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Bill Smith

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Five Christmas Songs That Will Totally Bum You Out

    Note: This article originally appeared in December 2010. Rocks Off brought it back for all you grinches out there. Happy Festivus! 5. Steve Earle & Emmylou Harris, "Christmas In Washington" Steve Earle recounts how he felt while we were gearing up to (sort of, almost, kind of, not really) elect Geo ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Five More Severely Depressing Christmas Songs

    ​Last year, we rounded up quite a collection of depressing Christmas songs to darken your mood just in time for the holidays, but - as many people were quick to point out - we left a few off the list. Well, we're nothing if not thorough, and this year we've found five more monsters of morosen ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2003

    Parks War: Turks Versus Christians

    A rebellion spreads within a city department

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    August 29, 2002

    Olympic Moments

    A marathon through the downtown tunnel, a rowing venue in a flooded Katy Freeway, the javelina throw -- how splendid, how Houston!

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Bureaucrat

    City Parks Director Oliver Spellman

  • News

    July 2, 1998

    The Great Non-Communicator

    Houston's new mayor is working as hard as, or harder than, his predecessors. Now if only he could find a way to tell people about it.

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    May 14, 1998
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    March 19, 1998

    Waiting for Get Done

    The renovation of Miller Outdoor Theatre continues to crawl along

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    March 5, 1998
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    January 8, 1998
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    October 2, 1997

    Golfin' Fools

    Another dubious deal for private operators raises the question: Who's serving the public here?

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    September 11, 1997
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    July 3, 1997
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    June 19, 1997
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    October 10, 1996
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    September 12, 1996

    Field Day

    Under Bob Lanier and director Bill Smith, the city's Parks Department has been on a budget-busting blowout. But who's counting, right?

  • News

    March 7, 1996

    Net Compensation

    The city's sparing no expense for its youth soccer director

  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Political Futbol

    For the city, both money and employees are expendable when it comes to youth soccer

  • News

    February 1, 1996

    In the Rough

    The golf course giveaway is falling apart, but some city workers are paying the price

  • News

    January 11, 1996
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    January 11, 1996

    Fore!

    Privatization of Houston's municipal golf courses has been a bad deal for everybody but the operators. But golfers and taxpayers had best look out: the city's on the verge of giving away two more of it courses.

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