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    Letters

    Count 'Em Out Boy, did your article on those goobers at KTRK/Channel 13 strike a nerve [News Hostage, by Richard Connelly, March 18]. Although we rarely miss it, my wife and I love to hate their 10 p.m. news. We play a game and see how many times...

    on April 1, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *The Times of London reported in March that a convicted rapist in his 30s has been recommended for British government-provided Viagra to treat a depression he has been suffering since his release from prison a year ago. Doctors at St...

    by Chuck Shepherd on April 1, 1999
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    The Mad Hatter vs. the Homeowners Association

    A 15-foot concrete teddy bear does a handstand in the middle of Richard Patt's front yard, and Patt doesn't know why anyone should have a problem with that. The bear, purchased at an auction, has a painted-on blue-and-yellow-striped sweater, lar...

    by Jennifer Mathieu on April 1, 1999
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    Queen of the Good Ol' Boys - The macho world of trial law is ruled by tough, hard-driving men -- and by Katherine Scardino, a tough, hard-driving woman

    Katherine Scardino usually looks good -- at 54, she can pass for a decade younger -- but today in court the overall effect was particularly striking: Her blond hair streamed obediently to the shoulders of her brown Anne Klein suit, her makeup was sub...

    by Steve McVicker on March 25, 1999
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    Love Thy Neighbor - Meet Joe and Charlie, happy residents of a master-planned community

    Wednesday, November 27, 1996, 4:50 p.m. -- still a beautiful day in the neighborhood. From a second-floor window in the home of Mr. Charles Van Wormer, a security camera records the moment, as it records all moments, around the clock. One takes ...

    by Randall Patterson on March 25, 1999
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    City Hall's Dime Debts - When it comes to Houston follies, full fare is only fair

    With a $2.2 billion budget, the city of Houston doesn't stop on a dime. But the Houston Press halted for a quick double take when that municipal bill arrived in the mail recently. Due and payable in U.S. currency to the city of Houston was t...

    by Steve McVicker on March 25, 1999
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    More Payne for the IRS - Prolonged agency abuses bring a Houston attorney $1.5 million

    Score it Jerry Payne 2, the Internal Revenue Service 0. Last Friday, United States District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore ordered the IRS to pay Payne more than $1.5 million in damages. She agreed with the Houston attorney that IRS agents damaged his ...

    by Steve McVicker on March 25, 1999
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    The Woman George W. Bush Didn't Marry - The question is why

    They look so carefree and young, trapped in time, sitting on a carpet in front of a fireplace. He's in a suit and tie; she's in a sleeveless dress, smiling, her hair cropped short. Their hands, presumably intertwined, are hidden beneath a cushion pro...

    by Tim Fleck on March 25, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *Prominent Christian conservative psychologist Paul Cameron told Rolling Stone magazine in a March interview that he feared gay sex would supplant heterosexual sex unless a vigilant society repressed it. "Marital sex tends toward the...

    by Chuck Shepherd on March 25, 1999
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    Hungry: Will Judge for Food!

    Former criminal district judge Woody Densen has been defeated both as a Democratic incumbent and a Republican challenger, but he still occasionally sits as a visiting judge in Harris County. Recently Densen's assignments dwindled alarmingly while vis...

    by Tim Fleck on March 25, 1999
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    Letters

    Willie Sutton for Senator A famous outlaw was once asked, "Why do you rob banks?" He responded, "Because that is where the money is!" He should have been a politician, because that's where the real money is. Alas, he was too honest, as he at leas...

    on March 25, 1999
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    Presidential Kids' Charity - Call to contribute to the Bush bid, and guess who answers?

    Governor George W. Bush may be the offspring of a former president, but that doesn't qualify him to raise money for his own presidential bid out of the office of a nonprofit kids' charity in Houston. A Bush solicitation letter sent out last week by c...

    by Tim Fleck on March 25, 1999
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    Farm to Market - Kody Ellis shows pigs. What have pigs shown him?

    "It teaches hard work. It teaches that, hey, nobody's gonna give you anything in life. You've got to get out there and you've got to compete and you've got to work at it. And besides that, probably one of the best things it does: It reminds them that...

    by Brad Tyer on March 18, 1999
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    Chucking It All - Bryn Tustin was an electrician from New Jersey who became a punk-music DJ in Houston, opened a record store and remade himself into Chuck Roast.

    This story begins with an escape. It was 1979 in Middletown, New Jersey, and nothing was happening. Probably nothing was ever going to happen. And Bryn Tustin knew it. He was 21 and was working as an electrician and park ranger, being forced to b...

    by Jennifer Mathieu on March 18, 1999
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    News Hostage

    Workin' Overtime During his stint as the Chronicle's main baseball writer, Alan Truex never seemed to be one of those many Chron sportswriters who automatically take the owners' side in any pay dispute, knee-jerkedly slamming athletes for not bei...

    by Richard Connelly on March 18, 1999
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    Good News

    Two Houston Press reporters have recently received word they are winners in separate journalism contests. Brian Wallstin is a winner in the Texas Medical Association's Anson Jones M.D. Award, which honors excellence in health communication. Wall...

    on March 18, 1999
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    Fire Alarm - A gay employee says the abuse ended only with his ouster

    At work guys grabbed his butt, crotch and shoulders, says Chris Boone. Co-workers told him to drop to his knees and do what he does best. "Give me the best blow job of your life," he remembers them saying. They brought Vaseline. Boone, 26, was a...

    by Wendy Grossman on March 18, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In January, North Dakota legislators decided against a proposal to crack down on impatient motorists who relieve themselves while driving and then toss their urine- and even feces-filled plastic containers to the side of the road. T...

    by Chuck Shepherd on March 18, 1999
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    Letters

    Love to See Red I compliment you on bringing back the original "Red" Connelly, the man with the gift of ironic understatement and sarcasm, in your News Hostage column. I really missed Connelly's "Sports for Heretics" column at the Public News, an...

    on March 18, 1999
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    Enron's Earth (Day) Quakes

    Fortune magazine may have voted Houston-based Enron the most innovative company four years running, but the natural-gas giant has an old-fashioned approach to controversy. It runs from it. Case in point: the corporation's decision to ban Planned...

    by Tim Fleck on March 18, 1999
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