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Crimetown, U.S.A.

The corruption of Congressman James Traficant.

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Life on Matinicus Island

How modernity – and an eruption of violence – changed “the most remote inhabited island on the Atlantic seaboard.”

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Postville, Iowa, Is Up for Grabs

Inside a small town revived by an influx of immigrants and then destroyed by a Homeland Security raid.

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The Last Tower

The decline and fall of Cabrini-Green, Chicago’s infamous public housing development.

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The House that Christian Ponder Built

The political fight over a new football stadium in Minnesota.

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Is Lindsay Too Tall to Be Mayor?

The author reflects on his mayoral run with Norman Mailer against John Lindsay.

At the bar one night a couple of weeks after the primary, I looked up from a drink and saw my face and Norman's face floating across the screen on the NBC First Tuesday show. It is a network thing, and they did a 20-minute look at our campaign. The show reinforced my opinion that Norman and I had some of the most terrific lows in the history of anything that ever took place in this city. And, perhaps, a couple of highs that could be recognized as time passes a bit. Like maybe colleges for years will be using the things Norman Mailer was saying out in the streets.

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Between the Lines

On the science of parking spaces.

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Now That the Factories Are Closed, It’s Tee Time in Benton Harbor, Mich.

After decades of failed revitalization strategies, a town of 10,000 tries another.

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Pssst...Wanna Buy a Law?

On the American Legislative Exchange Council, a D.C. nonprofit with a library of more than 800 pieces of fill-in-the-blank legislation ready for state legislatures across the country.

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The Turnaround Men

A charismatic entrepreneur, an ex-con turned devout Christian, and the politicians who championed them.

The story of a $36 billion Ponzi scheme in Minnesota.

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State for Sale

On the politics of North Carolina.