She was manipulative, abrasive, and mercenary to a fault. To know his mother was to feel some small sympathy for Lee Harvey Oswald.
It was a surreal moment. The widow of Lee Harvey Oswald was telling me her reaction to reading an account of her husband’s funeral, written by her late, long-estranged mother-in-law. “I dropped a tear or two,” Marina Oswald said softly in her Russian accent. The two most influential women in Oswald’s life, his wife and his mother Marguerite, had not spoken with each other for years before Marguerite’s death in 1981. But I was in touch with them both, and Marguerite once asked me to help her get a story about Lee’s burial published.
A son grabs precious time with his aging father as they bond once more over Ole Miss football games.
Lately I’ve been going to a lot of football games. The University of Mississippi football games, to be more precise. Just me, my 95-year-old dad, and tens of thousands of our kindred spirits.It was a notion that first came to me about a year ago, on election night, 2012. That dreary night I found myself thinking about everything I had missed during the long campaign. Intense, single-minded focus was the only way to try and elect a president, but it meant most of us on the campaign had no other life.
Never addressed in the trial that put Bulger in bars for life was the law enforcement conspiracy that kept him free for so long. A legendary crime writer reports from the courtroom.
“Today is a good day,” said Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, standing in front of the John J. Moakley courthouse in Boston, as she announced to the media that the notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger had just been sentenced to two life terms in prison. “The myth, the legend, the saga of James Bulger is now finally over. He is ancient history,” she said. Ortiz was flanked by a collection of men in suits, the heads of various law enforcement agencies that had been involved in Bulger’s prosecution and conviction.
The Patriot-News admitted this week that it was wrong to write off the Gettysburg Address 150 years ago. Here are 10 more retractions that are long overdue.
On Thursday, a Pennsylvania newspaper retracted its panning of President Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address in 1863. His “silly remarks” deserve “a veil of oblivion,” the Patriot-News’s predecessor wrote 150 years ago, of what’s now considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. In its mea culpa, the paper said it regretted ignoring the “momentous importance, timeless eloquence and lasting significance” of Lincoln’s words.
How prohibitionists and nanny staters are trying to keep marijuana illegal—or at least inconvenient.
In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed full-on, no-hemming-or-hawing pot legalization by large majorities. Lawmakers in each state have spent the better part of the past year figuring out how to tax and regulate their nascent commercial pot industries, which will open for business in 2014 (until then, recreational pot is only supposed to be cultivated for personal use). The spirit behind the legalization efforts in both states was that marijuana should be treated in a “manner similar to alcohol.
Kennedy was one of the sickliest American presidents, wracked with chronic back pain—but his metaphorical spine in standing up to the war hawks was unparalleled.
The … [hawks] … always give you their bullshit about their instant reaction and their split-second timing, but it never works out. No wonder it’s so hard to win a war.John F. Kennedy (October 1962)For the first quarter-century or so after JFK’s murder in Dallas, insensitive cynics sometimes remarked that having been assassinated was a great posthumous career move for Kennedy. They were wrong. The bizarre, still incompletely solved, assassination has focused succeeding generations on the Kennedy fluff factor—all the hearsay and gossip involved in establishing JFK and his relatives as the unofficial American “royal family.
In three separate cases, a New Mexico citizen says a false alert by a drug-sniffing dog led to hours of invasive and humiliating anal probing. Can the police really blame the pooch?
Trained police dogs have proven highly effective in detecting the odor of drugs. But is their sniff strong enough for an entire legal system to rest on?Late last year, a New Mexico woman described as a homemaker in her mid-50s was crossing from Juarez, Mexico into El Paso, Texas when a detector dog on the scene, according to the ACLU, signaled that drugs were present near her. For the wife and mother—a U.S. citizen who had not a single drug use or possession charge—the dog’s alert set off a living nightmare.
Ali Mohamed Ali faces life in prison on piracy-related charges. But is he a criminal mastermind or a Good Samaritan? The truth is likely something in between.
Ali Mohamed Ali never considered himself a criminal, let alone a pirate. He was well-educated. He spoke English. He may have asked his friends in America to send the occasional loan while he lived in Somalia, but he didn’t need to steal or hold innocent people hostage to earn money.Yet, there he stood in the D.C. District Court on November 4, 2013, a 51-year-old father of one dressed in a blue sport coat and blue-green sweater, a sky blue collar peeking out from underneath.
With serious concerns that Amazon's 'Prime Air' would infringe on privacy, The Daily Beast's Abby Haglage explains why the drones are a recipe for disaster.
The junior senator’s blatant pandering in bashing the budget deal shows the shameless lengths he will go to get back into the GOP base’s good graces.