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    Could You Do It In a Smart Car?

    Driving down Montrose, parked in the lot at my local Y. They're so cute, but I'm wondering... Could you do it in a Smart Car? I mean, they have great gas mileage (40 city/45 highway), they're remarkably affordable (they start at $11,590), and t...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on July 11, 2008 @ 7:04 am
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    There's More and More Houstonians

    Feeling a little crowded? You should -- Houston has just been declared the country's fastest-growing city. And that's according to the U.S. Census Bureau, so you know it's got to be right. The bureau released a new study today on growth in U.S. ci...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 10, 2008 @ 1:18 pm
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    Houstoned Is Not Long for This World

    Editor's note: The following announcement appears in this week's paper. Why are we posting it here? Because Houstoned is soon going to become Hair Balls, and we thought you'd like to know, since you are reading Houstoned, after all. We promise all th...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on July 9, 2008 @ 11:58 am
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    Greatest American Dog: The Elimination Ceremony

    Tila Tequila's got her keys. Tyra dramatically flips over headshots. It's got me thinking about CBS's new reality show, "Greatest American Dog" which premieres July 10. I have to admit I'm getting a little nervous. According to the show's Web si...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on July 9, 2008 @ 7:58 am
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    Slideshow: Cocktail Party at Anita's Bar and Grill

    Anita's Bar and Grill, named after everyone's favorite drag queen, Anita Bump, officially opens today for business, but last night there was a cocktail party to kick things off. The place is in the Hollywood Super Center. Anita was there looking go...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on July 8, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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    This Just In: Not All Serial Killers Are Sex-Depraved Evil Geniuses

    The report highlights a couple Houston-area killers to disprove some myths. One is Coral Eugene Watts, who was arrested in the city and later confessed to 12 Texas killings. The other is Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, the Railroad Killer, who murdered a Ho...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on July 8, 2008 @ 10:56 am
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    Slideshow: Bloodless Bullfighting in Rosenberg

    Saturday marked the first time in more than 20 years that the Houston area has seen a bullfight. Sort of. Actually, it was more like a Smackdown. Matadors fooled the bulls with their smoke-and-mirror red capes until the bulls were falling-down tire...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on July 8, 2008 @ 10:20 am
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    Cindy Brady Barfs During a Radio Show Despite Lisp

    I guess I'll just state the facts. Susan Olsen, the woman who played Cindy Brady on "The Brady Bunch," showed up hung over for an appearance on 107.9 FM The Jet in California, and there's footage here of her running from the microphone to go yak ins...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on July 7, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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    Over the Weekend: Geto Boys, Willie Nelson, Hot Dogs and Vintage

    What a weekend. That third day makes all the difference. Anyone else check out the downtown fireworks? We wound up watching them in White Oak Park, surrounded by Spanish-speaking families. Viva America! The Geto Boys at Warehouse Live Scarface...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on July 7, 2008 @ 9:30 am
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    Review: Moscow Rules, by Daniel Silva

    Bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva has gone to the new Moscow, one of sudden self-made millionaires working at the same level of intrigue as the old KGB. Allon has just gotten married to Chiara and is on his honeymoon in Italy, happily restorin...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on July 6, 2008 @ 7:46 am
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    It's 100 degrees, humid as a sauna and you're waiting for the bus. You can whine about it all, or you can lie back, get some hat-shade and chill out to tunes. The bus will get here eventually, and you're not going to sweat to death. To view image lar...

    by Daniel Kramer on August 14, 2008
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    San Francisco Wants to Help Us Recycle - Helping Hand Spurned

    The Progressive Reading Series is a monthly event in San Francisco, where book authors, comedians and musicians get on stage, do their thing and raise money for a good cause. The $1,000 to $2,000 raised each month usually goes to a political cand...

    by Richard Connelly on August 14, 2008
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    Poor Treatment of Returning Veterans

    Online readers respond to "A Soldier's Story," July 31, by Margaret Downing. Troubled vet: As an Air Force veteran, I am troubled about the lack of investigative journalism used by you the writer and the editor of the Houston Press. It is not the...

    on August 14, 2008
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    Happy Birthday, America!

    And before any of you accuse me of being facetious, let me tell you...I may be a left-leaning, "Democracy Now"-listening ex-hipster who screams obscenities at W. when he appears on television, but I love this country. So there. There's been a lot ...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on July 4, 2008 @ 7:06 am
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    I Cannot Stop Watching the Trojan Vibrator Ad

    Um, has anyone else seen the Trojan ad for that new purple vibrator you can wear on your fingertip? You have? You want to see it again? I first saw the ad on late night cable, and I was initially stunned as I watched two bad actresses d...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on July 2, 2008 @ 7:24 am
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    National Non-fiction Writers Conference in Texas

    Non-fiction writers who'd like to improve their long-form narrative style and would-be true-story book writers burning to find an agent might want to look into the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest '08. Sponsored by the...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on July 1, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
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    Bummer: Downtown YMCA to Be Demolished

    We can't help but be a little bummed about the news that the Downtown YMCA is slated for demolition, even though it looks like the new building might wind up right next door to the Houston Press. The new digs will probably be nice and shiny, but the...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on July 1, 2008 @ 2:30 pm
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    High Gas Prices: Protests, Segways and Prostitutes

    Shell Oil was the latest target of a Big Oil/gas prices protest. Members of the Harris County AFL-CIO led the protest on Friday, on a sidewalk in front of Shell's downtown office. Richard Shaw, secretary-treasurer for the labor union, said the pr...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on June 30, 2008 @ 5:11 pm
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    This Just In: Terry Abbott Leaves HISD

    Terry Abbott, for years the spokesman for the alleged "Houston Miracle" of HISD, the man who spun Rod Paige into a conservative saint serving well above his abilities as U.S. Department of Education, is leaving the school district. Abbott announced ...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on June 30, 2008 @ 3:57 pm
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    Over the Weekend: Houston Pride Parade

    This isn't even the half of it. This year, at least for my group of Pride-goers, the parade was all about the swag. It started coming even before we left the house. A friend lives on Kipling near Woodhead, in the neighborhood where all the floats a...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on June 30, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
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