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1997 Stories by Tim Fleck

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  • The Insider

    published July 10, 1997

    Summer Reservations at the ReBates Hotel The federal grand jury that has been eyeing the FBI's City Hall sting finally cleared its decks... More >>

  • The Insider

    published July 3, 1997

    No Diving, No Swimming No Pool The Bob and Elyse Lanier Aquatic Center at Moody Park was opened amid great fanfare last week, with the two... More >>

  • The Insider

    published June 26, 1997

    Father of the Year One thing you can say for City Councilman John Kelley: He's a doting dad, particularly on his 35-year-old son Shaun, a... More >>

  • The Great Decolorizer

    published June 19, 1997

    In March, as Ed Blum was maneuvering to dismantle affirmative action in Houston, he made a pilgrimage to California. Accompanying the 45-year-old... More >>

  • The Insider

    published June 19, 1997

    The Road Not Taken (Again) State Representative Sylvester Turner's latest mayoral tease ended abruptly this week at his downtown law... More >>

  • The Insider

    published June 12, 1997

    Start the Music Several weeks ago, City Councilman Orlando Sanchez helped bully a local arts organization out of sponsoring a jazz concert... More >>

  • The Insider

    published June 5, 1997

    Caution: He's Got a Volcano in His Belly In the 18 months since then-federal drug czar Lee Patrick Brown huddled with a coterie of advisers... More >>

  • The Insider

    published May 29, 1997

    Courthouse Crack-up The State Judicial Conduct Commission's latest hearing on the behavior of a Harris County judge was temporarily... More >>

  • The Insider

    published May 22, 1997

    Stop the Music Though he denies it, at-large City Councilman Orlando Sanchez is conducting a behind-the-scenes crusade to prevent artists... More >>

  • The Insider

    published May 15, 1997

    Bird's-eye View Thanks to a fortuitous breach in Chronicle security last week, The Insider was at last able to make a long-anticipated... More >>

  • The Insider

    published May 8, 1997

    Seeking Closure in Fort Davis Maybe it's the thin mountain air, but the foolishness out in Fort Davis last week was not just confined to... More >>

  • The Insider

    published May 1, 1997

    Bad Dadditude Mayoral candidate Rob Mosbacher flaunted his big-money backers and raised more than a million bucks at a Galleria gala last... More >>

  • The Insider

    published April 24, 1997

    Rocks in Their Heads Japanese rock garden is supposed to inspire feelings of peace and tranquillity. But the rock garden in Hermann Park... More >>

  • The Insider

    published April 17, 1997

    Some Days Chicken, Some Days ... All the newspaper and television coverage of Tom DeLay's "shoving match" with Wisconsin Democrat David... More >>

  • The Insider

    published April 10, 1997

    Can You Spell Alzheimer's? The soured romance of lawyers Ron Wardell Jr. and Melanie McKenzie had already given state District Judge Mark... More >>

  • The Insider

    published April 3, 1997

    Over Their Dead Bodies On the evidence of the media feeding frenzy over the past week, editors obviously judged that the public can't get... More >>

  • Covert Aid for Lee Brown?

    published March 27, 1997

    So far, former police chief Lee P. Brown's mayoral bid has yet to make itself official, and probably won't until May, when the Rice professor's... More >>

  • The Insider

    published March 20, 1997

    Have You Heard the One About Judge Jim Barr? Judge Jim Barr, for all intents and purposes, is on trial for his judicial life," intoned... More >>

  • The Insider

    published March 13, 1997

    Hook-ed on Model-Netics Each Friday morning, a group of HISD principals convenes in a conference room just off Superintendent Rod Paige's... More >>

  • The Insider

    published March 6, 1997

    The Mosbagger Maneuver For such a cute 'n' cuddly guy, Rob Mosbacher sure has some powerful enemies in the Texas Legislature. All it took... More >>

  • The Insider

    published February 27, 1997

    Judicial Two-fer? It's not often that judges go to court in Texas with their jobs at stake, but Houston may soon be the site of not one but... More >>

  • What's Driving Miss Shelia?

    published February 20, 1997

    Only five days into her first term as a member of Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee hurried into her small office in the Longworth Building. Back home,... More >>

  • The Insider

    published February 20, 1997

    Judicial Restraint The revelation that a lowly assistant in District Clerk Charles Bacarisse's office rerouted cases to courts where they... More >>

  • The Insider

    published February 13, 1997

    If He Had a Hammer History will record that Houston's 1997 mayoral destruction derby officially got under way shortly after 8 a.m. on... More >>

  • The Insider

    published February 6, 1997

    A Bite on the Backside Now that Astros owner Drayton McLane has gotten Harris County to agree to pay him $19.5 million for his leasehold on... More >>

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