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1999 Stories by Tim Fleck

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  • The Insider

    published August 12, 1999

    When Rice University financial officials and their lawyers packed their briefcases and drove to City Hall for a Council committee hearing earlier... More >>

  • Insider

    published July 22, 1999

    Education board meetings in Houston haven't had this much fizz since the tag team of HISD trustees Gina Wray Wright and the late Liz... More >>

  • Sayonara, Sidewalk

    published July 22, 1999

    In a deal first reported by the Houston Press ["Where the Sidewalk Ends," by Tim Fleck, July 8], Microsoft has sold the city guide portion... More >>

  • The Insider

    published July 15, 1999

    When you look at the numbers, women executives at the University of Houston seem more and more like an endangered species these days. In the... More >>

  • Dog Bites Train

    published July 8, 1999

    Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack is crazy about dogs, especially Maltese. But he hates commuter rail, particularly Metro's plan to... More >>

  • Bully on the Bench?

    published July 1, 1999

    The proceeding before Judge Kent Ellis two weeks ago was odd even by the standards of the Harris County courts complex, where idiosyncratic judges... More >>

  • (Dis)order in the Court

    published July 1, 1999

    The politics of the three Harris County juvenile district courts can only be described as... well, juvenile. Pat Shelton and next-door court... More >>

  • Circle Those Wagons!

    published July 1, 1999

    University of Houston System Chancellor Arthur Smith took an unusual public relations step last week. Miffed by media coverage of sex... More >>

  • What's in a Name (and Sex) Change?

    published June 17, 1999

    Now that virtually the entire Harris County judiciary is Republican, the influence of conservative ministers who deliver key blocks of GOP primary... More >>

  • You Go, Boys!

    published June 10, 1999

    Mayor Lee Brown may be the ultimate bureaucrat. He ascended to the top of the city pyramid after a career of police chief appointments in nearly... More >>

  • Orlando and the 23rd Chair

    published June 3, 1999

    City Councilman Orlando Sanchez has not been shy about claiming credit for alerting law enforcement officials to alleged criminal wrongdoing by... More >>

  • Get the Picture!

    published May 27, 1999

    Lois Gibson is a longtime portrait painter in Houston, but many of her best subjects are hijackers, rapists and other criminals. Lois, you see,... More >>

  • Lifting Principals, Spilling Guts

    published May 20, 1999

    When they agreed to attend a weekend in-service program two months ago, a group of F.M. Black Middle School teachers had no reason to expect... More >>

  • News Is Flat, But Yuks Are Up

    published May 20, 1999

    Dour Ubermeisters of the Houston Chronicle have never been particularly forthcoming about the business operations of their paper, despite its... More >>

  • Checkout Time at Hotel Six

    published May 13, 1999

    It was clearly time for the five-year FBI investigation and subsequent legal circus once tagged Hotel Six to pack its tents and get outta Dodge.... More >>

  • Leftover Lies?

    published May 13, 1999

    On the morning of May 9, almost exactly three years ago, FBI agents had the advantage of surprise as they turned on their recorders and began... More >>

  • Political Splashes and Splats

    published May 6, 1999

    Reading the Press archives, we see that the decade's politics was even weirder than we remembered -- a decade of surprising triumphs and, perhaps,... More >>

  • Baby Bush: Closet Liberal or Precocious Trickster?

    published April 22, 1999

    In an otherwise ho-hum portrait last Sunday of the youthful years in Houston for Texas governor and likely presidential candidate George W. Bush,... More >>

  • Children, Prepare Your Desk Manuals!

    published April 22, 1999

    Get ready for the Houston Independent School District's latest wacky adventure in corporate management training. It arrives special delivery from... More >>

  • Winning in the Worst Way

    published April 15, 1999

    Last spring, Detra Gobert swapped her Houston police sergeant's uniform for the more down-to-earth role of football mom, taking a place on a couch... More >>

  • Burying the Hotel Hatchet

    published April 15, 1999

    Two players in the continuing downtown convention center hotel soap opera have settled their legal battle, unfortunately aborting what promised to... More >>

  • Court Karma: What Goes Around Comes Around

    published April 15, 1999

    It's enough to give a courts watcher a crimped neck, trying to follow all the action of a trio of oddly connected players. GOP courthouse... More >>

  • And the Sting Goes On

    published April 8, 1999

    For a moment last Thursday, the scene in Judge David Hittner's courtroom had more deja vu than even federal prosecutor Mike Attanasio... More >>

  • The Woman George W. Bush Didn't Marry

    published March 25, 1999

    They look so carefree and young, trapped in time, sitting on a carpet in front of a fireplace. He's in a suit and tie; she's in a sleeveless... More >>

  • Hungry: Will Judge for Food!

    published March 25, 1999

    Former criminal district judge Woody Densen has been defeated both as a Democratic incumbent and a Republican challenger, but he still... More >>

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