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    Ike Beats Oprah, With HPD's Help

    Department seems to have taken on a new role: theater critic. They recommended to TUTS that it cancel performances of The Color Purple. Which is not really a whole lot different than what New York theater critics said when it opened on Broadway. Luc...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 18, 2008 @ 5:25 pm
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    Let The Polluting Begin Anew!

    Frankly, it's an awesome undertaking starting everything up again. The process will continue, in some cases, for the next couple weeks. Already, one huge facility, Dow Chemical in Freeport, has asked the state regulators to be understanding and "use...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 18, 2008 @ 4:32 pm
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    Garbage Pick-up Not Going Smoothly In The `Burbs

    Many of the `burbs get pick-up from Waste Management, and that company has issued a statement saying there's so much debris to be picked up that crews are falling behind. They advise, uniquely, patience. So the streets of the suburbs will be filled...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 18, 2008 @ 3:44 pm
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    Sunny San Leon Picks Up the Pieces After Hurricane Ike

    Photos by Daniel Kramer / Click here for a slideshow There's always someone unluckier than you. In the wake of Hurricane Ike, such people were easy to find in the devastated Galveston Bay town of San Leon, as Press photographer Dan Kramer and I fou...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on September 18, 2008 @ 3:04 pm
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    The Michael Chertoff Show, Starring Michael Chertoff

    Wearing only the latest in fashion, baby blue guayabera, Department of Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff stepped off his military helicopter yesterday looking more like he was headed for vacation than the disaster zone that is Galveston. Cher...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 18, 2008 @ 2:24 pm
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    Suburbs Get The Power, Houston Gets The Shaft

    If you look at CenterPoint's map of when proposed areas should get power, it seems pretty clear: the suburbs are winning. If you're living in Stafford or First Colony or Cinco Ranch or anywhere out in Tom DeLay Country, you're doing well. If you're ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 18, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
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    Video of San Leon After Hurricane Ike

    Daniel Kramer and John Nova Lomax spent yesterday down in San Leon. We'll have words and photos online later today, but for now here's some video, complete with a shirtless announcer, chirping parrots and what looks like one tasty cookout. ...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on September 18, 2008 @ 11:53 am
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    Ike, You Are A Sadistic Bastard

    Utility companies refused to string wire to far-away, low-income farms. Even when families physically moved their homes to be near major wires, the companies refused to hook them up. As a young Congressman LBJ masterfully forced the companies to cha...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 18, 2008 @ 11:31 am
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    Images of Hurricane Ike

    We've been loading up Ike-related posts at all hours here on Hair Balls, so we thought it'd be a good time to pause and look back at all the images we've seen over the past seven days. Click each photo below to get to a larger slideshow. Hurricane I...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on September 17, 2008 @ 10:56 pm
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    In The Re-Match, Second Baptist Again Kicks Lakewood's Ass

    The battle of the mega-churches is under way as hurricane-relief efforts continue, and it looks like Second Baptist has pulled out to a healthy lead over Lakewood. In fact, if you had bet on Second Baptist, you probably wouldn't even need to worry ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 6:31 pm
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    The Initial Bill For Clean-Up In Houston: Almost $100 Million

    The cost: $98 million. That's a lot of friggin' debris. As Ubu Roi puts it: "[Agenda item]Number 3.a. is the jaw-dropper. Nearly $100 million to remove debris? Wow. Just wow." Don't have too much of a heart attack, though -- the deal includes even...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 6:13 pm
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    Goodbye, Gilchrist

    Check out the Weather Underground blog of Jeff Masters for impressive before-and-after pictures of the tiny town of Gilchrist. Or what used to be the town of Gilchrist, if the "after" picture is any indication. Masters writes: "Rescuers who have rea...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
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    Michael Chertoff, Live in Galveston!

    Here's some of what the United States Secretary of Homeland Security had to say: "The big challenge besides food and water is getting power and sewage." "We're working with the local city and governments to make sure the people have food and water....

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on September 17, 2008 @ 5:11 pm
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    Things Not Getting Better At The Humane Society

    The place is still at five times its capacity, but that's not the big worry, spokeswoman Melanie Roushe tells Hair Balls. Instead it's the lack of supplies that's at a crucial stage. "We're keeping our chin up; we're without power and water but Hou...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
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    Some Of That Gas Being Refined Near Here Is Going Far, Far Away

    Although gas lines have shortened since Monday, and more retail gas stations are open, some Houstonians are still having to deal with the crunch. Generally, companies that own the refineries have contracts with buyers who actually distribute the fue...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 4:25 pm
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    No Bus Left Behind

    Remember that image after Hurricane Katrina of all those New Orleans school buses underwater? Kudos to the Houston Independent School District for taking steps to prevent that from happening here. "HISD's Transportation Department parked all of...

    @ Houston News by Houston Press on September 17, 2008 @ 3:41 pm
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    Those Pesky Reporters, Asking Questions

    Editor & Publisher reports via the Galveston County Daily News that Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and City Manager Steve LeBlanc have ordered city employees to stop talking to the media, always a sure indication that things have gotten out of hand. Leigh Jo...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
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    Some Unlikely People Get Priority

    You are waiting a long time. And then, just as you are about to reach the Promised Land of the pump, and actually put some fuel in that nearly empty tank of yours, an HPD officer steps in front of the line and stops you. He waves in two police cars...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
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    Get Off Your Fat, A/C'd Ass And Volunteer

    Relatively well-off after Ike? Feel like helping those who aren't? Then the life of a disaster-relief worker is for you! See exotic PODs! Hand out wonderful MREs! Here's the info from the county emergency-management office: Volunteers are urgen...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 1:31 pm
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    The FEMA Bureaucracy Descends, And Obfuscates

    Reliant is the check-in and dispatch center for trucks carrying ice, water and MREs to 18 PODS, and officials there told the Houston Press Tuesday that more MREs were already on their way. Press reporters were referred to Jan Amen of the Texas Fores...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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