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It takes an identity thief
In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new
How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
| April 23, 2010
Blowin' in the wind
There's going to be a lot of snickering and chortling this week after former-top-NFL-prospect-turned-galactic-draft-bust Ryan Leaf got arrested on drug and burglary charges.
Ryan Leaf returns from exile. Plus, Missy Giove goes downhill fast, and Donte Stallworth gets sentenced.
| June 26, 2009
Baldacci rejects reform, embraces corporate prisons again
Awareness is dawning around the country that 30 years of lengthy, tough-on-crime prison sentences have constructed an unsustainably expensive penal system.
| January 21, 2009
Meggett takes an early lead
When football scouts describe running backs, they like to talk about a back's "shake": his ability to make tacklers miss in the hole.
| January 21, 2009
Prisoners’ support services slashed
Governor John Baldacci announced on December 16 that he had taken significant steps toward warehousing prisoners instead of rehabilitating them.
| December 23, 2008
Advocates renew challenge to punitive probation practices
At the conclusion of its 2008 session, the General Assembly passed a bill that would have reformed state criminal justice procedure for probationers charged with new crimes.
| December 03, 2008
Anna Deavere Smith is a writer/actor/activist who listens.
Interview: Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes
| September 02, 2008
According to news reports, Lavender was drunk and disorderly on the streets of Cincinnati on April 6 when cops asked him several times to move away from an intersection.
Sports blotter: "Marcus Vick and more" edition
| June 25, 2008
For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arr
Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
| April 22, 2008
Hands of stone
Graham and Sauerbrun join a surprisingly long list of former Patriots who have been arrested in recent times.
Sports blotter: "Ex-Patriot" edition
| January 16, 2008
A few years ago it would have seemed unlikely that former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown would leave any legacy at all, but that situation has clearly changed.
Sports blotter: "All people named 'Brown' " edition
| October 10, 2007
Remember Willie Williams?
Sports blotter: "Never fade away" edition
| October 03, 2007
Can RI back away from the war on drugs?
When Rhode island voters narrowly approved a measure last November to allow felons on probation to vote, it marked an important step away from the kind of supposedly “tough on crime” policies that have long typified American criminal justice policy.
Deficits and prison crowding propel the search for a more effective approach
| January 24, 2007
Sports blotter: June 2, 2006
In what may be the highest-pro?le Crips murder case since the Snoop Dogg “Murder Was the Case” incident, a Los Angeles high-school football star on his way to a full ride at Oregon was implicated last week in an investigation that reads like a Sociology
Copycat run-ins with Gilbert Arenas and Amare's mom
| May 31, 2006
Long way home to Foxboro
You gotta love Bill Belichick.
Belichick brings in a DUI legend
| April 05, 2006
The daughter also sets, too
Plus college hoop trouble, and a guy you should never call "Joey."
More apples falling near trees
| February 22, 2006
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