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2002 Stories by Mark Donald

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  • Party Time

    published December 19, 2002

    It wasn't just another obligatory holiday party, the kind of work-related seasonal gathering only made palatable by good liquor and plenty of it.... More >>

  • Lethal Rejection

    published December 12, 2002

    Ever since her daughter's funeral, she had been stalked by the same nightmare: Nancy is in the Pizza Hut in Austin, stripped naked in the... More >>

  • Steppin' Out

    published October 31, 2002

    He knows it won't be easy--coming out of the "smoky closet," as one marijuana advocate puts it. After all, he has been a professional football... More >>

  • The View From the Bottom

    published October 24, 2002

    One morning in July he starts to cry and can't stop. There is no money left; he has sold or hocked nearly everything he owns and is still... More >>

  • Bench Warmers

    published August 29, 2002

    Being a Democrat, a Latino, a woman, Sara Saldaña believed she had chosen the right election cycle to run for civil district judge in... More >>

  • Clean Time

    published August 22, 2002

    The judge takes his seat behind the bench, wearing shirtsleeves, a striped tie and a bucketful of country-boy charm. "How y'all doing... More >>

  • The Ex-Con Game

    published August 1, 2002

    He grew anxious as he approached a customs official at the Ottawa airport, declaring that he had lost his fanny pack, which contained his drivers... More >>

  • Coming of Age

    published July 11, 2002

    Tom Gilley had been through it before: the termination, the humiliation, the uneasy feeling in the pit of his stomach that something just wasn't... More >>

  • The Dog Whisperer

    published June 6, 2002

    It's not as though we didn't already have the two most challenging kids in the world. Max is 5, a Harry Potter clone; he's an exhausting, whirling... More >>

  • Mad TV

    published June 6, 2002

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  • Inhale With Hale

    published May 16, 2002

    You'd almost have to be stoned to mix pot and politics, particularly if you were running for prosecuting attorney. If elected, it would be your... More >>

  • Dirty or Duped?

    published May 2, 2002

    Almost without warning, she bursts into a flash flood of tears. All it takes is for you to gently scratch the surface of her memory of the time... More >>

  • The Next Breast Thing

    published February 14, 2002

    They are known by many names, some of which are endearing, silly or downright demeaning, none of which adequately describes our cultural obsession... More >>

  • Radio Haze

    published January 24, 2002

    Rick Day has dedicated his life to two causes: marijuana and barbecued beef. Although he has smoked both--the latter as an award-winning caterer,... More >>

  • What Didn't Happen

    published January 17, 2002

    Call me conventional, call me coarse, call me crazy, but I prefer my drama, oh, I don't know, dramatic. Give me a plot with a narrative structure... More >>

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