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Readers respond to "Trash Talk"

What is up for next week? Maybe you could take on those obnoxious Kemp Ridley sea turtles who keep getting in the way of the BP cleanup? Why can't they just dive when the ocean is lit on fire?

Thanks, Hair Balls, for looking out for the big guy!

Andrew Sharenso
Houston
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GOOD NEWS

Press staffers win more national journalism awards

Houston Press staffers did well in two national journalism contests in announcements made over the past week.

Paul Knight captured first place in the Public Service category of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies' AltWeekly awards, while Chris ­Vogel placed second in the Society of Environmental Journalists' national competition in the Small Market category. The SEJ competition is known as the largest environmental journalism competition in the country.

Knight won for his story "Wild Rides," which detailed acceleration problems with the Toyota Prius months before any other media reported on the matter.

Vogel was cited for his story "A Quiet Hell" that investigated the lax enforcement standards the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality uses in its oversight of pollution by chemical plants.

That same story also earned Vogel a second place in the Investigative category in the AltWeekly competition.

In other AAN competitions:

The Rocks Off music blog at www.­houstonpress.com placed second in music blogs.

Former food writer Robb Walsh placed second in the Multimedia category for his story "Not So Clear Cut," which detailed in story, photos and video what happens when a cow is butchered.

And former editorial fellow Mike Giglio placed third in News Story Long Form for "Getting Off," about Houston attorney Tyler Flood and how he represents his clients charged with DWI.

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