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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
  • Bayousphere

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    Bayousphere

    Let's hope this blushing bride has better luck taking the kitchen route than Bobby Kennedy did. (Come on -- it's been 40 years.) Yael Avivi smiles sweetly as she sneaks through the St. Regis Hotel kitchen in order to avoid being seen by the groom bef...

    by Daniel Kramer on July 10, 2008
  • Joe Harris County spends his days in court, keeping score on the trials he watches - Court Watcher

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    Joe Harris County spends his days in court, keeping score on the trials he watches - Court Watcher

    The courtrooms on the 20th floor of the Harris County Criminal Justice Center are larger than others in the building, and so, in an effort to accommodate spectators, the more sensational cases are usually tried there. On the morning of the fourth...

    by Randall Patterson on July 10, 2008
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    Crime Stories

    Good Tackle A career for Corey: Loved the article on Corey Williams ["To Catch a Rapist," Crime Story, by Randall Patterson, June 26]. How refreshing to hear about such selfless bravery in the face of modern-day society's don't-get-involved attitud...

    on July 10, 2008
  • A Native American Family Fights Against Hair Length Rules - When five-year-old Adriel Arocha ran afoul of the Needville school district, getting cut off wasn't an option for his parents

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    A Native American Family Fights Against Hair Length Rules - When five-year-old Adriel Arocha ran afoul of the Needville school district, getting cut off wasn't an option for his parents

    Five-year-old Adriel Arocha has been mistakenly called a pretty little girl. "No, I'm a boy," Adriel told one stranger. "I have a penis." Adriel's long, ink-black hair caused the confusion. He's never had a haircut. His father, Kenney Aroch...

    by Paul Knight on July 10, 2008
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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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    Goodbye, Bellaire Trolley Station

    It was the last remnant of Houston's old city streetcar system, but according to KTRK, Bellaire officials deemed the building a safety hazard. (Recently it had been held up by a very shaky-looking set of supports.) And so it was hasta la vista... W...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on July 29, 2008 @ 5:18 pm
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    Always...Patsy Cline...Always

    Think of Always...Patsy Cline as Stages's Nutcracker - it's a cash cow that fills the theater's coffers. In 1988, when Stages first put on the show, written by Stages founding artistic director Ted Swindley, it ran for around a year. It was revived i...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on July 29, 2008 @ 4:06 pm
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    Prominent Houston Lawyer Faces Sexual Allegations

    Richard Laminack, one of the more well-known mass-torts lawyers in town, is in a bit of legal trouble of his own. Laminack once teamed with the legendary John O'Quinn on huge suits over things like breast implants and Vioxx. Now a former employee i...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 3:51 pm
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    The Elderly Come And Go In TDCJ

    Grits for Breakfast will no doubt have the best analysis of the 152,661 guests of the state; the blog notes that "TDCJ received 73,525 new prisoners in FY 2007 and released 72,032, representing significant growth but a much slower rate than in recent...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 2:52 pm
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    UH Prof, Mia Farrow Tour Third World

    She's touring Thailand, Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad (one luxurious resort after the other!) as part of a Nobel Women's Initiative peace delegation. Thanks to heavy support work by people at UH, the delegation -- which includes actress Mia Farrow -- is ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
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    Marvin Zindler, One Year Later

    My wife and I happened to catch his final report under very weird circumstances. On a whim, we decided to take our daughter and check into the Hilton Americas downtown - do that tourist in your own hometown thing. (Hey, I Pricelined the room - it was...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on July 29, 2008 @ 12:53 pm
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    Houston Still Seeing Job Growth (Thank Christ)

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its June 2008 report on job growth in the country's 12 largest metropolitan areas. Houston leads the way.The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area (and who wouldn't want to be lumped in with Baytown?) ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 12:07 pm
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    New York Times: Houston Sucks At Recycling

    The New York Times this morning devotes a large chunk of its newshole to the proposition that Houstonians are greedy, lazy, earth-hating Neanderthals who laugh at those dirty hippies in other cities who actually bother to recycle their garbage. "Hou...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 10:44 am
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    The Kirby Trees Are Gone

    Or gone. Like a lot of the trees that line the road, trees that have been the center of controversy as a street-widening project gets into gear. Channel 13 reports the trees "were cut down while you slept last night," which makes us wonder just how...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 9:49 am
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    Justice, Texas Style -- Read About It While You Can

    Since the book appeared on Wikileaks earlier this year, it's gained quite a following. (For those who want the original hardcover, four used copies are available on Amazon - starting at $595.) Critics have long pointed to Smith County as one of the...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 5:57 pm
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    Chris Baker In Trouble Again

    He landed in Minnesota, and he's up to his old tricks. The aptly named blog Awful Announcing recently noted that Baker, ever the font of wisdom, had this take on women's sports: "You know what [the WBNA] is? That's a place for lesbians to make out ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 5:12 pm
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    The Trailer For Oliver Stone's Bush Movie Now Online

    The first trailer has hit the nets, and Houston is a star! Kind of. But the clips do include scenes of the infamous night when W drunkenly crashed a car onto the front lawn of Daddy's Houston home, then challenged the old man to a fight.Josh Brolin...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 3:30 pm
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For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

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Houston's Hidden Homeless Live Under Bridges, in the Shadows, Out of Sight and Mind Houston's Hidden Homeless Live Under Bridges, in the Shadows, Out of Sight and Mind

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