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    Best Nonprofit - Montrose Clinic

    Montrose Clinic started as a agency to treat sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis and gonorrhea in Houston's gay community 20 years ago, but the onset of the AIDS epidemic redefined its mission. Throughout the plague years, Montrose Clini...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Name for a Beer Joint - Stroker Club

    The beer joint or honky-tonk that really had the best name in Houston, Bugeyed Mary's, sadly went out of business this past year. The runner-up is the Stroker Club. A stroker in car salesman parlance is a customer who does not have the means or the i...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Response to a Houston Press Story - The Reverend Aubrey Vaughan

    Minister Aubrey Vaughan's literary diatribe against "sodomites," a response to his being quoted in The Insider advocating shipping gays to an island and leaving them there, appeared in the March 8 issue of the Houston Press. Vaughan took exception to...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Television Commercial - Fiesta Mart

    What with so many different local businesses from which to choose, we avoided the temptation to go with any guy holding up a wad of cash; a man wearing a bean bag chair; two dapper fellows who knock knuckles over clothing prices; a self-described "cr...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Support Group - Genesis Ballet, Bere'sheet Ballet

    Sure, the Clutterless Recovery Group has its merits, and a good many more of us should be visiting Anger Management, but when it comes to mutual support, the Genesis Ballet is tops in our book. Interestingly enough, the dance company didn't start out...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Glimpse Royalty - Sweet Potato Queen Jill Connor Browne's book signing

    When the good women from Blue Willow Books on Memorial Drive discovered that Jill Connor Browne, author of The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love, didn't include Houston in her book tour of her most recent release, God Save the Sweet Potato Queens, th...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to See Houston's Cannibal Ducks - Hermann Park

    It was a sunny spring day. We were killing time before an IMAX movie; we'd already bought a shiny rock from the Museum of Natural Science gift store and grabbed some McDonald's hot fudge sundaes and wandered outside. We walked along looking at the gr...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Meet Liberal-Minded Singles - City of West U RecycleXpress drop-off center

    All day long, cars pull into the driveway of the RecycleXpress center; car doors fling open, and conscience-minded citizens separate their colored and clear glass, bimetal cans, paper, cardboard and plastics (nos. 1 and 2 only, please) through square...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Radio Commercial - Trailer, Wheel & Frame Co.

    We're not sure that radio guy John Granato is being completely honest with us when he says that, in addition to a great product line, there are cocktails and girls in bikinis on hand at Trailer, Wheel & Frame, but we like the idea. Where else can you...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Fusion Building - Heights Dental Clinic and Deli

    Oral satisfaction all in one location. Inside the industrial-looking building you can chow down on a sandwich or chili dog, and then step across the hallway and get your teeth cleaned or cavities filled. But for the dentist's sake, go easy on the oni...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Use of Taxpayer Dollars - Buffalo Bayou revitalization

    Buffalo Bayou, the stream that spawned Houston in 1836, is well on its way back from city cesspool to civic asset thanks to a combined public-private $25 million effort. Landscaped hike-and-bike trails now run on both the north and south banks of the...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Fusion Street - Washington Avenue

    You can tell a lot about Houston, past and present, by driving along the in-transition thoroughfare. As in many parts of the city, new upscale condos and town homes are springing forth, even across the street from historic Glenwood Cemetery, where Ho...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Sign - Texas state jails

    What exactly is meant by "No hostages beyond this point" is hard to discern. That message, posted on the inside of several doors in such fine establishments as Keagans State Jail in downtown Houston, greets anyone about to exit the jail and enter the...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Gadfly - Dr. Alkebu Motapa

    Performance artist Dr. Alkebu Motapa, legal name Carl Austin, is a dreadlocked dervish who paints, chants and talks up a storm at City Council and anywhere else people will listen. His rhetoric, a mixture of Rastafarian theology and civil rights-era ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Public Information Officer - Fred King, Harris County district clerk's office

    Tropical Storm Allison annihilated the county's justice system, crippling the criminal courts building for months and mauling the Family Courts Center as well. In the ensuing mayhem, even judges sometimes didn't know where their temporary courts, sal...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Bureaucrat - Jordy Tollett, Mayor's chief of staff

    Mayor Lee Brown chief of staff Jordy Tollett got his start under mayor Jim McConn and has been accumulating titles and turf ever since. He's head of the city convention center and entertainment facility complex, the president of the convention and vi...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Democrat - Eric Andell, Visiting judge

    This former First Court appellate justice and TV court-show host narrowly lost his post last November, but the defeat did nothing to dim Andell's luster as one of the most promising figures in the local party. He carried Harris County, did well in tr...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Lobbyists - Dave and Sue Walden

    This preeminent Houston political power couple is in the middle of a slow-motion divorce proceeding, possibly because their business affairs are impossible to untangle. Between them they represent just about anything that could be considered establis...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Republican - Paul Bettencourt, Harris County tax assessor-collector

    This hyper-congenial county tax assessor-collector has burnished his image with consumer-oriented reforms, while at the same time utilizing the office as an attack arm of the local GOP. Bettencourt has churned out studies criticizing Mayor Lee Brown'...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best View - The rearview mirror

    'Twas the endlessly quotable Townes Van Zandt who sang the line "No prettier sight than looking back on a town you left behind," and even if that judgment did arrive in a song called, paradoxically, "I'll Be Here in the Morning," the sentiment stands...

    on September 20, 2001
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