Sylvester Turner

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    May 1, 2014

    Texas Is Losing Out on Millions of Dollars Thanks to Its Defective Property-Tax System

    Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.

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    May 6, 2013

    Will the State Water Plan Funding Get Out of the House? Maybe

    Last week, pretty much everybody and their grandmother thought the state water plan was deader than an Elvis Presley-era jumpsuit. Hopes were high when the 83rd legislative session opened in January. Many people who pay attention to this stuff (i.e. people like us who think water rights are intere ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Shakedown: The HCAD Appraisal Game

    HCAD fights owners of moderate housing for every single assessment penny. So why is it routinely handing out tax breaks worth several millions to big corporations?

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    February 17, 2012

    Cover Story: Michael Berry, Former City Hall Boy Wonder

    Nine years ago, embattled right-wing radio host Michael Berry was a 32-year-old mayoral candidate. Tim Fleck wrote a feature on the fresh-faced city councilman and quixotic candidate (polling below 10 percent, Berry pulled out of the race less than a month after the story hit the street) and his Ind ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch

    The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?

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    October 22, 2009

    Houston's Choice for Mayor

    Black Guy, Rich White Guy, Lesbian or Hispanic Republican

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    June 25, 2009

    Confined Youth

    Reader weigh in on youths in state homes and behind bars.

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    May 28, 2009

    For Their Own Good

    Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.

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    November 3, 2008

    Together In Life And Death

    Over the weekend, two local legends died -- private investigator Clyde Wilson and attorney Tom Alexander. The Houston Chronicle duly made note of the deaths, of course, but didn't mention the two were closely related professionally. And they worked together on two very high-profile Houston cases. ... More >>

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    June 9, 2005

    On Their Backs

    Sugar Land spreads its legs

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    November 13, 2003

    Send in the Election Clowns

    Don't worry, they're here

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    November 6, 2003

    Election Ennui

    Why the mayor's race hasn't caught fire

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    October 30, 2003

    Behind the Happy Face

    Labor pains flare in a worker's fight with Wal-Mart

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    October 30, 2003

    Is This Guy Too Smart to Be Mayor?

    Bill White hopes brains and big bucks will get him elected

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    October 2, 2003

    Bad Blood on the Tracks

    Metro's consulting becomes insulting for some Hispanic leaders

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Democrat

    District 137 state Representative Scott Hochberg

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    June 12, 2003

    Bill's Bargain Tax Bill

    The county says a candidate's home value is no White lie

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    March 13, 2003

    We Know You Like to Watch!

    An Internet fishing expedition titillates City Hall

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    December 5, 2002

    Do the City Hall Shuffle!

    Term limits and raw ambition send local politicos on holiday shopping sprees

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    October 24, 2002

    All About the Kids

    Things are going to get ugly on the Kid-Care front

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    August 22, 2002


    Dr. Shelley's new operating room reveals the worst and best of a City Council under term limits

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Cock-a-Doodle Deux

    A rejuvenated Red Rooster crows again on Old Spanish Trail

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    July 11, 2002

    Mayoral Minority Report

    Who can avert the 2003 runoff from hell?

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    September 6, 2001

    More District D Footprints

    Airing out Darryl Carter's dirty laundry, with the help of Womack's campaign

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    February 1, 2001

    Overblown and Underrated

    So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.

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    February 24, 2000

    Awakening Giant

    Immigrant Hispanic workers at Quietflex spoke out. Now their struggle may reshape organized labor in Houston.

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    August 13, 1998

    Trivial Pursuit

    Should taxpayer dollars help prosecute a reporter with a big mouth and inoperable cancer?

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    May 14, 1998
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    April 30, 1998
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    December 4, 1997
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    November 13, 1997
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    September 11, 1997
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    June 19, 1997

    Trawling in Deep Water

    Peary Perry's lawsuit against the city may indeed have implications for the November mayoral election -- but perhaps not the ones Perry and his lawyer have in mind

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    June 5, 1997
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    May 15, 1997
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    May 8, 1997
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    April 24, 1997
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    February 20, 1997

    What's Driving Miss Shelia?

    With her frenetic grandstanding, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has irritated her staff, her colleagues, and even the president. she says she speaks for her constituents. But will anyone listen?

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    January 30, 1997
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    December 26, 1996
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    October 24, 1996

    The Usual Suspect(s)

    If Lanier aide Dave Walden isn't running the Prop One campaign, who is?

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    July 20, 1995

    Deep in the Ticket Tangle

    A new audit suggests Municipal Collections is better at making money than doing its job

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    July 13, 1995
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    March 30, 1995

    Spare the Mayor, Kill the Story

    How one disgruntled reader got satisfaction from the Chronicle

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    March 23, 1995

    Funny Business II

    It seems the city's contract with Municipal Collections is a family affair

  • News

    December 22, 1994

    BOSS Hall

    As Ben Hall prepares to leave City Hall, questions are again being raised about his involvement in the doling out of city business. But Hall says the law allows him to do pretty much as he pleases.

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    December 1, 1994
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    November 3, 1994

    Funny Business

    Municipal Collections has a lucrative city contract and some interesting partners. But good luck tracking it down

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    September 1, 1994

    Crisis on Cullen Boulevard

    Funding is down. Faculty is fleeing. And 50 professors are in semi-open revolt. Is the University of Houston on an irrovocable slide toward mediocrity?

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    June 23, 1994

    Rockets Mania

    As the Rockets fought for the title, Houstonians fought -- and failed -- to keep their sanity

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