• Houston ChronicleCute ringtail cat goes on scary journey to Houston under an RV and survives

    A young ringtail cat hitched a ride from west of San Antonio and all the way into the Houston area this week, stowing away underneath an RV heading east. NO NET GAMES: Game wardens crack down on internet wildlife trade Luckily the cute, big-eyed member of the raccoon family wasn’t hurt during the epic ride from Bandera and was only Read more...

  • Houston ChronicleHouston keyboard player asks 'Where are all the female musicians?'

    Valeria Pinchuk knows she’s a rarity in music. As the keyboard player for local indie group Birthday Club, Pinchuk says she’s dealt with a startling amount of sexism, both indirectly and to her face. “Working as a woman in the music industry can really SUCK,” Punchuk writes in an op/ed sent to the Chron she calls ‘Where the Ladies At? Read more...

  • Houston ChronicleMithoff mansion in River Oaks on the market for $19.5M

    Amid a flurry of new real estate listings in River Oaks, Houston philanthropist and personal injury lawyer Richard Mithoff is listing his 5-acre Lazy Lane estate for $19.5 million. The 11,676-square-foot home along Buffalo Bayou is on one of the neighborhood’s toniest streets. Neighbors include a who’s who of business and philanthropy, including Gerald and Barbara Hines, John and Laura Read more...

  • Houston ChronicleDrake shows off new Lil Wayne tattoo during Houston Celebration Weekend

    Drake and his entourage were in Houston over the weekend of July 21 to celebrate OVO’s annual Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW), and it looks like the rapper did more than just party hard.  The native Canadian shared a photo to his Instagram showing off a new tattooed portrait of hip hop artist Lil Wayne on his left tricep.  MORE TO Read more...

  • Houston ChronicleWaste Management income grew in Q2 but fell short of expectations

    Houston-based Waste Management reported growth in revenue and net income in the second quarter, though earnings fell short of Wall Street expectations,. Revenues rose by 7.4 percent totaling $3.68 billion. Net income came in at $362 million compared to $287 million in the same period last year.  Positive yield and volume in the collection and disposal business drove the bulk Read more...

  • Houston ChronicleHouston's hot happy hours to check out now

    Happy hours in Houston aren’t just a time to decompress after work and catch up with friends. They’re also the best times to sample high-priced local fare on the cheap. Some upscale establishments serving up $25 dishes may just have smaller portions for $5 during select times during the week.  BOOZY SNO-BALLS: Newly opened East End Hardware now serving booze-filled Read more...

  • The Baltimore SunDirect Energy to lay off 108 Maryland employees

    Direct Energy, a Houston-based natural gas and electricity retailer, will lay off 108 of its employees in Columbia, according to a notice it provided to the state on Tuesday.The layoffs come as the company “is changing its business model to move away from being a residential solar installer,” Direct Energy officials said in a statement. The statement said the company Read more...

  • Houston Chronicle26-story tower promises to transform Main Street in Houston's Midtown

    Plans filed with the Houston’s Development Department further illuminate the change that a large residential tower will bring to Main Street in Midtown, one of city’s most quickly evolving walkable urban corridors.  Australian developer Caydon Development Group is asking the city for a variance to put canopies above the sidewalks along Main and Drew streets, where the 26-story Main Midtown Read more...

  • Houston ChronicleReport: Marriott Westchase loan near default

    A $76.8 million loan for one of Houston’s larger hotels is facing default and has been transferred to special servicing, according to Fitch Ratings. The loan is for the 604-room Marriott Houston Westchase at 2900 Briarpark Dr. The property is owned by GE Asset Management and Pyramid Advisors. The balance of the loan, which is set to mature on Nov. Read more...

  • Houston ChronicleHow Houston and Texas fared on NPR's 'Greatest albums made by women'

    Another day, another album list. Everybody does them. Everybody loves them. Everybody hates them. This week’s is provided by NPR, which offers the 150 greatest albums made by women. “This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a Read more...