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Awards

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

    "Candidate of the Year"

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

    "Punk'd"

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

    "Lost Dog"

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

    "What a Devil"

2004 Stories by Richard Connelly

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  • Tax Cuts for Some

    published June 24, 2004

    Government entities in the Houston area traditionally hype how little they've raised tax rates with each new budget. Of course, they get huge... More >>

  • Sign Language

    published June 17, 2004

    There's a Heights resident who desperately wanted a stop sign on her street corner, utterly convinced that the intersection was dangerous for... More >>

  • No PAL of Mine

    published June 10, 2004

    Charles Lutz, board president of the Police Activities League, is getting ready to shut things down. The 14 vans that pick up kids, the $100,000... More >>

  • He Won't Back Down

    published June 3, 2004

    Mayor Bill White's battle with the city's Wild West tow-truck drivers has been inspiring, at least to those people who get deeply immersed in... More >>

  • Flowers of Evil

    published May 27, 2004

    Politics in the boardwalk town of Kemah tend to be a little off-kilter, and luckily for us folks who don't live there, it doesn't look like it's... More >>

  • Hey, PAL: Get Lost

    published May 20, 2004

    There are going to be plenty of cutbacks in the proposed budget Mayor Bill White is expected to deliver sometime around May 20. One thing the city... More >>

  • Well-Dressed Rebels

    published May 13, 2004

    It may have lacked the lyrical strength of Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," but the burning scars of Injustice Endured still... More >>

  • Hurtt So Good

    published May 6, 2004

    New police chief Harold Hurtt didn't waste much time putting his stamp on the department, implementing sweeping staff changes announced April 27.... More >>

  • Perfect Fit

    published April 29, 2004

    Metro has chosen Frank Wilson, former head of transit in New Jersey and San Francisco, to replace the retiring Shirley DeLibero and oversee the... More >>

  • Bye-Bye Bongs?

    published April 22, 2004

    Going tubing in New Braunfels is a time-honored Texas tradition, but like all Texas traditions that involve actual fun, it's a bit under fire... More >>

  • Sexual Dealing

    published April 15, 2004

    It was a story local TV found hard to resist: a tearful Minnesota couple telling how their 15-year-old daughter had visited Houston only to be... More >>

  • Oral Argument

    published April 8, 2004

    U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore is having a heavy, heavy time these days, with the tedious procedural sparring of the Enron broadband suit and... More >>

  • Star-Crossed

    published April 1, 2004

    Never in their lifetimes have Houston Astro fans gone into a season with such optimism. The team that famously has never won a postseason series... More >>

  • Tales of the Alamo

    published March 25, 2004

    Yeah, the heroes of the Alamo had it tough. But at least they only died once for their land-grabbing scheme -- sorry, for their freedom.... More >>

  • Island Survivor

    published March 18, 2004

    They all laughed at Greg Roof when he ran for mayor of Galveston two years ago. Which was probably a reasonable reaction, seeing as Roof may or... More >>

  • What He Said

    published March 11, 2004

    Incoming Houston police chief Harold Hurtt brings with him a slew of good reviews from Phoenix, where he was chief for four years. Observers... More >>

  • Party Like It's 1899

    published March 4, 2004

    Just how much of a sinful den of debauchery and decadence was Houston during Super Bowl week? Apparently, not much. The after-action... More >>

  • Spring Thaw

    published February 26, 2004

    Besieged workers at the Lyondell-CITGO refinery here may finally be catching some breaks. For years the union there has been trying to get... More >>

  • Race for the House

    published February 19, 2004

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives don't come much whiter than Houston's Chris Bell. Raised in Dallas's tony Highland Park, he was the... More >>

  • Talky? You Bet!

    published February 12, 2004

    Best-selling author Brad Meltzer's latest Washington thriller, The Zero Game, involves congressional staffers running betting pools on... More >>

  • Free-Fire Zone

    published February 5, 2004

    When Harris County sheriff's deputies return fire, they really return fire. Especially if they're at a bar. The December 27 drive-by... More >>

  • Turkeys Fly

    published February 5, 2004

    A dozen television cameras, 30 reporters and 15 or so public relations people are crowded into a room at the George R. Brown Convention Center.... More >>

  • Helping Out a Roomie

    published January 29, 2004

    If you're looking for lessons on how to get lucrative city contracts even if you haven't been living up to the city contracts you already have,... More >>

  • Visitors' Guide

    published January 29, 2004

    If we are to believe the chamber of commerce types, you, dear reader, are one of approximately 2.3 gazillion folks who have descended on Houston... More >>

  • Bling Thing

    published January 22, 2004

    The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, an organization dedicated to using rap to better the world, is having a workshop in Houston during Super Bowl... More >>

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