Jim Atkinson

Stories

Downtown

Bail bonding is one Texas business that’s recession proof.

Coots: A Field Guide

A crusty, cranky, curmudgeonly species of bird is proliferating within our borders. And maybe that’s good.

Habits of the Heart

Time-honored Texas rituals by Paul Burka,

Best Enemies

Dallas lawyers Arlen Bynum and John Collins are personal friends and profession foes. They get a kick out of both roles.

The War Zone

When crack comes to a neighborhood, it infiltrates, it corrupts, and it destroys—and there is nothing the cops can do about it.

The Boys of Spring

You probably think that the main reason to go to the Texas Rangers’ Florida training camp is to watch baseball. You’re probably wrong.

Altered State

A year after a grand mal seizure left me convulsing on the floor, I’m still finding my way back into everyday life.

Germ Warfare

With an early flu season and the emergence of deadly diseases this summer, our good health is under siege.

Nerve Center

A Dallas clinic offers hope to pain patients, treating chronic suffering not as a symptom but as a disease itself.

Chemical Warfare

When diesel fumes, power lines, and even his wedding ring made a Dallas man faint, he knew he had a big problem.

Night Trippers

When Dallas sleep doctors cured Tommy Atkins’ snoring probelm, they probably saved his life.

Hunger Pains

Without constant care, victims of an obscure genetic disorder would eat themselves to death.

A Perfect Mess

Can a suburban Dallas house-wife who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder ever overcome her fears? She doubts it.

The Real Medical Crisis

For reformers of the nations health-care system, ground zero may be Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital, where the crush of uninsured patients with non-urgent complaints is affecting everyone’s care.

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