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2003 Stories by Margaret Downing

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  • Stoner Science

    published October 30, 2003

    It all started at the Houston 420 on Washington Avenue. Mind you, I went to college, so I'm no stranger to head shops. But I'd never tried... More >>

  • Attention Deficit

    published October 16, 2003

    The girl in the film is pretty and funny. She has long, dark curly hair and a great smile. She giggles and kids around. Her family is with her and... More >>

  • Olé Olé Olé Olé

    published September 4, 2003

    Despite being cash-strapped and prone to cutbacks these days, the Houston Independent School District dug into its piggy banks and came up with... More >>

  • A Hanging Offense

    published April 24, 2003

    The girl's body was slumped against the back of her bathroom door, a bedsheet knotted tightly around her neck. Instead of a warm, vibrant... More >>

  • Bend Over and Take One for the Team

    published April 17, 2003

    After six months of study, the T.H. Rogers playground issue has been settled, proving once and for all that Jeff Shadwick, trustee with the... More >>

  • Fostering Abuse

    published March 27, 2003

    They call him the boy born without a throat. That's shorthand for an esophagus that wasn't hooked up right. Born in Galveston to a juvenile... More >>

  • Situational Ethics

    published February 20, 2003

    "He's gay." "You're so gay." "What are you, gay?" "That was such a gay thing to do." Starting around middle-school age, kids -- particularly... More >>

  • Seventh-Inning Stretch

    published January 9, 2003

    Well, it's January 2003 and a decision about the playground at T.H. Rogers education center seems far away. Houston school trustees adroitly... More >>

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