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    Camel's New Bi-Sexual Cigarette

    Introducing: Camel Crush. Each cigarette contains a menthol capsule in the filter; if you squeeze it, the cig is minty fresh. If you don't, it stays non-menthol. But, um, why? Don't you either smoke menthols or not? Unless you're a smoker who is tir...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 18, 2008 @ 9:18 am
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    What Makes "Free Bird" So Damn Good?

    "It's fucking `Free Bird'!" I announced to my tablemates, who nodded in happy agreement. "I love this song. And don't mean in a kitschy way, or a hipster ironic way. I just love this song. Period." Then I paused in drunken contemplation. "But w...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on July 18, 2008 @ 8:06 am
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    More Campaign-Finance Stuff Gets Online

    "The public can now view information pertaining to campaign contributions to local county officeholders and candidates with a click of the mouse", she said, showing an admirable grasp of this fancy, new Internet lingo. Previously only Commissioners ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 5:50 pm
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    Wind Power to the Rescue

    Consumers will probably see about four bucks a month added to their electric bill. "We will add more wind than the 14 states following Texas combined," PUC Commissioner Paul Hudson told the Associated Press. "I think that's a very extraordinary achi...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 4:08 pm
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    "Disgruntled" BP Workers Sue

    A group of workers recently filed a personal injury lawsuit in Galveston County District Court arising from an April 2007 incident in which the workers claim toxic substances were released into the air at the plant, causing more than 100 people to se...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on July 17, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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    Kill Your Friends For Fun! (Round 2)

    Sign-up for the grown-up version of tag runs from today through Saturday. Each participant pays $12 and trades their file - name, home and work address, phone number and a photo - for another and then the chase is on. Assassins stalk their target in ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 3:16 pm
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    Things (Not) To Do in Houston, Per USA Today

    The accompanying "city guide" is full of the usual travel-section language ("While Houston has a certain Southern swagger, it also has the sophistication and international flair you might expect in a city that's the 4th largest in the country"). It a...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 2:11 pm
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    Flooded-Prison Lawsuit Moved Back to Texas

    And that's not necessarily a good thing for the plaintiffs. More than 400 current and former inmates at the United States Penitentiary Beaumont, represented in a class-action federal civil lawsuit, claim that during the month immediately after Hurri...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on July 17, 2008 @ 1:11 pm
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    HPD Cops Indicted For Stealing From HPD Cops

    The two are accused of misappropriating cash, credit cards, even vehicles totaling more than $100,000 during a four-year period. The men face first-degree felony charges of Aggregate Theft by a Public Servant and second-degree felony charges of Misa...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 12:54 pm
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    Long-Haired Native American Boy Blocked From School

    The setting was a school board meeting at Needville High School, and the board voted on whether to allow a 5-year-old boy, Adriel Arocha, to attend kindergarten despite his long hair. Adriel's parents say the hair is a symbol of the family's Native A...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on July 17, 2008 @ 12:23 pm
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    Pacifica Station Attacked Again

    Once again, someone with a weapon and an agenda has attacked the station's building. A year ago it was a drive-by shooting. This time it was a knife-wielding guy who broke a window. Why does the non-descript little Montrose HQ piss off people?No one...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 11:51 am
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    My Baby Thinks She's Franch

    It contains zees message: Hello, First of all, please excuse my writting, i'm french and part of a television production compagny based in Paris. We are working on a discovery film about Texas and will come around Houston in August for the shoo...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 10:55 am
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    The New Slums -- Coming Soon to Houston?

    Ever since Atlantic magazine wrote about it in March, communities and worried suburbanites have been wondering if they're going to wake up one day to find they're living next to a crack den. Or a lower-middle-income family without a Land Rover Range ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 9:25 am
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    Stopping Terrorists (And Idiots)

    ThreatScan, which is a GE product, "has been specifically developed to provide pipeline operators the means to reliably determine when and where their pipeline has been struck," according to the company. It's the first of its kind in Texas. So is E...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 8:02 am
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    Students Against (Possible) Sweatshops Fight On

    In a press release SAS issued this morning, the group claims that a member of University President Renu Khator's staffed "physically blocked" them from entering the reception area outside Khator's office. The students wanted to leave a letter - a "po...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
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    Who Won the Obama Scramble?

    There will be two events: one, of course, at Becca Cason Thrash's mansion, because the law of the River Oaks-Memorial jungle dictates that there is no way in fucking hell that she would have allowed anyone else to outshine her when it comes to riding...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 4:55 pm
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    Banking Disaster -- Texas Style

    The real reason banks are on the verge of collapse: As you might imagine, this little mishap did, of course, occur here in Texas. The East Texas town of Center, to be exact. It's only the second-most redneck scene we've been privy to in th...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on July 16, 2008 @ 4:07 pm
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    Have Houston Doctors Cracked the AIDS Virus?

    The vulnerable spot is hidden in a protein essential for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, to attach to host cells, the university said in a release. An HIV vaccine doesn't exist because HIV ...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on July 16, 2008 @ 4:07 pm
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    The Blaffer Gallery's Art SWAT Team

    My experience with the Blaffer's museum guards lent a Grimm's fairytale-like cast to my entire visit. In a typical Grimm's fairytale, the protagonist has been given a near-impossible task to complete -- release the treasure, revive the dead princess,...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 3:49 pm
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    Iraq Whistleblower Sues

    During his Congressional testimony, Halley said that he saw widespread fraud, inflated billings, and the operation of a prostitution ring. At one point, he said, the site manager for a defense contractor was involved in bringing prostitutes into hot...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on July 16, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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