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    Enron's Lou Pai Gets Into Cow Farts

    Which will probably affect the gentlemen's clubs in Colorado, where he lives now, for about a month or so. There was no word on what the Pai-man is up to these days, but now we know: He's trying to corner the market on renewable energy.Natural Gas W...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    No More Family Guy For Star Furniture

    They've decided to crumble helplessly in the face of some right-wing whiners. Star, along with Dallas-based The Room Store and Corpus Christi's Whataburger, are the latest companies to say they will no longer advertise on Family Guy. And thus Houst...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 10:06 am
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    It's Freaking Hot -- So Watch Some Cold Movies

    Of course, there's always going to the movies, as these folks in Temple can attest. And while arctic theater A/C can certainly supply physical relief, the following frigid horror movies will also chill you psychologically, which is almost as good. O...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 7, 2008 @ 9:08 am
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    An `80s Houston Flashback, Via A Board Game

    It came out in 1980, and my friend Carolyn's dad, Bill Merriman, did the drawings for it. Another guy, Robert Heineman, designed it. It's kind of like Monopoly, but I think it's better. Boomtown is a strategy game simple in concept but surprisingly...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on August 7, 2008 @ 8:06 am
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    Montgomery County -- Home To The Greatest Journalistic Scandal Ever?

    That's according to Slate's Jody Rosen, who claims that a free weekly in Montgomery County, the Bulletin, stole portions of a story he'd written about Jimmy Buffet. Rosen claims that Bulletin writer Mark Williams not only appropriated sections of R...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on August 6, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
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    Edouard Didn't Affect Government Budgets, Either

    "emergency status" to handle Tropical Storm Edouard. Of course, Edouard turned out to be more hype than reality. So how much did it cost to gear up and run on emergency status for what was essentially a non-event? According to the county, not all ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
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    A Reporter Examines His Addiction: Book Review

    Carr has lived an extraordinary life - drug addict and woman beater, cancer survivor and single father of twin girls - that makes for great, if disturbing, reading. He holds nothing back as he tries to get a handle on his life, how he seemingly went ...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on August 6, 2008 @ 5:08 pm
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    The USS Houston -- A Sub That Lives Up To Our Name

    The area-code connection isn't the only tres-Houston thing connected with the ship, though. It has now become famous for something Houstonians are very familiar with -- accidental leaks of noxious materials. U.S. Navy officials are dealing with the ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Ballet's Big Plans: Pipe Dream Or Feasible?

    The Houston Chronicle followed up today with more details on the proposed project. The proposed project that will cost at least $53 million, a big chunk of which will have to be raised from private funds. Our first thought was "A huge fund-raising ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 3:21 pm
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    Galveston Beaches May, May Not Be Improved

    Estimates for how much it would cost to put 200-feet beaches on the seawall between 103rd Avenue and 61st Street have skyrocketed, from $13 million to possibly $71 million. "It's going to take a hell of a lot of money," Jerry Mohn, president of the ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 2:35 pm
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    Filling The Starbucks Void -- Dunkin' Donuts

    Dunkin' Donuts is set to fill that vacuum. You may not be all that familiar with Dunkin' Donuts; even though there are a handful of stores here, it's more of an East Coast, northern thing. There are Bostonians who can't exist without their DD. The ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 12:50 pm
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    ExxonMobil Isn't Making Enough Money

    It earned almost $11.7 billion in profits in the second quarter of 2007, a record for an American company. Critics noted that they spent much of that profit buying back their own stock, which tends to make their executives richer. Steffy's analysis...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 11:12 am
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    Slideshow: African American Art at the MFAH

    We've just loaded up a slideshow of images from "Houston Collects: African American Art," on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through October 26. Have a look. Hair Balls will still be here when you get back. -- KP

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on August 6, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Is The Reign Of Whole Foods Over?

    The Austin-based company is taking a beating in the press over its latest financial report. "Whole Foods Wilting" and "Wholesale Sell-Off at Whole Foods" are not headlines that bring smiles to company execs. A statement released to the media by th...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 6, 2008 @ 10:27 am
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    Should I Start Caring About Britney Spears Again?

    As much as I love to snark on idiot celebrities and bad cable television stars and lousy musicians who earn more money in one day than I'll earn in my lifetime, for some reason, it didn't feel good making fun of Brit Brit. I mean, let's face it. Th...

    @ Houston News by Jennifer Mathieu on August 6, 2008 @ 7:14 am
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    The Backlash Begins

    Gaido bitches about television coverage leading up to Edouard's arrival, and Elder sympathizes: Tropical Storm Edouard was never expected to be a monster, to anybody except the media, who were in disaster mode. Police reporter Sara McDonald reporte...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 5:23 pm
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    Heights Theater For Sale

    No, not the River Oaks. That's probably still headed for the wrecking ball. The theater for sale is the Heights Theatre on 19th Street. The theater, built in 1929, was the site of an antiques store until recently.Asking price is $1.3 million, which...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
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    The Far West Side Checks In

    The damage assessment is beginning in neighborhoods across Houston as the light winds and moderate downpours associated with Tropical Storm Edouard begin to subside. Storm drains, which often back up when heavy rains fall in Southeast Texas, appear ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 4:10 pm
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    Scenes from Downtown Houston During Tropical Storm Edouard

    The tunnels started flooding sometime before noon. The flooding was actually a few slow trickles from the tunnel walls between the Hyatt Regency and the Allen Center, and the problem was handled with towels, mops and caution signs. Lunchtime tunn...

    @ Houston News by Paul Knight on August 5, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
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    Neil Frank & Gene Norman -- The Odd Couple

    Today we take you to the newsroom of KHOU, where new meteorogist Greg Norman is tackling his first Houston tropical storm since the legendary Neil Frank retired. "Retired" being a relative term, however, as Frank has been prominent on KHOU broadcast...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on August 5, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
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