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1997 Stories by Brian Wallstin

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  • The Johnson Treatment

    published December 4, 1997

    For the last four years, Richard Johnson has cut quite a figure at City Hall as chief of staff for District B Councilman Michael Yarbrough. ... More >>

  • Strange Currents

    published November 27, 1997

    Two weeks ago, the Independent Electrical Contractors endorsed Bruce Tatro in the upcoming runoff for the District A seat on City Council. While... More >>

  • Hello, Columbus

    published November 13, 1997

    A year has passed since the city of Houston promised $3.4 million in public money to a nonprofit agency fronted by a bankrupt developer to build... More >>

  • The Mall That Ate Katy

    published November 6, 1997

    She hasn't seen it yet, of course, but Jinny Baker knows it'll be big. How could something that's being promoted as a super-regional value- and... More >>

  • Voluntary ... or Else

    published October 9, 1997

    David Bearden would rather have been digging a sewer trench on October 1 than sitting in the front row at a Houston City Council meeting,... More >>

  • Why Don't They Want This Man to Be Mayor?

    published October 2, 1997

    One evening in early September, George Greanias dropped in on a meeting of the Harris County Democratic Women's Club in north Houston. Only... 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 >>

  • Fourth Ward or Bust

    published July 31, 1997

    Jacqueline Beckham didn't know whether to laugh or start packing. It was almost noon in the chapel of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on... More >>

  • Holistic Touch

    published July 17, 1997

    Before he met JoAnne Mandel, Steven Berk seemed headed toward a bad end. Berk had a fierce appetite for alcohol and drugs, suffered from... More >>

  • Trawling in Deep Water

    published June 19, 1997

    It's mid-afternoon in Kemah, and the winds from an approaching thunderstorm rock the pleasure crafts docked across the street from the law offices... More >>

  • Between Friends

    published June 5, 1997

    In November 1993, shortly after he was first re-elected with 91 percent of the vote, Mayor Bob Lanier embarked on a series of unprecedented real... More >>

  • Renaissance Play?

    published May 1, 1997

    As a veteran builder and real-estate developer, Julio Laguarta may have seemed like an ideal choice to run the day-to-day operations for Houston... More >>

  • "A Flaky Deal"

    published April 24, 1997

    The children were tested for lead poisoning last July, during a routine visit to the neighborhood health clinic. Drop-lets of blood from their... More >>

  • Fighting the Renaissance

    published April 3, 1997

    Maybe there was a time, in his 59 years, when Ross Martella Jr. didn't want the land his family owns in the Fourth Ward. But he doesn't remember... More >>

  • Basic Ballard

    published March 13, 1997

    Most weeks Fred Zoch can drop into the Bridge City Rotary Club luncheons at Linders Seafood & Barbecue to relax, dine on the Tex-Mex buffet and... More >>

  • The Great Land Grab

    published January 30, 1997

    Julio Laguarta stood in a busy hallway in the City Hall Annex, looking tense and uneasy. It was early October, but for the squat, burr-headed... More >>

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