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  • Gangsters in Bacliff - The unincorporated town is up to its elbows in youth gangs, poverty and crime

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    Gangsters in Bacliff - The unincorporated town is up to its elbows in youth gangs, poverty and crime

    At the stroke of midnight and into the predawn this past May 20, the little unincorporated Galveston County town of Bacliff was roiling with squadrons of cops of every description, from small-town police to the Department of Public Safety's Narcotic...

    by John Nova Lomax on September 11, 2008
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    Bacliff Wiggers - The other kind of white gang

    Ever since Norman Mailer penned his essay "The White Negro" in 1957, white people who act black have been alternately studied earnestly and ridiculed by society at large. Mailer called such people "hipsters," while later they were called "beats," "m...

    by John Nova Lomax on September 11, 2008
  • The 99-Cent Dog Store - It's low-rent, but legal

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    The 99-Cent Dog Store - It's low-rent, but legal

    So you're a backyard breeder with a shitload of Chihuahas to unload, but The Man (i.e., the State of Texas and Harris County) passes a law that says you can't sell pets in a parking lot or on the roadside. What the hell are you going to do with the ...

    by Richard Connelly on September 11, 2008
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    God, SUVs and Victoria Osteen - Cross Eyed

    Rim shot: Thanks for "The Passion of the Victoria" [by Rich Connelly, August 28], a lip-smacking, delicious satire long overdue for the eyes of those thousands feeding at the trough of lifestyle slop poured out by the Royal Couple of God's Sports Ar...

    on September 11, 2008
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    Always...Patsy Cline...Always

    Think of Always...Patsy Cline as Stages's Nutcracker - it's a cash cow that fills the theater's coffers. In 1988, when Stages first put on the show, written by Stages founding artistic director Ted Swindley, it ran for around a year. It was revived i...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on July 29, 2008 @ 4:06 pm
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    Prominent Houston Lawyer Faces Sexual Allegations

    Richard Laminack, one of the more well-known mass-torts lawyers in town, is in a bit of legal trouble of his own. Laminack once teamed with the legendary John O'Quinn on huge suits over things like breast implants and Vioxx. Now a former employee i...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 3:51 pm
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    The Elderly Come And Go In TDCJ

    Grits for Breakfast will no doubt have the best analysis of the 152,661 guests of the state; the blog notes that "TDCJ received 73,525 new prisoners in FY 2007 and released 72,032, representing significant growth but a much slower rate than in recent...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 2:52 pm
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    UH Prof, Mia Farrow Tour Third World

    She's touring Thailand, Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad (one luxurious resort after the other!) as part of a Nobel Women's Initiative peace delegation. Thanks to heavy support work by people at UH, the delegation -- which includes actress Mia Farrow -- is ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
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    Marvin Zindler, One Year Later

    My wife and I happened to catch his final report under very weird circumstances. On a whim, we decided to take our daughter and check into the Hilton Americas downtown - do that tourist in your own hometown thing. (Hey, I Pricelined the room - it was...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on July 29, 2008 @ 12:53 pm
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    Houston Still Seeing Job Growth (Thank Christ)

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its June 2008 report on job growth in the country's 12 largest metropolitan areas. Houston leads the way.The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area (and who wouldn't want to be lumped in with Baytown?) ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 12:07 pm
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    New York Times: Houston Sucks At Recycling

    The New York Times this morning devotes a large chunk of its newshole to the proposition that Houstonians are greedy, lazy, earth-hating Neanderthals who laugh at those dirty hippies in other cities who actually bother to recycle their garbage. "Hou...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 10:44 am
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    The Kirby Trees Are Gone

    Or gone. Like a lot of the trees that line the road, trees that have been the center of controversy as a street-widening project gets into gear. Channel 13 reports the trees "were cut down while you slept last night," which makes us wonder just how...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 29, 2008 @ 9:49 am
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    Justice, Texas Style -- Read About It While You Can

    Since the book appeared on Wikileaks earlier this year, it's gained quite a following. (For those who want the original hardcover, four used copies are available on Amazon - starting at $595.) Critics have long pointed to Smith County as one of the...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 5:57 pm
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    Chris Baker In Trouble Again

    He landed in Minnesota, and he's up to his old tricks. The aptly named blog Awful Announcing recently noted that Baker, ever the font of wisdom, had this take on women's sports: "You know what [the WBNA] is? That's a place for lesbians to make out ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 5:12 pm
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    The Trailer For Oliver Stone's Bush Movie Now Online

    The first trailer has hit the nets, and Houston is a star! Kind of. But the clips do include scenes of the infamous night when W drunkenly crashed a car onto the front lawn of Daddy's Houston home, then challenged the old man to a fight.Josh Brolin...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 3:30 pm
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    Longhorns Party On, Burying Their Sorrows

    It was a close-run thing, though: UT came in eighth, nudging out the Universtiy of California-Santa Barbara and Florida State University. Just a few more bong hits in Cali, or one more Everclear kegger in Tallahassee, and UT could have been sucking ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
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    Kyle Janek Gets A Job

    Everyone's gunning for his job. Janek, though, has found a job of his own -- he'll be schmoozing for a health-care company that runs the "blood test of the future." Biophysical, based in Austin, is one of the leaders in the emerging field of biomark...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 2:53 pm
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    Joel Osteen Becomes A Better Profile Subject

    It's a glossy, fancy mag put out by Conde Nast, offering in-depth profiles of business giants. This month's stars: Joel and Victoria Osteen. Osteen gives the magazine a ton of access, resulting in a glowing article describing the theology-lite chur...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
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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...

    @ Houston News 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...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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