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Alex Markels

Ducking the Issue

Photo by Alex Markels Two years ago, while I was reporting a story about the latest sports-arena merchandise giveaways, a huckster sent me a wacky, or should I say “quacky,” figurine that seemed to embody everything that made Kobe Bryant basketball’s ascendant poster boy. Buff but harmless, kissable but squeaky......

The Rape Disconnect

EAGLE, COLORADO — Nancy Sermak just couldn’t figure it out. If the alleged victim in the Kobe Bryant sexual-assault case didn’t want to have sex with the Los Angeles Lakers star guard, then “Why didn’t she yell no, or scream or bite him or something?” The middle-aged retiree asked this......

Inside the ELF

A former Earth First!er who sailed with the renegade Sea Shepherds to save baby harp seals and served jail time as a card-carrying member of the Animal Liberation Front, Rod Coronado is fast replacing Dave Foreman as the radical environmental movement’s resident prophet and godhead. Finished with direct action after......

The Monkey Wrench Guerrillas

“Stay away from your old friends . . . don’t use computers or telephones for anything . . . strike your enemies suddenly,” the radical leader told his minions. “I love you all, and I’m praying for you to make it count.” Such advice may sound as if it came......