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Riding to The Rhodes Trip’s Final Town

“Anything not strapped down will fly.” Alexa Kissinger, Gareth Rhodes’ girlfriend, twisted her head around from the front seat of the campaign Winnebago to warn me as I attempted to fasten myself against one of the vehicle’s threadbare benches. The Winnebago was bought by Rhodes off Craigslist, and it looked like it was bought off…

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A Week in Columbia County Court

John Hillman stands to his full height before Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek and tries to explain why his client, who is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 1 p.m., is nowhere to be found. The last time he actually talked to Luis Flores* was three weeks ago, Hillman says as Koweek stares flatly down…

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Inside Jeff Beals’ Insurgent Campaign for Congress

“Everything today is really tight.” Iyla Shornstein, Beals’ 29-year-old chief of staff, swipes through the day’s schedule as Beals loads a giant poster board displaying a map of New York’s 19th Congressional District into the campaign’s SUV. The truck has about 14,500 miles on it and was only purchased in late summer, which speaks to…

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Hudson in Fear of Next Shooting

Christina Wolfe-Snyder was with her seven-year-old son in the kitchen of their Prospect Street home when her 13-year-old daughter ran in. “[She] said, ‘Mommy, I think I hear gunshots,’” Christina said a week later. “I’m like, ‘I don’t think so baby,’ and so I walked outside and then we knew it [happened], because we heard…

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Tales from Hudson’s Shantytown

If you walk past the boutiques and antique stores of Hudson’s Warren Street until the boulevard terminates, then hang a right, you will eventually come upon a scene ripped from time: two rows of dusty shacks leaning over the water around a bay. The shacks are on stilts and are constructed with scrounged materials: roofing…

Selling Weed in the Hudson Valley

Names and certain minor details have been changed to protect the identities of the interviewees. Demian lives in a rustic house in a rural part of Dutchess County. Selling weed is his side-hustle; he has a legitimate job that takes up most of his time and passion, and selling is a way for him to…