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    All The Traffic Problems Solved!

    HOV lanes will be open, and cops will staff major intersections to keep cars flowing faster than the herky-jerky four-way stop system. So what took so long? "The real answer, they were looking at the whole safety consideration and they did it when ...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on September 23, 2008 @ 5:49 pm
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    Lawyer Says Galveston's Elite Were Allowed Back On The Island Before Others

    The attorney, Anthony Griffin, temporarily dismissed the civil rights federal lawsuit he filed last Friday against island officials, but he tells Hair Balls he will re-file it as soon as he can. Griffin says that after city officials announced that ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
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    The Worrisome List Of The Missing

    The public can both scan their list of missing people and download materials to make flyers for people they need to locate. The Laura Recovery Center (named in honor of missing Galveston County teenager Laura Smither) is working closely with Galvesto...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on September 23, 2008 @ 4:29 pm
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    Some Ike Statistics

    The Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management office has released a by-the-numbers look at the response to Ike. It's pretty random, but numbers are real, man. So here they are: 2,400 special-needs residents were moved by Metro 1,12...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 3:48 pm
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    Traffic Problem To Be Solved (Maybe)

    Broken traffic lights have snarled intersections, lack of electricity has closed HOV lanes, everything's a mess. We asked Metro yesterday why the HOV problem couldn't be solved by just using cops to direct traffic and was told "it was almost impossi...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
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    Ike Spawns A Peace Treaty

    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Gulf Coast unincorporated town of Waveland was in similar straits to San Leon. They had no governmental infrastructure, and the national and even local media were far more fixated on the destruction o...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on September 23, 2008 @ 2:01 pm
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    Some HISD Campuses Operating On Generators

    Three schools are operating on generator power, HISD says -- Harvard Elementary in the Heights, Kashmere High on the northeast side of town and Westbury High on the southwest side. "We managed to secure a number of large generators so we could pre-c...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 12:32 pm
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    Sorry? For What?

    They report: A witness said White told the women, "You need to be getting these (expletive) trucks out of here." The mayor then began arguing with a Harris County sheriff's deputy over whether trucks full of Federal Emergency Management Agency sup...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 11:15 am
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    Manifesto Of The Powerless

    We, the people of Houston still without power 11 days after Ike; we, the CenterPoint customers who are seeing friggin' Entergy restore power more quickly (this, for the uninitiated, is the equivalent of your four-year-old making LeBron his bitch on t...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 10:12 am
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    If It Ain't The Air Pollution, It's The Wind

    Another victim of Ike -- the Greater Houston Association for Smog Prevention. GHASP's headquarters took a heavy hit from the storm. "Unfortunately our office was severely damaged during Hurricane Ike," the group announced."The roof was completely ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 6:05 pm
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    The Show Must Go On .... But Not Yet

    The Country Playhouse's production of Neil Simon's Rumors will open Friday, September 26. Regular showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October 11, 2 p.m. Sunday October 28, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2. For information, call 713-4...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 5:33 pm
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    No One Messes With Fort Bend County Fair Day

    So you'd think every day would be precious. But not if it interferes with the Fort Bend County Fair.For years, students in the Fort Bend ISD have gotten a day off for the opening of the fair; this year the scheduled day is Friday. And today, as mos...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 4:38 pm
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    Galveston's Train & Plane Museums Were Hit Hard

    Two of Galveston's museums -- the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Railroad Museum -- got hit pretty hard by Ike. They've posted pictures of the damage here. Those plaster sculptures of passengers sitting around the terminal at the Railroad Museum? ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 3:40 pm
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    If The Light Was Working, So Was The Red-Light Camera

    What about the infamous red-light cameras, though? Did we get a pass on those, too, in the wake of Ike? Only if the intersection in question was shut down because of a lack of power, HPD says. Houston Police are assessing the city's nearly 70 inter...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 3:01 pm
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    We Are An Accident Victim Coming Out Of A Coma, Apparently

    Like an accident victim coming out of a coma, the city has been returning to life. The downtown glitters with lights, despite boarded-up windows and doors. More and more gas stations and groceries are opening. Some people have returned to work in of...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
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    Your Highway's A Parking Lot, But The HOV Lanes Are Clear

    But as you sit and stew in the stop-and-go, you might look over and see the HOV lanes sitting empty. In fact, five of the six HOV lanes around town are not being used because they lack power for signal lights. I-45 northbound's HOV lane opened this ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 1:02 pm
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    Over the Weekend: Avant Garden, Silver Jews, High Island, Oak Island and Galveston

    After several days of coolness, the weather gods brought the heat yesterday. Great timing, considering half the city still doesn't have a/c. Here's what we were doing when we weren't sitting around and sweating. 9:30 p.m. at Avant Garden One way...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 22, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
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    Your Animals Are Probably Bitching About Ike, Too

    First, the Houston Humane Society asks pet owners to keep the following in mind: If you are a resident of a community that has a boil-water notice remember your pets' water must be boiled as well. Animals can become infected by Giardia and suffer i...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 12:02 pm
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    Stages Theatre Finds A New Stage

    The facility's Yeager Theatre suffered water damage and lost power during the storm; it had been hosting the world premiere of the musical Unbeatable. And, of course, Always...Patsy Cline (a/k/a The Cash Cow) is also running. The productions will mo...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 11:20 am
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    Humane Society Helps Galveston Animals After Hurricane Ike

    Kyle Held came from St. Louis to help. Kyle Held and Catherine Raymond must have driven Galveston's west end back and forth 100 times this past week. They're from the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis; just two of the dozens of animal rescue...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 21, 2008 @ 4:28 pm
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