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  • 2007 - National Society of Newspaper Columnists, published May 18, 2006

    "Lost Dog"

  • 2007 - National Society of Newspaper Columnists, published November 2, 2006

    "Candidate of the Year"

  • 2007 - National Society of Newspaper Columnists, published December 7, 2006


  • 2006 - Lone Star Awards, published April 14, 2005

    "What a Devil"

2004 Stories by Richard Connelly

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  • Books and Bullets

    published December 30, 2004

    In these post-Columbine days of zero tolerance in schools, when kids are expelled for bringing water pistols to class, it's nice to see someone... More >>

  • Hard Time

    published December 23, 2004

    Ray Hill is one of Houston's most colorful gadflies, always ready to man the barricades for an unpopular privacy-rights cause. If he were Tom... More >>

  • Time Out, Mack

    published December 16, 2004

    Mack Brown is everyone's favorite football coach, as long as you limit the universe to haters of the University of Texas. His screechy voice... More >>

  • Party On, Dan

    published December 2, 2004

    The announcement that Dan Rather will be stepping down from the CBS anchor desk has left us feeling as antsy as a crack whore's fetus, as Dan... More >>

  • Talking Turkey

    published November 25, 2004

    In an annual rite that goes back to the Truman administration, President Bush recently spared two turkeys from the ax and sent them to a petting... More >>

  • Book Learnin'

    published November 18, 2004

    The State Board of Education has once again lurched through its annual textbook-approval process, a yearly rite known informally by some Texans as... More >>

  • Cut and Run

    published November 11, 2004

    Everyone wants to get into show business, but not everyone's willing to go the John Wayne Bobbitt route. Houstonian Rene Aramando Nunez is not... More >>

  • Curses Again

    published October 28, 2004

    Hey, wasn't there supposed to be a World Series in town right about this time? Aren't we supposed to be watching television reporters shouting... More >>

  • Toll-Free Hassle

    published October 28, 2004

    As a freelance reviewer for the Houston Press, Mike Smith listens to a lot of music. Unfortunately for him, much of his listening is done... More >>

  • Dance Fever

    published October 21, 2004

    Reality TV isn't often described as a force for good in the world, unless you're one of those people who think the world needs more tedious... More >>

  • Inspect Yourself

    published October 14, 2004

    Houston's mayor and City Council, in their never-ending effort to bend over backwards for developers, have come up with a positively surreal... More >>

  • Step Right On Up

    published October 7, 2004

    Members of the Alabama-Coushatta tribe are hoping to convince Texas legislators to let them open a casino on their East Texas reservation. They're... More >>

  • On the Case

    published September 30, 2004

    American television has become a fetid waste pit of banality, but we have the solution. The solution involves a spin-off of an existing show,... More >>

  • Bash-Free Zone

    published September 16, 2004

    The annual Texas Book Festival was lovingly nurtured by Laura Bush back when she was first lady of Texas. Now, some say, the festival is returning... More >>

  • Six Feet Blunder

    published September 9, 2004

    There are, of course, four stages to dealing with death: denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance. In Brazoria County, there's one more: swatting... More >>

  • Not Rocket Science

    published September 2, 2004

    The August 18 internal memo to all NASA personnel at Johnson Space Center seemed innocuous enough. "With the party political conventions in... More >>

  • Signs of Ignorance

    published August 26, 2004

    We love our trees here in Houston. We protect them. With big, bold signs warning developers not to cut them down. Signs that, it turns... More >>

  • Undercover Cop

    published August 19, 2004

    Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt has been busy revamping the bureaucracy and fighting for a budget since his arrival in March. He claims to... More >>

  • Moovin' On Up

    published August 12, 2004

    Dairy Queens are so ubiquitous in the Lone Star State that the familiar red logo is sometimes referred to as a Texas stop sign. So naturally we... More >>

  • Pimp My Ride

    published August 5, 2004

    Miguel Guzman, a 22-year-old Alvin resident, had recently been discharged from an army reserve unit in Pasadena. With time on his hands and the... More >>

  • Pretty Please, Tilman

    published July 29, 2004

    Houston city officials, apparently outraged at how they had fallen behind Galveston and Kemah in the heated race to service every little whim of... More >>

  • Got It, Flaunt It

    published July 22, 2004

    Trying to reform campaign-finance laws in Texas -- home of Tom DeLay -- is a noble, needed effort that will eventually, we're sure, have all the... More >>

  • Peace -- For Now

    published July 15, 2004

    The 15th version of the "Friendshipment Caravan" -- a somewhat motley collection of school buses and trucks, packed with aid supplies, church folk... More >>

  • Love the Big Bang

    published July 8, 2004

    There's bad news if you live in the Gulf Coast town of Quintana: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has finished its report on a proposed... More >>

  • Law? What Law?

    published July 1, 2004

    You'd think that when the Houston City Council passes a law ordering bureaucrats to do something, it would happen. You'd be wrong. A year ago... More >>

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