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    Terrible Damage Assessment From Galveston

    The quote of the day comes from Galveston city manager Steve Leblanc, at a press conference about all the damage Edouard wreaked upon the island: "We had one tree that sustained a little damage out on the golf course, but that was it." Moody Garden...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    Breaking: Crisis Over?

    Channel 11's Doug Miller is just reporting that the city police and emergency departments are switching back to "regular" status instead of crisis mode. Harris County will be doing the same as 4 p.m. No reason to get out on the roads, though. Espec...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 12:43 pm
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    Can Edouard Save Jose Medellin?

    He's the guy scheduled to die tonight in Huntsville, after being convicted of capital murder in the notorious Ertman-Pena case. The World Court couldn't save him; George Bush and Rick Perry have made clear they don't give a damn what the World Court...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 12:26 pm
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    How Much Rain In Your Neighborhood? Find Out

    There's an easy way to find out. The Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management office has put up a map that shows rainfall totals throughout the area. Downtown? 1.46 inches at this point. Sylvan Beach? 4.14 inches. Move your mouse ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
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    Edouard Moving Inland

    Edouard is moving our way, according to the good folks at AccuWeather.com. "The stormy conditions from Edouard have already overspread the Houston area," says AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mike Pigott. "The worst weather for Houston will occur on Tu...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 5, 2008 @ 11:57 am
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    These Things Don't Fit

    1) The Bolivar Ferry is running, for crissake. 2) The Galveston Causeway is open to traffic. 3) Restaurants in Kemah will be open for lunch. What's next? The Anorexic Pre-School's annual outing to West Beach is still a go? -- Richard Connelly ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 11:03 am
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    If It's On TV, It's True

    Is a reporter from Channel 13, outside, telling us no one should be outside. "There's suprisingly a lot of traffic out here," he says, as the camera pans to show two trucks. Which may very well count as a lot of traffic in Crystal Beach, we guess. ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 10:30 am
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    Southwest Houston Represent

    Here in Westbury, we're laughing at Edouard. So far, he said, crossing his fingers furiously. There's been some rain, but nothing more than some heavy drizzle. The all-important Lawn Furniture Indicator is showing low winds. In other words, no chai...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 10:22 am
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    And We Now Go to North Downtown, Where John Royal Is Waiting for Edouard's Effects...

    The streets are wet, but the parking garages are open, the tunnel is open, and more importantly, the food establishments are up and open. So, for us tunnel rats, things are normal. The Bayou Place/Theater District Parking Garage was rather empty, b...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 5, 2008 @ 10:07 am
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    Slideshow: Houston Prepares for Edouard

    We've just loaded up a slideshow of Houstonians preparing for the landing of Tropical Storm Edouard. Take a look and wish you hadn't waited till today to get supplies. -- Keith Plocek

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 5, 2008 @ 9:34 am
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    All Local Universities Closed in Anticipation of Edouard

    We'd suggest grabbing some booze and having a house party. We've even put together a few playlists for your enjoyment. Or you could always use the time to study. Your call. -- Keith Plocek...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 5, 2008 @ 9:04 am
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    Panic at the Pump for Edouard

    Looks like the Valero at Shepherd and 11th in the Heights was all dry at 7:23 a.m. this morning. -- Keith Plocek

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 5, 2008 @ 9:02 am
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    Pot Battles Cancer On Yet Another Front

    Researchers there have announced that a "cannabinoid receptor" in cells might be a key tumor-fighting tool in patients with colorectal cancer. In a press release, MD Anderson's executive vice president Raymond Dubois stated: "Potential application ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 8:55 am
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    Sole Of Houston: Now With Google Maps

    For example, I asked it for the best way to walk from my house near the Palace Lanes on Bellaire Boulevard to my office here at the Press downtown, and it suggested that I head up to University and then Fannin, which is a pretty decent route. It also...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on August 5, 2008 @ 7:59 am
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    Riot for Rover

    This photo, taken by Brett Koshkin at 7:35 p.m. at the Petco on Shepherd, is proof that 1) people love their pets or 2) the Dinty Moore pickings are getting mighty slim at local grocery stores. Let's hope for the former. -- Keith Plocek

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 4, 2008 @ 9:37 pm
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    Comcast Independence Day For Tunnel Mole

    It appears entirely possible that I will be able to cast off the rusted, foetid chains of that most evil of monsters. I speak, of course, of Comcast. Herewith my declaration of Comcast independence dated August 4, 2008: Let this day be known hence...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 4, 2008 @ 6:12 pm
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    No Panic Yet At Spec's

    "I think about 5 p.m." says manager Joseph Kemble of when he expects the rush to come. Spec's will be open until 9 p.m. tonight and opens again at 10 a.m. for all those whose bosses already told them not to show up to work tomorrow. Kemble said he ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 4, 2008 @ 5:49 pm
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    The World's Most Pompous Real-Estate Video

    You may think you've cornered the market on pompous, overblown Spielberg-ian movie music, but it's now obvious that you're just an amateur. The people at real-estate giant Hines Interests have shown just what musical pomposity is. And it's all in c...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 4, 2008 @ 4:40 pm
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    All HISD Stuff Canceled Tomorrow

    The Houston school district has announced that nothing is happening tomorrow, thanks to Edouard. The bastard. The cancellation includes all athletic practices, band practices, 26 scheduled field trips, registration for fall classes and any other st...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 4, 2008 @ 4:32 pm
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    Citizen Journalists Unite! And Take Pictures!

    We don't want to know. What we do want is for all you plucky guys and gals out there to send us any storm-related pictures as Ed comes to town. We wouldn't really recommend you risking life and limb to do so, but if you think you can win a Pulitzer ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 4, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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