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    Legal Help Available for Ike Victims

    - Margaret Downing ...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 16, 2008 @ 3:24 pm
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    Okay, Now Galveston Is Open...But Not Permanently

    Here's hoping the rush doesn't lead to even more craziness. -- Keith Plocek...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 16, 2008 @ 2:51 pm
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    It May Take Martial Law To Empty The Bolivar Peninsula

    Any of you holdouts on Bolivar, the law is coming. For you. Just off the AP wire: GALVESTON, Texas - Authorities say the holdouts on Texas' ravaged Bolivar Peninsula will be required to leave in the next few days, and they are prepared to impose m...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 16, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
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    Home and Garden Show Postponed

    So it's being rescheduled for October 24-26. The press release stated: "The Texas Home and Garden show has always been a great place for residents of South East Texas to get answers from the experts on all their home and garden needs and we look f...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 16, 2008 @ 2:08 pm
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    FEMA Not Looking Too Good in Greenspoint

    Sources with the Houston Police Department and the church say that FEMA took over on Monday from the state, and that's when the food stopped. "There is no communication with FEMA," said a police officer on the scene. "If there is, they aren't liste...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 16, 2008 @ 1:54 pm
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    Bush Visit Causing Gridlock, Galveston Reporter Claims

    According to Leigh Jones, the Galveston County Daily News reporter who's Twittering her reporting from around the battered island, Bush's visit there is hampering relief workers. "Emergency personnel can't get over the causeway because the president...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 16, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
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    Ike Getting No Respect When It Comes To Baby Names

    A lot more than Ike did, apparently. "We did have several babies born over the weekend (I want to say about 6 or 7), but I don't believe any were given that name," Gale Smith, spokeswoman for the Methodist Hospital System, tells Hair Balls. We find...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 16, 2008 @ 1:29 pm
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    Two Politicians, Two Responses

    It was most noticeable on Sunday. Emmett -- a Republican in an election race -- talked about how people might want a bag of ice, but others have lost homes and the Ice People needed to be patient. Moments later, White -- a Democrat looking soon to ru...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 16, 2008 @ 12:45 pm
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    Houston Libraries Begin To Re-Open, With Computers For Victims

    The downtown library is open from 10a.m. to 7 p.m. as of now. "The Central Library computer lab will be designated as the Hurricane Ike Assistance Room to file for FEMA aid, insurance claims, and emailing family and friends," the library's statement ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 16, 2008 @ 12:42 pm
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    Metro, You Broke My Heart

    My wife commuted in with me yesterday morning; later in the day, she needed to leave well before I could. I checked the Metro website. They were running buses along the light-rail route, and a handful of other routes, all listed prominently. Among ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 16, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    Some Randalls Stores Open Too

    Randalls has quite a few stores open in the Houston area as well. Not as many as HEB has, but, then again, Randalls isn't counting Bryan and Brenham as the "greater Houston region." Full list after the jump: HOUSTON (September 14, 2008) - The follow...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 16, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    A Whole Lot of HEB Stores Are Now Open

    Is that smack-talking? We dunno. Sounds a little bit like it. Full list after the jump: * 249/Louetta 99, 10919 Louetta Road, Houston, TX * 290/Barker Cypress, 24224 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX * Angleton 17, 1239 E. Mulberry, Angleto...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 16, 2008 @ 11:52 am
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    Some Dogs Enjoy An Ike Break

    Meanwhile, attorney Emily Watkins relaxed on a bench while her dog Jake made some new friends. Kellie Freimann made sure her border collie Bella got in some fetch time. A student at HCC, Freimann is on an unexpected hiatus. At the Chew park off Dunla...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 15, 2008 @ 7:04 pm
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    FEMA Looking Good at TSU Distribution Center

    In some spots, so far FEMA is looking good. The wait for folks at the Distribution Center at Texas Southern University (3600 Rosewood) was around 30 minutes. Volunteers were filling hands and trunks with ice, water and food of people in walk-thru a...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 15, 2008 @ 6:22 pm
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    Try Not To Be Disabled At A POD, Please

    76-year-old Rafe Osborne made the 8-mile trek from his powerless home in Scenic Woods -- quite an effort for a man with congenitive heart failure who can barely walk and has thick bandages on both knees. When his daughter, Yolanda Osborne, asked one ...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on September 15, 2008 @ 5:56 pm
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    The Saddest Press Release

    Presented without comment, from the Harris Couty Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office: HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL CANCELED Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack's office is canceling the annual Hummingbird Festival at the Kleb ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 15, 2008 @ 5:52 pm
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    More Images from Before and After Hurricane Ike

    We've just loaded up some images from Bill Olive of fires, rattlesnakes, boat thieves, flotsam, flooding, cracked trees and shattered boats in Galveston, Houston, League City, Texas City and Kemah. -- Keith Plocek

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 15, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    A Dispatch from Dickinson

    with Seabreeze News who's down in Dickinson. First things first: Gilhooley's and the Topwater Grill are destroyed. The police department in Dickinson has no power. FEMA is setting something up at McAdam Junior High, but no one knows what it is. Th...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 15, 2008 @ 5:16 pm
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    Silver Lining Huh?

    HUD Secretary Steve Preston announced today that his agency will send disaster assistance of the sort that provides "foreclosure relief" for families insured through HUD's Federal Housing Administration. The Rest of the Relief Statement: "Hurrican...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 15, 2008 @ 5:01 pm
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    Bar-Hopping With A Curfew Can Be Tricky

    Police asked patrons at the Tavern on West Gray and Waugh to leave at midnight last night. Drinkers at the Harp on Richmond at Mandell were a little luckier - they were told to head home at 2 a.m. last night. "We usually have trouble getting people o...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 15, 2008 @ 4:42 pm
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