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    January 8, 2014

    Raising the Minimum Wage Would Reduce Poverty, the GOP Thinks "Tough Love" Is Better

    If you've been driving around in just about any major American city, you have probably seen strikes (of a sort) by fast-food workers -- who generally make minimum wage which is currently $7.25 per hour -- asking for a raise. And, inevitably, this has set off a political debate about whether we shoul ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Fast Food Employees Across Houston Striking Today for Higher Wages

    In the wake of strikes that started in New York back in November and more protests throughout the Midwest earlier this summer, fast food employees in the South and on the West Coast are planning walk-outs of their own. Today, fast food workers in more than 35 cities across the country are striking ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Study: 1 in 5 Don't Have Access to Enough Food in Houston

    It's really amazing to think that in a city that has become so renowned for its restaurant scene, nearly 20 percent of the population doesn't have consistent access to food. But a new study from Feeding America found that to be the case. Even worse, in 18 southeast Texas counties, one-third of child ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    The Sit-In Worked! UH President Commits $1 Million to Helping English Teaching Fellows Out of Poverty

    After nearly a week of early mornings, late nights, and a few choice Facebook posts, it seems the University of Houston's English Teaching Fellows' sit-in has finally ended. A meeting with President Renu Khator, and a subsequent statement from her office, detailed the measures the university is will ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    A Place at the Table: A Heart-Hitting Documentary About Hunger in America

    "My dream is to be an honor roll student. My other dream is to be on Home Makeover: Home Edition. I just wish they would come and rescue us from our house ... I want my kids to have a better life than I do: have more food, a bigger house with no mold. Get to do what they want to do, and need to do, ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Finally -- an Interactive Exhibit of Third World Poverty!

    Screw Disneyworld: this year, Hair Balls is forgoing the traditional theme park experience to explore the sights and sounds of abject third world poverty at Houston Baptist University November 14-17. Yep, that's right: a traveling interactive exhibit by Compassion International, which touts itself ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    HISD Doesn't Win Broad Prize, But Being a Runner-Up Means $150K in Senior Scholarships

    Bad News/Good News: Houston ISD didn't win the prestigious Broad Prize this year honoring the country's top urban public school districts. But just by being one of the finalists, it receives $150,000 in scholarships that it can hand out to its graduating seniors. The fifth time (as a finalist) was ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    GOP Senate Candidate Ted Cruz, In Fact, Rich As Sh*t

    Last week, after it came out that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is worth an astonishing $177 million and would become the third-richest member of the U.S. Senate if elected to a body that has at least 54 millionaires, there was one word local media employed to describe his competitor Ted Cruz's fina ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    HISD'S Stanford Scores, Hoo-Rah With an Asterisk

    After a few days of assessing the scores it had been dealt, Houston ISD today released the broad outlines of the latest Stanford scores for kids in grades 1-8 and claimed that its students "matched or beat the average scores posted by students across the nation ... in reading, math, science, and lan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    That SafeClear Tow Will Now Set You Back $50

    Got $50?​Mayor Annise Parker announced a new wrinkle to the city's SafeClear program this morning -- that forced towing of your stalled car from the highway, the one you can't refuse? It'll now cost fifty bucks. Roadside assistance, such as fixing a flat, will be $30. Parker said the city wi ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    September 30, 2010


    Universes uses the stage as a platform to grapple with serious issues

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    August 5, 2010

    "The Whole Shebang"

    These are works of outsider artists

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    May 18, 2010

    Head Start Enrolling Kids Too Rich To Qualify, Including In Texas, GAO Reports

    Get a Head Start, even if you're keeping a poor kid out‚ÄčThe problem with the Head Start program is that it's always been an exclusive, good-ole-boy club where only poor and disenfranchised kids can matriculate. The doors are flung wide open to ragamuffins, only to be slammed shut in the faces of e ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    The Man Without a Past

    Maybe life starts right now

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    April 1, 2010

    The Pot That Juan Built

    Don't worry about it - Target's picking up the tab for your tickets

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    September 10, 2009


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    May 7, 2009

    Texas, Unfortunately, Leads The Country In Hungry Kids

    More than anywhere else the country, children in Texas don't know where they'll get their next meal.That's according to a recent study by Feeding America, the nation's food-bank network, which analyzed stats on "household food insecurity" published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    The Whole Wide World: Peter Tosh's The Ultimate Experience

    Peter Tosh The Ultimate Experience (Shanachie) More than 20 years since Peter Tosh's 1987 assassination, the Wailers co-founder's legacy (as well as Bob Marley's) live on around the world, but that rings especially true in his native Jamaica, where he burst out of poverty and ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006