The Texas Humane Legislative Network pushes for animal-friendly laws, and encourages responsible ownership, a la spaying and neutering your pet. But it appears that the Network itself is neutered when it comes to supporting its dedicated volunteers. We're talking about an alleged incident where the ... More >>
Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?
Houston wasn't hit by a hurricane this season, but there are questions about what will happen to the San Jacinto Waste Pit superfund site the next time a hurricane roars through town. The highly toxic Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been sitting in the middle of the San Jacinto R ... More >>
Yale law professor Jack Balkin is credited with coining the term "off the wall" legal arguments and has written how "off the wall" arguments can become accepted as mainstream or obviously correct. Some examples: it would have been "off the wall" for an antebellum Southern lawyer to argue that slaves ... More >>
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and several Houston restaurants are rolling out the pink for month-long specials and promotions, as well as a few fundraising events. Show your support for breast cancer awareness by visiting these restaurants and events in October. Prego 2520 Amh ... More >>
Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.
If you've never felt the need to accessorize every last thing in your life, you may have no idea about the world of options that exist when it comes to license plate customization. We're not just talking the six-letter/number message you can display, either; there are over 140 license plate backgrou ... More >>
As event grew, so did promises, expectations and disappointments.
On Wednesday, Pop Warner, the nation's largest youth football organization, announced some rule changes that could significantly alter how the overall game is played. During Pop Warner practices, players are no longer permitted to line up more than three yards apart during blocking and tackling dri ... More >>
The Texas Music Office, a division of the Office of the Governor, announced Friday the creation of the Live Music Grant Program, funding free concerts across the state. But don't get all excited yet. This is the Texas guv'ment we are dealing with, after all, so there are a few catches. This is all ... More >>
When you work for a nonprofit that provides health services to indigents, you can get inspired. Or you can get greedy. Lynn Tran, 38, apparently chose the second option, if what court documents say is true. Tran was a staffer at The Rose, a 25-year-old breast-cancer organization which provides me ... More >>
The next time you are driving down the freeway and some guy starts weaving over into your lane because he is busy on his phone, it's a safe bet it is happening in the Lone Star state. According to a report from the non-profit organization Connected Texas, Texans utilize broadband mobile services on ... More >>
The Librotraficante made it back to Houston late last night, ending a generally successful caravan designed to bring attention to Arizona's noxious law prohibiting Mexican American Studies and to promote minority literature. A final event in Tucson, Arizona was held Friday and was sold out, Librotr ... More >>
If you're a sentient creature, chances are you've seen, or heard tell of, Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign, and chances are you have an opinion about it. There's also a good chance that, regardless of which camp you're in, you're an insufferable, sanctimonious dillweed. (Sorry; we've just had ... More >>
MyspaceDenise Gonzales: Says hard times made her do it.Former Children's Museum of Houston assistant gallery director Denise Gonzales used the nonprofit's credit cards to fund over $13,000 in illicit purchases, court documents say. According to a criminal complaint, Gonzales, 41, was issued ... More >>
Purveyors of filthNANO Fiction, a bi-annual publication of "flash fiction, prose poems, and micro essays of 300 words or fewer," is holding a fund-raiser. Why? So it can prove to the IRS it isn't porn. Eric Todd, an associate editor, says NANO Fiction is trying to qualify as a non-profit, ... More >>
This weekend is the Houston Beer Festival, an event from the same organizers as last year's Houston Wine Festival, and it's not without its share of controversy. Organizer Timothy Hudson came under fire earlier this week when it was noted by local Twitter bloodhound Kyle Nielsen that the bee ... More >>
Noah's Kitchen on FlickrVolunteers prepare meals at what was until recently Noah's Kitchen's prep space.I got Amber Rodriguez on the phone in the middle of a run to Sam's, restocking on supplies to reopen her business. Her business is Noah's Kitchen, a non-profit charity organization that mak ... More >>
Lovett Inn: A youth hostel?Rumors are flying around Montrose that the Lovett Inn, the renowned bed and breakfast in the very heart of the neighborhood (and a Best of Houston winner for Best In-Town Get-Away) is being sold to a non-profit group that will turn it into, of all things, a youth ho ... More >>
Once again the Houston Press is trying to lend a hand and give a shout to deserving nonprofit groups and creative people in town with our MasterMind awards, which not only include high honor but, perhaps even more important, a $2,000 check. Last year the winners were Opera Vista; Reginald Adams, fo ... More >>
Bad Cougars? Bad advice?The investigative Web site Texas Watchdog says it has obtained emails that show the nonprofit agency hired by the University of Houston to negotiate the purchase of KTRU (91.7 FM) from Rice University encouraged U of H officials to keep their plans to buy the mostly st ... More >>
PR maven Sarah Gish celebrates a decade of success
Photo by Bobette RinerHoles 18 feet deep for supportA school courtyard in Houston can very well be the last place you'd want to spend time, given the heat that can dominate most of the academic year. But what if you're a 12-year-old forced to wear a suit, while playing a cello, no less? Or in a ... More >>
If it were a recipe, it would read like this: One giant heaping of dog rescue efforts 40 hungry people Lots of desserts made by Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson A little bit of cheese Maybe a salad Some champagne A couple cocktails Combine all thoroughly on Sunday, June 6, at Ralph Smith ... More >>
Where's the boss? Oh, that's her onstage
Often written about, mythologized, and showing up in clips on rock docs and YouTube, the 1964 concert movie The T.A.M.I. Show has amazingly never been released in uncut format until now. And though it was shot in black and white, the exuberance and energy of the concert overcomes any pigmentation pr ... More >>
Photo by chotdaI had a hard time choosing between kumquat, grapefruit and Meyer lemon when I decided to plant a citrus tree last month. I guess I should have taken a class or something. Houston is a great place to grow citrus trees, and this week is a great time to plant one. Tomorrow (Tuesd ... More >>
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Edward PerezIn the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit against Houston Humane Society Shelter Director Edward Perez, former HHS employees have told Hair Balls they were driven to quit because of Perez's verbally assaultive behavior, condoned by Executive Director Sherry Ferguson and at least one ... More >>
A little soccer, a little doing good - not a bad afternoon
A couple of months ago we brought you the sad tale of the dwindling jaguarundi, and how an environmental group was suing the U.S. Department of the Interior demanding that the agency create a conservation and survival plan for the endangered cat from South Texas. Now that same environmental group ... More >>
Which is worse - the storm or the helpful rescuers?
This dance night benefits Workshop Houston
Former Black Panther heads to Houston for lecture and dramatic performance
They'll scare the crap out of you
A questionable charity cashes in on 9/11 and the Allison flood
Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?
Two decades ago, the Burkitt Foundation saved the historic enclave of Hyde Park. But now the foundation is pulling out, and Hyde Park -- as well as many of the social service agencies it houses -- may really become a thing of the past.