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    Rice Shuts Down Valhalla, Panic To Ensue Among Cheap-Beer Drinkers

    Seems the Rice grad student pub and family-friendly haven for lovers of cheap beer and geeky conversation is at the very least a temporary casualty of Hurricane Ike. And not because the 30-year-old institution, a Best of Houston winner this year in t...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on September 26, 2008 @ 5:43 pm
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    It May Be Easier To Early-Vote In Montrose This Year

    Waits were long and tedious at the center, located near downtown close to West Gray & Waugh. Voters faced waits up to two hours to cast an early ballot; many gave up. Maybe -- maybe -- it will be different this year. Harris County has negotiated wit...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 5:11 pm
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    Victoria Newspaper Letting Readers Pick The Stories

    The editors at the Victoria Advocate appreciate that input and are now letting you, the Internet reader, help produce the print version of the paper each day. All this month, there's been a live video stream of the paper's daily 10 a.m. editorial mee...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on September 26, 2008 @ 3:28 pm
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    Finally, Bellaire High Is Set To Re-Open

    Bellaire High students, your vacation is over. HISD spokesman Norm Uhl tells Hair Balls that power was restored to the building "about 15 minutes ago." School is set for Monday, much to the relief, no doubt, of Bellaire parents. A bunch of other sc...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 2:31 pm
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    How Not To Blog About Ike

    That "Ike experience" included, as the Baytown Sun reports: ...her love of MREs, her habit of hitting up more than one Place Of Distribution (POD) in trips between Baytown and her Deer Park home, and her enjoyment of life post-Hurricane Ike. "This...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 2:20 pm
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    Make That Ike Junk Into Art! Win Big Money!

    It's art, baby. And it's art that might just be worth $2,000. Fresh Arts has announced a contest that's looking for the best "Made From Ike" art. Fresh Arts is calling the Greater Houston community to become cultural first responders and submit cr...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 12:50 pm
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    Con Artists Head To The Red Cross Shelters

    In fact, a hurricane can become a hurri-can for a dedicated con artist. Of course, it also helps if you don't get caught. Harris County DA Kenneth Magidson says two men have been arrested for identity theft, after they posed as potential employers a...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 12:14 pm
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    Another Gig For Christoph Eschenbach

    The Washington Post reports the decision was announced by the Kennedy Center last night. Eschenbach had recently been conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra until he left in a dispute. The National Symphony is not exactly considered a step up from th...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 26, 2008 @ 11:21 am
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    The Hurricane Bear Is Getting The Most Out Of His 15 Minutes

    The phenomenon was born. Hurricane Bear has since been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on CNN and VH1, alluded to in a Ralph Nader campaign commercial, and the Channel 11 video has been posted on countless blogs. Turns out, Hurricane Bear is J...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on September 26, 2008 @ 10:07 am
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    UH's President Acknowledges Pissing Off A Lot Of People

    Some faculty and staff loudly complained; students were confused about how flexible attendance requirements would be; communications, in terms of getting the word to the UH community, were spotty. Khator is acknowledging all that in an open message ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 25, 2008 @ 6:42 pm
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    Some Relief From Those Booting A-Holes

    Booting companies in Houston had little regulation over them; if they determined you didn't stick your money in the slot at an unmanned parking lot, they'd slap on the boot. When you eventually reached them, you were out $100, even if you said you'd ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 25, 2008 @ 6:20 pm
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    T-Minus Three Hours to the Best of Houston Launch Party

    In a little less than three hours, the fun begins at Lucky's Pub (801 St. Emanuel) in the warehouse district. There'll be food, cheap drinks and - perhaps most alluring - a naughty fashion show. You can either do whatever it is you normally do on a...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on September 25, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    Local Comedian Hits The Big Screen

    We've written about Amer a couple of times in our pages. The Kuwait native fled his homeland at age 9 during the Persian Gulf War and landed in Houston. "I went and saw Bill Cosby when I was 11 years old at the Rodeo," says Amer. "When I saw him t...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 25, 2008 @ 4:53 pm
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    Ike Spawns UFO Cover-Up, Exclusive Report Claims

    They have been beaten, like a rented mule, on the single biggest Ike story. It's the utterly respected (yet somehow Pultizer-free) Weekly World News, the paper that has been out front on stories like the Bat Boy and Bush and Hillary's meetings with ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 25, 2008 @ 4:12 pm
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    It's Boom Time For Trash Collectors

    Rob Watson, operations manager for 1-800-Got-Junk, told us that the company started showing up in random neighborhoods a couple days after Ike to work door to door, but business came easier than that, because the trucks were flagged down by people st...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on September 25, 2008 @ 3:09 pm
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    Haunted Houses Laugh, Maniacally, At Ike

    If Ike wasn't enough to scare you, local Haunted Houses are up and running. We called up a couple of Houston's more popular Halloween attractions to see if they survived the storm. The four longest-running houses made it through will little more ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 25, 2008 @ 2:31 pm
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    Update on "Thank You, Houston" Event

    The original Thank You, Houston event put together by the Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston documentation project was canceled because of, woops, Hurricane Ike. The festival has been rescheduled and restructured a bit, too. "The original Thank ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 25, 2008 @ 2:03 pm
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    Now Dat's Classy

    The Lake Plaza project at Hermann Park is getting a $1 million donation to build what's described as "an elegant, arched" bridge over the lake. The name of it? The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Bridge. It's a pretty clumsy name, but we're assured that t...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 25, 2008 @ 1:09 pm
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    Gatemouth Brown Gets Hit By A Third Hurricane, Doesn't RIP

    The Gulf of Mexico had other plans. Later that year, just ahead of the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, Brown, who was then dying of emphysema, was forced to evacuate his home in Slidell, Louisiana. He fled to his childhood home of Orange, Texas, where...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on September 25, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
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    The Tilman Tale, Continued

    It says he isn't. Kinda. And the Galveston County Daily News is offering nuggets that still indicate otherwise. The statement: The City of Galveston wishes to clarify reports on the status and availability of the Galveston Island Convention Center a...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 25, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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