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    It Was Like This

    The Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation threw its second annual First Amendment Awards banquet the other night at the Houstonian. It was one of those self-congratulatory affairs that always makes me a little uneasy -- you know, a lot of plaintiff's lawy...

    by Jim Simmon on December 5, 1996
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    Letters

    Missing Jow In your November 21 edition, you very kindly informed us about your three "new film guys." However, I did not see anything about what happened to your "previous film guy," Joe Leydon. Will you still be running his most excellent revie...

    on December 5, 1996
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    The Insider

    Stockman's Stapp Infection When it comes to providing constituent services for campaign contributors under fire from federal agencies on pollution and sexual harassment allegations, Congressman Steve Stockman is a real blue-collar kind of guy. ...

    by Tim Fleck on November 28, 1996
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    ,,, And Don't Talk to Barkley - Pinched for fat. Put in their place. The Rockets Power Dancers don't care, just as long as they're given a chance to make their moves.

    Fame exacts a price, and in show business, that price is often a fleshy one. Heidi Jones, a rookie dancer for the Houston Rockets Power Dancers, was discovering just that a month ago under the fluorescent lights of the Westside Tennis Center's gy...

    by Megan Halverson on November 28, 1996
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    Letters

    Coercive Calvina The accusatory demeanor and coercive tactics of Calvina Fay, executive director of Houston's Drug-Free Business Initiative, are reminiscent of Joseph McCarthy ["Just Say No (to Open Debate)," by Bob Burtman, November 7]. Ironical...

    on November 28, 1996
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    Six Degrees of Dolcefino - In Wayne, all things converge

    For years, we misinterpreted Wayne Dolcefino.mmmmm We watched with amusement as the overamped reporter practically vibrated while revealing the scandal du jour (HISD cafeteria employees steal milk!). We laughed about his reputation as a lady's man....

    by Lisa Gray on November 28, 1996
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    Midtown Jamboree - Why let a few conflicts of interest get in the way of a grand redevelopment scheme?

    Next month, the cash-strapped Houston Independent School District -- which lately can't seem to generate much sympathy for its own plight -- is expected to give a huge financial boost to the single largest redevelopment project in city history. ...

    by Brian Wallstin on November 28, 1996
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    Dog's Best Friend? - The inside story from dogfighter Bobby Hall

    Bobby Hall -- one of the most famous dogfighters in America -- literally wrote the book on his profession. In BullySon and His Sons, printed in 1986 by Walsworth Press, Hall chronicled his at the time 26 years as a dogfighter and trainer in Houston. ...

    by Steve McVicker on November 21, 1996
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    The Insider

    He's Out of Here Achieving faculty diversity at the University of Houston has been the subject of much rhetoric by its administration in the last few years, but the school apparently won't put its money behind its mouthings. Christian Davenport, ...

    by Tim Fleck on November 21, 1996
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    Burned Out - Houston artist Bert Long returned home from Spain, only to find he had no home

    From the driveway, Bert and Connie Long stared, shocked, at their house -- or at what had once been their house. Where the middle-aged couple expected to see their upstairs bedroom, there was now a big burned-out hole. The bungalow's first floor...

    by Lisa Gray on November 21, 1996
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    Letters

    Taste of Turpentine I found your rather scathing and venomous attack on state Representative Sylvester Turner ["Man Overboard," by Jim Simmon, October 24] to be characteristically similar to Wayne Dolcefino's $5.5 million-dollar story -- grossly ...

    on November 21, 1996
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    West Webster Street is a rutted excuse of a street that skirts the southern edge of the Fourth Ward, veering west off of Webster Street for about seven blocks before dead-ending into Taft. It's a very old street by Houston standards -- old enough to ...

    by Jim Simmon on November 21, 1996
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    Blood Sport - In the dogfight business, pit bulls get killed all the time. Sometimes, so do people.

    The Vasquez cousins were dead; the dogs were alive. Neither made a sound as two HPD detectives investigated the murder scene. In fact, it would be hours before Sergeant Butch Doyle and officer J.C. Bonaby noticed the 78 dogs in the back yard -- and e...

    by Steve McVicker on November 21, 1996
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    In the Blessed Name of Elvis - An upcoming federal trial may decide the true meaning of "cheesy"

    In essence, the solution to Barry Capece's legal troubles boils down to four letters and a tacky piece of side-of-the-road art. If he wanted to, the owner of the Velvet Elvis nightclub on Richmond Avenue could end his two-year squabble against the al...

    by Hobart Rowland on November 14, 1996
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    The Insider

    Custer at the River Texas Democratic Chairman Bill White is nothing if not optimistic. Shortly before voters returned most GOP incumbents to office and gave a resounding victory to Bob Dole in the state and Harris County, the former Energy Depart...

    by Tim Fleck on November 14, 1996
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    Good Work If You Can Get It - A New Orleans law firm paid $250,000 to a Houston topless dancer. Now it wants the money back.

    Michelle Quin is not a cheap date. Over three years, Chris Kumpf, an official of a New Orleans law firm, paid the attractive topless dancer almost $250,000 to keep him company any time he came to Houston. "I made myself available to him," explain...

    by Steve McVicker on November 14, 1996
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    Letters

    Support Your Local Production Why is it that no one in the media is willing to support local productions? Randall Patterson's article on Entry Level Male ["Dr. Schlock's Adventures in the Cineplex of Doom," October 10] did well to explain the dif...

    on November 14, 1996
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    Gayland's Choice - Gayland Randle was there the night Paul Broussard was murdered, but he never laid a hand on the victim. So why is Randle doing 15 years in prison?

    The evening of January 12, 1994, was not the first time Nancy Rodriguez and Gayland Randle faced each other in the courtroom of state District Judge Brian Rains, and it wouldn't be the last. The occasion was certainly the most unusual, however, ...

    by Brian Wallstin on November 14, 1996
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    Champions!

    Yeah, I voted for Proposition One -- closed my eyes, held my nose, crossed my fingers and then baaaaaa-ed like the pathetic sheep I am. I guess when it came right down to it, I didn't want the Astros to go, and I'm not that much of a baseball fan. ...

    by Jim Simmon on November 14, 1996
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    The Insider

    Encore, Mayor Bob, Encore! Fresh from his boffo performance on Court TV as folksy Uncle Bob in the Sylvester Turner-Wayne Dolcefino trial, Bob Lanier is now preparing for another starring performance, this one before the federal grand jury weighi...

    by Tim Fleck on November 7, 1996
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