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1999 Stories by Russell Contreras

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  • Lost in The Woodlands

    published December 23, 1999

    Dolores Dean lives in a small house made of pressboard with a rusted metal roof. When it rains, she puts out buckets to collect water from the... More >>

  • Roll Over, Selena

    published May 6, 1999

    On August 14, 1994, Second Ward residents opening their windows for a warm breeze could hear, in the distance, Tejano music hitting its peak.... More >>

  • Roping In Ratings

    published April 29, 1999

    A television tuned to KTMD-Channel 48 provides recent news on NATO air strikes. The next message updates viewers on another skirmish in a war much... More >>

  • River Oaks Rip-offs

    published March 11, 1999

    From their independently operated stalls inside the warehouse-sized Market Place Antiques in West Houston, dealers display wares reflecting... More >>

  • Crystal Clear Persuasion

    published February 11, 1999

    In an almost nightly ritual of 14 years, Alvaro "Al" Barretto made the rounds of his domain, the Crystal Nite Club, on a late Wednesday in... More >>

  • Up To Date on '98

    published January 7, 1999

    In real life, stories don't end with "happily ever after." They roll forward with no regard for narrative neatness: The prince becomes king; he... More >>

  • Don't Cry for Me, Houston

    published January 7, 1999

    The song was Madonna's. The singer wasn't. Betti Maldonado, impersonating the superstar in her Evita role as Eva Peron, welcomed guests at the... More >>

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