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  • Gay rights supporters push beyond marriage to broader legal protections

    06/28/2015 4:36:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 27, 2015 | Paul Kane, The Washington Post |
    Fresh off their biggest legal victory, gay rights supporters began to expand their efforts beyond same-sex marriage to a broad push to rewrite civil rights law and extend protections to other personal and financial actions. A liberal coalition spanning gay rights groups and traditional African-American leaders turned its attention to a new legislative bid to outlaw discrimination against homosexuals in employment, housing, financial dealings and other regular actions not protected under the Supreme Court's ruling declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. "You can be married on Saturday, post your pictures on Instagram on Sunday and fired from your job on...
  • Congressional Black Caucus recommends Sheila Jackson Lee for Homeland Security Secretary

    07/30/2013 1:48:55 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 94 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/29/2013 | Hannah Jeffrey
    Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee as a replacement for outgoing-DHS Secretary...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Center Stage, Media Increases Attacks

    05/30/2013 4:06:22 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 73 replies
    Red State ^ | 5/29/2013 | Breeanne Howe
    With news Wednesday morning that Michelle Bachmann won’t be running for re-election in 2014, the left has turned their sights quickly to another target: Ted Cruz. Not that they weren’t already focused on him. The left has been foaming at the mouth over Cruz since he boldly stepped on the scene and refused to play by their crooked rules. Bachmann’s exit, however, has introduced a new fervor on the left against Cruz and they’ve taken no time to come at him from every angle. Seemingly within minutes of Bachmann’s announcement, Washington Bureau Chief of the Houston Chronicle Richard Dunham posted...
  • Contractor who stole property gets 30 years ["smear campaign" imprisons another African American]

    09/15/2012 4:54:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 14, 2012 | Lise Olsen
    Despite an unusual plea for leniency from Houston's city controller, five-time felon and swindler Dwayne Jordon was handed a 30-year sentence Friday after admitting to stealing 23 properties from rightful owners by forging deeds and building new homes on pilfered land. He then resold the properties to unsuspecting victims. Harris County District Judge David Mendoza said he weighed competing factors to find a "sentence that fit the crime." He said he considered Jordon's construction work on stolen and legitimate lots in a blighted neighborhood, evidence of his continuing scams while free on bond and Jordon's role as a father and...
  • Houston Freepers - What the Heck?!

    01/01/2011 12:37:06 PM PST · by Ms. AntiFeminazi · 52 replies
    me | 1/1/11 | me
    Imagine my surprise when I opened the Houston Chronicle to find this! China Daily
  • MSM Tries to Ignore Climategate in Global Warming Stories...Readers Bring Them Back to Reality

    11/24/2009 5:41:19 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies · 2,113+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | November 24, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    An hilariously bizarre situation is happening in the wake of the growing Climategate scandal. Many of the mainstream media stories about global warming are simply pretending it doesn't exist. Perhaps they feel that by ignoring Climategate entirely that it will just go away. Unfortunately for them, the readers of these global warming stories keep bringing up the inconvenient truth of Climategate by mentioning the scandal in the comments section over and over and over again. An example is this Houston Chronicle editorial which asserts in its headline, "As a crucial climate change conference nears, more evidence of a warming globe."...
  • Houston Chronicle story on heckling of Obama pulled

    09/11/2009 4:48:45 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies · 1,394+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 11 September 2009
    One of the "Most Commented" stories on the Houston Chronicle was the story about Joe Wilson shouting "You lie!" during Obama's speech. The story appears as a "Most Commented" story in the right hand column on the website. Upon clicking on that link, the story is "Access forbidden" and is not found. Interesting.
  • Health care event attendee lied about being doctor (Fake Doctor that supports ObamaCare)

    08/14/2009 3:32:52 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 44 replies · 1,841+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/13/2009 | ALLAN TURNER
    U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on Thursday distanced herself from a University of Houston graduate student and Texas Obama delegate who falsely identified herself as a pediatric physician at the congresswoman's health care reform town hall meeting this week. “I've never met her,” Jackson Lee said as she prepared to take questions from doctors and other health care workers in a session at St. Joseph Medical Center. Roxana Mayer, who warmly embraced Jackson Lee at the close of Tuesday's session at a Fifth Ward community center, had spoken in favor of the president's health care package. The Texas Medical Board,...
  • Democrats caught planting fake doctor at town hall meeting (media knew but kept quiet)

    08/13/2009 10:06:35 PM PDT · by 4rcane · 11 replies · 1,551+ views Not only was Mayer not a doctor, Roxana Mayer was an Obama delegate, as Patterico discovered with some digging. What’s more, the Houston Chronicle apparently knew this and failed to include it in its glowing coverage of Mayer’s appearance. The reporter, Cindy Horswell, has admitted that she knew Mayer was an Obama delegate and that Mayer didn’t live in Jackson-Lee’s district when she wrote the Chronicle story. After getting exposed, the Chronicle quietly changed the caption on the photo without issuing a correction, removing the reference to Mayer being a doctor.
  • Prop 8 called the 'Gettysburg' of gay civil rights

    11/02/2008 4:26:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 937+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 31, 2008 | LISA LEFF
    Five months and thousands of weddings after California's highest court sanctioned same-sex marriage, anxious eyes around the nation will closely follow voters Tuesday as they decide whether to turn back the clock. Given the state's size and influence, the vote on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage has become a referendum on sexual orientation and civil rights. Both sides call it the "Gettysburg" of the power struggle between the gay rights movement and the Christian right, with the victors capturing momentum in other states. "As California goes, so goes the nation," Mayor Gavin Newsom boldly predicted at a City Hall...
  • Panel proposes changes for TxDOT

    06/03/2008 6:22:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 737+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2008 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — Saying big changes are needed to restore trust in the Texas Department of Transportation, the Sunset Advisory Commission staff is recommending a revamp of its governing board, project planning, and dealings with lawmakers and the public. The commission's report, to be released today, comes in the wake of controversy over planned public-private partnerships on toll roads, the route of the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor transportation network and questions concerning agency funding figures. The Houston Chronicle obtained a copy of the report. "The Sunset review of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) occurred against a backdrop of distrust and frustration...
  • Commissioners asked to form “391 Commission” against I-69/TTC

    03/27/2008 5:23:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 344+ views
    The Navasota Examiner ^ | March 26, 2008 | Rosemary Smith
    Though some may believe the I-69 Trans Texas Corridor will not be constructed, due to overwhelming opposition and various remarks by TxDOT representatives, a newly formed local group called “Grimes County Get Organized” asked Commissioners on Monday to consider forming a Commission group based on Local Government Code 391; to ensure the currently proposed construction plan through the county is officially stopped. The idea to form the commission came from a recent informational meeting about how to stop the corridor held in Lufkin, Texas and hosted by Holland Mayor Mae Smith. According to the informational handouts, the East Central Texas...
  • Corridor plan could mean more traffic, ??fewer?? trucks in Southeast Texas

    02/12/2008 2:04:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 496+ views
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | February 12, 2008 | Christine Rappleye
    Trucks hauling everything from cars to produce use Southeast Texas roads to deliver their goods, and when a proposed Interstate 69/Trans Texas Corridor is completed, local drivers could see even more of them, local transportation officials said. The proposed I-69 corridor stretches from Michigan down to Texas. Once in Texas, the corridor goes about 650 miles from Texarkana to Brownsville and Laredo and includes separate lanes for cars and semis and areas for trains and utilities. It doesn't cut through Beaumont, but local arteries like U.S. 69 and Interstate 10 would connect to it. Travelers and truckers just need to...
  • Lawyers for convicted Tx. killer want paper to identify Web commentor

    11/17/2007 11:25:55 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 8 replies · 169+ views
    AP via the Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | 03:12 p.m., November 17, 2007 | Staff
    HOUSTON — Attorneys for a former high school football coach convicted in the shooting death of his pregnant wife want the Houston Chronicle to identify a reader who posted a comment about the case on the newspaper's Web site. The thread, posted in the "reader comments" section, suggests that the juror spoke about the deliberations while the trial was still ongoing. David Mark Temple's attorneys issued a subpoena Friday calling for the Chronicle to appear in court Monday, with registration information the reader may have given the newspaper. The comment was posted around 9 a.m. Thursday, about seven hours before...
  • Iffy interstate: Harris County pulls out of I-69 Alliance

    05/28/2007 1:14:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 695+ views
    Victoria Advocate ^ | May 28, 2007 | Rebecca Holm
    The future of an interstate planned to run through Victoria appears murkier than ever. Harris County, a key point along the proposed Interstate 69 route, pulled out of the I-69 Alliance in mid-May. In an article in the May 15 Houston Chronicle, Bill Murphy and Rad Sallee wrote that Harris County pulled out of the I-69 Alliance after county commissioners decided too much was spent annually in membership costs. The county hopes that a bill in legislation right now is passed, because it would give them access to build a toll road as part of the Trans-Texas Corridor parallel to...
  • When did the Houston Chronicle become so liberal? (Vanity)

    10/19/2006 9:08:33 PM PDT · by Ravi · 4 replies · 247+ views
  • Beachhead [Houston Chronicle supports illegal immigration, Mexico's agenda]

    09/11/2006 12:37:20 PM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 17 replies · 488+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/10/06 | Chronicle editorial board (unsigned)
    FOUR years ago, Mexico closed its New Orleans consulate — essentially, for lack of interest. The Mexican government was pinching pennies, and closing the mission signaled a new focus on U.S. cities with significant numbers of Mexican nationals. New Orleans now counts as one of those cities. That's why Carlos Gonzalez Magallon, Mexico's consul general in Houston, has launched plans to reopen a Crescent City mission — he hopes by Dec. 1. Gonzalez is right to act quickly... ...[A study shows that] nearly half of the city's new construction workers are Latino, and about a quarter of that new work...
  • Other 'i' word in politics; plus a CIA leak postscript (Plamegate)

    09/07/2006 1:37:44 PM PDT · by weegee · 21 replies · 928+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 5, 2006, 7:52PM | By CRAGG HINES
    (Ignoring the blather on Immigration and Impeachment, I proceeded to the Idiotorial remarks on the CIA leak postscript from the Houston Comical - weegee): -------------------- With the latest developments in the CIA leak case, some Bush apologists insist that it's time for a correction or contrition from those of us who spoke out about the White House's involvement. At least as far as my commentary has gone, I see no required rollback. Bush has not taken the "appropriate action" that he promised in October 2003, as Karl Rove remains on the White House payroll. Disclosure that Richard L. Armitage, when...
  • Writing in choice on eSlate will take a little more work (electronic ballot disenfranchises)

    08/10/2006 10:00:42 AM PDT · by weegee · 19 replies · 1,151+ views
    Houston Chronicle | Aug. 10, 2006, 5:05AM | no byline
    Write-in candidate names are not on the ballot by design. To cast a vote for one on the electronic eSlate machines, which don't have a keyboard, you'll have to use the "select" dial to choose "write-in." Even then, the names won't automatically pop up, said Scott Haywood, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office. In each booth there will be a printed list of candidates who have been certified for the Congressional District 22 race. Using the dial and a picture of a keyboard on the screen, the voter will click the letters of the name they want. Potential...
  • Selecting Page One stories more an art than a science

    07/16/2006 9:48:15 AM PDT · by oxcart · 19 replies · 419+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/16/2006 | By JAMES T. CAMPBELL
    SOME readers grouse about stories Chronicle editors select to appear on Page One, questioning our judgment (and sanity), charging us with bias or even claiming we're pandering to certain communities. Sometimes the comments say more about the readers' own biases than they do about the stories we've selected. But it's their prerogative to complain, and of course, all readers' comments are considered, no matter whether I agree with them. Indeed, I often will agree with readers' doubts about some of our choices for Page One. At times, our editors can pick some real head-scratchers to go out front. But there's...
  • Earle sues over DeLay investigation secrecy

    07/11/2006 6:35:21 PM PDT · by T'wit · 28 replies · 1,432+ views
    AP ^ | 7/11/2006 | Not given
    AUSTIN — Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is suing to keep secret the details about his investigation of indicted former House majority leader Tom DeLay. The Houston Chronicle filed a request under Texas' open records law in March seeking vouchers, hotel and airfare receipts, budget documents, memos and e-mails describing the expenses for the DeLay inquiry and related investigations. DeLay, indicted last year on conspiracy and money laundering charges connected to the financing of 2002 state legislative races, resigned from Congress on June 9. Earle, in his attempt to keep details of his investigation out of public view, appealed...
  • Houston Chronicle: Feds endorse privatizing infrastructure, highways, airports

    05/22/2006 9:44:18 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 1 replies · 116+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 16 May, 2006 | DIRK VANDERHART
    WASHINGTON - Citing the adverse effects of traffic congestion on the economy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta on Tuesday unveiled a plan to reduce backups in major metropolitan areas like Houston (yes, I’m sure this is a plan to deal with traffic and has nothing to do with big business). The plan, which also is aimed at limiting delays in rail and air transport, will assure that the United States has the most efficient transportation system in the world, the secretary said. “President Bush and I recognize the challenge that congestion poses,” Mineta said in an address to the National...
  • U.S. soldiers each cost $400,000 annually

    04/29/2006 8:05:17 AM PDT · by sirchtruth · 39 replies · 838+ views
    UPI ^ | April 29, 2006 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congressional Research Service reports it costs an average of $361,000 to put a soldier, Marine, airman or sailor in Iraq or in the region. Costs have risen almost 20 percent in 2006, making it likely the expense per service member has topped $400,000, the Houston Chronicle reported. World War II, in which the United States deployed 75 times as many troops as in Iraq, cost the nation about $20,400 per soldier, adjusted for inflation, researchers said.
  • Delay live on Fox - Now

    04/04/2006 6:24:32 AM PDT · by gondramB · 90 replies · 3,253+ views
    Live on Fox news no link
  • Resentment of inclusive holiday greetings contradicts the true spirit of Christmas

    12/18/2005 6:12:52 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 46 replies · 865+ views
    Houston Chronicle -NYTimes of the South ^ | Dec. 17, 2005, 7:17PM | Editorial
    FAUX FAUX FAUX In a marketing ploy as plain as a mall full of Xboxes, a band of politicians, pundits and pastors is assailing those who dare to voice holiday cheer without the word "Christmas." These militants say seasonal greetings reflect the secular siege on a holiday that rightly belongs to Christians. But the real war on Christmas was fought almost two centuries ago. Although the Rev. Jerry Falwell, television host John Gibson and the American Family Association might deny it, their side won. Christmas today is an inextricable part of U.S. public life, celebrated on TV specials, welcomed in...
  • Immigrants struggle with illegitimacy

    12/05/2005 2:13:08 AM PST · by Ninian Dryhope · 74 replies · 1,288+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 4, 2005 | ELENA VEGA, TONY FREEMANTLE
    ONE NATION, TWO WORLDS Illegal status not always an issue, but stigma still felt Their dream was a small piece of land in Mexico City, a place to build a modest house, a refuge from the inner-city barrio where they made their living selling used handbags on the street. Their plans included Houston, but only as a temporary step. Francisco would come here for a year, make some money and return to Mexico City. They never thought that eight years later they would be living in a small, neat apartment in southeast Houston, or that one of their children would...
  • Will DeLay be defeated like Capone? (Houston Comical Barf Alert)

    09/30/2005 7:59:41 PM PDT · by weegee · 31 replies · 721+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 29, 2005, 11:29PM | By RICK CASEY
    Maybe Ronnie Earle has the goods on Tom DeLay and maybe not. I'm perfectly content to let a jury consider the evidence and decide. But if a jury does convict DeLay, I'm proposing a new nickname for the man who was, until Wednesday, one of the most powerful figures in national politics. Forget "The Hammer." He will be "Scarface." As in Al Capone. The connection? Capone was a monumental tough guy who ran gambling, prostitution, protection, bootlegging and other rackets in Chicago — only to be brought down on lower level charges that he cheated on his income taxes. DeLay...
  • GOP gays oppose plan to ban same-sex marriages

    09/28/2005 10:50:53 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 16 replies · 574+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/28/05 | Clay Robison
    Gov. Rick Perry is actively promoting Proposition 2, the proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriages, and many other Republicans are supporting it. But at least one GOP group is campaigning against it. The Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, a gay and lesbian group that has fought the state's conservative GOP leaders before, denounced Proposition 2 as discriminatory. "The proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage would discriminate by singling out gays and lesbians and those in other committed relationships from the basic rights and responsibilities that married Texans enjoy," said Andy Hendricks, the group's president. "Individual liberty and freedom from governmental...
  • League City City Council (Votes to Deny Street-side Newspaper Sales)

    08/15/2005 3:28:05 PM PDT · by anymouse · 13 replies · 322+ views
    Guidry News Service ^ | August 12, 2005 | Jim Guidry
    League City City Council has scheduled an executive session for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 to consult with the city attorney regarding pending litigation against the city by the Houston Chronicle and the Galveston County Daily News. At this week's regular meeting, the city council voted 5-1, with Jim Nelson opposed, to deny a request from the two newspapers for a variance from the city code restricting the solicitation and sale of materials to occupants of motor vehicles stopped on public roadways.
  • Immigration Insanity What We Can Do to Stop It

    08/14/2005 7:05:33 PM PDT · by SC33 · 28 replies · 905+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | August 13, 2005 | Councilman Mark Ellis
    You don't need to make a trip to the Texas-Mexico border to realize the failure of our nation's immigration policy — you need only make a journey to Ben Taub Hospital or the Harris County Jail. From either place you can witness firsthand the total and abject failure of a federal policy that wastes billions of dollars in an attempt to protect our borders and drives up local property taxes to the point of near revolt by homeowners across Texas.
  • Let's get physical: Bush's obsession doesn't fit job

    07/31/2005 7:48:48 AM PDT · by WillMalven · 75 replies · 1,746+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/30/05 | JONATHAN CHAIT
    <p>Earlier this month, when President Bush met with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III to interview him for a potential Supreme Court nomination, the conversation turned to exercise. When asked by the president of the United States how often he exercised, Wilkinson impressively responded that he runs 3 1/2 miles a day. Bush urged him to adopt more cross-training. "He warned me of impending doom," Wilkinson told The New York Times. Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? I don't mean the fact that Bush would vet his selection for the highest court in the land in part on something utterly trivial. That's expected. What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy.</p>
  • Economic hype clouds judgment (the Freeport attack on the seafood companies' properties)

    06/28/2005 6:04:12 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 15 replies · 492+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 25, 2005 | LOREN STEFFY
    IN the late 1980s, an elderly blind widow in Arlington frustrated the city's plans for a grand shopping mall. She refused to surrender the small plot of land where she had lived for decades, choosing to live out her days in the familiar surroundings of her wood-frame house. The mall was built around her property, her faded white home jutting into its parking lot. She held out for years. After she died, developers bought the property and paved it over, melding it into the glaring sameness of suburban retail like the last reluctant piece of a jigsaw puzzle. In light...
  • Pickup driver killed in first fatality involving MetroRail

    05/11/2005 7:17:41 AM PDT · by weegee · 59 replies · 1,299+ views
    Houstonchronicle ^ | May 11, 2005, 1:43AM | Mike Glen
    A pickup driver was killed in downtown Houston late Tuesday when his vehicle was broadsided by a Metro light rail train, the first fatality on the rail line since it opened to the public in January 2004. The accident happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. on southbound Main at Jefferson. The driver, who was killed on impact, was believed to be a man in his 30s. He was the only person in the Dodge pickup truck, police said. Veda Flores was following the pickup truck when she said the driver drove through a red light and into the path of the...
  • Barrack Obama: Part of Black History?

    02/13/2005 6:02:16 PM PST · by KMC1 · 6 replies · 1,659+ views
    The Obama Factor ^ | 2.13.2005
    The Houston Chronicle's Gregory Clay has a healthy attempt for Black History this year. Actually make it about legitimate Black History. No rappers no athletes need apply. The Obama Factor thought it nice to recognize that Clay actually did have a good reason for putting Barack Obama on the list.(Two actually) He is only the 5th black senator in the history of the U.S. Senate, and equally impressive he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Whatever Obama's failings in consistency in his public policy, the Obama Factor has no problem acknowledging these legitimate and impressieve accomplishments...
  • WATCHING THE LIBERAL WATCHDOGS(MediaMatters and Michael Savage)

    01/19/2005 6:11:36 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 15 replies · 1,520+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | January 19, 2005 07:36 AM | Michelle Malkin
    Media Matters, the Soros-funded media watchdog, made a big stink last summer about talk show host Michael Savage's assertion that some illegal aliens vote. Here is what Savage is quoted as saying on his July 26, 2004, show: "I'll go down the list of people who should not have the right to vote. Let's start with illegal aliens. Should they have the right to vote? Course they shouldn't, but they do. They're being courted by the Democrats as we speak." The so-called watchdogs at Media Matters responded, "Contrary to Savage's assertion, the U.S. Constitution grants voting rights only to American...
  • Corruption: Houston's third way

    12/17/2004 11:53:10 AM PST · by weegee · 4 replies · 567+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 14, 2004, 11:48PM | By RICK CASEY
    Events of the past week reminded me of the wisdom of the late Bill Crane, one of my political science professors. Crane wrote a popular textbook on Texas politics. Needless to say, he understood political corruption, and divided it into two types. It wasn't Democrat and Republican. This was before Texas Republicans had enough power to be corrupt. Crane's distinction was between Catholic corruption and Protestant corruption. He wasn't talking theology, but sociology. His use of the term "Catholic" was shorthand for immigrant groups that arrived relatively recently: Irish, Italians, Mexicans, and so on. The "Protestants" were the moneyed and...
  • Latenight rail service's fate riding on Metro evaluation Low ridership could spell end to last call

    12/05/2004 11:30:38 PM PST · by weegee · 15 replies · 697+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 6, 2004, 12:55AM | By LUCAS WALL
    RIDING THE RAIL Late-night rail service's fate riding on Metro evaluation Low ridership could spell end to 'last call' trains By LUCAS WALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Late-night bar patrons downtown might be running out of time to use the train as their designated driver. Metro is reviewing whether to continue late rail service on Friday and Saturday nights. The extended weekend hours began in June at the request of city officials and downtown businesses who hoped the availability of the rail ride might lure more customers. It hasn't happened. "Ridership has been disappointing, but Metro leadership is now working...

    12/02/2004 4:19:10 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 4 replies · 322+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 2 December 2004 | JENALIA MORENO
    La Voz, one of Houston's most-read Spanish publications, is now the centerpiece of the Houston Chronicle's Spanish language products. "We think the Chronicle's future is in both English- and Spanish-language products for the Houston audience," Chronicle Publisher Jack Sweeney said today, announcing the Chronicle's purchase of La Voz. "Our vision is to serve the Spanish-language market with a series of special-interest publications." Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the two privately-held companies. The Chronicle has printed, distributed, contributed some editorial content to and sold advertisements for the weekly newspaper since 1991. La Voz, which means "the voice" in...
  • Chasing Its Tale- The Chron gets scooped on Bush - by one of its own (gotcha journalism)

    11/18/2004 4:45:05 PM PST · by weegee · 20 replies · 1,559+ views
    Houston Press ^ | Nov 11, 2004 | BY MICHAEL SERAZIO
    Between the end of the Republican National Convention and Election Day, the Houston Chronicle spent roughly 50,000 words on President George W. Bush and his campaign for re-election. Perhaps most impressive, one of its own columnists had major news to break on the race. He just didn't, umm, break it to the Chronicle. Russ Baker, a New York-based freelance journalist and contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review, had been circling the reporting waters around President Bush for several months, dialing up hundreds of possible sources for material on the commander in chief. "I just didn't think we really knew enough...
  • Papers Post Mixed Circulation Data: LA Times Reports Six-Month Drop of 5.6%; USA Today Fares Better

    11/02/2004 6:08:35 AM PST · by OESY · 9 replies · 488+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 2, 2004 | JAMES BANDLER and AMY MERRICK
    The release of the six-month circulation figures for U.S. daily newspapers showed big declines at Tribune Co.'s Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The newspaper industry's twice-yearly circulation report showed modest circulation declines at many dailies, continuing a two-decade-long trend. The latest report, released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, is being studied especially closely by advertisers and Wall Street. It marks the first industry circulation data since several major newspapers reported overstatements this year, beginning with scandals in June at Tribune's Newsday and Spanish-language Hoy. Subsequently, Hollinger International Inc.'s Chicago Sun-Times and Belo Corp.'s Dallas Morning News also admitted...
  • Site counters Houston Chronicle 'bias': New weblog serves as watchdog

    09/29/2004 2:03:06 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 537+ views ^ | Wednesday, September 29, 2004
    A new weblog has begun to keep an eye on the Houston Chronicle and report evidence of what the paper's critics believe is a leftward bias in its news coverage., an effort of Houston talk radio station KSEV, presents specific examples of questionable coverage at the Chronicle, which is Houston's only major newspaper. "We believe that the Houston Chronicle suffers from both partisan bias and from poor journalistic practices," editors of the new site say. "We believe that news coverage is often slanted to reflect the liberal biases of editorial staff, and we believe that the editors are more...
  • Media Bias Alert! (Houston Chron/Reuters)

    09/22/2004 3:45:07 PM PDT · by Macaw · 245 replies · 12,925+ views
    Houston Chronical ^ | 9-16-2004 | Reuters
    Scroll down to the picture of the girl with "W" hair. Right click on her picture. Look at the file name.
  • Bush or Kerry? Chocolate or vanilla? Night or day?

    09/13/2004 11:12:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 1,036+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2004 | JAMES GIBBONS
    The late, great columnist Murray Kempton said editorial writers were like partisan fighters who come down out of the hills after the battle and shoot the wounded. There is some truth to that, but I have a kinder, gentler simile in mind. J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, used to ask children to sit with him in his box during performances of his famous play. After the curtain came down one night Barrie turned to the little boy he had invited and asked: "So what part did you like best?" The little boy said, "The part I liked best...
  • Breaking in Houston: Prison bus collides with MetroRail train downtown.

    08/20/2004 10:14:14 AM PDT · by Jalapeno · 129 replies · 4,790+ views
    Headline on paper front page online. Controversial Metro Rail hits Prison bus. More details to follow.
  • It needed to be said: 'no cheering in the press box'

    08/16/2004 10:43:55 PM PDT · by weegee · 13 replies · 903+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 16, 2004, 12:49AM | By JAMES T. CAMPBELL
    It was an affirming moment. Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry walks onto the stage and audience members jump to their feet and applaud with wild enthusiasm. A campaign pep rally in Boston? No, it was the UNITY: Journalists of Color convention, a gathering of African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American journalists, recently held in Washington D.C. As I sat there with Karen Hunter, the readers' representative for the Hartford Courant and Chronicle colleague Pete McConnell, I thought this affirms what conservatives say about the "liberal media." This was a firmly partisan crowd when it shouldn't have been. I wanted...
  • Report: (Houston) Chronicle will no longer cover METRO accidents

    08/06/2004 12:24:58 PM PDT · by weegee · 21 replies · 939+ views ^ | August 06, 2004, 08:00 AM | Phil Magness has learned of an apparent new Houston Chronicle policy regarding light rail's notorious accident rate. The Chronicle will no provide coverage of many Metrorail collisions. News of the policy appears in an message by the Chronicle's Lucas Wall on Wednesday: From: Wall, Lucas; XXXX@XXXXX Date: Wed Aug 4, 2004 3:46 pm Subject: MetroRail Crash NumbersI’m not going to continue this debate. But FYI, the Chronicle is no longer reporting every light rail collision in the paper. This decision has to do with space constraints and the fact we do not report on every fender bender car crash. But we...
  • Yet another example of the sloppy,lying media.

    08/04/2004 7:36:24 AM PDT · by marty60 · 6 replies · 626+ views
    Houston Cron, ^ | 8/04/2004 | MK Bower
    Printer-friendly format Aug. 4, 2004, 1:27AM Clemens says he deserves apology Pitcher adamant in saying alleged spitting incident did not happen as was reported By MOISEKAPENDA BOWER Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle RESOURCES Astros pitcher Roger Clemens wants an apology. Astros pitcher Roger Clemens wants an apology. After seeing his name sullied following an incident at a youth league baseball tournament where he allegedly spit a sunflower seed at an umpire to protest a questionable call, Clemens took the media to task after the Astros' 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night. According to Associated Press reports, Clemens was ejected after...
  • Freudian slip (Houston Chronicle refers to John F. Kerry as "President Kerry")

    07/12/2004 8:35:52 AM PDT · by weegee · 51 replies · 1,384+ views
    Chronically ^ | July 7, 2004 | The Houstonian
    Freudian slip The Chronicle has since corrected the problem in this story, but a google news search currently confirms an alert from a reader earlier: John Edwards a good and expedient choice Houston Chronicle, TX - 12 hours ago ... President Kerry overlooked Edwards' slim political experience because the son of a mill worker is an effective campaigner who excites the party faithful and ... We know that's your preference guys, but maybe you should at least wait until the election. ------- What liberal media? By Kevin Whited The Chronicle made OpinionJournal's Best of the Web today, although "worst" of...
  • Internet helps widen rift between the political left, right (FR & DFU mentioned)

    06/29/2004 5:29:13 AM PDT · by urtax$@work · 37 replies · 966+ views
    Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau ^ | June 27, 2004, 10:47PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    Below is a partial transcript of the article for discussion purposes. Please go to above link to see full story about FR on the web. AUSTIN -- Erica Anthony-Benavides is a junior at Trinity University in San Antonio, a member of Ladies in Physics and not very politically active. But because she signed a petition against the war in Iraq, a national conservative Internet site has declared her an enemy of America. A conservative known as "Doug from Upland" took the petition and turned it into a posting called "Here is the enemy" on .....
  • Berg's Dad: Why I Blame Bush (Major barf - Michael Berg goes off the deep end!)

    05/27/2004 12:48:40 AM PDT · by GOPcapitalist · 70 replies · 496+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/26 | Michael Berg
    When I eulogized my son, Nick, I said that he was my teacher and my hero. He was the kindest, gentlest man I know — no, the kindest, gentlest human being I know or have ever known. Did you know that he quit the Boy Scouts of America because they wanted to teach him to fire a handgun? Nick, too, poured into me the strength I needed and still need to tell the world about him. People ask me why I focus on putting the blame for my son's tragic and atrocious end on the Bush administration. They ask: "Don't...