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Can we have class dismissed?

What, you might ask, does Ahmed Hussein Ismail, the alleged gun-toting robber mistakenly let out of jail in Portland, have in common with Tareq and Michaele Salahi, alleged White House party-crashers?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 11, 2009
Burrito, 180, MRTPQ and WTF

Burrito, 180, MRTPQ and WTF

  The Info Burrito, Henry Santoro: 180, the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query and the ...
By Charlie  |  July 09, 2009
crime list

Crime stats

Over the past two weeks, Portlanders have felt less safe in the Forest City. Especially in the downtown area between the East and West Ends, there have been reports of assaults and robberies, some of them armed — and that's not counting the incidents tha
Beatings, robberies sweep downtown Portland
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2009

Shuffling off to infamy

Tasering Donte . Sounds like a movie title, doesn't it?
Buffalo doesn't have a counterfeiting problem — but it does need to curb its bad Bills
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 24, 2009

Darryl McCauley

While some folks express dislike for Dane Cook by not buying tickets to his TD BankNorth Garden frat fests, his older half-brother Darryl went a tad further by embezzling millions from the polarizing comedic force. We especially feel badly for Louis C.K.
While some folks express dislike for Dane Cook by not buying tickets to his TD BankNorth Garden frat fests, his older half-brother Darryl went a tad further by embezzling millions from the polarizing comedic force. We especially feel badly for Louis C.K., who has now technically been robbed twice.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Interview: Ulrich Boser

As we reach the 19th anniversary of the theft of 13 priceless art objects from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there's been a renewed effort to identify the thieves and retrieve the Gardner treasures.
Going after the Gardner thieves
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 24, 2009


Shattered Plax

Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008

Heightened anxiety

Look, it’s not easy being seven feet tall.
Sports blotter: "Attack of the seven-foot tall driver" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 03, 2008


The new guy showed up as a guest at the Lakeside Golf Club in 1932, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, he won the club championship the first time he entered it.
The thief who reinvented himself as a Hollywood celebrity
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  June 09, 2008

Imprisoned facts

Although I had already written a lot about abuse in the prison, this May 21 interview with Dorney, a 28-year-old Portland man serving 20 years for assault, was what I had been waiting for.
Will the truth escape from a break in the prison wall?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 28, 2008

Must be the genes

You don’t often see sports-crime legacies.
Sports blotter: "Brother to brother" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 12, 2008


Civil war

The whole Democratic race is still only two steps away from becoming a train wreck that could derail the party’s chances of winning in November.
If Clinton can pull off a couple more victories, the democratic party is headed for a disastrous, fight-worn finish
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 20, 2008

Skell of the year

Much less funny than usual, was 2007.
Sports crime: 2007 in review
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 18, 2007

Can't drive 55

This past week, we snared an early candidate for the next Justin Miller Award, given to the athlete who most bollockses up his professional-draft status with an avoidable pre-draft arrest.
Sports blotter: "Sammy Hagar" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 12, 2007


A gay former evangelist, a kung fu expert, a German terrorist, and a bank robber walk into a documentary.
Modern tragidocumentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 05, 2007

A leafy, green substance

Just when you thought the “supernaturally large quantity of marijuana” sports bust was a thing of the past.
Sports blotter: "Copious amounts of pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 31, 2007


Free the Juice

As you surely have heard by now, O.J. Simpson is up to his old tricks again.
Sports blotter: "Return of Orenthal James" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 26, 2007

Robbing a bank ain’t what it used to be

Bank robbers have long encapsulated the American penchant for high-stakes gambling, fast getaways, and a go-your-own-way ethos of living.
High-stakes crime has moved online, but a desperate few still seek bundles of cash
By TE-PING CHEN  |  August 22, 2007

Replaying injustice

They stare from faded photographs like ghosts: faces ashen, eyes doleful and accusatory.
Sacco and Venzetti, 80 years later
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 22, 2007

True Wizardry

Question: what do you do when your team decides to offer you, a mere 20 year old, $12.5 million over five years?
Sports blotter: "Puts up a brick!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 08, 2007

Too high

One wonders, at times, if there is some kind of Norse God of sports crime.
Sports blotter: "T-High" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 25, 2007


A Supermax “graduate”

The Supermax makes mentally unstable prisoners worse, its critics say.
Watch your backs
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 11, 2007

Streets of sorrow

Two years ago, in one of the most concentrated bursts of deadly violence Boston had seen in years, nine victims were killed in 20 days.
Boston's murder survivors: nine familes, nine stories
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 09, 2007

The curly-haried boyfriend

This is the third or fourth time I’ve seen this guy’s name attached to an arrest of a high-profile athlete.
Sports blotter: "Knight of the keyboard" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 02, 2007

The lock box

I want everyone reading this column to start laughing right now, just to get a head start.
Sports blotter: "Little League crime 2007" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 04, 2007

Countdown to draft day

It’s a dramatic race against time in the American penal system and the NFL draft.
Sports blotter: "NFL spies" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 28, 2007


Low-flying Hawk

It has always surprised me that Seattle Seahawk tight end Jerramy Stevens didn’t figure more heavily in the sports-crime industry after he turned pro.
Sports blotter: "A different sort of 'making it rain'" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 21, 2007

Crime without verbs

It’s getting to the point where you can write these sports-crime stories without verbs.
Sports blotter: Creative grammar edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 14, 2007

Cold War Kids

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself thinking you’ve heard these guys somewhere before.
Robbers and Cowards | Downtown
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 09, 2007

Law and disorder

Recently, I awoke to the morning news on my clock radio that the previous day had three notable robberies, one by a white man, another by a pair of black men, and a third where the race of the perpetrator wasn’t mentioned.
 Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 13, 2006