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    This Week in Caf: Antonio's Flying Pizza

    Antonio's Flying Pizza is the subject of this week's Caf. The red-checkered tablecloth joint on Hillcroft reminds me of the pizzerias where I hung out when I was in high school in Connecticut. And no wonder - Antonio's is owned and operated by a Sic...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 7, 2007 @ 11:04 am
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    Re: The BBC's Spanish Proposition

    As we reported last week, two correspondents from BBC Mundo are currently making their way across Texas and speaking only Spanish. Or so we thought. When I arrived at the Doneraki Mexican restaurant at Gulfgate Mall on Friday afternoon to meet the ...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 6, 2007 @ 1:04 pm
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    Litton Loan Litigants Granted Class Status (say that five times fast)

    Speaking of updates, there's good news for the folks suing Litton Loan, the Houston-based mortgage servicer: They can proceed with a class-action suit. After two years of legal wrangling, a U.S. District Court judge in California has granted class st...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 3, 2007 @ 3:04 pm
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    Remember That Beaumont Sex Club?

    You might remember Granger from this story in the paper version of Houstoned. Judge Layne Walker of the 252nd state District Court said there wasn't enough evidence for a conviction. Granger still faces a civil suit. The AP story incorrectly states...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 3, 2007 @ 11:38 am
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    The BBC's Spanish Proposition

    The BBC is coming to Houston. The BBC en espaol, that is. The idea was to send a team on a two-week long trip across the U.S. speaking only Spanish. Reporter Jos Baig and producer Carlos Ceresole started in Florida last week and are slowly working ...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 3, 2007 @ 9:17 am
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    Pathetic: Houston Only Places Fourth in Terms of Unhealthy Commutes

    Well, the results are in, and unfortunately, Houston only came in fourth. We'll all have to do better next time. Oh, what's the competition, you ask. It's America's Unhealthiest Commutes. Yes, we only came in fourth, not even good enough to medal. ...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on August 2, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
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    DeLorean, SchmeLorean. Where's My Hoverboard?

    One of automotive history's coolest extinct cars may be brought back to life soon by a Houston company, according to the L.A. Times. DeLorean Motor Company has refurbished the eponymous gull-winged beauties for years, but there are plan...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 2, 2007 @ 10:34 am
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    Now the Question Can Finally Be Answered Once and for All: Jessica Alba or Jennifer Aniston?

    On Monday, venerable local station KPRC changed formats from right-wing blather 24/7 to a much more nuanced menu, one that seasons the right-wing blather with occasional forays into "guy talk." This features shows like Walton & Johnson and Mancow, a...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 1, 2007 @ 3:46 pm
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    Galveston Is on the Rise. Until It Sinks.

    This week's Hair Balls column features a chart about the explosion of growth in condos and other developments in Galveston. It's like an invasion of classiness, if you define classiness as cookie-cutter beachside projects. Linking in hard copy rarel...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 1, 2007 @ 2:52 pm
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    Report Card for All HISD Schools

    For the fifth year in a row, Sam Houston High School has been rated "Academically Unacceptable" in the Texas Education Agency's annual assessment of the state's schools announced today. The school still will open in the fall, thanks to the reprieve i...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 1, 2007 @ 2:03 pm
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    Mint Condition

    Yesterday, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that would authorize the U.S. Mint to begin making gold and silver coins commemorating NASA's 50th anniversary. The Mint would make 50,000 gold coins worth $50 each and another 300,000 silver coins worth a ...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on August 1, 2007 @ 1:24 pm
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    Coming Up: Which Schools Are Horrible?

    Well the accountability ratings are in and at 1 o'clock today we'll be able to tell you which schools made the grade in the Houston Independent School District and which schools got failing report cards from the Texas Education Agency. Check back he...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 1, 2007 @ 12:34 pm
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    Critics question realtor Wayne Stroman's timeshare resale business - The Getaway

    Long-time realtor and land developer Wayne Stroman of Conroe is a good guy. Well, not just a good guy, a great guy. Ask anyone back home. "Everybody likes Wayne," says "Stew" Darsey, president of the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Comme...

    by Chris Vogel on July 5, 2007
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    Zero tolerance gone awry in the Katy Independent School District - Less than zero

    By now you may have heard about 12-year-old Shelby Sendelbach, who attends Mayde Creek Junior High in the Katy school district. After all, a Japanese television network is filming her as a case study in how not to discipline students. Sendelbach to...

    by Richard Connelly on July 5, 2007
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    Mail Call - Vlog Spot

    Meanies: Your piece on Kristen2go's "vlog" was mean ["Almost MySpace," Hair Balls, by Richard Connelly, June 21]. What have y'all done to be so smug and cooler-than-thou? Ordered a Pabst Blue Ribbon? Whatever it is, I'm sure it's impressive. I mea...

    on July 5, 2007
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    Feature Photo - Image of the Week

    by Daniel Kramer on July 5, 2007
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    $13 at La Carreta Mexican Restaurant

    What kind of meal can $13 buy you in restaurant-crazy Houston? We're going to find out. Armed with just $13, Houston Press staffers and freelancers are hitting the streets and eating. The rules are simple: It's $13, flat. Not $13 and change, not just...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on August 1, 2007 @ 11:15 am
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    Get Lit: Au Paris, by Rachel Spencer

    Spencer comes off as well-intentioned and sweet, but a cat-photo blog could have more of a narrative than her memoir. Very little happens during her time in France; instructions aren't always clear and the kids aren't always perfect, but that's hardl...

    @ Hair Balls by Cathy Matusow on August 1, 2007 @ 9:37 am
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    Oops. Delete! Delete!

    So Congressman Gene Green's media person, Jesse Christopherson, sends out an e-mail to web editor Keith Plocek saying the Houston light-rail system has finally won federal funding. To the tune of $10 million. Which, in the inexplicably expensive uni...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 31, 2007 @ 5:06 pm
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    Mike Robles at the Improv Is Canceled

    Comedian Mike Robles isn't laughing about his August 1 show being canceled. As a matter of fact, he sounds a bit miffed. Robles sent us this note announcing the cancellation and directing fans to call the Houston Improv for more info. He promises he'...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 31, 2007 @ 4:38 pm
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