One of the first rules we think Rick Perry opponents should learn is: Let the man talk. Let him ramble on and all you have to do is wait for him to insert his expensively booted foot in his mouth, whether it's something golden like the legendary Oops Moment, or the more run-of-the-mill stuff like c ... More >>
For a moment, let's talk fantasy. Let's say Mitt Romney somehow overcomes all of his apparent weakness -- Bain Capital rapaciousness, tax-record speculation, rich-guy aloofness -- and somehow ekes past President Obama in November in one of the narrowest victories in recent American politics. Democra ... More >>
Today is officially Lyndon Baines Johnson Day here in the state of Texas. The late 36th president's birthday was hallowed in his home state after he died in 1973 of a massive heart attack at the age of 64. He would have been 104 today. Johnson ascended to the presidency from the vice-presidency aft ... More >>
From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.
Rick Perry, it's so over. Sure, you've been fun. Hell, you've been great to us here at Hair Balls. Like that time you thought Solyndra, a solar company, was a country? Or, when you applauded George W. Bush for all his work defending us from freedom? Oh, man. That was a good one. And just recently wh ... More >>
Jailed offenders with terminal illnesses have a price tag, and the 10 costliest inmates in the state's prison's system totaled almost $2 million in health care costs in 2011. That's a figure quoted by Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, who tracks such topics as chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Comm ... More >>
A federal judge has put a hold on Governor Perry's war on Planned Parenthood, in part because he doesn't believe Texas will keep Perry's promise to make up for lost federal funding. Texas, of course, has banned Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving Women's Health Program funds, beginning tomorr ... More >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.
Lynde Chunn: Sing a sad song(Be warned. In ten years here at the Houston Press, we've seldom come across a story sadder than this one.) Lynde Chunn had a tough row to hoe for many of her 28 years. The Houston-born Caney Creek High School graduate was mentally challenged but had long lived al ... More >>
Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
Shundrekia Edwards desperately wants a little help to get her out of where she is now.
Photo by Mike Giglio‚ÄčI threw a football at a refugee and demanded to know where she lived.Her voice wavered, and her answer was hard to hear. So I leaned over and cupped my hand to my ear, waving the hand in a circle first, like Hulk Hogan trying to rile a crowd. Apartment 1212, I finally made ou ... More >>
Photo by That Other PaperIrate progressives are calling for a boycott of Whole Foods after the health food store chain's founder John Mackey came out against Obama's efforts at reforming health care in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece last week. After stating his fears about socialized med ... More >>
Photo Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office‚ÄčLast month we reported on the arrest of Matthew Leddy, a psychologist working for the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County. His arrest, for alleged Medicaid fraud and theft, caught our attention because he evaluated de ... More >>
Seal courtesy DOJUsually when the Justice Department announces the settlement of a Medicaid-fraud case, it's a small-time operation dealing with wheelchairs or even adult diapers.Not today.Today they've nabbed a nearly-$10 million settlement out of Methodist Hospital here for defrauding the federal ... More >>
An already strained system struggles to accommodate a new breed of homeless.
Some Cubans in Houston find work right away, others languish withoutEnglish skills
Critics say contamination from the tie plant caused severe problems for these babies
Swift & Company pitted employee against employee when it replaced injured workers with illegal immigrants
Rent-to-own stores, pawnshops, payday lenders -- it's hope for sale, with interest
How a mid-list band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili
Too scared to leave her house, Sandy has one last chance: a county crisis team that will come to her
Labor pains flare in a worker's fight with Wal-Mart
Expect the Iraq war to worsen the Medical Center's reduction in Arab patients
Did something go very wrong at Gloria and Kenny Rogersís group home in Brazoria County? Or are they and their kids victims of a power-hungry CPS?
Drug addicts can get hard cash to be sterilized or go on birth control. Is it ridding the world of unwanted babies -- or just ducking the underlying problems of abusers?
Activists fight the state's plan to slash drug help for HIV patients
Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.
Twin Piques, Fed Up, Gerda's Grief
Take one tax rebate, a Houston man advises, and apply liberally
Luke and Rachel Watson have lost most of their sight. They eventually will lose all motor skills. Their parents are losing sleep -- do the adults tell their kids they're dying of Batten disease?
Increasing deficits cause MHMRA to close a new treatment clinic
When the sickest of Harris County's mentally ill break down, an ACT team is there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again
A money-starved mental health treatment unit may die in its infancy
Crisis care for the mentally ill crumbles under the weight of not enough money, too much beauracracy
Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?
A mother fights for a therapeutic dive for all who need it
Angela took a hit. And CPS took her babies away.
Lockheed Martin's welfare-reform efforts have cost taxpayers across the country millions. So naturally, Lockheed Martin has been hired to train and find jobs for the poor in Houston and Harris County.
John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.
In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help
Jay Hamburger rushed in where others feared to tread ... only to find that no good deed goes unpunished
The hospital district gives the county $30 million, it gets a budget back. Good deal.
Texas nursing homes do an end-run around the state's penalty system -- again y D.J. Wilson
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