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Vince Beiser

Just Deserters?

AP/WideWorld On the night of January 2, 2004, Jeremy Hinzman, a paratrooper with the United States Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division, loaded his wife, their 1-year-old son and some clothes into his Chevy Prizm, drove out the gates of his base in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and fled the country......

Foul Justice

Photo by Lea Rubin When Mandy Brazell’s fiancé, Teddy Baldwin, was in his early 20s, he was sent to prison twice — once for burglarizing a house, the second time for breaking into a car. After that, she says, he learned his lesson and stayed out of trouble for several......

Big Beef’s Dirty War

When the news broke on December 23 that a cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a.k.a. mad cow disease, had been discovered in Washington state, meat producers and merchants moved into crisis-control mode. The disease, which literally eats holes in its victims’ brains, has infected some 180,000 cattle in......

Harvest of Pain

Photos by Ted Soqui I’m staring at my Cheesecake Factory caesar salad, disconcerted. It’s not the surroundings. This Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills seems like a fine place. The waiters are cheery, efficient and well-scrubbed. The dozens of diners around me tucking into their late-afternoon lunches seem happy. I like......

Test on Trial

In January 1998, Hank S. stood before a Los Angeles federal judge, facing the possibility of prison for failing an allegedly faulty drug test. The matter at issue was whether Hank, who does not want his real name published, had violated the terms of the probation he was put on......
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