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    Battle of the 'Bots

    The point of ELEC 201, Dr. John Bennett said, is to prove that engineering, and engineers, aren't dull. Explaining the joys of creation, Dr. Bennett quoted Sartre ("to do is to be"); he quoted John Stuart Mill ("to be is to do"), and he quoted Sinatr...

    by Randall Patterson on December 17, 1998
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    Coming Down to the Liar - The second sting trial ends where the investigation began

    Former city councilman Ben Reyes dabbed wearily at his shadowed eyes and momentarily seemed on the verge of tears. As a defendant in the city hall bribery conspiracy sting trial, his last stint on the witness stand inched toward a conclusion last wee...

    by Tim Fleck on December 17, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (Alberta, Canada) announced in November that this year's single permit to hunt an Alberta big-horn sheep was won by Sherwin Scott of Phoenix with a high bid of $405,000 (U.S.). The foundation will u...

    by Chuck Shepherd on December 17, 1998
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    Letters

    18-Wailers I read with some bemusement your recent article on the difficulties encountered by Pasadena police when trying to get trucking companies to obey the law ["Semi Safe," by Bob Burtman, December 3]. A couple of years ago, the Internal Rev...

    on December 17, 1998
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    Pass the Gasfor Garza

    You can't fault Enron Oil & Gas chief executive Forrest E. Hoglund for lack of enthusiasm about recently elected Railroad Commissioner Tony Garza, the Republican secretary of state under Governor George W. Bush. In his zest for raising late-train cas...

    by Tim Fleck on December 17, 1998
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    Secrets of the Sonora Aero Club - A tale of UFOs, art collectors and the shadows of history

    In 1899, Charles Dellschau, a grouchy retired butcher, began to paint amazing airships. His intricate collages show shiplike decks supported by striped balloon pontoons; they show bright-colored helicopters and evil-looking striped dirigibles outfitt...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on December 10, 1998
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    The Truth is Out There - Pharmacist Garland Gross says Deer Park police have abused him for ten years. Police say Gross is a jerk who harasses them.

    Someone is lying in Deer Park. Pharmacist Garland Gross says he's been subjected to a decadelong campaign of police harassment -- he's seen teams of cops periodically storm into his store for no reason, their guns drawn on startled and baffled em...

    by Richard Connelly on December 10, 1998
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    Balancing the Bench - Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?

    Texas Governor George Bush now has a chance to address the huge racial imbalance in the Harris County judiciary. Whether he does or not depends on a tangled set of judicial appointment considerations, including candidate resumes, party loyalty and fe...

    by Tim Fleck on December 10, 1998
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    The Thoughts of Chairman Brown

    Mayor Lee P. Brown must be getting tired of hearing that his administration can't communicate, because at a recent senior staff confab he unveiled a new weapon in the war for little minds. Brown's aides handed the assembled bureaucrats laminated pock...

    by Tim Fleck on December 10, 1998
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    Letters

    Courtside Manners I applaud you for your investigative enthusiasm ["Risky Business," by Brad Tyer, November 26]. You seem to have related a fair and objective story. It appears that the Norrises have been (and I hope still are) working well withi...

    on December 10, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *Calgary, Alberta, construction worker Michael Pearse, age 22, an admitted hothead, pleaded guilty to making threats in 1996 while trying to find a friend's ex-girlfriend, but at his sentencing hearing in November 1998 he claimed to ...

    by Chuck Shepherd on December 10, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *Recently dismissed San Jose, California, police officer Johnny Venson Jr., age 48, in jail facing 14 counts of on-duty burglary, was awarded a $27,000 annual pension in November by the city's retirement board. The board agreed with ...

    by Chuck Shepherd on December 3, 1998
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    Letters

    Don't Resurrect "Jesus" I must complement your paper on this new web page design -- it is so ... conservative. Thank goodness you got rid of the "Gilstrap -- Jesus of the Week" articles which headlined your old web page. That column was one of th...

    on December 3, 1998
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    D.on't - P.olice S.emis?

    Pasadena Police Sergeant Loni Robinson shuffles through a stack of hair-raising photos -- a truck with a c-clamp covering an air leak, another with frame cracked to the point of collapse -- and pulls out a picture of a wheel coated with oil from a le...

    by Bob Burtman on December 3, 1998
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    Semi-Safe - Pasadena police wanted bad trucks off the road. Then big-rig politics wrecked their plans.

    Driving home from work on Pasadena Boulevard, Judy Wren had no reason to be especially cautious as she approached the intersection with the Texas 225 frontage road, already bathed in the shadows of twilight. She had the green light. That didn...

    by Bob Burtman on December 3, 1998
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    Daddy's Money - In probate court, the sons of oilman J. Howard Marshall II air a high-stakes family feud a fight about loyalty, betrayal and whether their dad played favorites

    By most appearances, when 90-year-old oil magnate Howard Marshall II passed away three years ago, he died a happy man. Marshall, a Houstonian whose net worth was estimated between $500 million and $1 billion, could afford to say and do what he d...

    by Steve McVicker on December 3, 1998
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    No'l Hell - It wasn't Santa who surprised the McCarleys on Christmas morning

    The McCarley family gathered last year for an uncertain Christmas Eve. Betty McCarley said the group still grieved over the death of her mother, who had presided over the annual holiday reunions. She had been a nearly permanent part of their dail...

    by Russell Contreras on December 3, 1998
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    Grinding It Out

    By her count, Belinda Crimmins called 34 different federal, state and city agencies in her attempt to find someone who could stop what she considered a dangerous lead-paint grinding project at the house next door to her Harvard Street home in the Hei...

    by Brad Tyer on December 3, 1998
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    Shaping the Council to Come - Time to pull out those election wish lists

    While one holiday cycle is gathering momentum, the city's currently officeless politicos are already thinking about the choice electoral presents they might be unwrapping a year hence. With five term-limited Houston City Councilmembers having to vaca...

    by Tim Fleck on December 3, 1998
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    Altered Statements

    Annual financial disclosure statements required of city of Houston elected officials and some employees are hardly the most revealing public documents for sleuths trying to follow the money trail in city government. Other than standard personal infor...

    by Tim Fleck on December 3, 1998
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