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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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    Buffalo Bill - Legislation would cut citizens out of the process

    The Enhanced Public Participation Coalition wants to make life better for the average Texan. This collection of industry trade groups that includes the Texas Chemical Council and the Greater Houston Partnership has proposed a bit of legislation that ...

    by Bob Burtman on February 25, 1999
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    Not a Pretty Picture - Are Dominique de Menil's children radically changing her museum?

    An institution shaped by a singular vision, as the tiny, prestigious Menil Collection shaped was by its founder, Dominique de Menil, is at its most vulnerable after the founder dies, as de Menil did 14 months ago. While de Menil's vision is still the...

    by Shaila Dewan on February 25, 1999
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    The Devil, You Say? - The spooky self-destruction of asatanic-cult-memory trial

    The government's novel prosecution against five Spring Shadows Glen psychiatric hospital workers wasn't going well as it entered its sixth month of testimony in early February. The defendants stood accused of insurance fraud by brainwashing patients ...

    by Tim Fleck on February 25, 1999
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    Roadkill: A Love Story

    This cat, Michael Hames explains, isn't prime roadkill. Dead cats are a dime a dozen; this one's old and dehydrated, in one piece, and there's not much blood. But it is flat. Flat's a plus. Michael snaps his usual three photos, one close up, the...

    by Lisa Gray on February 25, 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 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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