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Saving the T Rex skeleton

How cool is this? Little did Houston attorney Robert Painter know that his decade-old friendship with the president of Mongolia would lead to unraveling an archaeological mystery worthy of Indiana Jones. In a story that reads like a Hollywood script, Painter played a leading role – including flying to Dallas and New York over a […]

The case for keeping the penny

The Canadian penny is about to become a collector’s item. They clutter your dresser and cost too much to make. They’re a nuisance and have outlived their purpose. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was talking about the Canadian penny and why the Royal Canadian Mint will end its production this fall as part of his austerity […]

The “Crazy College of Qatar”

As you may know, Houston Community College opened a satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, a couple of years ago. Apparently there have been a few bumps in the road along the way. The dean chosen by the Qatari government was replaced in November by a veteran HCC employee, Butch Herrod, as part of an administrative […]

To help Haiti

I received the following email from the American Red Cross: I’ve got a brief update for you on Haiti. The situation is dire. Hundreds of thousands of people are feared dead. Government offices, including the Presidential Palace, have collapsed. Hospitals and the local Red Cross office have sustained major damage. Children, families and communities are […]

Mr. Goldberg goes to Iraq

Former Houston City Council Member Mark Goldberg has a new gig. [Goldberg] will work as a local governance adviser for RTI International, a North Carolina nonprofit research and development organization that works in Iraq and other countries. RTI employs 79 Americans in Iraq and 500 Iraqis and has operated there since 2003. “What we’ve really […]

Now that’s a prank

Good times in Ireland are bad times for the pubs

RIP, Dith Pran

The “doomsday seed vault”

The Irish bag tax

No thank you for not smoking

The bridge protest

Prosecute or not?

Call it something else, please

Le Wi-Fi, oui oui

Question of the day

RIP, Steve Irwin

Iraq Internet cafe

Daylight savings trouble

The Monsoon Chronicles

London Terrorist Attack

New York City: Not one of life’s winners

New York City: One of life’s winners

Chuck ‘n’ Camilla

How to help

Put some clothes on!

Charlie Wilson: The man, the movie

The Sudan

The case for space travel, continued

How mighty is the pen?

Problems in the Galapagos Islands

Saint-Exupery’s plane found

Calpundit on the neocons

Two thousand white crosses in mute witness stand