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The Last Days of Bill Conlin

A year and a half ago, I flew down to Largo, Florida, and knocked on Bill Conlin’s door. It was early evening, and I couldn’t […]

JFK Conspiracy Theorist Vince Salandria photographed on January 29, 2014
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Vince Salandria: The JFK Conspiracy Theorist

THREE YEARS AGO, Vince Salandria got a phone call from Arlen Specter, a man he didn’t know. Salandria had been in the Senator’s company only […]

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Who Doesn’t Like Allyson Schwartz?

In the end—my last moment with Allyson Schwartz, sitting in her office in Washington—she is about to cry. “You’re getting a little emotional, Congresswoman,” I […]

Herbert and Catherine Shaible, members of the First Century Gospel Church, watched their two sons die because they refused to let them see a doctor.
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Why Did the Schaibles Let Their Children Die?

On the night of April 18th, Detective Brian Peters of the Philadelphia homicide unit saw something strange—something he’d never witnessed before—when he interviewed Herbert Schaible. […]

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War in the Supreme Court: Ron Castille and Seamus McCaffery Just Can’t Get Along

Late last year, Ron Castille, chief justice of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, decided he couldn’t take it any longer. Seamus McCaffery—one of seven justices on the […]

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The Real Chase Utley

There is much we don’t know about him. Take, for instance, an incident from the fall of 2009. Chase Utley came off the field after […]

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Being White in Philly

My younger son goes to Temple, where he’s a sophomore. This year he’s living in an apartment with two friends at 19th and Diamond, just […]

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The Charges Against District Attorney Seth Williams

“You’ve got me fucking all the women in the office.” Those are close to the first words out of Seth Williams’s mouth when I meet […]

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Confessions of Philadelphia’s One Percent

One-percenters. We’ve been hearing a lot about them lately, ever since wall street became not just the seat of finance, but a place to hang […]

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The Sins of Penn State: The Untold Story of Joe Paterno’s Fall

    IT’S A WEDNESDAY IN EARLY JANUARY, a gray afternoon, but not bad by State College standards. It’s not too cold. There’s no snow. […]

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Which Eagles and Phillies Are Gay?

  It’s a long, thin room inside the NovaCare complex, where the eagles peel off their uniforms after practice. Lockers line both sides. As they […]

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Frank Zappa Didn’t Like to Bathe

Thanksgiving, I flew to London for five days to see my older son, Sam, 22, studying there this fall. I found his tube stop—Farringdon—easily enough, […]

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Privacy Is Evil

The tabloid hacking scandal in Britain is beginning to put a new spin on Janet Malcolm’s neat little thesis on journalistic ethics. Malcolm is the […]

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A Month at the Melrose Diner

  "I CAN SPIN ANYTHING.” I like him immediately, a waiter who keeps whizzing by, his serving tray spinning on a finger. Nick looks like […]

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I Don’t Care About PSU Football

It may seem like a pretty crooked train of thought to start out wondering who the hell Joe Paterno is and work through Muhammad Ali, […]