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    Pacifica Station Attacked Again

    Once again, someone with a weapon and an agenda has attacked the station's building. A year ago it was a drive-by shooting. This time it was a knife-wielding guy who broke a window. Why does the non-descript little Montrose HQ piss off people?No one...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 11:51 am
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    My Baby Thinks She's Franch

    It contains zees message: Hello, First of all, please excuse my writting, i'm french and part of a television production compagny based in Paris. We are working on a discovery film about Texas and will come around Houston in August for the shoo...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 10:55 am
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    The New Slums -- Coming Soon to Houston?

    Ever since Atlantic magazine wrote about it in March, communities and worried suburbanites have been wondering if they're going to wake up one day to find they're living next to a crack den. Or a lower-middle-income family without a Land Rover Range ...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 9:25 am
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    Stopping Terrorists (And Idiots)

    ThreatScan, which is a GE product, "has been specifically developed to provide pipeline operators the means to reliably determine when and where their pipeline has been struck," according to the company. It's the first of its kind in Texas. So is E...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 17, 2008 @ 8:02 am
  • Bayousphere

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    Bayousphere

    The plan to exercise extensively at the gym prior to the fight obviously didn't pan out, so Homer Fonseca resorts to Plan B -- the feared sticking-out of the tongue. Opponent Justin Jones doesn't look too afraid, but the Mixed Martial Arts match at R...

    by Daniel Kramer on July 31, 2008
  • Texas Air National Guard Boots Sick Soldier - Jason Franco now struggling in civilian life

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    Texas Air National Guard Boots Sick Soldier - Jason Franco now struggling in civilian life

    It was about four years back into civilian life that Jason Franco decided he'd had enough of going nowhere. He'd gotten out of active duty for the Marines in 1997 and took on jobs as a drill instructor at a juvenile boot camp for three years and sec...

    by Margaret Downing on July 31, 2008
  • Texas Woman Fights Abuse at the State's Schools for the Mentally Retarded - Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School

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    Texas Woman Fights Abuse at the State's Schools for the Mentally Retarded - Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School

    Farhat Chishty pushes her son's wheelchair into the shade of an oak tree and sits down with a sigh. It's a calm spring morning at Denton State School, the largest institution for people with mental retardation in Texas, and she has come for her morn...

    by Jesse Hyde on July 31, 2008
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    The Ron Paul Revolution, Sayonara Starbucks, Ivory No No - Its true belivers trash Hair Balls

    The Ron Paul Revolution, such as it is, has moved to Hair Balls. We took note that Paul, Brazoria County's fightin' gynecologist, was writing an autobiography. We pondered the actual need for this, but nevertheless looked forward to chapters such...

    by Richard Connelly on July 31, 2008
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    Readers Respond to Our Magazine Sales Crew Story - The Mag Racket

    Online readers respond to "Selling You," by Craig Malisow, July 17. Great investigative journalism! As always, no one wants to take responsibility for the deaths, and the families are the ones that suffer. All that just to make a buck. Javier ...

    on July 31, 2008
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    Students Against (Possible) Sweatshops Fight On

    In a press release SAS issued this morning, the group claims that a member of University President Renu Khator's staffed "physically blocked" them from entering the reception area outside Khator's office. The students wanted to leave a letter - a "po...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
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    Who Won the Obama Scramble?

    There will be two events: one, of course, at Becca Cason Thrash's mansion, because the law of the River Oaks-Memorial jungle dictates that there is no way in fucking hell that she would have allowed anyone else to outshine her when it comes to riding...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 4:55 pm
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    Banking Disaster -- Texas Style

    The real reason banks are on the verge of collapse: As you might imagine, this little mishap did, of course, occur here in Texas. The East Texas town of Center, to be exact. It's only the second-most redneck scene we've been privy to in th...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on July 16, 2008 @ 4:07 pm
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    Have Houston Doctors Cracked the AIDS Virus?

    The vulnerable spot is hidden in a protein essential for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, to attach to host cells, the university said in a release. An HIV vaccine doesn't exist because HIV ...

    @ Houston News by John Nova Lomax on July 16, 2008 @ 4:07 pm
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    The Blaffer Gallery's Art SWAT Team

    My experience with the Blaffer's museum guards lent a Grimm's fairytale-like cast to my entire visit. In a typical Grimm's fairytale, the protagonist has been given a near-impossible task to complete -- release the treasure, revive the dead princess,...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 3:49 pm
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    Iraq Whistleblower Sues

    During his Congressional testimony, Halley said that he saw widespread fraud, inflated billings, and the operation of a prostitution ring. At one point, he said, the site manager for a defense contractor was involved in bringing prostitutes into hot...

    @ Houston News by Chris Vogel on July 16, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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    Curse You, Batman: The Dark Knight (Opening Soon!!)

    Why the problems? Two things: Drudge and Batman. Drudge prominently linked today to a posting from our sister paper LA Weekly about the looming sellouts for Batman: The Dark Knight. Batman fans surged to the site, leaving the rest of us struggling...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
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    RIP Finesilver Gallery

    People have been wondering what's going on over at Finesilver Gallery for some time. Its last exhibition was supposed to end in April but was never taken down. Director Eleanor Williams (disclosure: a friend of Hair Balls) left the gallery in May, ...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on July 16, 2008 @ 1:18 pm
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    Houston, We Are Not Loved

    Gawker has posted an item on a New York Sun article by some Harvard economics professor saying Houston is a terrific city that encourages growth, while New York has policies that deter growth. "Go there now, so I can have your apartment!" Gawker's p...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 11:16 am
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    Pee For Me, Please

    NASA workers, the country needs your pee. The new Orion space capsule is designed to take astronauts to the moon and let them work there for months at a time. Astronauts, it turns out, piss just like the rest of us. (Dammit, is that guarantee really...

    @ Houston News by Richard Connelly on July 16, 2008 @ 10:53 am
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    Your Mind on Drugs -- Great! A Book Review

    The article was reporting on a survey that determined that "Americans were more likely to have tried marijuana or cocaine than people in any of the 16 other countries, including France, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and Colombia, that the survey covere...

    @ Houston News by Cathy Matusow on July 16, 2008 @ 10:28 am
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