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2000 Stories by Tim Fleck

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  • Billie's Last Convention Summer

    published June 1, 2000

    This year marks Billie McClain Carr's 49th as a Texas Democratic activist, but it will be her last as a member of the Democratic National... More >>

  • Former Editors On The Move

    published May 25, 2000

    Two flamboyant former editors who left legacies of notoriety at the Houston Chronicle and The Houston Post took different... More >>

  • District 25's Rudy Giuliani

    published May 25, 2000

    D uring his successful primary run against opponent Tom Reiser for the Republican nomination in Houston's 25th Congressional District two... More >>

  • Payback Time

    published May 4, 2000

    Bruce Tatro's tenure in the northwest Houston District A Council seat has been marked by nonstop political feuds since he took office in... More >>

  • Geezer Alert!

    published April 27, 2000

    Just in case you thought there's no method to talk radio's madness, here's the sermon straight from a high priest of the airwaves. Cater to a... More >>

  • School Scam?

    published April 27, 2000

    This spring Houston Independent School District officials continued a tradition established last year: a pat-yourself-on-the-back press... More >>

  • Wareing Thin

    published April 20, 2000

    The rhythmic chant "Go, John, Go" rolled through the Mesa Grill on the Katy Freeway as state Representative John Culberson broke the news... More >>

  • "Clearing House" Sweepstakes

    published April 13, 2000

    The voice on the phone had a tantalizing offer last week. The Insider had just published an article with a partial list of participants in the... More >>

  • Officials Probe Refund Collector

    published April 6, 2000

    Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt and Chief Appraiser Jim Robinson have asked authorities to determine whether a Dallas CPA... More >>

  • Kissing Off a Kingmaker

    published April 6, 2000

    It was the summons so many Harris County GOP runoff candidates have come to dread. Shortly after coming in first in a packed field in the... More >>

  • Let's Play Ball!

    published March 30, 2000

    Back in '96 Drayton McLane and the Astros were recruiting community heavy hitters to support a referendum to build the downtown baseball... More >>

  • Scouting a Smear

    published March 23, 2000

    Attorney Cory Birenbaum shifted uneasily in the witness box as an unusual weekend court hearing unfolded in Houston last Saturday morning. The... More >>

  • The Day the Democrats Died

    published March 23, 2000

    At least in the Heights, the new process of voting Republican was relatively painless. For the first time in 35 years as an eligible voter and in... More >>

  • The Vulture Factor

    published March 16, 2000

    Seventy-one-year-old Wendell Sexton got a letter last October at his southwest Houston home from a Dallas-based accountant with a... More >>

  • Justice on the Block

    published March 9, 2000

    Lawyer Michelle Leitner pensively studies the first lines of a script for a minute-long radio commercial being taped for her husband, Jim. "It... More >>

  • Business Bewareing?

    published March 2, 2000

    ecent polls have Peter Wareing leading a packed field to replace retiring Congressman Bill Archer in the silk-stocking, rock-ribbed... More >>

  • The Insider

    published February 24, 2000

    What could be more innocuous than a prayer luncheon in downtown Houston? One billed as a nonpartisan gathering of ministers and politicos with... More >>

  • Atlantis Sinks Again!

    published February 17, 2000

    The vacant Fire Station No. 1 and the city's first water plant sit across Buffalo Bayou from the Wortham Theater on the last choice undeveloped... More >>

  • Pulling the Strings

    published February 10, 2000

    Joe Orduna was doing his job as an investigator with the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse late last year. He gave a negative licensing... More >>

  • The Judge Who Can't Talk Straight

    published February 10, 2000

    Last year the Houston Press revealed that Judge Jim Wallace thought he had found a dandy way to improve his dismal standings in the local... More >>

  • The Insider

    published February 10, 2000

    The day before his 70th birthday last March, Eugene Ross took his customary walk to a small neighborhood park several blocks from his home... More >>

  • Poison Arrow

    published February 3, 2000

    Beefy, bellicose Kevin Dorsey has long been an FM radio fixture in Houston, first on KLOL and now on its sister station KKRW, 93.7 The Arrow. When... More >>

  • The Insider

    published February 3, 2000

    One thing you can say for University of Houston Chancellor-President Art Smith: He's a prolific writer, and he can churn out page after... More >>

  • The Insider

    published January 27, 2000

    Last week's meeting of the Houston Sports Authority had a larger than usual media turnout, thanks to a protest e-mail circulated by Jack... More >>

  • Lutfi's Loot

    published January 20, 2000

    Apex National Insurance Company executive Lutfi Hassan was just oozing holiday spirit last month, after City Council awarded his joint venture... More >>

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