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2005 Stories by Josh Harkinson

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  • Tale of Two Cities

    published December 15, 2005

    In North Vietnam's misty Halong Bay, a French warship swallowed the children of God. It ferried them in its belly through a maze of towering stone... More >>

  • Suburban Import

    published December 8, 2005

    If you love Indian food, then you've got to love the Houston suburbs. Yes, they're stomping grounds for nutters in propaganda-plastered H2's, but... More >>

  • Faded Love

    published October 27, 2005

    Mike, Joe, Chris, Lawrence, Sequoia and their friends are looking ghetto fabulous. The men sport sags, giant tattoos and sleeveless shirts. The... More >>

  • Pick Me Up

    published October 13, 2005

    It started with her legs. "I'm not going to lie," Tucker says. They were the kind of legs that pull you way up on a smooth trip that ends, through... More >>

  • Swing Time

    published October 13, 2005

    This story is related to this week's feature, "Pick Me... More >>

  • Ownership Wrongs

    published October 6, 2005

    Heather Mickelson leaves work on a Monday afternoon and drives home to her ritzy condominium in Tremont Tower, the new six-story monolith of steel... More >>

  • Rita Beatahs

    published September 29, 2005

    Seldom has Houston been more freaked out than it was in the Week of Hurricane Rita. Helped by disaster-loving local forecasters, fueled by the... More >>

  • Cabbieville

    published September 22, 2005

    On the other side of a barbed-wire fence, a war wages over a Sanyo flat-screen television. A Nigerian man flips to the Discovery Channel, where... More >>

  • Cranked

    published September 1, 2005

    January 22, 1990, was the day Olivia died. She was sitting in an idling Nissan Sentra at a traffic light, next to her toddler son. A car hit her... More >>

  • A Gap in Coverage

    published July 14, 2005

    On a frigid Sunday evening, Daniel Hopkins and his girlfriend pasture his sorrel quarter horse, crank the heater in his Astro van and set off with... More >>

  • Horse Shoed

    published May 26, 2005

    Demonstrators at the Four Seasons were already drenched in sweat by mid-morning. Wearing pig snouts and Dick Cheney masks, they pounded out a... More >>

  • Westward Whoa!

    published May 19, 2005

    Amid the Christmas rush at the Mall of the Mainland in Texas City, Ruth Pavelko's back scrunched into a prickly knot. The 49-year-old mom stumbled... More >>

  • Danburg: Montrose's Davy

    published May 5, 2005

    Like Davy Crockett clutching his musket at the Alamo, then-state representative Debra Danburg was outnumbered, isolated and intent to fight to the... More >>

  • Bucky's Brains

    published May 5, 2005

    When it comes to the big things, Richard Smalley isn't interested. He doesn't care for his office's gigantic coffee machine. "I hate that thing,"... More >>

  • Lay of the Land

    published May 5, 2005

    Near the pinnacle of Enron's success in the late '90s, CEO Ken Lay spoke to the editors of the corporate advice handbook Lessons from the... More >>

  • Lowering the Boom

    published April 21, 2005

    On a recent afternoon in leafy Alief, Howard Lehrman is sitting in his modest brick house, surrounded by his four cats, their scratching posts and... More >>

  • High-Caliber Kids

    published April 21, 2005

    The Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun is the darling of the Navy SEALs and of special forces around the world. It fires up to 600 rounds a minute,... More >>

  • Wretched Excess

    published March 31, 2005

    In a Tanglewood office tower, visitors who feel the urge can ride an elevator to the top floor, round a corner and walk into a small restroom.... More >>

  • Chop Sticklers

    published March 3, 2005

    When Aron Danburg's mom entertains, she becomes Martha Stewart. She wants a formally set table, a nice centerpiece and a respectable loaf of... More >>

  • The Dead Zone

    published February 24, 2005

    He called them "the little houses." They were the shotgun shacks and decomposing Victorians, the flophouses where the panhandlers crashed and the... More >>

  • Over the Limit?

    published January 27, 2005

    New, unpublished data showing spiking levels of a toxic pollutant in Galveston Bay speckled trout has prompted state health officials to consider... More >>

  • Draining the Swamp

    published January 13, 2005

    The mud stretches for 200 acres, a shimmering paddy of rutted black gumbo. It is flanked by a highway and a gravel road, real estate signs and an... More >>

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