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1999 Stories by Margaret Downing

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  • Downing

    published December 30, 1999

    About seven years ago the Reverend Joe Samuel Ratliff had a vision. He saw that God wanted him to expand his church's ministry to people with... More >>

  • Downing

    published November 25, 1999

    On November 19, 1998, Robert Arthur Pearson interrupted a substance abuse users meeting at a building on Harwin Drive. Police report those in... More >>

  • Downing

    published October 28, 1999

    The man spotted his wife through the large glass doors and windows inside the front of the building. Kept locked, the doors open only at a signal... More >>

  • Downing

    published September 30, 1999

    It was Saturday night, and Claudio Dominguez's wife wanted to go out to eat. She wanted to go to a restaurant or a taqueria to get some... More >>

  • Race Cars

    published September 2, 1999

    One moment Ken Williams was asking the Houston traffic cop if he knew what racial profiling was. The next moment "there were five police officers... More >>

  • Downing

    published July 22, 1999

    Stare as long as you want. Lance's face yields no secrets. Nothing in the eyes or smile of this handsome, dark-haired boy says stop, wait a... More >>

  • After-School Aftershocks

    published July 1, 1999

    First they brought out the little children. A trio of tiny violinists, hidden from the audience by the sheets of music before them, was followed... More >>

  • Bye-bye, Baby, Bye-bye

    published June 24, 1999

    It's good-night, Irene for another day care in the Texas Medical Center quadrant of the universe. Hermann Hospital's Tag Along Kids Day Care... More >>

  • Family Unfriendly

    published June 3, 1999

    Well, the Hermann Hospital Tag Along Kids Day Care Center is history now -- abruptly shut down last week -- and hospital officials just don't want... More >>

  • School Outings

    published May 20, 1999

    Walt Wingo is a 39-year-old man with a bright smile, a black cowboy hat and an IQ less than his age. He has lived in state institutions for the... More >>

  • Left Standing at the Church Door

    published April 29, 1999

    Go to Bering Memorial United Methodist Church and prepare to be greeted with open arms. Join in the worship. Pray, sing, listen to the sermon, go... More >>

  • Cutting Class

    published April 15, 1999

    Herbert Karpicke is a very wary man these days. The principal carefully, cautiously and finally welcomed the Houston Press to his school office... More >>

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