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    New York Prof Says KIPP Isn't a Magic Bullet; KIPP Founder Says, Hey You're Right

    To which a multi-tasking and clearly media-savvy KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg responded by cell phone as he was being driven around Houston's wet streets Tuesday: "I agree completely. We've never claimed Kipp is the magic bullet." Professor Jeffrey...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 11, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
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    Veteran's Day In Houston

    "There aren't enough people here," said one woman. "Maybe it's the rain," came the answer. "My son fought in all kinds of weather," she said, tears welling up in her eyes. Yes ma'am, and we're thankful he did. (Click here for a slideshow of th...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 11, 2008 @ 1:43 pm
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    A City's Shame: Inflatable Gorillas

    The Houston City Council, having solved every other conceivable problem -- be it Ike-related or not -- is now tackling the important issues. Like giant, inflatable gorillas. The city wants to ban the giant blow-up animals that dot used-car lots all...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 11, 2008 @ 12:28 pm
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    Houston's Darque Tan, Leading The Fight Against Cancer

    Abbott filed an injunction Monday against Houston-based Darque Tan (here's a copy of it) accusing it of false advertising. False advertising? For the kind of people who go to tanning beds? Surely if there is any group of medically-aware and knowledg...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 11, 2008 @ 11:27 am
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    Bring Out Your Dead (Popes)

    (Pope not included.) Houston's very own Museum of Funeral History (Motto: "Slightly More Popular Than Houston's Museum of Printing History") is putting on an elaborate exhibit on how popes get funeralized. As part of it, the museum announced, an ac...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 11, 2008 @ 10:26 am
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    Balls...Hair Balls: Bond's Five Best Henchmen

    5. Nick Nack (Herve Villechaize) - The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) Lest anyone look back too fondly on the Roger Moore era, remember that: Sean Connery got to fight Robert Shaw, Daniel Craig chased parkour cofounder Sbastien Foucan up a crane be...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 11, 2008 @ 9:27 am
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    Who Cares About You and Your 400 Kids?

    How about this show where these lunatics who decided to have 20 kids chase after them and talk about how challenging it is to have 20 kids? Sounds...awful, right? So answer me this, why are such shows as Jon and Kate Plus 8 (also known as The World...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on November 11, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Well, It Could Be Worse

    I said the Texans would lose big. I said they would get fooled on the trick plays. The Texans lost to the Baltimore Ravens 41-13 on Sunday. They got burned on some trick plays. They couldn't score in the red zone. Sage Rosenfels thought that ...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on November 11, 2008 @ 6:38 am
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    HISD Keeps Giving Money To Neil Bush

    On the board agenda for Wednesday is an item to spend $350,000 more on Ignite!, the computer-learning company founded by Neil Bush through the kindness of various sorta shady foreign sources and the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. We've written about Ignite! be...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 10, 2008 @ 5:21 pm
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    Who Are The Turkeys Of The Year?

    Each year Houston's best and brightest battle it out for the right to be named the ultimate Turkey of the Year, or at the very least a turkey in one of the sub-categories. Sometimes we think local politicians are acting incredibly stupid, but then w...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 10, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
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    Representative Al Green Fights His Own Vietnam War

    Green has issued a press release bringing notice to the fact that he's against the Vietnamese government opening a consulate here in Houston. "The Vietnamese government has come under great scrutiny in recent years due to allegations of severe human...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 10, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
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    Ike-Response Hearings Begin; FEMA Doesn't Bother To Show Up

    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Port of Houston Chairman James Edmonds, and CenterPoint Energy President Tom Standish testified during the first half of the day, with more speakers scheduled throughout the day. Unfortunately, one critical party rejected Tu...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on November 10, 2008 @ 2:03 pm
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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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