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    Behind closed doors - What the council says in secret.

    On November 16, 1994, the Dallas city council convened behind closed doors, citing in its formal agenda two exceptions to the Texas Open Meetings Act--"discussion of Reunion Arena leases" and "attorney briefings"--as justification for doing so. ...

    by Laura Miller on July 13, 1995
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    Buzz

    Ask what Miss Texas can do for you It's nice to know somebody is addressing society's more pressing problems. Miss America President Leonard Horn has given the Miss Texas organization a deadline to correct a long-time Texas beauty pageant traditi...

    on July 13, 1995
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    A touch of class - Safe-sex activist promotes "designer" condom vending machines

    The words "Be prepared" may soon greet patrons when they enter the restrooms of local bars and restaurants. The slogan, printed on designer condom dispensers, isn't just aimed at former Boy Scouts, but at anyone who is sexually active. The brigh...

    by Johnathon Briggs on July 13, 1995
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    Letters

    A better brew Six Flags Over Beer indeed ["Theme parks for beer," June 29]. Instead of the adventure- land approach of brewing, why don't these micros concentrate on making better beer? A good bock, or a true lager, for example. Also, the beer ne...

    on July 13, 1995
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    BeloWatch

    News opens up checkbook to prove McVeigh's guilty "His few friends and many casual acquaintances say he doesn't drink, smoke or take drugs. He doesn't curse or chase women. He is frugal and keeps his room neat and orderly. He prefers listening to...

    on July 13, 1995
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    Snakes in the grass - We're about to get bit again by deregulation

    Wouldn't you think that by now we would all react to the word "deregulation" the same way we do when we hear the buzz of a rattlesnake? Freeze, spot it, then run like hell. 'Cause we sure have been snake-bit by deregulation in this country. ...

    by Molly Ivins on July 13, 1995
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    Neander-Guy - Ray Audette hunts with a hawk and eats like a caveman. He says his meaty diet stopped his hair from falling out, cured his diabetes--and will make you healthy too

    Ray Audette amuses his Far North Dallas neighbors. They laugh when they see Audette, a diet book author, tramp across the manicured lawns lugging fresh roadkill, usually squirrels. They know their neighbor is toting the furry accident victims back to...

    by Rebecca Sherman on July 6, 1995
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    Buzz

    We bought it for the prose For the past year, Buzz has chronicled the obsessive publicity-seeking of former Dallas Morning News plagiarist and world-class depressive Elizabeth Wurtzel as she desperately clung to the 15 minutes of fame that her fe...

    on July 6, 1995
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    Happy landings - UTA's deposed Ryan Amacher pulls his golden ripcord

    Ryan Amacher, the former University of Texas at Arlington president who, with help from an interior designer imported from Arizona, spent more than $157,000 last year to remodel a presidential suite for himself, has fallen a long way. In March, ...

    by Rebecca Sherman on July 6, 1995
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    Mo better - Remembering Mo Udall, a truly decent man

    Damn, life's a funny ol' female-dog, idn't she? Here I am, back in Tucson, one of my favorite places in the U.S. of A., and also the place of one of my most bitter professional regrets. I did a man wrong here one time. I didn't mean to, ...

    by Molly Ivins on July 6, 1995
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    Letters

    Dancin' machine Thank you for your precious article about "Why Dallas can't dance" [June 22]. As a former dancer and extra for Dallas Ballet and Dallas Opera, I agree that Ballet Dallas is a victim of its own mediocrity. It takes a courageou...

    on July 6, 1995
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    BeloWatch

    Spilled ink: New book offers insights into life at Dallas' Only Daily Can't get enough of the Dallas Morning News from BeloWatch? Well, now there's an entire book about the operations of Dallas' Only Daily. It's called Fresh Ink--Behind t...

    on July 6, 1995
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    Why Dallas Can't Dance - Ballet Dallas may finally succumb to years of self-inflicted mediocrity

    Canned classical music falls lifelessly amid the rows of empty red velvet seats of the Majestic Theatre. And as the curtain opens to reveal a stage set that looks like it was borrowed from a high school drama department, the applause is weak. As weak...

    by Ellise Pierce on June 22, 1995
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    Breathing life into the party - State Democrats rebuild from the grassroots up

    You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that the Democratic Party--particularly in Texas--has big problems. From lowly constable positions to the highest elected office in the state, Democratic candidates took a drubbing in the last gen...

    by Ann Zimmerman on June 22, 1995
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    Buzz

    It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing A Dallas-Fort Worth artists group found themselves in a Mexican standoff with censors at an Abilene art museum. Both sides lost. The director of Abilene's Grace Museum and Cultural Center, Ter...

    on June 22, 1995
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    Countering the 'Get Clinton' movement - Some day, someone's bound to notice that Clinton made government work better

    My, my, my. I know the fashion is for political folks to bash Hollywood these days, but if you'll permit, I'd prefer to bash Washington for a bit. Sometimes this place strikes me as politically toxic. It's practically radioactive, just pulsing o...

    by Molly Ivins on June 22, 1995
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    Wide open town - Unlike Big D, Houston thrives on open government

    It was the dawn of a new day at Dallas City Hall. The city's freshly minted, first African-American mayor--Ron "the-blame-game-is-over" Kirk--had finally slipped into the lead chair in the city's council chambers. It was his first day actually ru...

    by Laura Miller on June 22, 1995
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    Letters

    Telling it like it is Thank you again to Laura Miller (no relation to me), who is truly the best investigative reporter in the Metroplex, for her article in the June 5 issue, "None of your business? Closed council sessions scorn open-meetings law...

    on June 22, 1995
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    Moncrief Family Values - A wealthy Fort Worth oil clan's court battle isn't just about millions. It's about pride. Miriam Rozen tells a tale of favored sons

    It was 1986, and Tarrant County Judge Mike Moncrief wanted a keepsake--something by which he could remember his just-deceased grandfather, the legendary Texas wildcatter W.A. "Monty" Moncrief. W.A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr., Mike's uncle and the execut...

    by Miriam Rozen on June 15, 1995
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    Counterfeit Kookies

    Call it that Deep Ellum entrepreneurial spirit, but some creative street people have seized a money-making opportunity that lies in city parking lots. Subsequently, some unsuspecting visitors to the city's Left Bank have been more than a little ...

    by Kim Jarrett on June 15, 1995
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