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2001 Stories by Margaret Downing

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  • Unfunding a Mandate

    published December 20, 2001

    A kid gets expelled from school. Or he's been incarcerated for a crime, serves his term and can move back to his home school, except that it's a... More >>

  • Gangstas in Paradise

    published December 6, 2001

    I was eight years old when I first got directed into the Crips gang, the 29th Street Crips gang. First I started off running drugs for them... More >>

  • Hail to the Chiefs

    published October 25, 2001

    Terry Abbott, the masterful public relations guru for Rod Paige when Paige was superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, resigned... More >>

  • But Who's Counting?

    published October 18, 2001

    The parent was insistent. The dropout problem at his school was huge. Between ninth grade and graduation day, roughly half the class had... More >>

  • Stepchild?

    published September 6, 2001

    Ivy Levingston was flying high May 18. Returning from an educators' conference in Kansas City, the Houston Independent School District principal... More >>

  • Letting Go

    published August 23, 2001

    Brenda Jones wasn't supposed to have a chance. When her son was arrested last February for having marijuana on campus, Bellaire High School... More >>

  • Stupid Pet Tricks

    published July 26, 2001

    Corey Ledwell plops down in the light gray sandy dirt, drawing lines to nowhere with a twig. His German shepherd Hilda is nearby, squeezed into a... More >>

  • Lost His Place, Lost in Space

    published June 7, 2001

    Jose spends his days inside a dark two-bedroom apartment in Irvington Village across the street from Moody Park. When he gets up in the morning he... More >>

  • Learning How to Survive (at) CEP

    published May 31, 2001

    At 5:53 p.m. the phone rings. Joseph Flores picks it up and puts it right back down. A recorded message says Joseph wasn't at school today. This... More >>

  • 180 Days in the Hole

    published April 19, 2001

    Drew Fulk should be sitting in his second-year German class at Bellaire High right now, perfecting his accent along with the rest of the Guten... More >>

  • Road Hog

    published March 22, 2001

    The news was disturbing. A nice Jewish couple in their fifties living in the Westchester subdivision in far west Houston woke up Sunday morning,... More >>

  • Getting Wrecked

    published March 15, 2001

    Act 1, Scene 1: It's late at night in Woodlake Square, a small strip shopping center at Westheimer and Gessner. J. Michael Douglas, the... More >>

  • The Comeback Kid

    published March 8, 2001

    Beatrice Gonzales wrecked her life on New Year's Eve 1995, not that she can remember much about it. She knows that she and her husband had been... More >>

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