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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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    Wong's War on a Reggae Club - Are the problems traffic and parking, or just the color of the customers?

    City Councilwoman Martha Wong put on an unusual show-and-tell session in her City Hall office two weeks ago, but the subjects of the show weren't allowed to attend. In an effort to pressure reggae nightclub Jamaica Jamaica to move from its strip shop...

    by Tim Fleck on March 18, 1999
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    Storming the Ramparts - TSU struggles on as insiders battle detractors both within and outside the school's front gates

    When the Texas Southern University Board of Regents met in the first week of February, the most recent episode of the chronically troubled school's soap-opera history was into its fourth year. With state bureaucrats and legislators threatening e...

    by Richard Connelly on March 11, 1999
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    Contributing Factors - Debra Danburg swears she'll defend your right to open government. But when it comes to Internet campaign finance reports, ignorance is bliss.

    In 1997 a trio of consumer groups with an agenda to embarrass legislators set out to prove what everyone around the Capitol had long suspected: Business interests that lobby state legislators are also the chief contributors to their campaigns. T...

    by Stuart Eskenazi on March 11, 1999
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    River Oaks Rip-offs - With counterfeit goods, there's a wealth of opportunity

    From their independently operated stalls inside the warehouse-sized Market Place Antiques in West Houston, dealers display wares reflecting down-home tradition and relics of history. Old dining room sets vie for attention with out-of-print books...

    by Russell Contreras on March 11, 1999
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    HISD fires, reprimands and probes

    Info: HISD fires, reprimands and probes Following a Houston Independent School District internal investigation and an in-depth two-part series on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test by Houston Press writer Shaila Dewan, HISD has fired one ...

    on March 11, 1999
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    City Pork Project - Residents look for answers but find only a developer's arrogance

    When Greg Baxter needed to cut a deal with the city for a road through his proposed City Park development along White Oak Bayou, he of course hired a lawyer. But not just any lawyer: Baxter hired Neil Rackleff, a former assistant city attorney who no...

    by Brian Wallstin on March 11, 1999
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    Blowing Away the Competition - Bringing you the scoop on the Lewinsky interview

    You've got to hand it to Channel 13, the local ABC affiliate. They have been racking up scoops that have left the city's other TV stations gasping in the dust. Absolutely no other station came close to breaking the stories that Channel 13 did on...

    by Richard Connelly on March 11, 1999
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    Letters

    Grade Charade The TAAS test should be a comprehensive barometer of a student's scholastic aptitude ["The Fix Is In," by Shaila Dewan, February 25]. By someone's changing the answers given, students have no idea how much they are learning. While i...

    on March 11, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In February, Eastern Illinois University officials declined to refund $364 in tuition to April Hixson for the course "Nonwestern Music," which Hixson said was little music and much pornography, seemingly designed to draw reactions f...

    by Chuck Shepherd on March 11, 1999
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    Fed-up Feds - Will the "temp" United States Attorney exile dissidents to the border?

    Federal prosecutors, armed with the law and an intimidating investigatory arsenal, would hardly seem in need of public sympathy or job protection. However, in recent months, many lawyers assigned to the United States Attorney's Office in Houston prof...

    by Tim Fleck on March 11, 1999
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    Educational Savior Seeks New Sinner

    It took Houston school district trustee and educational consultant Don McAdams less than six weeks to decide that he and Texas Southern University were not exactly a match made in heaven. If TSU administrators had just taken a gander at McAdams's sel...

    by Tim Fleck on March 11, 1999
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    Adding It All Up - What does it really mean to pass the TAAS?

    Even with the generally buoyant, election-stoked mood about public education in Texas, you don't have to look far to find the bad news. No farther than the comfortable north Houston living room of Larry and Stephanie Johnson on a Wednesday night. ...

    by Shaila Dewan on March 4, 1999
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    Kindred Spirits - Pete Haviland hunted ghosts. He found friends.

    Driving down the road, Pete Haviland sees ghosts of dead dogs. Once he drove his car into a field, swerving to miss a brown chow that wasn't there when he got out to check. When he shivers, his girlfriend knows he's seen something. What bothers him i...

    by Wendy Grossman on March 4, 1999
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    Letters

    Sense of Balance Maybe I don't read enough print journalism, or maybe I just read the bad stuff. Regardless, I found Brad Tyer's piece on Parr's cats ["Biggest Game in Town," February 11] to be what every piece of journalism is supposed to be: ob...

    on March 4, 1999
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    News Hostage

    Witnesses Say Sun Rose in East We always like to give credit where it's due, so let's hand out a hearty round of congratulations to the Houston Chronicle for its worldwide scoop, bannered across the front page of its Sunday, February 21, edition,...

    by Richard Connelly on March 4, 1999
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