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    Stadia Watch

    As County Judge Robert Eckels scrambles to come up with a plan for a new baseball stadium to keep Drayton McLane happy and the Astros at home, Mayor Bob Lanier's labors to provide Les Alexander with a new arena have taken a back seat in the media. Bu...

    on August 1, 1996
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    Secrets of the Sphinx? - Big money, big lawyers, bizarre allegations: it's Sarofim v. Sarofim, the divorce from hell

    Happy families, as Tolstoy wrote, are all alike. Unhappy families are unhappy in their own particular ways -- and those particulars can make for a riveting divorce case. Especially when the family is very, very rich. If Sarofim v. Sarofim actual...

    by Lisa Gray on August 1, 1996
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    Among Friends - Buster Brown's financial disclosure includes an interesting omission -- and addition

    When corporate executives take politicians and public officials hunting, questions as strange as those in particle physics can arise. For example, how can the hunt be both a lobbying trip and not a lobbying trip? Can the lobbyist be a lobbyist if he'...

    by Michael Berryhill on August 1, 1996
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    The Insider

    Crazy, Man, Crazy Janie Reyes, the personnel director for county government, warned against the potential for on-the-job violence in a July 12 memo that itself might send members of one particular demographic cohort over the edge. Reyes, the wife...

    by Tim Fleck on August 1, 1996
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    Letters

    Eccentric? Sez Who? I have been a resident of Houston for two years and have read your paper regularly. I enjoy your investigative work and have followed the responses from readers accusing you of bias with bewildered amusement. Now, I find, I am...

    on August 1, 1996
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    Variety Club Follies - How the curtain came down -- for the time being -- at the "show biz" charity

    Elizabeth "Lele" Brown's daughter was born prematurely, and the young mother soon found herself shuttling in and out of hospitals and doctors' offices, immersed in a world of sick and suffering children. Her daughter was a "near-miss SIDS baby," as B...

    by Tim Fleck on July 25, 1996
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    Mom's the Word - Did Helen Huey's influence help her son get around the city's building code?

    Chiropractor Don Huey Jr. was having trouble with the property he owns at 7725 Westview. Huey wanted to convert the nondescript ranch house from a residence to his new office, and he needed city approval of his plan before he could proceed. But ...

    by Bob Burtman on July 25, 1996
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    The Insider

    Summer Interlude Make like The Insider, and don't postpone your summer vacation waiting for indictments from the federal grand jury weighing the evidence in the City Hall sting. Our intelligence indicates none will be forthcoming before late next...

    by Tim Fleck on July 25, 1996
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    Browniad

    Lee Brown invited the press to the Rice campus last week to hear him mulch over his nascent mayoral campaign. Of course, that wasn't the pretext for the gathering. Ostensibly, Brown had positioned himself before that soothing Georgia O'Keefe print in...

    by Jim Simmon on July 25, 1996
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    Letters

    Yes, That's It -- WASP Hatred! I too am the owner of a David Weekley home, but judging by the extreme bias reflected in Bob Burtman's article about Weekley homes ["Slab O' Trouble," June 27], I doubt you will print this letter. I mean after all, ...

    on July 25, 1996
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    Troubleshooter for the Millennium - Suddenly, as the year 2000 approaches, Phillip Arnold's study of first-century apocalyptic Christians is more than a scholarly pursuit

    At the end of time, the Book of Revelation says, the rivers and lakes will be bitter and poisoned, the stars and sun and moon will dim, monsters will roam the earth, plagues will wipe out huge populations and the living will wish they were dead. The ...

    by Michael Berryhill on July 18, 1996
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    Stadia Watch

    So what's with Drayton McLane? Is he serious about trying to work something out, or is he continually raising the hurdle as an excuse to unload the Astros? Let's see: Drayton doesn't think the public should be able to vote on a new baseball stadium, ...

    on July 18, 1996
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    Malice in Meyerland - The sale of the neighborhood pool pits some older residents against newer arrivals

    Summer evenings seem to be made for the Meyerland Club. As the shadows lengthen across its thick lawns on a hot afternoon, three mothers and their toddlers cool off on the entry steps of one of the club's two swimming pools. An adventurous nine-year-...

    by Michael Berryhill on July 18, 1996
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    The Insider

    Diversification Since the FBI investigation of alleged bribes to members of City Council went public in May, critics of the operation have accused the agency of targeting only Hispanic and black councilmembers and lobbyists. But now it appears th...

    by Tim Fleck on July 18, 1996
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    One's a Goner - Not even 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week can last forever

    The death toll is mounting: Simos Diner in Weslayan Plaza is long gone to North Shepherd, the Shipley's on West Gray at Dunlavy is but a fond memory, the venerable Albritton's on Waugh was shuttered last week and is slated to fall to the wrecking bal...

    by Jim Sherman on July 18, 1996
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    Letters

    A Word from Randall Davis To say that the article written by Lisa Bass ["Lofty Aspersions," June 27] was disconcerting would be a dramatic understatement. I was completely taken by surprise regarding the subject matter, short response time and pu...

    on July 18, 1996
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    Home Economics

    When Bob Lanier introduced an ambitious housing initiative called Homes for Houston last year, the mayor optimistically projected it would create 20,000 units of affordable housing, both apartments and single-family homes, by the year 2000. The ...

    by Brian Wallstin on July 11, 1996
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    Homeboy - Stephen Fairfield's restless spiritual journey brought him to the Fifth Ward, where he found true deliverance while helping to rebuild the neighborhoods

    "It is not merely a commendable thing for man to be kind and bountiful to the poor, but our bounden duty ...." -- "Duty of Charity to the Poor, Enforced and Explained," from The Works of Jonathan Edwards Stephen Fairfield's improbable destiny ...

    by Brian Wallstin on July 11, 1996
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    Counter Revolution - At the Empire Cafe, employees let them eat cake

    It wasn't the faux Tuscan paint or the arch paintings of seminude glamour girls that led David Brown to apply for a job at the Empire Cafe, a stylish coffee bar-cum-hangout on Westheimer's antique row. The ponytailed idealist says that when he starte...

    by Megan Halverson on July 11, 1996
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    The Insider

    Creative Campaign Finance 101 Normally, the campaign finance reports for city officials make for pretty dry reading, which is why the cabinet drawer that housed them in City Secretary Anna Russell's office once bore the sarcastic label "graft and...

    by Tim Fleck on July 11, 1996
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