Most talked about Houston Chronicle stories

Boehner presses Obama on law that lets child immigrants stay — House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama Wednesday asking him to publicly support changes to a 2008 anti-trafficking law that made it harder to deport children from Central Ameri...

Astros holding out hope Crain, Albers can pitch this season — OAKLAND - In a parallel universe, Jesse Crain returned to the Astros in late April and flashed the dominant form he showed in the first half of 2013. The Astros would these days be taking calls constantly from contenders who want the reliever by the July 31 non-trade deadline, and the Astros would feel comfortable parting with him because everyone else is pitching so well.

Five children taken by CPS after traffic stop — The Honda Accord was spotted by an off-duty Houston Police Department officer working a traffic control job in a construction zone when the car passed him in a lane that had been blocked, HPD spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. Child Protective Services has taken custody of the five children pending a foster home placement.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @ChronBreaking: 5 kids in CPS custody after traffic stop on U.S. 290 leads to parents' arrest

Judge returns Crane-McLane-Comcast lawsuit to state court — Astros owner Jim Crane's lawsuit against Comcast, NBC Universal and former Astros owner Drayton McLane, stemming from the 2011 sale of the Astros and McLane's share in Comcast SportsNet Houston, was returned to state district court Tuesday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur.
Jul 23, 2014

From @dfbarron: "Isgur arranged his 11-page opinion issued Tuesday afternoon much like a scorecard"…

2014 Texas Gavel Awards winners announced — The State Bar announced the winners of the 2014 Texas Gavel Awards presented for journalism that helps the public understand our legal system. Congratulations to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the Dallas Observer, KLRU-TV in Austin, KRGV-TV in Weslaco and The Texas Tribune.
Jul 23, 2014

Some great #texas crime swriters honored:2014 Texas Gavel Awards winners announced - #GoogleAlerts

George Springer placed on 15-day DL; Marc Krauss called up — The Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list today because of an injured right quad. To take his place, the team recalled Marc Krauss from Class AAA Oklahoma City. "I just got to get through it," Springer said on Tuesday. "Whatever happens, happens. I just have overall kind of discomfort."
Jul 23, 2014

Luhnow says he hopes during next homestand, a 10-gamer starting Fri, that 1 or both of Fowler, Presley starts rehab…

Jul 23, 2014

GM Jeff Luhnow explains decision to put George Springer on the DL, expects as of now he can return when stint is over…

FitGirl: Get moving, feel the burn with Soul Grooves — Get moving and burn calories with fast-paced Soul Grooves While watching a YouTube video of Tammy Harris leading her fast-paced Soul Grooves cardio class, you actually feel like you're burning calories. [...] when I set out to take Harris' class at LifeTime Fitness Lake Houston, I was hesitant because of the high energy and fancy footwork that seemed to be required.
Jul 24, 2014

My latest FitGirl column: Tammy Harris' Soul Grooves Connection at LifeTime Fitness. You gotta try it. #fitness

Steffy: Oil industry's tactics help to undermine its public image — The study, released in the journal Science, doesn't draw a direct connection between the quakes and fracking itself, and it found only a possible link between seismic activity and the injection of wastewater from drilling into underground reservoirs.
Jul 23, 2014

Steffy: oil/gas industry should be stop "trying to hide behind a smokescreen of denial" when it comes to #fracking…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @lsteffy: Will earthquake study shake up the oil industry's penchant for denial? #energy My latest op/ed from today's...