John Carroll

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  • 17 years ago

    Drivers passing the intersection at Grand Parkway and Interstate 10 near Katy hurtle through without a second look. There's little to see here. The northern side of the freeway is a quiet piece of overgrown land fringed by new housing developments...

  • 17 years ago | Longform

    When lawyers with the Texas Attorney General's Office looked for a test case of the questionable sale-leaseback industry in 1991, all they had to do was listen. A 35-year-old entrepreneur named Gary Elkins was using radio advertisements with the l...

  • 17 years ago

    The good news came by mail: CONGRATULATIONS JOHN CARROLL! The letter went on to breathlessly assure that I was a "major prize-winner" in the 1998 Polaris Giveaway. Maybe I'd won a new truck, or $25,000, or a major vacation package or $500 cash. Al...

  • 17 years ago

    Tilman Fertitta's carport was a riot of blooming colors. Fabrics were draped over tables and chairs. Roses, daisies and hydrangeas blossomed from the center of each table. The rich floral harvest included more flowers cascading from overhead beams...

  • 17 years ago

    Democrats may have more party favors to hand out while Clinton is in office, but that hasn't discouraged plenty of wealthy Republicans in this area from whipping out their checkbooks for the conservatives. And no one in Houston exercises his right...

  • 17 years ago | Longform

    For two years, supervisors at Houston-based Tex-Co International kept a file on a client that was simply marked "AL." AL was a great customer, with plenty of hard cash and a big appetite for drilling equipment. In a letter dated September 21, 1993...

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