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    Ozone Levels Getting Nasty

    This doesn't sound too good. Patricia Tinoco-Perez of Harris County's Public Health & Environmental Services department says don't go around doing too much breathing right now: Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) is issui...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
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    You're Facing The ACLU Now, Needville

    "We regret that this child is sitting in In-School Suspension, but sacrificing his beliefs, and teaching him that who he is and what he believes is shameful, will be more harmful," Lisa Graybill, the legal director for the ACLU of Texas, tells Hair B...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on October 2, 2008 @ 5:23 pm
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    The Safest House In The World

    And wherever it showed up, people asked the same thing: How the hell did that house survive? With the use of some archival photos, it turns out no one should have been surprised. -- Richard Connelly ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
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    Houston Gets Some Respect....And It's From A Poet!

    "I wanted to write about what is it that feels soulful and inevitably compelling to me about this place," Doty, who pitched the story to the publication as part of their regular feature My Kind of Town, tells Hair Balls. For the past 10 years, Doty h...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 3:47 pm
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    AG Says Two Motels Gouged Ike Victims

    The Super 8 Brookshire Motel near Katy and the Hotel Nacogdoches were named as gougers. The Hotel Nacogdoches typically charges $49 for a room, the Ag's office said; two days before Ike that went up to $99 and after Ike it went to $109. The Katy hot...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 2:50 pm
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    Houston Circa 2001, Courtesy Of Google

    Let's see what the Mighty Google can tell us about the H-Town and world of 2K1. (Many of the links are now dead, but if you click "View old version on the Internet archive"? you'll have better luck.) 1. Enron is hiring! Three weeks of vacation and s...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on October 2, 2008 @ 2:05 pm
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    "O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" -- HISD Won't Make Up Missed Days

    The school board unanimously agreed to ask the state to waive all the missed days; the state education commissioner has already announced he's fine with waiving up to 10 days. That will cover almost all HISD schools, spokeswoman Rebecca Suarez tells...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 1:03 pm
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    NASA At 50: Five Bad Astronaut Movies

    Part of commemorating 50 years of NASA is acknowledging its role in lionizing the men and women who performed those historic missions. The names of Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Sally Ride are well known, and rightfully s...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 11:45 am
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    The "Flower Man" Needs Ike Help

    The Orange Show has sent out an SOS and is urging people to show up at Turner's home Saturday to help get things back to normal. "Some of the tasks include: staking up the fences, removing a large dead tree, fixing the leaking roof, repairing the fr...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 10:24 am
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    Book Review: Smart Cookies' Investment Guide

    On the other hand, with Wall Street imploding, the timing couldn't be worse. In this climate, it's hard to swallow some of the book's claims - for example, how after becoming a smart cookie, "You'll know how to increase your income now and how to buy...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on October 2, 2008 @ 8:56 am
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    It's Not Just A Bridge, It's A Living Bridge

    That's what city council thinks, at any rate -- they've approved spending $3 million in city funds to build it, with the rest coming from the Memorial Park Conservancy. What's a "living bridge," you ask? And why does it cost so much? A living bridg...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 6:02 pm
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    Garbage In, Illegals Out

    They've also agreed, as part of the settlement, to rat on their illegal-alien workers. U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle announced today that Republic was settling the criminal case against them for double-billing the city. He also announced the added f...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
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    NASA At 50 -- Five Of Their Weirdest Astronauts

    Almost 500 people have been trained as astronauts in NASA's lifetime. And they haven't all been the clean-cut, strong-jawed John Glenn types. Here are five astronauts who didn't fit the mold: 5. Jim Irwin. Irwin walked the moon, one of only a dozen...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
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    Author Ian Rankin On The Rolling Stones, Graphic Novels & Houston

    A hard-drinking, rule-bucking cop who would have a hard time deciding whether to save his quart of whiskey or CD of Exile on Main Street from a house fire if he could only pick one, Rebus made his first appearance in 1987's Knots and Crosses He has s...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 3:09 pm
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    Houston Courtroom Battle Over Rin Tin Tin

    According to a lawsuit filed by Daphne Hereford in Houston federal court, the original Rin Tin Tin lived from 1918 until 1932. Lee Duncan found the dog in France during World War I and brought him to America, where the canine's name and offspring bec...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on October 1, 2008 @ 2:05 pm
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    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Ike, Part 2: Fewer Billboards

    Houston is a city of lovely green neighborhoods and magnificent buildings, but you wouldn't know it driving into town on either of the two main highways from Intercontinental Airport. Visitors here must run a visual gantlet of garish billboards, ta...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on October 1, 2008 @ 1:18 pm
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    Once An Adoption Scammer, Always An Adoption Scammer

    In her case, it was scamming couples who thought they were adopting her baby. Ramirez was sent to prison in 2007 for, as the FBUI puts it: Ramirez claimed to be pregnant, found and communicated online with couples seeking to adopt and solicited an...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
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    Incident In Scotland May Spur Lawsuit By Houstonian

    You've probably never heard of a towboat called The Flying Phantom, but it's big news in Scotland and it involves the death of a Houston man. The Phantom sunk in the River Clyde in December 2007, going under in a fog in less than 40 seconds and kill...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 11:34 am
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    When Trees Attack: In Movies & Real Life

    My house. Let me show you it: There are worse things than a tree to have in your house...mustard gas, for example, or Dane Cook, but a 90-foot pine is nothing to sneeze at. And yet, even as my wife and I were dealing with insurance adjusters and a...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 10:18 am
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    Galveston Opera House Looks To January Opening

    The fall season has been postponed, and the staff offices have limited web access so the company's web site has been unable to provide much info for subscribers and fans. Executive director Maureen Patton, however, updated matters in an e-mail: The ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 30, 2008 @ 6:39 pm
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