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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In March stories by Knight-Ridder news service (in Honduras) and The Wall Street Journal (in Russia), the latest United States disaster relief efforts were revealed to be rife with ill-conceived aid. Honduran hurricane victims still...

    by Chuck Shepherd on April 8, 1999
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    TAAS Probe Update

    Houston Independent School District last week asked a principal and three teachers to resign for alleged TAAS testing irregularities, which were the subject of a recent Houston Press investigative series ["The Fix Is In" and "Adding It All Up," by Sh...

    by Shaila Dewan on April 8, 1999
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    Letters

    Short Term Your article "The Grass Wars" [by Randall Patterson, March 25] shed light on the events but did not change my original shock that Joe Sybille could beat his neighbor with a shovel and receive only a ten-day jail term. What was the...

    on April 8, 1999
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    News Hostage

    You see some pieces in print or on the air, and you sit back and wonder, "How'd they ever get that story?" You see some others, and you sit back and say, "Boy, I can almost smell the ink from the press release that spawned this piece of crap." T...

    by Richard Connelly on April 8, 1999
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    Pyramid Scheme - Two, four, six, eight.Come and watch us levitate!

    It is just before the Canyon Middle School cheerleaders are supposed to take the stage at AstroWorld's Cheerfest cheerleading competition, and all anyone can think about is their hair. "Honey, come here, you need some real hair spray," says some...

    by Jennifer Mathieu on April 8, 1999
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    And the Sting Goes On - Round Three offers fresh lawyers, a new villain and the same old flicks

    For a moment last Thursday, the scene in Judge David Hittner's courtroom had more deja vu than even federal prosecutor Mike Attanasio anticipated. Mingling with the attorneys for the three defendants in the third and most likely final City Hall Stin...

    by Tim Fleck on April 8, 1999
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    Psychic Phenomena - Bubba Henderson says he sees all, knows all. Sometimes that's the problem.

    Bubba Henderson squints his eyes and shuts his mouth as he stares at a picture of two little girls he has never seen before. He takes a deep breath and tries to shrink inside his body. His vision becomes clearer; he feels the lobes of his brain squee...

    by Wendy Grossman on April 1, 1999
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    Bad Cash Investments

    Like a Fortune 500 company searching for new ways to boost profits, Brittan Communications International saw a world of opportunity at its fingertips. "In 1996 the company was very prosperous, and it looked like we would continue to be very prosperou...

    by Bob Burtman on April 1, 1999
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    News Hostage

    Oldies But Oldies It's always nice to come back from vacation and be greeted with two pieces of welcome news. The first piece of good news was that -- finally, finally -- brave and visionary men had succeeded in their noble quest to ... go a...

    by Richard Connelly on April 1, 1999
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    Pushed Around - For City Hall, one downtown cart vendor may be too many

    Mark Lynch means business. He gets out of bed at 3:15 every weekday morning, and soon the oven in his small Montrose apartment emits the entrepreneurial aromas of his baking muffins. Then Lynch turns to the assembly-line task of sandwich-making. ...

    by Kimberly Reeves on April 1, 1999
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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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    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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    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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    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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