Questions of whether Haywood Smith defamed her childhood acquaintance in her 2003 novel took a backseat Monday to discussions about whether the author of "The Red Hat Club" intentionally destroyed evidence pertinent to the lawsuit against her.
Pam Wood never planned on becoming an elementary school principal. In fact, the former banker said she didn't realize teaching was her calling until she stumbled upon her passion for education as a Sunday school teacher.
The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.
For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.