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College Immaterial for High School Students in Vocational Trainingnew

Good paying jobs, no huge loan burdens, exciting course work -- the new vo-tech attracts more and more hi-tech students.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  05-21-2008  |  Education

"Run Over By Metro"new

AltWeeklies Award - Investigative Reporting
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  04-21-2008  |  Media

Hog Wildnew

Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  04-21-2008  |  Animal Issues

Toxic Town: Contamination in Texas Schoolsnew

Schools in the town of Somerville continue to show elevated toxins, but are the health risks bad enough to shut down the schools?
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  04-08-2008  |  Environment

Barack Obama and Menew

It was the year 2000 and I was a young hungry reporter in Chicago covering a young hungry state legislator.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  03-03-2008  |  Politics

Toxic Town: Suffer the Childrennew

Carcinogen samples from local schools are off the charts.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  12-11-2007  |  Science

Toxic Town: Birth Defectsnew

Critics say contamination from the tie plant caused severe problems for these babies.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  12-11-2007  |  Science

Toxic Town: Cancer and Birth Defects in Somerville, Texasnew

In Somerville, chances are far better than normal that you will die of cancer or give birth to a deformed baby.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  12-11-2007  |  Science

Fighting for Air: Drowning and the Heimlich Maneuvernew

Most doctors say the Heimlich maneuver should not be used to save drowning victims -- so why does professor John Hunsucker continue to teach it to lifeguards?
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  10-16-2007  |  Science

Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose: 'Lie, Puke and Say No'new

The rare-coin dealers ripping off old folks have their own internal lingo: here's a quick glossary.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  07-24-2007  |  Business & Labor

Texas Coin Companies Target Elderly Investorsnew

Rare-coin dealers are making a mint -- and flipping off their customers.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  07-24-2007  |  Business & Labor

A Subdivision Turns on a Neighbor Who Pointed Out its Contaminationnew

Paul Anderson became a pariah when he raised questions about Woodwind Lakes' land and the contamination underneath.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  04-17-2007  |  Environment

Whose Best Interests?new

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.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  01-31-2007  |  Children & Families


Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  12-12-2006  |  Business & Labor

Baby Bluesnew

Lisa Collins took the Paxil her doctor prescribed -- there was supposed to be no problem with her continuing it during her pregnancy, but now it seems there was.
Houston Press  |  Todd Spivak  |  09-19-2006  |  Science

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