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Engage the Enemy
The parade of men stepping up to the courtroom podium forms a kaleidoscopic snapshot of the shrapnel expelled by the U.S. military: There are…
Length: 2 minutes (719 words)
Cleveland Scene
The plane touches down early on Monday morning, March 12, 2007. He spent the weekend steering jetliners up and down the eastern seaboard, but on…
Author: Kyle Swenson
Length: 5 minutes (1370 words)
There Is No Republican Establishment Anymore
SO WHO'S MAKING THE KOOL-AID? /// The GOP is stuck in a strange bit of shadow play, seeking to become what passes for the Establishment by devising the most effective means of proving…
Length: 4 minutes (1083 words)
"Doctor Scumbag" Abused Miami HIV Patients; 20 Years Later, He Finally Faces Justice
Donald White stewed inside the small-town Denny's as he nervously leaned on a coffee-stained table next to his wife. They were both terrified they'd been invited here to confirm their worst fears.…
Published: Dec. 11, 2012
Length: 6 minutes (1630 words)
Garrett Holeve, an MMA Fighter With Down Syndrome, Is on His Way to Changing the Sport
"I'm dangerous," 23-year-old Garrett Holeve warns as he bounces around a bedroom in his parents' suburban, single-story house, throwing punches and kicks. A pungent combination of protein-powered…
Published: Dec. 17, 2012
Length: 17 minutes (4325 words)
2013 Python Challenge: Few Reptiles, Many TV Crews
Knee-deep in muddy water, Jimmy Ferguson swings a homemade piece of bent metal through the depths. With the midday sun beating down, the gangly ginger is sweating through his camo shirt and matching…
Author: Kyle Swenson
Published: Jan. 15, 2013
Length: 5 minutes (1459 words)
Marissa Karp Murder: A Decade of Investigation Pays Off
A weak breeze was pushing in from the south, rippling the broad boulevard of water as it caught the midmorning sun. The canal, wide as a football field, ran north to south, slashing an engineered…
Author: Kyle Swenson
Published: Jan. 22, 2013
Length: 17 minutes (4431 words)
Sympathy for the Devils: Should Sex Offenders Have More Rights? Or None at All?
Illustration by Brian Stauffer On a blue, sun-soaked Saturday in December 2007, Valerie Parkhurst's white Suburban took the asphalt at a purposeful creep past the blocks of modest ranch homes between…
Author: Kyle Swenson
Published: Aug. 19, 2013
Length: 3 minutes (957 words)
The Last Ride of Legendary Storm Chaser Tim Samaras
Bastien LeCouffe-Deharme Before it came for him, Dan Robinson watched the thing grow. It began as a bolus that descended out of the storm, projecting needle-like vortices that lanced the wheat fields…
Published: Aug. 27, 2013
Length: 3 minutes (944 words)
Virginia Larzelere: Sentenced to Death for a Murder She Didn't Commit
The killer arrived just after lunch. Clutching a sawed-off shotgun in a leather-gloved hand, he slipped through the back door of a long, stucco dental office. But then, because he wore a ski mask and…
Published: Sept. 9, 2013
Length: 3 minutes (958 words)
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