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Wild in Houston: An Island in the Lake at Hermann Park

Everywhere you look, something is happening. Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night-Herons wait along the treelined shore like feathered statues. Staring between the reeds and waterlilies with amber-beaded eyes, they survey the waters for an opportune fish. Butterflies? Every kind indigenous to Houston.

by Andrea Afra

Wild in Houston: Off the Grid and Into the Green

“The 90 percent drop in the monarch’s population is a loss so staggering that in human-population terms it would be like losing every living person in the United States except those in Florida and Ohio.”

A New Book Gets Its Wings

I met George Molho six years ago through his cousin Dora who owns Byzantio, the Greek cafe on West Gray. She had laid a book face down on the counter while she made me a drink. It’s title was Greek Coffee, aptly named for its

Another Break for the Wal: Pt. 2

Another Break for the Wal: Walmart using local developer as liason to gain millions by Andrea Afra We live in a city where the residents watch daily as our history is demolished; where lack of zoning has created a gangsta’s paradise for the developer who

Walmart Sinks Low in Heights Grab

Part one of a series covering Walmart’s new developments in Houston and the company’s negative impact locally and abroad This July, Walmart launched as a damage control effort due to the public uproar against the new proposed location just south of I-10 at Yale,

The Jitney Jinx

Houston’s most eco-friendly vehicles struggle for right to serve public Jitneys have been the bane of public transportation companies since their inception nearly a century ago, and an old battle is being rekindled between the modern day versions of both. By historical definition, a jitney

Pimp This Bum: It’s not what you think

How a local website has changed the face of the fight against homelessness After starting an internet marketing company, Ascendgence, Kevin and Sean Dolan, a father and son team, decided to prove their effectiveness by creating a campaign to show that they could successfully drive

Breaking the Beast: The Abuse of Circus Animals

By Andrea Afra Art by Tim DorseyThe circus is coming to town. “Tear that foot off! Sink it in the foot! Tear it off! Make ’em scream!” “When I say rip his head off, rip his fucking foot off…it’s very important that you do it.”

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S.O.B. Story

SOB Story The women of sexually oriented businesses and how we effectively pimp them   Houston has found the prostitution industry so profitable that you could say we’ve perfected the art of pimping the pimps.  Conveniently dismissing the statistics and facts that show that prostitution is