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    Status Report

    Following a vote of a panel of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, confessed murderer Walter Waldhauser Jr., also known as Michael Lee Davis, is once again a free man. Last October, the Press reported ("Making a Killing," October 22, 1998) t...

    by Steve McVicker on January 14, 1999
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    IB or Not IB - Parents and students fight to save Lamar High School's International Baccalaureate program. Administrators don't see a problem.

    Jonathan Wolfe's dad died just when high school was getting hard -- especially hard, since the sophomore was in Lamar's prestigious, challenging, for-smart-kids-only International Baccalaureate program. Jonathan's dad was an intellectual, and Jo...

    by Wendy Grossman on January 14, 1999
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    Down For The Count - A test census survey stirs up questions on privacy

    Questions began innocently enough in the survey that showed up three months ago in the mailbox of a North Harris County home. The recipient, a white-collar professional in his late forties, started thumbing through its inquiries which sought bas...

    by Kimberly Reeves on January 14, 1999
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    State Board of Touchy-feely? - A regulatory bill rubs many Reiki masters the wrong way

    Reiki, an Asian touch therapy that traces its origins to Buddhist monasteries in ancient Tibet, is supposed to channel divine love rays to heal the human body. But the exact opposite effect occurred with a bill filed last month by Texas Representativ...

    by Tim Fleck on January 14, 1999
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    Letters

    Low Rent-a-Cop Hell of an article ["False Sense of Security," by Steve McVicker, December 31]! As a former retail security guard for more than 13 years, I am well aware of the riffraff posing as security guards. The sad thing is that little ...

    on January 14, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In December a deer hunter in upscale Nantucket, Massachusetts, stumbled across the hatch that leads to the eight-by-eight-by-seven-foot-deep underground squatter's apartment of Thomas Johnson, age 38. Johnson said he built the place...

    by Chuck Shepherd on January 14, 1999
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    The Dinosaur Hunters

    The fossil, a vertebra from a big Jurassic plant eater, was nothing special. The world is full of those pieces of backbone: They're big and tough and survive the elements better than the delicate little stuff that Lace Honert prefers. Lace likes to l...

    by Lisa Gray on January 14, 1999
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    Up To Date on '98

    In real life, stories don't end with "happily ever after." They roll forward with no regard for narrative neatness: The prince becomes king; he files for divorce; Cinderella writes a tell-all book; the kids date topless dancers and form a post-punk b...

    by Bob Burtman on January 7, 1999
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    Business As Usual - The State Bar of Texas tries again to KAYO John O'Quinn but can't lay a glove on him

    The large ceremonial courtroom on the third floor of the Harris County Civil Courthouse was quiet. Sally Stephenson, a matronly African-American woman from rural South Carolina, was testifying on behalf of the State Bar of Texas as it tried yet again...

    by Richard Connelly on January 7, 1999
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    ... And One from '97

    In March, rapper Willie D ("Big Talker," November 13, 1997) was sentenced to four months in prison for the 1993 misdemeanor assault of a topless dancer at Foxxy's Cabaret. Willie maintains his conviction came about primarily because he's a celebrity....

    by Shaila Dewan on January 7, 1999
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    ... And Another from '96

    Three years ago, national attention -- and the ire of family advocacy groups -- focused on a Houston family court in the custody fight over two boys ("In the Child's Best Interests," by Bonnie Gangelhoff, January 18, 1996). That battle finally ended ...

    by George Flynn on January 7, 1999
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    Letters

    Foaming at the Mouth Your paper was the only Houston media organization that covered the LEGO robot competition held at Rice University ["Battle of the 'Bots," by Randall Patterson, December 17]. This is the same competition that has made na...

    on January 7, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In November, to improve lagging sales, the Liko-L tourism company in Kiev, Ukraine, announced a new attraction: a daylong visit to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which has been closed to the public since the catastrophic acciden...

    by Chuck Shepherd on January 7, 1999
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    Which Bug Gets the Gas? - Will the next house DeLay fumigates be that big White one or his own?

    In 1988, a little-known Texas congressman gathered a crowd of reporters in the lobby of a downtown New Orleans hotel housing several state delegates to the Republican National Convention. Clutching a pole topped by a drooping American flag, 22nd Dist...

    by Tim Fleck on January 7, 1999
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    False Sense of Security - Pinkerton guards are supposed to keep criminals at bay. But sometimes, they are the criminals.

    As Friday night gave in to Saturday morning, Jennifer Morey was putting up one hell of a fight. "Please help me, I'm bleeding so much," Morey pleaded with the 911 dispatcher. "He cut my throat. I've got pressure on it, but it's spraying blood al...

    by Steve McVicker on December 31, 1998
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    Virgin Rebirth - The statue doesn't look like a traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe. But its appearance is just the start of the

    He isn't saying it was a miracle, that an angel of God guided him to a particular place at a particular time and said, "Here she is." He's not saying that at all. But he's not saying it was entirely coincidental, either. After one coincidence lead...

    by Harrison Fletcher on December 31, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *The November Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, featured the very popular "Cowboy Poker," in which four men sit at a table in the middle of the arena "playing cards," while a particularly aggressive bull is turned loose. As...

    by Chuck Shepherd on December 31, 1998
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    Santa's Push Cards

    Aspirants for Houston City Council are always thinking up new and ingenious ways to get a foot in the City Hall door, but attorney Gordon Quan may be the first to try to ride in on Santa's sleigh. Quan is bombarding a selected political mailing list ...

    by Tim Fleck on December 31, 1998
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    Letters

    Scotch the Sodas As the mom of a brilliant, gifted and talented child who has a deficit of attention and an abundance of energy, I can't thank you enough for publishing "Carbonated Cash" by Kimberly Reeves [December 17]. I feel angry and fru...

    on December 31, 1998
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    Slipping Under the Bar Radar - Will a less-than-Frank Reyes cloud O'Quinn's win?

    You figure the three lawyers representing the State Bar of Texas felt pretty stupid. A Harris County jury deliberated little more than a half-hour before rejecting their arguments and evidence in the disbarment case against super plaintiff's lawyer J...

    by Tim Fleck on December 31, 1998
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