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    Buzz

    Ratings madness Earlier this month, KXAS-Channel 5 did a hilarious, dead-on send-up of television's penchant for hysterical coverage of dubious trend stories--particularly when it involves the use of hidden cameras and disguises--to pump up ratin...

    by Glen Warchol on November 16, 1995
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    Observer wins two Katies

    Staff writers Miller, Rozen take awards for investigative, business-news stories The Dallas Observer has won two Texas Katie Awards for outstanding journalistic achievement in the Dallas Press Club's annual statewide contest. Announced at a...

    on November 16, 1995
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    Nasty and negative - Colin Powell's decision reveals distasteful state of American politics

    It's a shame that Colin Powell decided not to run; I think he would have contributed a much-needed lowering of the rhetorical temperature on the Republican side. I accept Powell's word that his decision came from looking into his own soul and fi...

    by Molly Ivins on November 16, 1995
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    'They wanted to destroy me' - The truth about a troubled teacher--and why DISD deserves the blame

    Holly Keiser was sitting on the living-room sofa, watching the evening news, when the story broke: a Dallas public-school teacher had been suspended from her job, supposedly for telling her black fifth-graders to "Go back to Africa." At first bl...

    by Laura Miller on November 16, 1995
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    BeloWatch

    The News' Paul Quinn problem In columns past, BeloWatch has sounded alarms about how the Belo Corporation--which has a strict conflict-of-interest policy for lowly reporters and editors--allows its top brass to ignore those same rules. Belo ...

    on November 16, 1995
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    Letters

    Williams: Laura Miller maligns Laura Miller's latest emotional tirade ["Kress and the merry morons," November 9] is not only an extremely poor example of fair, objective journalism, it could be considered libelous. In every other of Miller's...

    on November 16, 1995
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    Deadly serious - Bounty-club founder rests on fame and fortune while waiting for someone to pull the trigger

    Darrell Frank appears at the door of his apartment wearing a black baseball cap with a Dead Serious logo--a guitar and bleached cow's skull. His long, frizzy ponytail is pulled through the back. He ushers his guest past the living room's big-screen T...

    by Holly Mullen on November 9, 1995
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    Buzz

    Just call him Al With three distinctly different mug shots topping his column in just a week, it looked as if an identity crisis had befallen gushing Dallas Morning News gossip writer Alan Peppard. (To stay on Al's good side, pronounce his name l...

    on November 9, 1995
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    Letters

    A poetic public place The story on the Prince of Peace Catholic Community's experience in building their church and school ["From Bauhaus to God's house," October 26] is a very telling piece, for the following reasons: in one simple parable, the ...

    on November 9, 1995
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    So close, yet so far away - Americans don't understand why Quebec wants to secede

    Holy cow! What a vote that was in Canada. Speaking as one who is terribly fond of our neighbors, both north and south, I must confess that for me Canada has the additional charm of being the perfect polar opposite of Texas. In addition to af...

    by Molly Ivins on November 9, 1995
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    Kress and the merry morons - Dallas' political rabble takes after minority students' best friend

    All the racial stuff happened while I was on maternity leave. And I don't know what disturbed me more--the acquittal of O.J. Simpson or the trashing of Sandy Kress. I was squeezing a tomato in a Tom Thumb when the O.J. verdict came in. I'd run ...

    by Laura Miller on November 9, 1995
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    BeloWatch

    News gives brief play to ex-staffer's kiddie-porn case In a 20-minute court appearance, with a soft voice, former Morning News assistant sports editor George Woods last Thursday formally entered his guilty plea to the felony charge of possessing ...

    on November 9, 1995
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    Razing Hopes (Part II) - Thousands of people in Dallas need a cheap place to live. So why is the city destroying homes that could be saved?

    On July 20, 1994, former Dallas resident Roosevelt Lampkin learned the city had bulldozed his rental house at 2330 Britton Street in Oak Cliff. The news came as quite a shock to Lampkin, who had retired in Milton, Florida. He had been in constan...

    by Denise Mcvea on November 2, 1995
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    Demolition Man - How lone crusader Joe Burkleo keeps the city's wrecking ball swinging

    Virtually every day, a guy named Joe Bob Burkleo climbs onto a DART bus, rides into neighborhoods he doesn't live in, and pokes around in vacant houses and shabby properties that belong to people he doesn't know. After cruising Dallas' residenti...

    by Denise Mcvea on November 2, 1995
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    Razing Hopes (Part I) - Thousands of people in Dallas need a cheap place to live. So why is the city destroying homes that could be saved?

    The church ladies fell in love with the old church house the minute they laid eyes on it. The Lord had blessed them yet again, this time with a home on South Dallas' Dryden Avenue for their fledgling ministry, which they intended to call Church ...

    by Denise Mcvea on November 2, 1995
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    Buzz

    Politics, doggy style It appears City Hall's Doggygate is alive and kicking. You'll remember gadfly Frank Bodzin blasted the city for harassing a widower while trying to collect on a $7 bounced check from the man's dead wife, who had written the ...

    by Glen Warchol on November 2, 1995
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    Children's crusade - Legal wrangling stalls a Muslim couple's battle for their children

    Sahar Ayad cried when she first learned about the plight of Sam and Kathy Krasniqi, the Albanian Muslim couple from North Dallas who lost their children to the state amid child-abuse charges ("Tell Mama Why You Cry," Observer, Nov. 17, 1994). Sam was...

    by Ann Zimmerman on November 2, 1995
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    BeloWatch

    Fired editor agrees to guilty plea in kiddie-porn case; News remains mum George Rodney Woods, a Dallas Morning News sports editor who became the center of an interstate kiddie-porn sting, has agreed to plead guilty to possession of child pornogra...

    on November 2, 1995
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    Letters

    Retching on Redbeard I feel dirty. I can't seem to wash the filth off of my ashamed flesh. After reading some of the picks in your Best of Dallas issue [September 28], I was overcome with the urge to shower and forget what I had just seen. In par...

    on November 2, 1995
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    Media merger madness - Cap Cities/ABC decision to fire radio host Hightower was a big mistake

    One of my problems with Big Bidness is that those folks don't have the sense God gave gravel. What a bunch of cashews. Here we are, going through this massive, enormous, Gingrich-powered transfer of wealth from the Have-Nots to the Haves, and wh...

    by Molly Ivins on November 2, 1995
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