Blade Stunner: How a ’50s-era Knife Law Sent Thousands to Jail<br /> (<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

Blade Stunner: How a ’50s-era Knife Law Sent Thousands to Jail
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Investigative/Enterprise, Longform

BLADE STUNNER: How a ‘50s-era New York Knife Law Landed Thousands in Jail, Padded Stop and Frisk Numbers, and Brought Right and Left Together   In retrospect, Richard Neal knows he should have just gone home. It was already nearly 4 a.m. on a sticky June night in 2008, and the LaGuardia Houses on the ...

‘I Was Choked by the NYPD’ <br />(<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

‘I Was Choked by the NYPD’
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Investigative/Enterprise, Longform

New York’s Chokehold Problem Isn’t Going Away As far as Angel Martinez was concerned, the police officer at the front desk that night wasn’t much more than an inconvenience. Sure, he’d refused to take Martinez’s complaint. He was even a little rude about it. But for Martinez, after a night in Queens central booking, with ...

Brother, Can You Spare a Diner? <br />(<b><i>Village Voice</i></b> Cover Story)

Brother, Can You Spare a Diner?
(Village Voice Cover Story)

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Longform

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay closed his Fifth Avenue restaurant Mesa Grill last year, laying to rest landmark that, when it fired up its burners in 1991, was the only destination restaurant in an area dominated by garment factories. In February, Keith McNally shuttered Pastis, a Meatpacking District institution, amid rumors that the building it inhabited was slated ...

LAPD Spied on 21 Using StingRay Anti-Terrorism Tool
(from L.A. Weekly)

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Investigative/Enterprise, Recent Work

A secretive cellphone spy device known as StingRay, intended to fight terrorism, was used in far more routine LAPD criminal investigations 21 times in a four-month period during 2012, apparently without the courts’ knowledge that the technology probes the lives of non-suspects who happen to be in the same neighborhood as suspected terrorists. This is ...

License Plate Recognition Logs Our Lives Long Before We Sin <br />(from <b><i>L.A. Weekly</i></b>)

License Plate Recognition Logs Our Lives Long Before We Sin
(from L.A. Weekly)

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Investigative/Enterprise, Recent Work

The Long Beach Police Department press release in August 2010 was tellingly brief — just 121 words. Franklin Robles, 33, had been shot to death on his way to buy a used Cadillac, a possible robbery attempt turned bloody. There was no suspect, no eyewitness. Investigators had little to go on — or so it ...

Deported Veterans in Rosarito, Mexico <br />(from <b><i>San Diego CityBeat</i></b>)

Deported Veterans in Rosarito, Mexico
(from San Diego CityBeat)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Recent Work

  When I tell the receptionist at VFW headquarters why I’m calling, she isn’t sure she’s heard me correctly. “Deported veterans?” she says.  “Yes, ma’am.”  There’s a pause. “Huh.”  Even at an organization like the VFW, even in a military town like San Diego, the news that former soldiers, sailors and marines are among the ...

Unemployed Reporter Porter

Unemployed Reporter Porter

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Recent Work

I’ve been brewing beer lately in my free time, entertaining myself by making some very elaborate labels.   I sent some pictures to a former colleague a few days ago and all of a sudden, it’s gone sorta viral, as the kids say, and people are asking about my beer. http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/05/lots-of-buzz-for-unemployed-reporter-beer/ http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/02/unemployed-reporter-porter.html http://www.mediabistro.com/mediajobsdaily/laid-off-journalist-brews-unemployed-reporter-porter_b13637 Unfortunately, production ...

San Diego’s Licence Plate Reader System

San Diego’s Licence Plate Reader System

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Recent Work

License-plate Recognition Has Its Eyes on You Credit: Adam Vieyra I was on San Diego’s PBS affiliate KPBS yesterday, discussing  my recent piece for San Diego City Beat about the license plate reader system in San Diego County. Check out the TV segment below, it’s about 5 minutes long. I also had a chance to ...

James Bopp Jr. Gets Creative
(from Slate)

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Investigative/Enterprise, Recent Work

The conservative lawyer James Bopp Jr. has done as much as anyone to clear the way for the flood of money pouring into this year’s election. As James Bennet tells us in his excellent Atlantic piece, Bopp is the legal mind behind the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and another influential 2007 ruling, which together ...

Travels in Libya

Travels in Libya

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Recent Work

Ten days or so in Benghazi, another ten in Tripoli. That was the plan. And I did have a plan; I didn’t just up and decide to go to Libya, that would be ridiculous. A friend invited me, Joe, one of my older brother’s compatriots from years back, when they were teenagers and I was ...