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    What's In That Bottled Water You're Drinking?

    This week, the Houston Press examines bottled and municipal drinking water. For the past decade, bottled water has been one of the most dominant trends in America. Recently, however, politicians, restaurateurs and nonprofit organizations have tried ...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on August 13, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
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    Great -- Pro-Rapists Are Commenting Away

    Still, sometimes you want to make it clear that some commenters are idiots. Yesterday we wrote about Jamie Leigh Jones, a former KBR employee who claims she was raped by employees of KBR in Iraq. Jones sued KBR and testified before Congress; now sh...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 13, 2008 @ 12:41 pm
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    Houston's Light Rail Not Good Enough For Baltimore

    They're not interested in cities with longstanding rail systems, like New York, Boston and Chicago. Instead they want "success" stories from cities that have recently jumped on the light-rail bandwagon ("Monorail, monorail"). So when should we expec...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 13, 2008 @ 11:46 am
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    Homeland Security May Scroll Through Your Online Porn

    Not just be told to turn it on, to make sure it isn't a dummy secretly carrying three pounds of anthrax, but to turn it over to authorities to let them scroll through what you have on there. (So if you're secretly plotting to blow up the White House...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 13, 2008 @ 10:20 am
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    Why Do the "Car Talk" Guys Have a Cartoon and I Don't?

    Notice I said, "in theory." Not knowing anything about cars, I would love to be able to turn on the radio and listen to some knowledgeable mechanics as they inform me about the basics of car maintenance and troubleshooting. In theory, that's what N...

    @ Hair Balls by Jennifer Mathieu on August 13, 2008 @ 9:19 am
  • Bayousphere

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    Bayousphere

    Welcome to our nightmare -- two Alice Coopers. And we can't tell which one looks better. Alice, the one-time Vinnie Furnier, is no doubt preaching to his doppelganger about the greatness of Jesus and the perniciousness of beer, at the Rock the Bayou ...

    by Daniel Kramer on September 11, 2008
  • Gangsters in Bacliff - The unincorporated town is up to its elbows in youth gangs, poverty and crime

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    Gangsters in Bacliff - The unincorporated town is up to its elbows in youth gangs, poverty and crime

    At the stroke of midnight and into the predawn this past May 20, the little unincorporated Galveston County town of Bacliff was roiling with squadrons of cops of every description, from small-town police to the Department of Public Safety's Narcotic...

    by John Nova Lomax on September 11, 2008
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    Bacliff Wiggers - The other kind of white gang

    Ever since Norman Mailer penned his essay "The White Negro" in 1957, white people who act black have been alternately studied earnestly and ridiculed by society at large. Mailer called such people "hipsters," while later they were called "beats," "m...

    by John Nova Lomax on September 11, 2008
  • The 99-Cent Dog Store - It's low-rent, but legal

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    The 99-Cent Dog Store - It's low-rent, but legal

    So you're a backyard breeder with a shitload of Chihuahas to unload, but The Man (i.e., the State of Texas and Harris County) passes a law that says you can't sell pets in a parking lot or on the roadside. What the hell are you going to do with the ...

    by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008
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    God, SUVs and Victoria Osteen - Cross Eyed

    Rim shot: Thanks for "The Passion of the Victoria" [by Rich Connelly, August 28], a lip-smacking, delicious satire long overdue for the eyes of those thousands feeding at the trough of lifestyle slop poured out by the Royal Couple of God's Sports Ar...

    on September 11, 2008
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    Virtual School Computers: HISD At Home

    Started under then Superintendent Rod Paige in 2000, Virtual School follows the regular HISD calendar and offers a full range of subjects. (Kids can even take seldom offered classes like Japanese or Latin.) Students are paired with counselors and tea...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 13, 2008 @ 8:16 am
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    The Osteen Trial: Wherefore The Shark?

    Hardin claimed this was so jurors could better visualize the kind of ass-whupping Brown says Osteen meted out in December 2005, but there was anticipation in the air as the packed court braced for a full-on cat-fight. Osteen clearly had both the hei...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 7:51 pm
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    Has The Legendary Chupacabra Been Found?

    Cpl. Brandon Riedel told CNN he was patrolling back roads last week when he ran into a hairless animal with short front legs, long back legs and a long snout face like a feral hog. "I knew it wasn't a coyote." The deputy turned on his dash-camera and...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 6:48 pm
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    CNN To Open A News Bureau In Houston

    Well, at least as big-time as Columbus, Ohio. CNN has made the somewhat surprising announcement that they'll be opening a bunch of new bureaus around the country, and Houston is one of the 10 cities designated to get one. The bureaus will be staffe...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 5:24 pm
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    Clinton Didn't Take Sheila Jackson Lee's Advice

    The time frame was last March and Hillary had just won the Dem primaries in Texas and Ohio, but Obama countered with his race speech, described by some as "historic," and the Clinton camp needed ideas. Jackson Lee, one of Clinton's national co-chair...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 5:02 pm
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    R.I.P. Belle Ortega, A Leader In More Ways Than One

    After a lifetime of fighting crime, she died at 78 the victim of a drive-by shooting, which is a shitty way to go for anyone, but especially her. Our thoughts go out to the family. Ortega not only pioneered her way onto the force, she absolutely roc...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 4:40 pm
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    Houston Gets Another Recycling Dis -- From A Local

    It's about to build the state's biggest recycling facility, a 180,000-square-foot operation that will be able to process 20,000 tons a month. Where are they going to build Texas' biggest and best recycling facility? Not in Houston.Instead they're go...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
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    Protests Against ExxonMobil, But Not In Houston

    Along with the web ad, there's a National Day of Action planned (kinda). Activists across the country are supposedly lined up to "highlight John McCain's promise of $4 billion in new giveaways for oil companies already enjoying record profits and a g...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 2:55 pm
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    The Heights' "Rails to Trails" Path To Happen, At Last

    The Texas Department of Transportation has received a set of bids on the "Rails to Trails" project, with the low bid coming in about five percent below the estimated $3.5 million cost. (High bid was almost $5.6 million.) The project, which has been ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 1:23 pm
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    The Osteen Trial: Let The Feasting Begin

    Hardin only got to the very beginning of his cross-examination of Brown before the break, and already the flight attendant was showing signs of breaking from the composed, rehearsed character she showed when being questioned by her own attorney.Hardi...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 12, 2008 @ 1:20 pm
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The World Cup Boom Is Real, But Will Soccer Remain Must-See TV?

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Married, Sort Of: It's a Confusing Time to Be Gay and Married in the State of Texas

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Early Decisions: More College Coaches Are Getting Into Middle-School Recruiting Early Decisions: More College Coaches Are Getting Into Middle-School Recruiting

It was February 2010, and Lane Kiffin had just taken over the reins of the University of Southern California program. As its brand-new head coach, on the heels of the… More >>

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