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Richard Connelly

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    February 22, 2012

    Hair Balls Is Looking for a Few Good Newshounds

    Do you like to keep your ear to the ground? Are you able to overcome any shyness and ask people questions? And equally wonderfully, write down their answers accurately and then turn it all into a factual story? Can you meet a deadline? Do you have an insatiable urge to report on what's happening in ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Joel Osteen's Reality Show

    Some suggestions from us.

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    July 14, 2011

    The Shuttle's Souvenir Load

    20,000 flags and 10,000 patches aboard

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    May 13, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Bad Judgment On Sex Offenders

    ​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 >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Drink Up, Texas

    Sunday liquor sales to close budget gap.

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    October 1, 2010

    Continental Airlines: Last Stand For The Logo Downtown (Updated: People Are Acting On Rumors)

    Photo by Richard ConnellyEnjoy it while it lasts, fellas​ Word has gone out to employees at Continental Airlines in downtown Houston: The historic -- iconic, even -- logo in front of the company's (former) headquarters will be gone after today.As a result, people have been getting their pictures t ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    Our Stars Have Arrived!

    We totally agree with the Chronicle's ideas on news judgment

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    March 12, 2009
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    February 19, 2009

    Diet A Whole Lot And You'll Live A Lot Longer, Some Say

    Everyone knows that cutting calories can make you healthy.But really cutting calories, even if you're not fat, may make you live longer.That's what some Texans claim, and our sister publication the Dallas Observer examines those claims in this story.So-called "calorie restrictors" say that eating ve ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    The NFL's Hottest Cheerleader Is From Deer Park

    We are egregiously late in getting you this news, mostly because it involves Maxim magazine, and we get around to checking Maxim right after we Chinese Agricultural Monthly (we read it for the articles, not the pictures, dammit).Anyway, it appears that in yet another one of their highly scientific e ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    Layoffs At Clear Channel

    Sneakily timing things to get overshadowed by the Inauguration, media giant Clear Channel is implementing what are expected to be big layoffs at its many radio stations across the country.A tipster tells us the ax has started falling in Houston, where 15 people have reportedly been let go, and there ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    If You're Paying Four Bucks For A Brownie And You're Not In A Starbucks, Watch Out

    Four bucks for a brownie? Unless you're getting a mocha cappacrappachino with soy and no foam, chances are there might be something suspicious going on.Five students from Ball High in Galveston found that out when they got sick after buying pot-laced brownies from another student yesterday.Three of ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    World's Most Casual Bank Robber

    This guy walked into a bank on FM 1960 this morning and robbed it.Robbed it with a casual style that you just have to admire. Dude be the Smoove B of bank robbers."Yo, pretty lady -- while you're getting that cash for me, let me ask you what a woman with a fiiiine-lookin' ass like that is doing work ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    November 25, 2008

    An Algae Farm Near The Ship Channel? Why The Hell Not?

    You know what the Ship Channel area needs?Besides a whole lot less pollution, we mean.It needs a good farm. An algae farm, in fact. That's the thinking of a Nevada company, which has announced plans to build a 20-acre algae farm near the Channel if it can get some financing from the federal governem ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    The Twilight Tour: We Have The Photos!

    We've already told you about the Twilight stop in the Galleria last night. In case you didn't believe us, here's some photographic evidence, in slide-show form. Warning -- there might be a temporary glitch with the captions matching up with the pictures. It will be fixed soon. In the meantime we'r ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    World's Saddest Web Page

    Ever wanted to buy a 25-foot sailboat? Got $200 on you? It could be yours. Just head to the world's saddest web page, where a company called U.S. Auctions is getting rid of Ike-damaged boats. Click on a boat, then click through to the auction page, and you'll find boats worth six or seven figures ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    The 2008 Voting Charts: The Harris County DA Race

    For the first time in a long time, Harris County voters actually have a choice in this year's District Attorney race, in terms of candidates who have a shot at winning. Unfortunately, it's not the most awe-inspiring choice of all time. Democrat C.O. Bradford used to be Houston police chief, where ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    The 2008 Voting Charts: U.S. House District 22

    Congressional District 22, even after a few years, still contains the strong stench of Tom DeLay. Not to mention his hapless successor, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, known forever to readers of the popular Wonkette blog as "Dracula Cunt" after we noted how she had received a write-in vote (that counted!) un ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    DPS Office Closes For Much-Needed Renovations

    If there is anything in life more fun than dealing in-person with drivers' license issues, we don't know what it is. Unless it's six months at Guantanamo. The closest DPS office for people inside the Loop is the Dacoma office, just outside the northwest corner of 610. Unfortunately, it's also a dan ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008

    Public Service Message: Last Day To Register To Vote, Dudes

    If you plan on voting a month from now, you have until midnight tonight to register. Fortunately, there are plenty of places that will be accepting forms right up until the witching hour. Unfortunately, it will involve getting up off your lazy ass and getting to them. Fortunately, two of the plac ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Some Relief From Those Booting A-Holes

    If you've ever been booted downtown in a private parking lot, you know what a pain in the ass it can be. Booting companies in Houston had little regulation over them; if they determined you didn't stick your money in the slot at an unmanned parking lot, they'd slap on the boot. When you eventually ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Downtown Streets Getting Crowded Again, And It Sucks

    Downtown has been a ghost town for a couple of days. It's coming back to life...unfortunately, just as crews are going full-bore on replacing windows and otherwise blocking streets. Driving in the northern part of downtown is becoming even more agita-inducing than usual. Broken traffic lights, bloc ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Don't Forget Our List Of Places That Are Open

    Don't forget -- we have a list of places that are open. As more and more places get their act together, we won't be updating the list itself, but the comments after the item are the place to look for the latest in restaurants, stores, washaterias, etc. that are opening their doors. Business owners ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Ike Getting No Respect When It Comes To Baby Names

    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 >>

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    September 15, 2008

    Downtown? Get You Drink On Now At Warren's

    If you look below there's an entry listing things that are opened; we'll be updating it all day. But this deserves its own entry. Warren's is open! Now! The Market Square bar is so dark and dank at the best of times that we imagine it'd be cool enough even without electricity. Also, down the str ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    HISD Closed Tomorrow

    Word has just come down -- HISD is closed tomorrow. Spokesman Norm Uhl says tonight's board meeting will go on as scheduled, though. Some things are just too important to stop. Update: And some things aren't. Except for a pro forma vote on a bond matter, the board meeting has been put off until S ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Closed: Everything

    We're getting bombarded with e-mails announcing that things are closed or events are canceled Friday and Saturday. Art shows, horse races, school events, even H-E-B's plans to help the heroes at local fire stations. So our advice is this: If you think something's going to be open, or happening, tom ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Houston Chronicle Staffers Facing Buyouts, Layoffs

    Back in July we wrote about how staffers at the Houston Chronicle were walking on eggshells over rumors of cuts and layoffs. Well, if the devil you know is better than the one you don't, then they could be feeling better. But not by much. The numbers are in -- publisher Jack Sweeney sent a letter ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    KPRC: Pay No Attention To That Alleged Camera Operator

    KPRC news has a fresh set of promos out, featuring the usual TV-news trope of reporters and cameramen dashing about to cover the city they know so deep in their bones. (How come they never show the reporters dashing to Google Maps to look up where the intersection of Chimney Rock and Bissonet is?) ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    Judge (No, Not That One) Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault

    A local judge has pled guilty to sexual assault. No, not the local federal judge, the other local judge accused of feeling up underlings' breasts. We sure have a a fun bunch of jurists around here. Brazoria County Court at Law Judge James Blackstock resigned and entered his guilty plea today. The ... More >>

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    August 14, 2008

    Osteen Trial: Victory For Victoria!

    That didn't take long. After a little more than two hours of deliberation, the jury came back unanimously in favor of Victoria Osteen just now, forever cementing the right of rich white preachers's wives to big-time flight attendants all over America. We'll update later with more details, but just ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    The Heights' "Rails to Trails" Path To Happen, At Last

    It's been a long, long, long time coming, but the day may finally have arrived: the abanonded MKT rail line through the Heights might just be turned into a hike-and-bike trail. The Texas Department of Transportation has received a set of bids on the "Rails to Trails" project, with the low bid comin ... More >>

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    August 8, 2008

    Brett Favre vs. Neil Frank: Battle Of The Unwanted Comebacks

    This past week saw two unlikely – and in some corners, unwelcome – comebacks. Brett Favre forced his way back into the NFL, and Neil Frank forced his way back into the KHOU studios. Both are old, old guys who just can’t give up doing what they once did – In Favre’s case, throwing intercept ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    How Much Rain In Your Neighborhood? Find Out

    How much rain is your neighborhood getting? There's an easy way to find out. The Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management office has put up a map that shows rainfall totals throughout the area. Downtown? 1.46 inches at this point. Sylvan Beach? 4.14 inches. Move your mouse over ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    Back To Normal Programming

    And the last of the local TV stations has signed off on their Edouard coverage. KHOU abandoned things first, for Ellen. KTRK stuck around longest. We don't tend to watch a lot of daytime TV, so we were not familiar with the commercial that immediately followed 13's sign-off. But we are extremely ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    Houston Press Music Awards -- We've Got It Covered

    We don't know how your weekend was, but we do know it probably would have been a lot better if you had attended the annual Houston Press music awards showcase. Bands played, people cheered, beverages were consumed, enjoyment was had. You can check out the live-blogging and wrap-ups now, and all da ... More >>

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    July 14, 2008

    More Houston Chronicle cuts coming?

    Bad vibes are wafting out of 801 Texas, home of the Houston Chronicle. The Chron underwent a round of layoffs and buyouts back in October, but that might have been only the beginning. Papers all over the country have been ferociously chopping jobs, and it appears even the relatively healthy Housto ... More >>

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    October 30, 2007

    Re: Layoff and Buyouts at the Houston Chronicle

    The carnage continues over at the Houston Chronicle. Besides the names we mentioned yesterday, folks who have either taken a buyout or been laid off include (and by “include” we mean these are the names culled from various sources; if you are erroneously included, our congratulations and please ... More >>

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    August 31, 2007

    Required Reading: HISD Police Officer's Ebonics Dictionary

    You’ve probably heard by now of the Ebonics dictionary put out by an HISD police officer last May. The school district wasn’t exactly lightning-quick in moving to take any action, but now they’re saying all the proper things, how this will not be tolerated, wrongdoers will be published, blah, ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Slideshow: Who Needs LOLcats When You've Got LOLferrets?

    Tomorrow you can read Richard Connelly’s feature on ferrets in the paper, but for now we present LOLferrets, a series of photos inspired by that bizarre Internet meme known as LOLcats. Click here to see the gallery. And yes, you can has cheezburger. – Keith Plocek Got your own LOLferrets y ... More >>

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    July 19, 2007

    Mail Call

    Blown Up

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    December 1, 2006
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    June 15, 2006
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