD construction site
    Nearly 80 graves now have been discovered at the construction site of a Fort Bend ISD technical center, school district officials said. The news comes after Reginald Moore, who oversees a cemetery near the construction site, warned school officials not to build in the area because he believed more bodies could be buried nearby.
    https://www.chron.com

21 hours ago

She successfully completed an emergency landi...

She successfully completed an emergency landing, sparing the lives of 148 people and averting a far worse catastrophe.

    She calmly landed the Southwest flight and broke barriers as a fighter pilot
    The pilot's voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended with 149 people on board. "Southwest 1380, we're single engine," Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy, said. "We have part of the aircraft missing so we're going to need to slow down a bit."
    https://www.chron.com

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