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    The Insider

    Quotable O'Quinn U.S. District Judge David Hittner and plaintiff's attorney John O'Quinn had a history long before the Kennedy Heights toxic-tort lawsuit brought them together in August. Several years back, Hittner issued a contempt of court cita...

    by Tim Fleck on October 2, 1997
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    Letters

    Angry Magic Geeks: We're Cool and We Don't Stink! The good news: Your lead story about Magic: The Gathering ["Do You Believe in Magic?", by Alex Hecht, September 4] actually contained occasional outbursts of literacy and insight. The bad news is ...

    on October 2, 1997
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    Desi Dance - The music is called bhangra, and it's the sound of a whole new way of being Indian. Or Pakistani. Or Bangladeshi.

    There's a new dance in clubland. It begins with a solid wall of dholak beats emerging from a swirling mix of hip-hop and disco. Then out snakes a groove of tabla, and all the dancers let out a loud whoop and throw their arms high in the air, as if we...

    by Shaila Dewan on September 25, 1997
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    All Apologies

    Two years ago, this newspaper published an in-depth profile of Lloyd Kelley, who was running for city controller after one term on City Council. For the cover of that issue, we spliced a picture of Kelley's head onto the body of a bulldog, and in the...

    by Jim Simmon on September 25, 1997
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    The Outsider

    Weird Power Trip The world-class pyrotechnics have turned to ash, the world-class traffic jam has dispersed and the world-class mountain of garbage has been collected, but a burning question about Houston Industries' Power of Houston '97 celebrat...

    by Brian Wallstin on September 25, 1997
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    Letters

    Sad Precedent Regarding Bob Burtman's article on the subsidizing of the Professional Players Club by Harris County ["Sweet Deal," September 4]: Tax abatements to attract private enterprise -- phased out gradually in a specific term and to compete...

    on September 25, 1997
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    Jack's Big Payback - How an arrogant, overbearing landlord fought City Hall -- and won

    Jack Yetiv has always been the smartest person he knows. He was 11 years old when his father, an Israeli educator and former diplomat, brought the family to Wisconsin. Young Jack could speak only Hebrew, yet he immediately began waltzing intellec...

    on September 11, 1997
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    It's a bird, it's a plane ...

    The Greater Houston Partnership wanted to know how the five major mayoral candidates felt about the West Side Airport. We decided we did, too, so we asked each of them to tell us where they stood. Two took strong positions; the replies of the other t...

    by Michael Berryhill on September 11, 1997
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    The Airport That Wouldn't Die - Last fall, environmentalists thought they'd finally put a stake through the heart of the West Side Airport. But the mayoral race seems to have given it a new lease on life.

    Last September, environmental attorney Jim Blackburn thought he was approaching the end of one of the most contentious battles he had ever fought with Houston developers and city planners. The note of optimism had been struck during a meeting with Ma...

    by Michael Berryhill on September 11, 1997
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    The Insider

    All Dried Up, Again The Reverend James Dixon's career as operator of a city food concession was almost as brief -- and apparently just as successful -- as his bid to win elected office earlier this year. Dixon is a politically influential mi...

    by Tim Fleck on September 11, 1997
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    Letters

    The Rice School: Dialogue, Diagnosis and Diatribe Tim Fleck's article on the Rice School ["What Went Wrong at the Rice School?", August 21] was an accurate depiction of HISD's inept handling of what should have been its crown jewel. However, the ...

    on September 11, 1997
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    Sweet Deal - Why did county commissioners agree to subsidize a swanky golf resort that will benefit a wealthy Harris County developer?

    August 5 was just another day at Harris County Commissioners Court. After awarding millions of dollars in contracts and quickly dispatching other routine business without a second look, the commissioners moved on to the part of each week's agenda dev...

    by Bob Burtman on September 4, 1997
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    The Profits of Magic

    When Tim Weissman first encountered Magic: The Gathering at a gaming convention in 1993, he had no idea that the game would one day become his livelihood. "I saw all these people with stacks and stacks of decks," he remembers. "I said, 'Gosh, I don't...

    by Alex Hecht on September 4, 1997
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    Do You Believe in Magic? - Hundreds of Houstonians do. For them, Magic: The Gathering isn't just a card game, it's a way of life. And at times, it can be a lucrative one.

    In the crowded back room of Empire Comics on Shepherd, a fierce battle is being waged for Dominia, a fantasy land in which strategy and magic rule, and hipness is the exception. Seated across from each other at long tables are today's socially disaff...

    by Alex Hecht on September 4, 1997
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    The Insider

    "Look, Daddy, Here's a Present" Ben Reyes gestured to an assistant standing beside an erasable display board that had been set up in the small Galleria-area office of a man Reyes knew as Carlos Montero. A paid FBI informant playing the role of a...

    by Tim Fleck on September 4, 1997
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    Letters

    Come On, Get Nekkid Jump back! The Houston Press offers a critical view of an alternative lifestyle! Randall Patterson's assessment of the American Association of Nude Recreation at Live Oak Resort ["Skin Deep," August 21] was at least partly acc...

    on September 4, 1997
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    Attack of the Puppet People - Bobbindoctrin makes one thing perfectly clear -- puppets aren't just for kids anymore.

    The lights go on behind a flimsy plywood flat that's been plunked down in the middle of Mary Jane's. A rectangle has been cut in the flat, and inside it, a sort of a grown-up doll with tiny stitched blue jeans, a blue halter top and red yarn pigtails...

    by Shaila Dewan on August 28, 1997
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    Snitch Vs. Snitch - In the drug world, you can't trust anybody - especially a federal informant

    Jorge Arroyo's head appeared to be on a swivel. From his vantage point in the burgundy leatherette booth, he constantly monitored the other patrons of Houston's: Was anyone in the Kirby Drive restaurant watching him? He'd spent much of the past two d...

    by Steve McVicker on August 28, 1997
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    The Insider

    The All-Too-Human Family ... We've won!" exulted John O'Quinn associate Carl Shaw, the warm-up act for the 400 or so residents of Kennedy Heights and sympathizers who gathered at TSU's Hannah Hall on the evening of August 21. "We've got our ...

    by Tim Fleck on August 28, 1997
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    Letters

    He Should Have Known It bothers me that activists hold up Rodney Hulin's story ["What Really Happened to Rodney Hulin?" by Michael Berryhill, August 7] as an example of what's wrong with sending juvenile offenders into adult prisons. I'm glad yo...

    on August 28, 1997
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