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"It's a brave new world we're in, and it'll be a big change for a lot of folks," says HISD spokesman Terry Abbott.
Abbott says kids celebrating birthdays will still be allowed to bring in a cupcake...for themselves.
So instead of the sharing kind of nobility, kids will master the nyah-nyah kind of it's-my-birthday-and-not-yours feeling of royalty.
The Lawndale Art Center and Copy.com have been putting up artwork on billboards across town. Some spray-can critics apparently didn't see the point of Katrina Moorhead's piece called Sky Sampled, so they improved it. The piece will be replaced and its run extended so that Houstonians can enjoy to the fullest a nearly blank billboard.
But at least the others will get their revenge when Birthday Boy grows up to be a cupcake-addicted porker.
Three Cheers For the Bus Driver
Which has some residents worried about what the district is going to do with all those buses.
Nowhere are they worried more than in Oak Forest, where rumors have been swirling -- and seemingly confirmed by city officials -- that the site of the former Acme Brick Plant (which, we're guessing, supplied Wile E. Coyote with all his brick-related materials) will house the new bus barn.
Having hundreds of clunky, smelly buses tearing up the neighborhood streets somehow doesn't appeal to residents, who prefer the golfers using the driving range currently on the site.
"Not only would there be environmental pollution, traffic and noise pollution, but paving 50 acres of grass makes us wonder how they plan to mitigate the flooding effect," says homeowners association president Greg Ryden.
HISD spokesman Terry Abbott says the residents shouldn't be concerned. Yet.
The Acme location is "one of many sites we're looking at," he says. No final decision will be made without surveying residents who would be affected "to get their comments and thoughts about it."
Somehow we don't see a big "We Want The Bus Barn!" campaign.
At least HISD knows where its buses are going, for the most part. Parents in the Fort Bend school district who recently got their bus schedules have been noting a whole bunch of strangeness -- like some high schoolers, whose classes start at 8 a.m., being scheduled for pick up at...8 a.m.
One parent who called was told that the schedule was ridden with typos and mistakes.
Associate FBISD superintendent Lee Petros said there are always last-minute changes to the schedules, but acknowledges that "there are clerical errors" in the printed skeds. He advises parents to check the district's Web site for corrections and updates.
Damn. Another fine excuse for being late for school drops by the wayside.