• Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    TEA Investigating More Shady Student-Teacher Relationships

    The Texas Education Agency is reporting a rise in the number of investigations opened on allegations of inappropriate student-teacher relationships over the last three years, according to newly released numbers by the agency. The number of investigations into student-teacher relationships has risen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    2013 Statistics Show the High Crime Neighborhoods of Houston

    When there's more people, there's more crime. Seems like the way bureaucrats like to explain away these problems without talking about measures that could increase taxes, nothing about investment in communities, increasing police presence, or other possible solutions for areas on the brink. With 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Receivership Extended as Sharpstown Condos Start to Shed Gang Complex

    A realtor who cut his teeth cleaning up and rebuilding faded developments on his home turf in the Third Ward last week was granted a two-year extension by the state to oversee a formerly gang plagued condo complex in Sharpstown. Known as the Le Promenade Townhomes, now changed to The Gardens at Bis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Sharpstown High School Teacher Ysidoro Rosales-Motola Was Investigated at Westbury High School in 2011

    The Sharpstown teacher who was arrested and charged with one felony count of indecency with a child and two felony counts of an improper relationship with a student last week was previously investigated in 2011. Before coming to Sharpstown, Ysidoro Rosales-Motola was teaching at Westbury High Schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    HISD Dumps 20 Magnet School Programs, Saying They Just Didn't Measure Up

    Houston ISD, the district that years ago was a leader in the country in using magnet schools to desegregate its campuses, announced Thursday it will close 20 of its 115 magnet programs - saying that not enough kids from outside their zoned neighborhoods are going to these particular schools. Here' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    UPDATE: Five-Alarm Blaze on Southwest Freeway Injures Four Firefighters

    UPDATE: The four firefighters taken to the hospital died as the result of injuries and smoke inhalation according to reports. One of them was a 24-year-old rookie, Anne Sullivan. Original entry: Multiple outlets are reporting a five-alarm fire at the Bhojan Restaurant at 6855 Southwest Freeway. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Harris County Attorney Sues Sharpstown Hotel Over Drugs, Prostitution, Violence

    Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, in conjunction with the Sharpstown Management District, filed suit against the Plainfield Inn off Interstate 59 and Bissonnet on Wednesday. The hotel is known around the country -- it must be because they mentioned that TWICE in the press release -- for its prostit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Welcome to Your Dad's STDs: Syphilis on the Rise In Houston

    Hey soldier!! Wrap that rascal!! Loose lips sink ships!! Careless talk costs lives!!! Loose women may also be LOADED with disease!! The WWII vibe is heavy these days in Houston, as health officials have announced a comeback of the Greatest Generation's STD, syphilis. The Houston Department of Heal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    HISD Wants $1.89 Billion To Rebuild, Renovate Schools

    The Houston Independent School District's Board of Trustees is considering asking voters for a $1.89 billion bond issue that would rebuild or renovate 42 schools. The board must decide by August whether to place the item on the November 6 ballot. If voters approve the bond package, HISD would "most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Check Out These Schools

    We haven't eaten in a school cafeteria in a long time. Our high school had open lunches and we usually went elsewhere. We worked as an HISD substitute teacher for a while and usually spent lunches in a classroom with a sandwich, wondering if Mama Cass suffered much or if it was quick. (Subbing is no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    The Weather Outside Is Frightful (with Photos)

    You wanted rain, you're getting it. You're also getting a reported tornado touchdown in Fort Bend County and flooded service roads and intersections. Power is out in some areas of the city; others have lost internet service. Reports coming in from TxDOT and various tweeters indicated impassable c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Guess Where This Is (Was) In Houston

    We downloaded this picture a while back, and now, sadly, we can't figure out where we saw it first. We thought it was from the highly entertaining website/e-book Houston Freeways, which we encourage everyone to explore, but a quick scan doesn't seem to show it there. (If we're wrong, or you recogn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Remembering Hurricanes Alicia and Claudette

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    10 Worst Robbery Neighborhoods In Houston

    ​Last week we gave you the 10 worst neighborhoods in Houston for burglaries. This week, just in time for Christmas shopping, it's the worst neighborhoods for robbery. As we cautioned before, HPD doesn't suggest comparing this raw data from neighborhood to neighborhood. Some beats are more den ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    The 10 Worst Burglary Neighborhoods In Houston (For The Moment)

    ​What are the best neighborhoods to live in if you want to get burglarized? We've gathered 10 of the finest. We looked at the most recent crime stats for HPD beats, which means the month of October. HPD generally doesn't like "raw data comparisons between police beats" because the info can be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Umami at Umai

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe clean and modern interior at Umai. Check out our slideshow for more photos.​Umai Japanese Restaurant (8400 Bellaire) may be located along Bellaire Boulevard, but the restaurant is mostly removed from the hurly-burly tumble and flow of Chinatown, being closer to Sharpst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Fall Enrollment is Down at Nine Apollo 20 Schools in HISD

    NASA's Apollo 20 never got off the gorund​This year, there are fewer kids enrolled at the nine middle and high schools in the Apollo 20 schools than there were at this time last year -- 810 fewer to be exact -- according to numbers provided to Hair Balls by the Houston ISD.This number doesn't come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    UPDATED: More Than 4,000 Students Leave the Tougher Apollo 20 Schools

    Apollo 20: Not everyone's on board​What's not to like about a longer school year, longer school day, more rigor in the classroom and having your parents more involved in your education?Well, it may be coincidence or it may not be everyone's idea of heaven because more than 4,000 students hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Unidentified Male, 30, Bayou Body Count No. 205

    Shot in his apartment​A 30-year-old man was shot in his Sharpstown-area apartment and made it to the hospital before dying early Wednesday, Houston police say. The victim, whose identity was not released, was in his apartment in the 7600 block of Gulfton when an unknown assailant shot him several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    HISD Kicks Off Its Apollo 20 Program For Troubled Schools

    Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.HISD's Terry Grier with a student at an Apollo 20 school​As if surrendering your long, lazy summer to the start of another tedious school year is not hard enough, students from five HISD middle schools and four high schools are making that plunge an entire week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Newsweek Picks Officially Troubled HISD High School As One Of Nation's Best

    It's failing, but it's great!​Newsweek has come out with its latest ranking of the nation's best high schools, and the Houston school district is crowing that a record number of HISD highs made it.The usual suspects are there -- DeBakey, Carnegie, Bellaire and Lamar -- but joining the list this ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Paddling Kids Won't Whip HISD Into Shape, Grier Says

    ​The leaders of Temple, Texas may have decided that restoring paddling to their bag of tricks was a good idea for schools there, but Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier doesn't agree. At a Wednesday media roundtable, Grier talked about the discussions district personnel are having with pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Ka'ak Sandwich?

    ​Recently, we found ourselves starving during a tedious day of used-car shopping. Unwilling to make such a big decision on an empty stomach, we were pleased to find ourselves within walking distance of Droubi's Bakery and Deli on Hillcroft in Sharpstown. After devouring a plate of Middle Eas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    All Of Sharpstown Mall's Problems To Be Solved With Name Change

    ​You know what's been holding the Sharpstown Mall back? Its name.Which actually is "Sharpstown Center," but no one we know calls it that. The almost-50-year-old mall has long hit hard times, with people convinced it's not safe, or has any shops worth visiting.That will all change soon, when its ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    TEA Releases Further Details On School Rankings

    ​The Texas Education Agency has released the 2009 school rankings -- let the talk of how schools are gaming the system begin!!Results are searchable by district, by category, by all kinds of things.The 12 HISd schools that have been ranked "unacceptable":High Schools -- Jones, Kashmere, Lee, Sterl ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 9, 2009
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    February 20, 2009

    The Census Bureau Is Counting On You -- To Apply For A Job

    Looking for a job? The US Census Bureau is looking for you. And it's not waiting for any lousy stimulus funds. It's hiring now.There are 3,000 slots in the Houston area for work connected to the 2010 Census, which is ramping up as we speak.Much of the work involves walking neighborhood streets with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Santa Round-Up Part Five: The Crying Game

    This and every Christmas season the most important person is the baby Jesus, with a bearded, white-haired toy factory owner coming in a close second. Every year we flock to the malls to sit in our kids down on Santa's lap. Sometimes they run off screaming, while others take to the old guy just like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Teacher Of The Year And Hero To Drunk Drivers

    We wondered yesterday if the woman who may set hundreds of drunk drivers free because she failed to test breathalyzer equipment could possibly be the same woman who won a Teacher of the Year award in 2007 for her work at Sharpstown Middle School. No way, we thought, although how many Deetrice Walla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Not So Great News from the Health Department, Asian Edition

    We took a look at restaurants that serve Asian food this week and we found: Fu’s Garden Restaurant #2 (5866 San Felipe) had just one violation; the vent covers in the walls and ceilings were not maintained in good repair. Golden Island Restaurant (12810 Gulf Freeway) on the other hand had so ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Assistant Principal Puts The "High" In Sharpstown High

    Sharpstown High is mostly known for a scandal awhile back about not counting dropouts, and for being the alma mater of NFL star Joseph Addai. Oh, and for that assistant principal who had a burgeoning grow-pot-at-home hobby with his wife. James Earl Street, 46, and his wife Judith, also 46, have tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    That Crap On Your Sidewalk Will Likely Remain There For A Long Time

    Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department has modified its clean-up schedule to target different parts of the city each day this week. Information, including a map of the areas, can be found here. The department expects to complete what it calls the first “pass” – hitting every street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2007

    Get in the Zone: The Houston Hip-Hop Marketing Zone, That Is

    You know how if you go to New York, and get up early enough, you can watch the network morning-show hosts of your choice chatting it up with various celebrities and Food Network personalities right through their studios’ plate-glass windows? Well now, if you’re a hip-hop fan, you can do the same ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    Report Card for All HISD Schools

    For the fifth year in a row, Sam Houston High School has been rated “Academically Unacceptable” in the Texas Education Agency’s annual assessment of the state’s schools announced today. The school still will open in the fall, thanks to the reprieve it got in June from the HISD school board w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2007
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    February 9, 2007

    That's Cool, That's Trash

    As some of you know, I like to walk. Since Houston is not a particularly scenic city and I have lived here for most of my life, I don't really waste much time looking around. What I do instead is keep my eyes on the ground. And I find stuff — lots of wonderful stuff. Occasionally, my discove ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2006

    Baller's Ball

    Where to party this All-Star Weekend

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Career Opportunities

    HISD's ideas on advancement

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2004
  • Dining

    July 1, 2004

    African Hideaway

    Addisaba has an air of foreign intrigue — and awesome kifto and yedoro wot

  • Music

    June 10, 2004

    Pop Quiz

    Think you know local music? Take the Bayou City Music Mindbender and find out.

  • News

    November 13, 2003

    Tee Time

    Lee High School dropped football, deciding golf was a better sport for its kids, no matter how poor or new to this country they might be

  • News

    August 5, 1999

    You Gotta Want It

    And other lessons for the Sharpstown All-Stars

  • Calendar

    October 30, 1997
  • News

    October 2, 1997

    Golfin' Fools

    Another dubious deal for private operators raises the question: Who's serving the public here?

  • News

    February 1, 1996

    In the Rough

    The golf course giveaway is falling apart, but some city workers are paying the price

  • News

    January 11, 1996
  • News

    January 11, 1996


    Privatization of Houston's municipal golf courses has been a bad deal for everybody but the operators. But golfers and taxpayers had best look out: the city's on the verge of giving away two more of it courses.

  • Dining

    October 27, 1994

    Korean Adventure

    Camellia Korean leads you to take chances -- and make discoveries

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