By Marc Campos

Ali, Cheating and Six Minutes

By Marc Campos

In today's Chron, Kim O'Neill, a Houston psychic, predicts that Muhammad Ali will die this year - 2005. She also forecasts that Monaco's Prince Rainer III will also bite the dust.

O'Neill must have missed last year's major league all star game at Minute Maid Park where Ali was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Sure he has Parkinson's, but he certainly did not appear to be on his last leg. Commentary predicts Ali will be around for awhile.

As for the Prince, any guy that married actress Grace Kelly in her prime has lived a good life.

If you have been paying attention to the news the past couple of weeks, you have probably read that the Houston Independent School District (HISD) has investigators looking into cheating on standardize tests at certain elementary school. This comes after test score discrepancies were pointed out in articles published by the Dallas Morning News.

Looks like the Chron is dropping the ball again - a la the Enron collapse. A Dallas newspaper is reporting about problems at HISD schools. Come on Chron, get your butt in gear. As for HISD, let's hope Abe sorts through the mess and holds folks accountable.

A couple of days ago, Mayor Bill White's zero tolerance freeway towing ordinance took effect. If your car stalls on one of Houston's freeway, you have 360 seconds to crank it back up and move it off the road. After six minutes, your vehicle will be towed. Tow companies paid dearly for their freeway zone permit and they are looking to recoup their investment - they will tow you. If your car stalls because you ran out of gas, you deserve to be towed. If you know your car has the potential to stall out - stay off the freeway. If your car unexpectedly stalls, you are SOOL.

January 3, 2005, 9:00AM

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