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Financial Planning

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    It's a Major Award! HISD Named Top Urban School District in America Second Year in a Row

    Sometimes, Christmas comes early. That appears to be the case for the Houston Independent School District which, for the second straight year, was awarded the Board Prize for Urban Education. The award is in recognition of the district's overall performance and reduction of achievement gaps among po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Welcome to the Bizarre Era of Crazy Online Fundraising

    Nicole Easton decided to try a stunt many young people have. I certainly did years ago. It seems like fun. You get a running start and jump off the roof into a pool. No biggie. Goaded on by her friends and boyfriend, Easton made the leap, only she also hesitated. The end result was a pair of broken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The Hazards Of getting Financial Aid At Lone Star College

    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 or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Lone Star College Students Say They're Getting Screwed On Financial Aid

    When a student who shall remain nameless started at Lone Star College last year, he heard rumors about problems in the financial aid office: botched paperwork, delayed disbursement, and even random cancelations of people's financial aid. Then it happened to him. First, his application got held up w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Money-Hungry MLB: Author Says the League is Treating Some Retirees Like Garbage

    David Clyde: $10k richer but still no MLB retirement benefits for the Houstonian​Specific Major League Baseball retirees are getting the shaft, according to the author of the controversial A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve. The crux of Dou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Pasadena, Home to Some Sickos, Is Also a Nifty Place to Retire

    Retire to this in Pasadena.​The economy blows, especially for old folks, who aren't as able to kick it with an umbrella drink at some beachside hang like in the old days. No worries, according to Tom Corley, author of The Top 100 Cheapest Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2012. Instead of sink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Christian Lopez, Overtaxed Yankee Fan, The Sequel (Where He Becomes A Charity)

    Christian Lopez: Now sponsored by the champagne of bottled beers​That's it, you win, Christian Lopez. I give up. You all remember, Christian Lopez, right? (It's only been like 24 hours since I last wrote about him. Please tell me you remember.) Just in case, Lopez was the ample Yankee fan wh ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    For Friday the 13th: Five of the Unluckiest Texans Ever

    Investors held on too long.​Beginning with LaSalle, the French explorer who survived shipwrecks and cannibal Karankawa Indian attacks only to perish at the hands of his own men near Navasota, some people in Texas have had some pretty damned hard luck. You might lay some or all of the blame at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    My Chase Bank High School Checking Account Nightmare

    Banks and "customer service"​ UPDATE: It's one thing when banks screw me, quite another when they screw my son. I wasn't going to let this stand, so this morning I went back to Chase, dressed head to toe in black. I took a tape recorder, and I was ready for a Chase banker to explain to me how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Fishers of Men: Pastor And Associates Get Prison Time For Fraud

    Go thou and defraudeth FEMA....​It was almost two years ago that we wrote about the Fishers of Men scandal, a church in southwest Houston whose pastor and associates were charged with various financial shenanigans.It sparked a comment war between defenders and accusers that lasted so long and got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    As A Big Student-Loan Deadline Looms, Be Sure You're Using The Right Web Site

    ​Do you enjoy wasting hours when you're trying to meet a tight deadline to get federal aid for a college loan? Just log on to www.fafsa.com, and sign up for an ID, then spend hours getting material to answer all their questions. Ignore the many times an ad pops up, trying to sell you "professional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Two Pastors And A Deacon Admit That Their Church Was One Hell Of A Scam

    ​Some blog items never die.Almost a year ago we wrote about the fraud charges filed against officials of the Fishers of Men Worship Center in Houston. To this day, barely a week goes by without someone throwing up another comment on the case, either defending the officials or saying they got what ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2009

    The Narrows - Live

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Be Thou Fishers Of Men, Or Scammers Of Government

    There's no scam like a religious scam. And there's no religious scam like one where the church involved has a really churchy name, like Fishers of Men. And that's what we have (allegedly) in Houston -- the US Attorney's office has indicted the heads of Fishers of Men for skimming millions in fake s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    UH Phone System Swamped

    The University of Houston’s phone lines are in gridlock this morning – at least the ones going to the all-important Admissions Office which is where you check to see if your financials are all in order. And today’s the day UH says you have to settle up your bill or face dis-enrollment from you ... More >>

  • News

    May 15, 2008

    College Immaterial for High School Students in Vocational Training

    Good paying jobs, no huge loan burdens, exciting course work — the new vo-tech attracts more and more hi-tech students

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    This Just In: Kashmere Stage Band Update

    Here are a few more details about this weekend’s reunion of “Texas Thunder Soul” titans the Kashmere Stage Band. Tomorrow afternoon’s performance at Kashmere High School is open to KHS students and faculty only, but Saturday night the KSB alumni will headline a gala reception and fundraiser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    High School Photo Contest: Back to School

    The entries are in for the September-October round of our photo contest for Houston-area high school students. The theme was Back to School, and we got snaps of lockers, chemistry projects, cheerleaders and soccer players.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    High School Photo Contest: Back to School

    We're still accepting entries for the latest round of our photo contest for Houston-area high school students. Winners get bookstore gift certificates and become eligible for a $1,000 college scholarship. The theme is "Back to School." A very broad theme, indeed. Use your imagination and get snappi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2007

    High School Photo Contest: Food, Glorious Food

    We’ve loaded up the latest batch of photos from our contest for Houston-area high school students. You can check out the gallery here. Be sure to come back and vote in the comments section of this post. Winners get bookstore gift certificates and become eligible for a $1,000 college scholarship. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2007

    High School Photo Contest: Food, Glorious Food

    We’ve loaded up the latest batch of photos from our contest for Houston-area high school students. You can check out the gallery here. Be sure to come back and vote in the comments section of this post. Winners get bookstore gift certificates and become eligible for a $1,000 college scholarship. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2007

    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 post and vote for your favorite in the comments ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2006

    But What About Our Aggie Jokes?

    tamu.edu Quick: Spot the mental giant... Did you know Texas A&M is the fifth best university in the entire country? Yeah, neither did we. That is, until we stumbled across Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide. After years of tearing apart the U.S. News rankings (one of the media's favo ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Living in a House of Cards

    Rank-and-file employees suspected something was wrong at Enron. Now they want someone to pay.

  • News

    February 28, 2002

    The Bust of Kenny Boy

    Plus: Powers to Be, Japanic's Surrender

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Cheap Sandwich

    Cali Sandwich

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Place to Get Impressive Art Cheap

    Glassell School of Art Fund-raiser and Auction

  • News

    December 28, 1995
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