George H.W. Bush is still being treated for bronchitis at Methodist Hospital, negating doctors' predictions that he was to be released last weekend, the Associated Press reports. "There is no timeline at the moment for his release," according to the report. Methodist Spokesman George Kovacik told t ... More >>
Former President George H.W. Bush is in Methodist Hospital for bronchitis, his chief of staff has told the Houston Chronicle. Jean Becker says the 88-year-old Bush was hospitalized seven days ago, but doctors have said his condition is not life-threatening. He is expected to be released this weeken ... More >>
Football is a violent, dangerous sport. But when watching a running back break free of the line of scrimmage and bust into the open and sprint 40 yards for a touchdown, the violence and danger can be forgotten. The perfect spiral into the outstretched arms of a receiver sprinting down the sideline b ... More >>
Houston Babylon, the feature coming out this week, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. Che ... More >>
You can say whatever you want about State Senator Mario Gallegos -- and there was plenty, good or bad, to say about him -- but the man apparently knew how to make an exit. As he was on his deathbed, he had one message left for his final words: "Fuck vouchers." Policy Man!! The "fuck vouchers" quo ... More >>
State Senator Mario Gallegos, a member of the legislature for two decades and a thorn in the side of the Houston school district for much of that time, is gravely ill, a spokesperson says. Gallegos, 62, is hospitalized in Houston. "Senator Gallegos' family is at his side during this difficult time ... More >>
In some alternate universe, the streets of Houston are currently bathed in Miller Lite, Reliant Stadium and every bar in town is a watch party, with even the homeless folks are wearing soiled Texans jerseys. But alas, our Houston Texans only made it into the second round of the playoffs, and here we ... More >>
Earlier this week we brought you the solemn warning from Methodist Hospital, urging people to remember to pee during the Super Bowl. If you don't, an expert said, you might end up in the ER with a catheter inserted into places you'd rather not have such things inserted. But that is not the only wa ... More >>
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 >>
Methodist Hospital has put out a list of warnings for what to do to stay healthy during the Super Bowl. Don't drink and drive is one, of course. Also: People, please remember to pee. "During most sporting events people will get up and use the restroom during the commercials and not have any probl ... More >>
The Health Department posted reports on only about 50 places in the past week, and not one of those places got stuck with a citation or closure. Reminds us of when Kelly Kapowski's dad got laid off from his job at a defense contractor because world peace broke out (it didn't make much sense at the t ... More >>
Friends with benefitsDinesh Kumar Shah, the violent con-man featured in two Houston Press cover stories from this summer, is currently on trial again. This time around, he's in criminal court answering to allegations that he assaulted a former dancer for the Houston Ballet. Today that dancer ... More >>
Ill-gotten gains.If you have a mind sick enough to rip off desperately ill people, you probably think to yourself, "Cancer patients -- hey, they may die soon, so what'll they care?'' Houston police say Shantel Moore, 29, apparently had that kind of coldhearted and inhumane logic. The Staffor ... More >>
A little soccer, a little doing good - not a bad afternoon
Kidney donation needs drive some complex trading maneuvers.
People usually don't realize they have kidney disease until it's too late. High blood pressure or diabetes may go untreated for years, and by the time symptoms like nausea and fatigue show up -- and these are often misconstrued as the flu -- both kidneys are already damaged beyond repair. Dr. M ... More >>
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 >>
Laura Howard got tossed into a jail treatment program, but it was the wrong one for someone whose mental health was in tatters
What's a storm gotta do to make someone name their kid after it? A lot more than Ike did, apparently. "We did have several babies born over the weekend (I want to say about 6 or 7), but I don't believe any were given that name," Gale Smith, spokeswoman for the Methodist Hospital System, tells Hair ... More >>
Go to this private psychiatric facility, and you might be helped. Or you might be shut in a room all alone and end up like Amanda, with a broken arm. Or dead.
Exploring the rights and wrongs of independent life for the mentally ill
Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.
The return of the male strippers
Houston's been the No. 1 city in America in the obesity crisis. But hype doesn't mean help.
Eleven artists work up a show about Houston past and present
Recent debacles demonstrate why District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal needs more than a moustache to match the legacy of Johnny Holmes
Expect the Iraq war to worsen the Medical Center's reduction in Arab patients
Houston was supposed to be cracking down on polluters. So why has it spent five years cleaning up on little guys like Walter Bazarsky?
Racket takes his judging skills to Paesanos Lounge
Consuming Hate, Best and the Rest, Percentile Envy
A CPS worker says the agency erred by ignoring an earlier report on Andrea Yates
Phil Arms once saved Ron Garner from a life of sin. Garner tried to return the favor when confronted with evidence of the preacher's drug use. But Arms viewed it as just a Judas kiss.
Did a teacher fabricate a student assault to collect disability?
Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects
Barnett Garrison had a way with women. And women had their way with Barnett Garrison.
In 1966, Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams fought Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight championship. In 1996, he fights just to get by.
Vassar Miller is broke, hospitalized and facing an uncertain future. Doesn't one of Texas' most esteemed writers deserve better?
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