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  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Mobb Deep & Nosaprise at Fitzgerald's, 4/9/2014

    Mobb Deep, Nosaprise Fitzgerald's April 9, 2014 A hip-hop show on a Wednesday night is as good as a rap show on any other night, except maybe better. Everyone who claims to be a hip-hop fan but is really just a whats-new-on-the-radio rap fan stays home to watch Basketball Wives or whatever nonsense ... 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 10, 2013

    Severe Weather Is Here (w/Pictures!): Save Those Files, Use the Tunnels & Tip Your Pizza Guy Better (Updated: Person Hit By Lightning)

    If you don't have a window, you might not realize it's 10 p.m. in parts of Houston. It's a dark and stormy night out there, as Edward George Bulwer-Lytton would say. Last night saw some major thunderstorm activity, with impressive lightning shows in some parts of town. (This being Houston, other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Juan Villareal: HISD Teacher Pleads Guilty To Distributing Child Porn

    A third-grade teacher in the Houston school district entered a guilty plea Tuesday to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. Juan A. Villarreal, 52, a third-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary in Westbury, has taught in the district for 11 years, but he was out of a job once he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Possible Tornado Touches Down Outside Willis; Rain Hits Houston

    A potential tornado appears to have touched down outside Willis earlier this afternoon. Following a tornado warning issued around 1:30 p.m., Texas Storm Chasers Tweeted a photo that shows a nearby storm cycle, with an "interesting feature" touching the ground. Willis Police Department said they h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Farmers' Market Spotlight of the Week: Daikon Radishes, Locally Grown by Congolese Refugees

    Cooler temperatures mean that the City Hall Farmers Market is open once again and that more Houstonians will be heading out to enjoy the many other excellent farmers' markets across the city. Each week, we'll be spotlighting a produce pick from the Urban Harvest network of farmers' markets by showin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Juan Villarreal: HISD Teacher Arrested On Child-Porn Charges (UPDATED)

    Federal officials have arrested a Houston ISD elementary school teacher and charged him with possession and distribution of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today. Juan A. Villarreal, 52, a third-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary in Westbury, was taken into custody pending ... 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

    April 20, 2012

    Hail, Blackouts in Southwest Houston

    A big ol' storm is moving through the area, bringing heavy rains, hail and electricity problems. Hails is falling in Westbury, where the power is out for hundreds of customers, according to CenterPoint's outage tracker. About 76,000 Houston homes are without power as of 4 p.m. Also affected are ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    The Crawfish Secret Is Out at Daily Seafood

    ​Daily Seafood (12950 South Post Oak) is located in a shabby Westbury strip mall right next to a salon that offers $30, hour-long foot massages. In an ideal world, I'd have had time to enjoy both this afternoon: foot massages and crawfish. Instead, I spent a couple of hours getting to know the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Margaret Marie Gage, 82, Beaten to Death in Home Invasion, Bayou Body Count No. 5

    An 82-year-old woman was beaten to death as part of a robbery in a quiet southwest-side neighborhood last night, Houston police said. Margaret Marie Gage, 82, was at home in the 5700 block of Sanford in Westbury when her husband opened the back door about 8:45 p.m. to let out their dog, police say. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Neighborhood Bars

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Here it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2011

    Gumby Christmas Lights For The Win

    Photo by Lee RinerHe's celebrating Christmas, dammit!​Here's something to warm you Christmas heart -- a display of lights in Westbury. It's always difficult to get scale on these lights-at-night pictures, but those white lights on the right are the height of a ranch house. So Gumby is a two-st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    We thought too long about the inconsistencies in the Health Department's punitive measures, and look what happened to us. ​Some bigger names caught a little heat this week, and one smaller name caught some ridiculous, Phoenix-in-August heat. We hope the owner of the smaller place in question w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Gayness Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

    ​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

    August 4, 2011

    Some HISD Schools Face Big Changes From No Child Left Behind

    Some HISD schools are getting left behind.​Step aside, Apollo 20. A slew of Houston ISD high schools are going to have to undergo serious overhauls to satisfy requirements of No Child Left Behind. Federal school and district ratings were released this afternoon. In a subsequent press release, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Westbury High Revolution: Cairo's Got Nothing on Them

    To Dave & Buster's!!!!​The heady whiff of freedom in Cairo has worked its way to Westbury on the southwest side today, as about 100 students are going to be disciplined for protesting about a canceled field trip. The Westbury High field trip was supposed to be to Dave & Buster's, where studen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    HISD's (Last?) Big Performance Bonus: $42 Million

    Bonus time at HISD​The Houston school district will hand out more than $42 million in performance bonuses tomorrow, in what may be the last big-time gasp of the district's ASPIRE program for a while. HISD says 1,82816,527 employees earned bonuses ranging from $100 to $15,530 as part of the $4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Westbury Represent: Shannon Walker Talks From Space To The Three HISD Schools She Attended

    Photo courtesy NASAShannon Walker speaks from space to Westbury today​Shannon Walker, the first Houston-raised astronaut, is up in space doing space-y things, but she took some time today to hook up with her old `hood.A video link to the three HISD schools Walker attended -- Parker Elementary (whi ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 5, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: The Cozy Corner's Salty Dog

    Troy Fields​"I'll be with you guys shortly," the bartender at the Cozy Corner (11530 Burdine St., 713-723-4048) said for the fourth time in two minutes. The air conditioning was set on "meat locker," and some sadist had put "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" on the jukebox. The bar was done up with Fourth o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Shannon Walker, Westbury Astronaut: Bang, You Big Jerk, You're In Space

    ​ This is how the Houston Chronicle treats the first homegrown astronaut? We're appalled. Frankly.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    HISD Trustees Give Grier a History Lesson

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Sounding a bit like a past-the-honeymoon-stage couple whose partners are starting to feel misunderstood and underappreciated, Superintendent Terry Grier and the Houston ISD trustees got through Thursday's board workshop with a patina of camaraderie, occasionally interrupt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    ESPN And CNN In Death-Cage Opinion Brawl Over Yates High School

    Yates represents.​Yates High School's basketball team continues its roll to a state championship, a role that's included some very large blow-outs of over-matched opponentsIt's attracted nationwide attention, and now two of the biggest brand names on television are getting into it.First came Rick ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 3, 2009
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    November 30, 2009

    Financial Times Loves It Some Westbury

    ​What's the hottest neighborhood in Houston, according to the Financial Times, that international publication with the funny pinkish color?It's Westbury.FT approvingly quotes an expert who says the neighborhood southwest of Meyerland is "one of the last areas near the Galleria and downtown where y ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    Move Over, Reba: Michael Strahan's New Sitcom Also Set In Houston

    Photo courtesy FoxFox Network just announced its fall schedule, and in just under the wire is Brothers, a low-key comedy set in Houston starring former Westbury and TSU star and future NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. The Hollywood Reporter claims Brothers received strong feedback during the pilot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Enough With The Rain Already (Updated 11 am)

    Messy, messy morning, as you probably have realized.The west side of town got pummeled with up to a foot of rain; some homes have flooded.Commuting is a nightmare: Frontage roads are flooded, people are going the wrong way down streets to escape. We hear that getting in from Fort Bend on 90A is espe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Huge New Recycling Bins, For Only The Best Houston Homeowners

    Last week, on recycling day, our little green bin disappeared.Stolen, we figured, either full (for the cans) or empty ( art project?).The next day, mystery solved: The city replaced it with a new giant bin with wheels, the same size as the regular trash container but painted in a fetching g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    January 1, 2009

    The Stars of HISD

    "Prominent" takes on new meaning

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    The Best Local Songs of 2008, Part 1

    "Song About My Mom," Jenny Westbury: This song likely encompasses all of Westbury's tunes. It's silly, serious and most of all lyrics meet instrumentation in perfect harmony. Westbury's lyrical phrasing makes it seem as though rhyming couplets pour as effortlessly out of her mouth as water does from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    The Famous And Not-So-Famous Of HISD's "Prominent Alumni" List

    You probably don't realize it, but the Houston school district's website has a page dedicated to prominent alumni, listed by high school.Unfortunately, many of the "prominent" alumni are politicians, especially current and former HISD board members. Any definition of "prominent" that includes HISD b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Next Hurricane, Use Window Screens Instead Of Plywood

    So Ike kicked your ass. It blew in a couple of windows and let in rain and debris and left your rugs soaking. But putting up plywood is such a pain in the ass. Plus, you would kill yourself before you'd become one of the living cliches of a hapless guy running to Home Depot two days before a storm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Rotation: Jenny Westbury's Jenny French and the Pelican Wrench

    If words were defined by a sound, Jenny Westbury’s voice would epitomize “bittersweet.” The former Houston folkstress, now a Seattleite, uses perfect pitch to drive a nasally soprano and complement songs that are as silly as they are sad and sincere. Her first full-length release, Jenny French ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Hey Houston! You're "Extremely Pleased"!

    The preliminary estimates for Ike damage are coming in -- the Harris County Housing Authority is issuing a report that pegs the figure at about $8.5 billion -- but you shouldn't worry. You, as a Houstonian, could not be more pleased with the job the city has done picking up storm debris. At least a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Ike Can't Stop Parker Elementary's 50th Birthday

    You're an elementary school celebrating your 50th anniversary, you have such proud alumni as Beyonce, and what happens? Ike knocks your damn sign out. Parker Elementary in Westbury is a magnet school specializing in music, and it's long been known as a great school. (Even if other schools claim Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Top Five Houstonians As Hurricanes

    We're right in the middle of Oh God, Oh God, We're All Gonna Die season (as Wash might say) and sure enough there's hurricane Gustav, creeping through the Caribbean and toying with the sphincter control of everyone from Corpus Christi to Destin, FL. Trouble is, Gustav is hardly a name we Houstonians ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Southwest Houston Represent

    Here in Westbury, we're laughing at Edouard. So far, he said, crossing his fingers furiously. There's been some rain, but nothing more than some heavy drizzle. The all-important Lawn Furniture Indicator is showing low winds. In other words, no chaise lounges flying about. If you think Your Corres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Two Nights Ago: Linus Pauling Quartet, the Jonx, Jenny Westbury at Proletariat

    LP4 Linus Pauling Quartet, the Jonx, Jenny Westbury Proletariat November 10, 2007 Better Than: Tinnitus for any non-rock-related reason Download: “Invisible Type,” “Island,” “Linus Theme” I’ll come clean. For the nearly 15 years I’ve been living in this airless, bug-infested urban ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Liquid Lunch

    A weekday afternoon in Westbury's Cozy Corner

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2006

    Best o' tha Blogs

    We love you, you love us. Well done, BOH Man! With our much-anticipated, big, fat and glossy Best of Houston issue (professionalism be damned, I'll say it — the real Best Of in this town) on stands now, thought I'd check in on some of the lauded blogs/sites in our City Life section. I'd gus ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2003

    Watching the Market

    Can a new farmers market support itself, and revitalize Westbury Square?

  • News

    November 1, 2001
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    October 11, 2001


    Consuming Hate, Best and the Rest, Percentile Envy

  • News

    September 27, 2001


    Rotten to the Corps, Wife Strife, Sweet and Neat

  • News

    September 6, 2001


    Is Westbury High the victim of neglect? Or do jealous parents just mistakenly think HISD takes better care of other schools?

  • News

    April 23, 1998

    After-School Limbo

    Middle schoolers are often left to their own devices

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