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  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    5 Texas Murderabilia Items: Charles Whitman's Gun Isn't Even the Creepiest Thing on the List

    People are oddly fascinated with horrible happenings. We get it. Some want to see the evidence and make contact with people who perpetrated the crimes. But it's still stunning to see the gun Charles Whitman used at the University of Texas Tower shootings up for auction. That is, until we saw all of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Five Outdoor Texas Festivals That Went South

    Free Press Summer Fest dodged a pretty serious bullet this year. When festival officials announced that the grounds around Eleanor Tinsley Park needed to be evacuated around 2 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, some of us who were there had visions of pandemonium at the exits and the kind of heavy rains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Hucksters and Texas Tent Revival Politics

    Religious liberty is at the very heart of what it means to be an American, yet Texas conservatives and our state's activist pastors have conveniently forgotten that.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Texas Democratic Establishment, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News All Endorse Biggest Loser

    Ignored by the state Democratic establishment like he was an Al-Qaeda terrorist wearing a bomb coat, Richard "Kinky" Friedman still managed to garner about 185,000 votes in the Democratic primary March 4. Friedman's vote total put him in second place with 37.7 percent of the vote and forced a late M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Has "Nut Country" (Dallas) Been Rehabilitated Since the JFK Assassination?

    "We're heading into nut country today," President John F. Kennedy said to Jackie on the morning of November 22, 1963 -- 50 years ago today. Nut country was Dallas, Texas. The city had gained a reputation as "nut country" because of incidents like: In the years and months before Kennedy was assassi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Dallas Morning News Abandons Paywall

    For years, daily news publications have struggled. As the market flooded with broadcast outlets and the Internet rendered news essentially free to anyone who wanted to read, many newspapers simply became unsustainable. But the real killer was Craigslist, which destroyed classified advertising, the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Sen. Ted Cruz Will Stop Being Canadian, ASAP

    We've all had our suspicions about Sen. Ted Cruz. Didn't he seem a little too comfortable in that chilly Washington D.C. weather? Didn't someone one time hear him say something nice about Queen Elizabeth II? When he stops talking, doesn't it seem like something is missing? A space for a good old Can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Chemical Safety Board Investigation on West Explosion Blocked

    In the wake of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, the folks over at the Chemical Safety Board got their team together and headed to Texas to start the process of sifting through the massive pile of rubble at the blast site to try and figure out what actually happened on April 17 when the f ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2013

    The Dan Marino Restaurants

    The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    [VIDEO] Woman Suing Texas State Troopers After Roadside Body Cavity Search

    I get that cops have a difficult job. I really do. But when two women are pulled over on Texas highway and have their body cavities searched because the officer said the car had the "aroma" of marijuana, something is just wrong. According to the report from the Dallas Morning News and the Daily Mail ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Does the Chron's Sports Coverage Suck?

    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 involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    HISD Likely Cheated On Standardized Tests, Study Says

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published a massive project studying standardized-test scores across the nation in the wake of a scandal in that city. Their analysis showed, the paper said, "that test scores in hundreds of cities followed a pattern that, in Atlanta, indicated cheating in multi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Texas Pop Festival Finally Getting Historical Marker

    Mike PorterBathe, hippies, bathe!​Rocks Off can't do anything about the drought, but this weekend we will be breaking our own personal drought and returning to the Austin City Limits Music Festival after taking 2010 off. But long before ACL, there was another massive musical gathering in Texa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Texas A&M Needs to Elope to the SEC

    ​Hey, Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference: Get a room already! Then get married or whatever because this idle flirtation, which has been going on for years, is getting tired. For the past few weeks, a potential move by A&M to the SEC has become a hot topic, especially after the A&M Boar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    85 MPH on Texas Highways: Why the Hell Not? (Five Houston-Area Spots That Should Be Considered)

    We can all indulge our inner Racer X​The Dallas Morning News (behind a paywall but AP report is here) noted a small clause in a transportation bill passed by the House in Austin this week -- if approved by the Senate, it allows speed limits to be raised on some Texas highways to 85 mph, the hi ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled.

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Super Bowling for Dollars

    The great American game is another chance to foist false research on a gullible media

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    TCEQ Gets Slammed: Feds Take Powers Away From Texas' Air-Pollution "Watchdog"

    TCEQ step aside, feds say​Is an agency a "watchdog" when it doesn't watch? Apparently the feds don't think so. In a bold move today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was taking over the job of issuing greenhouse-gas permits in Texas because the Texas Council on Environmental ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Sex With Clients: Texas Lawyers Continue Their Brave Battle To Have It

    Still plenty of action at the State Bar of Texas​Texas lawyers have always been allowed to bone (or be boned by) their clients. No prohibitions, no scolding from the State Bar, no penalties.Everyone's happy, right? And it's not a barter system at all -- in all cases, it's true love between a heroi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. The Mighty Rib: Kevin's been on the road lately and reviewing restaurant far ou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2010

    Daniel Silva: The Rembrandt Affair

    Former intelligence agent Gabriel Allon is drawn back into the spy game once again

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    To Keep Your Daughter Out Of Jail, What Not To Name Her Is Crystal-Clear

    ​The other day, Hair Balls was discussing the case of Crystal Sosa with a friend.Sosa is a young prostitute. Two years ago, her dead infant was discovered stashed in the freezer of the motel where she was staying with her boyfriend. She was eventually convicted of nothing more serious than attempt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Big Blaze Hits Dallas' Lower Greenville Strip

    Photo by Jim Schutze​The Lower Greenville Avenue portion of Dallas is one of the city's more enjoyable areas (Caveat: We haven't been there in a while; maybe it's become Douchebag/Yuppie Central.) (And yes, we know the response to that is "Well, it is in Dallas.") A four-alarm fire engulfed a chu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    HISD's New Hire Leaves Questions Behind In Dallas

    ​The Houston school district announced a major reorganization yesterday, naming three top officials to oversee elementary, middle school and high school education.Two of the three came from out of the district, including David Simmons, who will supervise high school policies.Simmons had been super ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 31, 2009

    A Neapolitan New Year

    Murder, betrayal and conspiracy - what a wonderful way to start 2010

  • News

    November 19, 2009

    The Tug of War

    Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison are locked in a pitched battle over the soul of the GOP. They are also running for governor.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Pudge Ends His Career As An Astro, Chron Readers Learn Eventually

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​At noon yesterday, the long rumored and speculated-on demise of the Houston Astros baseball season was officially confirmed. Not so surprisingly, approximately five hours later, the long rumored and speculated on demise of the Houston Chronicle as a news-gathering or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Artania Isn't Easy In Texas, Russian Troupe Finds Out

    Photo courtesy ArtaniaArtania, a Russian horse-show, has certainly had its ups and downs in Texas.Their first shows in April, at Sam Houston Race Park, ran into the kind of severe weather we have here every spring.Then, as we reported back in April, the trick-riding show, which got extravagant prais ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Chron's Matt Stiles Lands On His Feet, Next To Texas Monthly's Evan Smith

    Photo by Kyle Jameson Matt Stiles, one of several high-profile Chronicle reporters who survived the spring job cuts only to quit the paper, has landed on his feet.The former City Hall and Austin-bureau reporter will be on the staff of the Texas Tribune, which describes itself as "a non-profit, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Southwest Airlines Offering Some Really Cheap Seats

    Photo by ACommentSouthwest Airlines has created a huge amount of buzz among low-fare junkies this morning with the announcement of a two-day sale where all tickets cost either $30, $60 or $90 one-way.As the Dallas Morning News' aviation blog puts it: Southwest calls it "one of the biggest fare sales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Rick Perry's Biking Accident Somehow Leads To Outbreak Of Hair Jokes

    The news day is nearly done, and we can begin to total up the Official Rick Perry Hair-Joke Count.As you likely know, Perry broke his collarbone while riding a bike. If you didn't know, then you were, apparently, one of the few people who didn't head directly to the web to make a hair joke.Google ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Swine Flu Can't Beat (A Carefully Wrapped) God

    With what is surely the Black Plague of the 21st Century bearing down on all our souls, the last place anyone wants to worry about swine flu is church. So some institutions, like the Austin Diocese, are suspending or altering communion.The story in the Waco Tribune includes a letter issued by the Au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Statewide Smoking Ban For Bars: Coming Soon?

    Photo by Daniel KramerIt's been tried before, but this time there may be some possibility of a statewide smoking ban in Texas.Two bills address the subject, (one by Houston's Rodney Ellis) and the Texas Restaurant Association has announced it can support a ban.Although the TRA says it has "som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Coach Leads His Team To 100-0 Victory, Gets Fired

    The Covenant School in Dallas got hit with a bunch of unfavorable publicity after its girls basketball team beat another school 100-0. (That  score is not a typo.)School officials posted a message on its web site apologizing for the game, saying "the school and its representatives in no way sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Chronicle Hops On The Obama Bandwagon

    Eyebrows were raised all around Houston -- really!! We saw one!! -- when the Houston Chronicle endorsed Barack Obama for president, their first Democratic-presidential endorsement since LBJ (What, Dukakis didn't excite them?) Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith predicted that all five of the state's to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    Ike Turner, 1931-2007

    So the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Ike Turner has died. To me, every day he’s been walking among us on the planet since, oh, about 1973, seemed like a miracle. That dude, at least to hear Andre Williams tell it, made Keith Richards seem like Neddy Flanders. Here’s what Williams said a ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2007

    Dooney da Priest: "Pull Your Pants Up"

    Dallas struggles with saggy drawers

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    That’s Why You Should Stay up Late

    Our own Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, cut quite a swashbuckling image in the wee hours of last night and this morning in the Texas Senate. As deftly recounted by a number of media outlets, including Robert T. Garrett of the Dallas Morning News, Patrick broke all sort of club rules: the conservative f ... More >>

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Saint Matthew's Churches, Inc.

    Christians send in money for prayer requests which may just go up in smoke

  • Dining

    September 2, 2004

    Salad Days

    La Colombe d'Or

  • News

    June 26, 2003

    Pimpin' Ain't Easy

    Tension mounts at the Chronicle

  • Calendar

    May 15, 2003
  • News

    April 17, 2003

    Bloody Sunday

    Yet another weekend newspaper magazine bites the dust

  • News

    April 10, 2003

    The First Shuttle Crash

    Hoax or Hidden Mystery?

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Way Out There

    A new TV news operation is coming to Houston. More or less.

  • News

    December 16, 1999
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    April 20, 1995
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