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1997 Stories by Bob Burtman

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  • Changing the Channel

    published December 25, 1997

    Thirty years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers drafted a plan to solve flooding problems along Clear Creek. About 500 homes in the fledgling... More >>

  • Celtic Boom

    published December 25, 1997

    The avalanche of excellent roots-music releases over the last 12 months has been but one facet of a banner year for Celtic culture on this side of... More >>

  • Who's in Charge Here?

    published November 27, 1997

    To city engineer Parke Reid, the choice was obvious: A major thoroughfare should be designed to minimize the possibility of high water in the... More >>

  • See No Evil

    published November 27, 1997

    On July 7, 1995, Gator Recycles International deposited $824 in the Rockets season-ticket account of Paul Gilmore, a senior inspector with the... More >>

  • Caution: Consultants Ahead

    published November 13, 1997

    It was back in April of 1993 when the city's Public Works and Engineering Department picked Terra Associates to manage its new "Neighborhood... More >>

  • Experience? Credentials? Who Needs 'Em?

    published November 13, 1997

    Naresh Dham figured he was an excellent bet for a promotion. An administration manager in the plan review section of the public works department's... More >>

  • Easy Street

    published October 30, 1997

    The North Central repaving project looked good, at least on paper. Part of Mayor Bob Lanier's widely acclaimed Neighborhoods to Standard program,... More >>

  • The Incredible Expanding Contract

    published October 30, 1997

    More than a decade ago, the city hired the engineering firm CRS Sirrine to design storm sewer and street reconstruction improvements on East... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 9, 1997

    Lisa Stansfield Lisa Stansfield Arista The rock and R&B traditions have long made a fetish of privileging the new. Typically,... More >>

  • Golfin' Fools

    published October 2, 1997

    There's something about Houston's municipal golf courses that brings out the worst in the city's public officials. Less than two years ago, the... More >>

  • The Outsider

    published September 25, 1997

    Weird Power Trip The world-class pyrotechnics have turned to ash, the world-class traffic jam has dispersed and the world-class mountain of... More >>

  • Sweet Deal

    published September 4, 1997

    August 5 was just another day at Harris County Commissioners Court. After awarding millions of dollars in contracts and quickly dispatching other... More >>

  • Plugged In

    published August 21, 1997

    Prodigy's number one debut notwithstanding, music industry watchers remain leery of electronica's potential for success -- as they should. So far,... More >>

  • Helter Shelter

    published July 31, 1997

    When Jennifer Franklin's boyfriend found out that she and her four children were staying at a battered women's shelter in Pasadena, she decided it... More >>

  • Funk Flashback

    published July 31, 1997

    Getting to the heart of that dirty and devilish genre known as funk can be somewhat akin to searching out nude pictures of Martha Stewart on the... More >>

  • Toxic Leak?

    published July 24, 1997

    None of the lawyers gathered in Judge Sharolyn Wood's courtroom after lunch on July 14 looked especially happy as they crowded around the bench.... More >>

  • Beyond the Stars

    published July 24, 1997

    Rock history generally suggests that talented lesser-knowns can benefit from the coddling of a proven commodity, if only for the most obvious... More >>

  • Stadia Watch

    published July 10, 1997

    Anywhere you go, it's tough to get a precise estimate on the cost of stadium construction. Milwaukee's proposed $250 million baseball park, for... More >>

  • Besieged by the Bay

    published June 26, 1997

    It's a beautiful, breezy day on Galveston Bay, and Rick Handley is in his element, taking in the world from the deck of neighbor Sonny Butler's... More >>

  • No Frills Allowed

    published June 12, 1997

    It's fitting that Tom Russell's new retrospective CD says nothing about greatest hits, instead going with the oblique title The Long Way Around.... More >>

  • Shadow Over Texas City

    published May 29, 1997

    From certain angles, Hester Joiner's wood-frame house on the south side of Texas City looks like any pleasant small-town dwelling: modest but tidy... More >>

  • Bass Boss

    published May 15, 1997

    There have been plenty of bass-playing stars in pop music history -- all you have to do is think of Paul McCartney and his upside-down Hofner,... More >>

  • Capital Blues

    published May 8, 1997

    Forgive W.C. Clark if he makes the most of his association with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Clark isn't just some opportunistic sideman who did a stint or... More >>

  • Cotswold Unspun

    published May 1, 1997

    The spacious banquet room at the new Kim Son was packed. The latest addition to Market Square, the restaurant itself is one more sign of renewed... More >>

  • Smile! It's Earth Day!

    published April 24, 1997

    Laser Bleaching, complimentary consultation," read the back of the business card distributed by volunteers manning the Laser Whitening tent at... More >>

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