Remembering Castro’s visit to Houston


I wrote this story for the Houston Chronicle. It was published on Aug. 25, 2006. (See original version). After the revolution, the leader visited Houston in 1959 amid hopes he would build a democracy Before the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, before Washington branded Fidel Castro a villain, the Cuban leader swept

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Arrest in plot shocks DEA agent


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Dec. 19, 1999. A U.S. drug agent said he was “shocked and insulted” when authorities arrested him last week on murder-for-hire charges and accused him of plotting to avenge the 1995 slaying of his cousin. Salvador Martinez, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

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Blood ties


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on May 21, 2000. Lost in the rumble and grit of passing rail cars and tractor-trailer rigs is a quiet place where angels live. The tiny winged creatures peek out from cubbyholes and corner tables, standing guard as Beatriz Jordan lights a candle

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Abuse claims filed against Border Patrol


I wrote this story for the Orange County Register. It was published on Sept. 23, 1992 Immigrants say US Border Patrol agents regularly beat them, kick them and sometimes shoot them, but agents are rarely disciplined and critics say most complaints vanish into a web of secrecy. Newly released government documents show that at least

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‘Gator attack: “Oh, my baby!”


I wrote this story for the Miami Herald. It was published on¬†June 6, 1988. ENGLEWOOD, Fla. –¬†Wildlife officers recovered the body of a 4-year-old girl late Saturday night after a 10-foot 7-inch alligator snatched her from the edge of a pond, dragged her underwater and chewed off her leg. Erin Glover, a bright, blue-eyed blond

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