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NFL follies

Pro football gets tossed around. Plus, Kirk Snyder goes to the dentist.
Not only was Donte Stallworth officially charged with DUI manslaughter, but another former AFC East star, former Buffalo Bill running back Travis Henry, reached a plea agreement on drug charges.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 08, 2009

You're Probably in a Drug-Free School Zone Right Now

For all the good it does
Ever seen a crack dealer brandish a chrome tape measure and inch his way out of a "drug-free school zone" before slinging fat rocks to pregnant teenage mothers? No?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2009

Freedom watch: Jailhouse bloc

The real reason law-and-order types love mandatory-minimum sentencing? It's money in their pockets.
With aromatic puffs of change, Bay State stoners rejoiced on Election Day.

Zip line

Sports blotter: "Guns and skimasks" edition
There was an extraordinary incident in Akron, Ohio, this past week involving 20-year-old Rydell Brooks, a sophomore guard on the UA Zips basketball team.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2008

Highway to hell

Sports blotter: "Not-so-free agents" edition
The former SEC linebacking great should be available, after being Tasered on March 28, following a bizarre loitering arrest in Prichard, Alabama.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 23, 2008

Illegal use of hands

Sports blotter: "Personal foul" edition
It’s been a slow year so far for defensive-back arrests.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 27, 2008

Tennessee two-step

Sports blotter: "All offensive linemen" edition
Tough week for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where two football players were busted within a span of three days.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 14, 2007

Crack makes a comeback

Sports blotter: "Remembering the heyday of Lawrence Taylor and Darryl Strawberry" edition
It’s been so long, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 03, 2007

Somebody to shove

We Push Buttons tout the local (and beyond) electronic scene
We Push Buttons have become the crack dealers of the local electronic music scene.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 28, 2007

Faith-based antics

Miss Witherspoon at the Lyric; Theresa at Home at BPT
If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you took Comparative Religion and crack cocaine simultaneously, the answer may be Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 27, 2007

Half Nelson

A parable about class, race, power, and the dialectics of family relationships
By day Ryan Gosling’s history teacher in this film from Ryan Fleck regales his inner-city middle-school students with his hip, dialectical approach to history; by night he’s hanging out with whores and smoking crack. Watch the trailer for Half Nelson  (QuickTime)
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Soundoff: Sean Libby

Weighing in on Tone Kings and Crackhead Mikes
Sean Libby , bassist for the Horror , guitarist for the End of Everything , and frontman of Balls Deep , weighs in on songs by Tone Kings and Crackhead Mikes .
By SOUNDOFF  |  August 24, 2006

Why did the Suffolk DA let Rodrick Taylor go free?

The murder of Dominique Samuels
The Suffolk County DA had repeated chances to lock up murder suspect Rodrick Taylor several years ago, but failed to sentence him to a single day.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 30, 2006

Brass balls and cold steel

Whitey Bulger soldiers John “Red” Shea and Patrick Nee tell their side of the story
John “Red” Shea’s close-cut hair — the hair that gave him that standard-issue Irish nickname — isn’t quite as fiery as it was when he was a young fighter coming up hard from G Street in South Boston.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 05, 2006

Yayo for president?

Why Bolivia's new boss won't turn his country into a full-fledged narco-state.
Bad news for cokeheads everywhere: the chances of Bolivia becoming for cocaine users what Amsterdam is for pot smokers are slim.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 05, 2006

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