Helen Thorpe

Articles by Helen Thorpe

Bad News, Baird’s

Jul 31, 1996 By Helen Thorpe

This spring, Texas’ leading white-bread maker was ordered to pay a fine of $10 million and settled a lawsuit for another $18 million. Why does the company have to cough up so much dough?

The Far Right Stuff

Apr 1, 1996 By Helen Thorpe

Wyatt Roberts says he’s simply crusading against sin, but critics contend that the Christian activist is trying to usher in a new era in Texas: the anti-gay nineties.

Wafer Madness

Apr 1, 1996 By Helen Thorpe

Inside a state-of-the-art semiconductor factory, a day’s work is never done, as technicians race to build smaller, faster, and more-powerful computer chips.

Hype or Hero?

Nov 1, 1995 By Helen Thorpe

He’s won the support o Mexican Americans in El Paso; now he wants to win a seat in Congress. Is Silvestre Reyes’ attack on illegal immigration heroism or hype?

Smelling Like a Rose

Nov 1, 1995 By Helen Thorpe

Critics complain about Houston’s rising debt, but Mayor Bob Lanier’s reputation is blooming, which is why he’ll win a third term this month.

Reversal of Fortune

Sep 30, 1995 By Helen Thorpe

Boone Pickens and his protege, David Batchelder, built Mesa Petroleum into an energy giant. Now Pickens’ empire is crumbling and his former aide is leading the charge against him.