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    Scenes From The Osteen Trial: The Race Card Played

    Ever been shoved? Talked down to at work? We're not saying you've got an excuse to go all Martin Sheen-punching-a-mirror-in-a-Saigon-hotel-room crazy, but you may be entitled to a sweet settlement. At least that's what Sharon Brown, the Continental A...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 7:35 pm
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    Telecommuting Is The Way To Go

    That is, unless they have trouble finding the "any" key. After the jump, see our top reasons to work from home: Sexual harassment never an issue. (Unless your spouse has a headache.) YouTube, MySpace, FaceBook never blocked by IT Guy. No ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 6:32 pm
  • Bayousphere

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    Bayousphere

    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

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    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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    No Excuses Now -- The Downtown Y Is Working Again

    The situation at the Downtown YMCA, where a burst pipe shut down hot water and some a/c, has been resolved. Which would make no difference to a commenter on our original post about the situation: "No HOT water. As long as there's water a shower can...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 4:57 pm
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    Uh-Oh, O'Reilly: Racial Discrimination?

    The local office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today they've filed a discrimination suit against the retailer, saying African-American employees at a Houston plant were subjected to "racial slurs by co-workers, and eve...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
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    That Strange Katrina-Refugee Kidnapping Story Takes Another Step

    An Amber Alert was issued, but now Tavey has returned to Houston from Dallas and been arrested.From the DA's office: Tavey, accused of kidnapping five children, has been arrested in Houston, Texas this afternoon. The five missing Alphonse children...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 3:54 pm
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    Robb Walsh, On Being A Plagiaree

    I just finished reading his recent restaurant review "Where There's Smoke, There's BBQ." Of the 1338 words, 515 of were plagarized from my article "The Art of Smoke," which appeared in the HP in 2000. The lifts took place in two multi-paragraph chunk...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
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    Paul McCartney Stuns Oklahoma City

    McCartney, who's official title is "Sir" in the British Empire, had dinner in the company of a "tall blonde" at Nonna's, a trendy (for OKC) restaurant in the newly revitalized downtown area known as "Bricktown." The restaurant and its patrons were a...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
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    Victoria Osteen Trial: The Beatdown Begins

    The courtroom is packed with Osteen supporters -- our man on the scene had to take a seat on the floor -- and one thing is becoming clear: the lawyer mismatch we predicted a while back is happening.Reginald McKamie, attorney for the flight attendant ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 1:04 pm
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    Power Outage At Downtown YMCA

    If you're headed to the Downtown Y for your lunchtime workout, you might have to make other plans. A pipe has burst and the place has lost hot water and some a/c, according to an e-mail sent out to members: A pipe burst this morning in the facilit...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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    Foreigners Now More Welcome At Bush Intercontinental

    Bush Intercontinental is one of 20 airports across the country that will be getting a "Passenger Service Manager." The PSM, Cheryl Tolson, "will be available for questions, concerns and compliments raised by passengers regarding the CBP process at I...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 11:52 am
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    Enron's Lou Pai Gets Into Cow Farts

    Which will probably affect the gentlemen's clubs in Colorado, where he lives now, for about a month or so. There was no word on what the Pai-man is up to these days, but now we know: He's trying to corner the market on renewable energy.Natural Gas W...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    No More Family Guy For Star Furniture

    They've decided to crumble helplessly in the face of some right-wing whiners. Star, along with Dallas-based The Room Store and Corpus Christi's Whataburger, are the latest companies to say they will no longer advertise on Family Guy. And thus Houst...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 10:06 am
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    It's Freaking Hot -- So Watch Some Cold Movies

    Of course, there's always going to the movies, as these folks in Temple can attest. And while arctic theater A/C can certainly supply physical relief, the following frigid horror movies will also chill you psychologically, which is almost as good. O...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 9:08 am
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    An `80s Houston Flashback, Via A Board Game

    It came out in 1980, and my friend Carolyn's dad, Bill Merriman, did the drawings for it. Another guy, Robert Heineman, designed it. It's kind of like Monopoly, but I think it's better. Boomtown is a strategy game simple in concept but surprisingly...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on August 7, 2008 @ 8:06 am
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    Montgomery County -- Home To The Greatest Journalistic Scandal Ever?

    That's according to Slate's Jody Rosen, who claims that a free weekly in Montgomery County, the Bulletin, stole portions of a story he'd written about Jimmy Buffet. Rosen claims that Bulletin writer Mark Williams not only appropriated sections of R...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on August 6, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
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    Edouard Didn't Affect Government Budgets, Either

    "emergency status" to handle Tropical Storm Edouard. Of course, Edouard turned out to be more hype than reality. So how much did it cost to gear up and run on emergency status for what was essentially a non-event? According to the county, not all ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
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