Monday, May 14

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Château Sucker

The world of high-end wine gets conned.

Sunday, May 13

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Word on the Suite

With flash, hip-hop echoes rock’s golden age.

When rock was at its peak in 1972, Americans earning the equivalent of $1m a year took just over 1 per cent of national income. In 2010, this group’s share of national income had grown to almost 10 per cent. At the same time, the average tax paid by these top earners almost halved. The rise of Jay-Z’s “new black elite” reflects the growth in numbers of the super-wealthy. But the opulence that he and West flaunt also reflects the growing estrangement of those at the top from the rest.

Saturday, May 12

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It Took a Village

A history of the Village Voice.

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Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

New research on children’s behavior.

The idea that a young child could have psychopathic tendencies remains controversial among psychologists. Laurence Steinberg, a psychologist at Temple University, has argued that psychopathy, like other personality disorders, is almost impossible to diagnose accurately in children, or even in teenagers — both because their brains are still developing and because normal behavior at these ages can be misinterpreted as psychopathic.

Friday, May 11

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Murder in the Meth Lab?

A cop kills a fellow officer during a drug bust and claims it was an accident. Others suspect that it wasn’t.

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The Ride of a Lifetime

The making of Thelma & Louise.

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Throwaway People

The story of Trina Garnett, “one of approximately 470 prisoners in Pennsylvania serving life without parole for crimes they committed as teenagers.”

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Empire of the Bun

How one man made millions with a fancy hamburger.

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Till Murder Do Us Part

A nasty divorce ends in murder and national notoriety.

Thursday, May 10

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The Killing Trail

In short order, eight gay men in Texas were murdered by teenage boys.

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Scamworld

An exposé of Internet Marketers.