David Turkel

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Harris County Still Buying Cemetery Space For All You People Who Refuse To Be Cremated

    He'd rather be in Philadelphia​Oooooh, cremation: It's so terrible. How can you possibly shake hands with St. Peter at the heavenly gates if you're a pile of ashes?Harris County is running out of cemetery space to bury indigent people. So they should switch to cremation, right? You can pack a lot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Some Counties Are Seeing More Paupers' Burials, But Not Us...Yet

    ​"Hard Times Come Again No More," wrote Stephen Foster, but they have.And so some people, much as they like, can't afford to bury their dead. In Corpus Christi, for instance, requests for pauper burials are up 13 percent.Once again, though, it looks like Houston is dodging the economic bullet ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Caring for Clairice

    A naked woman's traffic death rekindles concerns about Shed

  • News

    January 15, 2004

    Moving Target

    The city is rolling out the welcome mat for CITGO. But many workers want the company to get lost.

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    Close Quarters

    Questions about conflicts of interest and motives cloud a $77 million city housing deal

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Tax Lean

    Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.