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Tyler Rudick, Column Mug, June 2012

Tyler Rudick

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Tyler Rudick is a Houston writer who specializes in art, architecture and urban life. He joined the CultureMap team in 2011 as a staff writer.

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Red Planet Drama

Mysterious Mars lights cover-up? UFO theorists don't buy NASA's explanation of phenomenon

By Tyler Rudick

A mysterious beam of light spotted by the Mars Curiosity rover has UFO enthusiasts over the moon, leading NASA to release an official statement quelling Internet rumors of alien nightclubs ...


Queen Bey Under Fire

Beyonce's sexy Grammy performance prompts crazy outrage by conservative parents

By Tyler Rudick

Texas pop superstar and self-described "modern-day feminist" Beyoncé is taking heat from both concerned parents and women's activists this week in the wake of her steamy duet with husband ...


Stadium Deaths

Death at Baylor's new $250 million football stadium leaves unanswered questions

By Tyler Rudick

One man is dead following a tragic construction accident on a pedestrian bridge leading to Baylor University's sparkling new $250 million football stadium, which is scheduled to open later ...


Rail Revelations

High-speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston is closer than ever

By Tyler Rudick

The federal government is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation and a private rail company to assess the impact of long-discussed high-speed train lines between Dallas and Houston. U ...


We're No. 1

Say howdy to your new neighbor: New census figures rank Texas No. 1 in population growth

By Tyler Rudick

Texas gained more residents than any other state in 2013, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on December 30. The Lone Star State, which has ranked ...


Philanthropic Innovation

Texas billionaire couple creates unique social media charity force

By Tyler Rudick

With the holiday season upon us, Houston billionaire philanthropists John and Laura Arnold are reaching out to donors great and small to explore the couple's Giving Library — an innovate ...


A&M Stadium Lawsuit

Lawsuit details horrific death of construction worker at Texas A&M stadium project

By Tyler Rudick

The family of a worker recently killed at Texas A&M's Kyle Field has filed a wrongful death suit against contractors leading the university's $450 million effort to ...


Overboard!

Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants can't compete in a foodie world

By Tyler Rudick

Amid a shifting tide of casual dining trends, Darden restaurant group will throw Red Lobster overboard and greatly scale back its two other flagship brands. In a statement to shareholders ...


Aggie Tragedy

Mystery builds around falling death of Dallas subcontractor at Texas A&M stadium

By Tyler Rudick

The investigation continues at Texas A&M University's Kyle Field in the wake of a 25-year-old construction worker falling to his death December 3. Though details are hazy, Angel ...


Billionaire Givers

Texas billionaires figure prominently on Forbes list of most generous Americans

By Claire St. Amant, Tyler Rudick

A slew of Texas business leaders and philanthropists made it onto Forbes' newly released list of America's 50 Top Givers, further solidifying our state as one of the most ...


Violent Attack

Real Housewives star details brutal assault by Dallas boyfriend days after cancer surgery

By Tyler Rudick

A California court has granted Camille Grammer a restraining order against high-profile boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulos, who she claimed brutally attacked her at a Houston hotel as she recovered from major ...


Hack for Free Flights

United computer glitch results in more free flights: Airline accuses travelers of manipulation

By Tyler Rudick

Yet another glitch on the United Airlines website gave travelers shockingly low ticket fares on October 14. But unlike the infamous September errors that offered $5 to $10 round-trip flights ...


Joel Osteen, Comedian?

Joel Osteen's hidden comedy exposed in new e-book filled with wacky jokes

By Tyler Rudick

Running low on zingers about Boy Scouts, Baptists and Beelzebub? Then the new and completely unauthorized Joel Osteen joke book is for you. The Houston televangelist and bestselling author — whose ...


Crime and Politics

Tom DeLay waltzes away scot-free after all: Conviction overturned, no jail time

By Tyler Rudick

On Thursday, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin overturned the conviction of onetime U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was found guilty for his involvement in a ...


Unlikely A-List Appearance

Johnny Depp makes waves in small Texas town on weekend fishing trip

By Tyler Rudick

The Texas hamlet of Rockport is all abuzz after some strange twist of fate brought Johnny Depp to the small Gulf Coast town for an apparent fishing expedition. KIII Channel ...


Field of Green

$10 million marijuana crop discovered near Conroe

By Tyler Rudick

Federal, state and local officials are scrambling to find a band of sophisticated pot farmers after discovering fields of nearly 20,000 marijuana plants southwest of Conroe. Authorities estimate the ...


Biden's successful surgery

Beau Biden undergoes successful M.D. Anderson procedure; Vice President says son is in "great shape"

By Tyler Rudick

Beau Biden — Delaware attorney general and son of vice president Joe Biden — underwent a successful medical procedure at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Tuesday, according to a ...


Father and Wife By His Side

Beau Biden reported to have brain mass after tests at M.D. Anderson

By Tyler Rudick

After undergoing diagnostic tests at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on Tuesday, Beau Biden is reported to have a mass on his brain, according to NBC News. Sources close to ...


land ho

Man overboard! Amazing story of survival after boat capsizes in Gulf of Mexico

By Tyler Rudick

Swimmers along Surfside Beach in Galveston feared the worst Saturday evening when a small sailboat washed ashore without a soul on board. But thanks to a life vest and some ...


Killer Summer

Aggressive killer bee swarms plague Texas, leaving one dead and many others injured

By Tyler Rudick

While the global decline in bees continues to puzzle scientists, the Lone Star State appears to be undergoing a boom in its population of so-called "killer bees" — those aggressive honey ...


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