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    Always Look on the Bright Side of Ike, Part 3: Free Wood!

    It's possible that the price of barbecue could go down, as fuel for the pits lies all over town for the taking. As does free firewood for all of our fireplaces and backyard fire pits. Some others of us have more ambitious plans. One such is local wo...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on October 3, 2008 @ 5:05 pm
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    Assistant Principal Puts The "High" In Sharpstown High

    Oh, and for that assistant principal who had a burgeoning grow-pot-at-home hobby with his wife. James Earl Street, 46, and his wife Judith, also 46, have turned themselves in and posted bond over charges they had two "growing rooms" of marijuana in ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 3, 2008 @ 4:06 pm
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    UH Gets A Gentlemen's C For Its Environmental Efforts

    "We actually had a lower rating in the initial draft," says Dave Irvin, Associate Vice President of Plant Operations. He says the first grade - a D - didn't account for many of UH's ongoing and upcoming efforts including "recycling and lean and gree...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 3, 2008 @ 2:52 pm
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    Indictments In A&M Assault Case

    The students were also charged with a misdemeanor assault charge, which was eventually dismissed by the county attorney. But this week, a grand jury indicted the two Corps members on felony assault charges. "All we asked is for a grand jury to look...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on October 3, 2008 @ 2:01 pm
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    Golly, That Was Some Debate

    Our sister paper the Riverfront Times is all over the action, with slideshows from before, during and after the momentous event, including lots of shots of Sarah Palin's post-debate rally, where we're guessin' she dropped some more G's. Check it out...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 3, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    Number Of "Missing" Ike Victims May Be Cut In Half

    That list - the most troubling aspect of which is the scattered entries of missing persons with single-digit ages - may be cut in half today as the Red Cross begins door-to-door inquiries on and around Galveston Island, Laura Recovery Center director...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 3, 2008 @ 12:19 pm
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    Ivy League Frat Punished For Helping Ike Victims

    The Delta Tau chapter at Brown University gave a party September 19 and raised $800 which they gave to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund. Ten fraternity brothers were auctioned off at the Date-A-Delt event, presumably forced to have sex with Brown co-ed...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 3, 2008 @ 11:07 am
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    Eva Longoria is SOOOO Fat!

    Honestly. Have you heard the buzz about how "fat" Eva Longoria has become? The woman gains ten pounds, still looks totally pretty and normal, and everyone's getting their panties in a wad wondering if she's knocked up or just "fat." Dang, if Eva L...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on October 3, 2008 @ 9:38 am
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    Ozone Levels Getting Nasty

    This doesn't sound too good. Patricia Tinoco-Perez of Harris County's Public Health & Environmental Services department says don't go around doing too much breathing right now: Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) is issui...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
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    You're Facing The ACLU Now, Needville

    "We regret that this child is sitting in In-School Suspension, but sacrificing his beliefs, and teaching him that who he is and what he believes is shameful, will be more harmful," Lisa Graybill, the legal director for the ACLU of Texas, tells Hair B...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on October 2, 2008 @ 5:23 pm
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    The Safest House In The World

    And wherever it showed up, people asked the same thing: How the hell did that house survive? With the use of some archival photos, it turns out no one should have been surprised. -- Richard Connelly ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
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    Houston Gets Some Respect....And It's From A Poet!

    "I wanted to write about what is it that feels soulful and inevitably compelling to me about this place," Doty, who pitched the story to the publication as part of their regular feature My Kind of Town, tells Hair Balls. For the past 10 years, Doty h...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 3:47 pm
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    AG Says Two Motels Gouged Ike Victims

    The Super 8 Brookshire Motel near Katy and the Hotel Nacogdoches were named as gougers. The Hotel Nacogdoches typically charges $49 for a room, the Ag's office said; two days before Ike that went up to $99 and after Ike it went to $109. The Katy hot...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 2:50 pm
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    Houston Circa 2001, Courtesy Of Google

    Let's see what the Mighty Google can tell us about the H-Town and world of 2K1. (Many of the links are now dead, but if you click "View old version on the Internet archive"? you'll have better luck.) 1. Enron is hiring! Three weeks of vacation and s...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on October 2, 2008 @ 2:05 pm
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    "O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" -- HISD Won't Make Up Missed Days

    The school board unanimously agreed to ask the state to waive all the missed days; the state education commissioner has already announced he's fine with waiving up to 10 days. That will cover almost all HISD schools, spokeswoman Rebecca Suarez tells...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 1:03 pm
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    NASA At 50: Five Bad Astronaut Movies

    Part of commemorating 50 years of NASA is acknowledging its role in lionizing the men and women who performed those historic missions. The names of Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Sally Ride are well known, and rightfully s...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 11:45 am
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    The "Flower Man" Needs Ike Help

    The Orange Show has sent out an SOS and is urging people to show up at Turner's home Saturday to help get things back to normal. "Some of the tasks include: staking up the fences, removing a large dead tree, fixing the leaking roof, repairing the fr...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 2, 2008 @ 10:24 am
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    Book Review: Smart Cookies' Investment Guide

    On the other hand, with Wall Street imploding, the timing couldn't be worse. In this climate, it's hard to swallow some of the book's claims - for example, how after becoming a smart cookie, "You'll know how to increase your income now and how to buy...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on October 2, 2008 @ 8:56 am
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    It's Not Just A Bridge, It's A Living Bridge

    That's what city council thinks, at any rate -- they've approved spending $3 million in city funds to build it, with the rest coming from the Memorial Park Conservancy. What's a "living bridge," you ask? And why does it cost so much? A living bridg...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 6:02 pm
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    Garbage In, Illegals Out

    They've also agreed, as part of the settlement, to rat on their illegal-alien workers. U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle announced today that Republic was settling the criminal case against them for double-billing the city. He also announced the added f...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on October 1, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
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