Author: Brien Straw

January 4, 2018 Brien Straw

     January 4, 2018Can graffiti on a highway overpass be considered a historic landmark? A local man is hoping the answer is yes.Coleton Emr, is the person behind the petition. In a brief interview he explains the reasoning behind his petition and his hopes for the “street art’s” future.Since 2012, a painted sign proclaiming “Be Someone”…

December 18, 2017 Brien Straw

     December 18, 2017A Federal Court on Monday sentenced Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan — who was living in Houston at the time of his arrest in 2014– to 16 years in prison for plotting to leave the United States and join ISIS as a soldier and bomb-maker.According to court records the Iraqi-native was also trying…

December 5, 2017 Brien Straw

     DECEMBER 5, 2017The Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved new construction requirements. Starting January 1, 2018 all new buildings – homes as well as commercial – must be at least 24 inches above the 500 year flood plain. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett believes these new building regulations are the nation’s toughest.There are some experts that estimate in some…

November 30, 2017 Brien Straw

      November 30, 2017Many parents are spending a lot of hours, and a lot of money to give their kids the best shot at doing well, in sports.But some athletes think things are getting out of hand, that kids are being pushed too hard and given false hopes about their chances to make it big. One…

November 6, 2017 Brien Straw

      November 6, 2017At almost 100 voting locations, election officials in Harris County will be testing a new way for voters to sign-in at polling places. As it stands right now on Election Day, a Harris County voter goes to their voting precinct, an assistant helps them find their name in a paper poll book, they sign in…

February 28, 2016 Brien Straw

FEBRUARY 28, 2016Are they or aren’t they? Not long after Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network tweeted that the Texans and Browns were interested in San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick if the 49ers were not, The Chronicle’s John McClain shot down the idea.How likely it is that San Francisco actually tries to trade Kaepernick is anyone’s…

February 8, 2016 Brien Straw

 FEBRUARY 8, 2016Once upon a time, sporting events were as much about building character, learning fairness and how to conduct yourself as they were about perfecting a skill. Today it would appear that “sportsmanship” has little to do with sports.Instead, sports are all about building self-worth and personal enjoyment. Heaven help anything that gets in…

November 23, 2015 Brien Straw

  NOVEMBER 23, 2015It seems inevitable now that a coach with a 60-27 record in SEC play (110-32 overall), two conference titles, three division titles and a BCS title will lose his job a week from today. He might be joined by the dean of SEC coaches who has won 144 games in 15 seasons, along…

November 19, 2015 Brien Straw

     NOVEMBER 19, 2015When the African-American football players joined the protests against Missouri president Tim Wolfe and said they wouldn’t play until Wolfe was out, their wish was granted in about 24-hours. Jonathan Butler, a graduate student at Missouri and a member of a group of students called #ConcernedStudent1950 (I believe in today’s social media-driven collegiate…

October 27, 2015 Brien Straw

     OCTOBER 27, 2015It would appear it’s not going to be easy to explain the current state of the Texans following the second embarrassing defeat – this season. “I don’t have the answers to a lot of the questions I have posted…” MadRadio co-host Mike Meltser wrote in a blog post for SportsRadio 610 yesterday regarding whether or…