By Gabrielle Banks Updated 9:20 am CST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 David Adler, a former CIA case officer, is a veteran Houston defense attorney who recently won a service award from the Southern District of Texas for overseeing a group of defense lawyers for indigent clients. Adler recollects some of his experiences at his office, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Houston. less David Adler, a former CIA case officer, is a veteran Houston defense attorney who recently won a service award from the Southern District of Texas for overseeing a group of defense lawyers for indigent clients. ... more Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer / Staff Photographer Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 David Adler, a former CIA … [Read more...] about Houston lawyer and ex-CIA officer champions indigent defense in federal court
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Readers recall that one special present under the tree they’ll never forget. Merry Christmas. Have an orange. It may be hard to believe now, but we’re told there was a time when a child could be completely satisfied on Christmas morning with a simple piece of fruit stuffed into the toe of a stocking.If it was a particularly good year, Ma might throw in a hand-knit pair of mittens or an apron made of old flour sacks. Pa may have crafted a slingshot or whittled a toy car for the boy, and there you have it – an embarrassment of riches for the kids on Christmas morning. Those were good times, the older folks say. Simpler times. Then, the economy got better, the toy manufacturers went a little bit crazy and Christmas wish lists began to grow very long indeed. Who wanted a pair of mittens or a stupid piece of fruit when there were rocking horses, Erector sets and Teddy bears to be had? What self-respecting kid would settle for a handful of mixed nuts in this season of … [Read more...] about Best Christmas gift ever!
Laugh. Go on. Snort and retweet with the crying-eyes emoji. Steve Lukather has heard all the jokes. Heck, he was often the first one telling them. “Self-deprecation is my game,” the Toto guitarist said. “We don’t mind if people make fun of us and s--- like that. We’ve had to develop a super-thick skin. We’ve been beaten up more than any band in history.” But this new thing? The thing that happened this summer, that once again thrust his band of 40 years back into the viral spotlight?“This thing has come so out of left field to us,” he said. “I never could have written this, or planned any of it.”If you don’t know what Lukather is talking about, go online. Or just walk outside. There’s a decent chance that somewhere off in the distance, you’ll hear the drums of Toto’s Africa echoing tonight.How Africa evolved from reviled radio earworm into “a legit standard in popular music,” as … [Read more...] about Toto’s Steve Lukather talks ‘Africa,’ Weezer, being a punch line and more
When it comes to the legendary — and in these parts soul-crushing — 1978 one-game playoff between the Red Sox and Yankees, the narrative territory is so well-trodden that it’s a wonder there is any grass left on the proverbial field. This acknowledgment is not to criticize director Jonathan Hock’s new documentary for Sports Illustrated, titled “14 Back,’’ on the showdown that October day, which ended in Yankee victory, Red Sox despair, and Bucky Dent acquiring a new middle name. It’s to praise how engrossing it is, especially emotionally, despite the challenge of the topic’s familiarity. If you’re a Red Sox fan of a certain age or own any sense of history, you know the plot. The Red Sox had a 14-game lead over the ridiculously infighting Yankees in July before the teams’ fortunes flipped, and the Yankees caught and passed Boston in September. Some around here, apparently unaware of the cathartic redemption of 2004 (and … [Read more...] about SI film finds something heroic about the ill-fated 1978 Red Sox
The rebuilding and rebounding continues. Even in the face of overwhelming calamity, the 2017-18 theater season was a success. The depth of our onstage and backstage talent is truly breathtaking and cause for celebration. New companies have arisen, some went dark, but the quality remains unparalleled and praise-worthy. World premieres were especially welcome, showcasing fresh talent, new faces, diverse voices. But it's onstage where our resilience shone. Think how poor we'd be without Describe the Night; Balls; Fetch Clay, Make Man; Men on Boats; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Feathers and Teeth; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; We Are Proud to Present; An Iliad; Small Ball... The healing continues, the audiences have returned, the box office will rebound. After the wrath of Harvey, how did we get so blessed? – D.L. Groover With this grand gesture of gender reversal, the struggle for survival as the team plows forward was glossed with a subtle frisson it wouldn't have if the roles … [Read more...] about Announcing the 2018 Houston Theater Awards