Village Voice

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Two Minutes to Midnight: The Very Last Hurrah

An eyewitness account of Robert Kennedy’s assassination.

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Death of a Playmate

Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.

The winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, available online for the first time.

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Where Were You When Elvis Died?

A eulogy of sorts for the King.

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The Last Executioner

The mysterious life and death of Dow B. Hover, the man who ran New York’s electric chair.

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The Strange Fate of Kim's Video

How the museum-quality 55,000 film collection that an East Village video store gave away ended up in a small, possibly mob-run village in Sicily.

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Julie Delpy Rocks New York

A profile of the actress and screenwriter.

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A Month on the Town

A veteran critic reviews 32 shows in 30 days.

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Hunter Moore Makes a Living Screwing You

A profile Hunter Moore,  the founder of the controversial revenge-porn site Is Anyone Up.

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Online Poker Kings Get Cashed Out

How the Justice Department killed a $2.5 billion industry.

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How to Be a New Yorker

Rule #5: “Be unflappable.”

In that first New York City apartment, not once but twice, cops came to bust brothels operating on our floor. When they attempted to batter down our door instead of our neighbors', we opened up, pointed them in the right direction, and explained cheerily, "Oh, we're not hookers!" To our great satisfaction, the mystery of why that man was always washing sheets in the shared laundry room had finally been solved.
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Let It Bleed

Pete Dexter, profiled.

"I'm sick and tired of the story," says Dexter, though he knows it is a signature moment of his trajectory from newsman to writing some of the most original and important novels in American literature, including the National Book Award–winning Paris Trout (1988), a riveting tale of an unrepentant racist who brutally murders a 14-year-old black girl in a small Georgia town in the late 1940s. Settling deep into a dark-green leather chair near a patio window that offers a commanding view of ferries chugging across the cold blue waters, Dexter begins: "It was not a good column. I was trying to write something I didn't feel." Dexter is referring to the column that almost got him killed.
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Begging Your Pardon, President Obama!

Why has the White House ignored clemency petitions?

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The 9/11 Eulogies

An interview with Rudy Giuliani’s fresh-out-of-college head speechwriter, who wrote the eulogies for every policeman and fireman who died on 9/11, giving him “the dark distinction of probably writing more eulogies than anyone else alive.”

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New York 9|11: The Winners

September 11, 2001 was an atrocity – but also, for some, a goldmine.

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Meet the Original JWoww and Snooki, Would-Be Stars of Bridge & Tunnel

The failure of MTV’s Staten Island-based reality show and the fate of its cast members:

While Bridge & Tunnel hangs in programming purgatory, the DeBartolis are hamstrung by Draconian network contracts that reportedly don't allow them to have agents or managers or even talk about any of this publicly for five years. So while JWoww shills her own black bronzer line and Snooki slams into Italian police cars for $100,000 an episode, Gabriella and Brianna have been working respectively as a secretary and a pizza-order girl in Staten Island. The papers they signed as passports off Staten Island are effectively keeping them there.

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The Pet-Death Business

On animal cremation and burial in New York:

Riding around Manhattan on a delivery run with a car full of pet cremains, it's hard not to look at the world differently. The omnipresence of pets becomes glaringly obvious, and their inevitable fate is never far from the mind. It's easy to imagine the whippet being jaywalked across Eighth Avenue getting hit by a car. The cocker spaniel on 23rd Street? A bucket of cocker bones in the making.

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Killing Mom and Dad on Staten Island

The story of a high school quarterback’s descent into madness, and its tragic end.

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Heroin.com: Selling Junk Online

How Craigslist dealers do business in New York City.

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Free Fallin'

How skateboard legend Mark “Gator” Anthony was born again, first as a street preacher, and then as a rapist and murderer.

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Women's Funding Network Sex Trafficking Study Is Junk Science

The underage prostitution study that was cited extensively in the congressional hearings that resulted in the removal of Craigslist’s Erotic Services turns out to be the work of a for-hire business consulting firm and, scientifically, completely bogus.

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The (Chinese) Gangs of New York

Nicky Louie and the Ghost Shadows.

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Inside the Nitrous Mafia

Nitrous balloon vendors clash in the parking lots of jam band festival across the Northeast.

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The Supermax Solution

When New York built a prison designed to house two men in a single cell, it launched a new experiment in crime control. A look at life inside this prison and in the tiny town surrounding it.

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The NYPD Tapes: Inside a Bed-Stuy Precinct

In 2008, a Brooklyn cop grew gravely concerned about how the public was being served. So he began carrying a digital sound recorder, secretly recording his colleagues and superiors.