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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *Among the street-theater performances at New York City's International Fringe Festival in August: a 45-minute satirical, bigoted rant against hunchbacks from Nebraska; a six-person troupe performing Eugene Ionesco's Bald Soprano con...

    by Chuck Shepherd on September 17, 1998
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    DNA Delivers the Verdict

    On the night of June 1, 1991, a Hispanic man forced his way into the home of a pregnant Austin woman, sat her down in a lighted room, looked into her eyes, and, after a few minutes of strained conversation, raped her. The assailant later tried to con...

    by T.R. Coleman on September 10, 1998
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    Hard Time - The evidence points away from Roy Criner's guilt in a savage crime. But the state still has what counts most -- a conviction.

    Even in his freshly laundered prison whites, Roy Criner has a darkness about him that casts a long shadow in the visitor's room at the Darrington Unit. A hulking man whose brow seems eternally furrowed in an expression of confusion, Criner certainly ...

    by Bob Burtman on September 10, 1998
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    Do Not Go Gentle - Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby fights on for better, more diverse education in Texas

    Bill Hobby should be relaxing. He's 66. He's rich. Big Rich. He's spent his entire adult life working in politics and business, including an 18-year stint as lieutenant governor and 18 years as the president and executive editor of The Houston Post. ...

    by Robert Bryce on September 10, 1998
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    On Borrowed Time - The clock is ticking on Houston Renaissance and its inability to do much of anything with the grants and loans it has been given

    When last we visited the mother of all neighborhood-to-standards projects back in February, the redevelopment plan for Fourth Ward/Freedmen's Town was little more than an excuse to evict a bunch of poor people from some prime real estate. The sl...

    by Brian Wallstin on September 10, 1998
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    The Insider

    MTA Going to Potts? Brown backers attempt to jump on the political HOV lane For the past two Houston mayors, driving the Metropolitan Transit Authority has proven a test of political agility and administrative foresight upon which their careers...

    by Tim Fleck on September 10, 1998
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    One Dick's Opinion of Another

    How many Houstonians are gullible enough to plunk down $20 for an analysis of Bill Clinton's morality from a man who advised his presidential client to lie on the basis of a poll and was caught sucking a prostitute's toes? Judging by the turnout last...

    by Tim Fleck on September 10, 1998
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    Letters

    Short-Sighted Brian Wallstin's article "Biological Disaster" [August 20] was one of the best I have read. It always amazes me that some people are so short-sighted that they will trade future advances that will benefit everyone to make a few doll...

    on September 10, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Story *In separate incidents over a three-day period in July, three cousins in Shasta County in northern California lay down on or dove onto Highway 89 directly in front of approaching cars, apparently on purpose, resulting in the death of o...

    by Chuck Shepherd on September 10, 1998
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    Rogue Elephant - Log Cabin Republicans want to be part of the GOP, which wants no part of them

    Inside a dimly lit banquet room of a tony downtown Dallas hotel, about 250 Americans who consider themselves brave soldiers for civil rights sit around tables adorned with pots of plump pink and red roses. Almost all of them men, they enthusiasticall...

    by Stuart Eskenazi on September 3, 1998
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    Dumb Like a Fox

    When it comes to investigating ill-advised construction projects that could threaten public safety, perhaps the Channel 26/KRIV "City Under Siege" report should have a look close to home. Management of the Fox-owned station has been trying since las...

    by Tim Fleck on September 3, 1998
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    Heal Thyself - Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects

    Karen Augustine remembers being a nursing student in Pennsylvania, where she was raised, and hearing from her teachers that "one in seven nurses would become chemically impaired" in the course of their careers. She just didn't know at the time that s...

    by Brad Tyer on September 3, 1998
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    The Insider

    Licking Their Wounds Republicans still dominate Harris County, but an inside-the-party tiff may be a harbinger of harder times ahead The great Harris County GOP tax assessor-collector shootout of 1998 is now history, and triage reports on the p...

    by Tim Fleck on September 3, 1998
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    Letters

    Helping Paws? Obviously, Ms. Tesar had a bad day on July 16 ["Hound's Hell," by Russell Contreras, August 20]. I can't understand what she might have done to ruffle the cops as she apparently did on that night. After what happened, even if she wa...

    on September 3, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *A man whose name was not released checked in to a motel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on July 15 for two days and left behind twelve jars' worth of Vaseline smeared on the carpet, furniture, curtains, walls, bedspreads, sheets, and to...

    by Chuck Shepherd on September 3, 1998
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    Falling in Love - Barnett Garrison had a way with women. And women had their way with Barnett Garrison.

    Downtown, the couple picked up their marriage license, sufficiently impressing the clerk that he escorted them out and stopped traffic as they crossed San Jacinto. Barnett shuffled across with his walker, and Niecee, who at 73 was 15 years older...

    by Randall Patterson on August 27, 1998
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    Easy Money - Is a state rep taking Houston's poor for a ride on the law of the lend?

    When lawyers with the Texas Attorney General's Office looked for a test case of the questionable sale-leaseback industry in 1991, all they had to do was listen. A 35-year-old entrepreneur named Gary Elkins was using radio advertisements with the...

    by John Carroll on August 27, 1998
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    If We Had a Hammer

    Vice President Al Gore awarded the Veterans Administration a Silver Hammer award for government efficiency in constructing a Houston regional office facility three years ago, gushing, "Thanks for building a government that works better and costs less...

    by Tim Fleck on August 27, 1998
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    The Insider

    P.C. Follies Perhaps the lingering hangover from our ungodly hot and dry summer has set Houstonians on edge, because more than a few people around town are steaming and getting their dander up over some very unlikely causes. Here are example...

    by Tim Fleck on August 27, 1998
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    Scenes from the Bayou Sphere

    Premium passage Three friends. The latest employees at a business operating more than three decades. And the moment has come to move along in life, here in this energy dynasty of America. For nearly 40 years, the Exxon station at Pease and M...

    on August 27, 1998
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