Bob Burtman

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  • 15 years ago | Longform

    A Month before he closed his Texaco service station at Forest Lane and Webb Chapel Road, Greg Kraft surveyed the array of honors lining his office wall--Texaco Excellence Winner, Award of Achievement, Top Performer Award--and laughed grimly. "We n...

  • 15 years ago | Longform

    It's 10 a.m., and all is quiet on the battlefront. Conditions breezy and cool, water calm. The thin, dead stumps of the Black and Amber forests poke baldly from the surface. An occasional logging truck laden with tapered trunks grinds across the H...

  • 16 years ago

    Odell Barnes joins a growing list of death-row inmates whose convictions have become a lot less clear-cut during the appeals process. That's supposed to be the point of an appeal: a chance to revisit the case and make sure that if a serious mistak...

  • 16 years ago | Longform

    Helen Bass enjoyed an ordered if unremarkable life. The 42-year-old vocational nurse worked the second shift at the state hospital in Wichita Falls. A tidy woman who lived alone, Bass occasionally entertained a friend in the evening but mostly kep...

  • 16 years ago | Longform

    As the harsh smell of raw crude oil becomes overpowering, Joe Nelson peers over the bow of his aluminum skiff. "There it is," he says, pointing to a 20-foot-wide ribbon of black that winds across the murky waters of Galveston Bay. The oysterman fo...

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