10 Years After Katrina: An Illustrated Unhappy Ending

Ashana Bigard was born in New Orleans, went to school in New Orleans, and had her children in New Orleans. Just before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, she worked at an organization called Agenda for Children, where she was a parent coordinator and all-around community activist. She wasn’t making a lot of money, but she… »8/27/15 10:45am8/27/15 10:45am

Charges Against Woman Who Had Her Vagina Forcibly Searched Have Been Dropped

In June, Houston woman Charnesia Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. The Harris County sheriff who pulled Corley over said that he smelled marijuana, handcuffed her and searched her car. When he found nothing, he called a female officer to perform a vaginal search on Corley. »8/15/15 2:15pm8/15/15 2:15pm

Man Accused of Killing Ex, Her Husband, 6 Kids: She Wasn't a Good Parent

David Ray Conley, who Houston police say has confessed to murdering his ex-girlfriend, her husband, and six children (including his own son), has tried out a novel defense—telling a local radio station that his ex was raising his children to be “monsters” and “disrespectful.” Conley also insisted he loved his own son… »8/12/15 12:30pm8/12/15 12:30pm

Cops Forcibly Search Woman's Vagina After Smelling Weed in Her Car

On June 21, 2015, Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old black woman from Houston, Texas, was pulled over by a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy after allegedly running a stop sign. The deputy claimed he smelled marijuana on Corley, and subsequently cuffed her and put her in the back of his patrol car while he searched her… »8/10/15 5:40pm8/10/15 5:40pm

Megachurch Inadvertently Invites Everyone to Join Them in 'Whorship'

Steve Riggle is the pastor at a Houston-area megachurch, the unwieldily-named Grace Community Church The Woodlands. He’s also very anti-gay, one of a group of pastors who flooded Houston’s openly gay mayor Annise Parker’s office with Bibles, accusing her of trying to take away their religious liberty during a debate… »5/28/15 2:50pm5/28/15 2:50pm

Two Arrests Made in 'Viral' Rape of Texas Teen Jada 

In July, a 16-year-old Houston teen named Jada was raped at a party, an assault that was photographed, with the images then passed around on social media. MSNBC's Ronan Farrow is reporting that two people have been arrested in the case, an adult and a minor; he displayed the adult's mug shot but did not report his… »12/17/14 11:00am12/17/14 11:00am

Houston's Lesbian Mayor Is Getting Flooded With Protest Bibles

Houston mayor Annise Parker has been sent between 500 and 1,000 Bibles at her home, part of a bizarre protest effort orchestrated by Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, and with enthusiastic support from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. That quartet of geniuses claims that Parker, Houston's first openly gay mayor, is spearheading… »10/29/14 12:50pm10/29/14 12:50pm

Houston Mayor: Severe Texas Abortion Law Puts Women's Lives At Risk

This morning, a U.S. district judge heard closing arguments in the legal battle over the newest round of Texas' insanely and needlessly severe abortion restrictions. If they're upheld, they'll shut down all but seven abortion providers in the state. Texas women will be totally fucked — a fact the Houston city council… »8/14/14 6:45pm8/14/14 6:45pm