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1999 Stories by Tim Fleck

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  • The Good, the Bad, the Imprisoned

    published December 30, 1999

    Anyone attempting to compile a list of the all-time top politicians in Houston's history faces a problem of definition. For a good part of the... More >>

  • The Many Faces of Michael:

    published December 30, 1999

    In the five years since Ben Reyes left City Council and eventually entered federal prison on bribery and conspiracy convictions, there has... More >>

  • The Insider

    published December 30, 1999

    In six years of representing District B's impoverished north Houston precincts, Councilman Michael Yarbrough and Richard Johnson,... More >>

  • The Insider

    published December 23, 1999

    Houston politician-turned-East-Coast-professor Kathy Whitmire began introducing a tall, hazel-eyed 40-year-old named Alan Robert... More >>

  • Smooth Operator

    published December 16, 1999

    Political neophyte Lee P. Brown announced his mayoral candidacy in June 1997 with a daylong string of campaign appearances symbolizing his... More >>

  • The Insider

    published December 16, 1999

    For his next junket, Mayor Lee "Out of Africa" Brown might consider a sleigh ride to the North Pole to try to trade back some of those... More >>

  • Gag Me with a Suit!

    published December 2, 1999

    Members of the Seabrook city government may be among the most thin-skinned municipal officers in Texas history. Last month the town fathers filed... More >>

  • Brave Talk, Bleak Prospects

    published November 25, 1999

    It was obvious that super political consultant and flamboyant self-caricature James Carville hadn't spent much time on the ground in Texas... More >>

  • Sarofim II: The Next (De)Generation

    published November 18, 1999

    It's hard to imagine a nastier, more alcohol-and-kinky-sex-soaked divorce than that of Houston billionaire Fayez Sarofim's split from... More >>

  • The Deal Busters

    published November 11, 1999

    In the strip-center wilds of Westheimer beyond the Beltway, the election-night crowd munched on Pappa La Rosa's cheese sticks and spicy ravioli,... More >>

  • Insider

    published November 4, 1999

    Krisna Acuña already had a little girl named Destiny when she became pregnant again last year. The father-to-be, an older... More >>

  • The Insider

    published October 21, 1999

    Spotts Park lies in a natural bowl just northeast of Waugh and Memorial west of downtown. In times of rain the park fills with the brown backwash... More >>

  • Insider

    published October 14, 1999

    The offices and printing plant of the Houston Chronicle at 801 Texas lie smack in the middle of the booming west side of downtown, across... More >>

  • Joined at the Pocketbook

    published October 14, 1999

    It has always been hard to figure out where Carrie Schindewolf's presence at City Hall stopped and her husband Jimmie's began. Now... More >>

  • Insider

    published October 7, 1999

    Mayor Lee Brown has been in the city cockpit nearly two years, but his flying skills don't seem to be improving. Anyone seeking proof need... More >>

  • Term Limits: The Next Generation

    published September 30, 1999

    The early-September night couldn't have been much steamier and oppressive, at least until Houston Independent School District Trustee Gabriel... More >>

  • District ZZZZs Triumph

    published September 30, 1999

    When, two months before a general election, the biggest buzz at City Hall is a squabble between Mayor Lee Brown and Continental Airlines over... More >>

  • Insider

    published September 30, 1999

    It is not the best of times to be a criminal-defense lawyer in Harris County courtrooms. Judgeships are held by more or less conservative... More >>

  • Insider

    published September 16, 1999

    Anchor Marlene McClinton's on-air resignation and denunciation of her KHOU-Channel 11 bosses last week stunned station viewers and made her... More >>

  • The Insider

    published September 9, 1999

    If urban sports facilities are the modern equivalent of the Egyptian pyramids, an early taxpayer-supported construction extravaganza, then Houston... More >>

  • Cash Cow or White Elephant?

    published September 2, 1999

    There's often a never-never land quality to the way current events unfold and are reported in Houston. It's as if everything that has gone before... More >>

  • Affirmative Action for Whom?

    published August 26, 1999

    Ileana Vallarino Trevino directs the Affirmative Action and Equal Employment office at the University of Houston and is the person... More >>

  • Judicial Hunting Season Opens

    published August 26, 1999

    Months before filing begins for next spring's party primaries, judicial candidates are already jockeying for position, sniffing for blood on the... More >>

  • Johnnie B. Bad

    published August 19, 1999

    Until recently, Linda Tripp was the biggest blabbermouth to serve up a national scoop for Newsweek investigative reporter Mike "Spikey"... More >>

  • Get The Goods On All The Bads

    published August 19, 1999

    Brenda Flynn Flores, 46, sometimes goes by the Spanish nickname Juera, or Blondie. The short, spunky Spring Branch activist and divorced... More >>

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