Somebody yelled “gun” and all hell broke loose

A July Friday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol. Tourists milling about, both inside and outside the historic building. The Senate was just finishing up a rare Friday session. The House...

With apologies to Thomas Wolfe

He'd been in the city for 16 years. A long time. Maybe too long. "Maybe it's time to go back to your roots," a friend said. "Back home." Home. Where is home? He...

Beware the repo man

Wednesday night. Northwest Washington. Lavish houses. Expensive cars. Most people who live here are successful. Some aren't, but try to live like they are. When they can't keep up, John Allen...

Sex in the summertime

It's 8:30 on a Wednesday night and Barry is on the prowl. He's in uniform: Armani sport coat, collarless shirt, Ferragamo shoes, Gold Rolex President watch. His college ring covers...

‘She’s in the water and she’s dead’

Saturday afternoon. Davis Ford Road. Prince William County, Virginia. About 30 miles southwest of Washington. Her first weekend out in months, a rare day of feeling good after more than...

If the fear never stops, then God help the next one

She got on the Metro Orange Line at West Falls Church and walked past where Michael was sitting. He tried not to look. He didn’t want to look. He tried...

A controlled free fall

He never saw it coming. He arrived early on that Friday morning, wanting to get his desk cleared before a 10 a.m. company-wide meeting on corporate restructuring. But something was wrong....

Having it all and having nothing

Donnie’s $375,000 a year job offered all the amenities of life: nice home in Potomac, Mercedes in the garage, membership in the right country club and a trophy wife. That...

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...

Death of a dream

Those who knew Darin Jensen best say he was born to teach. Jensen loved teaching television production at Woodbridge High School in Virginia and loved his kids. He was a...