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    Best Community Newspaper - USAfrica

    Chido Nwangwu decries mainstream news coverage of Africa that depicts "a continent of natives who are sentenced and cursed to face bestial cycles of ethnic wars, genocidal slaughters and more wars." The eloquent Nigeria native specializes in debunkin...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Faxes - The Mad Faxer

    We don't know who he (or she) is, but he's earned the moniker "Mad Faxer" around the Houston Press offices. Over the last two years, he has sent the editorial staff hand-drawn cartoons (a fish eating hippopotamus turds), possible tips ("Ask Ron J. Wh...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Smoke a Hookah - R&R Lounge & Grill

    For the uninitiated, hookah is not another rap artist term for ho. It is the "fragrant nargile" of Orientalist reveries, the hubble-bubble of General Allenby's Tommies. It is a device for smoking that passes the scented smoke -- a mixture of tobacco ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Museum for Sinologists - Forbidden Gardens

    Like its namesake, the Forbidden Gardens is a well-kept secret. However, the spectacular 40-acre spread just off I-10 in Katy rewards those who chance the trip. The outdoor museum carefully reconstructs some of the great design feats of Imperial Chin...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Whistle-Blower - Lisa Rogers

    A year ago, historic Oyster Creek was on the verge of extinction. Today, it's got a chance, thanks to Lisa Rogers. On behalf of Brazoria County ranchers, including her husband, Rogers forced an investigation into the illegal diversion of the Oyster, ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Boy Gone Bad - Judge Bob Burdette 176th District Court

    Judge Burdette was popped for DWI on Montrose after he tried to leave the scene. Burdette is a good ol' boy Democrat who managed to hang on as a visiting district judge in Harris County after getting dumped by voters twice. But his days of holding co...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Criminal Court Judge - Mike Anderson

    Courthouse regulars were worried a few years ago when longtime judge Doug Shaver announced his retirement from the 262nd bench. He was one of the few Democrats left in any court in the county, and certainly one of the more independent-minded jurists ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Girl Gone Bad - Darcy Sparks Mackey

    This former gatekeeper for Mayor Lee Brown lost her desk at City Hall after ducking a drug test. A former employee of Brown crony Danny Lawson, Mackey served the former drug czar as secretary and appointments coordinator since he returned to Houston ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Loyal Houston Press Reader - Unknown ambulance driver

    Here's to not letting work interfere with your priorities. On January 11 at the intersection of Milam and Congress, a man who had apparently been hit by an oncoming car and looked to be a minute from his death was being wheeled into the back of an am...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Boy Made Good - Rod Paige U.S. Secretary of Education

    This former education dean at Texas Southern University rode the Republican express from an HISD trustee post to district superintendent to George Bush's secretary of education. Paige, whose college doctoral thesis was on the response times of colleg...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Easter Bunny - Rick Hurt, a.k.a. Rainbo de Klown

    From beginning to end, Rick Hurt spent a total of 15 days impersonating the Easter Bunny under a giant Faberg-like egg at the Galleria this last spring. For a little over a fortnight, Rick gave up his other gigs -- impersonating Bette Midler, dressi...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Girl Made Good - Beyonc Knowles

    The Diana Ross of Destiny's Child is the crossover queen of pop at the moment, with platinum albums and a starring role in MTV's sultry Hip Hopera, Carmen. It's a Knowles family affair, with father Mathew as Svengali manager, and mother Tina as group...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Civil Court Judge - Joseph "Tad" Halbach

    Sure, this jurist was plenty enthusiastic about assuming the bench. Tad Halbach came equipped with a solid sense of humor and a levelheaded nature that meant that the most voracious of attorneys weren't going to push him around. But other newcomers a...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Balcony - Ernie's on Banks

    Do you remember the '80s dance song by Yello, the one that had the vocal line that stretched out in a deep bass? That's the feeling you get on a Friday evening in September when the flaming fist of Queen Bitch Summer has begun to loosen and you strol...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Sign War - Khyber North Indian Grill, 2510 Richmond Ave., 713-942-9424 vs. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 2410 Richmond Ave., 713-527-9137

    A little friendly ribbing between competitors never hurt anybody. For more than seven years now, Khyber Grill's Mickey Kapoor has been using his marquee to taunt the neighboring Pappadeaux's. When the seafood restaurant wrote, "Hiring today 3 to 5," ...

    on September 20, 2001
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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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