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Comment by Cristina Rykalski
June 8, 2007

Interesting article: That lady sounds mad as a hatter to me. Not surprising her kids would defend her — look how they were raised.

I'd bet a lot of money that those last comments came from the same IP address.

Pathetic.

Comment by JayR
June 13, 2007

Water Break

School's out for summer, and the absence of pencils, books and teachers' dirty looks means the arrival of the sweltering Houston heat. We're big fans of keeping cool, so the theme for this month's high school photo contest is water. Fresh water, salt water, bath water, fish water — anything that's wet, really. Send all entries to studentphotos@houstonpress.com. Visit blogs.houstonpress.com for more details and to vote on last month's entries

Lone Star Awards

Houston Press staffers do well in statewide contest

Houston Press staffers received two first-place trophies and 11 other awards in the statewide 2007 Lone Star Awards sponsored by the Houston Press Club.

Staff writer Craig Malisow took first place in the Investigative Reporting category for his story "The Plane Truth." The judges had this to say about his entry:

"Malisow's probing and pugnacious investigative work exposing a globetrotting, self-proclaimed minister to dictators is simply outstanding. This gallant reportage strips away the façade of an immoral manic who claimed to help poor orphans and other needy people worldwide. Thanks to Malisow's brightly burning ink, we know the minister to be a fraud. Superb nose for news and follow-through."

Malisow also finished second in Politics/Government for "Penal Violations," second in Business Story for "Wize Guys" and second in Internet-Based News — Original for "Feel My Pain."

Editor Margaret Downing placed first in General Commentary/Criticism for "Diary of a Madman." The judges wrote:

"This kind of commentary shows media at its finest — looking out for the rights of the mentally disturbed in this case. Downing's account of mentally ill folks being essentially tortured by Section 8-11 housing management in Baytown is so moving that it brings tears to the eyes of readers. Masterful."

Downing also finished third in the Politics/Government category for "Opt In, Opt Out."

Press photographer Daniel Kramer took home an award for writing as well as two in photography. He took second in writing in the Sports Story category for "Tough Guys." He also took two thirds, one in Feature Photo for "Day of the Dead at MECA," the other in Sports Photo for "Boxer Eduardo Escobedo."

Staff writer Todd Spivak received a second in Feature Story for "Hog Wild" and a third in Public Service for "Run Over by Metro."

Former staff writer Josh Harkinson placed third in Feature Story for "Gator Aid."

And Press intern Ruth Samuelson placed second in the Student Division in the News, Sports or Feature Story category for "Gods and Lovers."

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