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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 February 25, 1999
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    Letters

    Vanity Fare I just came across Stuart Eskenazi's article ["Why Are These Men Dull?" February 4]. Speaking as an aspiring journalist, I'm glad to see that someone finally decried Texas Monthly's arrogance. I'm a student at the University of Texas ...

    on February 25, 1999
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    Another Night, Another Song - In search of love and glamour on the Pasadena karaoke circuit

    Sunday night is showtime in Pasadena, the evening when the big club Bayou City Nights opens its doors to the underage. Teenagers pour inside until the place ripples with cowboy hats, until the floor is blotted out and there's nowhere to go but the ka...

    by Randall Patterson on February 18, 1999
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    Great Escapes - Communities try to cope with toxic releases

    Last August 28, an orange cloud of toxic trimethylacetyl chloride escaped from the Hoyer chemical plant in Bayport and drifted into nearby communities. The accident occurred at 7:10 a.m., the beginning of the school day. Neither Clear Creek nor La Po...

    by Bob Burtman on February 18, 1999
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    Blowing Smoke - Government and civic boosters know the way to clean up the air in polluted southeast communities: add another chemical plant

    Since Michelle Martinez moved to El Jardin with her family in 1997, ill health has stalked her daughters. Five-year-old Melanie has contracted a variety of respiratory ailments including sinus infections, bronchitis and pneumonia. Prior to the move, ...

    by Bob Burtman on February 18, 1999
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    Eh Oh - Was Joe's Crab Shack attacking gays? Or just Tinky Winky?

    O PURPLE TELETUBBIES HERE!" read the marquee outside Joe's Crab Shack, a party-hearty restaurant on I-45 North. It was Thursday, February 11, the day after the Reverend Jerry Falwell outed the children's television character. In case you don't h...

    by Wendy Grossman on February 18, 1999
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    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - Attorneys John O'Quinn and Benton Musslewhite aren't buddies anymore

    The temporary truce between John O'Quinn and Benton Musslewhite -- a truce that helped the pair beat ambulance-chasing charges brought against them by the State Bar -- hasn't lasted long. So much for wartime romances. Musslewhite is taking h...

    by Richard Connelly on February 18, 1999
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    A True Spirit of Giving

    It's nice that the Chronicle -- Houston's self-confessed leading information source among all the daily newspapers in Houston -- is willing to lend a helping hand to those who are less well-off. Take the case of Today's Satellite, Inc., one of t...

    by Richard Connelly on February 18, 1999
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    Letters

    Zeros' Tolerance HISD never fails to amaze me with the total lack of common sense shown in the administration of student discipline ["Fighting the Power," by Wendy Grossman, January 28]. On a weekly basis, the Houston Federation of Teachers handl...

    on February 18, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *The Denny's restaurant chain, which paid $45 million in 1994 to settle a lawsuit by black customers who claimed they were denied service, launched a $2 million corporate antiracism campaign January 12. On the same day, 17 Hispanics ...

    by Chuck Shepherd on February 18, 1999
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    Councilman Cad? - A widow claims a sleazy politician took her for ten grand

    In his first trial on federal bribery-conspiracy charges last year that ended in a hung jury, Houston City Councilman Michael Yarbrough called upon a former elementary school teacher, now blind and infirm, to vouch for his good character. As the...

    by Tim Fleck on February 18, 1999
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    When the Circus Comes To Town - And the stars of the show end up dead

    Reginald Parr doesn't look like he should -- not if he's supposed to be the good guy. None of his businesses -- welding, rental property maintenance, big-cat stewardship -- are particularly clean endeavors. He wears his hair long and stringy and brus...

    by Brad Tyer on February 11, 1999
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    Book of Love - William July wrote about achieving great relationships. Then he had one.

    William July gave Jamey Lacy a copy of his book, Brothers, Lust and Love: Thoughts on Manhood, Sex and Romance, when they met at a how-to-find-a-publisher workshop. It was the summer of '96, and he had just self-published the 126-page self-help book ...

    by Wendy Grossman on February 11, 1999
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    Crystal Clear Persuasion - Alvaro Barretto's relatives are out to catch a killer

    In an almost nightly ritual of 14 years, Alvaro "Al" Barretto made the rounds of his domain, the Crystal Nite Club, on a late Wednesday in December 1997. The 32-year-old entrepreneur, who had immigrated from Uruguay as a child, now savored the s...

    by Russell Contreras on February 11, 1999
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    Kingwood Legal Follies - Brown rushed in where Lanier feared to tread

    Mayor Lee P. Brown has been careful in his freshman year to couch his policies in a "Be Like Bob" mode. After capitalizing on his predecessor's undeclared support to win the office, Brown wanted to inherit Bob Lanier's phenomenal public popularity an...

    by Tim Fleck on February 11, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *Joe Firmage, age 28, multimillionaire founder of the high-profile Internet consulting firm USWeb, resigned in January out of fear that the company's reputation was being hurt by his public announcement that extraterrestrials are res...

    by Chuck Shepherd on February 11, 1999
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    Fecal Distraction

    The Monday-morning commute makes lots of Houston drivers feel like crap. But most don't expect to actually drive through it. Which is exactly what happened to several motorists last week when a Mack truck toting 25 tons of what's politely known as "r...

    by Jennifer Mathieu on February 11, 1999
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    Letters

    Grin and Barrett Someone ought to tell Georgette Mosbacher that if she's going to indulge in snooty and "witty" literary name-dropping, she should at least drop the right names ["How to Divorce a Millionaire," by Lisa Gray, January 28]. In an exc...

    on February 11, 1999
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    Walter Mitty in Robes? - Murphy's law reigns

    Associates say 14th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Paul Clarence Murphy III is, in person, about as courteous and accommodating an Irish gentleman as one could ever hope to meet. But since Governor George Bush elevated him from being just a regular j...

    by Tim Fleck on February 11, 1999
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    Inner-city Shootout - Neartown braces for the ultimate development war at City Hall

    Twenty years ago, not long after she moved from San Francisco, Gayle Ramsey and her neighbors in Montrose wanted some potholes fixed but were told by city officials to get in line: It might take years before public works got around to their neck of t...

    by Brian Wallstin on February 4, 1999
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