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After a long journalism career at the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle, Clifford Pugh has discovered the joys of the web in creating a unique news and information site that covers Houston in real time. His claim to journalism fame came at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, when screenwriter Alexander Payne asked him to hold his Oscar while he went to the bathroom.

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New Plan for Astrodome

Astrodome could be transformed into the world's biggest indoor park

By Clifford Pugh

With rolls of Astroturf lying on carts and seats scattered about like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the Astrodome has obviously seen better days. But standing in the middle of ...

Another Emmy for Parsons

Texas-born Jim Parsons thanks good fortune and father for 4th Emmy win

By Clifford Pugh

It's been a really good year for Jim Parsons. Having just negotiated an obscenely big raise of $1 million per episode for portraying genius physicist Sheldon Cooper in The ...

New Twist in Closet Caper

Texas closet caper gets crazier: Alleged burglar attempts to sell items back to Houston socialite

By Clifford Pugh

The nationally publicized burglary of Houston socialite Theresa Roemer's three-story closet took another stranger-than-fiction turn on August 15 when the alleged thief sent several items to the Houston Press ...

Fall Fashion Preview

Rag & Bone fall collection salutes Cosby and working-class hipsters

By Clifford Pugh

Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are mixing it up for fall, with a lot of different looks for the girl who doesn't want to try hard ...

Skye McCole Bartusiak Remembered

Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak celebrated at Houston memorial service

By Clifford Pugh

As a performer, Skye McCole Bartusiak thrilled audiences in such films as The Patriot and television shows like 24. But on July 25, in the shadow of a large wreath ...

Beyoncé & Jay Z's Weekend

Beyoncé and Jay Z's weekend in Texas: After-concert antics and an unexpected brunch stop

By Clifford Pugh

After wowing a sold-out audience at Houston's Minute Maid Park Friday night, Beyoncé and Jay Z made time for a little rest and relaxation in her hometown over the ...

Tragic News

Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, co-star of The Patriot, found dead in Houston home

By Clifford Pugh

Skye McCole Bartusiak, the Houston actress who shot to stardom as Mel Gibson's youngest daughter in the 2000 movie, The Patriot, was found dead in her home Saturday. She ...

Munich Time

A beer trip: Inside the legendary Hofbrauhaus, Munich's No. 1 tourist attraction

By Clifford Pugh

Just about every tourist in this Bavarian capital eventually ends up at one place in the heart of the city, a few blocks from the Marienplatz, the bustling city center ...

Lone Star Wealth

The richest families in Texas: Forbes list has a few billionaire surprises

By Clifford Pugh

The latest Forbes list of America's Richest Families has a Texas flavor. Twenty-one Lone Star families were named among the 185 wealthiest clans in the United States. The Dallas-Fort ...

Fall Fashion Preview

Get ready for a colorful fall: Thakoon showcases truly bold looks

By Clifford Pugh

Fall fashion used to be the time for shades of falling leaves — rust, yellow, brown and orange colors that have traditionally predominated in clothing as the season automatically turns cooler ...

World's Best Olympic Park

The world's best Olympic Park: Munich defies its dark history with outdoor joy

By Clifford Pugh

MUNICH — For three weeks every four years, the site of the Summer Olympics is the center of the universe. And then everyone gets the hell out of town, leaving the ...

Designing Woman

Tommy Hilfiger's wife blazes trail with innovative "three-in-one" handbag collection

By Clifford Pugh

As I waited to interview handbag designer Dee Ocleppo at Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston, I did a double take as Tommy Hilfiger walked by. He's one of America ...

Giuseppe Zanotti Q&A

Beyonce's favorite shoe designer talks crazy Miley, sweet Kanye and divas

By Clifford Pugh

In the world of expensive and amazing shoes, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo may have better name recognition. But Giuseppe Zanotti is the designer who's currently getting ...

Designer Interview

America's hottest new fashion duo hugged Anna Wintour and lived to tell about it

By Clifford Pugh

Since the label Suno burst on the scene nearly five years ago, designers Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis have captivated fashion-forward women by breaking the rules. They create attention-getting, often ...

H&M Loves Alexander Wang

H&M snares America's hottest fashion designer to create new collection

By Clifford Pugh

Just when it seemed that H&M had lost a bit of its fashion cachet, the trendy Swedish retailer has pulled off a real coup. The company used the Coachella ...

Designer Interview

Rebecca Taylor talks frankly about dressing for all seasons and perils of plastic surgery

By Clifford Pugh

Seasons may change, but, increasingly, shoppers are looking for clothes that transcend a particular time of year. Rebecca Taylor, the hip New Zealand-born designer whose collections appeal to a young ...

Hangout Haven

TOMS plans second U.S. store on South Congress — and big revelation during SXSW

By Clifford Pugh

Blake Mycoskie is a man on a mission. The founder of TOMS, the innovative company that shot to success by giving a pair of shoes to a needy child for ...

Fall Fashion Preview

Lela Rose pays tribute to world's best restaurant in fall collection

By Clifford Pugh

Designer Lela Rose always finishes her New York Fashion Week runway show just before the noontime hour, so it's no wonder stomachs are usually growling. But hunger pangs were ...

Fashion Week

Christian Siriano offers return to elegance in fall fashion collection

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Maybe it was the catwalk that looked like a movie set with lamp posts in strategically placed positions or the way model Anna Cleveland (daughter of iconic '70s ...

What's In Fashion

Nearly nude streaker can't slow down a hot New York fashion week show: Prabal Gurung gets colorful

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — With models in billowy chiffon skirts and waffle knit sweaters walking slowly amid oversized gold medallions in an otherwise pitch-black room, the start of the Prabal Gurung fashion ...

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