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2003 Stories by Mark Donald

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  • Cell-bloc Voting

    published December 18, 2003

    Every weekday morning beginning at 7 o'clock, the gate of Huntsville's Walls Unit opens, just slightly. Returned to society are a dozen or so... More >>

  • Cocktail Hours

    published November 13, 2003

    He can't be more than 18 or 19, brown hair, tight T-shirt, tighter jeans, light blue eyes that have yet to be deadened by the street. It's obvious... More >>

  • Crack Alley

    published November 13, 2003

    For a crime fighter, Peter Fleet seems on the smallish side, his slight appearance lacking a command presence, his reedy voice a bit nervous... More >>

  • Deanie Babies

    published September 4, 2003

    The wine is flowing, the chips are dipping and the conversation is turning brazenly partisan. And why shouldn't it? This is not some effete soiree... More >>

  • Consider the Source

    published July 24, 2003

    It's not much of a place, really: a bland, one-story yellow brick building hoping to remain innocuous to the small-town traffic that drives by.... More >>

  • Where the Rubber Leaves the Road...

    published July 10, 2003

    Like flies to honey, they swarm into the Sonic Drive-In on Northwest Highway near Garland Road, revving their high-performance motorcycles as if... More >>

  • Just Get Married!

    published May 29, 2003

    "Then there was the guy who loved his wife so much, he almost told her." --Anonymous It seems a bit bizarre and a lot ironic that the... More >>

  • Absent Without Leave

    published April 24, 2003

    There is something about the boy's eyes--half-shut and lifeless--that may hold the clue to his truancy. They mirror a depression driven by... More >>

  • Passing the Plate

    published April 24, 2003

    The specialty license tags issued by the Texas Department of Transportation are a benign bunch really, offering little to raise the hackles of... More >>

  • It Doesn't Suck.com

    published February 20, 2003

    Hank Mishkoff tries hard to convince you he isn't a chronic complainer--some high-minded crank who thrives on conflict and refuses to back down.... More >>

  • Slave Wages

    published February 13, 2003

    The lawsuit reads more like a lesson in black history than it does a class action in federal court. Its pleadings tell the sad tale of Andrew... More >>

  • Get on the Bus

    published February 6, 2003

    It's hard to know how to dress for the peace protest in Washington, D.C.: warm gloves, ski parka, sensible shoes, a gas mask. My wife has... More >>

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