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2004 Stories by Sarah Fenske

Archives: 2004 | 2003
  • Ground Zero

    published November 18, 2004

    Beth Haraway is eyeing the two slices of raisin toast on the plate in front of her. When she ordered them 15 minutes ago, the waitress cocked her... More >>

  • Black and White

    published November 11, 2004

    Debra Alston was a hard worker who didn't believe in excuses, mostly because she didn't need them. Born to an unwed teenager in a rural town near... More >>

  • Eating It Up

    published November 4, 2004

    The cafeteria workers at Jefferson Davis High School run their breakfast program with factorylike precision. Into the big blue Igloo coolers go... More >>

  • The Shocking Truth

    published October 28, 2004

    It wasn't supposed to end this way: one man dead, almost a dozen shots fired and three officers badly shaken. Tairon Gray was supposed to allow... More >>

  • The Prince of Perjury Palace

    published October 7, 2004

    The family court hearing was quick. The child's mother wasn't even there, and her ex-boyfriend swore up and down that she was no good: She was a... More >>

  • After Oprah

    published October 7, 2004

    The audience of The Oprah Winfrey Show was incredulous. Barbara Davis was telling them about the judge who had just let her... More >>

  • Business as Usual

    published September 9, 2004

    For a month, a special evaluation team pored over proposals for one of the city's largest contracts: a three-year deal, valued at roughly $324... More >>

  • Shooting Star

    published September 2, 2004

    For a film with a tight schedule and an even tighter budget, Resurrection: the J.R. Richard Story is not off to a great start. Today's... More >>

  • Case Closed

    published August 5, 2004

    The verdict was a stunner: A jury awarded the Aguilera clan $13 million, plus $7 million in interest. The family was jubilant. Wal-Mart's lawyer,... More >>

  • The Killer Next Door

    published July 29, 2004

    For eight years, whenever Danny Billingsley saw a cream-colored van, he'd think of Dana Sanchez. Then he'd run the license plates, each time... More >>

  • The Last Word

    published July 8, 2004

    They were an unlikely success story. An immigrant from communist Yugoslavia, he had no money, little English and a lowly job as a deckhand on an... More >>

  • Sweet Charity

    published June 10, 2004

    On that day last September, Congressman Tom DeLay and his wife, Christine, showed they can still mount the perfect photo op. She wore blue; he... More >>

  • Charity Begins at Home

    published June 10, 2004

    Tom DeLay's foster-home project in Richmond would be a philanthropic plus for any area. But critics say he is even more adept at charity of... More >>

  • Welcome to Fire Island

    published May 27, 2004

    Teresa Cornelison is agitated again. Except for her, the Quintana Town Council meeting has gone completely silent. Mayor James Norvil is... More >>

  • Pulp Fiction

    published May 20, 2004

    It started much like any other office romance: Boy notices girl across a sea of cubicles. Boy flirts with girl on smoking breaks and at the... More >>

  • The End Game

    published May 13, 2004

    Strangers are inside Rose Sanjakian's A-frame house in West University, touching her belongings. They paw through boxes of scarves and hankies,... More >>

  • Total Contempt

    published April 22, 2004

    The scam was so simple, it hardly counts as a scam: Take the money, and don't even bother to run. Just stall. The author of the plan was a... More >>

  • Friends Like These

    published April 22, 2004

    The Island Snow stand outside the Houston Zoo is lined with bottles of snow cone syrup, each filled with a different color and flavor, from the... More >>

  • Married to the Job

    published April 8, 2004

    To some in attendance, the scene at City Council was so sweet it was almost cloying. Accepting her appointment as Houston's new parks director in... More >>

  • Taking Stock

    published March 25, 2004

    At first glance, the envelope gave no clue to its importance. Buried at the bottom of a box of old paperwork, it was labeled only with a scrawled... More >>

  • History for Dummies

    published February 26, 2004

    The voice coming from the computer isn't your daddy's history teacher -- or yours, either. Studiedly casual and oh-so-hip, it's more beatnik than... More >>

  • The Freedom Fighter?

    published February 19, 2004

    Everyone at the constable's debate is talking about drugs. How to rid Precinct 7 of drugs. How to tear down drug houses. How to keep the kids off... More >>

  • Moving Target

    published January 15, 2004

    Billy Ray Sterling believed in working hard. An operator at the Lyondell-CITGO refinery, he took on 16-hour days, 80-hour weeks -- no sweat. On... More >>

  • Ties That Bind?

    published January 15, 2004

    When battles over light rail expansion reached their angry peak last fall, nearly every politician in town was jockeying for the TV cameras.... More >>

  • Double Bogey

    published January 8, 2004

    Adrienne Crispin had worked at the city's parks department less than three weeks when she was assigned to rewrite its contract for Glenbrook Golf... More >>

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