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Tensions Flare in the Ongoing “Narcos” IP Battle

On September 29, 2017 By

Tensions have reached a new high in the ongoing Narcos IP battle after the brother of deceased drug kingpin Pablo Escobar suggested that the show should hire “hitmen” to serve as security for the production. This comes in the wake of the shooting death in Mexico of a location scout for the hit Netflix […]

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Parking Next to Picasso

On March 5, 2015 By

Where would you find 271 previously unseen works by Pablo Picasso? In a garage, of course. Picasso’s former electrician, Pierre Le Guennec, and his wife, Danielle, are accused of handling over 271 stolen Picasso masterpieces. The works have been sitting in Le Guennec’s garage for over forty years. Le Guennec contends that Picasso’s […]

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Can’t Touch This

On February 9, 2011 By

Law school has all but ruined my love for the prime-time law drama. No one ever follows the rules. Not only do these shows run fast and loose with the law, but they take great liberties with forensic science. Detectives solve complicated, outrageous crimes quickly and neatly, usually after some geek in a lab coat […]

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Is it really 2054 already? That’s the year in which the Tom Cruise vehicle “Minority Report” takes place. In the movie, Cruise heads a futuristic crime-fighting unit that bases arrests and convictions on visions by three psychic beings who can see murders before they happen.

What was once the realm of science fiction has […]

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The story unfolds like a hybrid horror or science fiction film: a serial killer called the Grim Sleeper preys on prostitutes and drug addicts, murdering them and disposing of their bodies in dumpsters and alleyways in a south Los Angeles neighborhood. The deranged man kills at least seven women in the mid-1980’s and then […]

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Coveting Virtual Property

On October 31, 2008 By

Twenty years ago, we all heard stories about teenagers being mugged and killed for shoes. In 2005, we heard that children were being mugged and killed for their iPods. Now, it appears as if the most coveted items are neither shoes nor electronics, but virtual property. Last week, a Dutch court […]

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Marriage and Murder in Virtual Worlds

On October 24, 2008 By

It isn’t uncommon to hear about people falling in love in virtual worlds these days. After all, if you’re spending twenty hours a week playing World of Warcraft, it’s almost as likely that you’ll meet someone special in Azeroth as at your workplace. Likewise, wedding dresses sell quite well in Second Life, where the whole […]

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Last Wednesday, an online hacker gained access to Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s email account by correctly answering Yahoo’s security questions and resetting her password. After logging into her account, the hacker took screen shots of Palin’s inbox and personal emails. These screen shots were sent to websites, such as, […]

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