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  • Analysis
    6 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +19 +1

    What Happened to Motorola

    How a culture shift nearly doomed an iconic local company that once dominated the telecom industry.

  • Expression
    6 years ago
    by hxxp
    +20 +1

    Can Staten Island’s middle-class neighborhoods defeat an overdose epidemic?

    “The silent sniper fire of overdoses from pills and heroin has hit Staten Island harder than anyplace else in the city.” Ian Frazier reports.

  • Expression
    6 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +23 +1

    On Bigfoot's Trail

    How do you believe in something that — to the rest of the world — doesn't exist?

  • Analysis
    6 years ago
    by bradd
    +19 +1

    Murder in the Meth Lab?

    What began as a supposedly routine search of this single-wide in the Tennessee woods took a terrible turn when one cop shot his partner dead. Was it just a tragic accident—or was it premeditated, cold-blooded murder?

  • Expression
    6 years ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +1

    Who Is Su

    She was 22 when her memory was obliterated. Twenty-six years later, Su Meck is still learning about the family she raised and the husband she has no recollection of marrying.

  • Analysis
    6 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +6 +1

    The Self-Made Man: The Story of America’s Most Pliable, Pernicious, Irrepressible Myth

    In 1990, Susan Orlean published a book called Saturday Night, in which she set out to document how Americans spend their weekly reprieve from work. “Saturday night,” she wrote, “is when you want to do what you want to do and not what you have to do.” One thing people want to do on Saturday night is go out to dinner, so Orlean dedicated a chapter to the restaurant experience. She set this section of the book at the Hilltop Steakhouse, in Saugus, Massachusetts.

  • Expression
    6 years ago
    by rawlings
    +20 +1

    Sex Is Sex. But Money Is Money.

    Escorts make $100 a hand job — but entrepreneurs like me? We make $5,000 a night. Welcome to the new economy of the oldest profession.

  • Expression
    6 years ago
    by troople
    +22 +1

    The Spy Who Scammed Us?

    Jamie Smith says he was recruited into the CIA as an undergraduate at Ole Miss, cofounded Blackwater, and has done clandestine intelligence work all over the world, operating out of a counterterrorism boot camp in the woods of north Mississippi. Plenty of people believed him, including the Air Force (which paid him $7 million to train personnel) and William Morrow, which signed him up to write his memoir. There's just one little question: How much of it is true?

  • Expression
    6 years ago
    by KondoR
    +20 +1

    The Heartbreak And Confusion Of A 19-Year Missing Child Case

    As if losing a child to kidnapping wasn’t horrifying enough, ineffective law enforcement agencies and predatory private investigators only add to the confusion and pain. Deana Hebert’s long, maddening search for her daughter — and the ex-husband who took her — may be the rule, not the exception.

  • Analysis
    6 years ago
    by macavoy
    +14 +1

    The Lost Sister

    Where is Santa Iris Guzman? The question had taken on almost folklore status in Mellisa Sanchez’s family. Like a precious heirloom, it was passed down through four generations, ever since a summer day in 1949, when the little girl with the big brown eyes and soft curls disappeared in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by timex
    +16 +1

    Inside The Multibillion-Dollar Business Of Keeping Me Out Of America

    Every few seconds the chatter in the lobby is punctuated by a succession of short, rapid cracks so loud I can feel the concussions in my chest. No one else seems to notice. The Phoenix Convention Center’s southern building is packed with hawkish-looking white men in muted suits who somehow continue networking amid the piercing sound. They’re all wearing convention badges around their necks that display their ominous affiliations: DOD, DOJ, DHS, Raytheon.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +16 +1

    The Disappeared

    By the first days of October, the outdoor basketball court at the Rural Teachers College in Ayotzinapa, a town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, had become an open-air waiting room of despair. Pain emanated like heat. Under the court’s high, corrugated tin roof, the families of 43 missing students gathered to face the hours between search expeditions, protests, and meetings with government officials, human-rights workers, and forensic anthropologists. Assembled in clumps at the court’s edges...

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by wildcard
    +23 +1

    The Strange Life of 'Lord' Timothy Dexter

    Lord Timothy Dexter was many things. He was a famed 18th century entrepreneur -- one who made a series of apparently harebrained transactions, and somehow emerged handsomely rewarded each time. He was a poor, uneducated leather craftsman who, by fortuitously (and stupidly) speculating on the Continental dollar, became one of the richest men in Boston, and who then unsuccessfully lobbied for entry into elite social circles for decades.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +23 +1

    The Big Roundtable

    "When I was younger, someone took a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small but significant part of me. I blamed my mother. I despised her. I loved her." The first and only time I had sex it did not go well. I was twenty-two, a late bloomer by most of popular culture’s standards, and for the year my boyfriend and I had been dating, we’d skirted around the issue. He’d repeated that he was willing to wait, however long it might take me to be ready, and I’d chafed at his understanding...

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +1 +1

    Cicada: Solving the Web's Deepest Mystery

    Marcus Wanner needed a little adventure in his life. A skinny 15-year-old brainiac with wire-frame glasses and wavy brown hair, he was the eldest of five, home-schooled by their mother, a devout Catholic, near Roanoke, Virginia. Shuttling Marcus between home, church and the Boy Scouts seemed like the best way to keep him away from trouble (and girls). "I missed out on a lot," he recalls with a sigh. "I didn't get out much."

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +18 +1

    The Education of Jeb Bush

    In December, Jeb Bush posted an update on his Facebook page which began by reporting that, over Thanksgiving, he and his family had “shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.” He added, “We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.”

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by TNY
    +12 +1

    The Island Where People Forget to Die

    In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way...

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by Chubros
    +11 +1

    Witches of Chiloé

    Chiloé Island, in the Los Lagos region of southern Chile, is home to a fiercely independent seafaring people who have thrived culturally in defiance of the Chilean government. The islanders have developed a distinctive mythology made up of powerful shamans who wear waistcoats made from the flesh of dead virgins, hidden caves that are inhabited by deformed, goat-like mutes and even a phosphorescent ghost-ship that many islanders still believe haunts their coast and harvests...

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by distant
    +18 +1

    How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last

    In 2009, one or more prestigious researchers received a CD by mail that contained pictures and other materials from a recent scientific conference they attended in Houston. The scientists didn't know it then, but the disc also delivered a malicious payload developed by a highly advanced hacking operation that had been active since at least 2001. The CD, it seems, was tampered with on its way through the mail.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +12 +1

    The White Devil Kingpin

    How did a homeless kid from Boston transform himself into a major overlord in Chinatown's criminal underworld?