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    Letters - Rotten to the Corps, Wife Strife, Sweet and Neat

    Rotten to the Corps Floodplain follies: I'm a former U.S. Corps of Engineers flood control project manager, but I have no particular knowledge of the unique circumstances behind the Clear Creek project ["Not Worth a Dam," by Brian Wallstin, Septembe...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Fowl Deed - A pet shop owner has the toucans of his affection stolen from him

    In 12 years of running a pet store, Lewis Dooling has learned to deal with crimes both common and uncommon. Shoplifters have made off with his $500 Chihuahua, his $80 turtle, and he's even had tarantulas taken. Kids are always trying to steal his sna...

    by Wendy Grossman on September 27, 2001
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    An Early War Casualty? - Mayoral challengers find money, attention and time dwindling

    It's been an uphill fight from the get-go for Houston City Councilmembers Chris Bell and Orlando Sanchez. In challenging two-term incumbent Mayor Lee P. Brown last spring, they took on an opponent whose lock on Houston's black voters and most of the ...

    by Tim Fleck on September 27, 2001
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    Bush Spiritual Adviser: Blame the Church, Not Bin Laden - Local Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell points fingers at those who didn't pray for bin Laden

    When Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell rose to give the keynote speech at a community memorial service for terrorist attack victims, listeners no doubt expected a mixture of prayer and solace similar to what a handful of ministers already had delivered during...

    by Tim Fleck on September 27, 2001
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    It's Only Business - Readers complain of Chronicle price gouging

    The Houston Chronicle was moved to righteous indignation by reports of price gouging in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "Blood and Gutless," read the headline on a September 14 editorial, whi...

    by Richard Connelly on September 27, 2001
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    Best Theater Season - Stages Repertory Theatre

    Stages set the pace for the entire theatrical season with its boisterous production of Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business. After that, artistic director Rob Bundy never looked back. Some of the best productions included the strange and disturbing c...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Ballet - Giselle, Houston Ballet

    Giselle is one of very few stories that is best told in the language of ballet. It's based on the legend of the Wilis, the ghosts of young maidens who were jilted by men and died before they could marry. These mysterious creatures haunt the shadowy f...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Hear Live Tejano - Hallabaloo's

    The Tejano scene in Houston is as unpredictable as the Gulf Coast weather. One day a club is hot; the next day it's shuttered and silent. Hallabaloo's is the exception. Set in a gritty southeast neighborhood, the club has kept the Tejano fires burnin...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best New Effort to Inject Culture into Houston - Winedale Publishing

    So Gabrielle Hale's Winedale Publishing isn't exactly new (she founded the press in 1996). But at the beginning, it looked like Winedale might be little more than an excuse to bring back into print the scattered remains of husband and Houston Chronic...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Open-Mike Comedy - The Red Rooster

    When All D. Freemon was looking for a venue to replace the vacuum in black comedy that followed the demise of the Jus' Jokin' club, he turned to the former BYOB discotheque founded by Houston NewsPages publisher Francis Page Sr. in '71. Though primar...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Television Reporter - Mary Benton KPRC-TV, Channel 2

    Mary Benton stands out in the KPRC-TV crowd as a tough, capable, "no frills just the story" reporter. She was omnipresent during the aftermath of the June 9 flood, holding court in knee-deep water clad in galoshes and wielding a cordless mike. A nati...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Director - Mark Ramont, Old Wicked Songs at Stages Repertory Theatre

    Jon Marans's Pulitzer Prize finalist, Old Wicked Songs, is an elegant, understated play about art, music and the exquisitely terrible power of history. In it, two Jewish musicians find themselves in Austria, one of the most paradoxical places in all ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Radio Sidekick - Peter Hughes, Technology Bytes, KPFT/90.1 FM

    Try though we may, we don't always get geek humor. But Peter Hughes has a way of clueing technophobes into the joke. No ordinary straight man, Hughes is a Web developer for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank during the day. At night -- or at least Wednesday nigh...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Television Personalities - Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola

    Give the rest of the world Emeril (please!), we'll keep Houston's very own Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola. We can forgive this Italian restaurant family empire for taping the show in New York, because there is no question when you watch them that...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Dancers - Barbara Bears and Dawn Scannell

    They grew up together in Florida, sharing ballet teachers, friends, schools and neighborhoods. They even joined Houston Ballet within a few years of each other -- Scannell first, because she was older. And they have always looked out for each other. ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Austin Import - Continental Club

    We Houstonians might smirk a bit when we see those "we're hipper than you are" Austinites struggling to take a breath over the tidal wave of growing traffic and Silicon Valley rejects. But we can't get too smug. Not when they've exported a version of...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Book - John Graves and the Making of Goodbye to a River: Selected Letters, 1957-1960, edited by David Hamrick

    Houston's upstart TaylorWilson Publishing may have been a flash in the pan, staying in business less than a year and producing only one book before bellying up to the auction block, but at least that one book was a beauty: a small keepsake edition li...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Romance Novelist - Lorna Michaels, a.k.a. Thelma Zirklebach

    Thelma Zirklebach looks like a sweet little lady who would pinch your cheek and ask you about your older brother. She's a speech pathologist who works a lot with children, is a member of Mensa and is all around a nice lady to talk to. You'd never kno...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Music Series - The Sounds of Texas

    The Friends of Conroe have hit on something: good music in a good setting. For the past two years, the group has booked a combination of musicians who don't usually play together -- for example, Terry Allen and Guy Clark -- and put them into the beau...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Self- Assessment Question - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire auditions

    In the heat of August, they came to the Westin Galleria -- well over a thousand people enduring the heat in order to get a shot at being on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Once inside, they were given a 35-question multiple-choice test a...

    on September 20, 2001
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