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2000 Stories by Melissa Hung

Archives: 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • A Diva in the Making

    published November 16, 2000

    Her transportation was waiting at Chicago's O'Hare airport. As promised, it was a stretch limo. The petite young woman from Houston donned her... More >>

  • Jewels and Justice

    published October 12, 2000

    Last December, Mike Plummer waited in line behind a gaggle of ladies at the David Yurman trunk show at the Galleria Neiman Marcus. Dripping with... More >>

  • Going Public

    published September 28, 2000

    Amber Hall was unhappy. Although she had attended Catholic school since prekindergarten and was among the top sophomores at St. Pius X High... More >>

  • Tackling the Taboo

    published September 14, 2000

    In the 11th-floor radio broadcast studio, with the glimmering lights of the Southwest Freeway before her, psychotherapist Hanh Vo adjusts her... More >>

  • Room to Crow

    published August 24, 2000

    When Betty Heacker moved her business, the Wabash Antiques and Feed Store, down Washington Avenue in 1990, the new location included a... More >>

  • Murphy's Law

    published August 3, 2000

    According to West End legend, one evening Billy Murphy stood in front of his home on Inker Street and shook his fists in the direction of Jax... More >>

  • Jimmy's Justice

    published July 27, 2000

    The headlights a block behind Bud "Jimmy" Sawyer Jr. flashed from dim to bright to dim to bright again. At 12:40 in the morning, November 17,... More >>

  • Suddenly This Summer

    published June 29, 2000

    Alice Valdez waited in vain. The executive director of Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts expected 120 children to show up... More >>

  • Class Cops

    published June 15, 2000

    It can happen at the beginning of any class period in any middle or high school in the Houston Independent School District. The teacher turns to... More >>

  • The Long Haul

    published June 8, 2000

    At 13 years old, Thuy Vu accompanied her father to City State bank to help him apply for a loan. Tu Viet Vu, known as Big Tu, didn't know much... More >>

  • Effie's Ending

    published May 11, 2000

    When Eufemia "Effie" Van Rysseghem was placed in hospitals and nursing homes, the man who called himself her common-law husband began using a... More >>

  • Warded Off

    published April 20, 2000

    Wayne Bruce and his wife, Shirley, were gently walking his mother through the wide halls of Heritage Sam Houston nursing home when another elderly... More >>

  • Cambodian Queen

    published April 13, 2000

    Between forefinger and thumb, Yani Keo holds a freshly clipped blade of grass, wafting it softly in the viscous humidity of a greenhouse. Smell,... More >>

  • Porn At Peace

    published March 9, 2000

    On one side of Fairdale Lane, the signs at Rick's Cabaret beckon the breast lovers of Houston, as they always have. As many as a few hundred... More >>

  • Gang of One

    published February 17, 2000

    Khanh Le is a stoic guy. He keeps to himself, smiles broadly and constantly, and reacts to most everything with calm -- so much calm that... More >>

  • Local Rotation

    published January 20, 2000

    Demigods Polyphonic Demigods On Maudlin Street, where power rock meets romantic longing, the Demigods reign. On... More >>

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