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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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    Naked aggression

    An Irving artist and art instructor whose "penis painting" outraged Irving's mayor took down the painting, but only after the show in which it was exhibited ended. Laray Polk, whose fight with Irving leaders was recounted in a May 25 Observer ne...

    by Kim Jarrett on June 15, 1995
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    Buzz

    Kay is the NRA A few weeks back, millionaire Dallas Democrat Richard Fisher publicly challenged his old nemesis, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, to follow the lead of former President George Bush and resign her much-touted membership in the Nation...

    on June 15, 1995
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    Wick's world - D's new publisher stakes out half a city

    On the phone from New York, Wick Allison wanted to offer kind words about the June issue of D magazine, the monthly he founded in 1974 and plans to return to next month as publisher and editor-in-chief. He wanted to be charitable because Chris T...

    by Miriam Rozen on June 15, 1995
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    BeloWatch

    In praise of secrecy Stop the presses! The Morning News has published one of the most wrongheaded and dishonest editorials in the history of Dallas journalism--and believe BeloWatch, given the tenor of the News editorial page over the ages, t...

    on June 15, 1995
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    None of your business? - Closed council sessions scorn open-meetings law

    Last February, Rick Finlan--taxpayer, voter, idealist--tried to go to a meeting about the proposed new sports arena. The early morning get-together was between select city officials and Dallas Mavericks owner Don Carter. It was being held in a c...

    by Laura Miller on June 15, 1995
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    Redefining reform - Big business proponents contrive some of the worst bills of the 74th session

    Sifting deeper into the rubble of the 74th session here in Austin, one finds several nominees for Worst Bill of the Session beyond the previously nominated "takings" bill, also known as "property rights." One law we need desperately is truth-in-...

    by Molly Ivins on June 15, 1995
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    Letters

    No justice, no peace The actions of Justice of the Peace Thomas Jones [Laura Miller columns, May 25, June 1, and June 8] seem to illustrate perfectly the saying, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely" (Sir Dalberg, 1834-1...

    on June 15, 1995
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