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    On Borrowed Time - The clock is ticking on Houston Renaissance and its inability to do much of anything with the grants and loans it has been given

    When last we visited the mother of all neighborhood-to-standards projects back in February, the redevelopment plan for Fourth Ward/Freedmen's Town was little more than an excuse to evict a bunch of poor people from some prime real estate. The sl...

    by Brian Wallstin on September 10, 1998
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    The Insider

    MTA Going to Potts? Brown backers attempt to jump on the political HOV lane For the past two Houston mayors, driving the Metropolitan Transit Authority has proven a test of political agility and administrative foresight upon which their careers...

    by Tim Fleck on September 10, 1998
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    One Dick's Opinion of Another

    How many Houstonians are gullible enough to plunk down $20 for an analysis of Bill Clinton's morality from a man who advised his presidential client to lie on the basis of a poll and was caught sucking a prostitute's toes? Judging by the turnout last...

    by Tim Fleck on September 10, 1998
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    Letters

    Short-Sighted Brian Wallstin's article "Biological Disaster" [August 20] was one of the best I have read. It always amazes me that some people are so short-sighted that they will trade future advances that will benefit everyone to make a few doll...

    on September 10, 1998
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    Rogue Elephant - Log Cabin Republicans want to be part of the GOP, which wants no part of them

    Inside a dimly lit banquet room of a tony downtown Dallas hotel, about 250 Americans who consider themselves brave soldiers for civil rights sit around tables adorned with pots of plump pink and red roses. Almost all of them men, they enthusiasticall...

    by Stuart Eskenazi on September 3, 1998
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    Dumb Like a Fox

    When it comes to investigating ill-advised construction projects that could threaten public safety, perhaps the Channel 26/KRIV "City Under Siege" report should have a look close to home. Management of the Fox-owned station has been trying since las...

    by Tim Fleck on September 3, 1998
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    Heal Thyself - Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects

    Karen Augustine remembers being a nursing student in Pennsylvania, where she was raised, and hearing from her teachers that "one in seven nurses would become chemically impaired" in the course of their careers. She just didn't know at the time that s...

    by Brad Tyer on September 3, 1998
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    The Insider

    Licking Their Wounds Republicans still dominate Harris County, but an inside-the-party tiff may be a harbinger of harder times ahead The great Harris County GOP tax assessor-collector shootout of 1998 is now history, and triage reports on the p...

    by Tim Fleck on September 3, 1998
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    Letters

    Helping Paws? Obviously, Ms. Tesar had a bad day on July 16 ["Hound's Hell," by Russell Contreras, August 20]. I can't understand what she might have done to ruffle the cops as she apparently did on that night. After what happened, even if she wa...

    on September 3, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *A man whose name was not released checked in to a motel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on July 15 for two days and left behind twelve jars' worth of Vaseline smeared on the carpet, furniture, curtains, walls, bedspreads, sheets, and to...

    by Chuck Shepherd on September 3, 1998
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    Falling in Love - Barnett Garrison had a way with women. And women had their way with Barnett Garrison.

    Downtown, the couple picked up their marriage license, sufficiently impressing the clerk that he escorted them out and stopped traffic as they crossed San Jacinto. Barnett shuffled across with his walker, and Niecee, who at 73 was 15 years older...

    by Randall Patterson on August 27, 1998
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    Easy Money - Is a state rep taking Houston's poor for a ride on the law of the lend?

    When lawyers with the Texas Attorney General's Office looked for a test case of the questionable sale-leaseback industry in 1991, all they had to do was listen. A 35-year-old entrepreneur named Gary Elkins was using radio advertisements with the...

    by John Carroll on August 27, 1998
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    If We Had a Hammer

    Vice President Al Gore awarded the Veterans Administration a Silver Hammer award for government efficiency in constructing a Houston regional office facility three years ago, gushing, "Thanks for building a government that works better and costs less...

    by Tim Fleck on August 27, 1998
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    The Insider

    P.C. Follies Perhaps the lingering hangover from our ungodly hot and dry summer has set Houstonians on edge, because more than a few people around town are steaming and getting their dander up over some very unlikely causes. Here are example...

    by Tim Fleck on August 27, 1998
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    Scenes from the Bayou Sphere

    Premium passage Three friends. The latest employees at a business operating more than three decades. And the moment has come to move along in life, here in this energy dynasty of America. For nearly 40 years, the Exxon station at Pease and M...

    on August 27, 1998
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    Wetlands Maul? - The Sierra Club got paid off, but a developer's bizarre problems continue

    Drivers passing the intersection at Grand Parkway and Interstate 10 near Katy hurtle through without a second look. There's little to see here. The northern side of the freeway is a quiet piece of overgrown land fringed by new housing developments. ...

    by John Carroll on August 27, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *Six women filed a lawsuit in July in Birmingham, Alabama, in protest of the state's new ban on the sale of sex toys ("any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs"). According to an...

    by Chuck Shepherd on August 27, 1998
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    Letters

    No Nobel? Brian Wallstin should be recommended for a Pulitzer ["Biological Disaster," by Brian Wallstin, August 20]! David Schechter via Internet Doggone It! I am appalled, reading your article about poor Bruiser ["Hound's Hell," b...

    on August 27, 1998
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    Bad Science -- or No Science?

    Is Zonagen a legitimate biotech company, or is it simply a group of slick opportunists trying to make a buck off other people's innovations? Indeed, the only commodity Joe Podolski's crew in The Woodlands seems capable of producing is common sto...

    by Brian Wallstin on August 20, 1998
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    Biological Disaster - Zonagen Inc. took its name from Bonnie Dunbar's groundbreaking research into contraceptive vaccines. Then, when she wasn't looking, the company took her research.

    On the afternoon of October 7, 1987, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar nervously paced the sidewalk in front of 1301 McKinney. Upstairs, in the offices of Fulbright & Jaworski, attorneys were putting the final touches on her application for patent protection of...

    by Brian Wallstin on August 20, 1998
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