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Don’t Let Them Be Wild in the Streets

Recently, there have been a series of publicized arrests of youth downtown after hours in the area of the Tennessee Aquarium. Some were arrested for “disorderly conduct” (aka “acting the fool in public and refusing to stop doing so when asked ...

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Conference and Crab Cakes in The Big Easy

“Hey, you gotta meet this guy, he shoulda’ been a firemen I swearta’gahd!” a firefighter named Caballero said from across a dining table in a dark New Orleans restaurant that was older than my beloved Tennessee, but would still prefer to ... more »

May 13, 2015 1:46 PM On The Beat

Peacekeepers, Not Soldiers

So I could not help but notice tanks and soldiers rolling through an American city this week. It’s kind of funny…people have complained for years about the militarization of police departments in America. more »

May 7, 2015 11:16 AM On The Beat

Dreaming of Night Fire

In the dream, I was on fire. Some sloppy melting fragment from a car exploding had landed on my back with a wet slap and I could smell burning hair without realizing it was mine. I was oblivious because I was ... more »

Apr 22, 2015 4:16 PM On The Beat

Sometimes Justice Is Swift

“Michael T. Slager, COME ON DOWN!” the announcer cries at the annual banquet for the “A**hole of the Year Awards,” held April 1, 2016. That’s the way I saw it in my dream at least, because that’s what this guy is. more »

Apr 16, 2015 10:49 AM On The Beat

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