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2002 Stories by Jennifer Mathieu

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  • Down the Road

    published December 26, 2002

    Several years ago the City of Houston decided to extend Avenida de las Americas by two blocks north to Minute Maid Park. But the historic, nearly... More >>

  • Letter Perfect

    published December 19, 2002

    Dressed in a bright yellow suit with a black collar, 19-year-old Sudanese refugee Monica Jacob gently handles the four thin pieces of paper on the... More >>

  • Miss American Pie

    published November 28, 2002

    Veteran Texas casting director Barbara Brinkley is standing outside the just-opened Ramada Plaza Hotel on Kirby, sucking down a Virginia Slims... More >>

  • The Pretender

    published November 14, 2002

    Rodrigo Fernando Montano is a liar. You wouldn't think it to look at him. He has an honest face, a big open smile and a nice warm handshake.... More >>

  • Sleater-Kinney

    published October 31, 2002

    Every time a new Sleater-Kinney record is released, there's a lot of frantic media posturing about just what Sleater-Kinney is. Are they... More >>

  • Toogood to Be True?

    published October 3, 2002

    The grainy security video has been shown ad nauseam over the television airwaves. The young blond mother exits the Kohl's store with her pigtailed... More >>

  • Building to Suit

    published September 19, 2002

    Early last month Esmeralda Valague started getting phone calls from her former neighbors in San Antonio. They had a strange story to report. Even... More >>

  • Reality TV Bites

    published September 5, 2002

    It was so early it was still dark out when Chad and Shani Walter woke up on the morning of November 27, 2001, in their three-bedroom home in... More >>

  • Divorce Over Easy

    published August 29, 2002

    Michael and Beth Johnson met in their freshman year of college and started dating right away. Michael was everything, says Beth: smart and fun,... More >>

  • This Old House

    published July 25, 2002

    The rambling, two-story blue-and-white house on Rusk Avenue sits behind a pair of locked iron gates. Nearly 100 years old, it has been added on to... More >>

  • Pay Snubs

    published July 25, 2002

    Judy Danneman's shift at Wal-Mart started at 6 a.m., before the store even opened, and she always arrived on time. She and fellow employees would... More >>

  • Ben Kweller, with My Morning Jacket and Little T & One Track Mike

    published July 11, 2002

    Does the universe really need another scruffy yet nerdy boy in his early twenties strumming his guitar and singing about his girlfriend? When the... More >>

  • Med Check

    published July 4, 2002

    Sitting at a table in his bright, sunny new apartment, John Termine invites a visitor to check out his pills. He does this as casually as if he... More >>

  • Getting Ugly

    published July 4, 2002

    Although funding for resistance testing is up for debate, almost all doctors who work with indigent patients can agree on one thing: Texas's... More >>

  • The Last Stand

    published June 27, 2002

    Employees of Globe News were used to a colorful crowd slipping inside the small one-story building on the edge of downtown, right by the Pierce... More >>

  • A Higher Calling

    published May 30, 2002

    It was a clear October evening in 1998, just two days before Halloween, when Mary Jo May decided to pull off her next big idea. After months of... More >>

  • Pam's Last Stand

    published April 25, 2002

    The delivery woman standing outside the pink building at 2700 Albany Street is confused. She's supposed to be making a stop at the studio of... More >>

  • Lost & Found

    published April 18, 2002

    On the wall of the simply furnished apartment in southwest Houston hangs a large religious calendar, the cheaply made kind that churches sometimes... More >>

  • Power House

    published April 4, 2002

    It's 15 minutes before the second Sunday service at Lakewood Church is scheduled to begin, but already half of the 7,800-seat sanctuary is filled.... More >>

  • Keeping On Task

    published March 7, 2002

    Governor Rick Perry has ordered that the Department of Public Safety begin monitoring the state's 49 narcotics task forces following allegations... More >>

  • Fire Ball

    published February 28, 2002

    All Lonnie Ball wanted to do that afternoon was his job. In this case, that meant cleaning the floor under the large red, white and blue fire... More >>

  • Le Tigre

    published February 28, 2002

    Think of everything Britney Spears is and all that she represents. Now flip it inside out. What you're left with is Le Tigre, a punk/electronica... More >>

  • Gas Man

    published February 21, 2002

    He hates the gas station. That is the first thing that must be understood. It is not merely a nuisance, or a minor annoyance. To use those... More >>

  • What's Wrong with This Picture?

    published January 17, 2002

    The curatorial assistants at the Museum of Fine Arts were frustrated. It was the summer of 1997, shortly after ground had been broken for the new... More >>

  • Playing by Heart

    published January 3, 2002

    When Joseph Samuels first sits down at the black Yamaha piano in the main atrium of the Texas Medical Center's Memorial Hermann Hospital, the man... More >>

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