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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"

2005 Stories by Richard Connelly

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  • Wait Your Turn

    published December 29, 2005

    The folks at the City of Houston just can't seem to get the hang of inspecting low-income homes for dangerous lead paint. They've used... More >>

  • Losing Ugly

    published December 22, 2005

    You try to do something nice, and see what happens? A couple of weeks ago, we praised City Hall bureaucrats for not getting in bed with a... More >>

  • Raking It In

    published December 15, 2005

    You may have noticed it around town lately -- a half-dozen or so cop cars at some intersection, pulling over motorists in order to give the cars a... More >>

  • Girls Gone Wild

    published December 8, 2005

    When you live in the boonies of Texas, you're living a lifeless, fun-free existence where the religious right stamps out even the most feeble... More >>

  • Care and Feeding

    published December 1, 2005

    In a world filled with problems, the folks at Whole Foods Markets have found a cause to fight for: the comfort of lobsters. Soon-to-be-killed... More >>

  • Winning Ugly

    published November 24, 2005

    It's probably not a great idea for a city government to do business with a developer of low-income housing if that developer is the subject of an... More >>

  • Turkeys of the Year

    published November 24, 2005

    If ever there was a good-news/bad-news year for Houston, it was 2005. Good news: The Astros made it to the World Series. Bad news: Not so's... More >>

  • From Houston with Love

    published November 10, 2005

    Somewhere, in a garbage dump in the bustling city of Lagos, Nigeria, sits a little bit of Houston. It's a computer, once owned by the Houston... More >>

  • Rookie of the Year

    published November 3, 2005

    Shannon Burns, 25 years old, is only a few months out of law school. Until October 21, she had never set foot in the Harris County Civil... More >>

  • Ready to Rumble

    published October 27, 2005

    Houston is doing something this week that no Texas city has ever done: hosting some World Series games. It's not like Austin or Port Arthur ever... More >>

  • Toy Story

    published October 20, 2005

    Jose Escalante is a free man. And for that, dildo lovers all across Houston should celebrate. Escalante is a clerk at Adult Video Megaplex in... More >>

  • Can't Stop Giving

    published October 13, 2005

    When Salvation Army workers arrived at their Pasadena distribution center the morning of October 2, they were startled to see all three truck bays... More >>

  • Game Four: A Bitter Sweep Ending

    published October 13, 2005

    Astros fans everywhere should get on their knees and thank Brad Lidge for doing what he’s been doing best lately: giving up the winning run... More >>

  • Funtime Is Over

    published October 6, 2005

    After almost 40 years as a summer destination, AstroWorld is closing down. Folks looking to drag their sweaty asses over acres of baked... More >>

  • Rita Beatahs

    published September 29, 2005

    Seldom has Houston been more freaked out than it was in the Week of Hurricane Rita. Helped by disaster-loving local forecasters, fueled by the... More >>

  • No Help Wanted

    published September 22, 2005

    All Grant Holt wanted to do was report a suspicious backpack. All he got was months of hassle. Holt noticed an abandoned backpack on the... More >>

  • Fear the Quilters

    published September 15, 2005

    Katrina evacuees have for the most part moved on from the Dome and the convention center, but when they first got here officials estimated they... More >>

  • Katrina & The Waves

    published September 8, 2005

    Houstonians know what it's like to get hammered by a super-storm, so there were some guilty sighs of relief along with the requisite concern when... More >>

  • Time to Grow Up

    published September 8, 2005

    This fall brings a feeling unknown in Houston for more than ten years: Pro football fans actually expect the town's NFL team to do well. The... More >>

  • Against the Odds

    published September 1, 2005

    KILT-AM is the king of sports-talk radio in Houston. It airs all the Rockets and Texans games; it airs the Jim Rome show; it airs some of the most... More >>

  • Close to the Vest

    published August 25, 2005

    In many cities, police officers have badgered their bosses to get as many bulletproof vests as possible. But those cities aren't like Houston.... More >>

  • Low-Cost Housing

    published August 18, 2005

    There's a charming small house at 2318 Greens Road, almost 2,000 square feet of living space, nice shuttered windows, new-ish roof and a carport.... More >>

  • Keeping Score

    published August 11, 2005

    Undaunted by bad publicity, Metro light-rail trains continue to barge recklessly into cars and pedestrians. Equally undaunted, some cars and... More >>

  • Commie of the Year

    published August 4, 2005

    The Houston Rockets' Yao Ming has won a ton of awards, and we're not just talking about the Softest Guy in the Paint award given out on talk radio... More >>

  • Birthday Surprise

    published July 21, 2005

    Houston's idea of historical preservation has always been like Jerry Springer's idea of good taste: It's a noble concept, but it doesn't really... More >>

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