National Features

Broward-Palm Beach New Times

The Spy Bob Levinson Vanished in Iran

Inside the Colonial-style monolith that houses Beggs & Lane, Pensacola's oldest law firm, sits Sonya Dobbs, a thin-lipped paralegal from Birmingham, Alabama, with a button nose and long black hair. The perfectly coifed, 52-year-old mother of three pastes user name after user name and password after password into an array of email sites.

She tries Yahoo! and Hotmail. Maybe, she thinks, the client is still using AOL. But nope. Then she pulls up Gmail and mindlessly plugs in the info. She hits enter, expecting the same "incorrect password" warning she's been looking at all afternoon, b... full story >>

Dallas Observer

Asylum Insanity

Hussein Mohamed took a hard road to America. Born into a minority clan in a nation rife with ethnic conflict, the boyish 24-year-old with gangly limbs and intense brown eyes describes fleeing his village in Somalia in 2012 after gunmen threatened to kill him. Mohamed says he was forced to quit his jobs as an English teacher and taxi driver and escape to neighboring Kenya. After making his way to South Africa, he forked over his life savings to human smugglers, who shipped him across the Atlantic to Brazil and guided him north through the jungles of South and Central America into Mexico. full story >>

Westword

The Ludlow Massacre must not be forgotten

This week, Westword looks back at one of the darkest episodes in Colorado history: the Ludlow Massacre, a shooting war between striking coal miners and state troops that had a profound impact on the state's politics and the American labor movement and still resonates a century later. Find our detailed coverage of the events leading up to the tragedy and its aftermath, including a video tour of the Ludlow Memorial, at westword.com.... full story >>

Houston Press

For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

Hussein Mohamed took a hard road to America. Born into a minority clan in a nation rife with ethnic conflict, the boyish 24-year-old with gangly limbs and intense brown eyes describes fleeing his village in Somalia in 2012 after gunmen threatened to kill him. Mohamed says he was forced to quit his jobs as an English teacher and taxi driver and escape to neighboring ­Kenya. After making his way to South Africa, he forked over his life savings to human smugglers, who shipped him across the Atlantic to Brazil and guided him north through the jungles of South and Central America into Mexico.full story >>

Phoenix New Times

Big Brain Awards 2014: Meet the Finalists and Our First Urban Legend Winners

We see you, Phoenix.

When we set our sights on finding up-and-coming creatives pushing boundaries in performing art, visual art, design, culinary art, and urban vision, you suggested hundreds of nominees about to hit it big.

We narrowed down that long list to 15 finalists for the 2014 Big Brain Awards. They burn wood, brew beer, and better Phoenix.

The five Big Brain Award winners will be announced and awarded with $500 on Friday, April 25, at Artopia, a see-and-be-seen party featuring food, drink, art, and performance, at Bentley Projects in Phoenix's warehouse dist... full story >>

SF Weekly

The Many Faces of Leland Yee: A Politician's Calculated Rise and Dramatic Fall

Within eyeshot of the capitol dome sit buildings filled with warrens of cubicles equipped with phones and little else. Every day, elected representatives amble out of the former structure and into the latter. Eluding a state prohibition against fundraising from within a government office is as simple as crossing the street.

The perennial campaign is here to stay: Fundraising, even for sitting legislators, requires hours of toil every day. This is not why most people get into politics. It galls their sense of shame. They hate it.

But not state Sen. Leland Yee.

"Leland... full story >>

Riverfront Times

"Real Escape Rooms," the diabolical Japanese puzzle game, comes to St. Louis

With a dull slam, the door closes behind Cheri Davidson. The 29-year-old blinks from behind a pair of rectangular-frame glasses as she takes it all in: The oddly shaped room is claustrophobic, barely 200 square feet. The locked door behind her its only exit. Directly in front of her, flowing white curtains cover two bay windows that look out onto the street three stories below. The round eye of a camera lens hangs from the ceiling, watching her. She is trapped.

Click here for a video of contestants trying to escape

Davidson is not alone. She and the nine other people who've ... full story >>

From the Print Edition

Spy Bob Levinson Vanished in Iran Spy Bob Levinson Vanished in Iran

Inside the Colonial-style monolith that houses Beggs & Lane, Pensacola's oldest law firm, sits Sonya Dobbs, a thin-lipped paralegal from Birmingham, Alabama, with a button nose and long black hair.… More >>

Miami Firm's Venezuelan Security Expert Accused of Terrorism Miami Firm's Venezuelan Security Expert Accused of Terrorism

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Al Sharpton: The Greatest Snitch

No one should be surprised that Al Sharpton was a snitch for the federal government. Last week, the Smoking Gun unearthed damning evidence of the reverend's role as a mob… More >>

Miami's Trolley System Overlooks the Needs of the Visually Impaired

When the City of Miami unveiled its highly anticipated trolley system two years ago this month, city officials were clearly satisfied with themselves. Mayor Tomás Regalado — who had championed… More >>

Miami-Dade Staffers Flew to Italy During Budget Crisis, Ex-Librarian Says

Like most librarians in Miami-Dade County, Julio Granda Jr. was worried about the financial future of his institution. Under County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the system had lost $30 million in… More >>

Uber Car Service App Versus Miami Taxis

Last month, Ashton Kutcher made an unplanned cameo during a Florida Senate Transportation Committee meeting, when lobbyists played a clip of the Two and Half Men star and Uber investor… More >>

Reader Mail: Keep Ultra in Downtown Miami

Toxic Parks Public misled: Your piece about a long-gone incinerator in Coconut Grove still potentially endangering residents ("Ashes to Ashes," David Villano, April 10) was very interesting. I'm sure in the… More >>

Old Incinerator and New Cancer in Coconut Grove Old Incinerator and New Cancer in Coconut Grove

On the days when the municipal trash incinerator known as Old Smokey fired up its furnace, Delphine Bennett could sit on the porch of her shotgun-style house and watch the… More >>

Will Miami Bend It for Beckham?

In Miami, having a celebrity as a frontman practically guarantees politicians will approve a public boondoggle. Indeed, it seems Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is ready to hand over prime waterfront… More >>

Defending Ultra: Keep the Festival Downtown

Is everyone done with the pearl clutching about Ultra Music Festival? We get it: EDM is Satan in musical form. And if you'd believe Mayor Tomás Regalado and City Commissioner… More >>

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