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Investigating a Suicide. Me?

As the sergeant drank cheap whiskey one night at the NCO Club on Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, his wife overdosed on pills. Because suicide is a homicide, the Office of Special Investigations on base, meaning my two colleagues and me, got the case.

The Newspapers & Rico the Baker

Pittsburgh’s old morning newspaper was the small dog in town — feistier, funkier, more colorful, more daring and, compared to the larger afternoon paper, far more fun.

Train Shows & Guys

When they hit male menopause, some men buy a sports car, or a sailboat, or take off with a young woman named Amber. Others take the cheaper and more benign route: buy electric trains and go to train shows.

Confession: Cops and Kids

I done got busted for breaking-​and-​entering (cue the blues harp and slide guitar). This is a sad tale but I must spare all young people the same sordid fate.

Painting? Have Some Fun!

I spent three decades at a job that wasn’t a job, one at which few have actually earned a living. But cartoons disappear when the newspapers are bundled up for recycling. Heck, newspapers disappear.
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