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2009 Stories by John Nova Lomax

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  • Pico Iyer: Travel, The Dalai Lama, Houston & That Jerk V.S. Naipaul

    published Apr 29, 2009

    Few people live up to the (somewhat shopworn) descriptor "citizen of the world" more than Pico Iyer, who today divides his time between Southern California and rural Japan. Born in England to scholarl... More >>

  • Some Tips For You Twentysomething DIY Doctors

    published Apr 24, 2009

    Last week we reported some ways uninsured twentysomethings have found to combat the high cost of living without health insurance.A long-uninsured reader we will call Steve (on his request) has another... More >>

  • Janitors' Nightmare: Study Says Chewing Gum Increases TAKS Scores

    published Apr 23, 2009

    Let there be jubilation in the halls of junior high schools across the land! A crack Baylor College of Medicine research team has found that chewing gum in class improves TAKS math scores.The study ce... More >>

  • Sex, Murder & Land: A Long, Long Court Case May Be Coming To A Close

    published Apr 22, 2009

    On April 7, the 14th Court of Appeals just might have brought closure to one of the longest-running and ugliest land disputes in modern Texas history. The case of Theresa Elizabeth Trojacek and Ronald... More >>

  • Más y Más

    published April 23, 2009

    Forgive Los Lobos guitarist, drummer and principal lyricist Louie Perez for not being all that excited about his band's upcoming album. It's a... More >>

  • Doug Supernaw's Woes Continue: Arrested In Utah

    published Apr 21, 2009

    In May of 2007, we covered the travails (to date) of Doug Supernaw, the troubled Houston-bred one-time country music star. We just received word that the singer is in trouble again, this time in Utah.... More >>

  • Beaumont TV Station Warns Of Pirate Attacks: We Investigate!!!

    published Apr 17, 2009

    Back in November, Hair Balls indulged itself in some utterly sub-Swiftian satire on the possibility of Ike-wracked Galveston reconstructing itself as a haven for pirates. We suggested that Galvest... More >>

  • On The Scene At The Houston Tea Party
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    On The Scene At The Houston Tea Party

    published Apr 15, 2009

    In the end, it exceeded the expectations of even its once-seemingly wildly overenthusiastic organizers. Approximately 3,500 pissed-off demonstrators packed Jones Plaza for a warm-up blues-rock con... More >>

  • Uninsured 20somethings Prefer The DIY Method

    published Apr 15, 2009

    Linda, a 28-year-old blonde, walked into the tiny restroom of the tony Italian restaurant with a friend. Linda locked the door, and carefully filled a syringe with clear fluid from a vial and tied off... More >>

  • Cyberchondriacs

    published April 16, 2009

    America's most popular doctor doesn't have terrible handwriting and doesn't make you cool your heels reading tattered copies of last fall's golf... More >>

  • Hey, Houston: Are You Ready For A Three-Hour Commute?

    published Apr 10, 2009

    In 26 years, the average Houstonian will be forced to endure a three-hour commute, according to a mobility study submitted to the Greater Houston Partnership's Transit Planning Committee. The study wa... More >>

  • The Man with the Golden Horn

    published Apr 08, 2009

    Milton Martin spends his days blowing his soprano sax from his wheelchair in the bright sun at the corner of Main and McKinney, hard by the assemblage of broken dreams and frustrated town planning tha... More >>

  • Houston's Worth It, Says Visiting Brit

    published Apr 07, 2009

    Madame B., a blogger for Here Is The City News, "London's fastest growing financial website," was quite charmed by her recent stay here. "Let's All Move to Houston" she urged in her headline, under wh... More >>

  • Civil Suit Against Bellaire Is Coming No Matter What Happens With Indictment, Attorneys Say
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    Civil Suit Against Bellaire Is Coming No Matter What Happens With Indictment, Attorneys Say

    published Apr 06, 2009

    As Hair Balls reported earlier, Bellaire cop Jeffrey Cotton was indicted for the December 31 shooting of Robbie Tolan.George Gibson and Geoffrey Berg, Tolan's attorneys, announced that the Tolan famil... More >>

  • Lou Perryman, A Star In Houston's Biggest Cult Film, Murdered In Austin
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    Lou Perryman, A Star In Houston's Biggest Cult Film, Murdered In Austin

    published Apr 03, 2009

    Bad news from the state capital... Actor Lou Perryman -- who played Claude in Eagle Pennell's 1983 Houston-shot film Last Night at the Alamo -- was stabbed to death April 1 in his South Austin home.&n... More >>

  • Lisa Nowak Ordered To Undergo Psychiatric Testing

    published Apr 03, 2009

    Lisa Nowak, the former Houston astronaut whose lovesick, (possibly) adult diaper-enabled 1000-mile drive from Houston to Orlando made international news in 2007, has been ordered by a Florida judge to... More >>

  • The DA Takes On Illegals, Because She Can

    published Apr 02, 2009

    Not content to throw two of her prosecutors into the blender last week, Harris County DA Pat Lykos has decided to turn her guns on yet another unimportant bloc of voters - illegal immigrants.The Chron... More >>

  • Not Everyone Is Cheering DA Pat Lykos's Latest Move
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    Not Everyone Is Cheering DA Pat Lykos's Latest Move

    published Mar 31, 2009

    If you look up "throwing someone under the bus" in the dictionary of clich├ęs, you might just find the following example from Pat Lykos's braver, newer Harris County District Attorneys Office used as ... More >>

  • Townes Van Zandt and the Demise of Moe the Rooster
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    Townes Van Zandt and the Demise of Moe the Rooster

    published Mar 30, 2009

    So over the weekend I reconnected with my stepfather Chip Phillips. As a good friend of the late Townes Van Zandt and a decades-long friend (and former long-time roadie for) Steve Earle, Chip's ... More >>

  • Rothko Chapel: Yahoo! Says To See It Before You Die. (That Way You'll Be Depressed Enough, At Least)
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    Rothko Chapel: Yahoo! Says To See It Before You Die. (That Way You'll Be Depressed Enough, At Least)

    published Mar 27, 2009

    We're way late to the game on this - like four or five months - but way back in early December Yahoo Travel compiled a list of ten American places to see before you die. Our excuse for even mentioning... More >>

  • Protests Over The Proposed Shutting Of Ben Taub's Pediatrics Unit
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    Protests Over The Proposed Shutting Of Ben Taub's Pediatrics Unit

    published Mar 26, 2009

    A few years ago, Carla Sageth was in high school, and she was dying. Her lungs were wasting away. Doctor after doctor at clinic after clinic diagnosed asthma and sent her on her way. She became unable... More >>

  • Post-Partum Depression As A Defense For Killing Your Child: Maybe Coming True In Texas?
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    Post-Partum Depression As A Defense For Killing Your Child: Maybe Coming True In Texas?

    published Mar 25, 2009

    In a surprisingly civilized and advanced move for our great state, local Texas House Democrats Jessica Farrar and Garnet Coleman co-authored and introduced a bill that would make post-partum psychosis... More >>

  • SXSW: Recovery

    published Mar 23, 2009

    The Sunday night after SXSW never fails to be a weird experience. Although you are dog-tired, and back in your own bed, you can't sleep. A phantasmagoria of sights and sounds from the past few days r... More >>

  • SXSW: Scott Miller

    published Mar 23, 2009

    "I've been drunk all around this town, from the downside up to the upside down...." So sings Scott Miller in "Drunk All Around this Town," which he calls "the most beautiful ballad I have ever writte... More >>

  • SXSW: South Congress Circuit

    published Mar 23, 2009

    As usual, Saturday afternoon for me was all about South Congress. Bands like Houston's own Allen Oldies Band - fronted by the High Priest of the Oldies and the State of Texas's official unofficial Min... More >>

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