July 22, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Four men found living in "deplorable conditions" in a Houston garage on Friday told police that they were being held captive after being lured by promises of alcohol and cigarettes so that their captor could cash their public-assistance checks, authorities said. Three of the men were malnourished and taken to a hospital after being discovered by officers responding to a 911 call about the home, Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. Sgt. Steven Murdock described the living conditions as like a "dungeon.
June 12, 1994 |
Rockets Fever broke into a cold, fearful sweat after Houston lost at home Friday night to fall into a 1-1 NBA Finals tie with the New York Knicks. The largest city in Texas has been through this kind of panic before, with the football Oilers blowing huge leads in playoff games, the baseball Astros posting one of the best records in the major leagues over the 1980s, but never making it to the World Series, and the Rockets losing in the NBA Finals in 1981 and 1986. That's why the Rockets made a TV commercial a couple of weeks ago, one in which a fan with a radio to his ear all but throws himself off the ledge of a high-rise when the game announcer says, "But wait, Olajuwon was fouled!"
May 25, 1999 |
Leroy Burrell had an interesting problem to solve last summer. The 1985 Penn Wood graduate and former track gold medalist in the 1992 Olympic Games was deciding what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He had just retired from competitive track and was seriously thinking about attending law school when someone brought up another idea: How about coaching? Timing is everything. So, when longtime Houston track coaching legend Tom Tellez decided to retire, he handed his coaching whistle to Burrell, who is now completing his first season as track and field coach at the University of Houston.
October 20, 1989 |
Each time Houston scored against Temple in the Astrodome, the Cougar mascot dropped down and did push-ups. One push-up for each point. Just before halftime, Houston scored its 41st point and the mascot did 41 push-ups. In the third quarter, he did 48 push-ups, then 55. When the game ended, Houston was ahead, 65-7, and the Cougars had the best-conditioned mascot in the country. It was the second-worst defeat in Temple's dull football history. "I didn't think it was going to be that brutal," said a numb Jerry Berndt, the first-year Temple coach.
February 12, 2012
Peter Breck, 82, who starred as Barbara Stanwyck's most temperamental son, Nick Barkley, in the popular 1960s Western series The Big Valley , died Monday in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he had lived since the 1980s. Mr. Breck began his acting career shortly after serving in the Navy. He studied drama and English at the University of Houston and began appearing in productions at the Alley Theater in Houston before moving on to the Arena Stage theater in Washington, where Robert Mitchum saw him in George Bernard Shaw's Man of Destiny and offered him a small role in his next film, Thunder Road . Mr. Breck had already made his television debut, in 1956, in an episode of Sheriff of Cochise , which was not a Western but a contemporary police drama.
September 20, 2012 |
HOUSTON - Waving American flags and space shuttle toys, hundreds of people lined the streets and crowded the airport Wednesday as they watched the space shuttle Endeavour touch down in Houston on its way to be permanently displayed in California. For many, the experience was bittersweet, tinged with an aftertaste of having been cheated of something they believe should have been theirs. Houston has long tied its fortune to a mix of oil and NASA. Astronauts train in the humid, mosquito-ridden city.
October 16, 2003 |
If you want to try out for the Philadelphia Soul, the city's new Arena Football League team, you can travel to Memphis this weekend. Or go to Houston the next. Or just be a little patient. The team announced yesterday that it has scheduled tryouts in both of those cities for this month - and expects to have one in Philadelphia sometime next month, time and place to be announced. Team officials said they chose Memphis and Houston because the cities are at the center of football-playing hotbeds, the mid-South for Memphis, the state of Texas for Houston.
October 9, 2012 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There are only two undefeated teams in the NFL and both have the distinction of being quarterbacked by players from the Philadelphia area. With Penn Charter's Matt Ryan leading the way, the Atlanta Falcons are 5-0. On Monday, Houston, guided by West Chester East graduate Matt Schaub, also improved to 5-0 with a harder-than-expected 23-17 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The injury-depleted Jets made the game much more competitive than expected.
June 4, 1987 |
A top airport executive from Houston will become the new aviation director at Philadelphia International Airport, sources said yesterday. James DeLong, currently deputy director of the aviation operations and maintenance for Houston's aviation department, will become Philadelphia's new aviation director as of July 1, said sources here and in Houston. Mayor Goode was scheduled to introduce DeLong at a press conference this afternoon. DeLong, the No. 2 ranking airport exec in Houston, was recruited by Commerce Director Charles Pizzi after a six-month search to replace Howard W. Willoughby, who retired in April from the post.