By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
By Jeff Balke
If they had thrown in a date with Michael New, she might have done it
A Dallas stripper hired by Montgomery County investigators to seduce a confession from a murder suspect quit because she was unhappy with her pay of $450 a week, plus expenses and free use of an apartment in Conroe.
And a partridge in a pear tree
Among the junk routinely buried in Galveston County parks by county employees were a refrigerator, a mimeograph machine, three cars, two oil-filled barrels and assorted roof shingles.
Why do you think they call it the trauma unit?
Nurses and former patients complained that the UTMB trauma unit subjected unwilling patients with no serious signs of injury to such expensive, painful procedures as insertion of urinary catheters, IV lines and nasogastric tubes, often placing them in restraints and cutting their clothes off first.
Peevish in Pearland
Confronted with a 16-page ballot too long to fit on a computer punch card--- the longest one in Texas history -- Pearland voters rejected all 77 proposed city charter amendments, including the one to change charter numerals from Arabic to Roman.
And the Alexander Haig Award goes to ...
A drill instructor for Conroe's school-district boot camp was fired after he seized control of the school cafeteria, ordering 250 fifth-graders to hit the floor and do pushups because they were being noisy.
Fifth grade is hell, but sixth grade is worse
A substitute teacher in Galveston roughed up five sixth-graders during a math class, choking one 11-year-old and knocking another down when she failed to solve a problem on the blackboard.
... And wait'll you get to high school
A former New Waverly High School student sued two of his ex-football coaches for threatening to hang him with an extension cord and holding a starter pistol to his head; the two, who were fired after the incident, claimed it was mutually agreeable horseplay designed to get him to improve his grades.
The exotic folkways of Kingwood
Kingwood physician George Stokes, under court orders to pay $300,000 to three ex-employees who had accused him of sexual harassment, printed legal notices declaring himself a "freeman," renouncing his citizenship and declaring the judgment a fraud because he was not tried under his proper Christian name, which he argued omitted the title "Dr." and included a comma between his middle and last names.
Then again, it could have been big and beige
A woman who reported seeing a tiger east of Tomball later told constables she only knew the animal was big and yellow, whereupon they called off the search.
Is that a gavel in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
After his first City Council meeting, newly elected Galveston mayor Henry Freudenburg decided he needed a gavel bigger than the small mallet wielded by his predecessor of 12 years, a woman.
Kingwood's been wooing him ever since
Arcola City Council members ousted the mayor for refusing to hook his home up to the city sewer system.
That took care of OUR Christmas list!
"The Game of La Porte," a Monopoly-style board game produced by that city's Noon Optimist Club, allows players to use play money to purchase such local businesses as the Kroger Food Store, La Porte Vision Center and La Car Porte.
Those Inventive Houstonians
The glorious legacy of the Allen Brothers lives on
After a NASA funded team turned up possible fossil evidence of life on Mars, Houston businessman John Styles Jr., a speculator in meteorites, locked his Mars nuggets in a River Oaks bank vault while he decided whether to cut them up for resale.
Could they tackle Pasadena pro bono?
Houston-based Drypers Corp., which had been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, revived its fortunes by introducing a disposable baking-soda diaper.
So THAT'S what happened to Dave Ward!
Rice graduate James Mischka and partner Mark Badgley, designers of high-ticket evening wear, launched a fall line that achieved its vintage effect by soaking beads in Drano.
Houstonian Wayne Story invented the TooT TrappeR, a charcoal-filled seat cushion that traps flatulent emissions. When he appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, the perky hostess said her family uses the contraption.
The kids had to teach them how to use it
The Precinct 4 constable's office developed a software program called Peek-A-Boo, which allows parents to search for pornographic images on home computers used by their children.
Don't ever change
Houston's York Group introduced "Expressions," a coffin model of white ash wood with a special finish that lets friends and family write permanent messages right on the casket; it comes furnished with a box of markers.
Don't ever change, Part II
After LSD guru Timothy Leary died of cancer, it was announced that the Celestis of Houston firm would launch his ashes into space orbit inside a gold-plated capsule the size of a lipstick.
Hi, I'm Kevin, and I'll be your yell leader tonight
Bucky Richardson, a former quarterback for the Oilers and Texas A&M, announced plans to open a Bryan steak house that will replicate the Aggies' stadium, with tables on a green floor painted with yard markers, murals of crowded grandstands and big-screen TVs in the bar "so that when you sit in there it'll be just like watching a game at Kyle Field."