A World of Beef

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Jamel Shabazz reflects on the last moments of innocence in 1980’s Brooklyn and young brothers lost.

Terrible…

police-seizures

Even if you haven’t broken a law, it’s 100% legal for police to seize your property. It’s called civil asset forfeiture, and police have abused it for years. Following confiscation, cops partner with the feds and put the goods up at auction, bringing bonus money back into their departments. Taking advantage of the virtual goldmine that awaits them in public, some police have gone as far as waiting outside a bar hoping that a patron would come out a little drunk so that they could seize his Mercedes.

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NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh Mystery by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario—that Van Gogh was killed—only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading forensic expert, the authors take their case a step further.

“They told me that I was getting a ticket for not stopping for a duck… But it scared me. I’m a woman. This huge duck scared me.”

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Police in Ft. Lee, New Jersey dressed one of their own up in a Donald Duck costume for a decoy program to catch drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians. Needless to say, it confused a lot of motorists who might have been under the assumption that the mascot was just trying to hitch a ride into the city to harass some tourists in Time Square.

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The Man Who Got America High by Jeff Maysh

He chartered the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead in private jets, while smuggling planeloads of Pablo Escobar’s drugs on the side. After disappearing for decades, Alfred Dellentash Jr. finally shares his unbelievable life story—for the very first time.

You Get What You Pay For

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Or as Phil Rudd—AC/DC’s drummer and the man most recently charged with “drug possession and trying to hire a hitman to kill two people”—learned, you never want your “dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.”

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The 50th Anniversary of New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist by Meryl Gordon

Jack Murphy, a.k.a., “Murf the Surf,” and Allan Kuhn speak on their involvement in stealing priceless gems from the American Museum of Natural History—and the roles John D. MacArthur, Eva Gabor, and Nora Ephron had in getting them back.

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Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily? by Sam Knight

In January, an endangered plant was taken from Kew Gardens – only a few years after scientists saved it from extinction. Sam Knight investigates what happens when plant obsession turns criminal.

All About The Long Con

Maya Angelou’s stepfather was well-versed in racketeering and had his friend’s teach her all they knew about the art of the con.

Notes From the California Penal League

San Quentin’s Giants

Crimes Committed in Costume

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Impressive: A 26-year-old Rochester woman dressed up as a zombie got 2 DWIs in 3 hours

Less impressive: A 37-year-old Maine woman in a Hello Kitty costume was booked on drunk driving charges after refusing a breathalyzer

A single white male was arrested after robbing a New Hampshire bank in a zebra-print dress

And while not technically in costume: A 21-year old man being arrested on marijuana possession charges told police he was Denzel Washington.

 

The Great Molly Mile

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After noticing that police spotted him curiously “digging around flower pots” along the route for Chicago Marathon, 29-year old real estate agent Bryan Duffy took off into the race and joined marathoners until he was eventually tackled by Chicago PD. His pockets contained an altoids tin with ten capsules of molly, and $541 in cash.

The Wheatpasting Man With a Porsche Cayenne

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After going All City again, COST got busted the other night on the westside. And as evidenced by their freaking press release and terrible clothing, the NYPD couldn’t be prouder.

“But those people keep a movin’ And that’s what tortures me…”

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With an overpass designed to look like Folsom Prison’s east gate guard towers, the newly-opened $3.8 million Johnny Cash Trail will take pedestrians and bicyclists on a continuous 2.5 mile journey outside the prison walls and across its grounds—from Folsom’s City Hall to the town’s large lake, north of the prison.

Yung Mule

“La Carnada” is a short film about a 13-year old’s first trip across the border smuggling cocaine.

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The Art Forger Who Became a National Hero by Zachary Crockett

How one of the biggest fraudsters of 20th century art made millions, conned a Nazi, and emerged a national hero.

Free Market NYC >>> Black Market China

The demographics of the iPhone line have changed over the years.

 

Having that “wild ambition” of Experiencing Prison Life in North Korea

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Ambition granted, buddy

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The Rise and Fall of the Biggest Pot Dealer in New York City History by Alan Feuer

An elaborate case led to the discovery, and subsequent arrest, of Jimmy Cournoyer, a French Canadian playboy and international criminal.

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