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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"

2008 Stories by Richard Connelly

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  • "Nicest Guy" Gets Break

    published December 25, 2008

    U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore has overturned the capital-murder conviction of Mariano Rosales, ruling Harris County prosecutors had... More >>

  • Drive-Thru Prayer

    published December 18, 2008

    Want some spiritual comfort, but not badly enough to get out of your car? Houston — where else? — has got you covered. The... More >>

  • Amazingly, the Comets Couldn't Survive

    published December 11, 2008

    Shocking news came this week — the Houston Comets are no more. First reactions were predictable. "The Houston Comets were still... More >>

  • Drug Education

    published December 4, 2008

    Houston school officials want to be very clear — the latest employees arrested for drugs were not teachers at a northwest... More >>

  • Turkeys of the Year

    published November 27, 2008

    Everyone knows it — 2008 was a year of change. A black guy won the White House, for crying out loud. Would it be too much to ask... More >>

  • Fighting Cancer

    published November 27, 2008

    Here's yet another list that Texas finds itself at the bottom of: the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' report of how states have been spending... More >>

  • Al Green Goes All Rambo

    published November 20, 2008

    Bold stands are the order of the day, and U.S. Rep. Al Green is right on the front line. Fighting the Vietnam War. Green has issued a... More >>

  • The McCain-est County

    published November 13, 2008

    Nationwide county-by-county results are available on lots of interactive maps on the Web. We used one to find that — as far as some quick... More >>

  • Hurricane Rachael Ray

    published November 6, 2008

    They survived Hurricane Ike. Now they'll have to survive Rachael Ray. Fifty Houston couples whose wedding plans were disrupted by Ike... More >>

  • Pleasure, Brains and K.A. Paul

    published October 30, 2008

    The preliminary estimates for Ike damage are coming in — the Harris County Housing Authority is issuing a report that pegs the figure at... More >>

  • Sam Houston, Ad Man

    published October 23, 2008

    Comcast's current Sam Houston campaign has made for some of the stranger local TV ads in recent memory. In them, a, um, statuesque General... More >>

  • Ike's Fuzzy Animals

    published October 16, 2008

    So you know Houston is finally getting back to normal after Ike. I had just set off for the bus stop one morning last week, right after... More >>

  • Hitler's Desk, Death of a Bookstore, and Premium Problems

    published October 9, 2008

    Houstonian Jack McConn has a desk set he wants to sell. It's not just any old desk set, mind you. It's the one Hitler used to sign the... More >>

  • Bill White, the F-word and "Gatemouth" Brown

    published October 2, 2008

    As the Houston Chronicle reported, Governor Rick Perry personally called two state workers from Georgia because Houston Mayor Bill White... More >>

  • RIP, Some of Our Best Of Houston® Winners

    published September 25, 2008

    Hurricane Ike managed to strike Houston and Galveston just as we were putting the final touches on our annual Best Of Houston® issue. It... More >>

  • Ike, You Bastard

    published September 18, 2008

    Despite ferocious wishing and fervent prayers, Ike still decided to slam into Galveston and Houston and a large part of Southeast Texas.... More >>

  • The 99-Cent Dog Store

    published September 11, 2008

    So you're a backyard breeder with a shitload of Chihuahas to unload, but The Man (i.e., the State of Texas and Harris County) passes a law that... More >>

  • Hope for the Houston Texans?

    published September 4, 2008

    The Houston Texans are about to embark on their seventh NFL season. In only one of the previous six seasons did they finish anywhere but last... More >>

  • That '70s Show: Memos reveal what the oil bidness was like

    published September 4, 2008

    Ah, the '70s in Houston. A time when men were men, oil companies had balls and political correctness was some distant dream (or... More >>

  • Not Easy Being Green

    published August 28, 2008

    The City of Houston may be promoting all things eco-friendly these days, but that doesn't mean that it's easy to go green. At least... More >>

  • The Passion of Victoria Osteen

    published August 28, 2008

    Every little Catholic boy and girl knows about the Stations of the Cross. (Maybe other religions, too; we can't speak for them). For one... More >>

  • No Germ Lab for You

    published August 21, 2008

    The Associated Press came out with an exclusive, publishing internal documents that showed the Department of Homeland Security ignored experts'... More >>

  • San Francisco Wants to Help Us Recycle

    published August 14, 2008

    The Progressive Reading Series is a monthly event in San Francisco, where book authors, comedians and musicians get on stage, do their thing... More >>

  • Busted for Blow Jobs

    published August 7, 2008

    You're an undercover cop assigned to get the goods on an alleged prostitution ring. You get approval to have sex in the course of your... More >>

  • The Ron Paul Revolution, Sayonara Starbucks, Ivory No No

    published July 31, 2008

    The Ron Paul Revolution, such as it is, has moved to Hair Balls. We took note that Paul, Brazoria County's fightin' gynecologist, was... More >>

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