• Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Sad Goodbyes & More Sad Goodbyes

    The theme for this week must have been temporary closures and permanent closures. It was like a domino effect -- one restaurant announced it was closing, then another one, followed by several more. It's always a shame to see such a popular restaurant close when the reason isn't lack of business. Va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn't Save Neal Smith

    Firefighter Neal Smith was almost out of the second floor of the six-story training tower when he became disoriented and fell to his knees. Smith had excelled through the first day's exercises, and he was doing fine on day two. He was one of a few to clear a bunker with air left in his tank; others ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Fireman's Widow Sues Over Training Course Death

    The widow of a volunteer Atascocita firefighter who died of overheating during "smoke diving" training in Beaumont in 2012 has sued two firefighters' groups and a safety council, accusing them of gross negligence leading to his death. Captain Neal Wade Smith, 46, a U.S. Navy veteran and father of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    2013: The Year in Houston Openings & Closings

    It's that time of year again. As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014, let's take a moment and reflect on the restaurants that opened and closed this year. Unlike our usual Openings & Closings reports, this one is simply a month-by-month listing of which restaurants joined the Houston dining sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Voting Is... Easier When You Do It Early

    Planning on voting early in Houston? There are only two days left to do so and on November 5th you can ONLY vote in the precinct you are assigned to. When time is against you, waiting until the last minute to vote could be worse than trying to find this year's IT toy during a Black Friday sale. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Bistro Des Artes, Iguana Joes & More

    This week several big name chefs and restaurant owners spoke about their newly opened and to-come restaurants. Oh yeah and Iguana Joe's apparently got a lot of people sick and is shut down temporarily. But enough of the gross news, let's get back to some openings we are pretty excited about. Eater ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013

    MasterChef Season 3 Winner Christine Ha

    Wows crowd at Brazos Bookstore.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

    Here it is. The wooly mammoth of a post that we provide to you as a public service every year. All of 2012's openings and closings, listed by month, without fanfare or commentary. This is just the nitty gritty of every single restaurant whose doors have shut or opened in the last 12 months. Enjoy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Brandon Brown: Binoculars Aid His Mastubatory School-Kid Watching, Cops Say

    Police have charged a 21-year-old Atascocita man with felony indecency exposure in connection with his using binoculars to spy on schoolchildren waiting at a bus stop, court documents say. Brandon Sean Brown was arrested after being seen near Oaks Elementary in the 19600 block of Merrillwood about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Jim Kovacik of 97.9 The Box Talks About Being White and The Atascocita Thugz

    It is difficult surviving local music radio in any city, but Houston in particular. Imagine doing that when you are basically the antithesis of the stereotype most assigned to your position. Think a punk rocker working at a country station. Jim Kovacik -- Jimbo or Jimbeazy as he is known to listener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Tavarius Williams: Alleged "Dog-Flipper" on the Loose

    One of our alert friends from the animal welfare community just alerted us to a sad story from Tanya Wisler, a Chihuahua breeder in Kingwood, who says she was looking for a forever home for one of her dogs, but the dog wound up in the hands of an alleged dogflipper. This was the first time we've h ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2011

    PR Headline of the Day

    Parker Afraid of Dick

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    No Offense: Charges Dropped Against Accused Kingwood Flasher

    Now playing in Lexington, Kentucky​The sucky thing about being a registered sex offender is that, anytime some dude whips out his weiner in your neighborhood, the police are eventually going to look in your direction. Such is the case with Kingwood resident/creepy guy Jose Gregory Moore, who& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Homeowners Association Wants To Buy Golf Course; Not Everyone Thinks It's A Great Idea

    ​Sparks are flying in Atascocita over one homeowners association's proposal to buy a neighborhood golf course.Michele Curtis, a member of the Atascocita Community Improvement Association, told Hair Balls she believes the board is overstepping the bounds carved out in the group's covenant by asking ... More >>

  • News

    December 3, 2009

    Credit Repair

    Overwhelmed by debt? Hey, pay a company to get rid of it by saying it never really happened in the first place.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Friday Night Lights, Houston Style: Why Does Everyone Hate Katy So Much?

    Photos by Paul Knight​Standing in the rain on Saturday afternoon, watching Katy High School play Atascocita in a playoff game, Hair Balls remembered something we read on the Washington Post NFL blog this past week. This question, about the Dallas Cowboys, was asked: "Why are the Cowboys So Hated? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Dear Local Musicians, Grammy Consideration Is Not the Same Thing As Grammy Nominations

    Ah, here we go again with local artists trumpeting "Grammy nominations." The latest is Atascocita-grown country singer Susan Hickman, who seems to fancy herself as a Miranda Lambert/Martina McBride type. We stumbled across Hickman accidentally through MySpace's "Status Updates," and our eye was imm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    This Is Why You're Fat: Now In Convenient Book Form!

    Back in February, we lauded one of our favorite food websites -- This Is Why You're Fat -- for bringing such monstrosities like the Corn Dog Pizza to our attention and for bringing the Deep Fried Mars Bar into the collective consciousness (we couldn't bear to be the only ones familiar with that abom ... More >>

  • News

    July 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Free Burrito Day at Mission Burrito

    Photo courtesy of kerininAnother week, another free burrito. It's like we live in some kind of burrito heaven, where the guacamole flows like water. Mission Burrito is offering one free item per person for lunch and dinner today: a burrito, a burrito bowl, a salad or two tacos. They all come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Free Burritos at Chipotle Mexican Grill

    Photo courtesy of Chipotle Psst! Wanna free burrito? Check out the new Chipotle Mexican Grill at 10905 Louetta Road on Wednesday, June 17. That location -- and that location only -- will be serving up free burritos to anyone who drops by from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Why the giveaway? The grill is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    A Whole Lot of HEB Stores Are Now Open

    We just got a release from HEB that proudly declares the company "leads retailers in number of stores re-opened in the greater Houston region." Is that smack-talking? We dunno. Sounds a little bit like it. Full list after the jump:

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008
  • News

    July 12, 2007

    The Fantastic Foreskin

    Circumcised men are employing weights and pulleys to cover themselves back up

  • News

    August 28, 2003
  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Half-Baked Notions?

    Plus: Driving Them Crazy, Oyster Crabbing

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Loose Cannon?

    David Mullane wanted to express sympathy for a rape victim. But the police wanted an arrest.

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Boogie Nights

    Music, a Houston DJ andthe lure of Austin

  • News

    March 5, 1998
  • News

    October 13, 1994

    Pursuing Jerry

    A former prosecutor finds it was easier to investigate ethically challenged officials than to run against one