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2000 Stories by Bob Burtman

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  • On the Outside

    published December 28, 2000

    Roy Criner hasn't had much time to himself since he walked out of prison on August 15 after serving ten years for a rape he didn't commit (see " More >>

  • Pumped Up

    published December 28, 2000

    The same day that the Houston Press published the last of a series on the elimination of service station dealers by their parent oil... More >>

  • Fish Tales

    published December 28, 2000

    Fishermen on Sam Rayburn Reservoir have had a discouraging year. One of the premier largemouth bass lakes in the country, Rayburn once would... More >>

  • Back at the Trough

    published November 23, 2000

    The residents of Houston have finally come to their senses and precluded the Rockets from moving to Poughkeepsie (and it won't cost us a dime!).... More >>

  • Pumped Dry

    published November 2, 2000

    Last of a series (see Part I: "Paying the Price,"... More >>

  • Paying the Price

    published October 26, 2000

    First of a series (see Part II: "Pumped Dry," November 2) Gus Taxiarchou built... More >>

  • Name-Calling at the Pump

    published October 26, 2000

    Getting into the gas business used to be a simple proposition. A prospective dealer would hook up with a brand, go to training school, buy out... More >>

  • Station Breaks

    published October 26, 2000

    Oil company officials are fond of saying that their lessee dealers continue to have a role in the market. And they're equally emphatic in denying... More >>

  • Home Again

    published August 24, 2000

    The first people to greet Roy Criner when he emerged from the Montgomery County Jail were the camera crews, swarming like gnats around the door of... More >>

  • Innocent at Last

    published August 3, 2000

    After three years of denial, Montgomery County District Attorney Mike McDougal could no longer ignore the truth: Roy Criner did not rape Deanna... More >>

  • Red Rhythms

    published July 6, 2000

    Jesse Helms was right: The unparalleled sounds of Cuba have been infiltrating our borders with regularity of late. Bamboleo and Buena Vista... More >>

  • Home Court Advantage

    published June 22, 2000

    It would not be much of a stretch to assume that voters turned down the basketball arena plan last November because they didn't like the deal.... More >>

  • Looking the Other Way

    published April 13, 2000

    In the Houston Health and Human Services Department, if an employee falsifies city documents, it means automatic termination. According to the... More >>

  • Reeling

    published April 6, 2000

    It's 10 a.m., all quiet on the battlefront. Conditions breezy and cool, water calm. The thin, dead stumps of the Black and Amber forests poke... More >>

  • Do As I Say...

    published April 6, 2000

    Donohue Industries officials like to say that the final decision on changing Sam Rayburn Reservoir water standards should be based strictly on... More >>

  • Global Domination

    published April 6, 2000

    Each year, the Houston International Festival brings a batch of global superstars to the World Music Stage, and each year this lineup... More >>

  • No EF-ing Way

    published March 30, 2000

    For Guy Yount, the highlight of the year comes on opening day of the baseball season. This year the Houston publisher is stretching out the... More >>

  • Cry for Justice

    published February 17, 2000

    Jackie Criner feels good about the recent flood of attention her imprisoned son, Roy, has received. She appreciates the pointed editorial by... More >>

  • Stadia Watch

    published February 10, 2000

    If we believe the local sports media, it's only a matter of time before we'll have to face the prospect of watching Steve Francis and Cuttino... More >>

  • Killing Time

    published January 27, 2000

    Helen Bass enjoyed an ordered if unremarkable life. The 42-year-old vocational nurse worked the second shift at the state hospital in the north... More >>

  • Death (Row) Watch

    published January 27, 2000

    Odell Barnes joins a growing list of death row inmates whose convictions have become a lot less clear-cut during the appeals process. That's... More >>

  • Stadia Watch

    published January 6, 2000

    When Drayton McLane bought the Astros from John McMullen, Houston fans had no idea how lucky they were. Imagine swapping the skinflint who drove... More >>

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