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    No Straight Answer From The Archdiocese

    Hair Balls learned that Saint Charles Borromeo, a K-5 school, went looking for a new home after Hurricane Ike severely damaged its campus. Nearby Seton agreed to share its classrooms and facilities with Saint Charles. Rumors have circulated for years...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 12:07 pm
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    Battle Of The Junkyard Dogs

    Mark Lanier, the Houston plaintiffs' lawyer known for Vioxx, big verdicts and the most lavish, if liquor-free, Christmas party in town, is representing Lloyd's parents in a suit against Rice, school coaches and employees, and the NCAA. "If Rice Univ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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    More HISD Schools Open Tomorrow

    Thursday they'll be headed back to class. Check here for a list of who's opening when. "We have 53 schools on the list for Thursday which I believe brings us up to 200 with 93 to go," HISD spokesman Norm Uhl says. "We anticipate the rest of our scho...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 10:16 am
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    MasterMinds -- You Have A Second Chance

    The Houston Press first, hopefully annual MasterMinds awards -- where local artists, innovators and entrepreneurs can win $2,000 -- is being delayed. The initial deadline for nominating someone (even yourself!) was October 3; that's not been pushed ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 9:03 am
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    Tunnel Mole Can't Get No Utility Love

    As the Tunnel Mole surfaced recently to look for the blessed utility trucks that often signal a return to power, it struck us that there probably IS a lot of romance involved in working on those wires. Not Brokeback type; not that there's anything wr...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 6:39 pm
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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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