It's a late morning in August as Verenice Lopez leans against the passenger seat window of her boyfriend's pickup truck, watching the leafy residential streets of Houston's Fifth Ward speed by. They're on their way to Riverside General Hospital's drug treatment center on Lyons Avenue, which had been ... More >>
Despite all the Tenth Commandment strictures to the contrary, coveting the mansion next door has led millionaire executive Tony Petrello to years of depositions and lawsuits.
Today is officially Lyndon Baines Johnson Day here in the state of Texas. The late 36th president's birthday was hallowed in his home state after he died in 1973 of a massive heart attack at the age of 64. He would have been 104 today. Johnson ascended to the presidency from the vice-presidency aft ... More >>
From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.
19-year-old's accident left her with permanent brain damage.
It took years for Veronica Bass to figure out she was overpaying her union dues. Getting her money back looks like it may take just as long.
Lynde Chunn: Sing a sad song(Be warned. In ten years here at the Houston Press, we've seldom come across a story sadder than this one.) Lynde Chunn had a tough row to hoe for many of her 28 years. The Houston-born Caney Creek High School graduate was mentally challenged but had long lived al ... More >>
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
Generation DIY turns to self-diagnosing to save money.
For the first year, Baby Raymond lived happily with his family. Then the agency took him away and even though his Chinese-American family fought to get him back, they couldn't find the right words
Swift & Company pitted employee against employee when it replaced injured workers with illegal immigrants
Margie Hill got sick, became a ward of the county and was moved to a nursing home. Son Marvin wants her back home. But she can't get out.
Rent-to-own stores, pawnshops, payday lenders -- it's hope for sale, with interest
Cyberonics has implanted its pacemaker in thousands of epileptics. It wants to expand to the depression market. Still needed: an accounting of those who died or were injured after receiving its implant.
Too scared to leave her house, Sandy has one last chance: a county crisis team that will come to her
Did the Devereux Treatment Center provide the care Cecilia Garrett needed or did it drive the young teenager to her death?
Drug addicts can get hard cash to be sterilized or go on birth control. Is it ridding the world of unwanted babies -- or just ducking the underlying problems of abusers?
Community Health Systems cashed in big on the stomach stapling rage. It almost cost Kaye Parsley her life.
The same extreme measures that saved Sidney Miller at birth also severely disabled her 11 years ago. Texas courts are still trying to determine who should pay for it -- and could set a legal precedent in the process.
Take one tax rebate, a Houston man advises, and apply liberally
HISD and a paid trustee get entangled in the spreading empire of a private firm touting safe alternative schools for troubled kids. So why are some students and parents so scared?
When the sickest of Harris County's mentally ill break down, an ACT team is there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again
Mono-Poly Wars, Donald's Demise, Holy Hypocrisy
For 13 hours, guard Jeanette Bledsoe wondered if she would see one more murder inside prison walls -- her own. Now she wants to make sure TDCJ protects those who protect us from society's rejects.
Crisis care for the mentally ill crumbles under the weight of not enough money, too much beauracracy
Unmarried and pregnant, she knew her options in a land obsessed with population control: Abort or become an outcast. Lijun looked for another way out.
A mother fights for a therapeutic dive for all who need it
An infant with two fractured ribs and bleeding on the brain. A teenage single mom with no high school diploma. Grandparents with a business to keep afloat. Can CPS find a stable home for Angela Delacourt?
Health providers, insurance companies, researchers and government agencies all want your medical records. And it doesn't matter whether you want them released or not.
Angela took a hit. And CPS took her babies away.
A legal technicality sent Donnie and DeAnne Fitts to a Houston court seeking to adopt Justin and Jacob Baker - again. Twelve jurors agreed that outcome would be the best for the children. Judge Bill Henderson didn't quite see it that way.
The hospital district gives the county $30 million, it gets a budget back. Good deal.