Daytime hooking in Manhattan in the 1980s. Photos by Steven Siegel
The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule by Sam Dolnick
Is Leo Sharp a senile day-lily farmer who was taken advantage of by drug smugglers? Or did he know exactly what he was getting into?
Johannes Kreidler’s “Charts Music,” arranged by using the Microsoft Composition Tool, Songsmith.
How one Staten Island man’s small vending machine empire made and then eventually lost $1 million in the Homies trade.
Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup by Declan Hill and Jeré Longman
A New York Times investigation of match fixing ahead of the last World Cup gives an unusually detailed look at the ease with which professional gamblers can fix matches.
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Illustration by Henry Wong
This series of photos by Lewis Hine was key in influencing the changing of US child labor laws in the early 20th century.
We’ve seen this chart before, but now the squares at Bloomberg hypothesize about why the world’s richest nations also have the most heavy metal bands. One answer from the illustrious crew was “Electricity.” Because if you can’t plug in the speakers, how is anyone going to hear you? Watch below
This year, Italy will be adding the sales of drugs, prostitution and smuggling to their GDP calculations, “a boost for its chronically stagnant economy.”
The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits by Blake J. Harris
From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’
In an ideal world, the extremely wealthy would let me buy art for them. Equipped with no vested interests, no time for back rubbing and preening, only just an eye for nice pictures, it’d be a fantastic fit. With this in mind, I’ve selected 11 works of art from tonight’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s for Dr. Dre, hip-hop’s first billionaire. Lord knows he’ll need some decoration for that house he just bought.
A round-up of all things pot related
That HIGH kite you see up there, will finally be available next month… stay tuned.
How the Father of Claymation Lost His Company by Zachary Crockett
Will Vinton brought clay to life with characters like the California Raisins and the Noid — until Nike billionaire Phil Knight stepped in and bought the business for his son, rapper Chilly Tee.
A primer for everyone.
Tracing the origins of samples back to their creator, in this case 57-year old French musician Alain Mion, founder of the legendary jazz funk group Cortex.
The Hunt for El Chapo by Patrick Radden Keefe
How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured.