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    Best Place to Smoke a Hookah - Star Cafe

    Star Cafe is for real. It doesn't cater to denizens of the mainstream American culture looking to try something it deems "exotic." Nope, at Star Cafe, the clientele is composed of Arabic immigrants, mostly from Egypt. They gather at this drab locatio...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Area Team - Brazoswood Girls' Softball Team

    With seven state champions in the past eight years, the greater Houston area has established itself as the softball hotbed in Texas. This year's winner, Brazoswood, had to fight off a number of outstanding teams in its own region before tackling the ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Weathercaster - Chuck George, KPRC-TV Channel 2

    During the long half-year that is the Houston summer, there's not much to the weather beyond hot and humid. Occasional rainfall will pass through; even less occasionally some severe weather will occur. But Houstonians still cling desperately to the r...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Use of Dental Floss - Texas prisons

    We're not sure of the brand, but this past March, Texas prison inmate Antonio Lara allegedly sawed through several cell bars using dental floss. Unfortunately, say prison officials, he then fatally stabbed fellow prisoner Rolando Rios as guards were ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Thing About Enron Field - Lots of Foul-Ball and Home-Run Souvenirs

    There's a lot to like about Enron Field. (There's also a lot to dislike, but now's not the time to mention $5.25 beers. Or cold hot dogs. Or the cramped and hot upper deck. And now certainly is not the time to bring up the team's performance this yea...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Execution of a Business Plan - Dickie Rosenfeld, KILT/610 AM

    The late Dickie Rosenfeld, who died in July, was a giant in Houston radio. He brought the Beatles to town in the 1960s and was the creator of the original Hudson and Harrigan show. He spent most of his 50 years in radio as general manager of KILT. Bu...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Name for Houston's New Football Team - The Developers

    Bob McNair, the man who returned professional football to Houston, has dubbed his new team the Texans. Forgive us if we don't immediately share the jingoistic joy of the moniker. Last time we looked, much of the city had little to do with Texas (asid...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bike Lanes - West Alabama at South Shepherd

    At least Houston now has bike lanes. The intersection where Alabama meets Shepherd has long been a congested one for Houston motorists. And now one of the lanes in either direction on Alabama has been converted into a lane for bicycles. It may not im...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Roadway Improvement - U.S. 59 from I-10 to just south of Humble

    Not that long ago, the Eastex Freeway was the obvious orphan of area transportation arteries, a forlorn, four-lane route to sheer frustration. Compared to its sister link, the Southwest Freeway on the other side of town, this section of U.S. 59 suffe...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to See a College Football Game - Robertson Stadium, University of Houston

    Wait a minute, that's not just "Robertson Stadium," that's "John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium." A lengthy name like that is what happens when a big-bucks alumnus donates $6 million to improve a facility that's named after a former UH regent. Th...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Ditch - East of the power lines between Gramercy and North Braeswood Boulevard

    The trickle of water emerges from a giant culvert and heads south in a straight line, carved years ago by machinery, bounded by a grass-covered levy to the east and power lines to the west. The water has a brownish hue, and at times a faint whiff of ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Aquarium - Sawadee Thai Restaurant

    Fish are usually the featured performers in any aquarium, but at Sawadee, they take a backseat. Sure, there are a few exotic species swimming in the jumbo 500-gallon tank that greets customers near the door. But the real attractions are the stunning ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Appetizer - Nachos cubanos, El Meson Restaurant

    Some of life's most dynamic beauty exists in its contrasts: the famous yin/yang, the complementary push/pull, the popular in/out. And these mouthwatering morsels of Caribbean glory are no different. The crunchy blue corn chip plays off the slathering...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best New Downtown Bar - Slainte

    Slainte (pronounced "SLAWN-cha") is a Gaelic drinking toast, which translates roughly to "Cheers!" Stools are situated around a big black barrel of Jameson whiskey, a James Joyce quote is on the wall, and Lord of the Dance music fills the air. You ca...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Participatory Sporting Event - Houston Marathon, www.compaqhoustonmarathon.com

    Are you the CEO of an international corporation? Are you always looking for ways to spend that extra pocket change? Do you dream of supporting a vital component of our city's attempt at health consciousness? If so, the Houston Marathon could have use...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Driving Accessory - Key Maps

    When it comes to getting around in a car, Houston is a sprawling, featureless, illogically laid out mess. Which means you should never attempt to get anywhere without a Key Map in the car. For 42 years the Rau family has been producing annually updat...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Lobbyist - New Houston Port Commission Chair Jim Edmonds

    If he wasn't the best-known municipal lobbyist before he was elevated to the prestigious chairmanship in June, he will be now. For years affable, low-key Jim Edmonds has run with the big boys, ranging from developer Walter Mischer to financial guru T...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Mall-Walking - Memorial City Mall

    Mall management usually is ambivalent about walkers. Not Memorial City Mall. They encourage indoor exercise. Mall walkers can gain access beginning at 5:30 a.m. each day. Throughout the mall, plaques mark a walking course at one-eighth-mile intervals...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gadfly - Dan Hart

    Dan Hart is the indefatigable property tax activist who bugs Harris County Tax Appraisal District officials with the persistence of a salt marsh mosquito. Hart, a retired Kinkaid School coach, has embraced the role of tax watchdog as a second career,...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Source for Texas Political Info - Quorum Report

    For a $175 annual subscription, this Austin-based political newsletter published by Bellaire High grad Harvey Kronberg churns up plenty of information. Features of the Quorum Report Web site (quorumreport.com) include bulletins in the form of the Dai...

    on September 21, 2000
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