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There are a thousand ways to buy weed in New York City, but the Green Angels devised a novel strategy for standing out: They hired models to be their dealers. In the eight years since the group was founded—by a blonde, blue-eyed Mormon ex-model—they’ve never been busted, and the business has grown into a multimillion-dollar operation.

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He sold the whole kit and caboodle to Starbucks for $23 million in SBUX stock in ’94. He moved to Boston and started his café company, the Coffee Connection, where he invented the Frappuccino and pushed light roasts and sourced single-origin beans when the whole world was drinking anonymous dark-roasted muck.

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We're celebrating the Fourth of July at my cousin's McMansion in Lake Mary, Florida, a short stroll across a golf course to the Sanford line. I'm surrounded by kinfolk I haven't seen since the last funeral. We're sipping sweet wine, Baileys, and beer. We're telling the stories we always tell, and stories I've never heard.

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On a snowy evening in December, Brian Williams and his wife, Jane, met with a small group of NBC executives for a ­celebratory dinner in a private room at Del Posto, Mario Batali’s restaurant in Chelsea. Williams had just notched his tenth anniversary anchoring the top-­rated Nightly News, and NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke wanted to commemorate the past—and lock in the network’s future.

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Fernando Lopez Sr. arrived from Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1994. He began peddling his wafer-thin clayudas from a cart at 8th and Normandie. The cart led to a hole-in-the-wall called Guelaguetza, which grew into a minichain of three Oaxacan restaurants specializing in the region’s fantastical moles, tamales, and barbacoa.

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here was a pause. When he realized she was waiting for his response, David said the only words he could think of: “What’s a Kosberg?” “Oh, my God,” said the agent. “You’ve never heard of Kosberg? You don’t know Bob Kosberg?”

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320px Little Rock integration protestIn honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s service, Longform Stories is pleased to present an extensive collection of articles, social media content, and other resources surrounding the topic of "Black Lives Matter".  

Included are a number of historical writings in order to compare how the racial issues prevalent from 50 years ago are so very similar to what we are seeing today.  It is with this in mind that we point to both present day longform stories as well as look back to the 1960's and 1970's for historical perspective.

 

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What Happens When a Cop Does Wrong?

Los Angeles Free Press (1970)

 

 

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The Atlantic (2014)

 

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New York’s epic white backlash: How a horrid 1960s relic is still with us today

Salon (2015)

 

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Gawker (2013) 

 

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Los Angeles Free Press (1960's and 1970's)

 

 

salonMy struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson

Salon (2014)

 

Stay Tuned: Longform Stories will be expanding this post over the coming days.

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One of the world's richest men and founder of Oracle, the software company, on what drove his decision to purchase and entire island - in Hawaii no less.  A wonderful tale of his plans to bring back some sense to the native people living there.

 

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It’s 1975 and two college dropouts are racing to create software for a new line of “hobbyist” computers. The result? A company called “Micro-Soft”—now the fifth-most-valuable corporation on earth. In an adaptation from his memoir, the author tells the story of his partnership with high-school classmate Bill Gates, until its dramatic ending in 1983.

 

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There's never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of malls, planes, clubs, and sidewalks everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake. 

 

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 The Instagram story will surely inspire aspiring tech entrepreneurs around the world. Answers by Systrom on the leading Q&A site, Quora, offer glimpses of how the 28-years-old entrepreneur managed to build a $1 billion startup in just 2 years.

 

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From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century.

 

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For more than half a century Jack Wilkinson's office supply store stood on the corner of Allegheny Street and Cherry Alley in my hometown of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. When I was a little girl, we'd make frequent visits—not to stock up on supplies for my dad's hardware store or my mom's classroom and volunteer activities, but at my request.

 

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What does the firing of a U.S. Attorney have to do with a murder case? Tom Wales was not supposed to be home on the night of October 11, 2001. Wales, an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle, had planned to have dinner and spend the evening with his girlfriend, Marlis DeJongh, a court reporter who lived downtown. 


2014 Case Update

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It was a little after 10PM when Frank Almond, the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO), walked out of Wisconsin Lutheran College into the sub-zero January night. As Almond opened the passenger door of his car to put his violin inside, a 41-year-old ex-con named Salah Salahadyn allegedly walked up to Almond and tased him unconscious.

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