The Harris County Medical Examiner's office confirmed to Hair Balls that Downing Street Pub Manager Joseph Dufault died in Sunday's single-vehicle wreck on Allen Parkway. Dufault was driving a Hummer around 2 p.m. near Waugh when he sped off a curve before smashing into a tree. He was 29. According ... More >>
A former Spring Branch ISD high school teacher, who also worked as a court-appointed child advocate, has been charged with having sex with an 18-year-old student. Ex-Northbrook High teacher Kathanna C. Culp was charged March 19, according to Harris County District Clerk records, after she acknowled ... More >>
This is the first part of a Chef Chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. Up Restaurant in Highland Village boasts one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. Above the bar, a gigantic, glittering Swarovski chandelier immediately wows before you step d ... More >>
As it turns out, Texans indulged in all seven of the deadly sins.
On the frontlines of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.
A Texas City woman claims in a civil lawsuit to have lost $200,000 to a man she met via email who persuaded her to back him in a house-flipping venture. The suit, filed by attorney Russell Plackemeier of Texas City, states that 55-year-old Jan Merklin met his client -- "Shelly" -- via email on Febr ... More >>
New charges have been filed in connection to a Klein meth fire that sent one man to the hospital with critical injuries and two others to jail. Harris County Sheriff's deputies arrested Lindsay Ann Grice, 25, and Thurman Lee Hall, 37, back on May 24 after a pot of what they allege was meth exploded ... More >>
Though his actions were sleazy in the extreme and hurt a lot of people, including some he was ostensibly close to, you've just got to hand it to Joshua Matthew Pierce. In a Waco federal court yesterday, Pierce, of Houston, pleaded guilty to defrauding a Waco bank, his own son-in-law and another ma ... More >>
As Facebook marches onward toward 1 billion users (yes, billion with a 'b'), it is understandable that people make mistakes on the social networking monster. You know that thing where your friend joins Facebook and immediately starts sending you a hundred requests for Farmville because "It's so much ... More >>
In a DWI incident that recalled last year's "Why was the helicopter flying so low?" debacle, a 25-year-old Montgomery woman has been jailed after police said she drunkenly rear-ended a police Blood Alcohol Testing Van. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, a county sheriff's deputy wa ... More >>
Society writer's other job
It sounds like a bad rom-com book and movie, which no doubt its author hopes it will be -- society reporter for a big-city newspaper by day, stripper by night. That's apparently the life being led by Sarah Tressler, who began writing society stuff for the Houston Chronicle after Douglas Britt left ... More >>
Somewhere near the crossroads of Facebook, Tumbler, Digg and an Amazon Wish List, there is a rapidly growing social network known as Pinterest. Developed only a couple years ago, this "virtual pin board" has been rapidly growing in numbers and clout since its beta launch in the spring of 2010. To u ... More >>
Hollywood FLOSS, nominated for a Houston Press Music Award for Best Songwriter, grows his brand the only way he knows works.
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 involv ... More >>
Daniel KramerUsing the Heimlich on drowning victims not a good idea, experts say.Four years ago we wrote about John Hunsucker, a retired UH professor who owned a company that taught lifeguards to use the Heimlich maneuver on drowning victims, something that has been widely discredited in the ... More >>
It doesn't get much easier than this.App: MySocialMania Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: $0.99 Mania seems to be an appropriate word when discussing the crazed use of social media by millions worldwide. From Twitter to Facebook to Flickr to MySpace (God help us), millions of ... More >>
Derek & the DominosIt's been an active, and retroactive, time for singer-songwriter/keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, best known as one of the playing pieces in the Eric Clapton-led group Derek and the Dominos, along with bassist Carl Radle (who died in 1980) and drummer Jim Gordon, currently in pr ... More >>
Why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends.....Something interesting happened when social media started bearing down on us a few years back. We began to yearn for friends, and not the kind that you can call up on a Tuesday night for a bull session at the bar, or someone to watch your pu ... More >>
HISD might close cosmetology program.
Josh Daniel: From the Press to some government jobIn a huge step down that can only be seen as evidence of incredible drug abuse or chronic ineptitude, a former Houston Press copy editor has become the new chief speechwriter for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Josh Daniel, who had been working ... More >>
Photo via KTRK"I thought she wanted to play Traveller RPG!"An eighth-grade history teacher sporting an allegedly hip goatee, who also likes to play a little online sci-fi games? Mr. Cool. All the kids probably like him. The cops aren't so hot on him, though, especially the one who posed online ... More >>
Bad dealings, and porn actresses who are anal-sex specialistsClinton Tod Harwell might have run his last scam for a while. The long-time Houstonian -- well-known as a defendant in the civil and criminal courthouses here -- moved to California a while back, and that's where he came to grief.And a ... More >>
Pardon us, but we're about to impart some useful, seasoned knowledge on you. Don't get too accustomed to it, however. We'll return to our regularly scheduled programming of a wee bit of technology talk with a whole lot of intertwined innuendo in no time.But for today, we educate. Our topic? E ... More >>
The hefty bovine heartily clearing the moon had nothin' on you when you located your closest chum from elementary school on Facebook. The only glee rivaling yours was that of the dish skippin' town with the spoon when your hometown sports hero followed you back on Twitter. But months later ... More >>
Look. We couldn't miss the collective whoop of joyous philanderers worldwide when Al Gore sat down and decided to invent the Internet. Clandestine, illicit communication via password-protected inboxes on web platforms? On what dotted line can you sign your penis away, and how fast? Salacious ... More >>
Take a stroll down any aisle in Target. Pirouette through the airy walkways at the Houston Zoo. Squint your eyes in disbelief at a nearly abandoned Discovery Green. Go ahead; try it. There's something markedly different in the world today, isn't there?Oh, helloooooo, ... More >>
They tell you landing a job via social media that won't trigger your gag reflex is a piece of cake. They share insider tips and tricks like Carrie and Samantha dishing blowjob techniques over Cosmos. They tell you to keep your nose clean, but if you can't, don't post photos of it online. So whe ... More >>
Twitter, the microblogging and social media tool that's become increasingly popular among the technologically hip, both young and old, has literally thousands of applications. How any one person (or company) uses Twitter is unique unto them.While some people (also called Twitterers or Tweepl ... More >>
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