These Woman Just Can't Stop (Allegedly) Giving Illegal Butt Jobs

Categories: Crime

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Camille Urgiles
Argiform, a soft-tissue filler material also called polyacrylamide hydrogel, isn't the classiest thing to use to stay looking young and supple, but it does appear to be the favorite product of back-alley beauty clinics.

Maria Lorena Teran and her daughter Camille Urgiles have been charged multiple times for allegedly administering this drug, court records show. The product is well known for enhancing T&A on desperate men and women. Urgiles and Teran were picked up two weeks ago by police for practicing medicine without a license and for delivering a dangerous drug in Houston.

Court records show Teran's arrests going back to 2011, for administering amoxicillin without a license.

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Houston Spaceport, Still in Planning Stages, Has Its First Customer

Categories: Spaced City

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This might be what it looks like when commercial space shuttles come to Houston.
If you thought trying to get app-based transportation approved here in Houston was tough, it'll be interesting to see how smoothly it goes developing a plan for commercial space flight.

Space travel is higher on the list, we think, especially since a project --- a planned public-private partnership, according to an airport official -- appears to be moving in the right direction. Last week the city signed a letter of intent with a Nevada-based spaceflight company, Sierra Nevada Corporation. The proposal, which will examine the potential of a partnership with the Houston spaceport, could lead to commercial flights using the company's Dream Chaser spacecraft.

The city's Houston Airport System has been working for several years on this idea of an airport dedicated partly to space travel. It would be based at Ellington Airport, the third and least commercially used airport in the system, which includes William P. Hobby Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

"We could be doing micro satellite deployment, zero gravity experiments, space tourism, vehicle assembly; the vision is to become a focal point of aerospace aviation," Arturo Machuca, manager for the spaceport project, said.

The plan, at least as airport officials and commercial space companies see it, is to put Houston back on the solar map for space innovation. But we're not there yet.

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Texans Tracker: Texans Have Allegedly Already Decided on Jadeveon Clowney

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Clowney talk updates the tracker.
In previous years, we'd be in the home stretch for NFL Draft season now. Forever, the draft has been in or around the third weekend of April, but for reasons that don't really matter at this point, the league has moved it to May 8 through May 10.

And in the age of social media and a land rush to be the guy who guesses what the Texans do with the No. 1 overall pick, this means three more weeks of worthless conjecture, anonymous sources and "people tell me" journalism.

Currently, if there were a title for the king of this sort of reporting, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report would be running away with it.

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Van de Putte Isn't One of Those Serape-Wearing, Tortilla-Tossing Candidates

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Leticia Van de Putte, who comes from a military family, is getting strong cross-party support in her bid for office.
At the beginning of her campaign for Lieutenant Governor, most voters connected Leticia Van de Putte with the now-legendary Wendy Davis filibuster to stop SB5 and her frustration at being ignored by the presiding chair and bravely remarking, "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?"

Her courageous remark elicited deafening applause and cheers from the gallery above, which David Dewhurst labeled an "unruly mob." She refused to be silent.

Her struggle to be heard began a long time before that early summer night in Austin. She's been a determined force in Texas politics for 23 years, in both the House, from 1990-1999, and then the Senate.

She's a sixth-generation Tejana of a military family (her maiden name is San Miguel) who grew up during the dark era of segregation in San Antonio. She's raised six children and had a 30-year career as a pharmacist, alongside her husband, Pete Van de Putte.

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Rick Perry: The Rise and Fall of a Boy From Paint Creek

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The "we gotcha" moment might be coming for Perry.
After the news of a grand jury's seating and Rick Perry's hiring of defense lawyer David Botsford, the word on the street is, "What took you so long?"

The last time a Texas governor faced possible indictment was almost 100 years ago. In 1917, James "Pa" Ferguson's past shady dealings, which were common knowledge among the well-connected, finally came to light via a quarrel with the University of Texas about removing faculty that "Pa" disliked. When the Board of Regents refused to do Ferguson's bidding, he vetoed practically the entire appropriation for the university.

Is any of this sounding familiar?

Just like Ferguson, Rick Perry allegedly attempted to coerce Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to leave office and upon her refusal, he vetoed $7.5 million in funds to the state Public Integrity Unit. The kicker being that the TCPIU was in the process of investigating him for his laundry list of misdeeds of his 14 years in office.
It went to a grand jury last year, but that panel's term expired.


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Hoarders, Trash Keepers, Beware Proposed City Ordinance (UPDATED)

Categories: Spaced City

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If the inside of your home looks like this, times 20, you could be fined.

Updated 4/16:The city council approved the ordinance unanimously.
As the Houston Chronicle reports: The ordinance, which applies only to apartments, townhomes and condominiums, creates daily fines of up to $500 and clarifies when police can enter a property with a warrant.

Original story
Last week the Houston City Council presented a proposed change to an ordinance that would levy a fine on people who hoard. Not just the grandma who keeps a huge collection of china dolls or the dude who can't throw away the last 650 issues of Playboy. We're talking about the folks you see on television, on the A&E show Hoarders, those folks who live in vermin-poop-infested lairs of funk and don't throw away old cartons of milk. Many have serious illnesses.

At least that's the image of the hoarder the city is presumably trying to clean up. Hoarding situations usually come about, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle, when people already have an unchecked mental disorder that can become more severe following a loss.

"Trauma from a great loss often triggers an escalation in hoarding behaviors, said Randy Frost, on of the nation's leading researchers treating and studying the disorder. An estimated 2 percent of American's have the disorder, he said, although it often is most noticeable among elderly because they have had longer to accumulate things and people are more likely to check on them than other adults."

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Awkward Nick Saban Photo Is Pretty Awesome

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This 2011 shot may be a cardboard cut-out of Nick Saban.
At its best, a major college athletic department is about synergy.

When you compete against the Goliaths of your sport in all sports, teams at a school need to be helping the other teams. All for one, one for all. (Add here whatever other cheesy motivational slogan about togetherness you can think of.)

Being the head coach of a perennial championship program even brings an added burden of giving back. Call it a rub, call it osmosis, call it the "magic touch," but if you're a championship coach, the other coaches at your school will and should want to tap into whatever strand of DNA it is that allows you to compete at such a high level.

Nick Saban knows this. I think. I'm pretty sure he knows this.

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HISD Names New Mascots, Goes With Second Choice at Lamar

Categories: Education

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Fighting for a lot of things
When the Houston ISD school board decided to retire some mascot names that it found culturally insensitive, it opened up the naming process to the community, who were invited to submit their top two choices to HISD administration.

As is being announced this morning at a 10:30 a.m. press conference, Hamilton Middle School's Indians will become the Huskies (the school's first choice). Welch Middle School's Warriors will become the Wolf Pack (also its first choice). And Westbury High School is leaving behind the Rebels to become the Huskies (who knew that name would be so popular? And also their first choice).

Lamar High School will drop the Redskins - although clearly not all students were in favor of that - to become the Texans, the school's second choice and the one that HISD administrators and trustees believe is better to adopt.

Because some people find the Lamar community's first choice - of all the words available to them in the English language - was culturally insensitive as well.

The word was "Texian," which to some people sounds like just some old-fashioned way of referring to the people who came here to live about the time of the state's move to independence from Mexico.


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Texans Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar Once Wrestled a Bear

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Bear wrestling was how you proved your manhood, or earned a few bucks. Back in the day.
When Bill O'Brien was assembling his staff that would lead the Houston Texans into the new post-Kubiak frontier, it was widely assumed he would bring in entirely his own staff, and truth be told, he would've been completely justified in doing so.

I mean, 2-14 is 2-14. Clean house. Nobody would've had a problem with that.

However, when the new coaching staff was announced, we found out that there was one assistant coach who would be remaining on board -- defensive line coach Bill Kollar. (Eventually, it wound up being two, as special teams assistant Bob Ligashesky kept his gig as well, but this is a Kollar-centric post.)

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Flopping Is Probably One of the Greatest Sports Sins of Them All

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Pulling a Richard Sherman moment is the least of the seven deadly sports sins.
I got into a semi-argument on air with my SportsRadio 610 cohost, Ted Johnson, the other day. The tiff was about Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman, and his act in the wake of the NFC Title Game on FOX, when he eviscerated Michael Crabtree in an interview with Erin Andrews and turned a "WE" moment into a "ME" moment.

I know that topic is more than two months old, and there was a good reason we argued about it (off hand, I don't remember that good reason), but the argument boiled down to Ted (who is vehemently anti-Sherman) asking me if I would let my son wear a Sherman jersey.

Thinking about it for a second, I determined that I would let him, but not encourage him. (Awesome passive-aggressive parenting by me, by the way.) Ted's point, which was fair, was less about jerseys and more about "Would you want your kid acting like that?"

The answer? Probably not, but I can tell you something even more offensive than Sherman-style mugging that would make me ground my sons from now until they're 50.

Flopping.

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