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Children of Enron

15 years ago by Michael Serazio
When a limousine pulled up to take the family to the airport, Chris Boutcher couldn't quite believe it. It was the summer of 2000, Enron was trading at $90 a share, and Chris had a one-way ticket to Houston. It sucked, sure, that he had to pick up and move...
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Enron's Earth (Day) Quakes

21 years ago by Tim Fleck
Fortune magazine may have voted Houston-based Enron the most innovative company four years running, but the natural-gas giant has an old-fashioned approach to controversy. It runs from it. Case in point: the corporation's decision to ban Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Inc. from participating in Earth Day Festival,...
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Opera à la Enron?

18 years ago by Marene Gustin
Armed with a fresh MBA, he came to Houston in 1970 and took a struggling little company from near obscurity to the dizzying heights of international acclaim. But after 32 years, some curious accounting practices and complicated compensation packages, the organization is facing a $3 million shortfall and is talking...
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Best Antidote to Enron

David Berg

Back not so long ago, when Ken Lay was God in Houston and Enron was regarded as a collection of corporate geniuses rather than crooks, David Berg helped torpedo a city push to award a billion-dollar wastewater plant contract to an Enron subsidiary. As chairman of the Houston Area Water...
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Best Antidote to Enron

David Berg

Back not so long ago, when Ken Lay was God in Houston and Enron was regarded as a collection of corporate geniuses rather than crooks, David Berg helped torpedo a city push to award a billion-dollar wastewater plant contract to an Enron subsidiary. As chairman of the Houston Area Water...
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Enron The Musical Gets Only Slightly Better Reviews Than Enron The Company

10 years ago by Richard Connelly
Houston has inspired many Broadway plays, if you count Marvin Zindler in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and define "many" as "one."But now it's two!!! Enron, a semi-musical, opened on the Great White Way last night. Judging from the reviews, however, it's not likely to be around long.Kind of like...
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America's New War Against Enron

18 years ago by Tim Fleck
Its former leaders are in seclusion, protected by elite bodyguards and high-tech security systems. Only a hard-core band of followers continues to staff its shattered shell, as a chorus of condemnation around the world denounces unethical strategies that wreaked havoc on tens of thousands of unsuspecting citizens. Any day now,...
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We're Enron-Free!

18 years ago by Richard Connelly
The rodeo's in town, and the annual local-media orgy of coverage has begun. Television reporters have once again chuckled their way through trail-ride pieces, breathless updates of ticket sales have been given, and enthusiastic descriptions have gone out over the air and in print about all the fun being had...
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Cover Story: HCAD Allegedly Running an "Enron Style" Scheme by Shifting the Property Tax Burden from the Rich to the Poor

7 years ago by Steve Jansen
In 2012, the Harris County Appraisal District valued Robert Mandala's modest Spring home at $59,500. The property-tax agent who represented Mandala said HCAD, while establishing a value, purposely ignored the lower priced homes in the neighborhood and grabbed sales numbers from the most expensive properties. Mandala, a Houston area construction...
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Pass the Gas for Garza

21 years ago by Tim Fleck
You can't fault Enron Oil & Gas chief executive Forrest E. Hoglund for lack of enthusiasm about recently elected Railroad Commissioner Tony Garza, the Republican secretary of state under Governor George W. Bush. In his zest for raising late-train cash for Garza, who will now serve as a state regulator...

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