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    City Pork Project - Residents look for answers but find only a developer's arrogance

    When Greg Baxter needed to cut a deal with the city for a road through his proposed City Park development along White Oak Bayou, he of course hired a lawyer. But not just any lawyer: Baxter hired Neil Rackleff, a former assistant city attorney who no...

    by Brian Wallstin on March 11, 1999
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    Blowing Away the Competition - Bringing you the scoop on the Lewinsky interview

    You've got to hand it to Channel 13, the local ABC affiliate. They have been racking up scoops that have left the city's other TV stations gasping in the dust. Absolutely no other station came close to breaking the stories that Channel 13 did on...

    by Richard Connelly on March 11, 1999
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    Letters

    Grade Charade The TAAS test should be a comprehensive barometer of a student's scholastic aptitude ["The Fix Is In," by Shaila Dewan, February 25]. By someone's changing the answers given, students have no idea how much they are learning. While i...

    on March 11, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In February, Eastern Illinois University officials declined to refund $364 in tuition to April Hixson for the course "Nonwestern Music," which Hixson said was little music and much pornography, seemingly designed to draw reactions f...

    by Chuck Shepherd on March 11, 1999
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    Fed-up Feds - Will the "temp" United States Attorney exile dissidents to the border?

    Federal prosecutors, armed with the law and an intimidating investigatory arsenal, would hardly seem in need of public sympathy or job protection. However, in recent months, many lawyers assigned to the United States Attorney's Office in Houston prof...

    by Tim Fleck on March 11, 1999
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    Educational Savior Seeks New Sinner

    It took Houston school district trustee and educational consultant Don McAdams less than six weeks to decide that he and Texas Southern University were not exactly a match made in heaven. If TSU administrators had just taken a gander at McAdams's sel...

    by Tim Fleck on March 11, 1999
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    Adding It All Up - What does it really mean to pass the TAAS?

    Even with the generally buoyant, election-stoked mood about public education in Texas, you don't have to look far to find the bad news. No farther than the comfortable north Houston living room of Larry and Stephanie Johnson on a Wednesday night. ...

    by Shaila Dewan on March 4, 1999
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    Kindred Spirits - Pete Haviland hunted ghosts. He found friends.

    Driving down the road, Pete Haviland sees ghosts of dead dogs. Once he drove his car into a field, swerving to miss a brown chow that wasn't there when he got out to check. When he shivers, his girlfriend knows he's seen something. What bothers him i...

    by Wendy Grossman on March 4, 1999
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    Megascreen Cinemas March In - Big complexes threaten end to neighborhood era

    Even on an early mid-week evening, the expansive parking lot of the Tinseltown USA Westchase is half full. Cinemark's 24-screen complex beckons viewers with splashy neon and Mardi Gras colors. Wildly successful by any standard, Westchase has outgross...

    by Kimberly Reeves on March 4, 1999
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    News Hostage

    Witnesses Say Sun Rose in East We always like to give credit where it's due, so let's hand out a hearty round of congratulations to the Houston Chronicle for its worldwide scoop, bannered across the front page of its Sunday, February 21, edition,...

    by Richard Connelly on March 4, 1999
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    Has Robert Eckels Lost His Mind? - Or is the county judge just crazylike a fox?

    In sentencing Ben Reyes and Betti Maldonado last week for their roles in bribing city officials during an FBI sting operation, a stern-faced Judge David Hittner ratcheted up by two levels the time the pair would serve in jail. The federal judge decla...

    by Tim Fleck on March 4, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In September a Tennessee appeals court rejected a woman's challenge to a child custody ruling that she said endangers her twelve-year-old son. According to the court: "Record does not support finding that unsupervised visitation wit...

    by Chuck Shepherd on March 4, 1999
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    Letters

    Sense of Balance Maybe I don't read enough print journalism, or maybe I just read the bad stuff. Regardless, I found Brad Tyer's piece on Parr's cats ["Biggest Game in Town," February 11] to be what every piece of journalism is supposed to be: ob...

    on March 4, 1999
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    The Fix Is In - Are educators cheating on TAAS? Is anyone going to stop them?

    When the results of last spring's Texas Assessment of Academic Skills were reported, little Kashmere Gardens Elementary was the star of the show in the Houston Independent School District. The nearly all-black inner-city school had outdone itself sin...

    by Shaila Dewan on February 25, 1999
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    Cop vs. Cop - Police officers don't complain about other officers -- or else.

    Paulino Zavala looked like a scumbag. He had tattoos, sleepy eyes and a got-it-going-on attitude. On the street, real scumbags couldn't tell he was an undercover cop. He made it past the street's paranoia, busted his share of dealers and, until '96, ...

    by Steve McVicker on February 25, 1999
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    The Librarian Who Wouldn't Be Quiet

    There was no telling at first what William Price meant by "big news" when he called the Houston Press on the afternoon of February 2 from his doctor's office, where he had gone when his blood pressure shot sky high after the day's events. To Price, a...

    by Shaila Dewan on February 25, 1999
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    Breaking the Blue Code - HPD loses a round in court

    Last month the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled sharply in favor of a cop who claimed that the Houston Police Department made her life miserable after she broke the department's code of silence. Officer Patrice Sharp had been a...

    by Steve McVicker on February 25, 1999
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    News Hostage

    Pay No Attention to the Man on the Crutches It took only two games of the truncated NBA season to show that Rockets Myopia is once again in full swing here in Houston. Our local sports experts, fresh from last year's disastrous predictions that a...

    by Richard Connelly on February 25, 1999
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    Fatal Illness Claims Renaissance - Troubled youngster succumbs on steps of Public Trough

    Houston Renaissance Inc., the nonprofit organization formed by a group of real estate professionals to rehabilitate Fourth Ward, died last week at the age of four. The official cause of death has not been released. However, Renaissance, which do...

    by Brian Wallstin on February 25, 1999
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    Public and Private Doug

    Now that Houston Renaissance is, as they say, pushing up daisies, the nonprofit's project to rebuild Fourth Ward has been turned over to Doug O. Williams. He is chairman of the Midtown Redevelopment Authority, a tax-subsidized venture to redevelop 60...

    by Brian Wallstin on February 25, 1999
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