Pimpin' Ain't Easy

Tension mounts at the Chronicle

While agencies continue conducting independent reviews of the Houston police crime lab, officials hailed the outcome of other retesting into the contract DNA work performed by moonlighting lab techs there.

Mayor Lee Brown, Police Chief C.O. Bradford and District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal say they believe the credibility of the lab will be restored because, with few exceptions, earlier lab findings have been endorsed. Independent examiners have requested additional DNA testing in only the following matters:

" The paternity of a ten-month-old boy involved in a custody battle last year. Retesting has challenged the earlier findings that he was fathered by long-missing teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.

" Lengthy strands of scalp hair positively linked by lab techs to the late actors Yul Brynner and Telly Savalas.

" The tablecloth from Booth 12 at Josefina's Italian Restaurant. Independent examiners are now skeptical of HPD lab results identifying it as the Shroud of Turin. -- George Flynn

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