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There’s a Reason They Call Them ‘Crazy Ants’

The first time Mike the Hog-a-Nator noticed the ants, they were piled outside his cardiologist’s office. This was two summers ago, in Pearland, a suburb of Houston. There was a forbidding,…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 5, 2013
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4550 words)

Gretchen Molannen's legacy: suffering, suicide and a journalist's responsibility

I had floated for hours in a warm mineral spring in Florida, interviewing Eastern Europeans in Speedos and floppy hats. For a reporter, it was an idyllic kind of day. Back at the office late in the…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 28, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5405 words)

In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act

BY JULIE K. BROWN The Miami Herald Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years.He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2087 words)

If He Hollers Let Him Go

Although the city of Dayton is small and has been hit hard by the decline of industry, in Xenia and Yellow Springs the land is green, fecund, and alive, even in the relentless heat of summer. Xenia…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 1, 2013
LENGTH: 36 minutes (9228 words)

In Florida, a food-stamp recruiter deals with wrenching choices

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A good recruiter needs to be liked, so Dillie Nerios filled gift bags with dog toys for the dog people and cat food for the cat people. She packed crates of cookies,…
PUBLISHED: April 23, 2013
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2589 words)

The Top 10 Longreads of 2012

9. The Semplica-Girl Diaries George Saunders | The New Yorker | October 8, 2012 | 35 minutes (8,979 words) A father uses his lottery winnings for an extravagant birthday party for his teenage…
LENGTH: 1 minutes (283 words)

Standing next to greatness

In my parents’ living room in Boca Raton, Fla., there’s a collection of University of Florida Gators football paraphernalia they like to call “The Shrine.” They have the…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 18, 2012
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3796 words)

Unmasking Reddit's Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web

Last Wednesday afternoon I called Michael Brutsch. He was at the office of the Texas financial services company where he works as a programmer and he was having a bad day. I had just told him, on…
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4745 words)

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PUBLISHED: Dec. 20, 2011