Not everyone was at the Houston Chevron Marathon this weekend, even though we couldn't have had more perfect weather for it. Some of you were at pubs and clubs, some of you were getting your roller derby on, some of you were at a burlesque show (naughty!) and some of you were at our very own Artopia ... More >>
Photos by Jason McElweenie / Click here for a slideshowRunners in the marathon, some of whom dressed like Disney characters.Every January for the last several years I have stood on a curb along Allen Parkway, cheering for my friends in the early hours of a Sunday as they competed in the Chevr ... More >>
Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.
Just when it looked as if the legal battle between former KBR contractor Tracy Barker and Halliburton, which used to own KBR, was about to come to a multi-million dollar conclusion, filings made today in the rape case seem to indicate there is still some ways to go until it is all over. More th ... More >>
It was a case that ended as strangely as it began. In April, Hair Balls told you about a lawsuit filed in Houston federal court aimed at Glacial Energy Holdings alleging that its CEO in 2007, Gary Mole, dropped trou at a work dinner, tried to force his way into the room of Amparo Gasca, who was ... More >>
A couple of researchers at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy have released a study that gets close to proving that speculators caused oil prices to shoot up in 2008. This theory is nothing new, but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the agency that regulates U.S. futu ... More >>
Photo courtesy GHCVBA Houston without an oil industry? Why, that's like Dallas without assholes.But it could happen, according to speakers at a panel here today. (The Houston part, not the Dallas part.)The RMI Oilfield Breakfast Forum featured dire warnings that Obama's tax policies might e ... More >>
Todd Waite as Sherlock HolmesThe Crucifer of Blood, this year's ExxonMobil Summer Chills series at the Alley Theatre is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Sign of Four which was the second novel he ever wrote about Sherlock Holmes (after A Study in Scarlet). As Hair Balls wrote ... More >>
photo courtesy of beckstir01 Kidnappings, pipeline bombings and vigilantism has become a way of life for both offshore oil workers stationed along the coast of Nigeria as well as the oppressed native insurgency groups who carry out the violence. (Check out this week's feature about one Texan's re ... More >>
Photo by J.C. ReidOn a recent trip to the Bolivar Peninsula with a carload of friends, I stopped in the small town of Winnie, Texas for a quick pit stop at the local Texaco gas station that had a hot food counter serving mostly pizzas and fried foods. These counters, combined with a few picnic tabl ... More >>
It's tough getting an edge in the convenience-store game. Exxon's coffee is as shitty as Shell's, the price for a pair of tallboys is about the same, gas is gas.So if you're Ashish Shrestha of Friendswood, and you're running a Speedy-Mart, you go the extra mile.Some over-the-counter, no-prescription ... More >>
Photo by Lori GreigIt might seem like we're harping on the recent round of layoffs at the Houston Chronicle just because we're journalists too ("Hey, how come you don't do ten posts about the layoffs at Schlumberger!!"), but -- as we've said before -- we perhaps naively hold to the thought th ... More >>
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Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.
UTMB's controversial proposed deal with the city dies
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While communities across the country block LNG terminals, Quintana just shrugs
A real shake-up at HPD? We thought that was impossible
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Saturday, October 4
Roll up more than your sleeves with this clothing line
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Lessee dealers in the gas business
A lack of Bush means a lack of news in Houston
Sputnik-inspired October Sky runs hot and coal
How once-fearsome corporate raider T. Boone Pickens was beaten at his own game -- by a one-time protege
Save the politics for later Boss Hall's going for the gold right now!
The oil is gone from High Island, but the birds still come. So do the bird watchers.