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Richard Connelly

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    August 11, 2011
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    July 7, 2011

    What Dead Passenger?

    Driver caught with corpse in front seat.

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    June 30, 2011

    Spanish Testimony

    Readers on Senator's command to "speak English."

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    February 24, 2011

    Ruins in the Park

    The search for remnants of Houston's past

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    November 11, 2010

    Loco for Loko

    Readers doubt our rapid-consumption story.

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    October 14, 2010

    13-Year-Old's Suicide

    Readers comment on bullying tragedy.

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    October 14, 2010

    Wet and Half Naked

    One way to smuggle cash

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    May 13, 2010

    Right-Wing Porn

    Blogger disseminates filth.

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    April 15, 2010

    Dome Tome

    Readers respond to our April Fools' Day Astrodome article.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    The Houston Chronicle: Now Proudly Featuring Fart Jokes

    So it's come to this: In the never-ending battle to make themselves relevant to Teh Kidz, the Houston Chronicle has resorted to fart jokes.You know how Apple has, like this kind of phone thing, and there's ads that show all the crazy stuff you can do with it? (Note for oldsters: That "stuff" is call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    The Stimulus Bill's Benefits: Coming Soon To An Unemployment Check Near You

    The Texas Workforce Commission announced this afternoon that they're upping the weekly payments to people getting unemployment checks, thanks to the Obama stimulus bill.The checks will increase by $25 a week starting mid-March, for everyone receiving benefits as of February 22.Twenty-five bucks a we ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    Time For Another Round-Up Of All The Traffic Scofflaws

    Houston cops have been free and easy with the traffic tickets lately, and now city officials are making sure they get that cash.The city announced yet another "warrant round-up," where cops come knocking on your door or into your cubicle to drag you away for unpaid tickets. It also gives reporters a ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Satellite Collision: Red-Light Cameras To Blame?

    NASA has announced that one of its satellites has collided with a Russian satellite, creating a cloud of space debris that threatens other space objects.They did not say whether red-light cameras played any part in the collision.Scientists say, however, that satellites have never collided in the 50- ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Valentine's Day: The Lamest Gifts

    Valentine's Day is only a week or so away, dudes. Your restaurant reservations should be made. Your flowers ordered.Or, more likely, it's going to take you by surprise again this year, and you won't act until you wonder why there's all these people pulling up to a tent in a Kroger's parking lot buyi ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    Dudes, Time To Get That Thoughtful Anniversary Gift

    Annoyed because you're not able to stand in long, long lines for the Obama inaugural?Why not wait in long, long lines for free make-up?As a result of a court settlement, several of the nation's fancier chain stores -- including ones in Houston -- are giving away free make-up in order to "make up" (h ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    Barack Obama Is President: The Visual Proof

    In case you hadn't heard, some black guy got inaugurated today and he's now -- believe it or not -- your president.Crazy, we know.We sent photographer Daniel Kramer out to record the scene as Houstonians enjoyed the ceremony. Or, maybe, cried.-- Richard Connelly

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    December 11, 2008

    West U? They're Robbing Banks In West U?

    Famous bank robber Willie Sutton -- who lived in a time when bank robbers became famous -- was once asked why he robbed banks."Because that's where the money is," he replied.So probably we shouldn't be surprised that Houston's rash of bank robberies (it's been a record-setting year) has come to incl ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    In The Unlikely Event Your Algae Causes A Water Landing...

    Continental Airlines announced today they're scheduling a test flight next month in which a 737 will be powered by algae.So if you're nervous flier, this is the thing for you. Not only do you get to worry about sitting in an increibly thinly walled aluminum tube, being held up only by some theory, n ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    HISD: Home Of The World's Busiest Drug-Sniffing Dog

    Houston school officials want to be very clear -- the latest employees arrested for drugs were not teachers at a northwest side charter school.Their desire to make the point clear is understandable, given that so many teachers and staffers have been nabbed for pot lately.So let's emphasize -- the tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    HISD Gets A New Media Guru

    It took a while, but the Houston school district has apparently found someone to fill the shows of departed media spokesman Terry Abbott. The bad news is the new guy comes from Clear Channel, which is the hated monster of independent-minded radio fans everywhere. The good news is he comes from Clea ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    A City's Shame: Inflatable Gorillas

    The Houston City Council, having solved every other conceivable problem -- be it Ike-related or not -- is now tackling the important issues. Like giant, inflatable gorillas. The city wants to ban the giant blow-up animals that dot used-car lots all over town, because apparently those things are al ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Where To Look, And What For, Tonight

    The results are going to take some time to come in, but the place to look for how Harris County is voting is here. That's the official place. Analysis is best, in our opinion, at Off the Kuff . (He may be too blue for some, but it is shaping up as that kind of night.) We here at Hair Balls wil be ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    Texas Votes 2008: In Chart Form!!

    The 2008 election, which began sometime back in the late `90s, is finally coming to a close. Election Day is November 4, and everyone of voting age should get out there and cast a ballot. If you haven't registered, just contact your local ACORN office. (JK!!!) There are many down-ballot races that ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    High-Tech Look At Ike Devastation

    Thanks to Eric Berger at the Chron, we found this stunning bit of technology -- an interactive panorama shot of Bolivar Island put together by the Dallas firm Hawkeye Media. The map takes a while to load, and you have to blunder your way through navigating it (if you're as non-computer-savvy as we ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008

    Houston Pavilions Almost Ready For its Close-Up

    There are some strange new lights piercing the night downtown near where Dallas intersects with Fannin and San Jacinto. They're the "sky rings" that are to be a signature of the new Houston Pavilions development, which will begin opening next Thursday. The lights were supposed to be unveiled in a ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Golly, That Was Some Debate

    You're gosh-darn tootin' that ol' vice-presidential debate was last night, not on Main Street but (wink) in the heartland of St. Louis. Our sister paper the Riverfront Times is all over the action, with slideshows from before, during and after the momentous event, including lots of shots of Sarah P ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008

    The Safest House In The World

    It was one of the iconic pictures of Ike. Taken by the Houston Chronicle’s Smiley Pool (and other photographers with access to a helicopter), the shot of a lone house still standing in Gilchrist on the Bolivar Peninsula was used by media outlets around the world. And wherever it showed up, people ... More >>

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    September 30, 2008

    There's Plenty Of Gas, As Long As You Don't Need Premium

    Unlike the gas shortage in Georgia and other southern states, fuel supplies here in Houston have pretty much returned to normal. Unless you're looking for premium gas. Many stations have focused on getting as much regular gas as possible, leaving consumers who use premium gas scrambling.

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    September 24, 2008

    Therapeutic Horses Need A Barn Roof

    Add another to the list of Ike victims -- SIRE, the organization that helps disabled people by letting them ride horses and do other therapeutic activities. The organization has three locations; the one in Hockley suffered the most damage, losing the middle section of its barn roof. They've had to ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Some HISD Campuses Operating On Generators

    Most of Houston's schools opened today -- 120 campuses -- but not all of them are in tip-top shape. Three schools are operating on generator power, HISD says -- Harvard Elementary in the Heights, Kashmere High on the northeast side of town and Westbury High on the southwest side. "We managed to se ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    List Of Open Places -- Now Organized For Your Benefit!!

    Our original list of places that are open, which we put together a little haphazardly in the crazy days right after Ike, is now an efficiently organized, easily searchable wonder of the modern age. Check out the list, divided by category, here. Want to see it as a map? Here it is. -- Richard Conn ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    New List of Places Open After Hurricane Ike

    Our original list of places that are open, which we put together a little haphazardly in the crazy days right after Ike, is now an efficiently organized, easily searchable wonder of the modern age. Check out the list, divided by category, here. Want to see it as a map? Here it is. -- Richard Conn ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Katy ISD Stays Closed -- Because Of A Lack Of Gas

    Teachers in Katy ISD are being told that initial plans to open school tomorrow have been changed and classes won't begin until at least Monday. Not necessarily because of power issues, although the district's home page says three schools remain without power. The bigger problem, teachers are being ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    First Victim Claimed -- A Kid

    Ike has claimed his first official death. It wasn't one of the idiots who decided to stay in the West End of Galveston; it was some poor kid in Montgomery County. A 10-year-old boy was standing in his front yard watching his Dad cut branches off their pine tree; a branch fell and killed him. The f ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Your Hurricane-Supply Kit Just Got A Whole Less Organic

    If you want to stock up for Ike in an allegedly eco-friendly, warmly liberal-ish, self-satisfied way, you better hurry. All local Whole Foods stores are closing as of 10 p.m. tonight. We would not want to spend the post-Ike apocalypse without arugula, or water taken from the springs hidden deep in ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Your Hurricane Supply Kit Just Got A Whole Lot Less Organic

    If you want to stock up for Ike in an allegedly eco-friendly, warmly liberal-ish, self-satisfied way, you better hurry. All local Whole Foods stores are closing as of 10 p.m. tonight. We would not want to spend the post-Ike apocalypse without arugula, or water taken from the springs hidden deep in ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008

    Our Application For Texas Poet Laureate

    The Texas Commission on the Arts has announced that once again they are seeking nominations for the state poet laureate, musician, two-dimensional and three-dimensional artist. We know nothing about music or art of any dimension, but dammit, we want that laureate job. It must come with quite the c ... More >>

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    September 5, 2008

    Slideshow: The Houston Texans at Training Camp

    Are you ready for another Hank Williams, Jr. reference? Too bad. We're just here to tell you we've loaded up some training camp images of Amobi Okoye, DeMeco Ryans, Matt Schaub, Mario Williams and the rest of the Houston Texans. And if this is your first time to drop by this week, you might also wan ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    Katy Freeway's Torture of Commuters Delayed

    Katy Freeway commuters, you have received a one-week reprieve. The huge-pain-in-the-ass changes on that heavily traveled highway were scheduled to take place August 25; now, says project spokeswoman Tanya McWashington, they won't occur until September 1.

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    August 7, 2008

    No Excuses Now -- The Downtown Y Is Working Again

    The situation at the Downtown YMCA, where a burst pipe shut down hot water and some a/c, has been resolved. Which would make no difference to a commenter on our original post about the situation: "No HOT water. As long as there's water a shower can be taken following a workout, unless one is entir ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Galveston Beaches May, May Not Be Improved

    Edouard didn't cause much in the way of beach erosion (or anything else) in Galveston, but efforts to restore beaches on the island have hit the usual snag -- money. Estimates for how much it would cost to put 200-feet beaches on the seawall between 103rd Avenue and 61st Street have skyrocketed, fr ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    These Things Don't Fit

    Three things you don't expect to happen when the TV stations are full of doom-ish news about how The Day After Tomorrow is today: 1) The Bolivar Ferry is running, for crissake. 2) The Galveston Causeway is open to traffic. 3) Restaurants in Kemah will be open for lunch. What's next? The Anorexic ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    Layoffs and Buyouts at the Houston Chronicle

    News is starting to seep out about the cutbacks at the Houston Chronicle. As with any cutbacks, the news is not good. Management had announced a five-percent cut in what it termed a “position-elimination program” (We can imagine the “We’re Full of PEP!!!” motivational memos); buyouts were ... More >>

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    August 30, 2007

    We Swear We Weren't Trying to Trick You...

    You all are no doubt working hard on the Texans crossword puzzle included in this week’s Hair Balls column, so a mistake must be corrected. There should be a “34 Down” clue in the lower-right corner of the column. It’s two letters. The clue: “Sinecure for aging or clumsy baseball players ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007

    Houston Hurricane Reporting, or Maybe We're Not All Gonna Die

    We tend to do some Houston Chronicle bashing on this site sometimes, mostly with good reason. But right now we’d like to give them a tip of the ol’ hat. Hurricane season has finally arrived in full force, with a wimpy Erin staggering into Corpus Christi and, more ominously, Hurricane Dean possi ... More >>

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    August 13, 2007

    Football Practices Canceled at Hot O'Clock

    According to the official Houston Press meteorological center – we ‘re still awaiting the funding that will allow an upgrade to full Severe Weather Center status, like every TV station in town – the temperature outside is Fucking Hot. How hot? So hot it’s messing with Texas high school foot ... More >>

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    August 8, 2007

    Still Sucks to Be a Librarian, Even If You're Not Passing Out Drugs

    Our print edition is out, including an item in the Hair Balls column about how Harris County may be demanding that its librarians stay in town and go to the front lines as responders to a biological or chemical terrorist attack. We probably weren’t clear enough in writing it, though, and that res ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007

    Mail Call

    Talking Funny

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    March 15, 2007
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    May 23, 2002

    Letters

    Letters For the Week of 05-23

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