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    The Astrodome Keeps Crumbling Along

    Thirty-six employees of Reliant Park's management firm who had been using the Dome for office space temporarily relocated to Reliant Center. (They weren't forced to leave, but it's hard to blame them for not sticking around.) Repairing the system c...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 18, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
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    More Bad News For HPD

    This time it's HPD Officer Nedra Hall and she's up on felony charges of aggravated perjury. Seems Hall wasn't quite truthful - allegedly, allegedly - during the investigation of two other officers, Tracie Denise Bell and Kirshondra Richardson, who h...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 18, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
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    Batman: The Dark Knight, Explained

    (Number 4,528 on Things We Don't Understand: People paying hundreds of dollars for a ticket to a movie they could see for ten bucks the next day.) We're not the world's biggest Bat-fans, but we're sure we'll end up seeing it. The question is: How p...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 18, 2008 @ 4:46 pm
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    Swami Ramdev to Build Patanjali Yogpeeth Center Near Houston

    yoga's number one dude will soon be setting up a $4.5 million center in Rosenberg. Your Hair Balls correspondent learned this between deep breaths on Wednesday morning, but his Hindi is a bit rusty (tetanus, anyone?) so he didn't quite understand ...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on July 18, 2008 @ 4:13 pm
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    Metro: Are You Great, or Magnificent?

    So let's get to the first question! "Q: Mr. Pennington seems to be a very talented man with numerous flattering credentials. I met him once about two years ago by mistake but he seemed to be a pretty nice guy. It does give me hope that the light rai...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 18, 2008 @ 3:01 pm
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    Starbucks, We Hardly Knew Ye

    The company's newly updated list shows 11 of the coffee places being shuttered, far more than most cities. Chicago, for instance, will only lose five stores. Which Houston-area stores are gone? Downtown, there's Dallas & Main and Preston & Fannin....

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 18, 2008 @ 1:27 pm
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    Houston Dissed, A Continuing Saga

    Yesterday it was USA Today, raving about all the terrific stuff to do here. Including, according to a picture, The Texas Cyclone at Astroworld, which has been an empty lot for years. Today it's the Washington Independent, in an article called "The N...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 18, 2008 @ 12:12 pm
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    Slideshow: Swami Ramdev in Houston

    Yoga superstar Swami Ramdev has been at the George R. Brown the past three mornings, teaching Pranayama techniques to a couple thousand people (including this Hair Balls correspondent). Ramdev will be there tomorrow and Sunday too, in case anyone ...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on July 18, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    Time to Watch the Tropics?

    So what does it mean that Berger's warning us about a new system? Time to stock up on bottled water. Well, maybe not. Berger writes that the National Hurricane Center's preferred computer model puts a Category 1 or 2 hurricane "pretty much on a co...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 18, 2008 @ 11:00 am
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    Galveston -- Exhibit A Against Offshore Drilling?

    So Floridians might be a little antsy about Big Oil invading their white sands and emerald waters. Needing solid evidence for opposition, it looks like they have found a place to point to: Galveston. A couple comments from readers of the story, which...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on July 18, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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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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