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by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com U.S. Marines Ret. Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz, who grew up in Oak Forest and Candlelight Plaza, garnered national headlines recently when security workers made things difficult for the injured soldier. Kemnitz, 29, was being honored as California’s Veteran of the Year at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Due to the significance of the honor, Kemnitz was wearing his dress uniform. Kemnitz, who was awarded a Purple Heart and lost vision in his right eye and use of his right arm in a 2004 IED blast in Fallujah, Iraq, was told by a security officer that he was wearing too much “metal.” Another security guard stepped in, quick patted Kemnitz down and let him through. On the return trip to Burbank, Calif., Kemnitz faced extra scrutiny at the Sacramento airport for about 15 minutes. He later received a formal apology from the deputy director of the TSA, who told

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Forensic anthropologist Sharon Derrick examines the swim trunks carried by the last known victim of the 1970s Heights mass murders. She’s hopeful the trunks, along with a recreation of how he might have appeared (shown at top of page), his boots and other evidence will jog someone’s memory and lead to an identification. (Main photo by Charlotte Aguilar)

This is the actual photo of U.S. Marines Ret. Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz being patted down by security on his way to being awarded California’s Veteran of the Year. Kemnitz grew up in Oak Forest. (Submitted Photo)

Can you help identify a victim 3 , 3 of the Heights mass murders? Durham PRINCIPALS

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Certainly someone remembers the teenage boy, recognizes his distinctive clothing, recalls him vanishing –– likely during a sticky summer of 1971 or 1972 when he might have thought he was joining other young men for a swim –– never to return. That’s the hope of Dr. Sharron Derrick. Attaching a name to the scraps of evidence from the last known yet unidentified victim of the “Candyman” mass murders in the Heights has become her passion, her mission. And now she’s taking her investigation to Waltrip and Reagan high school reunions and the pages of The Leader, thinking that’s where she’s most likely to find a lead that will close the case. With both schools holding 40-year reunions for the class of 1973 this year – a class the victim might have been part of – she’s hopeful. “He’s very likely to be from the area, unlikely to be from someplace else,” she said. Derrick, a Garden Oaks resident, is a forensic anthropologist with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences – known more commonly as the county coroner’s office. Since joining the office in 2006, Derrick has had uncanny success through a blend of specialized science, her own detective work – and her devotion to the cases. She’s “given closure” to five more families

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The victim was wearing a beige colored shirt with blue buttons at the neck with this distinctive USA-peace symbol logo on the back. Derrick is hoping someone may recognize it and the handwritten letters – possibly ‘L84MF’ – at the bottom. (Submitted photo) whose young men disappeared, identifying them as victims of the late Dean Corll and his two surviving and incarcerated accomplices, Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks. She’s met with both men in prison and calls them “helpful.” Here’s the information that Derrick thinks could jog someone’s memory: •The victim was probably between 1618 years old. •He had dark brown hair. “It wasn’t real

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long, but it was probably over his ears,” according to Derrick. •He was 5-feet-5 or -6 inches tall. •He had “beautiful teeth, no fillings, well cared for.” •He appears to have had some kind of developmental problems with his lower spine that would not have been visible to the casual observer but may have resulted

Durham Elementary School parents and teachers expressed their disappointment and frustration during a meeting with Houston ISD trustee Anna Eastman and two district administrators last Thursday. The emotionally-charged meeting took place at Oak Forest Elementary because Durham, a 500-pupil school in Shepherd Park Plaza, is being renovated. Durham has had three principals in three years, and the school’s parents and teachers made it clear during a two hourplus meeting that they wanted an experienced principal who would have a longer tenure at the school. The new principal will have 14 new staff members as many of the teachers left to go to other schools or districts, according to parents.

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Man dies in shredding machine accident on 34th St. Houston police called the grisly death of a worker at a West 34th Street business July 11 a “tragic accident.” Investigators said the 43-year-old man was placing dry Styrofoam into an industrial shredder at Consolidated Distributors, Inc., 1247 W. 34th St., when he apparently reached too far into the machine with his right hand, causing the blades of the shredder to pull him in. The man was apparently working alone at the time, feeding the machine, which melts the material into a foam that is packed in bags and stored on site. According to HPD, it took a rescue crew about two hours to extricate the worker from the machine, which was mounted on the back of a box truck.

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Garden Oaks man arrested for assault Garden Oaks resident Melbin Argueta, 36, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at 1 a.m. July 8 at Garden Oaks Villas Apartments, 4411 N. Shepherd. At 11 p.m. on July 7, neighbors called the Houston Police Department to report arguing. Argueta said he came home and said the deadbolt was locked. An officer knocked on the door and Argueta’s girlfriend said she was asleep. The officer then asked if everyone was OK and left. Two hours later, neighbors called again because they heard fighting and objects being thrown. The victim left the apartment in tears, with bruises, cuts and a wrist that is either dislocated or broken, according to HPD. Argueta was charged for allegedly holding a knife to her throat. The girlfriend was treated at a local hospital, released and provided resources for a domestic violence center, police said.

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Nicolaus Anthony Villalobos, 32, and Ernest Joseph Villalobos, 24, were arrested and charged with a robbery that occurred at 2 p.m. July 11 at 1627 North Loop West. A 25-year-old female was taking items out of her vehicle when one of the assailants grabbed her by the neck, according to a Houston police spokesman, and said he had a knife. The man allegedly took her purse and ran away. The woman was not injured. A witness followed the assailant and a companion and contacted police, leading to the arrests.

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ne of the hallmarks of a good community newspaper is that readers don’t come here for national news. I also hope it’s clear that, every week, we do our best to be one of those “good community newspapers.” That’s a pretty crummy way of telling you that there are always exceptions. When the issues created by national news impact every one of us, I believe a good community newspaper can be part of that conversation. You didn’t come to The Leader today to read about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. In fact, there’s a good chance you opened your local newspaper with excitement because you knew we wouldn’t have coverage of this exhausting story that has divided parts of our nation and created a media circus for which every journalist should be ashamed. I’d humbly ask you to give me just a couple of minutes to share a perspective about this issue that maybe, just maybe, you’ve never heard. The perspective, obviously, comes from someone who has worked in media for nearly two decades. The perspective also comes from someone who spent the formative years

JONATHAN MCELVY Publisher

of his career as the editor of a newspaper in Selma, Ala. – a place where diversity was (and maybe still is) the city’s most important industry. If you stayed awake during your U.S. history classes, you know Selma is considered the birthplace of our nation’s Civil Rights Movement. On March 7, 1965, around 600 folks gathered in Selma, and as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge toward Montgomery, Ala., they were met with the infamous images of Alabama State Troopers swinging billy clubs and slinging tear gas. In some ways, those images from Selma, where Martin Luther King Jr. had arrived, literally changed the debate

on civil rights. In less than 10 days, as marchers attempted to leave Selma for the third time, they had an escort of 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers, nearly as many members of the Alabama National Guard, and a host of other law enforcement officials. No more state troopers to beat them away. I give you that brief history lesson to tell you that Selma, for the way it changed our nation, never actually changed, itself. It’s been a decade since I’ve worked as the paper’s editor, and I imagine (I hope) things are much better today, but I remember how sad it was to see black residents who didn’t trust a white editor – 35 years after Bloody Sunday. I remember how sad it was that whites in the city still counted how many pictures of black people we ran on the front page. My problem was that I didn’t grow up in the era of “Colored” signs over water fountains. I didn’t see folks walk to the back of any buses – except for the misbehaving children of my youth. So you can understand why I was so disappointed that black readers judged me as an editor based solely on pigment, and why white readers always seemed skeptical that I was selling out to the folks who made up

THE READER. Scaled-down White Linen Night

Dear Editor: I was so happy reading your article regarding the White Linen Night. I for one would be thrilled to see WLN go back to what it originally was intended, the local celebration of this wonderful community. I saw a vast improvement...last year just with having the street closed and additional police presence. But I cringed every time I saw people openly pouring liquor and handing out jello shots while pushing children around in strollers..really? And the poor shop owners having to deal with some of those folks. Ms Jackson obviously understands and I hope she continues making this a fun event. Andya

Turmoil at Durham ES

Posted to www.theleadernews.com The principal gets new office furniture, students have to bring their own toilet paper, and teachers can’t get copies. Then the principal leaves after one year. Did she take her new office furniture with her? Durham E.S. is in disrepair yet the superintendent has time for a photo-op at North Forest in which he calls the sorry condition of the North Forest schools “a damn

shame.” Ouch. The first-year SSO says he’s ready to earn the trust of the parents and teachers; how long will he be around to keep that promise? Will he leave for a better job like the principal? Or will he be promoted or relieved of his duties before he can make an impact? Dr. Grier and his ever-changing band of administrators are committed to no one but themselves. Buyer beware. They are mercenaries solely interested in their next bonus, not on developing a culture of success and accomplishment in our schools. I must admit that I particularly enjoyed the one parent’s comment about”torches and pitchforks.” Dr. Grier, meet Dr. Frankenstein. Thomas Iocca

Posted to THE LEADER on Facebook I blame HISD! They completely let the school down, and continue to do so. They should have key people over there in MASSES trying to get things rolling before they lose any more fantastic teachers, great kids, and supportive families! The inequalities in the area public schools truly baffles me!!! Laurie Pitzer

Posted to THE LEADER on Facebook Not sure if Anna Eastman can be trusted. Sorry this is just my opinion and what I think of her. Grace Hernandez

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Posted to THE LEADER on Facebook I hate this for that neighborhood. They deserve better. And it must really sting to see Oak Forest thrive while Durham withers. Kara Rutledge Hagen

Posted to THE LEADER on Facebook Ideal definition of insanity is this club opening up under a different name! Jeanne Gebo

ASHBY AT LARGE

able. Jurors learned that McDonald’s, according to corporate rules, sold its coffee at 180-190 degrees. Other establishments sell coffee at substantially lower temperatures, and coffee served at home is generally 135 to 140 degrees. This was not the first suit over McDonald’s hot coffee -- the company’s own records showed that from 1982-1992 it had received more than 700 reports of people burned by McDonald’s coffee to varying degrees of severity, and had settled claims arising from scalding injuries for more than $500,000. Still, a McDonald’s expert witness testified the number of burn victims was statistically “trivial.” McDonald’s quality control manager, Christopher Appleton, testified that this number of injuries was insufficient to cause the company to evaluate its practices. He argued that all foods hotter than 130 degrees posed a burn hazard, and that restaurants had more pressing dangers to warn about. The jury found for Liebeck and awarded her $2.86 million. Why that specific amount of money? This point is most important: the judge didn’t award those millions, the lawyers didn’t do it. The amount was set by the jurors. They awarded Liebeck $200,000 for compensatory damages, reduced by 20 percent for her own negligence to $160,000. McDonald’s sells 1 billion cups of coffee a year. It generates $1.3 million a day for the company. So the jury fined McDonald’s two days’ coffee sales, or $2.7 million in punitive damages. It all came to about $2.86 million, minus $50,000 in expenses not counting legal fees. Hold that outrage. The judge cut the $2.7 million punitive award to $480,000 or three times compensatory damages. When the dust had cleared, that $2.86 million wound up as $640,000. The judge

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said the amount was appropriate for McDonald’s “willful, wanton, reckless and what the court finds was callous” behavior. The jurors said the company’s stance and attitude were appalling. Both McDonald’s and Liebeck appealed the decision, but the parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount less than $600,000. So take from that her medical and legal bills, cost of going to Houston time and again, pain and suffering, and that undisclosed amount may not have amounted to much. Companies constantly have to defend themselves against phony nail-in-my-doughnut and beakin-my-omelet charges. In 1994 an elderly couple in Tacoma, Wash., claimed that they found a syringe in a can of Pepsi. Soon everyone was finding syringes in cans of Pepsi. They found horseshoes in their popcorn, hair in their hotdogs, John Deere tractors in their butter. All of a sudden, our food was contaminated by bed springs, toxic waste and embalmed rodents. But most proved to be total falsehoods and were found out. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that after the so-called Pepsi scare, at least 23 people were convicted of state and federal charges related to soda cans and false tampering reports. Liebeck’s accusation was pretty straightforward, but in many similar hot-coffee cases since then, judges have thrown out the charges. So Helen Julian in Galveston County and her lawyer may have to settle for 100 percent of nothing. As for us, let’s cool our indignity over “the 2.7 million dollar cup of coffee.” No one got near that much. Never happened. It’s an urban legend. I notice on the rim of this cup of coffee I just purchased at the McDonald’s drive-thru, it reads: “Caution I’m hot.” Same thing in Spanish. The indented, small letters are black on black. I’ll just take a sip and....oops! Ashby scalds at ashby2@comcast.net Korrectshun: A few weeks ago I wrote: “Obama smashed Romney in the popular vote by one and a half million nationwide.” Actually, the margin was almost 5 million votes (4,980,387). Close enough for government work.

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Grounds for a suit: Legend, meet reality McDONALD’S – We are here to see if we can turn a quick buck, maybe 100,000 of them or even 2.7 million. I can tell that you need filling in, so here goes: Helen Julian of Galveston County is suing the parent company of Sonic Drive-In Restaurants for damages after, she claims, the lid of a cup of scalding coffee popped off, spilling the contents onto her inner thighs, causing second and third degree burns. According to her lawsuit, the restaurant chain is negligent due to the employee’s wrong placement of the lid and “lack of due care” when serving the beverage, and because of management’s improper training of employees. The lawyer wants an award of “at least” $100,000 but will leave the total up to the jury. Helen Julian, meet Stella Liebeck. Liebeck is the famous, or infamous, woman who was awarded $2.7 million from McDonald’s after a cup of hot coffee spilled on her lap. ABC News called her case “the poster child of excessive lawsuits.” There was even a website called the “Stella Awards” for people who filed “outrageous and frivolous lawsuits.” The settlement was trotted out as Example A as the need for tort reform. But hold on there, ladies and gentlemen of the jury. Do you want to hear the rest of the story (thank you, the late Paul Harvey)? On Feb. 27, 1992, Stella Liebeck (the “poster child” was 79 years old) was a passenger in a car driven by her grandson. At a McDonald’s in Albuquerque she bought a cup of coffee to go. When the car stopped nearby, she attempted to hold the cup between her knees and remove the lid. The coffee spilled on her, she was burned and sued, seeking to settle her claim for $20,000. McDonald’s offered $800, so Liebeck got a lawyer, Reed Morgan of Houston. Morgan offered to settle for $90,000, then $300,000. Big Mac refused. That was a bad decision, because in the trial Liebeck’s treating physician testified Liebeck had third degree burns over 6 percent of her body. The surgeon also testified it was one of the worst scald burns he had ever seen. (She was in the hospital for eight days and lost 20 pounds.) A professor from UT-Austin, a burn expert, testified the risk involved was unaccept-

my side.” That seemed like a simple sentence, and in a lot of ways, it was. But this came from a man who walked with Martin Luther King, Jr. This came from a man who fought his own demons during the Civil Rights Movement. This came from a man who the New York Times famously wrote “was in a privileged position to see into the souls of white folk.” I was stunned with silence. I had never stopped and tried to look through the eyes of J.L. Chestnut. I had only looked through mine. We live in our own diverse city – some would say Houston is the most diverse of them all. No, we don’t have the struggles of a Selma, Ala., but we aren’t immune from stereotypes and subsequent anger. The conversations about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman have reminded me, this week, about the lessons I learned a decade ago. We usually have heated discussions only through our own eyes. Emotion quickly follows. And as we’ve seen in the horrible story that has gripped our nation this week, we’re all the worse for it.

70 percent of our town. Then everything changed – and I believe it’s still relevant today as we talk about diversity and the tragedy of the Martin-Zimmerman story. After all my disappointment in both races in Selma, I became close friends (professionally) with a man named J.L. Chestnut. If you do an online search of Chestnut, you can find out some of his life work and the role he played in the Civil Rights Movement. He was the first black attorney in Selma, and he wrote a great book called Black in Selma. Chestnut and I used to spar over racial issues, but neither of us ever grew mad at the other. I’d run his diatribes in the paper when I could, and I’d let him publicly scold me whenever he liked (usually around election season). During one particularly tough racial situation in Selma, I remember sitting with Chestnut and trying to explain how I felt. In his beautiful prose, borne through his musical background and years fighting in small Alabama courts, Chestnut said something that finally made sense about the racial tension we so often feel in this country. “Jonathan,” he said. “Try to see it from

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THE CALENDAR. Come support a good cause and enjoy a steak dinner and entertainment. Steak, baked potato and salad will be served.

LIBRARY ORIENTATION Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research 10:30-11:45 a.m. July 20 5300 Caroline St. 832-393-2600

TED POE LUNCHEON Greater Heights Area Chamber Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 26 3000 North Loop West 713-861-6735 info@heightschamber.com

FINGERPRINTING EVENT Houston City Living 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 3 2211 W. 34th

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Register for any or all classes for DNA Day. Debbie Parker Wayne, certified genealogist and lecturer will be presenting. Call for information on the various classes.

CURBSIDE APPEAL AND PRACTICAL GARDENING SEMINAR Heights Plant Farm 10 a.m. Aug. 3 1422 Yale St. 713-868-7990 www.heightsplantfarm.com

Smart and easy solutions exist when preparing the sale of a home or buying one with a challenging yard. Realtor and landscape designer Kay Harnden will be the guest speaker at this free seminar.

This networking event with business leaders is an opportunity for their clients and vendors to attend luncheon with U.S. Rep. Ted Poe. A single table of 8 is $300, multiple tables are $250 each, and individual seats are $50. A display booth is $125 and includes luncheon attendance for one.

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O. Henry’s literary classic comes to life in this musical adaptation. Visit the website or call the box office for ticket information. There will also be a free performance at 11 a.m. July 26 at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

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This “mellerdrammer” by Nelson Goodhue will be performed Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 24, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. Tickets are $14 adults, $13 students and seniors, and $12 Sunday matinees. Reservations are recommended.

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New Beginnings for Women of Houston, Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of disadvantaged women and children, will host the event to promote awareness and provide solutions for the critical issue of childhood obesity. Children can participate in Tae-Kwon-Do, kids yoga, jumprope, hula-hoop and line dancing.

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by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Area residents were happy to see the new and improved Collier Library, 6200 Pinemont, when it re-opened midday Monday after a year of renovations. “This is a wonderful day,” Garden Oaks native Rebecca Shannon said. “It’s so clean and fresh. It’s got a great set-up for children. I used to bring my grandchildren here. I’ll have a new grandchild in two weeks and bring her here when she’s big enough.” All of the improvements -- new children and teen/young adult sections, as well as new computers -- were orchestrated by John Middleton, Houston Public Library’s assistant director for planning and facilities. “It’s brighter, lighter and more welcoming to our customers,” Middleton said. “It has infinitely more color. Our buildings are unique to the neighborhoods. Our goal is to fit the libraries to the neighborhoods.” Middleton said the renovation, which finished under the estimated cost of $400,000, has one of the largest children’s sections among HPL’s 42 libraries. Ernesto Rodriguez, a senior in Aldine ISD, spent part of Monday afternoon looking at potential books to check out. “I like the improvement -- it’s cool the way they organized everything,” Rodriguez said. There are several more computers and newer ones. Business owner Rodney Burger called it “clean and refreshing” as he watched offroad trucking videos on one of the computers. When school is back in session, there will be an after school zone. And a book club that has been meeting at Oak Forest Library, due to the renovations, will return to Collier. The library already has several

Garden Oaks native Rebecca Shannon stands in the new teen/young adult section of the Collier Library. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Rodney Burger watches off road trucking videos on one of the new computers at Collier Library. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Ernesto Rodriguez looks at the Collier Library books on the first day of its re-opening, on Monday. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

children’s programs planned -Claude Sims will host a juggling program at 2 p.m. Tuesday and there will be a “Dinosaurs Rock”

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Planned gameroom raising suspicions along Ella Some members of the Oak Forest Homeowners Association are concerned with the impending opening of Slots of Fun, a new game room, at 3436 Ella. A Google search of the address shows that several game rooms have opened and closed at that location, including BT Fun Room, Jack Pot Game Room and Leblancs. Under Texas Law, eight-liner slot machines are legal as long as they dispense noncash prizes valued at less than $5. A representative from the game room, which bears Houston Police Officers Union supporter stickers on the door, said owners are working on receiving a permit from the city. In the past two years, HPD told The Leader that officers have visited the address three

Durham parents and teachers confronted Houston ISD leaders during a meeting last week. ment by Christmas, we’re out, we’re gone,” said Kurtas, who said she would enroll her son at St. Rose of Lima. Other parents expressed similar sentiments, saying they’d move their kids into private school if the situation doesn’t improve. “We’ve been at this meeting before an hour before we heard the word ‘accountability,’” parent Mario Childs said. “Next year, it’s going to be torches and pitchforks, because that’s where it’s going.” At one point, a parent said to Eastman, “you need to be more passionate about this, I can’t believe you’re not.” Eastman addressed the issue after the person left, saying she is passionate about it, even if her

personality doesn’t “emote.” Eastman said she’d address the facilities issues, through “Capital/ Deferred Maintenance” funds and see that the situation improved, calling it “unacceptable.” Teachers also said the laminator didn’t work all year and copies couldn’t be made, but Mayers had new office furniture, while parents expressed frustration that their tax dollars aren’t going to use. Another issue that came up was the concern that school equipment may going to North Forest schools, instead of existing HISD schools such as Durham. HISD absorbed the North Forest ISD on July 1 under orders from the state. Other issues included making sure Durham has updated technology and a principal who could handle a budget. Penning, a first-year SSO, said he’s ready to earn the trust of the parents and teachers. Whitney said the addition of Penning as Durham’s SSO is a step in the right direction. Still Bryan Treadway, a parent, contacted Houston City Councilmember Ellen Cohen after the meeting, regarding the situation. “We are writing you this is in sort of desperation,” Treadway wrote to Cohen. “Our children’s elementary school is having major issues…I should note we are turning to you because the top people at HISD are failing the children and the school.”

Unsolved • from Page 1A in him complaining about pain at times. And there is clothing: distinctive striped Catalina swim trunks, size 10 1/2-11 pointed-toed cowboy boots, a rawhide wrist or ankle bracelet, and a “beigey” T-shirt-material shirt with blue buttons at the neck and a unique peace symbol on the back, with hand lettering below that may read L84MF (or some close combination). Military personnel have suggested to Derrick that could stand for “late for my funeral.” She’s hoping it will jog someone’s memory. The 29 victims (Derrick’s figure) of the mass murder were seized, raped, tortured and killed at Corll’s homes – first in the Heights, later in Pasadena -- and buried in mass graves in a boathouse in southwest Houston and on High Island on the Gulf Coast. Derrick believes this victim likely died in the summer of ’71 or ’72 because of the presence of the swim trunks – the killers liked to take their prey to the beach – and because of the position of his remains in the boathouse, between two identified victims whose approximate dates of death are known. “Some of the victims were dropouts, such of them were very mainstream,” said Derrick. “It was a crime of opportunity.” For those who find it hard to understand how a young man could disappear without public attention, Derrick reminds them that the early 1970s were a very different time. “It was a time when there was a lot more freedom for teenagers, and many times it was thought a boy was a runaway or out doing drugs,” Derrick explained. “If there were reports, they were not followed through to the extent that they would be today.” There was no DNA, poor keeping of dental records in that era, and the Houston Police Department did not have a missing persons unit. Local television news was coming into its own, but there was no social media, no Amber Alerts. She’s ready to use all the most modern methods – and her own savvy – to close this last case. Anyone believing they may have information on the identity of the young man can call Derrick’s office at 713-7969292. If a relative gets in touch, a simple non-invasive DNA test would be performed – a swab inside the cheek. “They can even do it themselves,” Derrick said. The DNA would be used only for identification in this case and would not going into any criminal iden-

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Online boot camp will help make sense of Houston budget The city of Houston is offering a new, interactive web application that offers easy access -- and understanding -- of the city’s budget for the next fiscal year. Budget Bootcamp, http:// www.houstontx.gov/finance/ budgetbootcamp/, offers a walkthrough of the 2014 budget adopted in June, as well as budgets dating back to 2010. The project came from Houston’s first 24-hour “Hackathon” in May, which offered software developers, designers and data analysts the chance to collaborate on projects to address community and city problems in a user-friendly way. “Budget Bootcamp has something for every budget policy-wonk,” said Houston Finance Director Kelly Dowe. “Whether you want to break down our revenues for FY14, see the trends over time, or see how the city’s taxpayer-supported General Fund transforms from revenues into department expenditures, this application is a terrific step in terms of financial education and transparency.” The city is hoping to implement more “Hackathon” ideas in the next few months.

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The collection of evidence that Derrick believes could help identify the last known victim of the Heights mass murders. (Submitted photo) tification database, she promised. Derrick was only slightly younger than the victims when she began reading about the murders, especially attentive because of her family’s deep roots in the Heights. The poignancy of the cases haunts her. “These parents never saw their child again,” she said. “They may feel like he ran away and ‘didn’t love me and didn’t want to come back and talk to me.’ And I would much prefer that they knew that he just couldn’t come home.” The families whose young men she’s identified “have been so grateful,” she said. “They look for these boys, they still look at people on the street and think, ‘could that be him grown up?’ It haunts them forever. “You never really have closure when you lose a loved one that way. But you have something that gives you a little more peace, I think.”

Hero • from Page 1A Shinseki, a retired four-star Army general. “Through it all, Nathan never said a word,” D-Orange-Martin wrote in the letter. “He is too much of a good Marine for that. I can only say that every passenger who was there and saw this was horrified that a Purple Heart recipient in a United States Marine dress uniform was patted down as if he was a probable, and not just a possible, terrorist...when veterans are viewed on the same level as the terrorists they are fighting against, then it feels as if, between 9/11 and 2013, we lost everything that America stood for.”

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ficers acted with malice but rather they were low-level employees who were unfamiliar with the situation of a soldier in a dress uniform. He said the security personnel at the Burbank Bob Hope Airport treated him with respect and courtesy. Patricia D’Orange-Martin, the coordinator for the Veterans Resource Center at Pasadena City College in California, made the trip with Kemnitz. She was outraged with the way the security officers treated Kemnitz. D’Orange-Martin wrote a 1,450-word letter to United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric

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Durham • from Page 1A The district is currently interviewing candidates for the principal position, which became open after Onica Mayers, a first-year principal, resigned in June and accepted a position in Cy-Fair ISD. Durham PTO president Tonia Whitney is on the principal search committee and said the four candidates all have administrative experience. “I’m aware of the frustration,” Eastman said at the beginning of the meeting. “The school needs attention and needs attention quick.” Still, the words and assurances of Eastman, Chief Elementary Schools Officer Karla Loria and School Support Officer Dr. Francisco Penning didn’t soothe the concerns of the parents and teachers, who are fed up with the administrative turnover and what they described as the overall neglect of the school. Kathy Froehlich, Durham Kindergarten teacher who’s been in education for the past 25 years, said she’s “extremely concerned” about the situation at Durham. At one point, Lucinda Kurtas, a concerned parent, asked Eastman if her children had to bring toilet paper to school. Kurtas said her son had to do that at Durham, because there wasn’t any in the boys’ bathroom, which she and many other people at the meeting described as unsanitary. “If we don’t see an improve-

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times, but there’s never been an offense report filed. Visits were to respond to a panic alarm and for a game room inspection and an inspection investigation. HPD does inspections on game rooms, especially if they’ve received information that the site isn’t in compliance with the law. Local residents want to see that the game room is “opening within the constructs of the law.” Alicia Nuzzie of the Oak Forest HOA contacted Councilmember Ellen Cohen’s office to address the neighborhood’s concerns. “If need be, we can help them with an issues they’re having,” said Traci Eisner of Cohen’s office.

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We Love Houston’ sign welcomes, reminds at the same time by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com The man whose roadside art has included the giant Sam Houston statue on I-45 in Huntsville, the presidential busts along Highway 288 and other local images has now given Houston its own version of the fabled Hollywood sign. Renowned sculptor David Adickes had that iconic sign in mind when he created Houston’s newest landmark, at Thompson Street and the Katy Freeway eastbound feeder earlier this year. The sign reads “We Love Houston” in block letters with a heart symbol, created in varied colors. “Everybody loves color, and a lot of people agree with (the message),” said Adickes, who com-

pletely the project in four months. It was dedicated during a brief ceremony last Friday where Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Councilmember Jack Christie were present. “I appreciate art in unexpected places and art that is accessible to folks,” Parker said. “It’s a wonderful gift. I hope people see it and smile when they go by.” Parker said she thinks a lot of people will take photos by the sign, and there were several who did that Friday afternoon. The entire project was privately funded by Adickes, an 86-year-old Huntsville native who’s lived in Renowned sculptor David Adickes, left, and Houston Houston since 1951. Mayor Annise Parker look at Adickes’ latest work, the We Adickes sold his studio on SumLove Houston sign. Parker was there to dedicate the sign mer Street and will be moving to a Adickes was interviewed in front of his newest project, the We Love Houston sign, minutes and to congratulate Adickes. new one downtown.

before its dedication last Friday. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)

Art a la Carte: Future planning and current events Friday, July 26

It is busy out there in the art world. I’ve been talking to people about the fall and holiday shows already, so I felt almost out of the loop on this week’s roundup. The artists participating in the Aug. 3 White Linen Night event should be online by they time you’re reading this –– check them out at FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com.

Thank You Houston! Group Show - 6 -9 p.m. East End Studio Gallery, 708 Telephone Rd. Suite C 77023. Celebrating the culturally diverse and rich art scene in Houston, this show is their way of saying thank you to this wonderful art community. https://www.facebook.com/ events/534902736569686 *Great group shows in a fashionable nook near the University of Houston’s main campus.

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4th Juried Invitational Exhibition. 6-8 p.m., 1201 Louisiana Houston, Texas 77002. Join Visual Arts Alliance for a celebration of art and volunteerism. The works, from 20 artists, were selected by Ken General who had 120 pieces from 30 artists from which to choose. Awards will be given at 7 p.m. http://visualartalliance.org. TRANSPLANT 6 - 8 p.m. Ecclesia Houston, 1100 Elder Street, 77007. Community artist Taylor Gahm has created an art show honoring our community’s life at 2115 Taft. https://www.faceMitch Cohen book.com/events/555342464527720. Thankfully Arts Columnist this is more about the move from a coffee shop on Taft and excellent art than an actual transplant of some gruesome sort. Great new location under the downtown Houston skyline. Art as Sacrifice, 7 p.m. The Hardy & Nance Street Studios, 902 Hardy St, 77020. Stephanie Darling, Pete Gershon and Hardy and Nance Studios are dedicating this exhibit to the memory of the late Anthony Palasota to give thanks for his unwavering dedication to the Houston art community. More than a hundred gifted artists sacrificed their work in the spirit of this event, including established, emerging, student and child artists. https://www.facebook.com/events/211341725683723 Hardy & Nance Studios 3rd Saturday Open Studios 902 Hardy Street 77002 http://hardystreetstudios.blogspot.com Discovery Green Flea Now at Night – 6-10 p.m. Recycled/up-cycled, eco-friendly art market, 1500 McKinney St. http://www.discoverygreen. com/flea Christmas in July-Houston 2013, 11 - 5:00pm Georgia’s Market Downtown, 420 Main St. 77002 Sponsored by The Barnabas Society, a local non-profit organization founded in Houston in 2006. Donations

Avenue Gallery Artists Reception – 6-9 p.m. The new Avenue Gallery is located at 3219 Houston Ave. 77009. Featured artists are Toria Hill, Billy York, April Murphy, Andy Gonzalez, Vivian Mora, Brett Hall, Ricardo Gomez, Marcia Gomez, Sam VanBibber, Debbie Clendennen, and Taylor Clendennen. Www.AveGallery.com Art classes are available, too, listed on the website.

It was a tough selection process for Ken General, who had to choose from 120 pieces for Friday’s Visual Arts Alliance Exhibit downtown. (Submitted photo) to this event are tax deductible. Highlights include a vendor’s market, silent auction, bake sale and wine tasting. (www.TheBarnabasSociety. org) https://www.facebook.com/events/493346484070794 Hey Brother Where is Thou Art? 12 noon at JoMar Visions, 902 Hardy St. 77020. Everything Americana This show should prove pretty cool. More artists than I can shake a paintbrush at will be there and displaying their art. https://www.facebook.com/events/481919151894992

Cohen is founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com or visit him on the web at ArtValet.com.

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Heights has new food co-op with established roots Seed2Plate is a new partner of the original Central City Coop, now offering pickup of fresh local, organic and sustainably grown produce and eggs right in the Heights. It’s an offshoot of a co-op operated for families at Travis Elementary for the past two years. Those participating place their orders by Thursday morning, based on seasonal availability, and pick up their orders on the

following Wednesday. The new pickup location is Heights of Health, 540 Frasier St., off White Oak and across the street from Onion Creek Cafe. It will be open from 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Seed2Plate also has affiliates in Lindale Park and in Sugar Land. The Lindale Park location is offering a free children’s cooking class at 2 p.m. July 30 at the Lindale Park Civic Clubhouse,

218 Joyce St. Youngsters explore new and delicious foods,learn common cooking terms, how to measure, mix, and how to prepare quick and easy snacks, muffins, homemade pizza, salads, smoothies and more. To register, email the names and ages of children to seed2platecoop@gmail.com. For information, go to www. seed2plate.org.

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Thirsty Explorer Down House will be serving Hemingway-inspired craft cocktails at Brazos Bookstore’s HemingDay Celebration from 2-8 p.m. July It will be a day-long affair celebrating all things Hemingway for his 114th birthday. There will be sugar-free cocktails crafted by Down House bartenders to indulge in (Hemingway was a diabetic). Attendees can expect the HemingwayThirsty style gin and tonic, a Hemingway daiquiri and more. Explorer There will be a Hemingway look-a-like contest, with a chance to display your hunting skills in a safari challenge and show off your knowledge with Hemingway trivia. The release for the event says, “It’s going to be a literary blowout with Papa’s favorite cocktails!” Brazos Bookstore is located at 2421 Bissonnet St. For more, visit www.brazosbookstore.com.

with tons of tasty beers, food trucks, silly photos and an ugly sweater contest. “So dust off your ugly sweater, we’ll start firing up the margarita machines for the frozen hibiscus shandies and get ready to taste some beers you’ve never even dreamt of. Plus a few kegs of nitro gingerbread stout,” said the event page. Admission is $25 before July 22 and $30 after. Tickets will cover admission plus all the beer you can drink responsibly. Food, snow cones and cigars aren’t included in the ticket price. Must be 21 or over. To purchase tickets, visit http://buffbrewxmasinjuly13.eventbrite.com/. For more, visit www.buffbrew.com.

Winston’s on Wash. is pooch-friendly

Winston’s on Washington, 5111 Washington Ave., is Houston’s newest dog-friendly bar. Winston’s is so supportive of pets that a portion of the proceeds are donated to partner organizations that work to save lives of animals in need. The venue is even named after the owner’s

bulldog, Winston. Happy Hour features $2 wells and domestics, $2 off Texas liquors and beers and $10 pitchers, all day Wednesday and Sunday and Thursdays through Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Party on the patio Saturday nights with the sounds of Mistr Remix and the kitchen open until midnight. Throw-Back Thursdays feature Steak and Lobster. There’s a full menu plus specials, including Blackberry Chipotle Pulled Pork Quesadilla with caramelized onions, Fried Chorizo Goat Cheese with Red Pepper Couils and Karbach Chili and Fried Oreos made with Shortbread Agave Crumbs and Firestone & Robertson Texas Vanilla Whiskey Sauce. There are also $2 dog treats with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local animal organizations.? For more, visit www.winstonsonwashington.com or find them on Facebook.

Evolution Tuesdays at Los Cucos

Los Cucos Mexican Cafe Houston Northwest, 10690 Northwest Freeway, hosts Evolution Tuesdays Live Karaoke weekly from 7:30-10 p.m. Enjoy dining, drinking and dancing featuring Mixologist and Producer Yoyo (www.highpressureentertainment.com), mixing non-stop hits with Giovanni on the mic and non-stop happy hour. Los Cucos has drink specials all day Monday and Tuesday and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For more, visit http://loscucos.com/ or find them on Facebook. –Ivee Sauls Follow @ThirstyExplorer on Twitter for the latest on nightlife in the area.

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Christmas in July at Buffalo Bayou Brewing

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, 5301 Nolda St. (near I-10 and Shepherd, inside the Loop), will be celebrating Christmas in July from 6-9 p.m. July 25. Nick Gailan & the Umbrella Man will be there, along

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