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    Letters

    It Could Happen Two problems will face Houston Renaissance as it marshals support for its Fourth Ward project ["The Great Land Grab," by Brian Wallstin, January 30]. One will be the acquisition of enough contiguous land so that the residents can ...

    on February 20, 1997
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    Saint Rudy

    Finding people who are happy to trash Les Alexander and John Thomas is like finding people willing to make fools of themselves on television: There's a nearly inexhaustible supply. But a bad word about Rudy Tomjanovich is as rare as criticism of the ...

    by Bob Burtman on February 13, 1997
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    Greed Head - There's a darkness at the edge of Clutch City, but one thing is clear: Les Alexander will get his. And maybe yours, too.

    After returning home for the Christmas holidays in 1995, Houston native Chris Burkhalter decided it was time to plan a move back to his hometown. Burkhalter had a good job as the sports information director at Northern Arizona University, but he'd be...

    by Bob Burtman on February 13, 1997
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    Unbelievable! Fabulous! World Class! Outstanding!

    Houston just can't shake its inferiority complex. Every few years, the phrase "world class" starts making regular appearances on the editorial pages, and the opera and the museums are thrust forth as proof that, really and truly, we're just as good a...

    on February 13, 1997
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    The Insider

    If He Had a Hammer History will record that Houston's 1997 mayoral destruction derby officially got under way shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, when Rob Mosbacher stood to address a collection of still-drowsy east-side business folk a...

    by Tim Fleck on February 13, 1997
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    Letters

    Wallet Unzipped Your January 23 story on John O'Quinn ["O'Quinn Unzipped," by Mary Flood] brought to mind a phone call I got from O'Quinn's secretary in 1989. I'd never met the man, but I certainly had heard of him. We met for lunch, where we tal...

    on February 13, 1997
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    King Con - Steven Russell can bluff his way out of anything -- even prison. so why can't he stay out of jail?

    Steven Russell returned to prison something of a celebrity. His escape -- his third, counting two from the Harris County Jail -- had made national news by dint of its audacity: This time, he had used a felt-tip pen to dye his prison uniform green, so...

    by Steve McVicker on February 6, 1997
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    The Insider

    A Bite on the Backside Now that Astros owner Drayton McLane has gotten Harris County to agree to pay him $19.5 million for his leasehold on the Astrodome, taxpayers might wonder why the lease is valued on the real property rolls of the Harris Cou...

    by Tim Fleck on February 6, 1997
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    Letters

    Moved Much as I enjoy reading your paper, I have never taken the time to write a letter. After reading Lisa Gray's story "Ashley Yount Can't Hear You" [January 16], however, I was literally moved to tears. Every parent can identify with the Yount...

    on February 6, 1997
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    Downtown-on-the-Wold

    So a bunch of rich guys stand up and say, "We're bestowing this wonderful gift on the city of Houston," and you, the attentive and mildly engaged citizen, are supposed to immediately praise their beneficence and reply, "Wow, thanks, that's great!" wh...

    by Jim Simmon on February 6, 1997
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    The Great Land Grab - A nonprofit "charity" is pursuing millions in taxpayers' money to redevelop the Fourth Ward. The question for Houston Renaissance is, charity for whom?

    Julio Laguarta stood in a busy hallway in the City Hall Annex, looking tense and uneasy. It was early October, but for the squat, burr-headed homebuilder, it was getting uncomfortably late in the game. For almost two years, Laguarta had been qui...

    by Brian Wallstin on January 30, 1997
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    The Lion in Manvel - Fred and Paula Tholen's "baby" has the whole town on edge

    There were deep rumbling sounds outside, as though from the depths of a cave. Do you want to see her? Paula Tholen asked. She opened her back door, and there in the center of a tall chainlink cage was a genuine African black-maned lioness. Lying...

    by Randall Patterson on January 30, 1997
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    The Insider

    In Like a Lion In case you'd forgotten about it, the FBI investigation of alleged corruption at City Hall is still out there, but the seeds won't start poking up at the federal building until at least mid-March. Indications are the government's s...

    by Tim Fleck on January 30, 1997
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    Killer Art - Elmer Wayne Henley has some pictures he wants you to see

    Inside every mass murderer, it seems, is a sensitive artist waiting to blossom. Charles Manson wove his voodoo dolls, and John Wayne Gacy, before he went to his reward, painted his clowns. Other lesser-known serial killers also have taken brush ...

    by Steve McVicker on January 30, 1997
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    Letters

    Depth Perception You are to be commended on pointing out that the content of MFA's exhibits are thought by some in the community to be lacking depth ["Deal of the Art," by Megan Halverson, January 9]. It is to be hoped that your very balanced rep...

    on January 30, 1997
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    What Did He Do To Deserve This? - Attorney John O'quinn says his big-business enemies are out to do him in. But the real source of his troubles may be closer to home.

    "My sense is that he's extremely frustrated right now. Things seem to be out of his control. It is hard to control what somebody writes about you." -- Lawyer Ed McAninch on former partner John O'Quinn Around 6:50 on the evening of November 19,...

    by Mary Flood on January 23, 1997
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    "O'Quinn Is a Miracle ..."

    Eddie Martinez Jr. was riding on a grass mower when a nearby co-worker's mower struck a pipeline carrying liquid natural gas, triggering an explosion that sent flames 20 feet into the air and burned Martinez over 90 percent of his body. Two hundred a...

    by Mary Flood on January 23, 1997
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    Sexually Disoriented - Politics -- not logic -- drove Council to enact the new jury-rigged SOB ordinance

    Like many of Houston's topless clubs, the Ritz Cabaret tries hard to offer its patrons a taste of glamour. In contrast to the fast-food restaurants that share its strip of the Gulf Freeway feeder road, the Ritz's entrance is groomed with finicky prec...

    by Shaila Dewan on January 23, 1997
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    The Insider

    Charter Now, Pay Later The University of Houston will unveil its new charter school for 20 kindergartners and first-graders this week, but until recently its administrators have had a distinct problem reading off the same page on the project. A l...

    by Tim Fleck on January 23, 1997
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    Letters

    Now He's Appalled... I am quick to admit that I am not a regular reader of the Houston Press, so I don't know what tone you normally use in commenting on readers' letters. But your recent comment to Annette Stark -- "Did they teach spelling at WO...

    on January 23, 1997
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