Photo by wsilverPeople who aren't fans of dogs accidentally strangling themselves with their leashes aren't going to like this story: On Wednesday, a dog at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care died after, as previously mentioned, it got caught up in its leash while a staff member c ... More >>
Photo by wsliverHair Balls has just been making our way through "no-kill" advocate Nathan Winograd's just-released assessment of the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, and we have one question for city officials: When are you going to sue this guy for libel?!We ask that because the BARC descri ... More >>
Photo by abcrumleyThe Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control will be removed from the Health and Human Services Department, according to Frank Michel, the Mayor's communications director."We will be working to remove BARC from the Health Department over the next couple of weeks," Michel told Hai ... More >>
Photo courtesy GHCVBSilly fuckin' us.We thought that when a Houston City Councilman says something, we're supposed to take him at his word. But sometimes we forget that this is Houston, and things are done a little differently.At the August 3 Human Services Committee meeting on Gerry Fusco's BARC ... More >>
Photo courtesy GHCVBSomeone asked us the other day what happened to all that grant money that was supposed to renovate apartment complexes along Broadway Boulevard and give the area a much-needed face lift. He was driving down the street and said it looked like not a single property had been fixe ... More >>
Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM
The City of Houston and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority are currently suing multiple travel websites such as Orbitz and Priceline over tax revenues it claims the sites owe it. Online travel sites pay wholesale prices to hotels for rooms and then customers book those rooms at a mark-up fro ... More >>
The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together
With the holidays approaching, mayors across the country have published their equivalent of letters to Santa, and all they want for Christmas is a total of $73 billion in federal funding for municipal projects they say could kick-start job growth.The U.S. Conference of Mayors released this week the ... More >>
Hardly Knew Ye
Offices around Houston are breaking down into the haves and the have-nots -- those who've had their power at home restored, and those who are still stumbing in the dark. If you look at CenterPoint's map of when proposed areas should get power, it seems pretty clear: the suburbs are winning. If you ... More >>
You may have noticed Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Bill White projecting different attitudes during their joint press conferences in the past few days - White a bit more critical of response efforts, Emmett a bit less willing to engage in what he would presumably think to be finger-pointin ... More >>
Helping Hand Spurned
Houston, it turns out we at Hair Balls, despite earlier claims, have not done enough to get this city off its non-recycling ass. We put blind faith in the report that a city official had finally contacted the San Franciscans who nobly wanted to donate recycling bins to the city. The contact came af ... More >>
No beards allowed at HPD
Mayor White gets help from the appraisal district
Houston has a national rep for taking down buildings. So why are these eyesores still standing?
Conservatives won't let Mayor White "inject" this election with his voting drive "bug." (See, what we're doing here is playing off the immunization theme...) Score one for local Republicans... Today, GOP/conservative patriots helped put a stop to what's clearly a liberal plot to woo senior citiz ... More >>
Remember when we praised City Hall? Forget it.
Are Houston cops trying to make up for lost revenue?
Tropical Storm Allison destroyed houses that never quite got fixed, thanks to bureaucratic bungling and cheaters
The city sends a special something to Africa
City, county officials silence a proposed radio station inside the Dome
UTMB's controversial proposed deal with the city dies
How much more can you cut?
Bring out your dead -- and wait
City Council proposed; City Hall didn't dispose
The mayor was threatened -- or maybe he wasn't
Hermann Park vendors are begging the city: Take us back!
Houston's latest image-boosting campaign gets a big hand from the Chron
You want oligarchs? We got oligarchs!