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    The Chron, Enron Hatah - A federal court quotes a dog

    As everyone knows, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the conviction of Enron's Jeff Skilling, although it overturned his sentence in a move that might slightly reduce it. Skilling's most passionate local supporter in the blogworld,...

    by Richard Connelly on January 15, 2009
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    Ike, Cancer, KBR and Oysters - Waking Life

    Good job: I've always enjoyed reading your stuff in the Press, your blogs, and other posts. But I absolutely love the Ike article ["Ike's Wake," by John Nova Lomax, January 8]. Back in the "Allison" days, your cohort Richard Connelly wrote the aw...

    on January 15, 2009
  • Quanell X - The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate


    Quanell X - The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate

    It's a familiar sight: activist Quanell X standing in front of a row of television news cameras, waiting for his close-up. As always, the man looks sharp. For today's event, Quanell has selected a crisp white dress shirt, a gold-colored necktie, a...

    by Chris Vogel on January 15, 2009
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    Happy New Year from Ballz (and the Houston Aeros)

    Those of you who read my Aeros post on Monday know that I mentioned the Miss Aeros Bikini Contest and my lack of photos from said contest. Jason Villanueava, photographer for the Aeros, saw my post and was kind enough to send me two photos of the ...

    @ Houston News by John Royal on January 1, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
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    College Bowl Preview: Picks By A Real Expert, The Finale

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on January 1, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
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    Houston's Future Is Now

    When a new year dawns, it's time to contemplate what lies ahead. So Hair Balls called UH professor Peter Bishop to talk about the future. Bishop specializes in long-term forecasting and planning. "What happens next year is already baked in the cake...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on January 1, 2009 @ 7:49 am
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    Top Ten Names in Sports for 2008

    Time for one more year-end top ten... 10. Kimbo Slice - he was supposed to be the man who brought Ultimate Fighting to the masses. Instead, in his second national fight on network television he ended up getting his ass kicked while the league he f...

    @ Houston News by John Royal on December 31, 2008 @ 10:33 am
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    Top 9 Reasons to Stay Home for 2009

    Can't decide on your plans for New Year's? Or whether you want to have plans? Hair Balls has come up with nine reasons to ring in the New Year in your own humble abode. Cheers. 1. The booze is free. Well, at least it is after you buy it from the s...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on December 31, 2008 @ 10:03 am
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    The Ongoing Saga of the Mac Haik Ford Deposition

    Here's some good news for people who just can't get enough of videotaped depositions in civil lawsuits: The depo of Mac Haik Ford's chief financial officer is back on YouTube. Some history: In 2007, a woman named Elizabeth Harper sued the auto d...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on December 31, 2008 @ 7:29 am
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    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in the New York Times, go ahead and check ...

    @ Houston News by clampdown on December 31, 2008 @ 7:20 am
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    KBR Sued Again, This Time for Male-on-Male Sexual Harassment

    A new lawsuit adds an unusual dimension to all the claims of sexual deviance at Kellogg, Brown & Root. Gregory Thomas, a former KBR employee, is suing because he says that another male employee sexually harassed him in the office while working i...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on December 30, 2008 @ 4:56 pm
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    Ain't No Party Like a Recession Party

    It's the eve of New Year's Eve, so Hair Balls decided to check out the downtown Spec's to see if, and how, people are stocking up for their New Year's bashes. A lot of people were in the store. Lines to the cashiers were about five deep, the liquo...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on December 30, 2008 @ 4:35 pm
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    Texans Fire Three Defensive Coaches

    And so it begins. Looking to deflect the blame from his incompetence, Gary Kubiak lowered the boom on three of his defensive coaches today, firing defensive coordinator Richard Smith, defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, and defensive line coach Jethr...

    @ Houston News by John Royal on December 30, 2008 @ 2:32 pm
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    And Now We Turn Our Attention to the 2009 Texas State Legislature and the Texas Education Agency

    By now, most everyone has heard something of the off-the-mike November conversation between Texas Education Agency Deputy Comissioner Lizzette Reynolds and Associate Deputy Commissioner Gina Day that was made public last week. After a very brief meet...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on December 30, 2008 @ 1:34 pm
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    A Man. A Plan. A Small Battery-Operated Device.

    How many times have you wished you had your own drumset, so you could bust out a rim shot every time your buddy says something outrageously funny, like "Get-r-done!"? Well, one Houston man is trying to turn that dream into reality. Glen Jackson, a 4...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on December 30, 2008 @ 12:58 pm
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    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Texans Settle Into Mediocrity

    That's two seasons in a row of mediocrity. Can I have a YAY TEAM! Over at the Chron, Richard Justice thinks the team is heading in the right direction and has turned the corner. He likes how Gary Kubiak gets the team mentally into the next game. ...

    @ Houston News by John Royal on December 30, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
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    Texas Exorcism Case Goes to Washington

    With the Christmas season lingering, there's one fellow who's been left out of the merriment and good tidings. A certain fellow with horns and a pitchfork. And he seems to be doing whatever he can to snatch a bit of the spotlight, as evidenced in a...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on December 30, 2008 @ 11:14 am
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    Top Five Movie New Year's Eve Parties

    Tim Robbins once called New Year's Eve "amateur night for drunks," and the tiresome celebrity pinko was absolutely right for once. The forced merriment and lack of decent bowl games means people put that much more effort into inebriation, with predic...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on December 30, 2008 @ 10:28 am
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    Roger Clemens Learns What's In A Name

    The Associated Press is reporting that Memorial Hermann is dropping the "Roger Clemens" from the Roger Clemens Institute for Sports Medicine at Memorial Hermann facility. The "Memorial Hermann" part will stay, apparently, unless there's a steroid ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on December 29, 2008 @ 2:53 pm
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    The Five Least Significant Deaths In Houston This Year

    We've already noted the five biggest local deaths in 2008; now it's time to look at the five deaths that leave the smallest amounts of sympathy or significance. 5. The Playoff Chances of the Texans and Astros. Insignificant because really, did any...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on December 29, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
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