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WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED IN East New York?
East New York, Brooklyn- the #1 ranked worst neighborhood in literally every single quality of life category, and every year the highest number of 7 major felony arrests and number of misdemeanors.
Feature Story: "Broken"
Civic leaders want to fix East New York? Do they know what they're up against?
BALKAN-ALBANIAN TRANSNATIONAL CRIME INVESTIGATIVE SERIES
These stories are about Albanian organized crime, but they are really a more human, social, psychological story of a people; of the defendants and victims and communities involved.
You live in Manhattan below 125th Street, or gentrified Brooklyn, or a quiet part of Queens. You want Chinese food. You just want some chicken lo mein, sweet and sour chicken, egg drop soup and fortune cookies.
REHAB AS SKINNER BOX, BOYS TOWN AND HOGAN'S HEROES
It started as an article in my college newspaper in 1990 - - "Just Say No to Drug Rehabs " - - which led to a bizarre booking on the John McLaughlin Show
7 1/2 DAYS
Reporter Kevin Heldman spent seven days undercover in the psychiatric ward of a public hospital in one of NYC’s poorest communities
WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN?
In and out of Texas psychiatric wards 46 separate times. He's coming out for the 47th time, and the state's got a plan to keep him out
ON THE TOWN WITH THE U.S. MILITARY
The world of soldiers stationed overseas -- an in-depth view of every aspect of Army life before embedding, Buffalo Soldiers, Iraq, support our troops, etc.
There are times when compassion is not condescension and pity is overcome by respect. Our Reporter spent two months living in a London homeless shelter, exploring the boundaries of benevolence.
Xanax and dust 40 feet up, inside NYC subway tunnels, and "fucking up the city"
THE WORLD OF GAMBLING
Down And Out at Yonkers Raceway
INSIDE THE NUDIST LOCKER ROOM: THE AUTHOR DISROBES TO COVER THE NAKED
Peter Kacalanos, frail and agreeable with a full beard and long gray pony tail, is the 59-year-old president and founder of the Skinnydippers, a New York City based nudist social club.
A YOUNG MAN, HOMELESS IN THE LIVING ROOM
Bill H., Shakespearean actor, lives his life on a couch . He has no direction, no prospects, and no agenda. He takes the occasional anti-anxiety pill and says every day he feels like just falling asleep and never waking up...
4-PART INVESTIGATIVE ARTICLE ON JAPANESE PRISON SYSTEM
(Winner of the Livingston Award for International Reporting)
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Texas teenager Rudy Meinecke was tortured for three days and nights. His alleged tormentors included hustlers, drag queens and drug dealers. They were all children of the Montrose
THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE DIES IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES
(with everlasting gratitude to The Rosalynn Carter Fellowship)
TRAVELS IN WAR-TORN AFGHANISTAN
When You Run Around Afghanistan Alone And in Shirtsleeves While All Around You Your Fellow Americans Are Barricaded, Bunkered, And Bulletproof-Vested Up, This is What You Can Experience
TWO BOYS FROM JUVENILE DETENTION
(ONE MURDERS, ONE STRUGGLES NOT TO)
Four months after his release from the Gainesville State School, seventeen-year-old Federico Solis is sitting in my apartment one night, still in his warehouse work clothes...