The darker side of life in Washington, DC

DC Darkside, which went active on the World Wide Web on May 7, 1996. Darkside is an experiment with articles that were published through 2004 and went into archival...

Reunion

He couldn't help noticing how the woman at the table across the room kept looking at him. She could have been his age, but better preserved. Where age had ravaged...

A life that wasn’t there

It started with a Christmas card. "Thinking of you," the card said. Talk about a voice from the past. A simple card, nearly 35 years after that day in high school...

Intervention

She heard the alarm go off at 6:30 a.m., signaling time to get up and go to work. Only she wasn't asleep. She was still at the computer keyboard, reading...

Readin’, writin’ & getting it on

Angela is ready for school. She has her books, last night's homework, some money for lunch, and a box of condoms. Just another 12-year-old headed out the door for a day...

Anger on the highway

Behind the wheel, Billy Canipe could be a real terror. "If he was having a bad day or somebody was messing with him, yeah, he would drive fast," said his...

Life in the fast lane

Nighttime. United Flight 250. Somewhere between Denver and Washington's Dulles Airport. Ignore dinner. Pull out laptop and start work on new communications plan for client. Beeper goes off (well, vibrates...

The old bait and switch

Laura McAdams met Ron Aptid after work one night at Capital City Brewing, a popular D.C. nightspot near Union Station. They hit it off. Dinner two nights later. A show...

It couldn’t have been her

The doctor didn’t mince words. HIV positive. AIDS? Not yet, but probably in your future. Can’t be. I’m not gay. Straights get AIDS too. But I always use a condom. Condoms are not 100 percent safe. I...

Change of heart

Thursday afternoon. Rush hour. Thom Hendrickson felt the first twinge of pain as he turned his Honda off the Beltway onto Chain Bridge Road in Northern Virginia. It wasn’t much...