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    Balancing the Bench - Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?

    Texas Governor George Bush now has a chance to address the huge racial imbalance in the Harris County judiciary. Whether he does or not depends on a tangled set of judicial appointment considerations, including candidate resumes, party loyalty and fe...

    by Tim Fleck on December 10, 1998
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    The Thoughts of Chairman Brown

    Mayor Lee P. Brown must be getting tired of hearing that his administration can't communicate, because at a recent senior staff confab he unveiled a new weapon in the war for little minds. Brown's aides handed the assembled bureaucrats laminated pock...

    by Tim Fleck on December 10, 1998
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    Letters

    Courtside Manners I applaud you for your investigative enthusiasm ["Risky Business," by Brad Tyer, November 26]. You seem to have related a fair and objective story. It appears that the Norrises have been (and I hope still are) working well withi...

    on December 10, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *Calgary, Alberta, construction worker Michael Pearse, age 22, an admitted hothead, pleaded guilty to making threats in 1996 while trying to find a friend's ex-girlfriend, but at his sentencing hearing in November 1998 he claimed to ...

    by Chuck Shepherd on December 10, 1998
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    Secrets of the Sonora Aero Club - A tale of UFOs, art collectors and the shadows of history

    In 1899, Charles Dellschau, a grouchy retired butcher, began to paint amazing airships. His intricate collages show shiplike decks supported by striped balloon pontoons; they show bright-colored helicopters and evil-looking striped dirigibles outfitt...

    by Cynthia Greenwood on December 10, 1998
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    D.on't - P.olice S.emis?

    Pasadena Police Sergeant Loni Robinson shuffles through a stack of hair-raising photos -- a truck with a c-clamp covering an air leak, another with frame cracked to the point of collapse -- and pulls out a picture of a wheel coated with oil from a le...

    by Bob Burtman on December 3, 1998
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    Semi-Safe - Pasadena police wanted bad trucks off the road. Then big-rig politics wrecked their plans.

    Driving home from work on Pasadena Boulevard, Judy Wren had no reason to be especially cautious as she approached the intersection with the Texas 225 frontage road, already bathed in the shadows of twilight. She had the green light. That didn...

    by Bob Burtman on December 3, 1998
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    Daddy's Money - In probate court, the sons of oilman J. Howard Marshall II air a high-stakes family feud a fight about loyalty, betrayal and whether their dad played favorites

    By most appearances, when 90-year-old oil magnate Howard Marshall II passed away three years ago, he died a happy man. Marshall, a Houstonian whose net worth was estimated between $500 million and $1 billion, could afford to say and do what he d...

    by Steve McVicker on December 3, 1998
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    No'l Hell - It wasn't Santa who surprised the McCarleys on Christmas morning

    The McCarley family gathered last year for an uncertain Christmas Eve. Betty McCarley said the group still grieved over the death of her mother, who had presided over the annual holiday reunions. She had been a nearly permanent part of their dail...

    by Russell Contreras on December 3, 1998
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    Grinding It Out

    By her count, Belinda Crimmins called 34 different federal, state and city agencies in her attempt to find someone who could stop what she considered a dangerous lead-paint grinding project at the house next door to her Harvard Street home in the Hei...

    by Brad Tyer on December 3, 1998
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    Shaping the Council to Come - Time to pull out those election wish lists

    While one holiday cycle is gathering momentum, the city's currently officeless politicos are already thinking about the choice electoral presents they might be unwrapping a year hence. With five term-limited Houston City Councilmembers having to vaca...

    by Tim Fleck on December 3, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *Recently dismissed San Jose, California, police officer Johnny Venson Jr., age 48, in jail facing 14 counts of on-duty burglary, was awarded a $27,000 annual pension in November by the city's retirement board. The board agreed with ...

    by Chuck Shepherd on December 3, 1998
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    Letters

    Don't Resurrect "Jesus" I must complement your paper on this new web page design -- it is so ... conservative. Thank goodness you got rid of the "Gilstrap -- Jesus of the Week" articles which headlined your old web page. That column was one of th...

    on December 3, 1998
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    Altered Statements

    Annual financial disclosure statements required of city of Houston elected officials and some employees are hardly the most revealing public documents for sleuths trying to follow the money trail in city government. Other than standard personal infor...

    by Tim Fleck on December 3, 1998
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    Need or Greed - A Bible-quoting con man finds easy pickings among those looking for a miracle or a windfall

    It's not clear when the uncertainty began to gnaw at Wayne Melson, but he knew when the federal government showed up that any assurances were null and void. Melson was in London that first week of August 1997, when a van-load of feds from the U....

    by Brian Wallstin on November 26, 1998
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    Risky Business - Two street-corner businessmen have an up-close and personal encounter with Afis Olajuwon

    Father and son Bob and Clint Norris are not big businessmen. For the past two and a half years, they've arrived around nine in the morning, six days a week, at the corner of San Felipe and Bancroft, set up their small tent in a street easement, hung ...

    by Brad Tyer on November 26, 1998
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    New Boss

    New Times Inc. is pleased to announce that Stuart Folb has been named the new publisher of the Houston Press, effective December 7. Folb, who has been advertising director for the Press since July 1997, replaces Publisher Terry Coe, who has serv...

    on November 26, 1998
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *According to an October Wall Street Journal profile, Randall C. Hutchens is one jailbird making a comfortable living behind bars as he serves out a two-year sentence for tax evasion. He files $5,000 stockholder-fraud lawsuits in Cal...

    by Chuck Shepherd on November 26, 1998
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    Letters

    Third World Ways I read the article "Under Siege" by Shaila Dewan [November 12] with horror and outrage over the insanity of what passes for politics in the city of South Houston! Mayor Romero should be applauded and commended for all he's done a...

    on November 26, 1998
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    Roll of a Lifetime

    In the headquarters of culture, New York, New York, the idea was born. A television producer on the make was flipping through the New York Times when, turning the page, he encountered the obituary of a Roller Derby Queen. Like a can of V-8 to th...

    by Randall Patterson on November 26, 1998
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