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    Black Box Office: Polarizing Perry - $110 million can't be wrong. Can it?

    Playwright and filmmaker Tyler Perry is wildly successful. His "Madea" plays have been turned into mega-successful movies Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion took in more than $110 million at the box office. Perry is also the mo...

    by Troy Schulze on June 14, 2007
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    Not Just for Text Messages - Local high school students put their camera-phones to work

    The theme for May's photo contest for high school students was camera-phones. We didn't care where the kids pointed and clicked, so long as their cameras could also function as gossip hubs. You can view the complete results online at houstonpress.c...

    by Keith Plocek on June 14, 2007
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    Economic Development, the Houston Chronicle, Frivolous Lawsuits and Bad Travel Agents

    The Greater Houston Partnership, our area's version of the Chamber of Commerce, commissioned yet another study about how this area should encourage growth. Cities like Atlanta and Charlotte have done the same thing, and come out with plans to attract...

    by Richard Connelly on June 14, 2007
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    Mail Call - On the Fence

    Defend our borders: Fences work, and they work rather well ["Killing Fences," by Margaret Downing, May 31]. Israel has drastically reduced terrorism by building a fence along its border with the Palestinian Territories. Apparently, not one single ...

    on June 14, 2007
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    Feature Photo - Image of the Week

    by Daniel Kramer on June 14, 2007
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    Getting Famous for Doing Nothing

    So you're browsing through titles at the local adult video store when - bam! - you see your name on the box for "Young Cheerleaders Swap 'n Swallow 2." Oh, Houstoned, you crazy blog, you say, that could never happen in real life - or can it? This ni...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 6, 2007 @ 5:48 pm
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    Day by Day

    For those of you who missed our write-up back in January, the project was the brainchild of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who penned a play every day for a year. Theater groups across the country agreed to produce them in what h...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 6, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
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    Shut Up, Fatty

    Now check out this old appearance on the Morton Downey Jr. Show where he whacks an audience member who calls for a government crackdown on drugs. "The government can't make you a better person," Paul says, sounding a refrain that has served him well...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 6, 2007 @ 4:59 pm
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    The Big C and Marvin Z

    Zindler, who can be loud and cantankerous, was at his impressive best during the announcement. Shunning tears, he gave a feisty little speech in which he said that no one should feel sorry for him since he's almost 86 and has lived longer than most p...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 6, 2007 @ 1:51 pm
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    Get Lit: Birds of Texas, by Keith A. Arnold and Gregory Kennedy

    Beautiful photographs coupled with clear, entertaining writing make Birds of Texas a good investment for both beginning and experienced birders. Keith A. Arnold is a professor emeritus at Texas A&M after teaching ornithology for 40 years, while Greg...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 6, 2007 @ 10:05 am
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    Conspiracy Theorist

    As mentioned below, Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith has noted in his blog that the "Astronaut Sex" cover might end up being the worst-selling edition in the magazine's history, because apparently we live in a 18th-century Amish village where children...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 5, 2007 @ 6:44 pm
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    Shuttle Cock

    According to Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith, the magazine's May cover - headlined "Astronaut Sex!" - helped make the issue "the second-worst newsstand seller in the magazine's thirty-four-plus-year history." Personally, I don't see what the problem...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 5, 2007 @ 5:38 pm
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    One If By Land, Two If By River

    Then everyone is supposed to walk to the international bridge and form a hands-across-the-river line to Ciudad Miguel Alemn to signify the close ties among all the border cities. More rallies are scheduled in other cities along the river in the we...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 5, 2007 @ 5:05 pm
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    Secrets of Success

    Within the industry, it is well-known that timeshares are a bad investment and that reselling one is a painstaking process at the end of which property owners are lucky to get about half of what they originally paid. But customers say nobody at Strom...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 5, 2007 @ 3:30 pm
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    Dancing About Gitmo

    Today on KUHF you can hear members of the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble talking about the troupe's latest offering, "A Note from Guantanamo." Steven Devadanam Since it's kind of tough to do a dance performance over the radio - althoug...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 5, 2007 @ 11:31 am
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    Get Lit: The Secret Servant, by Daniel Silva

    Main character Gabriel Allon is a wonderful creation in spy thriller fiction. Fans of Silva's previous books (among them The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire and The Messenger), are well acquainted with Allon who use...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 5, 2007 @ 9:24 am
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    There Definitely Is Something in the Water

    Last month we asked Houston's high school students to cool off and focus on the theme of water, and the kids came back with what just might be the best wave of photos yet. You can check out the online gallery here. And be sure to come back to this...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 4, 2007 @ 9:39 am
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    A River Runs Through It

    Visit the opening of "Earthworks" this Saturday at Gallery Sonja Roesch for a look at three artists who use, you got it, the Earth to make their art. On view will be works by Mario Reis, Perla Krauze and Madeleine Dietz. German artist Reis submerges ...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 3, 2007 @ 4:47 pm
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    This week in Caf: T-Bone Tom's in Kemah

    During Prohibition, Kemah was a town of ill-repute, a place where Houstonians could easily find alcohol, gambling and prostitution. The Edgewater Casino was the hub of the waterfront action. In 1950, a restaurant called Jimmie Walker's Edgewater Rest...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 3, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
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    Little Gentlemen and Gentlewomen One and All

    According to HISD spokesman Norman Uhl, "The golf instruction is centered on principles of good character. "In addition, this gives students a chance to learn golf. Since more than 82 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch, this ...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on July 3, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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