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    Slain HPD Officer's Wife Sues Over One-Cop-Per-Car Policy

    Two years ago, it made national headlines when illegal immigrant Juan Quintero-Perez murdered HPD officer Rodney Johnson during a traffic stop. Johnson, who was riding in his police car alone, searched Perez and the three other passengers he'd pulled...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on September 24, 2008 @ 3:54 pm
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    They're Letting Anyone On The Tollroads These Days

    Emmett said he had received a bunch of phone calls and messages asking that tolls be reinstated (the roads have been free post-Ike). Apparently there's just too much traffic on the tollroads now.And the cars? Why, since the roads have been free the ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 3:07 pm
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    Welcome to Best of Houston 2008

    This year's theme was City of Sin, and to help prime the pump, so to speak, we've also loaded up some excerpts from Lesbian Sex: 101 Lovemaking Positions, a little book from Jude Schell that landed on our desk last month. We'll just provide you wit...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on September 24, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
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    They're Talking About Us In Scotland

    Jack Mackintosh, a 17-year-old from the town of Barrhead, was in Houston to visit NASA as part of an educational trip sponsored by Careers Scotland. The lede of the story: A Barrhead teen found himself caught up in a life-threatening hurricane dur...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
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    No Straight Answer From The Archdiocese

    Hair Balls learned that Saint Charles Borromeo, a K-5 school, went looking for a new home after Hurricane Ike severely damaged its campus. Nearby Seton agreed to share its classrooms and facilities with Saint Charles. Rumors have circulated for years...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 12:07 pm
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    Battle Of The Junkyard Dogs

    Mark Lanier, the Houston plaintiffs' lawyer known for Vioxx, big verdicts and the most lavish, if liquor-free, Christmas party in town, is representing Lloyd's parents in a suit against Rice, school coaches and employees, and the NCAA. "If Rice Univ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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    More HISD Schools Open Tomorrow

    Thursday they'll be headed back to class. Check here for a list of who's opening when. "We have 53 schools on the list for Thursday which I believe brings us up to 200 with 93 to go," HISD spokesman Norm Uhl says. "We anticipate the rest of our scho...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 10:16 am
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    MasterMinds -- You Have A Second Chance

    The Houston Press first, hopefully annual MasterMinds awards -- where local artists, innovators and entrepreneurs can win $2,000 -- is being delayed. The initial deadline for nominating someone (even yourself!) was October 3; that's not been pushed ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 24, 2008 @ 9:03 am
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    Tunnel Mole Can't Get No Utility Love

    As the Tunnel Mole surfaced recently to look for the blessed utility trucks that often signal a return to power, it struck us that there probably IS a lot of romance involved in working on those wires. Not Brokeback type; not that there's anything wr...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 6:39 pm
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    All The Traffic Problems Solved!

    HOV lanes will be open, and cops will staff major intersections to keep cars flowing faster than the herky-jerky four-way stop system. So what took so long? "The real answer, they were looking at the whole safety consideration and they did it when ...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on September 23, 2008 @ 5:49 pm
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    Lawyer Says Galveston's Elite Were Allowed Back On The Island Before Others

    The attorney, Anthony Griffin, temporarily dismissed the civil rights federal lawsuit he filed last Friday against island officials, but he tells Hair Balls he will re-file it as soon as he can. Griffin says that after city officials announced that ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
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    The Worrisome List Of The Missing

    The public can both scan their list of missing people and download materials to make flyers for people they need to locate. The Laura Recovery Center (named in honor of missing Galveston County teenager Laura Smither) is working closely with Galvesto...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on September 23, 2008 @ 4:29 pm
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    Some Ike Statistics

    The Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management office has released a by-the-numbers look at the response to Ike. It's pretty random, but numbers are real, man. So here they are: 2,400 special-needs residents were moved by Metro 1,12...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 3:48 pm
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    Traffic Problem To Be Solved (Maybe)

    Broken traffic lights have snarled intersections, lack of electricity has closed HOV lanes, everything's a mess. We asked Metro yesterday why the HOV problem couldn't be solved by just using cops to direct traffic and was told "it was almost impossi...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
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    Ike Spawns A Peace Treaty

    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Gulf Coast unincorporated town of Waveland was in similar straits to San Leon. They had no governmental infrastructure, and the national and even local media were far more fixated on the destruction o...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on September 23, 2008 @ 2:01 pm
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    Some HISD Campuses Operating On Generators

    Three schools are operating on generator power, HISD says -- Harvard Elementary in the Heights, Kashmere High on the northeast side of town and Westbury High on the southwest side. "We managed to secure a number of large generators so we could pre-c...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 12:32 pm
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    Sorry? For What?

    They report: A witness said White told the women, "You need to be getting these (expletive) trucks out of here." The mayor then began arguing with a Harris County sheriff's deputy over whether trucks full of Federal Emergency Management Agency sup...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 11:15 am
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    Manifesto Of The Powerless

    We, the people of Houston still without power 11 days after Ike; we, the CenterPoint customers who are seeing friggin' Entergy restore power more quickly (this, for the uninitiated, is the equivalent of your four-year-old making LeBron his bitch on t...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 23, 2008 @ 10:12 am
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    If It Ain't The Air Pollution, It's The Wind

    Another victim of Ike -- the Greater Houston Association for Smog Prevention. GHASP's headquarters took a heavy hit from the storm. "Unfortunately our office was severely damaged during Hurricane Ike," the group announced."The roof was completely ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 6:05 pm
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    The Show Must Go On .... But Not Yet

    The Country Playhouse's production of Neil Simon's Rumors will open Friday, September 26. Regular showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October 11, 2 p.m. Sunday October 28, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2. For information, call 713-4...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 22, 2008 @ 5:33 pm
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