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  • Wandering Eye: Faked data in a gay marriage study, 6,500 new Scrabble words, and more

    Wandering Eye: Faked data in a gay marriage study, 6,500 new Scrabble words, and more
    Yesterday, Edward Ericson Jr. called attention to a New York Times piece that focused on a truce amongst Paterson, New Jersey "informal youth groups," as Ericson playfully called them. The hesitancy to call these violent groups that deal drugs "gangs" is in part the result of Paterson police director Jerry Speziale who decided not to call them gangs either and said, "they are more neighborhood clusters than traditional gangs... This does not mean they are any less violent." We found Speziale's parsing interesting and looked the guy up. It turns out he has an insanely detailed and totally captivating Wikipedia entry. It's nearly 8,000 words long, and details many of his policy changes and big busts as well as a number of interesting though probably not really Wiki-ready anecdotes. A personal favorite begins: "On August 31, 2007, Speziale was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the graduating police recruit class when he nabs a suspect in a brook after dragging one of his detectives," and goes on to tell a rather horrifying story of a detective dragged behind his stolen police car for "about 700 feet." Speziale and others pursued the car thief into a "slimy brook," where the suspect was apprehended. The entry ends with: "'When your guys go in the water, you go too,' said Speziale, in a telephone interview. Speziale was wearing dress pants, new socks and his police boots at the time. All of them, he said, were ruined by the slimy water. He arrived at the event for his speech late, and a little bit wet." The whole thing reads more like an outline for a fascinating memoir to come than, you know, a Wikipedia entry, so check it out. (Brandon Soderberg)
  • Dreams Deferred: Greg Bailey, who allegedly cut a fire hose on CNN; Romell Turner, arrested for "gazing upon the stars"

    Dreams Deferred: Greg Bailey, who allegedly cut a fire hose on CNN; Romell Turner, arrested for "gazing upon the stars"
    A CNN newscaster is talking to local activist PFK Boom near the burning CVS at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues around 6:50 p.m. on Monday April 27 when someone punctures the fire hose being used to fight the blaze. Water flies up into the air...

    Wandering Eye: Revisiting 'In Defense of Looting,' the effectiveness of charter schools, and more

    Wandering Eye: Revisiting 'In Defense of Looting,' the effectiveness of charter schools, and more
    Considering the amount of attention that's been given to the vandalism that occurred during Saturday's Freddie Gray protests, it seems worthwhile to reread a perspective on vandalism and looting that's a bit different from the usual disapproving tone....

    Wandering Eye: The trans community reacts to the NSA deaths, meet one of rock's great drummers, and more

    Wandering Eye: The trans community reacts to the NSA deaths, meet one of rock's great drummers, and more
    Meet "Mykel, Shannen, Buttacup, Esha" in The Washington Post as former Sun reporter Peter Herman goes back to his old beat. The trans women hanging around 22nd and North Charles streets knew and mourn the two who made national news last week at the...

    Wandering Eye: The University of Oregon's shady behavior in a sexual-assault case, new e-cig data, and more

    Wandering Eye: The University of Oregon's shady behavior in a sexual-assault case, new e-cig data, and more
    Back in January, a sexual-assault survivor at University of Oregon filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school for its handling of her case, which involved three basketball players cornering her in a bathroom and raping her multiple times. The school...