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    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Ike

    Enough. It's time to start looking for the benefits of Hurricane Ike. Over the next few days we'll be looking for the bright side of the big blow, starting with: 1. Exotic bird sightings. While the dregs of Ike were still lashing my neighborhood i...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on September 30, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
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    Saavedra Is Safe For Now, Spokesman Says

    All bow before the power of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!!!! After their press conference yesterday, after a two-hour closed-door board meeting, it appears for now that HISD superintendent Abe Saavedra's job is safe for another year. At least i...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 30, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
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    ACLU Wants Galveston Jail Evacuated Next Time

    More than 1,000 inmates and correction officers did not evacuate from the jail, despite a mandatory order to do so and warnings from The national Hurricane Center that those who refused to flee would face "certain death." Even though city officials c...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on September 30, 2008 @ 11:45 am
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    It's Getting Testy With The Insurance Adjusters

    Anyone who's listened to a radio in the past two weeks has heard the heartwarming commercials from insurance companies, full of comforting music and sympathetic voices consoling you and informing you that an army of adjusters is chomping at the bit, ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 30, 2008 @ 10:50 am
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    Galveston Beaches To Open, Whether You Want Them Or Not

    Not without a bunch of warnings, though. Not only have the beaches been heavily eroded, but there are new riptides out there, sunken damage you can't see and who knows what else. Here's the comforting assessment by the beach patrol: The rip current...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 29, 2008 @ 6:34 pm
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    There's No Roof, But The Cock-Ring Sale Goes On!!

    Where in the world will the bachelorettes of Houston get their penis straws? The submissives their slave chokers? The premature ejaculators their Brasshead 5 Snap Adjustable Leather Cock Rings? Um, Erotic Cabaret. The other location, at 1222 Westhe...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on September 29, 2008 @ 6:08 pm
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    How They Stacked Up

    The traffic still sucks at broken intersections, piles of debris are rotting on the curbs, the insurance-company hassles have only just begun. But most - not all, but most - CenterPoint customers have power. So it seems as good a time as ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 29, 2008 @ 5:31 pm
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    Hispanics Warn HISD Board Not To Fire Saavedra

    Convinced the board is trying to dump superintendent Abe Saavedra instead of renew his contract, they held a press conference at HISD headquarters before a special board meeting today. "We are calling publicly for the board to stop right now and do ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 29, 2008 @ 4:37 pm
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    That Crap On Your Sidewalk Will Likely Remain There For A Long Time

    The department expects to complete what it calls the first "pass" - hitting every street - by October 18, according to spokeswoman Marina Joseph. She said the department's approximately 800 trucks have, through Sept. 28, collected nearly 1.2 million ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 29, 2008 @ 3:20 pm
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    You Never Call, You Never Write

    This isn't freshman year of college, CenterPoint, and you're not our long-distance girlfriend. There's no excuse for not returning our calls for nearly a week. We're sure you've had plenty to do since the hurricane stuck. (Not so much that you couldn...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 29, 2008 @ 2:28 pm
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    Over the Weekend: City of Sin and ACL Fest

    We were up in Austin this weekend, so we apologize if this version of Over the Weekend is a little heavy on the ATX. But first things first... The Best of Houston Party Lucky's Pub was packed Thursday night for the launch party for this year's Be...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 29, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
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    He's Guilty -- Of Generating Good Quotes

    a) Your own attorney describing your mental state: "He can function. I mean, he's not like...a raving lunatic. He's not Anthony Hopkins. But he doesn't have the ability to discern things [and] can't make executive decisions." or b) The judge in you...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 29, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
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    Everybody's Gay...Even Miss Pop Rocks

    Seriously. It does. Okay. That said, it turns out that while I was unhappily separated from the steady stream of pop culture news during the aftermath of Ike, everybody turned gay on me. Including me! Rapidly accessing Facebook after the storm, ...

    @ Hair Balls by Jennifer Mathieu on September 29, 2008 @ 12:19 pm
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    Death of A Bookstore

    Unfortunately, it was located near the Strand in Galveston. "All those shops and restaurants on Strand, Mechanic and Postoffice were hit bad, and Midsummer Books got 8 ft of muddy water which soaked and ruined everything, books, furniture, computer ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 29, 2008 @ 11:14 am
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    Seven Deadly Sins, Live! The Best Of Houston Party

    Scantily clad women wielding whisks, scantily clad women modeling lingerie, fully clad band 80 Proof -- the Best of Houston 2008 launch party had it all last night. Lucky's Pub was filled as everyone tried hard to live up to the "Seven Deadly Sins...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 6:02 pm
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    Rice Shuts Down Valhalla, Panic To Ensue Among Cheap-Beer Drinkers

    Seems the Rice grad student pub and family-friendly haven for lovers of cheap beer and geeky conversation is at the very least a temporary casualty of Hurricane Ike. And not because the 30-year-old institution, a Best of Houston winner this year in t...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on September 26, 2008 @ 5:43 pm
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    It May Be Easier To Early-Vote In Montrose This Year

    Waits were long and tedious at the center, located near downtown close to West Gray & Waugh. Voters faced waits up to two hours to cast an early ballot; many gave up. Maybe -- maybe -- it will be different this year. Harris County has negotiated wit...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 5:11 pm
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    Victoria Newspaper Letting Readers Pick The Stories

    The editors at the Victoria Advocate appreciate that input and are now letting you, the Internet reader, help produce the print version of the paper each day. All this month, there's been a live video stream of the paper's daily 10 a.m. editorial mee...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on September 26, 2008 @ 3:28 pm
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    Finally, Bellaire High Is Set To Re-Open

    Bellaire High students, your vacation is over. HISD spokesman Norm Uhl tells Hair Balls that power was restored to the building "about 15 minutes ago." School is set for Monday, much to the relief, no doubt, of Bellaire parents. A bunch of other sc...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 2:31 pm
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    How Not To Blog About Ike

    That "Ike experience" included, as the Baytown Sun reports: ...her love of MREs, her habit of hitting up more than one Place Of Distribution (POD) in trips between Baytown and her Deer Park home, and her enjoyment of life post-Hurricane Ike. "This...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 2:20 pm
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