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2001 Stories by Mark Donald

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  • Christmas Cash Cow

    published December 20, 2001

    'Tis the season to roll out the proverbial cash cows of Christmas--those obligatory feel-good productions, given a tragic twist perhaps or a comic... More >>

  • War and Peace

    published December 13, 2001

    You've come home from work--late as usual. Dinner is done; your wife is frustrated; the kids are out of control. It's time to get them to bed, but... More >>

  • Tortured Souls

    published December 6, 2001

    Two women stand warily by a chain-link fence in old East Dallas, peering over their past, searching their fragile memories for landmarks of the... More >>

  • Fractured Fairy Tale

    published November 22, 2001

    Even the most hardened of humbuggers among us has trouble grumbling at full-Grinch when confronted each holiday TV season with the holy trinity of... More >>

  • Problem Grandchild

    published November 8, 2001

    Nick Cristano has a problem, and I'm having trouble figuring out why. As the central character in Theatre Three's box office hit,... More >>

  • Stop the Press

    published November 1, 2001

    It's hard to cop to this, but here goes: As the lights rise over the masterfully crafted set of The Front Page at the... More >>

  • Wheel of Justice

    published October 18, 2001

    Come January 1, one of the perks of being a state criminal judge may be legislated out of existence. No longer would judges have the... More >>

  • Life in Pictures

    published October 18, 2001

    It's 1999, the end of history as we know it, with the Cold War over and the Western World infatuated with its own narcissistic reflection as... More >>

  • Deadbeating the System

    published October 11, 2001

    So what if he had been served with papers, ordered to appear in court or risk getting thrown in jail. No way Kim Sullivan was getting her... More >>

  • Golden Goose

    published October 11, 2001

    There are two fundamental rules that must remain inviolate for my 4-year-old, Max, to enjoy children's theater. First, never allow... More >>

  • We Never Close

    published August 30, 2001

    It had all the makings of a trend. The new global economy--the one driven by the Internet, e-commerce and multinational corporations, the one... More >>

  • The Lazarus Effect

    published August 30, 2001

    They came because they were curious, because they were committed. They came because they were fed up. On August 15, more than 30 lawyers,... More >>

  • Rich Man, Poor Man

    published August 2, 2001

    As Tom Stanley lay dying, his heart worn down by time, Lillian Stanley searched for ways to console her husband. Each day he spent at Presbyterian... More >>

  • Beg Pardon

    published August 2, 2001

    "Little Rose" has a butter-melting smile, cascading cornrows and huge brown eyes. An adorable 5-year-old, she's the kind of cute you can't... More >>

  • A Dog's Life

    published June 21, 2001

    It wasn't as though she asked for much: a warm bed, a full belly, a squeaky chew toy. Of course, she had needs. What dog didn't? But Missy the... More >>

  • Pass the Plate

    published June 14, 2001

    Last November, inmate Erik Indian stood before the latest group of candidates to enter the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI), the... More >>

  • Fat Like Me

    published May 31, 2001

    It's hard not to notice the cheesy advertisement: a full page in The Dallas Morning News, screaming tabloid headlines, before and after... More >>

  • Access Denied

    published May 10, 2001

    It was all he could do to keep from going crazy, a little nuts, when he thought about how much he missed his kids. He claims he never anticipated... More >>

  • On Her Case

    published April 12, 2001

    She stood by the bailiff, arms folded, nostrils in full flair, obviously incensed that she essentially had been arrested and forced to appear... More >>

  • Joint Effort

    published March 22, 2001

    The winds are changing, and George McMahon can feel it in his bones. His ashen face takes on a pained expression as he peers out the window of his... More >>

  • For Love of The Game

    published February 8, 2001

    It happens every spring or thereabouts: The rookies can't wait to get started, to prove themselves worthy of a shot in the bigs. For aging... More >>

  • The Cable Gal

    published February 8, 2001

    Ashleigh Banfield stands demurely in front of a police barricade in Washington, D.C., scratching her face as a TV camera captures the moment live.... More >>

  • Hello, My Name is Pervert

    published January 11, 2001

    One after another, they drift into the cramped Dallas offices of counselor Phil Taylor--a half dozen of America's Most Unwanted, registered sex... More >>

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