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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Wows crowd at Brazos Bookstore.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Parker Afraid of Dick
Now playing in Lexington, KentuckyThe 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 >>
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 >>
Overwhelmed by debt? Hey, pay a company to get rid of it by saying it never really happened in the first place.
Photos by Paul KnightStanding 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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:
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