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...

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...

The killers among us

Zipper lights his ninth cigarette of the hour and leans back on the couch. He exhales and resumes talking about the demons that have haunted him for the last...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

The good life in Lafayette Park

Say hello to Marsh. How ya doing Marsh. "Couldn't be better." Life treating you o.k.? "Yep." Tell me Marsh. Where do you live? "Sixteen-oh-one Pennsylvania Avenue." Across the street from the White House? "Yep." So you and the...

A pirate looks at 50

It started with a notice from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), announcing that he would soon be eligible for membership. Then a Statement of Earnings arrived from the...

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...