Man Douses Clothes in Lighter Fluid, Lights Himself on Fire Outside Houston Courthouse

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A man was rushed to the hospital after dousing himself in lighter fluid and setting himself on fire outside a downtown Houston courthouse Tuesday afternoon, according to county employees.

The man, who has not been identified, set himself on fire outside of the historic 1910 Harris County Courthouse at about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, while yelling "God bless America," and "Justice!" according to KHOU.

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UPDATED Seattle Woman Wages Online War Against Wharton Dog Sanctuary

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Courtesy Maggie McDowell/Sanctuary Watch
Do Maggie McDowell's photos of Smiling Dog Farms tell the whole story?
Update, December 16, 1:30 p.m.: McDowell has posted an open letter to me on her Sanctuary Watch page. I first contacted McDowell December 11, requesting an interview. She never accepted, but kept sending material, so I followed up with more requests for an interview, which were ignored. McDowell also sent me the content of her open letter directly, early Tuesday morning, well after my deadline.

A Seattle-based activist has launched a social media campaign against a Wharton County dog sanctuary, accusing the owners of cruelty and neglect, despite the fact that investigators have called the claims unfounded.

Maggie McDowell, an Amazon employee who gained notoriety in Washington state for helping shut down a dog sanctuary in that state, released photos that appear to show some of the Wharton sanctuary's 300-plus dogs living in cramped pens and suffering from eye and skin conditions. However, Wharton County Sheriff's Officials told the Houston Press that the claims are unsubstantiated, and Smiling Dog Farms has rebutted McDowell's accusations on its Facebook page.

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Theresa Roemer Selling Mansion With Infamous "She-Cave"

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If these walls could talk......they'd probably say a lot of stupid stuff.
If you have an extra $12.9 million and a penchant for gaudy things, you're in luck: Theresa Roemer, she of the $500,000 burgled closet, is selling her 17,315-square-foot Woodlands Xanadu.

John Lomax at Swamplot has some nifty interior pics of the 20-odd-room estate, which sorta looks like what you'd get if a Brookstone catalog fucked a Lamborghini.

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Houston-Area Dog Nearly Dies After ACTUALLY Eating a Kid's Homework

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A mischievous dog found himself in serious trouble last week after he ate his owner's homework, a model of the Middle Ages that included plastic farm animals, metal wire fencing and model structures.

Yes, dogs apparently do really eat homework sometimes, and in this case, he ingested plastic cows. As you can probably guess, it didn't work out so well for the poor pup.

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Dutch Dog Who Somehow Wound up in Houston Will Be Reunited With Woman Who Surrendered Her in the First Place

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Too many unanswered questions.
For some reason, a story about a dog from the Netherlands who somehow turned up as an emaciated stray in Houston, and who will now be reunited with a woman who gave up the dog in the first place, is making headlines as a heartwarmer. We believe otherwise. For one thing, it's not her freaking dog.

Reporters have covered the story credulously -- the Chron went so far as to say the dog actually understands Dutch and Skypes with her previous owner in the Netherlands. The dog -- a black shepherd mix named Amy -- is with a foster outside Waco, and her previous owner is flying to Houston to reclaim her December 17.

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What's Up With Visa Lottery Assistance Sites?

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Deal, or no deal?
Each year, the U.S. Department of State issues 50,000 green cards through the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, sometimes called the "green card lottery." It's free to apply, but a slew of online companies of dubious provenance offer to assist applicants for a healthy fee.

The State Department recommends avoiding them, which is something that Christine Buchhorn of South Africa wish she knew before a company operating out of a Houston PO box deducted more than a month's salary from her bank account before she knew what was going on. She reached out to us for help, and since we have a special place in our heart for multi-national companies working out of strip mall mailbox stores, we thought we'd check it out.

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Embarrassing Emails Filed in Legal Battle Between Galveston County Commissioners and Judges

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Galveston County Judge Mark Henry sure knows how to spice up dull legal dispute over the hiring and firing of court staff. Mix in some backroom sniping, a bit of rumor-mongering, and just a hint of public sex and you've got the awkward mess that's now before the state's First Court of Appeals.

At issue in the case that's pitted Henry and Galveston County commissioners against local district court judges is Henry's July firing of Bonita "Bonnie" Quiroga as director of the county's Justice Administration Department, a title she'd held for more than a decade. The local judges, already peeved with commissioners for supposedly meddling with their budget, were furious about the firing. In an order blocking Quiroga's termination in September, Administrative Judge Lonnie Cox wrote, "The authority to appoint and terminate court personnel lies with the courts, not the county judge nor the commissioners court."

So the county appealed to the First Court last month, asking that Cox's order barring commissioners from firing or replacing Quiroga be overturned. And late last month Henry filed an affidavit in the case that includes a number of email exchanges that, as far as Henry's concerned, prove Quiroga reported to commissioners court and not local judges. (H/T to local attorney Greg Enos, who first noted the emails in his awesomely-titled newsletter "The Mongoose" earlier this month.) "The tone and content of Ms. Quiroga's communications to me about the judges are wholly inconsistent with a supervisory relationship between them," Henry wrote in the affidavit.

That's quite an understatement. Notwithstanding that Quiroga regularly wrote to Henry with all the tact and professionalism of a tween slumber party gossip circle, the emails Henry filed in court show that, at the very least, Quiroga had quite the strained, unhealthy relationship with the very judges who are now fighting to save her job.

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North Houston Is Getting Its Very Own DPS Mega-Center Because Standing in Line Sucks

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We're pretty sure there has never not been a line at the Houston DPS offices. All of them.

Well, that may change come summer 2015, when the massive new Houston-North Mega Center opens at Dewalt Street and Veterans Memorial on the city's north side. The project, announced last week, will be the fourth mega-center for the Houston metro area, which already has mega-locations on Gessner in Houston as well as out in Richmond/Rosenberg and Spring.

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A New Baby Okapi Was Born at the Houston Zoo, and It Wants to Kill Us All With Cuteness

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In case you needed an absolute overdose of sugary cuteness today, may we present to you this baby okapi, the Houston Zoo's newest resident.

This as-yet-unnamed baby boy was born at the Houston Zoo November 6, and weighed in at about 40 pounds. He's the first okapi, or "forest giraffe," to be successfully born at the Houston Zoo, according to zoo officials.

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A Houston Man Disappears in Gambia, and Officials Don't Seem to Care

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Houstonian Alhagie Ceesay and his friend Ebou Jobe disappeared in Gambia in June 2013.
For much of the past year and a half, Juka Ceesay has wondered if her brother was alive or dead.

Alhagie Mamut Ceesay, a 39-year-old father of two, and his friend went to their native Gambia in May 2013 to look into investing in a cashew exporting business. A month later, both men had disappeared, and his family fears they were captured by government officials at the behest of the west African country's dictator, Yahya Jammeh, who has a rather lax approach to basic human rights.

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