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2004 Stories by Josh Harkinson

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  • For Whom the Hell Tolls

    published November 25, 2004

    For years, residents in the Houston Heights have been pushing to build a bike trail along an abandoned rail line, connecting their historic... More >>

  • Ready for a Rumbo?

    published November 11, 2004

    Renato Castillo knows how to get the story fast. He marches into a southwest Houston health clinic, flashes a press card and quickly interviews... More >>

  • No Virgins, No Velvet

    published November 4, 2004

    For many artists, opportunity knocks once or twice. For Ibsen Espada, it banged incessantly. The part-time dog catcher was asleep with a hangover... More >>

  • Taking Aim

    published October 21, 2004

    In a banquet room high in the Greenspoint Radisson, a former Las Vegas lounge singer disco-struts across the stage. One moment he's flirting with... More >>

  • The Heflins: An Immigrant's Tale

    published October 21, 2004

    It should have been an immigrant's dream. Mariam Katamba, born in Uganda, found herself taken under the wing of one of the most powerful men... More >>

  • Cooked Book

    published October 21, 2004

    Juli Salvagio, the director of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, steps up to the counter, scrutinizes the value menu and orders a No. 6... More >>

  • HCCS's Gift Basket Bonanza*

    published August 12, 2004

    At a packed public meeting early this year, Abel Davila's relatives walked down an aisle and squashed into a momentary traffic jam. Holding his... More >>

  • Hitting the Bricks

    published August 12, 2004

    Flanked by shaggy lawns and empty malt liquor cans, Catherine Roberts stands in the center of the last surviving brick street in Freedmen's Town,... More >>

  • The Mixmaster

    published July 22, 2004

    The three-block area along Bunningham Lane, west of Voss Road, is one of the many places in Houston where fate is obscured by yellow caution tape.... More >>

  • Thrilled to Death

    published June 3, 2004

    Thrill seekers have a word for almost every moment aboard a roller coaster, and if they were to describe Sam Nguyen's position in the summer of... More >>

  • Fever Pitch

    published June 3, 2004

    Sure, Houston is home to the Bush family, Halliburton and thousands of Humvee drivers, but calling us a city of warmongers would be a stretch.... More >>

  • Micro Management

    published May 13, 2004

    In 1982, Van Weldon, a young salesman adept at buying rounds and selling tractors in Abilene bars, dropped out of business school and set out to... More >>

  • Collision Course

    published April 29, 2004

    Late at night, off-duty sheriff's deputy Zachary Long drove by a subdivision construction site in Humble and saw a man loading roof shingles into... More >>

  • Carrying the Torch

    published April 22, 2004

    Chris Wilhite, a red-bearded Sierra Club organizer, straps on his mud boots, climbs out of his Dodge Ram and plunges into a leafy gumbo of creek... More >>

  • Flight of Angels

    published April 15, 2004

    The second time H. Jack Schyma proposed to his girlfriend, he drove eight hours through the night from Houston to her home in Mexico's Valley of... More >>

  • Those Bichon Mutts

    published March 25, 2004

    On an operating table at Texas A&M University, the fluffy body of 11-week-old Cherie lies as motionless as an afghan rug. A doctor watches her... More >>

  • All Aboard

    published March 18, 2004

    Ted McCormick, able-bodied seaman, has traveled the world on tankers. Used to be, when he'd dock in the Port of Houston, he'd walk off the ship,... More >>

  • Lead Astray

    published March 4, 2004

    Two years ago, Debra Ferris was renting a crumbling apartment, where she said rats gnawed her peeling walls, a rising bayou invaded her living... More >>

  • Ship Wrecked

    published February 12, 2004

    Off the coast of Galicia, a rocky province in northwest Spain, a storm was brewing. Captain Luis Dopico, aboard the tiny Carmen Belen,... More >>

  • Firing Line

    published February 12, 2004

    Shortly after Paul Donnelly took over as the director of the Harris County probation department, he assembled his 800 employees and delivered what... More >>

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