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    It Turns Out Those Old Folks Won't Drown

    Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia was quoted in the Houston Chronicle earlier this afternoon as saying two bus companies reneged on their contracts to evacuate nursing homes in Anahuac and Winnie. However, Ryan Holzaepfel, the county's emergency ma...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 4:35 pm
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    Russians Laugh At Weak American Hurricane Ike-ski

    You have to give it to the Russians. They are made of sterner stuff. Either that or they don't understand the phrases "storm surge," "flat land below sea level" and "contraflow" (actually that last one confounds a lot of people). Facing the onslaught...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 3:10 pm
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    Oh Yeah -- It's 9/11

    Hair Balls went out and asked the downtown lunch crowd, "How did 9/11 affect you?" Here's a sampling of the answers: "It didn't." "Not at all." "It made me mad." "I think it showed everyone how unprepared we were for a disaster like tha...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    Your Hurricane-Supply Kit Just Got A Whole Less Organic

    All local Whole Foods stores are closing as of 10 p.m. tonight. We would not want to spend the post-Ike apocalypse without arugula, or water taken from the springs hidden deep in the Andes Mountains and carted down by union labor. So adjust your pl...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
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    High School Musical, Houston Style

    Students from across the area compete for the nominations, and perform highlights at the Hobby Center before an audience of beaming parents. TUTS has announced the list of schools that will be competing and the musicals they'll be doing. A lot of i...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
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    Ike: Officially A Disaster

    The declaration gives Emmett power to issue evacuation orders, close county offices and direct rescue efforts. It also triggers anti-gouging laws. According to the statement: Harris County Attorney Mike Stafford said the declaration allows his of...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 12:52 pm
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    Up with the Boards, Down with the Banners

    -- Olivia Flores Alvarez

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on September 11, 2008 @ 12:24 pm
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    ICE Won't Be Nabbing Illegals At Hurricane Shelters

    That's the message from federal immigration authorities this morning who say illegal immigrants needing to evacuate or use public shelters during Hurricane Ike should feel safe to do so without fear of being detained and possibly deported. "It shows...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on September 11, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
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    Closed: Everything

    So our advice is this: If you think something's going to be open, or happening, tomorrow or Saturday, double-check. Chances are it's not. And all you degenerate horse-race bettors, find something else to lose your wages on. -- Richard Connelly...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 11:52 am
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    HISD Closed Tomorrow

    Spokesman Norm Uhl says tonight's board meeting will go on as scheduled, though. Some things are just too important to stop. Update: And some things aren't. Except for a pro forma vote on a bond matter, the board meeting has been put off until Sept...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 10:13 am
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    Where Did All the Television Catch Phrases Go?

    "Hello...Newman." "Dy-no-mite!" Television catch phrases, we hardly knew ye. Is it just me, or are there simply no high-quality television catch phrases left anymore? (It can't just be me, because my friend Matt was the one who gave me the idea f...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on September 11, 2008 @ 9:24 am
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    Houston On The TV: The Top Five

    Some 41% of people questioned in an online survey said the 80s was their favourite decade, followed by the 60s and the 90s. The Noughties polled as the least cool decade since 1960, with only 10% of people saying it was their favourite. The Live Ai...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008 @ 8:49 am
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    100th Predator Gets Sentenced, Doesn't Get Prize

    Ferrell, 25, got eight years deferred adjudication, and will have to serve 30 days a year in jail for six years. He's also barred from using the Internet and "having contact with children." But still!! He was Number 100!! "Thanks to five years of ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 10, 2008 @ 6:31 pm
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    Ike Brings On The Pollution

    Four plants near Houston have begun shutdown procedures, so the flares will be burning over the next several days and nights, and more could join them soon. And with the flares, of course, comes increased pollution. (If you trust these companies, of...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 10, 2008 @ 5:54 pm
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    Diet Company Mostly Slimmed Bank Accounts, AG Says

    But that's exactly what happened. And according to Houston's chapter of the Better Business Bureau, Eichinger was hardly alone. All toll, says Monica Teachout of the BBB, the organization received nearly 700 complaints about the company stretching ba...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on September 10, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    Hurricane Ike's First Victim Classier Than Edouard's

    With Hurricane Ike now looming in the Gulf, the Opera House has announced it's canceling Saturday night's performance by Steve Tyrell, the jazzy, Texas-born singer. So in terms of losses incurred, Ike has already far outpaced Edouard at this point i...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 10, 2008 @ 4:41 pm
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    Montgomery County Constables Learn Not To Tangle With Bicyclists (From Huge Law Firms)

    But for Gray, that is not enough. He still wants an apology from the department and the deputy, whom Gray says nearly crashed into him when the deputy buzzed past Gray honking his horn before slamming on his brakes and cutting Gray off. "I'd be in...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on September 10, 2008 @ 4:11 pm
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    I Come From Alabama With A Shofar On My Knee

    "A Jewish group in Alabama is offering as much as $50,000 to Jewish families willing to relocate to its town. Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services is offering the incentive to help repopulate the Jewish community of Dothan, a largely Christian t...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on September 10, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
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    Baby, Please Don't Go

    The Harris County's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management wants you to know they are not calling for evacuations at this time, no matter what those pussies in Freeport and the West End of Galveston are doing. "If Hurricane Ike becomes a...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 10, 2008 @ 2:11 pm
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    The Voice Of Hurricane Reason

    Berger has emerged as the voice of reason in this hurricane-obsessed town, an anecdote to the frothing TV guys who blather on about how they're not hyping anything even as they hype away. (To be fair, even if the meteorologist tries not to hype, the ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 10, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
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