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    Best Citizens - Mark and Louise Zwick

    For more than two decades the Zwicks have helped thousands of Latin American immigrants make the transition to life in the United States. What began as a humble shelter for refugees from war-torn Central America has evolved into a multifaceted operat...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Racetrack - Houston Raceway Park

    Houston has never been known as a hotbed for big-time auto racing. Sure, A.J. Foyt grew up in the Heights, but as far as top-notch racing facilities are concerned, forget it. That was, until 1988, when Houston Raceway Park in Baytown came onto the sc...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Meet Single Men - Kay's Lounge

    Walk into this dive, and you're surrounded by beer and boys. The walls are papered in beer ads, and hanging over the Texas-shaped table is a faux Tiffany lamp advertising Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller Lite. Around the Texas table are men, men, men. Me...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Roller Rink - Dairy Ashford Roller Rink, 1820 South Dairy Ashford, (281)493-5651

    Grade school and junior high in the '80s. Days of tube socks, Keds, T-shirt rings and passing crushes. Every Friday night you traded in your sneakers for a pair of brown quads with bright orange wheels and fat rubber toe-stops. If you were really coo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Lawyer - Richard Burr

    Richard Burr is the veteran Houston attorney who devoted his intellect and emotions to fighting the death penalty long before Governor George Bush's run for president made the issue a hot-button topic with the national media. Burr started his career ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners - Cleveland Turner's house, 3311 Sampson Street

    Sometimes referred to as the Flower Man, Cleveland Turner is a former drunk who slipped the grip of booze by promising God he'd dedicate his life as a sober man to creating a place of uncommon beauty. God must have held him to the vow, because Turner...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Licuado - Banana flavor, Nuo Leon

    On those days when Houston's summer refuses to end, when your eyes hurt from too much sunlight and your pores are clogged with sweat, when plastic objects melt on your dashboard, when you see squirrels spread-eagle on the ground, panting, and the nei...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Politician - Paul Bettencourt, Harris County tax-assessor collector

    After the death of 51-year Democratic incumbent Carl Smith, former corporate salesman and GOP Harris County treasurer Paul Bettencourt ran a political gauntlet to win the post. After Commissioner Steve Radack pushed the appointment of former Oilers d...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Local Girls Gone Bad - Krystal Maddox, Lisa Warzeka, Katie Dunn and Michelle Morneau

    The long arm of the law has permanently broken up that old gang of Kingwood High School convenience-store banditas whose rampage for cash and cigarettes earned them face time on such national news shows as 20-20 and 48 Hours. The trio most involved i...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Landlord - Brian Copeland

    Brian Copeland is definitely the nicest landlord in town. He owns five area properties, but he has scaled down and sold a few apartment houses so that he and his partner, Tyler, can spend more time with their adorable son. Most landlords are just peo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Local TV News Anchor - Lisa Foronda, KHOU-TV Channel 11

    By now, any TV buff knows this show. Diverse characters come together under demanding conditions and fend for themselves on a remote island. Darwinism depletes their numbers as the weak-willed get culled -- voted off the island -- while others thrive...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Houston Rocket - Cuttino Mobley

    It may seem odd to pick a guy who wasn't even good enough to start for the Rockets last year, but don't let Cuttino Mobley's sixth-man status fool you. He's more important to the team than fellow guard Steve Francis, who has the name recognition and ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Reason to Join the Houston Zoo - Zoobilee

    This annual members-only party takes place in early summer, but blessedly, it's during the cool of evening, when it's pleasant to stroll the grounds. Stuff your offspring full of free hot dogs, sodas and ice cream. Sway to the reggae band. Watch the ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Amnesia - Phillip Lopate

    Essaying New Yorker Phillip Lopate (track down a copy of his out-of-print "Against Joie de Vivre") spent eight years, from 1980 to 1988, living and working and teaching in Houston, so he must have seemed a defensible choice when the editors of the Ne...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Houston Astro - Lance Berkman

    Best Astro? Of this godforsaken season? Isn't that like having a category for Best Police Academy Sequel? Let's be blunt: Good Astros are few and far between this year. But why not offer up some applause for local-boy-made-good Lance Berkman, the pri...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Street Festival - The Southwestern Bell African-American Arts Festival

    Oh, what were you expecting, the Westheimer Street Festival? The Houston International Festival, with its overpriced gyros and male Carmen Miranda impersonators? They may be the largest and most popular street fests in the city, but this modest weeke...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Sports Bar - SRO Sports Bar & Cafe

    Nothing says "fine dining" like rows and rows of autographed sneakers and moldy uniforms, but such is the standard decor at sports bars nationwide. Luckily you don't go to sports bars for food. You go to see games you can't get on the tube at home, w...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best View - Chase Tower

    The sky lobby on the 60th floor of the I.M. Pei-designed Chase Tower offers the kind of view that gets kids oohing and asking really deep questions. "What would happen if there was no glass here?" queried one little girl as she and her brother presse...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Name for a Nail Salon - Nail a La Mode

    With 547 manicurist shops listed in the Yellow Pages, Houston must serve as home to more nail salons per capita than any other American city. While we haven't statistically tested our hypothesis, we can't miss the glaring fact that a different nail s...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Insider's Shortcut - The 2000 and 3000 blocks of Brazos

    Ah, progress. Northbound motorists on the Southwest Freeway have that elevated TxDOT marvel to get them to the I-45 interchange. The only problem, as any regular driver on that route knows by now, is the stop-and-slow traffic on what has turned out t...

    on September 21, 2000
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