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1998 Stories by Margaret Downing

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  • Pony Up

    published November 12, 1998

    For 364 days a year (closed Christmas), Sam Houston Race Park opens its doors to hardcore bettors who come to stare at simulcast screens. There's... More >>

  • Tell It to the Boss

    published June 18, 1998

    If employees at the former Hermann Hospital want to keep their basic medical coverage and qualify for good-health bonus programs, they're going to... More >>

  • The Love Barge

    published June 11, 1998

    The theme from The Love Boat won't be playing as you board the ship; any background "music" will be the shouts of laborers loading the last of the... More >>

  • Passing the Bucks

    published May 28, 1998

    In newspaper terminology, there's what's called a "Hey, Martha" story. That's when a guy glances over a page of the paper and sees something so... More >>

  • After-School Limbo

    published April 23, 1998

    It's 3:30 in the afternoon, the bell sounds and 1,400 kids are released from Johnston Middle School. Norman Rockwell time -- haven't we all seen... More >>

  • Poop Happens

    published April 16, 1998

    The birds hung limply, their necks tangled in fishing line. Dead or dying, they'd been unable to spot the light-blue monofilament line that for... More >>

  • The French Connection

    published April 2, 1998

    Woody Allen is slouching on an interviewer's couch, saying "Tres facile." Next, there are some shots of TV news, then a professional soccer match,... More >>

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