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    Cinderella Time At Mount Carmel High

    The Houston school district came in and agreed to partner with Mount Carmel as a charter school and the doors stayed open. Only about 200 students attend the school, though, and there's no gym. What there is, however, is a state champion volleyball...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 10, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
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    A Mutt, Just Like Obama

    Now, thanks to a Tennessee company called Biopet, we know the answers to all our questions. Biopet uses the same techniques for dogs as local company Family Tree DNA does for humans. For a little over $50, they send you a kit with a swab, which you ...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on November 10, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
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    Houston Gamer Still Causing Worldwide Angst

    Houston (possibly) is bringing forth the world's ire, yet again. This time it's a British member of parliament railing against an online game called "Kaboom -- The Suicide Bomber Game" which the Daily Mail says was invented by "an anonymous man fr...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 10, 2008 @ 11:19 am
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    Balls...Hair Balls: The Top Five Bond Girl Names

    First up, Bond girls. Not 'Who was the best?' (that's easy - Rosa Klebb), but 'Who had the best name?' 5. Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood) - Diamonds Are Forever (1971) "Named after your father, perhaps?" Natalie Wood's kid sister makes ample use of her ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 10, 2008 @ 10:17 am
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    ICE Raids Getting Flack

    Local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced last week that they returned almost 15,800 undocumented workers to their home countries during the last fiscal year. Of those, 48% had previous criminal convictions. ICE's Director of...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 10, 2008 @ 9:06 am
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    Over the Weekend: Special Bikini Edition

    Even though temperatures are dropping, a rare confluence of events has prompted a double bill of bikini coverage over here at Hair Balls. We swear it wasn't intentional. 12:30 a.m. at Bikini Beach We had no idea this Clear Lake joint existed till...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on November 10, 2008 @ 8:56 am
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    Sorry, UH Cougars. You Need to Go Down.

    So the Cougars came out on Saturday and did what I've been wishing they would do. They put together a complete game, defeating Tulane 42-14 to better their record for the season to 5-4. QB Case Keenum was 29-for-40 with 384 yards and four TDs as th...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on November 10, 2008 @ 8:40 am
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    Texans-Ravens: Just Why Exactly Is Houston Favored to Win?

    I kid you not. Now before I get to the Texans, let's discuss the Baltimore Ravens for a bit. The Baltimore Ravens are 5-3 on the season, and they currently sit in second place in the AFC North behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens do, indeed,...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on November 8, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    You Not Only Get An Aggie Degree, You Get A George W. Bush Speech!

    News outlets in College Station are reporting that Bush will make a commencement speech in December at a Texas A&M graduation ceremony. It's not clear which of the four graduations Bush will speak at - possibly at the ceremony for students that fled ...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on November 7, 2008 @ 4:40 pm
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    World's Saddest Web Page

    It could be yours. Just head to the world's saddest web page, where a company called U.S. Auctions is getting rid of Ike-damaged boats. Click on a boat, then click through to the auction page, and you'll find boats worth six or seven figures going f...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 7, 2008 @ 3:30 pm
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    Fen-Phen Side Effects: Irritable Lawyers

    One such Houston barrister, George Fleming, is now being sued in Harris County District Court, accused of charging more than 8,000 of his clients in a class-action Fen-phen case more than $29 million collectively in improper expenses. But to Flemin...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on November 7, 2008 @ 2:46 pm
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    Galveston's O'Connell High May Close

    Earlier, it was just the general crunch hitting many Catholic schools. This time, it's Hurricane Ike. Principal Patrick Danesi told parents last night that the school is "in a state of trouble." They're taking out loans to meet payroll.The Galvest...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 7, 2008 @ 2:05 pm
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    One Way To Get Rid Of Those Campaign Signs

    Last Chance Forever is actively seeking signs the thick, plastic-y signs made of Corex or Coroplast. "We'd love to have those old signs for dozens of uses at our rehabilitation center. The bigger the signs, the better," says the organization, which...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 7, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
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    Astros Sign New Closer

    Which had me really excited because I thought he meant free agent pitcher Derek Lowe, who would make a lot of sense for the Astros. Then I was told no, that it wasn't Derek Lowe, but J-Lo. And I thought, well, the Astros pitching is that bad, but I...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on November 7, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
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    More Ike-Debris Stats For Your Amazement

    Here's one accounting, from Sci-Tech Today: In Galveston, workers collected 592,000 pounds of hazardous household waste such as medications and bleach; 28,000 refrigerators, ranges and freezers; 3,000 televisions and computer screens; and 13,000 po...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 7, 2008 @ 11:09 am
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    Kemah's Boardwalk Slowly Coming To Life

    Joe's Crab Shack reopened Wednesday, and either later today or early tomorrow the Cadillac Bar and several midway games will be ready to go. Tim Anderson, the general manager for the Boardwalk, tells Hair Balls that 500 to 600 dumptruck-loads of deb...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 7, 2008 @ 10:01 am
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    Things We Don't Get: Walton & Johnson

    We had forgotten just how bad these guys are. We quickly remembered as we listened, struck dumb by the utter inanity of it all. The lisping gay guy. The "black-guy voice" talking about how Obama's going to take over all the radio stations. Right-wi...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 7, 2008 @ 9:34 am
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    Formosa Plant Keeps On Polluting

    The Formosa Plastics Corp. facility in Point Comfort, Texas, yesterday was fined $121,443 by state regulators for numerous air violations and unauthorized emissions in 2005 and 2006. It's the latest chapter in a history of environmental misdeeds com...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 6, 2008 @ 5:01 pm
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    UH Reporters Won't Have To Hand Over E-Mails After All

    From Bentley's letter to requestor Brendan Laws: The University has determined that we are unable to provide you with the information you have requested. The information you seek to obtain is located in students' education records and my lead to p...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 6, 2008 @ 4:12 pm
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    Hispanics Are Almost Never Arrested For Drugs, HPD Somehow Says

    The figures had to do with the ethnic and racial breakdown of those arrested for narcotics violations in 2007 as compared to the city's population. According to Hurtt's information, which was later verified by HPD's public-affairs division, Hispanic...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on November 6, 2008 @ 3:01 pm
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