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Accidents and Disasters

  • Film

    August 7, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Five Things Perry Should Take Back While Rolling Back His Gay Comments

    It took long enough but Gov. Rick Perry finally walked back his already infamous comments in San Francisco where he compared being gay to being an alcoholic. While we admire that Perry at least may have been (probably accidentally) inferring that sexual orientation is something you're born with not ... More >>

  • News

    April 3, 2014

    The Lessons of the Galveston Bay Oil Spill

    It's not just dollars and cents that makes the Galveston Bay oil spill such terrible news

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Deputy and Canine Partner Injured in Major Accident on Beltway 8

    A Harris County deputy is in critical condition after an accident on Beltway 8, the North Sam Houston Parkway, Tuesday morning. Deputy Jason Denham was flown by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann. He was in the vehicle with his canine partner, Sjors, who, after being checked by a vet, was determined to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Weather Week: Rain, MNF Weather and a Note About Forecasting for a Big City

    The weekend brought us widespread rain blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, though surprisingly, some parts of the city got very little of the wet stuff. In fact, some parts of the region got over an inch while others didn't even record a trace. It is one of the reasons forecasting is such tricky bus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Cover Story: The Dark Wall

    Most people take one look at a tornado -- a whirling vortex of power capable of obliterating everything in its path -- and run the other way, but most people aren't storm chasers. It takes a certain kind of person, a specific hunger, to make someone want to find the worst weather possible, the epit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Dear Drivers: Why Would You Not Wear a Seat Belt? Seriously, I'm Asking!

    Yesterday, a Texas A&M football player and two other passengers of an SUV on a long road trip back to texas died when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled multiple times on the side of the highway. The driver suffered only minor injuries. The difference for him was that he was the on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Weekend Weather: A Chance of Rain and the Tropics Heat Up

    I hope you have had a nice week. It's been damn hot out there meaning your a/c bills are probably going to be through the roof, but on the positive side, you're probably sweating off that water weight. The heat will most definitely continue into the weekend. This is summer in Houston after all. But, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Weather Week: A Little Rain, a Lot of Sun and Plenty of Heat

    The past few nights, I've sat outside on a patio for dinner. This was not my choice, but I gladly obliged. When the breeze did blow, it wasn't bad. When it was still, I felt every sweat gland in my physical being activate. Summertime in Houston is like that, and that warm, sticky weather is with us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Weather Week: Serious Heat on the Way

    Every time it seems that summer has us in its throes, a front comes through and cools things down. Okay, maybe it doesn't get "cool," but when low temperatures for the week average in the upper 60s, that's cool for Houston in June. This week, no such luck. Over the weekend, temperatures moderated u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Weather Week: Heat, Rain, Possible Severe Weather But Probably No Tornadoes

    It's tough not to think about weather after the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma the last two days. The probably F-5 tornado that struck Moore just south of Oklahoma City could be one of the largest on record, an incredible two miles wide at its peak. Tornadoes are certainly nature's most ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    The Final Countdown: Galveston County Puts Up Massive Countdown Clocks/Billboards for Hurricane Season

    3...2...1...HUNKER! Along the Gulf Coast, most of us are keenly aware of the approach of hurricane season each year. Even if we don't know the exact date it starts (June 1), we know that the advance of summer and hotter temperatures means the tropics are about to get busy. Some people really prepare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    HISD Bus Crash Sends Student To Hospital

    A Houston school district bus was involved in what officials are calling a "major accident" this morning, sending one student to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Three students were on the bus, headed to Scarborough High, when the accident occurred at Beechnut and Braeburn Valley ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Hurricane Season is Over for Houston!! (According To Our Bold Prediction); Cooler Weather On the Way, God's In His Heaven, Etc., Etc.

    Yeah, you heard me. It might sound like a bold prediction, but it's actually safer than you think. I've often told my friends that my favorite day of the year is October 1. The reason for this is that football season has started, basketball training camp is about to open, the holidays are on the wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    UPDATED: Flash Flooding Will Be a Problem Through Early Afternoon

    UPDATE 8:30 a.m. - More than 14,000 residents are without power thanks to the storms rolling through. A line of storms is moving very slowly through the entire area and will continue to be a problem through lunch. Original Post:The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch yesterday that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Drought Madness: Houston, You Want a Hurricane. Overwhelmingly

    ​It's clear the Drought of '11 has had some effect on the minds of Texans: They are actively in favor of getting hit with a tropical storm or hurricane if it will help bring about the end of the über-dry spell. Does everyone forget Ike or Allison? We asked readers if they would take a tropi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Why It's So Hot, When It Might End and Why We Should Count Our Blessings

    High pressure is like the Heat Miser but not claymation.​Polite elevator conversation usually includes something like, "How about that weather, huh?" Lately, that conversation might be more along the lines of, "Holy shit, I went outside and thought I was going to die!" Normally, summers in Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Tropical Storm Don: Will Houston See Any Effects?

    Is that a cone of uncertainty in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?​As we thought, the forecast models, using the data from the National Hurricane Center reconnaissance aircraft came into fairly good agreement last night on the track of Tropical Storm Don and, unfortunately, it d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    This Hurricane Season, Stock Up the Right Way

    Hey, Hurricane Ike Bear; quit dicking around and go buy some bottled water.​Weather agencies across the nation are predicting a much busier hurricane season this year than usual. NOAA predicts up to 10 hurricanes between now and November, with three to six of those being major hurricanes. Rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Remembering Hurricanes Alicia and Claudette

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Unidentified Male, 30-35, Bayou Body Count No. 34

    Man killed in fatal traffic accident.​HPD is investigating a fatal traffic accident at 4400 South MacGregor Way around 7:25 p.m. Friday, March 18. The victim, a 30 to 35-year-old male, is currently unidentified. According to the incident report, the victim was driving a tan Jeep Wrangler east ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Great Gulf Dinner: What Oil Spill?

    ​You may or may not have heard about this little thing that happened recently in the Gulf of Mexico. Some assholes were drilling for oil without following safety precautions and -- oops! -- nearly wrecked an enormous portion of the ocean for generations to come. Dicks. The good news is that t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    10 by 10

    Local playwrights show off their short works

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    10 by 10

    Local playwrights show off their short works

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    BP Oil Spill: Tunes For Turtles This Weekend

    Onward through the oil​Since the BP oil spill began 8,427 days ago, we've heard about how the catastrophe has endangered the welfare of birds, fishermen, tourist shops, and at least one British dickhead CEO, but there hasn't been much said about our society's most vulnerable -- Gulf Coas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Tar Balls In Galveston: What's New?

    Searching "tar balls," "Galveston" and "not uncommon" yields results​The tar balls in Galveston have gotten widespread attention, even though their number and effect is laughably small compared to other states and even though they probably traveled here by boat and not ocean currents, meaning more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Preacher Joseph Herrin: Gulf Oil Spill The Fault Of All Us Abortion-Loving Houstonians

    I'm looking at YOU, Houston​BREAKING -- A new, undeniably correct theory on why there's a huge oil spill has just been announced. There's a spill, it seems, because God hates how we Houstonians just love abortion. Oh, and Joel Osteen's to blame, too.The theory is proposed by a preacher (and, we as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Hurricanes: Rice Says Ike Was Nothing

    Just a fresh seabreeze compared to what could have been​Just in time for hurricane season, a group created in the wake of Ike has issued a report that should be entitled "The Bejesus, And Scaring It Out Of You."Remember Ike and how much that sucked? Destruction in Galveston, no electricity in Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Local Lawyers Unimpressed With Transocean's Bid To Limit Its Oil-Spill Exposure

    Photo courtesy US Coast GuardPLEASE let the oil-spill litigation be heard here, Houston hotel owners pray​Transocean, the Houston company that owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon rig that is currently gushing huge amount of oil into the Gulf, is looking to limit the amount of damages they may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Fight The Oil Spill By Giving Your Dog A Haircut

    Blow-drying after the cut is optional.​Until today, Hair Balls thought pet hair clippings were only good for making you sneeze, but apparently the hair is incredibly absorbent, which could come in handy in the case of, say, a gigantic freakin' oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Pet Paradise, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    The Gulf Oil Spill and the Seafood Industry

    scmtngirl​With the Gulf oil spill now a full-on environmental disaster, seafood lovers are worried. Commercial and recreational fishing has been restricted in certain areas of the Gulf, and seafood supplier Louisiana Foods's Jim Gossen says he's already seen some increase in prices for Gulf oy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    The Gulf Oil Spill and the Seafood Industry

    scmtngirl​With the Gulf oil spill now a full-on environmental disaster, seafood lovers are worried. Commercial and recreational fishing has been restricted in certain areas of the Gulf, and seafood supplier Louisiana Foods's Jim Gossen says he's already seen some increase in prices for Gulf oyster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Anti-Hurricane Consortium To Hold First Meeting...Just in Time for Hurricane Season

    ​A mere 19 months after Hurricane Ike treated the upper Texas coast like its musical namesake used to treat Tina, the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District is holding their first planning session: Galveston County is joined by Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Jefferson and Orange c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009
  • Culture

    July 9, 2009
  • News

    March 19, 2009

    Sondheim, Con Men and Certain Death

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Can't Get It Out of My Head: "New Madrid"

    Wilco, "New Madrid," live at the Fox Theater, Boulder, Colorado, May 1995 Rocks Off is never really not on an Uncle Tupelo kick, but it sure came flooding back after he heard "New Madrid" on Fred Imus' Saturday-morning Trailer Park Bash satellite-radio show last weekend. Even among such futur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    First The Hurricanes, Now The Grassfires, Soon The Locusts

    Now that hurricane season is over, the weather gods have another trick up their sleeves, or whatever garments weather gods wear -- grass fires.Officials from Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties issued a warning this afternoon to look out for brushfires."Until today, grass fires in this area ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Ike

    Over the past couple of weeks, we've heard ad nauseam about the painful effects of Hurricane Ike -- the flooded homes and businesses, the damaged rooftops, the rampant power outages, the lingering failures of Comcast not only to provide cable and Internet but also to explain coherently why they are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008
  • News

    September 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Can't Anyone Just Predict "Slightly Breezy And Seasonably Cool"?

    You want your warnings of catastrophe? We got `em right here. From CNN: "Forecasters warned Ike would bring "certain death" to anyone who remained in Galveston Bay homes. Rarely do forecasters use such forceful language." Weather Underground's Jeff Masters: "We must assume Ike will intensify to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    "Certain Death" Doesn't Bar Commercials

    In the past, when I've talked to TV meteorologists about whether or not they hype hurricanes, at some point they're quick to point out that there'd be no reason to hype, because hurricanes are a losing proposition money-wise for stations. As KPRC's Frank Billingsley put it to us last May: Billings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Neil Frank & Gene Norman -- The Odd Couple

    For those not familiar with the term, "HouStoned Theatre" (memo to web guys: name update needed) is an occasional presentation by the blog, wherein we present imaginary, but probably not completely untruthful, conversations between prominent Houstonians. Today we take you to the newsroom of KHOU, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 18, 2006

    Adventures in Flood Insurance

    Thanks to FEMA's new flood maps, you can move from that neighborhood that flooded to a new neighborhood that, um, will probably flood. Leave it to the foresighted, hyperaware folks at FEMA to release their final flood plain maps of Harris County on such a perfectly overcast, drizzly day. In the b ... More >>

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    Life in a Hurricane

    The New Orleans sound of The Morning 40 Federation

  • News

    March 30, 2006

    Run Over by Metro

    The city's bus company shows little inclination to pay up or change its ways, even after it smacks into people like its own employee Clarence Santee Jr.

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