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    Ballet's Big Plans: Pipe Dream Or Feasible?

    The Houston Chronicle followed up today with more details on the proposed project. The proposed project that will cost at least $53 million, a big chunk of which will have to be raised from private funds. Our first thought was "A huge fund-raising ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 3:21 pm
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    Galveston Beaches May, May Not Be Improved

    Estimates for how much it would cost to put 200-feet beaches on the seawall between 103rd Avenue and 61st Street have skyrocketed, from $13 million to possibly $71 million. "It's going to take a hell of a lot of money," Jerry Mohn, president of the ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 2:35 pm
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    Filling The Starbucks Void -- Dunkin' Donuts

    Dunkin' Donuts is set to fill that vacuum. You may not be all that familiar with Dunkin' Donuts; even though there are a handful of stores here, it's more of an East Coast, northern thing. There are Bostonians who can't exist without their DD. The ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 12:50 pm
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    ExxonMobil Isn't Making Enough Money

    It earned almost $11.7 billion in profits in the second quarter of 2007, a record for an American company. Critics noted that they spent much of that profit buying back their own stock, which tends to make their executives richer. Steffy's analysis...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 11:12 am
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    Slideshow: African American Art at the MFAH

    We've just loaded up a slideshow of images from "Houston Collects: African American Art," on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through October 26. Have a look. Hair Balls will still be here when you get back. -- KP

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 6, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Is The Reign Of Whole Foods Over?

    The Austin-based company is taking a beating in the press over its latest financial report. "Whole Foods Wilting" and "Wholesale Sell-Off at Whole Foods" are not headlines that bring smiles to company execs. A statement released to the media by th...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Should I Start Caring About Britney Spears Again?

    As much as I love to snark on idiot celebrities and bad cable television stars and lousy musicians who earn more money in one day than I'll earn in my lifetime, for some reason, it didn't feel good making fun of Brit Brit. I mean, let's face it. Th...

    @ Hair Balls by Jennifer Mathieu on August 6, 2008 @ 7:14 am
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    The Backlash Begins

    Gaido bitches about television coverage leading up to Edouard's arrival, and Elder sympathizes: Tropical Storm Edouard was never expected to be a monster, to anybody except the media, who were in disaster mode. Police reporter Sara McDonald reporte...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 5:23 pm
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    Heights Theater For Sale

    No, not the River Oaks. That's probably still headed for the wrecking ball. The theater for sale is the Heights Theatre on 19th Street. The theater, built in 1929, was the site of an antiques store until recently.Asking price is $1.3 million, which...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
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    The Far West Side Checks In

    The damage assessment is beginning in neighborhoods across Houston as the light winds and moderate downpours associated with Tropical Storm Edouard begin to subside. Storm drains, which often back up when heavy rains fall in Southeast Texas, appear ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 4:10 pm
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    Scenes from Downtown Houston During Tropical Storm Edouard

    The tunnels started flooding sometime before noon. The flooding was actually a few slow trickles from the tunnel walls between the Hyatt Regency and the Allen Center, and the problem was handled with towels, mops and caution signs. Lunchtime tunn...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on August 5, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
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    Neil Frank & Gene Norman -- The Odd Couple

    Today we take you to the newsroom of KHOU, where new meteorogist Greg Norman is tackling his first Houston tropical storm since the legendary Neil Frank retired. "Retired" being a relative term, however, as Frank has been prominent on KHOU broadcast...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
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    Education Study Tells Us What We Already Know

    Hmm, do we really need another study to tell us teachers go where the funding and support is? Not according to Francis Smith, region 3B president of the Texas State Teachers Association and a Cy Fair English teacher. "I don't know why they keep doin...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    Back To Normal Programming

    KHOU abandoned things first, for Ellen. KTRK stuck around longest. We don't tend to watch a lot of daytime TV, so we were not familiar with the commercial that immediately followed 13's sign-off. But we are extremely glad to know that "God works in...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 2:08 pm
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    And We Now Return to John Royal for Another Report from North Downtown...

    First, it's still raining. Second, a look out my window confirms that while Buffalo Bayou is rising, it is nowhere near its banks -- at least downtown by Bayou Place. Third, and most important, if anyone's interested in getting your party on tonigh...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 5, 2008 @ 1:53 pm
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    Terrible Damage Assessment From Galveston

    The quote of the day comes from Galveston city manager Steve Leblanc, at a press conference about all the damage Edouard wreaked upon the island: "We had one tree that sustained a little damage out on the golf course, but that was it." Moody Garden...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    Breaking: Crisis Over?

    Channel 11's Doug Miller is just reporting that the city police and emergency departments are switching back to "regular" status instead of crisis mode. Harris County will be doing the same as 4 p.m. No reason to get out on the roads, though. Espec...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 12:43 pm
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    Can Edouard Save Jose Medellin?

    He's the guy scheduled to die tonight in Huntsville, after being convicted of capital murder in the notorious Ertman-Pena case. The World Court couldn't save him; George Bush and Rick Perry have made clear they don't give a damn what the World Court...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 12:26 pm
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    How Much Rain In Your Neighborhood? Find Out

    There's an easy way to find out. The Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management office has put up a map that shows rainfall totals throughout the area. Downtown? 1.46 inches at this point. Sylvan Beach? 4.14 inches. Move your mouse ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
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    Edouard Moving Inland

    Edouard is moving our way, according to the good folks at AccuWeather.com. "The stormy conditions from Edouard have already overspread the Houston area," says AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mike Pigott. "The worst weather for Houston will occur on Tu...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 5, 2008 @ 11:57 am
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