Whatever Happened To The Ripken Kidnapping Case?

At approximately 8:35 p.m. on July 24, 2012, the police in Baltimore County, Md., received a 911 call regarding a suspicious car. A local couple had spotted a silver sedan parked in a pull-off area of some property they owned by the intersection of Ebenezer Road and Pulaski Highway, near White Marsh. According to the… » 1/27/15 4:15pm Tuesday 4:15pm

Why Is One Of The NBA's All-Time Greatest Scorers Refereeing JV Games?

How many Hall of Famers are out there refereeing junior varsity games? At least one, apparently: Adrian Dantley showed up at his old high school, DeMatha, to work last night's game against Archbishop Carroll. » 1/08/15 11:50am 1/08/15 11:50am

Bets And Bullets: A Small-Time Gambler's Death By SWAT

It's been nine years since police in Fairfax County, Va. turned small-time bettor Sal Culosi into a bookie and then killed him, but Culosi's death has been forcibly dragged back into the news, and so has all the unaccountable power-drunkenness that led to it. His killers, we've been reminded, struck again. » 1/06/15 6:23pm 1/06/15 6:23pm

Cherokee Chief Apologizes For Dan Snyder Alliance

Dan Snyder had a lousy Native American Heritage Month. His team went 0-for-November, bottoming out in Indianapolis with RGIII on the bench and the owner's pet's career in worse shape than his left and right menisci. Plus there was that brutal New Yorker cover and a gloriously oblivious "Happy Thanksgiving" tweet sent… » 12/01/14 1:03pm 12/01/14 1:03pm

After visiting the 6th Floor museum in Dealey Plaza and seeing how close the road is to the window and then looking at the teeensy grassy knoll where there's no room for a mysterious second and third gunmen and then reading the New Yorker story years ago about Oswald's neighbor, who stored his rifle under her house… » 11/21/14 5:31pm 11/21/14 5:31pm

Inconceivable: How Ball-Bustin' Norman Chad Became The Voice Of Poker

The funniest man working for ESPN is most famous for a line that wasn't funny at all. Is that the punchline here? Nobody in newspapering over the past few decades has delivered as many morning-coffee-through-the-nose laugh lines as Norman Chad has in his media and football-betting columns. An unsentimental smart-ass… » 11/11/14 5:55pm 11/11/14 5:55pm

Is The Redskins' "VIP" Indian Defender A Fake Indian?

Mark One Wolf was, for a time, a favored native in Dan Snyder's fight to save the "Redskins" nickname. "Native American backing team name is VIP at practice," read a Richmond Times-Dispatch headline. It was accompanied by an Associated Press photo of One Wolf in profile, as if to echo the team's logo. But that was… » 10/07/14 3:49pm 10/07/14 3:49pm

The Political-Messaging Huckster Behind Roger Goodell's Awful Presser

Roger Goodell was talking, but the words weren't his alone. "That speech was all Frank," says an associate of pollster Frank Luntz, lord of the dark arts of political messaging, who frequently works with Goodell and the NFL. "As soon as I heard Goodell's intro, I was laughing." » 9/22/14 4:51pm 9/22/14 4:51pm