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    Best Graffiti Artist - Next

    Just look up. On bridges, buildings, trains, the backs of freeway signs, the tag is everywhere. It's an inspirational call to the "next" generation, a macho throw-up that conveys the adrenaline, irreverence and illegality of its creation. Most of all...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Justice of the Peace - The Honorable George E. Risner, Precinct 2, Place 2

    Most courts wouldn't take much time with an 11-year-old troublemaker. But J.P. George Risner did what the Houston school district had refused to do: have the imbalanced youngster checked out by mental health professionals. Now the youth is on medicat...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Restoration Project - Houston region in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison

    Of course, the travesties continue: tearing down the old Gulf Publishing building on Allen Parkway, bulldozing bits and pieces of the precious past, flushing out Houston's final habitat hideaways for the sake of nothing more than the sameness of anot...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Smell - Maxwell House Factory

    The best smell? Coffee, of course. And there's no bigger coffee smell in town than the odor steaming out of Kraft's Maxwell House factory, a few blocks (and miles of attitude) east of Enron Field. Most days the prevailing winds blow that smell, ooh t...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best 15 Minutes of Fame - Dani Ferro, U.S. Representative Tom DeLay's daughter

    Sure, they love him out in Sugar Land, but to many people across this country, U.S. Representative Tom DeLay is a bombastic, moralistic, self-righteous -- you get the idea. So when his adult daughter, who works for him, hit the newspapers in a story ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Court Ruling - U.S. District Judge Sam Kent

    Bradshaw v. Utility Marine Corporation, et al. is no one's idea of a landmark case, but the Galveston lawsuit has achieved the kind of instant immortality that's possible only now in the Internet age. Federal judge Sam Kent has long been known for hi...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Lost Monument - Portland Cement Association Safety Trophy

    "Trophy" may be too strong a word for this apparently abandoned behemoth: a concrete block, presumably of Portland cement, standing near seven feet high and about five feet wide, featuring a high relief of some sort of Greco-Roman figures, and the in...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Tree - Live oak at Elizabeth Baldwin Park

    Four mammoth branches dangle to the ground like elephant trunks. They snake along the grass like knee-bound penitents scraping to a pilgrimage's end, only to rise again to the height of small trees to drink in the sun. The live oak at Elizabeth Baldw...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Community Newspaper - USAfrica

    Chido Nwangwu decries mainstream news coverage of Africa that depicts "a continent of natives who are sentenced and cursed to face bestial cycles of ethnic wars, genocidal slaughters and more wars." The eloquent Nigeria native specializes in debunkin...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Faxes - The Mad Faxer

    We don't know who he (or she) is, but he's earned the moniker "Mad Faxer" around the Houston Press offices. Over the last two years, he has sent the editorial staff hand-drawn cartoons (a fish eating hippopotamus turds), possible tips ("Ask Ron J. Wh...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Smoke a Hookah - R&R Lounge & Grill

    For the uninitiated, hookah is not another rap artist term for ho. It is the "fragrant nargile" of Orientalist reveries, the hubble-bubble of General Allenby's Tommies. It is a device for smoking that passes the scented smoke -- a mixture of tobacco ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Museum for Sinologists - Forbidden Gardens

    Like its namesake, the Forbidden Gardens is a well-kept secret. However, the spectacular 40-acre spread just off I-10 in Katy rewards those who chance the trip. The outdoor museum carefully reconstructs some of the great design feats of Imperial Chin...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Whistle-Blower - Lisa Rogers

    A year ago, historic Oyster Creek was on the verge of extinction. Today, it's got a chance, thanks to Lisa Rogers. On behalf of Brazoria County ranchers, including her husband, Rogers forced an investigation into the illegal diversion of the Oyster, ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Boy Gone Bad - Judge Bob Burdette 176th District Court

    Judge Burdette was popped for DWI on Montrose after he tried to leave the scene. Burdette is a good ol' boy Democrat who managed to hang on as a visiting district judge in Harris County after getting dumped by voters twice. But his days of holding co...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Criminal Court Judge - Mike Anderson

    Courthouse regulars were worried a few years ago when longtime judge Doug Shaver announced his retirement from the 262nd bench. He was one of the few Democrats left in any court in the county, and certainly one of the more independent-minded jurists ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Girl Gone Bad - Darcy Sparks Mackey

    This former gatekeeper for Mayor Lee Brown lost her desk at City Hall after ducking a drug test. A former employee of Brown crony Danny Lawson, Mackey served the former drug czar as secretary and appointments coordinator since he returned to Houston ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Loyal Houston Press Reader - Unknown ambulance driver

    Here's to not letting work interfere with your priorities. On January 11 at the intersection of Milam and Congress, a man who had apparently been hit by an oncoming car and looked to be a minute from his death was being wheeled into the back of an am...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Boy Made Good - Rod Paige U.S. Secretary of Education

    This former education dean at Texas Southern University rode the Republican express from an HISD trustee post to district superintendent to George Bush's secretary of education. Paige, whose college doctoral thesis was on the response times of colleg...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Easter Bunny - Rick Hurt, a.k.a. Rainbo de Klown

    From beginning to end, Rick Hurt spent a total of 15 days impersonating the Easter Bunny under a giant Faberg-like egg at the Galleria this last spring. For a little over a fortnight, Rick gave up his other gigs -- impersonating Bette Midler, dressi...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Girl Made Good - Beyonc Knowles

    The Diana Ross of Destiny's Child is the crossover queen of pop at the moment, with platinum albums and a starring role in MTV's sultry Hip Hopera, Carmen. It's a Knowles family affair, with father Mathew as Svengali manager, and mother Tina as group...

    on September 20, 2001
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