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2005 Stories by Greg Harman

Archives: 2005
  • System Failure

    published December 8, 2005

    Glenda Caldwell doesn't have a lot of faith in the system. It didn't crash all at once the way her foundation did after Tropical Storm Allison... More >>

  • Veggie Tales

    published November 10, 2005

    It was expected to be one of the largest protests since the Vietnam War, and a radical cadre of young Houstonians was all set to join in outside... More >>

  • Shattered Illusion

    published October 27, 2005

    It was an unexpected sight, to say the least. Right in the middle of the high Chihuahuan Desert of far West Texas, along a blank stretch of road... More >>

  • Switch Hitter

    published October 13, 2005

    In many ways, attorney Jim Blackburn has been the strong right arm of the environmental movement in Houston for decades. The Rice professor has... More >>

  • A Mighty Wind

    published October 6, 2005

    Swirling, choking dust clouds first alerted Gerald Long and his wife, Vivian, that the McCarty Road Landfill had begun operations in 1972. The... More >>

  • Breakfast of Champions

    published October 6, 2005

    As the Peña house stirs, 12-year-old Joshua Chapa is leaning out of bed and pulling on his shorts. Then, like too many days before, he... More >>

  • The Terrorist

    published September 8, 2005

    The room smells of the laundry soap that still pebbles the kitchen table. The shuttered blinds display the smeared stains of a child's handiwork,... More >>

  • One Dead Guinea Pig

    published July 28, 2005

    Vladimir Yuri Zhirakarov first appeared on the streets of Houston around 1997, when he joined the faceless ranks of the city's burgeoning homeless... More >>

  • Staying Safe

    published July 28, 2005

    Dr. Isaac Montoya sits on a sagging couch in ripped blue jeans and a sport shirt. His professional dress -- the tie and jacket, the pressed white... More >>

  • Digging It

    published June 16, 2005

    Tempers flaring and dark exhaust steaming, life on Houston highways is no easy road. Cars and cargo lunge about as the orange-cone crews struggle... More >>

  • The Fix Is In

    published June 9, 2005

    It wasn't all because of Tommy Mae Flakes Ames's colostomy bag -- which jailers routinely refused to allow her to clean. It wasn't only the... More >>

  • The Usual Suspect

    published June 9, 2005

    As if it weren't hard enough just being a black man among the trailer parks and suburbs ringing Lake Houston, Eddie Nyuke had the nerve to try it... More >>

  • Path to Nowhere?

    published May 12, 2005

    Kirk Farris has been mixing it up on the bayou for years. As he wheels his pickup over the green banks and under the overpasses around the eastern... More >>

Archives: 2005