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    Metro Gets Picketed

    About 30 Metro employees picketed the downtown transit center this morning, demanding that Metro save benefits planned to be cut, and improve other benefits. Members of Transportation Workers Union 260 told the Houston Press that contract negotiati...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
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    The DA Office's Exodus: And So It Begins

    For the first time since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the office will not be headed by a card-carrying member of the good-ol'-boys who have been in charge. (Not counting interim DA Kenneth Magidson, in office until the new person takes over). At some...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    He Tried To Commit ID Theft Against 17,000 Marines

    Randall Craig, a former military contractor, learned that lesson the hard way when he was arrested in April. He ultimately plead guilty in federal court to identity theft and "exceeding authorized access to a computer," and is facing sentencing in Ho...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 12:03 pm
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    "Alien" Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Goes Mainstream

    Mitchell, who for years has been an advocate of ESP and paranormal stuff, told a British radio program that NASA and the US government have long been covering up the fact that Earth has been visited by aliens. He's said such stuff before, to little e...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 10:53 am
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    Janet Evanovich Is As Good As Ever

    This is classic Janet Evanovich and however improbable, it's tough not to laugh at it. It's a variation on the theme that has carried this now 14th Stephanie Plum novel to the best seller lists once again. The plot of Fearless Fourteen, which reall...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 10:11 am
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    Houston Press Music Awards -- We've Got It Covered

    Bands played, people cheered, beverages were consumed, enjoyment was had. You can check out the live-blogging and wrap-ups now, and all day today, over at our sister blog Rocks Off. -- Richard Connelly...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 10:04 am
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    Just another caped, tattooed, cig-smoking tricycle rider? No -- Wednesday Christie was a participant in the Tricycle Poker Run, which ran a gauntlet from Reserve 101 to Molly's Pub, Live Sports Cafe, Shay McElroy's and Butterfly High. She had an unfa...

    by Daniel Kramer on September 4, 2008
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    That '70s Show: Memos reveal what the oil bidness was like

    Ah, the '70s in Houston. A time when men were men, oil companies had balls and political correctness was some distant dream (or nightmare). It was a time built for men like Edward Mike Davis and the Tiger Oil Company. A stack of memos written ...

    by Richard Connelly on September 4, 2008
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    Spanish Only at Spring Branch Schools

    Online readers respond to "Spring Branch Mom Can't Register Her Kids for School -- Because They Speak English," Hair Balls blog, by Paul Knight, August 27. Way weird: This is just freaking incredible! I mean, it just seems waaay too weird to actu...

    on September 4, 2008
  • Hope for the Houston Texans? - Gary Kubiak and team search for their first winning season


    Hope for the Houston Texans? - Gary Kubiak and team search for their first winning season

    The Houston Texans are about to embark on their seventh NFL season. In only one of the previous six seasons did they finish anywhere but last in their division. That was in 2004, when they finished next-to-last. So, just two years removed from...

    by Richard Connelly on September 4, 2008
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    Imperial Sugar Hit Hard By OSHA

    OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Imperial should be fined $8.7 million for violations at a Georgia plant where an explosion killed 13 people this year and also at a Louisiana plant. The company issued a press release say...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 5:26 pm
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    Houston Radio Stations on the Selling Block

    Earlier today, shareholders of radio giant Clear Channel approved a $17.9 billion buyout by two companies you've never heard of. As part of the deal, Clear Channel will have to get rid of two Houston FM stations, including legendary KLOL. One other ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 4:42 pm
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    No Shit

    In prison, you see, a common way to protest something (or someone) is to throw your urine or feces on it. Why bother losing a shoe when you can use nature's own projectile, the logic goes. However, we've just learned from the estimable news outlet ...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 25, 2008 @ 4:17 pm
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    Tough Times At The Gas Station

    On Friday, the state served notice to shut down his retail gas business in 30 days due to a laundry list of technical violations related to his store's underground storage tanks. And, oh yeah, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proposes ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 2:26 pm
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    Do Unfit Truck Drivers Threaten Houston? Don't Ask HPD

    The report highlights some extreme cases, like the driver of a tanker truck with a prosthetic leg who is permitted to drive until 2012. Or a bus driver with "life-threatening kidney and heart conditions" who was seen slumped in his seat before his bu...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on July 25, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
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    Metro Caves! For Once

    Last night, Metro officially decided to move the University light-rail line so that trains wouldn't be rumbling down Wheeler Avenue on their way to and from UH and TSU. Residents had been hopeful of such a move a week or so ago after meeting with M...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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    Halliburton Depositions Could Start Soon in Iraq Case

    Allen says that depositions could start as early as September. "They're basically desperate for the facts not to come out," Allen says. "Halliburton and KBR take the stance...that their conduct is beyond evaluation from U.S. courts." U.S. District...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on July 25, 2008 @ 9:58 am
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    Lewis Black Hates Dallas, Loves Houston (When the A/C Works)

    This Saturday he'll be at the Hobby Center, which was good news to him. He wasn't too thrilled when we mistakenly told him he was playing the Verizon Wireless Theater. Lewis Black: No, I'm not at Verizon, am I? It can't be. I'm not at Verizon; I'll ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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    How To Pick The Next Top University

    Seven Texas universities are pleading with the legislature to become the state's next "Tier One" school. In case you're not up on your education-bureaucrat lingo, that means an elite research school. More importantly, it means higher and much more ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 8:48 am
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    Mad Over Mad Men

    Have you ever done that thing where you hear about a television show, think it sounds good but never watch it, only to rent it when it comes out on DVD and watch 25 episodes back to back to back? Oh, you never have? Well then I guess I'm a bigger...

    @ Hair Balls by Jennifer Mathieu on July 25, 2008 @ 7:09 am
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