Life under the needle

First the shakes. Then the sweats. He knows the symptoms, so he takes a leather case from the drawer and heads for the bathroom. He finds an empty stall and...

When love and passion create a deadly mix

From the beginning, Diane Zamora's fellow Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, felt something wasn't quite right with the freshman from Texas. "She was intense, real intense,"...

Workin’ the streets

Sally is dressed for work. Her short, tight dress is purple, not quite the same shade as her shoes, which of course clashes with the bright red lip gloss and...

Getting out while the getting’s good

Tom Jennings is a rarity in Washington, D.C. He’s a native. "Yep. Born here. Went to school here. Lived here all my life." Until recently. Earlier this year, Jennings packed up wife,...

Another night of fear

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chucking it all

George left his Northwest Washington home at precisely 7:30 a.m., just like he did every workday morning, climbed into his BMW and headed for the Rock Creek Parkway. A few...