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'Detective' Writer Turns to Texas

HBO McConaughey-starring series True Detective writer turns to Texas for next project

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Nic Pizzolatto — writer, creator and executive producer of the new HBO series, True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson — is currently working on turning hi ...


All Aboard

The Carnival Triumph "floating biohazard" ship sells out: Hot ticket demand surprises

By Whitney Radley

Overflowing toilets. Empty pool. Hours-long food lines. No alcohol or gambling. It's not hard to see why the Carnival Triumph, which broke down in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico in February, ...


Entertainment at sea

Load up the car and head to the Caribbean: Cruises from Galveston make it possible

By Melissa Gaskill

From the first hors d'oeuvres we nibbled standing in the galley to the final bite of Belgium Dark Chocolate Dome Cake and sip of Limoncello, the Chef’s Table dinner onboard Crown Princess ...


Where the people are

Fewer taxes, cheaper homes and lower unemployment: Of course Californians want to live in Texas

By Claire St. Amant

There's been a lot of back-and-forth between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and California Gov. Jerry Brown about whose state is better for business. But real estate website Trulia.com added a new layer ...


Taken for granted

Galveston Island oasis ranks among best Gulf Coast beaches

By Whitney Radley

The Travel Channel has published a list of the Best Gulf Coast Beaches, and guess which Lone Star locale was listed alongside perennial, powdery white favorites like Gulf Shores, Alabama and Florid ...


Stop, Look, Listen

Beyond the Bible Belt: Sacred Spaces of Texas uncovers spiritual treasures across the Lone Star State

By Joel Luks

The photography exhibition Sacred Spaces of  Texas examines ecclesiastical architectural treasures in the Lone Star state. This audio photo essay explais why they're special. &nbs ...


Day Tripping

The road less traveled: Taking refuge at Galveston Island State Park — Dutch pirates, slave traders & liquor smugglers included

By Joel Luks

It's no mystery that the west side of Galveston Island remains somewhat uncharted by many visitors. Blame that on the Gulf Freeway and how conveniently it lures drivers down Broadway Avenue, th ...


Wall of Danger

Old man follows teens in driving over Galveston seawall: Plunge into water lands him in critical condition

By Tyler Rudick

The historic Galveston Seawall claimed its second vehicle of the week on Tuesday, when a 73-year-old man plunged into the Gulf after crashing into an unoccupied parked car on the 9500 block of ...


A monumental public outing

Gabrielle Giffords front and center at Tilman Fertitta's Mardi Gras gala, wows in white shawl

By Shelby Hodge

GALVESTON —The rumors had been swirling for two days  — former Arizona congresswoman  Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, would attend Tilma ...


Golden Tickets and Tears

American Idol auditions in Galveston were all about JLo: Lopez outshines Seacrest, Tyler & Co.

By Heather Staible

The Galveston Island Convention Center was the last stop for local American Idol hopefuls to learn if they were they were getting a golden ticket to Hollywood or left crying on the steps of the bui ...


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