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1995 Stories by Brian Wallstin

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  • Lloyd Kelley's Dream House

    published December 21, 1995

    Dozens of times over the past few years, Wiley Smartt has been asked the same question. He might be taking out the trash or washing his car in... More >>

  • Lenwood Johnson's Last Stand

    published December 14, 1995

    It would turn out that Lenwood Johnson was just doing things the way he's always done them. But at the moment, it seemed a curious time to be... More >>

  • Party Pooper

    published August 24, 1995

    After the drubbing they took last November, you'd think local Democrats would be getting themselves together before Republicans end up holding... More >>

  • Houston's Housing

    published August 17, 1995

    Two years ago, on a fine summer day, Mayor Bob Lanier herded President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore out Interstate 10 to the... More >>

  • Deep in the Ticket Tangle

    published July 20, 1995

    Nine months ago, the president of a nationally known collection agency was asked to recall how Municipal Collections Inc. won a contract from the... More >>

  • More Revolving Doors

    published July 6, 1995

    Doug Williams thought so much of Bob Lanier that he sold his civil engineering firm, R.G. Miller Inc., and signed on in early 1992 as the... More >>

  • The Rule of Men, Not Law

    published June 8, 1995

    One of the more instructive defenses of Mayor Bob Lanier's siphoning of Metro funds to fill potholes and pave streets was delivered last week by... More >>

  • Term limits and a domineering mayor have combined to make the City Council little more than a rubber stamp. And Houston may pay dearly for that down the line.

    published June 1, 1995

    It was a Wednesday afternoon in December, and the City Council chamber in the lower level of the City Hall Annex echoed with the sound of one man... More >>

  • Perk of Office

    published June 1, 1995

    artha Wong and Helen Huey weren't taking any chances when the city's Ethics Committee convened last week to consider complaints against the... More >>

  • Debt Collection

    published May 11, 1995

    A collection agency hired to track down ticket scofflaws is suing the city of Houston, claiming that the chief administrator of the municipal... More >>

  • The Great Smokeout

    published May 11, 1995

    By mid-afternoon on April 19, law enforcement agencies across the country were on the lookout for suspects in the bombing of the federal office... More >>

  • Springtime for Bob

    published May 4, 1995

    It doesn't stretch the imagination to envision a sleepless Bob Lanier, perhaps cradling a nightcap of warm milk, looking out over the darkened... More >>

  • It began in the Panhandle with the promise of great riches, only to crash and burn in a Houston courtroom. The wreckage is still smoldering, and the truth is nowhere to be found.

    published April 20, 1995

    A few months later, even before some of his clients concluded that he had sold them out, it would be suggested that Tom Upchurch had faked a heart... More >>

  • The Toxic Tort Case

    published April 20, 1995

    A few months later, even before some of his clients concluded that he had sold them out, it would be suggested that Tom Upchurch had faked a heart... More >>

  • Suing Her Pants Off

    published April 20, 1995

    When Brenda Flores read the line on the subpoena that said, "You Have Been Sued," she was reminded of the old expression Ya la quiere mi... More >>

  • Funny Business II

    published March 23, 1995

    Lavonia Gill went to the Municipal Courts Administration Building almost a dozen times to pay a traffic ticket she received in 1990. But on each... More >>

  • Sam's Farewell

    published March 9, 1995

    About the best Sam Templeton could say about his life last April was that he still had a roof over his head. He was jobless, nearly broke and... More >>

  • Street Fight

    published March 2, 1995

    Loud music. Noisy drunks. Beer bottles, pools of urine, an occasional undergarment left behind after a night of carousing. Joanna Pasternak... More >>

  • Gunning for Greanias

    published February 23, 1995

    The saga of Bayou City Enterprises should pose a simple, open-and-shut question: Did the firm actually do any work for the more than... More >>

  • Unequal Opportunity

    published January 19, 1995

    Sure, Tony Brigham was hoping to make some money when, in May 1992, he sent a letter to Mayor Bob Lanier and the Houston City Council asking that... More >>

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