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    Pacifica Station Attacked Again

    Once again, someone with a weapon and an agenda has attacked the station's building. A year ago it was a drive-by shooting. This time it was a knife-wielding guy who broke a window. Why does the non-descript little Montrose HQ piss off people?No one...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 11:51 am
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    My Baby Thinks She's Franch

    It contains zees message: Hello, First of all, please excuse my writting, i'm french and part of a television production compagny based in Paris. We are working on a discovery film about Texas and will come around Houston in August for the shoo...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 10:55 am
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    The New Slums -- Coming Soon to Houston?

    Ever since Atlantic magazine wrote about it in March, communities and worried suburbanites have been wondering if they're going to wake up one day to find they're living next to a crack den. Or a lower-middle-income family without a Land Rover Range ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 9:25 am
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    Stopping Terrorists (And Idiots)

    ThreatScan, which is a GE product, "has been specifically developed to provide pipeline operators the means to reliably determine when and where their pipeline has been struck," according to the company. It's the first of its kind in Texas. So is E...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 8:02 am
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    Students Against (Possible) Sweatshops Fight On

    In a press release SAS issued this morning, the group claims that a member of University President Renu Khator's staffed "physically blocked" them from entering the reception area outside Khator's office. The students wanted to leave a letter - a "po...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
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    Who Won the Obama Scramble?

    There will be two events: one, of course, at Becca Cason Thrash's mansion, because the law of the River Oaks-Memorial jungle dictates that there is no way in fucking hell that she would have allowed anyone else to outshine her when it comes to riding...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 4:55 pm
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    Banking Disaster -- Texas Style

    The real reason banks are on the verge of collapse: As you might imagine, this little mishap did, of course, occur here in Texas. The East Texas town of Center, to be exact. It's only the second-most redneck scene we've been privy to in th...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on July 16, 2008 @ 4:07 pm
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    Have Houston Doctors Cracked the AIDS Virus?

    The vulnerable spot is hidden in a protein essential for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, to attach to host cells, the university said in a release. An HIV vaccine doesn't exist because HIV ...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on July 16, 2008 @ 4:07 pm
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    The Blaffer Gallery's Art SWAT Team

    My experience with the Blaffer's museum guards lent a Grimm's fairytale-like cast to my entire visit. In a typical Grimm's fairytale, the protagonist has been given a near-impossible task to complete -- release the treasure, revive the dead princess,...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 3:49 pm
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    Iraq Whistleblower Sues

    During his Congressional testimony, Halley said that he saw widespread fraud, inflated billings, and the operation of a prostitution ring. At one point, he said, the site manager for a defense contractor was involved in bringing prostitutes into hot...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on July 16, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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    Curse You, Batman: The Dark Knight (Opening Soon!!)

    Why the problems? Two things: Drudge and Batman. Drudge prominently linked today to a posting from our sister paper LA Weekly about the looming sellouts for Batman: The Dark Knight. Batman fans surged to the site, leaving the rest of us struggling...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    RIP Finesilver Gallery

    People have been wondering what's going on over at Finesilver Gallery for some time. Its last exhibition was supposed to end in April but was never taken down. Director Eleanor Williams (disclosure: a friend of Hair Balls) left the gallery in May, ...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on July 16, 2008 @ 1:18 pm
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    Houston, We Are Not Loved

    Gawker has posted an item on a New York Sun article by some Harvard economics professor saying Houston is a terrific city that encourages growth, while New York has policies that deter growth. "Go there now, so I can have your apartment!" Gawker's p...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 11:16 am
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    Pee For Me, Please

    NASA workers, the country needs your pee. The new Orion space capsule is designed to take astronauts to the moon and let them work there for months at a time. Astronauts, it turns out, piss just like the rest of us. (Dammit, is that guarantee really...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 10:53 am
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    Your Mind on Drugs -- Great! A Book Review

    The article was reporting on a survey that determined that "Americans were more likely to have tried marijuana or cocaine than people in any of the 16 other countries, including France, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and Colombia, that the survey covere...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on July 16, 2008 @ 10:28 am
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    Slideshow: Houston Burlesque Performer Calla Doll

    Miss Doll says she was named after the calla lily; her mom worked in a flower shop. As for her stage surname, she believes "dolls are the best example of feminine beauty." We're not sure we agree with that statement, but we'll definitely take a close...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 16, 2008 @ 8:45 am
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    Verne Troyer Sex Tape...Oh God.

    Why? Because I don't want to think about Mini-Me having sex. He did it with "aspiring actress" Ranae Shrider (wouldn't you love it if she just referred to herself as "just a young slut from L.A."...honestly, why dress it up with this aspiring act...

    @ Hair Balls by Jennifer Mathieu on July 16, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    It's Not Big-Oil Propaganda, Dammit

    Tracy Rowlett, a retiring Dallas anchorman who is to DFW what Ron Stone was to Houston, will be the managing editor. Olive Talley, a highly respected reporter who made her bones with the Houston Post and Chronicle before moving on to the Dallas Morni...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 15, 2008 @ 5:25 pm
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    Meth Comes to the Burbs

    There's been a lot of talk and hand-wringing lately about what to do about the FM 1960 area, especially the stretch west of I-45 and east of Steubner-Airline. With all the foreclosed homes, vacant strip malls and boarded-up big-box retail, it's star...

    @ Hair Balls by John Nova Lomax on July 15, 2008 @ 4:41 pm
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    More Trouble for the Eldorado Tipster

    An arrest warrant was issued yesterday for the now-infamous Rozita Swinton, the woman who allegedly posed as a teenage girl and reported abuse by a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The call eventually led to t...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on July 15, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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Houston's Space Problem: Johnson Space Center Has Lost Its Identity and Purpose Houston's Space Problem: Johnson Space Center Has Lost Its Identity and Purpose

The fake space shuttle, renamed Independence, arrived in Galveston in June 2012. People lined the docks and watched as workers hauled the inert, gleaming white thing as if it were… More >>

Rick Perry Lawyers Up. HISD Debuts New Mascots. Rick Perry Lawyers Up. HISD Debuts New Mascots.

Highlights from Hair Balls Political Animals After the news of a grand jury's seating and Rick Perry's hiring of defense lawyer David Botsford, the word on the street is, "What took you… More >>

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

Hussein Mohamed took a hard road to America. Born into a minority clan in a nation rife with ethnic conflict, the boyish 24-year-old with gangly limbs and intense brown eyes… More >>

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It's the finish line of Boston where Bill Rodgers has etched a significant portion of his Hall of Fame legacy, having won the event four times between 1975 and 1980,… More >>

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Highlights from Hair Balls Whatever The Texas chapter of the Humane Society of the United States is joining in the push to pass federal legislation that would help enforce the ban on… More >>

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