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    November 21, 2014

    The Flu Is on the Rise in Texas, Just in Time for the Holidays

    Should you want to avoid some Thanksgiving awkwardness with the family, well, just go out into the general public and touch a bunch of stuff. Flu cases are up in Texas, a bit earlier than normal, according to the CDC, which means there's still hope for a valid excuse for skipping out on the turkey t ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Houston Flu Cases on Decline as School Mourns Teacher's Death

    We have a lot of flu this year. But you probably already know that. Although exact numbers are hard to come by since hospitals only voluntarily provide information on flu cases, we do know that there were 132 positive results found this flu season in Houston's bureau of lab services. A total of 11 ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    What to Feed That Flu

    IslesPunkFan​With the temperature climbing steadily toward the hellish heat of Houston summer, I could've sworn I'd escaped the flu season unscathed. If only I was so lucky. I got sick, making it hard to taste anything. And as someone who loves food, this was especially unfortunate. I knew ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Rioja's Paella

    Photo by Robb WalshThe paella at Rioja restaurant on Kirkwood is one of the best I've ever eaten. You can get it at lunch with two tapas appetizers for $13. Paella is one of those dishes that can leave you completely indifferent or knock your socks off, depending on the skill of the cook and the qua ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Swine Flu Is A Pandemic Now!!! Panic!! Or, In Houston, Don't

    The World Health Organization has declared swine flu to be a pandemic, the first in over 40 years.It's doing it mostly on the basis of a sharp growth in cases in Australia, Japan and Chile, but just about every story on the subject -- at least in America -- mentions Houston.We were, of course, the f ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Travis Elementary Gets Water

    Photo courtesy of WikipediaWe told you last week that Travis Elementary, the school that was so afflicted with swine flu and/or the fears thereof, was starting its summer session of classes. This morning we heard from Houston ISD spokesman Norm Uhl who tells us the "water samples tested last week ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Travis Elementary: Flu Central (For Kids, Not Teachers)

    Even more kids are out at Travis Elementary today, HISD spokesman Norm Uhl tells Hair Balls -- of the 712 registered, 378 stayed home today. Another dozen felt sick at school, went to the clinic and were sent home.Oddly, teachers don't seem to be affected: Only two are out sick. (Another two are hom ... More >>

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    May 4, 2009

    Harvard Elementary Kids, Get Your Butts Back To School

    Another HISD school has declared total victory in the battle against swine flu (No political correctness here, pork industry!!). Harvard Elementary in the Heights, one of the first district schools to close down, will reopen tomorrow.The city's health department has given the OK for the move, HISD s ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Fears About Swine Flu: Don't Forget The Part Where You Might Go Insane

    Just to the throw one more log of fear on the fire...As if a case of influenza wasn't bad enough on its own, some strains carry the risk of a lingering and sometimes permanent "hangover" in the form of acute mental illness. Unborn children are at the most risk, some studies show.In the aftermath of ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Swine Flu FAQs: The Answers You Need...And The Answers You Deserve

    Unlike in 1918, when the flu really bitch-slapped humanity, leading medical experts have the ability to immediately update us with information on how to stay safe, and how to separate myth from fact. For example: By now, unless you're a vapid hotel-fortune heiress who answers the cell phone during s ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Swine Flu Closes Three HISD Schools, Episcopal High -- And All Of Fort Worth ISD (UPDATED)

    HISD has announced two schools have closed until further notice because of possible -- but not confirmed -- cases of swine flu.Harvard Elementary and Hamilton Middle School, both in the Heights, are the schools."Late last night the City of Houston Health Department informed HISD Superintendent Abela ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    $7 at Bell Street Cafe

    Where: Bell Street Cafe, 800 Bell Street (under the Exxon Building) What $7 gets you: Surprisingly fresh and cheap food. Dining under the Exxon building, right next to the Houston Press building, means that you will be eating with a million suits who do business just a few floors up. There's a lot ... More >>

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    April 28, 2009

    Revenge Of The Swine (And The Obsessive Hand-Washers)

    A swine flu pandemic isn't a "foregone conclusion," according to the new alert level issued yesterday by the World Health Organization. But things are starting to get a little scary. Cue the travel warnings. The United States said not to head south of the border. The European Union said stay aw ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Will the Texan 30 Rock Writer Please Get in Touch?

    This is starting to mess with Rocks Off's head just a little. Last week's Janis-Joplin-movie subplot made him wonder, because it was hardly the first time Southeast Texas was used as a punchline, but now he's sure there's some sort of subversive Lone Star conspiracy afoot behind the scenes  ... More >>

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    March 5, 2008

    Do We Finally Have a Republican Candidate Who Can Cure Bird Flu?

    Yesterday’s GOP presidential primary was a snoozer, but it did reveal this: 143 people thought Hoa Tran would make a good president. Or at least a good Republican candidate for president. Tran more than doubled the Harris County vote of wacko Hugh Cort, dealing a likely knockout blow to Cort’s ... More >>

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    December 23, 2007

    Big Shot: Tunnel Mole Watches Sheryl Swoopes Get Needled

    Ferret-hater and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was hospitalized overnight last week while in Missouri for flu-like symptoms, which makes you wonder how much attention to detail is being paid by his handlers. What a sissy thing to take you out on the campaign trail, especially if i ... More >>

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    November 30, 2006
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    November 1, 2006

    Bad Medicine for Bill White

    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 >>