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    Toxic Leak? - Texas City petrochemical giants scramble to discover who released their secrets

    None of the lawyers gathered in Judge Sharolyn Wood's courtroom after lunch on July 14 looked especially happy as they crowded around the bench. "You are satisfied you have all the documents back?" Wood half-asked, half-told attorney Elizabeth Burkha...

    by Bob Burtman on July 24, 1997
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    Letters

    Pro Ezra: The Great Debate Rages Sheri Beeson's letter [Letters, "No Mercy for Poor Ezra," July 10] fails to mention whether she has ever actually seen Ezra Charles perform. My guess would be no. Her letter reads as if her knowledge of Ezra, as a...

    on July 24, 1997
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    Holistic Touch - Some ex-patients credit the mind-body therapy of New Age healer JoAnne Mandel with saving their lives. Others say her compassion stopped at the bottom line.

    Before he met JoAnne Mandel, Steven Berk seemed headed toward a bad end. Berk had a fierce appetite for alcohol and drugs, suffered from depression and an eating disorder, and had almost lost the will to look after himself. Desperate to get a gri...

    by Brian Wallstin on July 17, 1997
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    Lee Brown's Crown Heights Problem

    On Monday, August 19, 1991, a car in a motorcade escorting the "grand rebbe" of the Lubavitcher Hasidic sect careened over a curb in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, killing a seven-year-old African-American boy and injuring his cousi...

    by Jim Simmon on July 17, 1997
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    The Insider

    The Horror! The Horror! For fans of classic movie matchups such as Godzilla vs. King Kong or Rodan vs. Mothra, next spring's GOP primary for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission promises a pairing for the ages. Former congressman Steve Stockma...

    by Tim Fleck on July 17, 1997
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    Letters

    A Traditionalist Writes ... I note that whenever someone zaps you a letter on the Internet, you state "via Internet" after their name in the Letters column. The remaining letters are not distinguished as to mode of arrival -- whether they be by p...

    on July 17, 1997
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    Cozy Ties - In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help

    Mike McKinney was fed up. For eight months, McKinney, the head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and other state officials had been awaiting the Clinton administration's ruling on a controversial Texas plan to privatize welfare. But ...

    by Christopher Cook on July 10, 1997
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    Stadia Watch

    Anywhere you go, it's tough to get a precise estimate on the cost of stadium construction. Milwaukee's proposed $250 million baseball park, for instance, has been scaled back after an architect offered a revised projection of $313 million for the ini...

    by Bob Burtman on July 10, 1997
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    The Insider

    Summer Reservations at the ReBates Hotel The federal grand jury that has been eyeing the FBI's City Hall sting finally cleared its decks after last week's climactic session, and those long-awaited indictments are now scheduled to come down in ear...

    by Tim Fleck on July 10, 1997
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    Letters

    The Dialectics of Aunt Jemima As a former staff writer for newspapers ranging from Newsday to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I've acquired a certain distaste for letters-to-the-editor sections and am embarrassed that (gasp!) I'm actually writi...

    on July 10, 1997
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    Fast Eddie's Getaway - Insider deals. Outrageous perks. Exorbitant salaries. No wonder Eddie Webster's taken a permanent vacation from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    According to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, it was all just a matter of timing. Last week, when the GHCVB announced the departure of its president, Eddie Webster, it noted that he had fulfilled a five-year commitment to the burea...

    by Michael Berryhill on July 3, 1997
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    The Insider

    No Diving, No Swimming No Pool The Bob and Elyse Lanier Aquatic Center at Moody Park was opened amid great fanfare last week, with the two namesakes of the new facility joining board members and high-ranking bureaucrats from the Parks and Recreat...

    by Tim Fleck on July 3, 1997
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    Dad, I Wrote Me a Book!

    Over the years, Bob Lanier has occasionally dismissed some criticism or other from George Greanias by noting that Greanias is a "playwright." That's true: The ex-controller has two plays to his credit, Wilson and Hello, Hamlet, in addition to authori...

    by Jim Simmon on July 3, 1997
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    Letters

    Sleepwalkin' with Lee P. Gosh! A cross between Nelson Mandela and Tiger Woods, eh? [ The Insider, "Caution: He's Got a Volcano in His Belly," by Tim Fleck, June 5]. That would engender a vision of a prescient champion. I'm afraid all I can summon...

    on July 3, 1997
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    Besieged by the Bay - Beset by skyrocketing tax assessments and wary of encroaching development, property owners in San Leon-Bacliff wonder if their "poor man's Riviera" may soon go the way of other waterfront zones along Galveston Bay.

    It's a beautiful, breezy day on Galveston Bay, and Rick Handley is in his element, taking in the world from the deck of neighbor Sonny Butler's home overlooking the water. There are cold beers all around, and Handley is his usual off-color self, joki...

    by Bob Burtman on June 26, 1997
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    Pain for the Prosecution - Assistant district attorney Kristen Pain sent criminals to jail -- and then went to jail herself.

    Were it not for the tequila haze, Kristen Pain might have realized she was about to be busted. During her five years in the Harris County District Attorney's office, she'd learned to look for lies and little inconsistencies. She knew how criminals go...

    by Steve McVicker on June 26, 1997
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    The Insider

    Father of the Year One thing you can say for City Councilman John Kelley: He's a doting dad, particularly on his 35-year-old son Shaun, a gym instructor and weightlifter who lived with his parents before landing at his current address, the downto...

    by Tim Fleck on June 26, 1997
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    Expect the Unexpected

    One objective of Elyse Lanier's Houston Image Group, as you may recall, was to correct the supposed misimpressions of our city being conveyed by the national media. To that and other ends, the mayoral wife and her Image Group cronies are in line to s...

    on June 26, 1997
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    Great Brown Hope

    With her arms pinned to her sides, Gracie Saenz stood frozen on the elevated stage in front of City Hall, buffeted, literally, by a force that was beyond her control. A few minutes earlier, the councilwoman had formally declared her candidacy fo...

    by Jim Simmon on June 26, 1997
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    Letters

    People Get Ready There was one sentence in the article on the RTC program ["Between Friends," by Brian Wallstin, June 5] that really said it all: "The shadowy figures and irregular transactions outlined in the HUD audit of the RTC program undersc...

    on June 26, 1997
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