Industrials Sector

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Biggest Clusters of New Apartment Construction Going Up Right Where You Would Expect (and a Few Where You Wouldn't)

    Houston has experienced an explosion of growth over the past five years. As a result, housing costs have skyrocketed and rent has escalated right along with it. Yet the demand continues with no end in site. Some have suggested this is a real estate bubble, while others are more cautiously optimistic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Is Ted Cruz Ever Going to Learn New Tricks?

    We must give credit where credit is due: Sen. Ted Cruz is the best politician around when it comes to getting himself into the news cycle. You want an opinion on the Ukrainian mess? He's got one! You want a soundbite on Israel? Well, he's got one of those too! He'll talk about the border crisis and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    New Mustachioed Taxis Under Legal Pressure Pending City Hall Vote

    Alternative West Coast taxi companies Lyft and Uber have finally deployed in Houston with the reputation of establishing dozens of successful operations throughout the country -- and warding off ample legal protest from local cabbies. Houston City Council members will weigh criticism from traditio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    This Week in Serial Crime: The U-Haul Burglar

    The Houston Police Department earlier this month nabbed a suspect in at least 14 burglaries, they announced this week. Torron Jermaine Alexander, 42, was hit with a charge of two counts of burglary for a series of crimes, police say took him from one U-Haul business to another since late April. Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    'I Did What I Had to Do,' Says Mailman Accused of Killing Dog With Rock

    Houston may have a high number of dog attacks on postal workers, but it's a Fort Worth letter carrier who's taking heat for allegedly killing a family's dog with a rock. Lawrence Brown says the mailman, whose name has not been released, admitted to caving in the 5-year-old Yorkshire terrier's skull ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Houston Dogs Hate Postal Workers

    More postal workers were bitten by dogs in Houston last year than in 61 other cities. In advance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which we all know kicks off May 18, the United States Postal Service has released statistics showing that Houston had 63 dog attacks of postal workers in 2013, out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Travel company hopes you're not sick of cruises, banking on local ports

    Just last month a Caribbean Princess cruise had to cut itstrip short. It returned to Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadenaa day early so folks from the Centers for Disease Control could investigate what caused 181 passengers and 11 crew members to get sick, a nast little bug called norovirus.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The Drones are (Probably) Coming to Texas

    If you thought drones were the stuff of Terminator movies and bombings in countries that aren't us, you've got another think coming. The world of drones and drone research is coming to Texas, pending FAA approval. The FAA is due to announce the designation of six test sites for unmanned aircraft sy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Acts We'd Rather Skip This Time

    This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off has been bringing you our staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    United's 787s Make a Comeback After Grounding

    After a four-month grounding, United Airlines' Dreamliner 787s return to the air. These aircraft are supposed to be Boeing's salute to energy-efficient travel. According to Boeing's Web site, this midsize airplane can carry between 210 and 290 passengers over a distance of up to 8,500 nautical miles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Down Boy: Texas Ranks Third in Most Dog Bites in the U.S.

    Being a mail carrier for the postal service must be a bitch, particularly in older neighborhoods where they have to walk up to houses instead of just driving by a mailbox. There's the heat and carrying a big pack full of mail. But, perhaps the worst part is the fear of being attacked by a dog. Any a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest '13 Announces Postal Service, Stooges, Cat Power, TV On the Radio, Social D, Geto Boys, Calvin Harris, etc.

    Moments ago, the lineup for the 2013 Free Press Summer Festival was announced online at Let's get to it, shall we?

  • Music

    October 4, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    David and Bridget Montgomery: Funneling Construction Profits To Church Doesn't Mean You Don't Pay Income Tax

    A federal jury has convicted a husband-wife team of tax fraud in connection with a construction business they ran which funneled profits to their church. David and Bridget Montgomery argued that if the money went to the church, it shouldn't be taxed as income, but prosecutors for the Department of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Free Cabs at HPMA Showcase Sunday!

    Rocks Off wants you see as much as Sunday's HPMA showcase as possible, so we have teamed up with our presenting sponsor Yellow Cab to offer free cab rides between the 11 showcase venues. Here's how it works. First you'll need to download the Hail a Cab app for your iPhone. Get it right here. (Sorry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    City CM Helena Brown Never Visited Any South Korean Airlines On Publicly-Funded Trip To Asia

    Houston City Council Member Helena Brown issued a press release Wednesday touting her recent trip to Asia, which she funded with $11,000 in public money, as a "successful business trip" -- but it's become clear her journey to Asia was anything but, and, in fact, completely different than the city's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Swedish Developer May 86 Lake Thicket and Its Wildlife

    In February, a Swedish development and construction company named Skanska snatched up the vacant ARCO building at 15375 Memorial Drive and some of the infrastructure surrounding Lake Thicket, which is home to armadillo, opossums and migratory birds such as Canadian geese. "They told us that they w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Jose Ramirez-Lopez: Tells Jury At His Deportation Trial Just Because I Was In The U.S. Doesn't Mean I Was In The U.S.

    Jose Ramirez-Lopez, 30, has been arrested at least twice for being in the U.S. illegally and sent back to Mexico He "did not have consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security for permission to re-enter the United States," prosecutors say, but was arrested after being found sitting in front of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Southwest vs. United: The Tale of the Texas Tape

    This week brings another chapter in the titanic showdown between Southwest Airlines, who wants to fly international flights out of Hobby, and United Airlines, the company that flies international flights out of Bush. United knows that allowing international flights out of Hobby would be a very, ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Comment of the Day: United, Southwest & Loyalty

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

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    United vs. Southwest Deathcage Match: Your Campaign Donations Scorecard

    Houston City Council is currently in an uproar over Mayor Annise Parker's tentative proposal to allow Southwest to have international flights out of Hobby Airport. Councilmembers have said the proposal is rushed and would harm United Airlines, which, of course, merged with Continental and flies int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Occupy Houston Protesters Hit With Felony Charges For Port Incident

    Stiffer charges reinstated​It seemed a little bogus when Occupy Houston protesters got hit with felony charges for their typical blocking of a street during a Port of Houston event earlier this month and, indeed, the serious charges were quickly dropped. Any celebration has been short-lived, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    The A380 Superjumbo Jet Coming to Houston

    Upstairs, downstairs.​The double-decker Airbus A380, the largest commercial jet in the world, will begin making regular landings in Houston next year. Bush Intercontinental will be the first Texas airport, and only the fourth in the U.S., to have flights from the massive jet that began regula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    "All Fags Will Burn In Hell": Your Lovely Yellow Cab Greeting?

    Homophobia with your video entertainment​Nathan Joel Kasselder and a couple of friends were in F Bar in Montrose last night when they needed a cab, so they called Yellow Cab. The cab came equipped with three video monitors for passengers, all of which were playing a reggae music video. The v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Say Goodbye To Nine Houston Post Offices

    Offices a-closin'​The U.S. Postal Service has announced it's thinking about shutting 3,700 locations across the country, many in small towns. But Houston would not be spared: A list of potential closings -- hilariously labeled the "Expanded Access Study List" -- shows nine sites in the city a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Sheriff Asks Congress for More Money to Patrol Port

    HCSOGive me more money, Garcia said.​Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told a congressional subcommittee today that he needs more cash to protect the Port of Houston. "At the end of the day, it comes down to the ability of someone to patrol in a patrol boat or a patrol car," he told the Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Union Pacific Is Very Sorry For Blocking Major Galleria-Area Roads For 7 Hours Today

    A crew had to stop where they were​Galleria area drivers had a nasty morning today because a Union Pacific train was dropped dead in its tracks blocking Richmond and West Alabama for almost seven hours. Union Pacific spokesperson Raquel Espinoza tells Hair Balls the train's crew had reached t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Patti LaBelle Update: Beaten Cadet Sues Airport Worker Who Allegedly Squealed to West Point

    Patti LaBelle case: Airport worker told West Point about cadet incident, cadet gets suspended​The former West Point cadet who's suing singer Patti LaBelle's entourage for allegedly assaulting him at Bush Intercontinental Airport last March has added an airport operations worker to the list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Houston Dogs Worst In Country For Attacking Mail Carriers

    Probably lives in Houston​It's hard out there for a Houston mail carrier -- if the heat doesn't get you, the dogs probably will. The United States Postal Service has put out its list of the 10 most dangerous cities for dog attacks, and coming in at the top USPS says 62 Houston lett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Bayport Cruise Terminal: Still Empty and Unused, Except for Wayne Dolcefino

    We noted last month the interesting sidelight to the big Disney announcement that they'd be sailing a cruise ship out of Galveston -- that sidelight being that Disney was flipping the bird to the Port of Houston's boondoggle of a cruise terminal. KTRK's ever-intrepid Wayne Dolcefino has now taken a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Frankie Sanders: Union Boss Put in Travel Vouchers for Hotels Closed by Katrina

    Make sure your fake receipts are not for closed hotels.​If you're going to rip your union off for $10,000 by putting in fake travel vouchers, don't put in one showing you stayed at a New Orleans hotel while it was closed because of huge Hurricane Katrina damage. It's just common sense. Con Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Neal Uy Lim: Got Millions Through Counterfeit Postage Scheme

    Don't mess with Newman​A Houston man has been convicted of running a multi-million scheme where he used counterfeit postage machines to rip off the post office. Neal Uy Lim, 50, owned three large pre-sorting mail businesses in the Houston area, operations that handle bulk mail and get a disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Pointing Lasers at Planes: A Big Texas Pastime

    Save it for Laser Floyd, people​The FAA has issued its annual report on the growing problem of airplane pilots being targeted by laser pointers as they try to land, and be proud, Texas: You had more such incidents than any state but California. It happened 239 times in Texas in 2010, FAA spok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Some Good Metro News: Light Rail Will Be Working This Weekend!

    Metro's light rail will actually be working this weekend​Hey, here's some good news for a change from Metro: the light rail system will be working this weekend! Hey, you take your good news any way you can these days. All of you saying, "Shouldn't a light rail system be designed to work on a ... More >>

  • News

    January 6, 2011

    Don't Kill the Messengers

    How bike couriers plan to survive the internet age.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    January Weekends: Don't Expect Much Light Rail

    Construction for the ages​How long does it take to build a freaking pedestrian bridge across Fannin? Long enough that -- on the heels of Metro having to suspend light rail service on some December weekends to accommodate construction -- they'll be doing the same for most of January, the agenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Say Vanderland Industries! IAH Gets New Baggage Handling System

    The new baggage handling system at IAH is real, and it's spectacular.​With pat downs and body scans and full cavity searches (we're pretty sure those are all real), it seems like airports are taking our safety pretty damn seriously. Sure, it's an inconvenience and there's a chance naked manneq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Amtrak's Terrible Sunset Limited May Become A Daily

    Improvements on the way?​Amtrak has a new plan out on how to improve service on the Sunset Limited, the long-distance passenger train that comes through Houston on its way between Los Angeles and New Orleans. Any plan would likely improve service, since the Limited is notorious for long, long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    What, The Name "Death To Jews" Was Taken?

    Qatar Airways is making a big move in the Houston market -- it's got ads on the air touting its luxurious service, it's got a giant new 777 plying the new Houston-Doha route.One thing it's probably not doing -- advertising in Houston's Jewish Herald-Voice. Or, if they are, they're probably not headl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    The Wind Devastated Galveston, Now It's Helping The Comeback

    The winds (and resulting storm surge) of Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston, but it's wind that has helped the Port of Galveston get back into the black for the first time since the storm.Is that ironic, or is it more like rain on your wedding day? We're not sure. And Port CEO Steven Cernak doesn't rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The East End Doesn't Like Metro's Light-Rail Overpass (Updated)

    The Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, the Eastwood Civic Association, and some East End residents are up in arms over Metro's plans for a light rail overpass on Harrisburg Boulevard. So what's their problem, you say? Why would anyone have anything critical to say of Metro? Yeah, Hair Balls found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Continental Wants Its Pilots to Work Harder, Fly Righter

    If you're flying Continental to Mumbai in the near future, you might want to pay close attention to how rested the pilot is. Are her eyes bloodshot, or are the lids propped up with toothpicks? Or is she perhaps knocking back little pills with gallons of coffee? Well, the FAA seems a bit worried tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Southwest Airlines Going All International On Us

    You are now free to move about...another country?Has Southwest Airlines, the little Texas company that introduced cattle-call boarding, going all international on us?The airline announced today it's taking the first steps to offering flights to Canada, which is a country somewhere to the north of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Tough Month To Be A Houston Flier

    October was really a tough month to be an air passenger in Houston.The federal Bureau of Transportation has released its latest survey of flight delays, and Houston plays a prominent role in it.The third-worst airline when it came to on-time arrivals was our very own Continental. Almost 19 percent o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    That Empty Lot Next Door May Stay Empty A Long Time, Suburban Guy

    A homebuilder who has several developments in Houston has gone under.Kimball Hill Homes announced it's filing for bankruptcy."We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but given the current housing and financial market conditions we are simply unable to conduct normal operati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    Public Storage Inc. -- Protecting You From Your Belongings

    In the midst of natural disasters like Hurricane Ike, some businesses find a way to both help the community and land new clients. To wit: When Ike was ready to pounce on the Gulf Coast, U-Haul offered a free 30-day storage space deal for people in Ike’s path. A U-Haul spokeswoman told Hair Balls t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    An Ike Miracle: Bayport Cruise Terminal To Actually Be Used

    And they said it would never happen. The brand-new $81 million cruise terminal at the Port of Houston's Bayport terminal is finished and has been able to handle ships for a while now. Not so's you'd notice, because no cruise companies have signed up to use it, as the Houston Chronicle reported. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Houston's Light Rail Not Good Enough For Baltimore

    There's a bit of a brouhaha up in Baltimore, as some government bureaucracy -- no one really knows for sure -- is offering to pay for journalists and bloggers to take free trips to cities with shiny new mass-transit rail systems, and then write glowingly about them. They're not interested in cities ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Duck Season. Rabbit Season. Tax Season.

    Several organizations took advantage of the tax day rush at the downtown post office to promote their causes – anti-government sentiment and beer. Members of and gathered outside the post office to pass out pamphlets and DVDs, and to denounce taxes, the IRS and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2006

    So Long, Friendly Skies

    It's still the safest way to travel. Well, thanks a lot, terrorists. If you're traveling by plane this morning, you'd better really dress down. By now, you've no doubt heard that British police have thwarted a would-be bomb plot against British flights destined for the U.S. The plot, as Brit off ... More >>

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