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2000 Stories by Margaret Downing

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  • Hard Call

    published December 21, 2000

    Elizabeth Ann Gilderson grew up in Canterbury, England, during World War II. She was a teacher because, she says, all women in England back then... More >>

  • Tough on Drugs

    published December 14, 2000

    Attorney Marc Carter had a client, 18 years old. A first-time offender, she'd been smoking crack cocaine since she was 14. She was the mother of a... More >>

  • Gentleman's Agreement

    published November 30, 2000

    Two years ago Hillary Goldstein came to Houston direct from Queens, New York. In her somewhat larger-than-life persona, Goldstein embraced the... More >>

  • The Way Back

    published November 9, 2000

    Bruce Stohr didn't know it at the time, but his mental illness first came on when he was in high school. Even for a hormonal teenager, Stohr was... More >>

  • Catch Us If You Can

    published November 9, 2000

    Steve Chesser waited until after his children had gone to school that September 1 morning. Then he beat his wife, Maria, very carefully -- he knew... More >>

  • Breaking Bigotry

    published September 28, 2000

    In 1993, Wanda and Brenda Henson, two lesbian lovers, decided to set up shop in Mississippi, a place not particularly known for tolerating... More >>

  • Nowhere to Land

    published August 24, 2000

    Tim Ramey is an unfortunate 26-year-old soul whose mother loves him dearly even though four years ago he almost raped and killed her. Mentally... More >>

  • Board and Care(less)

    published July 6, 2000

    The strange man with the long hair and beard stood outside her home -- dirty, disheveled and in hospital scrubs on that Saturday morning in April.... More >>

  • Breaking the Mold

    published May 25, 2000

    T. H. Rogers is one of the most sought-after schools in the Houston Independent School District. The pre-K through eighth-grade facility houses... More >>

  • No More Waiting Room

    published April 20, 2000

    Caroline DeLuca was a baby who couldn't crawl, couldn't talk, couldn't even sit up straight. Getting on her hands and knees was beyond her; her... More >>

  • Tongue-tied

    published April 6, 2000

    H e's a nine-year-old third-grader who is segregated in a special bilingual classroom because he doesn't speak, understand, read or write English... More >>

  • Trying to Make Amens

    published March 30, 2000

    The trustees of Fort Bend Independent School District have got their panties in a wad over school prayer, an issue -- like abortion -- of... More >>

  • Not Your Grandma's Girl Scouts

    published March 23, 2000

    In 1909 the Boy Scouts held their first mass rally in London, England. As Collier's Encyclopedia recounts, "A number of girls arrived,... More >>

  • Once Is Enough

    published March 16, 2000

    Sarah was blind, and Sarah, who was seven, looked three because of a pituitary growth condition. But that wasn't the worst of Sarah's rotten life.... More >>

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