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    An Award for Our Writer

    The National Association of Secondary School Principals has selected Houston Press staff writer Shaila Dewan as a recipient of a 1998 Benjamin Fine Award for Outstanding Education Reporting. Dewan received the award, which recognizes balanced reporti...

    on January 21, 1999
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    Bush Dole - The Guv readies surplus handouts in a legislative lovefest

    Every other January, 181 state legislators, supposedly representative of Texas and supposedly armed with good intentions, go to Austin and instantly become the most sought-after people in town. For every legislator, there are at least eight lobb...

    by Stuart Eskenazi on January 21, 1999
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    Walter Waldhauser Wired

    Walter Waldhauser Jr., a.k.a. Michael Lee Davis, is out of business and on a short leash. Although the confessed killer is once again a free man, new conditions on his freedom -- referred to as "the highest level of supervision" by the Texas Board of...

    by Steve McVicker on January 21, 1999
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    Letters

    Lease Unsafe I read this story ["False Sense of Security," by Steve McVicker, December 31] with particular interest because I lived at Bayou Park Apartments when Ms. Morey was attacked. At that time I, too, was a woman in her late twenties l...

    on January 21, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In November Wichita, Kansas, police removed four children from their parents' mobile home, which was littered with animal feces. When police arrived they noticed stacks of Star Trek posters and magazines and heard the parents and ki...

    by Chuck Shepherd on January 21, 1999
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    Betti's Blue Notes - Singing (and Stinging) in the rain

    City Hall Sting convict Betti Maldonado just can't win for losing lately. When a friend sings for her, he gets in trouble. When a friend refuses to sing for her at an opportune moment, she just sinks deeper into the legal muck. Last month, South...

    by Tim Fleck on January 21, 1999
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    Model-Netics Hooks City Hall

    When Houston City Council voted a half million dollars for management training for department executives last month, members didn't realize some of that pays for a controversial program called Model-Netics. The program is peddled by Main Events Manag...

    by Tim Fleck on January 21, 1999
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    Killer Weed - The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.

    It was at Browning Elementary, a neighborhood public school near the Heights, that The Beast first made its appearance. Ron Jones, a biologist with the local field office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had volunteered to help the school ...

    by Richard Connelly on January 14, 1999
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    Raising a Red Flag - Former Bellaire High School student shakes things up in the Capitol

    On a Wednesday afternoon in late October, about two weeks before Texas voters went to the polls to re-elect the governor and decide several close statewide races, the numbers somehow got loose. They were poll numbers, the results of the Texas Po...

    by Thomas Korosec on January 14, 1999
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    Status Report

    Following a vote of a panel of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, confessed murderer Walter Waldhauser Jr., also known as Michael Lee Davis, is once again a free man. Last October, the Press reported ("Making a Killing," October 22, 1998) t...

    by Steve McVicker on January 14, 1999
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    IB or Not IB - Parents and students fight to save Lamar High School's International Baccalaureate program. Administrators don't see a problem.

    Jonathan Wolfe's dad died just when high school was getting hard -- especially hard, since the sophomore was in Lamar's prestigious, challenging, for-smart-kids-only International Baccalaureate program. Jonathan's dad was an intellectual, and Jo...

    by Wendy Grossman on January 14, 1999
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    Down For The Count - A test census survey stirs up questions on privacy

    Questions began innocently enough in the survey that showed up three months ago in the mailbox of a North Harris County home. The recipient, a white-collar professional in his late forties, started thumbing through its inquiries which sought bas...

    by Kimberly Reeves on January 14, 1999
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    State Board of Touchy-feely? - A regulatory bill rubs many Reiki masters the wrong way

    Reiki, an Asian touch therapy that traces its origins to Buddhist monasteries in ancient Tibet, is supposed to channel divine love rays to heal the human body. But the exact opposite effect occurred with a bill filed last month by Texas Representativ...

    by Tim Fleck on January 14, 1999
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    Letters

    Low Rent-a-Cop Hell of an article ["False Sense of Security," by Steve McVicker, December 31]! As a former retail security guard for more than 13 years, I am well aware of the riffraff posing as security guards. The sad thing is that little ...

    on January 14, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In December a deer hunter in upscale Nantucket, Massachusetts, stumbled across the hatch that leads to the eight-by-eight-by-seven-foot-deep underground squatter's apartment of Thomas Johnson, age 38. Johnson said he built the place...

    by Chuck Shepherd on January 14, 1999
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    The Dinosaur Hunters

    The fossil, a vertebra from a big Jurassic plant eater, was nothing special. The world is full of those pieces of backbone: They're big and tough and survive the elements better than the delicate little stuff that Lace Honert prefers. Lace likes to l...

    by Lisa Gray on January 14, 1999
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    Up To Date on '98

    In real life, stories don't end with "happily ever after." They roll forward with no regard for narrative neatness: The prince becomes king; he files for divorce; Cinderella writes a tell-all book; the kids date topless dancers and form a post-punk b...

    by Bob Burtman on January 7, 1999
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    Business As Usual - The State Bar of Texas tries again to KAYO John O'Quinn but can't lay a glove on him

    The large ceremonial courtroom on the third floor of the Harris County Civil Courthouse was quiet. Sally Stephenson, a matronly African-American woman from rural South Carolina, was testifying on behalf of the State Bar of Texas as it tried yet again...

    by Richard Connelly on January 7, 1999
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    ... And One from '97

    In March, rapper Willie D ("Big Talker," November 13, 1997) was sentenced to four months in prison for the 1993 misdemeanor assault of a topless dancer at Foxxy's Cabaret. Willie maintains his conviction came about primarily because he's a celebrity....

    by Shaila Dewan on January 7, 1999
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    ... And Another from '96

    Three years ago, national attention -- and the ire of family advocacy groups -- focused on a Houston family court in the custody fight over two boys ("In the Child's Best Interests," by Bonnie Gangelhoff, January 18, 1996). That battle finally ended ...

    by George Flynn on January 7, 1999
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