Harris County

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    March 13, 2014

    A Texas Boy's Summer Camp Nightmare

    An 11-year-old sent to the Hill Country's Camp La Junta returns to his family with a horrible secret.

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    April 25, 2013

    How Medicare Became a Thieves' Bazaar

    In Dallas and across the country, hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation’s sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.

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    February 5, 2013

    As Texas' 500th Execution Approaches, Death Penalty Opponents Ramp Up Calls For Reform

    On an August night in 1998, Douglas Feldman pulled his Harley up next to an 18-wheeler that had just cut him off on a highway in Plano. Feldman shot and killed the driver, Robert Everett, then paused on his way home to murder an Exxon tanker driver named Nicholas Velasquez. A week or so later, he ki ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    The Texas Medical Board Wants to Let its Investigators to Carry Guns

    Over much of the past year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement agencies have been carrying out the largest offensive against pill mills Texas has ever seen. Dubbed "Operation King of the Pill," the effort involves dozens of officers swarming medical offices suspected of illeg ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    The Story of the Handsome Guy Bandit Was Made for Hollywood*

    (*The Handsome Guy Bandit thinks so, anyway.)

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    October 25, 2012

    Dallas Parole Officer Nichelle Derricks Took Bribes To Overlook Alan Todd May's $7 Million Oil Scam, Feds Say

    It's hard to forget Alan Todd May. He's the Texas con man who, until his phone privileges were revoked, used to sell spaces in made-up trade shows from his Harris County prison cell, not to mention any number of more pedestrian financial misdeeds. His boldest scheme started in 2008, when he formed ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    While Awaiting Trial, Teens in Dallas County Jail Being Kept in Their Cells 23 Hours a Day

    Each year, a handful of Dallas county teenagers accused of crimes are "certified," meaning they're being charged as adults and will appear in adult criminal court. While they await trial, they sit in Dallas county jail. We've learned that while in jail, these teens are kept in their cells for 23 hou ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    What You Don't Know About Prosecutorial Oversight: Our Chat with Attorney Betty Blackwell

    Michael Morton, free after 25 years of wrongful imprisonment for his wife's murder, spoke about his experience yesterday during a panel discussion on prosecutorial oversight at the University of Texas. Morton's case has become a focal point of any story or discussion about prosecutorial misconduct, ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    The Rising AIDS Epidemic Among Dallas's Young Poor People

    Barbara Rios/Science Photo Library​The number of young people in Dallas contracting HIV and AIDS is increasing, KTVT-Channel 11 reported Monday, and those young people, ages 13 to 24, now make up 25 percent of all new diagnoses. And those stats were compiled before the state decided to gut fam ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    August 20, 2009
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    March 26, 2009
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    January 31, 2008

    Still an Aryan Blood Brother

    Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

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    January 17, 2008

    Sharon Keller is Texas' Judge Dread

    When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas

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    December 6, 2007

    American Toxic

    The railroad tie plant that gave birth to tiny Somerville may now be killing the town, residents claim

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    October 25, 2007

    Mrs. Don Hill Speaks! And Says She and Her Hubby Are Innocent! No, Really?

    Brian Harkin Well, I had the chance to talk to the former Sheila Farrington for a feature about her husband Don for the paper version of Unfair Park this week. Mrs. Hill says she will not cop a plea, and while I know that’s what all criminal defendants say initially, she sounds pretty convincing ... More >>

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    March 9, 2006

    Heck of a Job, County

    In case of catastrophe, dial 1-800-UR-EFFED

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    October 27, 2005

    Wild Child

    For Quinn Eaker, a son of the radical "unschooling" movement, school's out forever

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    March 11, 2004

    The Icebox Revisited

    Houston had one of its most shocking race murders 45 years ago. But exactly whose tragedy was it?

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    October 2, 2003

    Getting the Bird

    West Nile keeps animal control officers hopping to collect dead birds

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    October 2, 2003

    Counsel for the Defense

    At 76, flamboyant criminal lawyer Racehorse Haynes keeps doing what he does best--winning

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    June 19, 2003

    Evil Eyes

    Coral Eugene Watts is a serial killer. He says he'll murder again. Why can't Texas stop him?

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    January 23, 2003

    Tracks of His Tears

    His wife murdered their five children, but Rusty Yates was the one labeled a villain. He says don't believe everything you read.

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    January 9, 2003

    Sisters in Crime

    Female authors find a lucrative trade in Texas lawlessness

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    April 25, 2002

    Sweetheart Deal

    How does Virginia McGuire make a profit in the nonprofit business of creating affordable housing? Simple. She pays her husband.

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    April 11, 2002

    Taken to Task

    DPS to oversee state drug forces troubled by abuses

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    September 20, 2001


    What makes Bobby run?

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    December 14, 2000

    The Lost Girl

    Haifa Bale has spent three years trying to get her daughter back from an abusive ex-husband. Not even the Queen of Jordan can make it happen.

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    February 3, 2000

    Presumed guilty

    Odell Barnes awaits execution on March 1 -- despite new evidence that he didn't commit the crime

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    February 3, 2000

    The king of Cockrell Hill

    Dallas Constable Aurelio Castillo claims the criminal charges against him are a political conspiracy. His opponents say he's just a doofus.

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    November 18, 1999

    Dissed robes

    On the prosecution-biased Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, justice isn't blind. It's dumb.

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    June 24, 1999

    On the lam

    A convicted killer flees arrest on insurance fraud charges

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    June 3, 1999

    Unacceptable Risk

    Texas health officials say that mandatory childhood vaccinations against hepatitis B will prevent the spread of life-threatening illness. But which is riskier--the disease or the vaccine?

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    April 8, 1999

    It's the money

    And it's nowhere near enough to attract a slate of decent city council candidates in southern Dallas

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    December 17, 1998

    Down-home Drudge

    Harvey Kronberg, the Avis of Austin political reporters, tries harder with Web gossip

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    December 3, 1998

    The garden of life

    In East Dallas' Little Asia, a community blooms in fields of litter

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    October 22, 1998

    Death Merchant

    In 1979, Walter Waldhauser Jr. arranged the murder of a Houston family. Today, he has a new name and a new business in Dallas,but he still profits when people die.

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    September 17, 1998

    Smoke-filled room

    When Dan Morales brokered Texas' $17.3 billion tobacco settlement, he blew away Governor Bush. He also made sure his friends got a few puffs.

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    July 9, 1998


    While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers tries to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry

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    May 14, 1998

    Fly away, little jailbird

    Reports of Steven Russell's death were greatly exaggerated, but they were enough to spring him from a Texas prison

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    April 23, 1998


    The Dallas bounty hunter's arsenal includes the pizza scam, the utility-clerk hustle, and the occasional M-1 rifle. Now who's the crook?

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    April 24, 1997

    Babe in the 'hood

    Accused of bribery, ineptitude, and cattle rustling, rookie constable Aurelio Castillo can't tell his friends from his enemies anymore

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    April 10, 1997

    Not so fast, Sonny

    A sweetheart bill down at the Texas Legislature will let you pay to make one Dallas businessman richer

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    August 22, 1996

    Academy of schemes

    School promoter given time out--in jail

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    January 26, 1995

    Death Row Granny

    Bettie Beets killed two husbands. Now she's likely to become the first woman the state of Texas has ever executed

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    December 15, 1994

    Sexual Dealing

    The truth about Cabaret Royale's blue-chip fantasy world