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    Leaks At The Discovery Green Garage

    The source for her story? An unidentified City Council member who wouldn't speak on camera "because of the sensitive nature of this issue." (What's so "sensitive" about a couple of leaks?) Anyway, we tried to talk with Discovery Green Park Director...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 31, 2008 @ 3:16 pm
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    Might As Well Face It, We're Addicted To E-Mail

    That's according to AOL, which we were somewhat surprised to learn still exists. But it does, and it has issued its fourth annual survey of e-mail habits in America. The results -- only New York is more obsessed with e-mail than Houston. We beat Ch...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 31, 2008 @ 2:13 pm
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    East End Doesn't "Explode" Metro

    How "explosive" things got is a bit debatable, but East Enders let Metro know they are plenty pissed about the agency's plans for their neighborhood. Metro is looking at putting in a six-lane bridge and a large bus-repair center in the East End; Jul...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 31, 2008 @ 1:29 pm
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    Last Suspect In Shooting Of Historic Officer Nabbed

    Police arrested Andrew Garcia at 1:30 this morning in a condo at 10912 Gulf Freeway after getting the tip. "This capture shows once more the value of the Crime Stoppers partnership among citizens, law enforcement and the media, working together to b...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 31, 2008 @ 12:19 pm
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    John Edwards: Still A Houston Press Exclusive!

    We don't know. What we do know, though, is now that the rest of the media seems finally open to asking the question, Edwards is ducking the press.The Charlotte Observer reports that "About a dozen reporters and photojournalists attended a speech Edw...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 31, 2008 @ 11:50 am
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    It's Vacation (And Work) In Uganda For A Houstonian

    David Chaney, an accountant, is taking part in a neat project out of the UK that lets tourists who are visiting Uganda (and some do, we guess) work for a week or so on rebuilding schools in that country. "The nice thing about this organization is th...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 31, 2008 @ 11:09 am
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    The Mayor's right -- Houston Is Never, Never Trendy

    Some Houstonians, it turns out, are skeptical of obviously lame excuses. At any rate, we were intrigued by White's analysis that Houston refuses to do stuff just because other places are doing it, even if it might be all hype. The record truly supp...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 31, 2008 @ 10:08 am
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    Victim's Advocate Won't be Witnessing Execution

    And once again Andy Kahan won't be allowed to see it. Kahan, the Crime Victim Advocate for the City of Houston, says he should be allowed to stand by the side of his friend Randy Ertman during the execution of Jose Medellin, convicted of raping and ...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on July 30, 2008 @ 6:22 pm
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    Tours We'd Rather Not Take

    Officials at LBJ Hospital are giving tours of a giant asshole. Officially called "The Colossal Colon," the "8-foot-tall, 20-foot-long colon is designed to help hospital guests learn about colorectal disease," according to the Texas Medical Center....

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
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    Friends Don't Let Friends Buy Guns For Friends

    "Don't Lie For The Other Guy" is the catchy slogan for a campaign designed to stop "straw purchases" of guns -- when someone buys a gun for another person who wouldn't be allowed to buy one on his or her own. The campaign will feature billboards, TV...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 4:38 pm
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    Ron Paul and Barney Frank -- Partners For Pot

    The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Barney Frank from Massachusetts, would abolish penalties for anyone carrying fewer than 100 grams of weed (3.75 ounces, or just slightly less than five viewings of the Sean Penn-Naomi Watts drama 21 Grams). As...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 3:46 pm
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    Budweiser -- The King of Landfill Biogas

    And what do the Belgians know about beer? (Don't answer.) But good news for Houston Bud drinkers!! If you were tempted to boycott the beer because it's un-American, think again: Drink it because it's pro-Earth, or Going Green, or whatever the phrase...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 3:24 pm
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    When Children's Festivals Go Very, Very Wrong

    "He said he had been in jail before, but it was not for anything serious. I guess I should have asked more about it," Myers told the Cleveland Advocate. "He told us he was not a pedophile but was a registered sex offender." Actually, the man Myers a...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on July 30, 2008 @ 2:46 pm
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    Police Officer Fired For (Approved) Blow Jobs

    You do what you're told. You get blow jobs. You go all the way, once. Maybe. Then you get fired.That's what happened to Beaumont police officer Keith Breiner. He was suspended from the force July 21 after an assistant police chief found out about th...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 2:25 pm
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    Hollywood Destroys Houston: The Top Five

    But you'd be mistaken to think H-Town has come through a whole century of motion picture mayhem unscathed. Here now are the top five Houston Movie Disaster Moments: 5. I Come In Peace (1990) The aliens are coming! And they want our endorphins! Okay...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
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    Bold New immigration Plan -- Give Yourself Up

    Turn yourself in. "Operation Scheduled Departure" will take away all the hassle of getting arrested and deported, says Julie Myers, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Instead of waiting around to be picked up in ICE raids at the workpl...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 11:00 am
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    No Saggy In Baytown

    It's a problem, says the Rev. Gregory Griffin, that can't be handled without government intervention. "If you do talk to them you'll get a good cussing out," Griffin told the council. The city would do its youth a favor if it banned the attire, Gr...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 9:59 am
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    Gone To Join The Choir Invisible

    While most are said to have simply "died," "passed away," "expired," "departed," or some variation of "went to be with the Lord," others are magnificently grandiloquent. Hair Balls scoured a month of them and came up with the following actual examp...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on July 30, 2008 @ 9:16 am
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    How Mexican Is Mexican Enough?

    "I had no answer to this. Both? Neither? Either?" she writes. Griest grew up just south of Corpus Christi speaking very little Spanish, and admits she went from checking "white" on forms to "Hispanic" when a guidance counselor told her it might help...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 30, 2008 @ 8:16 am
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    Texas's First (Openly) Gay Lutheran Pastor Speaks Out

    The Lutheran church normally requires gay and lesbian clergy to take a vow of celibacy, but Groen refused. "I find that it's a discriminatory policy and in principle I'm opposed to it," she says. After completing her religious studies and training, G...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 6:12 pm
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