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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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    He Tried To Commit ID Theft Against 17,000 Marines

    Randall Craig, a former military contractor, learned that lesson the hard way when he was arrested in April. He ultimately plead guilty in federal court to identity theft and "exceeding authorized access to a computer," and is facing sentencing in Ho...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 12:03 pm
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    "Alien" Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Goes Mainstream

    Mitchell, who for years has been an advocate of ESP and paranormal stuff, told a British radio program that NASA and the US government have long been covering up the fact that Earth has been visited by aliens. He's said such stuff before, to little e...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 10:53 am
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    Janet Evanovich Is As Good As Ever

    This is classic Janet Evanovich and however improbable, it's tough not to laugh at it. It's a variation on the theme that has carried this now 14th Stephanie Plum novel to the best seller lists once again. The plot of Fearless Fourteen, which reall...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 10:11 am
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    Houston Press Music Awards -- We've Got It Covered

    Bands played, people cheered, beverages were consumed, enjoyment was had. You can check out the live-blogging and wrap-ups now, and all day today, over at our sister blog Rocks Off. -- Richard Connelly...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 28, 2008 @ 10:04 am
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    Imperial Sugar Hit Hard By OSHA

    OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Imperial should be fined $8.7 million for violations at a Georgia plant where an explosion killed 13 people this year and also at a Louisiana plant. The company issued a press release say...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 5:26 pm
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    Houston Radio Stations on the Selling Block

    Earlier today, shareholders of radio giant Clear Channel approved a $17.9 billion buyout by two companies you've never heard of. As part of the deal, Clear Channel will have to get rid of two Houston FM stations, including legendary KLOL. One other ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 25, 2008 @ 4:42 pm
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