A Houston man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for his role in a synthetic drug ring that prosecutors say led to the deaths of two men in North Dakota and Minnesota in 2012. John Robert Polinski, 26, was sentenced for his role as a "computer specialist" for an online drug importer ... More >>
True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>
See that map above? It knows things. It knows if most of your entire state is sporting permed ponytails and jamming out to horrible '90s rock, like in North Dakota. But it also knows when your state is a bunch of bearded hipsters with collective "outsider" tastes, like Pennsylvania. It even knows ... More >>
If you live around here and you haven't heard about the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas play in the past few years, you just haven't been paying attention. The shale play that stretches from South Texas into Mexico is one of the key developments that has revitalized the U.S. energy sector after ... More >>
The high school senior football combine gives kids a free chance for scouts to have a look and maybe help them finance college in Division II, III and NAIA.
Recapping the best of the fest.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday over the controversial Texas abortion law. The law, which was allowed to be enacted in October by the Fifth Circuit, requires doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges to conduct abortions. State Sen. Wendy Davis rocketed to p ... More >>
When it comes to crowning the King of Content for the year 2013, quantity is the basis on which the kingdom is built, and rightfully so. Maintaining a consistent flow of excellence/criminal behavior/bizarre work/belligerence is what gets you the ultimate reward. But the extravaganza that is an over ... More >>
According to the New York Times, the state of New York is ceding its status as most populous state to California as U.S. Census numbers rolled out Monday. Texas now moves into the No. 2 spot and has achieved the greatest growth of any state in the U.S. over the last 10 years. The numbers from the U ... More >>
Remember when Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, said he was just a banker doing "God's work"? That statement was both false and borderline blasphemous. Some folks who are actually doing the lord's work are the people at Polaris Project, an NGO, which started The National Human Trafficking Resou ... More >>
J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>
As you can see from this chart, since the 2010 mid-term elections there has been a significant uptick in abortion restrictions. State legislatures in Texas, Ohio, North Dakota (overturned in Court), Wisconsin (also blocked in court) and Pennsylvania (among others) have all enacted restrictions on ab ... More >>
When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your heads just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. New Mexico: Heather Nova, "Out in New Me ... More >>
It must be a tricky thing being the Environmental Protection Agency, especially when it comes to the political minefield that is fracking. Hydraulic fracturing - the process of shooting sand, water and chemicals into an oil well to get the oil and natural gas trapped in the formation flowing - is a ... More >>
George Phydias Mitchell was the kind of oilman other oilmen tell stories about. Decades before the Galveston native became known as "The Father of Fracking," he was the son of Greek immigrants who'd come up from nothing and made good millions of times over. Mitchell died Friday at the age of 94, a ... More >>
Once upon a time, way back when, the United States was at the top of the oil-production food chain, because, basically, you could poke a hole in the ground seemingly just about anywhere and the black gold would come bubbling up. (Seriously, that's basically what happened when they dug down 1,139 fee ... More >>
As I wrote about yesterday, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz kind of re-calibrated the acceptability scale for the f-word on Saturday when he dropped it in the middle of his brief speech welcoming Bostonians back to baseball in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Hell, even the FCC wasn't go ... More >>
Five who might have inspired the name.
The feds and a prosecutor say a Houston company selling synthetic drugs on the Internet is responsible for the deaths of teenagers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
When kids in North Dakota and Minnesota started overdosing and dropping dead from synthetic drugs in a span of a week last year, authorities there knew they had a problem on their hands. It didn't take long for them to trace the drugs -- called 25-I or NBOME -- to a dealer in Grand Forks, North Dako ... More >>
The question of whether Texas is part of the South or the Southwest has long been debated. Now we can answer that question, thanks to porn. (Is there anything porn can't do?) PornMD, porn-searching website that apparently tries to wrap itself in the aura of the health industry, has put together ra ... More >>
Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.
Texas is only spending 2.4 percent of the tobacco settlement money it collects on tobacco prevention campaigns, placing the state near the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control's recommended state-spending list, according to a December report. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' report states t ... More >>
As all you vexillologists out there know so well, it's Flag Day again: the most wonderful day of the year. Last year's drought and intense hear put us in a sour mood, so we raked ten of the worst state flags over the coals. This year, thanks to all the rain we've been enjoying, we're feeling much b ... More >>
Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, meaning restaurants and bars are all going Mexican-themed with their specials and events. The day has grown to be a big deal in the U.S., if not Mexico, where it's not Mexican Independence Day or anything. Everyone's hopping on the Cinco de Mayo bandwagon, including some ... More >>
There are many things about food and drink that I will readily admit confound me. How did salty, slimy fish eggs become a delicacy an ounce of which cost more than my monthly rent? What is the obsession with food so spicy, it literally hurts to eat it? If Anthony Bourdain weren't famous, would he be ... More >>
"Where elite meet in bare feet," looking east off the deck.I once overheard someone ask a Poop Deck (2928 Seawall) bartender whether the Galveston dive had any happy hour specials. The bartender, like every one I've seen in person at this place or pictured on its matchbooks, was dressed in a ... More >>
It's an emo day to be a college football fan. Today, Texas A&M basically ushered in the era of the college football superconference when the Southeastern Conference extended an invite to the university. (That legal threat lobbed by Baylor an anonymous Big 12 school is idle at best.) Well don ... More >>
If only Kansas' basketball season started in September.Compared to the best Big 12 gridiron match-ups of 2011, these stink bombs make us want to reschedule our college-football recordings to international cricket. Texas Tech is on here because year after year, they have proven that they are ... More >>
As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>
The Huskies are making a moveThe college football world was (not exactly) shaken up today with Houston Baptist University's announcement that it is looking to field a team. The Huskies play in a few sports, but the school says it is looking to play football "should an appropriate league oppo ... More >>
Greg Abbott leads a mostly southern uprisingTexas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants everyone to know that he is doing everything he can to stop the federal Environmental Protection Agency from trying to implement greenhouse-gas limits on cars and trucks. In the latest of a series of lawsuit ... More >>
Illustration by Monica FuentesClick here for larger version and more infoSerial killers and famous murderers have existed almost as long as mankind, we're sure. But as in so many things, the United States may just have perfected the thing. Each state has its own infamous episode, some very w ... More >>
Full-size image below.In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>
Three Wishes, available exclusively at Whole Foods for $2.99 a bottle or $33 for a dozen. Save your hard-earned cash for presents by stocking your holiday party with Three Wishes wines, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market for $2.99 a bottle. At this point, some of you are no doubt s ... More >>
What: Heavenly honey from a guy that's gone from a figurative worker bee to a literal beekeeper. Kenny Reed started his corporate life as a FedEx courier. He earned a respectable living at a respectable company that most any guy would be thrilled to work for. And he liked it. But one year ... More >>
Inmates emerging from the Harris County Jail tell remarkably similar stories of horrible conditions inside.
Harris County Republican chair Jared Woodfill is steamed, according to a letter we first found on Isiah Carey's Insite.He is totally pissed and outraged because Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has "opened the doors" of his office to Al-Jazeera. A, umm, media outlet.Maybe not a media outlet wi ... More >>
Playboy.com has named its five finalists for this year's Sexiest Sportscaster. And despite my best efforts, neither Carrie Milbank nor Suzy Kolber got the necessary number of write-in votes to qualify. The finalists are Erin Andrews, of course, Bonnie Bernstein, Charissa Thompson, Lauren Shehadi, ... More >>
Playboy.com has named its five finalists for this year's Sexiest Sportscaster. And despite my best efforts, neither Carrie Milbank nor Suzy Kolber got the necessary number of write-in votes to qualify. The finalists are Erin Andrews, of course, Bonnie Bernstein, Charissa Thompson, Lauren Shehadi, a ... More >>
They'd just as soon give us a miss.
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