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Medill Watchdog is closing

The Houston Chronicle’s Karen Chen sends this email: I’m a recent Medill grad (BSJ ’14) and frequent intern with our school’s investigative journalism team Medill Watchdog. Watchdog was the most valuable part of my education at Medill and I am only able to be part of the Houston Chronicle’s investigations team because of what director … Read More

No Tom Savage this week, leaving Texans scrambling

The Texans can’t even turn to Plan C this week. After losing Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Mallett to season-ending knee injuries, they won’t even be able to turn to rookie Tom Savage this week. Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that Savage would miss this week and perhaps…

Injuries force Texans to bring back Case Keenum

As quarterbacks drop like flies in Houston, the Texans are forced to bring back ones they previously dropped. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are bringing back Case Keenum to fill the roster spot created when Ryan Fitzpatrick broke his leg yesterday. Keenum was with the team through the preseason, but…

Savage emerges with leg injury, too

On the same day that Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a broken leg, his replacement emerged from the game with an injury of his own. Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, rookie Tom Savage will undergo on MRI after apparently injuring a knee on the next-to-last play of the the Texans’ loss at Indianapolis.…

Jadeveon Clowney in danger of missing start of 2015 season

It wasn't just some minor clean-up knee surgery that ended the injury-filled and disappointing rookie season of No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. The Houston Chronicle reported that the knee surgery that put Clowney on injured reserve was microfracture surgery, a significant procedure that has a nine-month recovery period. Show More Summary

Jadeveon Clowney in danger of missing start of 2015 season

It wasn't just some minor clean-up knee surgery that ended 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney's injury-filled and disappointing rookie season. The Houston Chronicle reported that the knee surgery that put Clowney on injured reserve was microfracture surgery, a significant procedure that has a nine-month recovery period. Show More Summary

1 Billion Barrels of Oil Produced from Texas' Eagle Ford Shale

One billion barrels of oil have officially been produced from the Eagle Ford shale formation. More than 70 percent of the production from the shale has occurred during the last two years alone, according to the Houston Chronicle. The good news, however, comes as the future of Texas' gas and oil industry looks somewhat bleak. Show More Summary

Woman Says Chick-Fil-A Shake Gave Her Heart Attack

In the strange-lawsuits department comes this from Texas: A woman is suing Chick-Fil-A because she says one of the chain's cherry-topped milkshakes gave her a heart attack, reports the Houston Chronicle. Cyndi Scruggs says that when she popped the maraschino cherry into her mouth, she learned that it had not...

Andre Johnson sent at-risk kids on a $16,000 Christmas shopping spree

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

In 2007, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson told his uncle that he wanted to spread some Christmas cheer. According to The Houston Chronicle, the uncle responded, “Have you ever thought about having kids go through Toys R Us and get what they want?” Done. The eighth installment of what has become an annual shopping […]

Jadeveon Clowney to get second opinion on his knee

Texans top pick Jadeveon Clowney said his knee was not where it was supposed to be. The place it’s supposed to be, apparently, is Dr. James Andrews’ office. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Clowney is getting a second opinion from the famed orthopedist tomorrow, to get to the bottom of the hinge…

Gay Texas Couple Was First To Obtain Marriage License 42 Years Ago, But Did They Help Or Hurt The Movement?

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Forty-two years ago, two men obtained a marriage license in Wharton County, Texas — in what is believed to be the nation's first government-recognized same-sex marriage. The Houston Chronicle reported Friday on the marriage of Antonio Molina and William "Billie"...

Isaiah Canaan Injury: Updates on Rockets Guard's Ankle and Return

The injury issues for the Houston Rockets continue to get worse as Isaiah Canaan left Friday's game with a sprained ankle. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle provides the latest info on the guard: He also adds how bad things have...Show More Summary

TX law allowing cops to draw blood without warrant deemed unconstitutional by state’s highest court

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

On Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declared that a law allowing police officers to take blood samples from those suspected of drunk driving without first obtaining a warrant is unconstitutional, the Houston Chronicle reports. Writing on behalf of the majority in the 5-4 decision,...

TEXAS: State Claims To Be Surprised By Request To Lift Marriage Stay

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Houston Chronicle: Texas officials want a federal judge to uphold the state's same-sex marriage ban, calling a request by gay couples to be allowed to immediately marry "untimely" and "out of order." "The plaintiffs offer noShow More Summary

J.J. Watt, human being, thanks cops and firemen with free lunch

Proving it’s possible to be a star player, be in many commercials, and still be a human being, J.J. Watt continues to impress on and off the field. Via the Houston Chronicle, Watt had pizzas delivered to police and a fire station in Houston, thanking them for their service. “You show up day in and…

Official Resigns, Contract Withdrawn in Houston Public Art Fiasco

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

A major art commission in Houston has been suddenly placed on hold, prompting the resignation of a director at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and causing an outcry in the city's art community, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Texans bring Thad Lewis in to fill in at quarterback

Texans coach Bill O’Brien didn’t say much about the status of quarterback Ryan Mallett, but the fact they’ve signed a replacement should tell you what you need to know. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are adding former Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to the mix. With Mallett out for the year…

Reports: Texans' Ryan Mallett done for season with pec injury

After starting only two games for the Houston Texans, Ryan Mallett's season reportedly is done. He suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and, per the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, will...Show More Summary

Why The Republican Party Is Doomed

“Republicans in 2014 were the most popular girl at a party no one attended.” These words were penned by a Houston Chronicle columnist named Chris Ladd, who also goes by the screen name “GOPlifer.” And a better summation of this year’s mid-terms we’ve never heard. Well, in all humility, apart from this one: “Every light [...]

Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins Updated Fantasy Outlook After Ryan Mallett Injury

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will reportedly need season-ending surgery on the pectoral muscle he injured in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Mark Berman of Fox 26 reportedShow More Summary

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