• Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Riverside General Hospital Heads Await Fraud Verdict

    Arguments in the trial of Riverside General Hospital administrators accused of pilfering millions in a federal healthcare scam concluded Monday as the jury left to decide whether Earnest Gibson III, his son and two other defendants bought and sold patients by the head to cash in on Medicare and Medi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Houston Cop Tells Senate Committee "We Are Not the NSA," Argues Against Cell-Phone Privacy Protections

    Houston police officer James Taylor really wants you to know one thing about local cops: HPD is not the National Security Agency, "nor are we the federal government." Taylor repeated the mantra several times in testimony before the Texas Senate's State Affairs Committee this week, insisting effort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Wild Moccasins Get Into the Groove On 88 92

    One week ago today, Wild Moccasins played an in-store that packed Cactus Music to the gills, performing a brief set from their brand-new sophomore full-length LP 88 92. Afterward, what looked like a cross section of Houston's hipper secondary schools queued up to get the five Moccasins' autographs. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Sebelius Says Texas Politics Screwed Up Obamacare

    The Affordable Care Act has been rolled out, the insurance enrollment website went live and it's had a lot of snags in the process. Hair Balls will bet no one knows that better than U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She's been out on tour, promoting Obamacare while simulta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    September is Hunger Action Month; Here's How You Can Help

    Hunger Action Month was started by the organization Feeding America to urge people to join their local food banks in taking action against hunger in the U.S. Throughout September, cities across the country raise awareness of the issue of hunger through a variety of events. Here in Houston, the the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Perry Hates Obamacare, But He Still Wants Obamacare Money

    Gov. Rick Perry has a hatred for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that comes as natural as breathing to him, but it seems hate only goes so far when there's $100 million in federal funding on the table. When U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Texas a few weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Steven Hotze Gets Funky: His New Songs Denounce Obamacare But Are Sadly Silent on Why Birth Control Makes Chicks Ugly

    We were stoked to hear that Republican activist Steven Hotze -- a physician who once extolled the virtues of 19th century snake oil such as colloidal silver and who belongs to a hardcore Christian sect that believes doctors shouldn't provide medical services on the Sabbath -- had recorded some anti- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Rick Perry Gets Heckled Over His Medicaid Stand

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Let's Get Ahead Of Ourselves: Romney Wins, Dies, And Paul Ryan Takes Over? Introducing Paul Ryan's America

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    6 Songs for LBJ Day... One's About His Dick

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Bye, Bye Rick Perry: How Ted Cruz Became Texas' Most-Important Republican -- and He's Not Even Elected!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    TDCJ's 10 Most Terminally Ill Inmates Cost $2 Million a Year to Treat

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Rick Perry's War on Planned Parenthood Suffers Setback

    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 >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    Lost Boys

    New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.

  • News

    April 21, 2011
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    September 16, 2010

    Mental Cases

    Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Former MHMRA Psychologist Leddy Convicted of Fraud

    Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office​A former psychologist with the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, who evaluated defendants in close to 1,000 criminal cases during his time with the agency, recently pled guilty to Medicaid fraud. Matthew Leddy, the ... More >>

  • News

    December 3, 2009

    Not So Happily Ever After

    Shundrekia Edwards desperately wants a little help to get her out of where she is now.

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Trying To Connect With Houston's Burmese Community, Via John Glenn

    Photo by Mike Giglio​I 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Conservatives Defend Whole Foods While Liberals Boycott

    Photo by That Other Paper​Irate 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    There's A Whole Ton Of Cases That Might Be Affected By The Allegedly Fraudulent Expert

    Photo Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office​Last 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Methodist Hospital Gets Hit For Medicaid Fraud

    Usually 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 program.The US At ... More >>

  • News

    March 19, 2009

    Houston's Working Class Gets Bumped into Homelessness and Poverty by the Crashing Economy

    An already strained system struggles to accommodate a new breed of homeless.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Local Attorneys Help Hit Drugmaker Hard

    $800 million is a ton of money to settle a civil suit, but two Houston attorneys helped win a settlement of that size this morning.Joel Androphy, who specializes in whistleblower suits, worked with Sarah Frazier and won a big one as the drug giant Eli Lilly agreed to pay that whopping amount to sett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Gloom And Doom For Uninsured Texas Children

    There are two solutions to help the population of uninsured children in Texas, according to a Houston pediatrician: Pray for change or move to Canada. That's overstating it a bit, but Dr. Ana Malinow, a pediatrician and co-founder of the advocacy group Healthcare for All Texas, tells Hair Balls that ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2008

    Immigration: Luck of the Draw

    Some Cubans in Houston find work right away, others languish withoutEnglish skills

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Toxic Town: Birth Defects

    Critics say contamination from the tie plant caused severe problems for these babies

  • News

    August 31, 2006
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    April 20, 2006

    Money for Nothing

    Hopeful beggars shake their virtual cups online

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    November 10, 2005

    Road Trip

    How a mid-list band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili

  • News

    October 30, 2003

    Behind the Happy Face

    Labor pains flare in a worker's fight with Wal-Mart

  • News

    April 3, 2003

    Critical Condition

    Expect the Iraq war to worsen the Medical Center's reduction in Arab patients

  • News

    March 27, 2003

    Fostering Abuse

    Did something go very wrong at Gloria and Kenny Rogerss group home in Brazoria County? Or are they and their kids victims of a power-hungry CPS?

  • News

    January 23, 2003

    Getting THMPed

    Activists fight the state's plan to slash drug help for HIV patients

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Reality Check

    Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.

  • News

    August 23, 2001


    Twin Piques, Fed Up, Gerda's Grief

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Blind Faith

    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?

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Mental Lapse

    Increasing deficits cause MHMRA to close a new treatment clinic

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Hands On

    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

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Upstairs Down - and Out?

    A money-starved mental health treatment unit may die in its infancy

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Methadone Meltdown

    Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Warded Off

    She got into a suspect nursing home. And the probate system got most of her money.

  • Calendar

    April 30, 1998
  • News

    April 2, 1998

    All in a Day's Work

    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.

  • News

    December 4, 1997

    Bad Deal

    John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.

  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Cozy Ties

    In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help

  • Film

    January 30, 1997
  • News

    April 4, 1996

    Ana's Angel

    Jay Hamburger rushed in where others feared to tread ... only to find that no good deed goes unpunished

  • News

    May 5, 1994

    A Fine Mess

    Texas nursing homes do an end-run around the state's penalty system -- again y D.J. Wilson

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