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Feds Raid Rentboy.com -- Are We Any Safer?

Great news for Craigslist: The Department of Homeland Security just raided Rentboy.com, shutting down the best way for escorts and clients to connect in a safe, open environment. And good for DHS, because prostitution is bad, right? Well, that's what they say. Show More Summary

Goth it Up with Guillermo del Toro

The moody master brings his expertise to TIFF for a three-film series on now. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro wants to enhance your goth summer. “Gothic Master Class,” del Toro’s three-film series collaboration with the TIFF Lightbox, launched...Show More Summary

McDonald’s Cuts Ties with Chicken Supplier Over Animal Abuse

Sad. McDonald's has kicked a Tyson chicken supplier to the curb after seeing an undercover video purportedly showing farm workers treating birds cruelly. The video, shot at T&S Farm in Tennessee, is the work of an investigator for Mercy for Animals who the supplier allegedly hired. Show More Summary

Federal Judge Calls The Stranger's Reporting on SPD "Inflammatory," but It's Clear He Learned from It

This is Judge James Robart—the final word on SPD reform. He wore the same red bowtie in today's hearing. USCourts.gov In this week's The Stranger, I wrote about how local police reform advocates are raising questions about the federal oversight of the Seattle Police Department—in particular, about the degree of civilian oversight. Show More Summary

Rachel Lark Talks "Warm, Bloody, and Tender," Period Sex, and How I Wound Up Smeared With Blood In Her New Music Video

Rachel Kramer Bussel interviewed Rachel Lark for Salon about her new music and her new role as "the poster girl for period sex." A sample... What would you say to women who are categorically against period sex? I would be interested in why. Show More Summary

A Rally of Loners: (Ayn) Rand Paul at Town Hall

I spoke with these young supporters after the rally. They liked Paul's "common sense solutions." Jack Dorito The crowd of about 500 felt small in the sun-blasted auditorium at Town Hall, which holds more than twice that many. I expected to see row upon row of cane-shaking elderly people in cowboy boots lining the pews. Show More Summary

At the Smoke Farm Symposium, Artist John Criscitello Talked About Tech Gentrification—and Some Tech Guys Talked Back

One of Criscitello's street-art paintings discussed at this year's Smoke Farm Symposium. John Criscitello At last weekend's Smoke Farm Symposium, something unexpected happened. Artist John Criscitello, who's become one of the most elegantly...Show More Summary

Watch Amy Schumer Rap With Talib Kweli At Constellation

Talib Kweli joined Amy Schumer on stage at Constellation last night to perform a vintage Kanye West classic "Get 'Em High." [ more › ]

Vintage Toronto Ads: Colouring Contests

Add some colour to this gallery of ads and contests. Before reading this column any further, grab the nearest pack of coloured pencils, crayons, or markers, or open up your favourite digital art program. Have we got a colouring bonanza...Show More Summary

Is It Time for an Artisanal College Movement?

In recent decades, as we have come to feel increasingly distant from the sources of our food and of much else, there has grown a desire to know where our products come from, to see the hands that made them, to understand how they came to be. Show More Summary

You Spin My Head Right Round

When you’re commuting in Georgia, it’s generally because (with apologies to Flo Rida) you’ve got people to see, and your time is precious. Daily commutes are getting longer, so perhaps communities should defer to traffic engineers – and the Mythbusters – and embrace the roundabout. As reported in the AJC, roundabouts are on the increase […]

Morning Reads for Nine Days Before GSU Football!

Truly a nation holds its breath. But does anyone remember when Georgia had a self-inflicted third and 57, narrowly avoiding two personal foul penalties but then picked one up after the punt? No? Well refresh your memory.  “Royalty” by Lou Barlow Atlanta’s socialists pounding the pavement in SC for Bernie Sanders.  Did you know that Atlanta […]

Lawrence Lessig Wants to Hack the Presidency

If he can raise a million bucks in two weeks, Lessig will run for the presidency. His platform's one plank: make elections more equitable. George Koroneos / Shutterstock.com You might know Lawrence "Larry" Lessig if you've recently taken...Show More Summary

Yelplash! – 100s Upon 100s of One-Star Yelp Reviews for Napa Valley Wine Train – Also, “NAPA VALLEY RAILROAD POLICE!?”

TweetThis post is two posts… …two posts in one! So the reason why the Napa Valley Wine Train people just caved so quickly and completely is that they needed to stop the massive bleeding pronto. I’ll tell you, the Regular Yelp reviews for la Vallee de Napa Train de Vin are bad enough these days, but it’s Secret […]

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ turns 40 with grit and grace

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI When Bruce Springsteen strikes the first guitar chord of “Born to Run” in concert, few live experiences match the combination of intensity and unabashed joy. The houselights are up, Springsteen is usually either....

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