Tuesday, March 10

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When Muhammad Ali Was a Has-Been

Twelve columns about the boxer’s descent, originally published in the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Excerpted from Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists.

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The Grantland Q&A: Errol Morris

“Some of the best lines — and I’ve been lucky to hear really nutso lines over the years — are not in response to any kind of question. It’s in response to, ‘I don’t know.’”

Monday, March 9

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A Song of Beer and Weed

The origins of Lagunitas are laced with THC.

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Inexcusable Absences

Truancy is punishable by fines, probation, and in some cases throwing parents in prison. Does any of that really keep kids in school?

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Where the Bodies Are Buried

Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, denies that he was ever in the IRA. The murder of Jean McConville threatened to expose him as a liar.

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(Actually) True War Stories at NBC News

It’s a mess inside the network – and Brian Williams may still come out on top.

Sunday, March 8

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Exile On Charles Street

Hamid Karzai’s older brother owns a restaurant in Baltimore.

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Queen Sabrina, Flawless Mother

A drag pageant pioneer dropped out of the public eye after the 1960s. What happened to her?

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Mary Cain Is Growing Up Fast

A profile of a promising young runner.