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20 Books Every Man Should Read in His Lifetime – Men’s Journal05.06.21

Books are transportive, eye-opening, life-affirming. Whether youre jonesing for your next adventure or looking for a bit of inspiration, get all that and more from these glorious reads. Theyre our top list of books every man should read in his lifetime.

With some classics and curveballs thrown in the mix, theres something for every kind of reader. And if youre looking for a great gift for the bilbliophile in your life, this list has got you covered.

Its a miracle this page-turning 2009 memoir and New York Times best-seller hasnt been turned into a movie. A few years back, Sean Penn was set to direct the film adaptation of the book, but it fell through. We think its a blessing in disguise, because no amount of cinematic glory could ever capture this unbelievable tale of a young boy surviving a mountainside plane crash interwoven with surfing stories, road trips, and a look at Ollestads troubled relationship with his father.


This posthumous travel guide released in spring of 2021 is already a New York Times No.1 best-seller, and with good reason. Its funny, sharp, practical, and makes this pale blue dot seem like ours for the taking. Whether youre seeking Bourdains thoughts on Tangier or where to stay in Toronto, this comprehensive book has it all, along with some stellar essays from Bourdains friends, brother, and co-workers about the man who made us all want to journey to parts unknown, be they around the corner or half-way across the globe.


When Alboms college professor from nearly 20 years ago is diagnosed with ALS, hean overworked sports writer, whose life is unravelingis able to reconnect with him and learn the lessons of life and death that too many are afraid to teach or speak. If youre feeling burdened by dense tomes as of late, this 1997 best-selling memoir can easily be devoured in a sitting or two.


If youre all about being one with the mountains, its hard to outshine this collection of alpine stories that was the winner of the 2019 National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature, as well as the 2019 Banff Mountain Book Award for Climbing Literature. Fittingly, it covers a lot of ground, from essays on adventuring in the 21st century to adrenaline-filled sagas from life at great, glorious, and terrifying heights.


Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux Courtesy Image

This spring 2021 release is Theroux at his fictive finest: descriptive, nuanced, sagacious, and just a touch unlikable for how damn good of a writer he is. The novel chronicles a champion surfer who accidentally kills a homeless man with his car while hes inebriated. Surf culture, Hawaii, the road to renewaltheres a whole lot to love in these 421 pages.


Okay, well try not to fill this whole list with Theroux picks. This 1982 instant best-seller was shortlisted for the American Book Award, and its a novel you wont be able to put down, even on your fifth read: The crazed and genius inventor Allie Fox relocates his family from America to the Honduras jungle in a story that may very well change how you look at the world. In 1986, Harrison Ford starred in the movie rendition of the novel, and it now makes for an especially timely read, or reread, as its an Apple TV series starring Therouxs nephew, Justin Theroux.


If theres ever been a hiking memoir to read, its this one. Hailed as one of the best books of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and more after its 2012 release, Strayed tells a deeply moving, sometimes humorous, and ever-vivid account of her more than 1,000-mile hike along the PCT in an attempt to turn her life aroundor at least find something like life again after her moms death, the dissolution of her marriage, and drug addiction in a few short years in her early- to mid-twenties.


This 2001 Wisconsin memoir will both entice and dissuade you from taking the plunge. After a 10-year absence, Perry moves back to his rural Wisconsin hometown and joins the volunteer fire department where he fights fires and works as an EMT. In a hamlet of only 485 people, he takes calls of heartbreaking tragedy and crazier-than-fiction humor along the way, chased by plenty of philosophical waxing that never preaches, yet really makes you think.


What happens when a pro runner carves his way across the country with a high-quality camera? An excellent tribute to the people and places that make up our nation on this athletes journey from South Carolina to San Francisco. The only downside? The last page has you wishing you had about 100 more pictures and stories to go.


This 1971 hit book got an excellent movie treatment starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro in 1998, but nothing compares to the trip of both the psychedelic and highway persuasion captured on the page in Thompsons inimitable tongue. Expect drugs, drama, and for some strange Dr. Duke interludes.


Quite possibly the best cross-country travelogue youll ever read by one of Americas finest authors, this 1962 criss-cross takes you to cities and wastelands, striking vistas and craggy cliffs. Steinbeck evocatively captures himself, his beloved pup Charley, and his country in a moment ripe with literal and figurative crossroads.


The Kiowa novelist and poet dazzles in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about Abel, a veteran and Native American toeing the line between his cultural upbringing and the modern world that is just as relevant today as when it was first published in 1968. With breathtaking natural scenery and lyrical language throughout, youll definitely finish feeling inspired to wander through New Mexico, or retreat into a dingy dive in Los Angeles nursing a whiskeyor both.


How could we not put this non-fiction marvel on the list? It follows the real-life story of Christopher McCandless peregrinations to Alaska from his cushy upbringing in Virginia. If youve seen the 2007 filmdirected by Sean Pennand loved it, prepare to be truly amazed when you pick up the 1996 international best-seller. (And if youve already read this one half-a-dozen times, may we suggest adding Krakauers fine exploration of Mormon fundamentalists, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith


Everyone needs a good self-help book once a while. Preferably one that doesnt disappoint. Weiners quest for the most joyful place on the planetand its inhabitants secretsmore than delivers with science, laugh-out-loud personal anecdotes, and hard-won lessons woven in throughout. Good luck closing the last page not feeling in a better place than when you started.


From the author of Bright Lights, Big Citycomes this delightful 2006 collection of essays on all things wine. It pairs really well with a five oclock tipple.


Historical fiction keeps you enthralled from the first page until the last in this Pulitzer Prize-winning stunner about the antebellum South. With characters that leap off the page and language that punches you in the gut, allow this to be your gateway into the Trinity School- and Harvard-bred author.


Mrquez chronicles the shipwreck of a Colombian boat, and one man who survived 10 days alone at sea. Published in 1955, its one of the best sagas of man versus nature youll ever read. Its certainly a non-fiction gem youll want to return to again and again.


If youre reading our site, were going to go ahead and guess youre a fan of the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson. In this revealing 2016 memoir, his son Juan shares his experience of growing up with the legendary author in Woody Creek, CO, including their struggles and triumphs.


Jim Harrison has always held a special place on our bookshelf. This 1988 glimpse into the life of a young woman who leaves California to return home to the wide expanse of Nebraska for a new life with her long-lost son. This is poignant and powerful, jabbing and jeering.


I sing of arms and a man begins arguably the most epic journey of all time as Aeneas sets sail to Rome. Translated by Robert Fagles, this classic text dates back to somewhere around 20 BC. The Latin epic poems 12 books covers war, love, treacherous seas, and enough profound lines to fill a tattoo wish list.


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5 things to know about Lions fourth-round pick Derrick Barnes – mlive.com05.06.21

The Lions traded up to make back-to-back picks early on day three of the NFL Draft.

With the 113th overall pick, the Lions selected linebacker Derrick Barnes out of Purdue. That pick came one after Detroit selected Amon-Ra St. Brown out of USC.

Here are five things to know about Barnes.

1. Multi-positional

Barnes came to West Lafayette as a linebacker and made his first career start as a freshman against Wisconsin.

He started his final three seasons with the Boilermakers, including the second half of the 2019 season at defensive end before returning to linebacker in 2020. There, he had a team-high 54 tackles plus 5.5 tackles for loss in 2020.

In high school, Barnes was also a 1,500-yard rusher as a running back.

2. Signing day flip

Barnes was almost not a Big Ten, or even a Power 5 player. After his senior year of high school near Cincinnati, Barnes held only one Power 5 offer and was committed to Toledo as a two-star recruit. But after Jeff Brohm was hired by Purdue, he extended a late offer to Barnes, who took him up on it and flipped his commitment on signing day. He went on to become one of the better linebackers in the conference he almost didnt get a spot in.

3. A fitting tattoo

Barnes already has some appropriate ink for his new team. His right pectoral features a tattoo of a Lion, which he said is his favorite animal.

The lion is the king of the jungle, heart of a lion is what I say I have, Barnes said. Loyalty, just power and just leadership. I think thats all the traits I grew up having so Ive always been a fan of the lion.

4. Big junior season

Barnes had a somewhat quiet senior season, which was shortened due to COVID-19. He had 54 tackles in six games but no sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. As a junior in 2019, Barnes had 7.5 sacks, during which he played a hybrid defensive end position, to go along with 11 tackles for loss and 63 tackles.

5. Special teams experience

Early in his Boilermakers career, Barnes got some experience on special teams that could come in handy in his pro career. He had 17 tackles and a forced fumble as a freshman, playing some on defense but largely on special teams.

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DSPS Tattooist and Body Piercer – Wisconsin04.22.21

License Information

Per Wis. Admin. Code SPS 221.04, all tattooing and body piercing activities must occur in a licensed establishment. In addition, all tattooists and body piercers must also hold a practitioner's license.

Temporary Body Art Establishments - please viewTattooing and Body Piercing at Festivals and Other Events for important information.

What Counts as Tattooing or Body Piercing?

A Licenseis required for a person whoapplies a tattoo to another person, and/or aperson whoperforms body piercing.

Eachlicense issued by the Department expires June 30th of each year.

If a license is granted after April 1 of a license year, that license will extend to June 30 of the following year.

Fee Reduction

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 319, beginning August 1, 2018, an applicant for an initial credential may apply for a reduction of the initial credential fee that is equal to 10% of the initial fee. Qualification is based on the federal adjusted gross income being at or below 180% of the federal poverty guideline prescribed for the applicant's family household size by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To determine eligibility please visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website at, prior to submitting Form 3217.

Variance Request

If you are requesting a variance, please complete this form, Body Art Variance Petition Application (Form # 1000-IS),and return it to either your local Health Department or DSPS as applicable.

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WJFW Newswatch 12 – News From Where You Live – Rhinelander Wisconsin WJFW TV-12 – WJFW-TV01.22.21

Sinnerman Tattoo Company has added Northwoods Laser Center to its evolving services. One may think it would deter people from getting tattoos however new business owner Gretchen Walker says it has increased business, making an unwanted tattoo a little easier to remove.

"A lot of tattoo artists will see a patient that wants a coverup of an old tattoo,"GretchenWalker. "It helps to have that tattoo faded."

Depending on the age of the tattoo and the colors it could take a few sessions or more to either fade or fully remove the tattoo.

Jeremy Walker, Co Owner, Northwoods Laser Center said, "We can go over that tattoo that took a few hours to put on. We can go over that tattoo in a matter of minutes. It might take a few sessions to get where we want to get."

Northwoods Laser Center has been open for business since January 13th and is already building up referrals with the assistance of Sinnerman Tattoo Company.

Gretchen Walker came up with the idea two years ago when she began removing unwanted tattoos.

"I started driving down to Appleton to have my tattoos removed and it just started turning the wheels in my mind, said Walker. "I think the Rhinelander area and surrounding communities could benefit with this type of service."

Jeremy Walker wants to help out people in the community with removing offensive, or regrettable tattoo designs.

"We would like to reach out to the military recruiters because certain tattoos are not allowed also going to reach out to alcohol drug and rehabs that may have gotten tattoos in the darkest days of their lives that they don't want any more," said Jeremy Walker.

And for those asking if it hurts there is cryo air blowing on the lasered area to help reduce pain and swelling.

John Delis a first time laser tattoo client, described the process as, "I would say when the initial start was a little startling but then I'm guessing the surface of the skin started to numb a little so it wasn't that bad as I thought."

If you would like to book a laser appointment you can find Northwoods Laser Center on Facebook or contact Sinnerman Tattoo Company.

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Revisiting the 1980s Heyday of Georgetowns Fabled Preppy Bars – InsideHook01.22.21

In the Washington Post, January 7, 1982, there is an account of the unfathomably named Richard Hamilton Herrud Houghton III. Reportedly decked in khakis and polished penny loafers, blond hair and blue eyes, he was a Georgetown junior at the time. Every Friday night, he would head to The Day Lily, a red and gold velvet-walled Chinese restaurant, a seedy spot that would seem beneath his social class. However, if it was dead all week, on the weekends it would become The Chinese Disco, or Chidi, a packed spot where he would dance the shag to beach music and flirt with local coeds it was then the epicenter of Washington DCs preppy playground.

Its still a lot like a frat party, except now, because of the recent prep craze, you might see a Marine or someone from [the bar] across the street just because its cool to be prep, explained another suffixed partier, Jean-Charles Dibbs III, then a barely-legal Republican political aide. A good percentage of the people you see here never even went to prep school.

If the Ivy League look had been around since the early 20th century, with a true scene emerging by mid-century, it would be mainstreamed into preppy culture by the start of the 1980s. Though Lisa Birnbachs iconic 1980 Official Preppy Handbook was meant to lampoon the aesthetic, it instead galvanized it, and, just like the early-aughts Brooklyn hipster movement, all irony was soon stripped away.

Nowhere was that more evident than in our nations capital, which was uniquely positioned to become Americas preppiest party city of the era. For one, its geographic location straddled the line between the prep schools and Ivy League institutions of the northeast, while also having a foot in the South with its fratty gentlemen and sorority belles. If by the 1980s New York was going new wave and hip-hop, club kids and cokeheads, in Washington, DC, a melting pot of fledgling lawyers, bankers and politicos still enjoyed dressing up in boat shoes, blue blazers and Brooks Brothers button-downs to hit the town.

Remember in the 1980s, DC wasnt doing well, says Alana McGovern, a Georgetown alum who wrote about the neighborhoods bar scene over the years for a project entitled Booze to Bougie. There was high crime, a lot of drugs, prostitution Georgetown was where the going-out scene ended up being simply because the rest of the city wasnt as nice.

A one-square-mile neighborhood of cobble-stone streets and stately, federal-style homes centered around the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, Georgetown nonetheless boasted more than 115 liquor licenses in an approximately 10-block area. It would become gridlocked with cars as far as the eye can see, according to the New York Times, each and every Saturday night.

Washingtons weird territorial placement in the American firmament also played a key role in the bar scene that emerged.

While Maryland raised its drinking age to 21 in 1982 and Virginia did the same in 1985, the District of Columbia held out, wrote Hunter Main for The Hoya Georgetown Universitys student newspaper in trying to explain the era. This brought a huge influx of teenagers from the DC suburbs to Georgetown on Fridays and Saturdays that, when combined with the sizable university population, led to swells of 20,000 to 30,000 patrons, many of whom travelled by car, during the nighttime.

Chidi had been opened as this youthful preppy scene was just beginning to emerge, in 1976. Two recent college grads, Nicky Williams and Buff McDonald, asked The Day Lilys aging owner, Jim Chin, if they could start renting his restaurant for Friday night parties. No one was coming to his restaurant any way, so Chin figured he had nothing to lose. Quickly, Williams and McDonalds bashes, based on a Myrtle Beach frat-boy aesthetic they had grown up on in the South, were a sensation, packed with men in blazers and women, according to WaPo, who pronounced daddy as a three-syllable word.

The people that come here are from good families, explained one Chidi-goer at the time, differentiating them from the non-preppy riff-raff. They go to good colleges or have good jobs.

If Washingtonians mostly only drank at restaurants, hotels, social clubs and high-society parties previous to 1980, that was about to change, and quickly. Likewise, if in the 1970s, Georgetown was mostly known for its thrift stores (such as Commander Salamander), record shops and even a disco bar called Tramps, that too was in flux. Channeling the immense popularity of Chidi, a so-called circuit of preppy bars soon dotted the neighborhood, giving the pastel-clad a place to party virtually every single night of the week.

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Tuesdays was Pendletons or Chadwicks, a K Street joint located under Whitehurst Freeway known for its hamburgers, cheap beers and late-night hours. Thursdays was E.J. ORileys Pub, opened in the late-1970s by two Georgetown alums one who owned an old warehouse, the other who simply had a catchy Irish name. A very civil place six nights a week according to a 1978 Hoya article, the only exception being thirsty Thursdays, when the preppies would invade en masse to Carolina shag a dance descendent of the jitterbug and drop trou, a supposed mating ritual endemic to an era when sexual harassment didnt exist.

Sometimes we take our pants off and it really bums people out, claimed James Muggy (Mike) Smith, a self-proclaimed filthy rich kid who was wearing a pink-and-green plaid bow tie and pink sweater when he was interviewed in yet another 1982 WaPo article on the scene. We wear our boxer shorts and some say Oh, my God, who are these guys?

Occasionally on Wednesdays and always on Saturdays, the premier preppy spot was The Third Edition, or Thirds, a casual, wood-paneled restaurant opened in 1969 that in the evenings would become a nightclub full of Georgetown and George Washington students. Bros in polos and hungry clubbers start the night with massive plates of Irish nachos before climbing the stairs to the hot and heavy dance floor, wrote one review. Meanwhile, the bars upstairs, outdoor patio was a tiki bar complete with kitschy totems. It was the spot to be on Sunday nights.

By 1982, preppy partying in our nations capital was reaching a fever pitch, with limousines crawling down M Street and bars packed eight-deep as people queued up for drinks. Brett Kavanaughs infamous hand-scrawled calendar even detailed his goings-on during that crazy summer, when he was a year away from graduating from Georgetown Prep in nearby Bethesda. When he wasnt pounding keg beer on the Maryland shore, the future Supreme Court Justice could be found pounding [brew]skis at underage bars and house parties, according to his handwritten notations.

On weekends, Georgetown is Washingtons front porch, wrote Leslie Berger in yet one more 1982 WaPo nightlife article. She noted that by now the 100-plus bars in the neighborhood were starting to rankle the older, upper-crust residents with to their boisterous partying. It wasnt all preppies, of course. There were family restaurants, jazz clubs, punk bars and average joe-type dives, many frequented by Marines from the nearby barracks. There were also the more restrained, upscale clubs like Pisces Club, Charlies Georgetown and F. Scotts for the preppies who had aged out of their old college favorites.

In the early fall of 1983, J. Pauls opened to much fanfare, a two-level bar uniquely built for preppies. Modeled after turn-of-the-century Chicago taverns, it offered a 50-foot-long bar, gold-painted ceiling, solid oak floor and elevator doors repurposed from Manhattans Waldorf-Astoria. The spacious bar offered martinis and Sinatra music, while a preppy look acted as the cover charge.

There are a few prerequisites [for entry], wrote WaPo. A rich tan (and were not talking about the Q.T. type); blond, dirty blond or light brown hair; a polo shirt with some sort of animal or mammal applique; a pair of madras pants or Bermuda shorts; and your name on the Britches mailing list for its new fall collection.

But it was Clydes that the Official Preppy Handbook would list as their definitive prep bar for the DC area. An American Bar, according to its marquees subtitle, it opened in 1963 in a former motorcycle hangout as the first full-sized bar in the District since Prohibition. It offered an onyx bar top, hexagonal white tiles on the floor, checkered tablecloths, draught beer and burgers. In the early days, all gentlemen had to wear a coat and necktie. By 1980, WaPo was offering a laundry list of the clientele to expect there:

Mt. Vernon College girls in Pappagallo shoes, McMullen blouses, Villager skirts and Liberty sweaters; Georgetown Foreign Service School types in some of the first Gucci shoes and Paul Stuart suits seen in Washington: tousled Irish Catholic kids in jeans and tweed sportcoats, whose great regret in life was not being old enough to have gotten drunk with Dylan Thomas at the White Horse in Greenwich Village.

The scene was burning so bright, however, that it couldnt possibly last forever. In 1985, The Third Edition exterior acted as the stand-in for the titular St. Elmos Fire bar in the Joel Schumacher film about recent Georgetown graduates. The interior, meanwhile, was more inspired by another preppy haven popular with college kids, an underground spot called The Tombs.In its script, St. Elmos is described as a P.J. Clarke-like bar/restaurant, a reference to Manhattans iconic preppy paradise. Admittedly, the quiet Wendy Beamish (Mare Winningham) is the only real preppy in St. Elmos Fire (described as a sweet-faced, insecure preppy in the script) as Alec Newbury (Judd Nelson) has advanced into more of a mid-1980s yuppie with his slick hair and Gordon Gekko-esque contrast-collar dress shirts.

That same year, WaPo was already pointing toward Georgetowns end days, and they werent even aware of the looming crack epidemic which would cripple the city and turn it into the nations murder capital. Nor the fact that an endorsement from then-Mayor Marion Berry would make September 30, 1986 the final day 18-year-olds could legally drink in Washington.

By the 1990s, Georgetown had, like most of America, entered into a grunge period, with alternative music blasting out of the doors at rock clubs like Poseurs. The Georgetown bar culture was filled with much more than loafers, gingham, pleats and shoulder pads, wrote McGovern. By the 21st century, Georgetown bar culture was dying as students began going out in the Adams Morgan neighborhood instead. Georgetown was getting overrun by high-end national retailers, movie theater chains, luxury hotels and cupcake shops, though a few bars had managed to hang on into this century.

[My friends] and I were pretty upset about it closing, noted one Georgetown junior in reference to Chadwicks, which shuttered before the new school year of 2014, by now famous for its cheap and unlimited champagne brunches, a preppy mecca until its final days. It was kind of like Tuscany in that everyone had to go there at least once.

In 2014, The Third Edition became El Centro, an upscale Mexican restaurant. While Chinese Disco had long since moved locations to Prospect Street NW, even it would close in 2018. J. Pauls would close a few months after that, marking the end of an era, according to Eater.

While Im sad to see eras end, Georgetown is due for another chapter, said Georgetown restaurant broker Bill Miller at the time.

As for Richard Hamilton Herrud Houghton III, that original WaPo article is literally the only time his full formal name would ever be mentioned in the annals of American journalism. But he didnt fall off the face of the earth. He got a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown and a law degree from Catholic University. By the aughts, now known simply as Richard H. Houghton III, he was serving as Acting Country Director of the International Republican Institute in Baghdad. According to Salon, the American diplomat now sported short trousers, a large tattoo and spoke Arabic he was anything but a preppy.

Then again, no one in Georgetown is these days either.

Honestly, I thought it was going to be very preppy [before I moved there] and I had my Lily Pulitzer skirts ready, but no one was really preppy any more, says McGovern, who started at the university in 2013. Georgetown is a multicultural and international hub now which I think is a positive thing.

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Authorities: Missing girl may be headed to Rice Lake – Leader-Telegram01.05.21

Authorities are looking for a missing Stevens Point girl who they say may be headed to the Rice Lake area.

According to a Wisconsin Crime Alert:

Cassandra Ann Kozlowski, age 14, is described as white, 5 feet 1 inch tall and 130 pounds. She has shoulder-length brown hair with blond highlights. She has a tattoo of a planet on her right thigh and a tattoo of 4-20 421 on her right inner ankle. She may be wearing a black sweatshirt and possibly black leggings. She may have a black backpack with reflective stripes on it.

Cassandra was last seen on a neighbors security camera walking through his backyard at 4:47 a.m. Sunday.

The family and law enforcement have concerns for her welfare, the Crime Alert says.

Anyone with information about Cassandras whereabouts should contact the Stevens Point Police Department at 715-346-1501.

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Ohio State vs. the world — How the Buckeyes and their fans feed off perceived slights – ESPN01.05.21

Don't look now, but the Ohio State Buckeyes and their fan base are feeling disrespected. They are agitated, irritated and aggravated. They are taking inventory of all the names of those who have attempted to diminish the Buckeyes' College Football Playoff invite, from sportswriters and Dabo Swinney to sports radio jocks and Dabo Swinney, as well as the line-setters in the desert and Dabo Swinney.

Yes, here in the rapidly dwindling number of minutes that exist between now and kickoff of Ohio State's CFP semifinal showdown with Clemson (and Dabo Swinney) on Friday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), they are circling the wagons around Columbus, Ohio. They are frustrated, activated and their anger is elevated because they don't feel venerated.

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The good people of the 17th of these United States, from head coach Ryan Day to the guys who dress up like former head coach Woody Hayes, will all tell you that they hate that feeling. They try to convince us that they are SO over what they have long perceived as perpetual dissing. But after all these years of watching Ohio State football win so many games (928) and so many national championships (eight), we know better.

Buckeyes don't hate the hate. They live for it. And if you're a true college football fan, it's hard to hate that kind of love for one's team, even if that love causes them to hate you in return.

I feel like I need to pause here and give you some personal background on this topic. Over the past decade-plus, my relationship with Ohio State fans has been, shall we say, tumultuous. I have been grabbed by a man in an oversized Eddie George jersey at the Dane County Regional Airport demanding to know why my "ESPN SEC-loving ass" would dare be in Madison, Wisconsin, for an Ohio State-Wisconsin game.

One morning, as I was shadowing the Buckeyes during their traditional walk from the Skull Session to the Horseshoe, I had a Crown Royal bottle hurled at me by a tailgater, who thankfully had already consumed the contents of the bottle and thus missed me by about 30 yards.

One night a friend of mine who lived in Columbus went on a date, and when the couple moved into the "What do you do for a living?" portion of the conversation, she said she was in sports marketing. Soon my name came up as someone she worked with, and her date promptly stormed out. Why? Because of an ESPN The Magazine story I'd written a year earlier that included a passage about "Tattoo Gate." (Hey, I didn't design that cover -- the Mag artists did.)

I suppose I should feel angry about all of that, or maybe even unsafe. But I don't. While no one is condoning the idea of liquor bottles as projectiles, I do appreciate the passion behind the arm behind the throw. I also appreciate the history behind that passion, the very DNA that courses through the veins of every Ohioan, producing that pride in their home state and their deep-down digging of the dissing.

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&THard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)Jan. 11: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN App

College Football Playoff Semifinal at The Rose Bowl GameAT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)Alabama 31, Notre Dame 14

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar BowlMercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)Ohio State 49, Clemson 28

When it was revealed that Dabo Swinney had Ohio State ranked 11th on his final regular-season coaches' poll ballot ... or that arguably the three biggest SEC head coaches -- Nick Saban, Kirby Smart and Jimbo Fisher -- all had OSU outside of their top four ... or when Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and, yes, Dabo Swinney gave impassioned speeches both before AND after the ACC championship game as to why a team that has played only six games (Ohio State) doesn't deserve the same shot at a national title that they do ... to Buckeye Nation, all of the above is like a rubber mallet striking one's knee in just the right place. But that reaction isn't so much knee jerk as it is instinctual, built into one's physiology over hundreds of years.

Ohio has hosted wars since the early 1600s, from the Beaver War to the War of 1812 to the Toledo War boundary dispute against, of course, Michigan. This is a state that was founded by Rufus Putnam, a Massachusetts man who was so angered by the British march into Lexington and Concord that he joined the Continental Army the very next day and rose to become one of George Washington's right-hand men.

This is the state that got so fed up with the federal government in the early 19th century that it said, "We're out of here," and it moved to secede in 1820, a full four decades ahead of Fort Sumter.

This is the state that has birthed eight presidents, more than any other, including Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union to victory in the Civil War. Not to mention, Grant's sword that cut through the South, William Tecumseh Sherman. From the Wright Brothers, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Jack Nicklaus, Paul Newman and Steven Spielberg to Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Annie Oakley ... you think this state is going to produce people who are going to sit back and take lip out of Paul Finebaum and that damnable Dabo Swinney?!

"It's pride, pure and simple. There is something about this land that it just becomes a part of who you are, so you are going to love it and you are going to defend it if you feel like it's being disrespected by someone outside of Ohio," explains Columbus attorney Alex Hastie, producer and host of the "Ohio V. The World" history podcast.

How deep do Hastie's Buckeyes roots run? His great uncle, Wilmer Isabel, scored the first-ever touchdown in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 14, 1922.

"I think Ohio is unique among what some call 'flyover country' because of the people who have come from here and everything this state has contributed to the world. And that goes way back," Hastie explained. "This was the original California. People settled here when they were moving through other places in this region. It was like, 'OK, Jebediah, it's time to keep moving out west,' but he said, 'Nah, you know what? I'm good here. There's just something about this place.' That's the root of what I think is a real sense of pride. That's where that 'circling of the wagons' you speak of, that's where that comes from."

"Ohio V. The World" isn't just the name of a podcast. It's a phrase that has been defiantly worn on clothing and waved from flags throughout the Buckeye State for years. The phrase itself has been around for years, but it was made famous nationally when a pair of Ohio State fans (and soon-to-be apparel peddlers) wore it on their sweatshirts at the 2015 Sugar Bowl, when OSU upset top-ranked Alabama in the heart of the Deep South. It was the Buckeyes' first win over the Tide in four tries and sent them to the inaugural CFP title game, where they won their first national championship in a dozen years.

"We weren't respected going into that Alabama game and we weren't respected when we went into the championship game against Oregon," running back Ezekiel Elliott recalled earlier this year, still remembering that the Ducks, like the Tide, were favored by a touchdown.

"We didn't have to go looking for disrespect -- it was right there. You want to motivate Ohio State? That's how you do it."

More than a half-decade later, Elliott's voice still sharpens when he talks about it. Same for any member of any Ohio State team, all 131 of them, whether they won a championship or were denied one. That same edge has increasingly crept into the tones of this year's Buckeyes as this contest with Clemson has gotten closer. Just this week All-American offensive lineman Wyatt Davis said, "We're going into this game not respected at all."

Are those claims of universal Buckeyes disrespect true? Maybe. Maybe not. The truth of the matter at hand is that the truth of that question is irrelevant. What's relevant is the comfort found in the mere asking of the question.

Call it disrespect. Call it bulletin board material. You can call it whatever you want. In Columbus, they call it fuel. And that fuel has served them well in the Horseshoe and everywhere else since the day Jebediah decided to circle the family wagons, plant his flag and stay put in the land that became Ohio.

I'm pretty sure that flag read "Ohio V. The World." And I'm 100 percent sure he didn't name his firstborn son Dabo.

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I have heard stories about folks having some vivid and wacky dreams since the pandemic started. Our fears and anxiety are presenting themselves when were trying to sleep. Add our disrupted sleep schedules (because what is even a schedule anymore?) and folks are bound to come up with detailed and strange dreams. Doctors and professors reassure us that this is normal, but waking up from a stressful alternative reality can be overwhelming. One pandemic dream was too bizarre to not try to replicate, though. A man from Wisconsin dreamed he had created a recipe called Kings Hand, which was a hollow, hand-shaped M&M cookie that was stuffed with Greek salad.

His Twitter feed details how he made this, um, delicacy and also reveals the falafel hand he baked after it was suggested to him.

While the absurdity of this viral dream-to-reality story was fun, I wondered how many other good, bad, or ugly realities were born from unconscious states. Turns out great ideas dont just happen in the shower or during a long car drive; if you can remember your dreamswhich I often dontyou may be sitting on the next great invention.

Take the sewing machine, for example. Elias Howe had a dream he was being chased by cannibals who wanted to cook and eat him but when we woke up all he could think about were the spears the cannibals held. They had holes down the shaft and when they moved up and down something in Howes brain leapt from Im going to be eaten to how can I use this to make a needle and thread more efficient? He invented the sewing machine in 1845 and got the patent in 1846.

Dreams have held the answers to scientists discoveries too. James Watson dreamed of two intertwined serpents, and that led him to consider the double helix as the shape of DNA. Dmitry Mendeleev came up with the periodic table during a dream and the idea for Google came to Larry Page in a dream. I dream about the bad haircut I had in high school, and sometimes the possibility I didnt turn off the iron after melting perler beads for my kids creations. But sure, 22-year-old Page just came up with a search engine while in and out of nocturnal erections.

Plenty of creatives have credited their sleep to their best work. The Beatles claim dreams inspired hits #9 Dream and Yesterday. Jack Kerouac composed a book of his dreams. Steven Kings Misery and Dreamcatcher were inspired by dreams, and so were Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and Stephenie Meyers Twilight series. Salvador Dalis Persistence of Memory was alsoborn from a dream. I thought it was inspired by drugs or lead paint, but it turns out the melting clocks are a nod to the fact time is arbitrary during our dream state.

But what about the rest of us? Maybe I havent been able to crack the code to the next great invention or viral recipe, but I wanted to see if my friends have ever made dream-inspired decisions.

One of my best friends dreamed a way to memorialize her brother. He was murdered in 2010 while biking home after a late shift at the restaurant where he worked. He was mugged, shot, and left to be found by a pedestrian who was walking through the park. My friend later dreamed she got a tattoo of a fork, knife, and spoon to remember her brother Neil, so she did. Several of my writer friends said they have dreamed story ideas, memes, and jokes and have been able to write down their thoughts after waking up. Teacher friends have dreamed lessons and then implemented them into the classroom.

An old rugby teammate, best known as Camper, said this: I had this truly excellent zombie dream in college where the zombie outbreak was just another fuckin daily hassle. I still have a series of cartoons I wrote about it, and let me tell you, the CDC in those cartoons is a lot more on the ball with safety PSAs than we are currently seeing. AHEM. Dreams can be confusing and cathartic in their mysterious ways. For others they can prepare us for unpredictable outbreaks before they even happen.

But where were the other recipes? Was the cookie hand dude from Wisconsin the only one who dreams about recipes? I found an article called Recipe Dream Interpretation that seemed to indicate that wasnt the case because there was a full analysis of why a person may dream about creating recipe ingredients (symbolizes creativity) or what it means if they dream about certain types of recipes. Dreaming about a family recipe may mean you have a strong desire to continue family legacy; it could also mean youre trying to break out of the dreams your family has for you. If you dream about a recipe that is missing ingredients, it may indicate you are missing knowledge to finish a task. But with instinct and existing skills, you will figure it all out!

The article also digs into what it means to dream about a meat, salad, or dessert dish. Cookie hand guy dreamed about salad and dessert combined, so that could be interpreted as his desire to have a healthy lifestyle balanced with a devotion to leisure.

Look, I didnt say this was a scientific article. I am fully aware we can spin our dreams to mean anything. I am also aware that not all weird recipes were created in the bedroom. Sometimes nightmares start in the kitchen and end at someones potluck. If you are interested in bologna cake, ham and bananas hollandaise, or a SpaghettiOs-and-wieners gelatin mold, find the recipes here. And good luck sleeping after your mayonnaise-and-cream-cheese-based meal.

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Caught In The System – Wisconsin Public Radio News12.14.20

I. Slauson and Crenshaw

Lisa P is from Crenshaw. She knows all its avenues, all its corners. She has it all mapped out in her head, what it means to move from one block to the next. She's 57 years old, and grew up running these streets. She was born Ellisa McKnight but prefers the nickname she's gone by since childhood.

Slauson Avenue runs east-west through Crenshaw. Driving toward the Pacific Ocean down Slauson, Lisa moves one of her box braids away from her face and hits her joint as she passes one of the neighborhood's unofficial landmarks, Slauson swap meet. Looking out her car window at the sign that reads Slauson Supermall, Lisa P says that it was on this very site that she first remembers seeing a boy who would grow up to be one of Crenshaw's most celebrated and most mourned sons.

"He stood right there, by that pole," she recalls. "Skinny, little scrawny kid selling incense."

The young salesman Lisa remembers spotting on this L.A. street corner was named Ermias Asghedom. A couple of decades later, he'd be known not just in Crenshaw but around the world as Nipsey Hussle, his new name glorifying the work ethic that earned him notice as a kid and acclaim and success as an artist and businessman as an adult. Throughout, he remained a fixture in the neighborhood. In fact, if you keep driving a mile and a half down Slauson, past neighborhood restaurants and fast food joints, salons and dollar stores and churches and mosques, you'll arrive at a strip mall on the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard that's the home of The Marathon Clothing Store, where Nipsey would stake his claim, where he'd do everything he could to change Crenshaw for the better and where, on March 31, 2019, in the parking lot of the store he owned, he'd be shot and killed.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nipsey Hussle was the epitome of a hustler. Like Lisa P and many of the other young people who grow up in this neighborhood, he was a member of the Rollin 60s Crips, one of L.A.'s biggest sets, from the time he was a teenager. He never denied being affiliated. Once his music took off, he repped his set in every song. But he was also a community advocate for Crenshaw, and constantly gave back to his hood.

"He never lived up to ... society's expectations of what he should be," says Karen Civil, one of Nipsey's former business partners. "Society's expectation is, 'Oh, he's just a quote-unquote gang banger from the Crenshaw district.' Not at all. He's an entrepreneur. He's a Grammy award winner. He's a father. He's everything in between and he exceeded the expectations of what society thought."

The story of Nipsey Hussle's life has been retold into mythology, a hip-hop fairy tale, one that reinforces the illusion of the American dream: a self-made man who came up from the bottom, stayed connected with his community and used his art as a vehicle to change it. But the irony of his untimely death sheds light on the larger backdrop of inequality in his hood the phenomenon of mass supervision in Black communities.

"If you wrote a story like this, it would seem too on the nose," says Jeff Weiss, a writer and cultural critic from L.A. "It would seem too perfectly scripted to create the saddest possible tragedy it's like, Shakespearean."

Before he was Nipsey, Ermias Asghedom grew up the son of an immigrant in a family that couldn't even afford back-to-school clothes. He didn't see many options to support himself or his family, and around the age of 14, he joined the Rollin 60s.

In a 2018 interview with Hot 97, he talked about how being in the gang changed his life. "I adapted to the culture ... Naturally, that's not who I am," he said. "As kids we come from nurturing, but there's a lack of that in the coldness you get from going outside. The world said we was wrong, but the set embraced you for who you was. And that's the allure of gang banging."

Being in the set gave him a brotherhood, afforded him protection. He wore his pride in his colors and his "Slauson Boy" tattoos, which also made him a mark for police surveillance. In the early 2000s, the LAPD was still cracking down hard on gang violence. In an interview with NPR the year before he died, Nipsey described the reality he faced growing up in Crenshaw.

"If you check the stats the murder rates in the years I was a teenager and the incarceration rates in L.A. in my section of the Crenshaw district, of the Rollin 60s when I was 14, 15 none of my peers survived. None of my peers avoided prison. None of 'em," he said.

Then his world broadened. In 2004, after spending his entire life in South Central, Nipsey traveled to his father's homeland, Eritrea, with his dad and his brother. Over a visit that lasted a few months, he saw a whole country of people who looked like him living autonomously, taking pride in their country. It lit a fire under him to build community like that back at home.

"I was 19 when I came back, so I was still knee-deep in what was going on in L.A.," he said on Hot 97. But something in him had changed. "You know, you got those two voices. This one became a lot louder because I couldn't fake like I wasn't exposed to the way things could be. And you know, I think it led to me making decisions that brought me into music."

The music he made showed you the world he knew, with shout-outs to OGs and local stomping grounds. He was honest about experiences in his hood. "I wasn't always banging but I speak about it openly," he rapped in 2013. "No shame in my game. I did my thing on the coldest streets."

His music won fans among peers and critics. "He had kind of the laid-back stoner cool of a Snoop, but had more of the mission and ethos of like, a Tupac," Weiss says.

Aside from the bars, Nipsey followed his own entrepreneurial drive to sell what made him unique in rap. He created a recording label called All Money In and in 2013 got attention from the whole music industry for his creative approach to marketing when he sold 1,000 copies of his mixtape Crenshaw for $100 a pop. Jay Z bought 100 copies himself.

"Like, so many of us are way more than what we look like," says songwriter James Fauntleroy, who worked with Nipsey throughout his career and appears on Crenshaw. "Every now and then you find somebody that, in a good way, is so out of character that they're a more interesting character in the play of life."

"I say there's weather changers and weather reporters," says Larrance Dopson, Fautleroy's collaborator and one of Nipsey's longtime producers. "Nipsey and a few of us, we're weather changers."

In 2018, he finally dropped an official debut album, Victory Lap, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and went on to be nominated for a best rap album Grammy.

All the while, he was working on other ventures. In 2017, he and his brother, Blacc Sam, opened an L.A. storefront to sell their merch and spread their ethos. They called it The Marathon Clothing Store, and it wasn't on Fairfax or Melrose, far removed from the streets that gave Nipsey his grind. It was right in the heart of the hood that made him. The store was part of his focus on Black ownership, and entrepreneurial strategy to "buy back the block."

At Marathon, Nipsey hired parolees to sweep up or even work the register. He wanted to give people opportunities he never had as a kid, opportunities that have never really existed for people in Crenshaw. He was known to donate clothing to people in the neighborhood who needed it, especially OGs coming home after doing time.


That commitment to his hood led Nipsey to do something unexpected: He wrote a letter to the LAPD. It read, in part:

"Our goal is to work with the department to help improve communication, relationships and work towards changing the culture and dialogue between LAPD and the inner city. We want to hear about your new programs and your goals for the department as well as how we can help stop gang violence and help you help kids."

In Crenshaw, cops were the opposition, and people who talked to cops were even worse: snitches. Being a snitch meant you were a threat in the hood.

At least one person in the LAPD wanted to make a connection. Steve Soboroff was, at that time, the president of the LAPD's Board of Police Commissioners, a group of civilians that lead the department by setting policy and playing liaison between the public and the police (Soboroff is still on the board, but no longer president). When he got Nipsey's email, he was impressed, and went to work setting up a meeting between Nipsey and his management team at Roc Nation and Michel Moore, the chief of police.

"I thought it was an opportunity to let him know what we do, and for him to let us know what his ideas were," Soboroff says. "And so, 'Tell me about the culture and dialogue from the perspective of people that come into your store.' "

But then, a standstill. Though Soboroff tried to get time on the books for a sit down, he says some members of the department wanted to look into Nipsey's background, specifically related to his gang affiliations.

"That's why the meeting didn't happen two months earlier," Soboroff says. "The department was a little bit reluctant. ... It's hard to get off a gang database, and when people can't get off a gang database when they're no longer gang members and they've paid their dues, it can affect their future."

Finally, though, Soboroff and Roc Nation managed to schedule a meeting between Nipsey and Moore for the afternoon of Monday, April 1, 2019.

But that meeting never happened. On Sunday, March 31, 2019, Nipsey was in the parking lot outside Marathon Clothing, as he was most Sundays. He had a small crowd around him, some taking selfies, some chopping it up.

Not all of the conversations he had that day were so casual. Later, two eyewitnesses testified in a grand jury hearing that they heard Nipsey and another man, a Rollin 60s Crip named Eric Holder Jr., talking about the dangers of cooperating with police. Nipsey warned Eric that there were rumors about police having paperwork on him, that the streets might see him as a snitch. Eric tried to brush it off. The conversation was tense, but cordial. The men dapped, and Eric left to get some food.

A few minutes later, another man named Kerry Lathan, who had until recently been in jail, and who had been the recipient of Nipsey and Marathon's generosity, pulled up to say hello, to thank Nipsey for the help he'd given him and to pitch him some designs for a T-shirt he'd sketched.

Then shots broke out. According to videotaped evidence and eyewitness accounts, Eric Holder walked back up to Nipsey with a gun in each hand, and started firing.

Kerry was hit in the spine, and fell to the ground. He couldn't see anything except the feet of people all around him, until he saw Nipsey fall to the ground beside him. Surveillance footage captured the shooter unloading nearly a dozen bullets into Nipsey before running to a nearby car. Nipsey and Kerry were rushed to the hospital, and at 3:55 p.m. on March 31, 2019, Nipsey was pronounced dead.

A few days later, Holder was arrested and later charged with murder. He pleaded not guilty, but his trial has been delayed multiple times.

In January of 2020, Kerry Lathan was sitting in a wheelchair under the shade of a small gazebo in the courtyard of a Long Beach rehabilitation center. He had on a navy sweatsuit and his gray goatee has been freshly shaped up. Kerry had been in the rehab center for a month, recovering from a right brain stroke.

On this day, as with many others, Kerry is here with Lisa P, who he calls his sister, though the two of them aren't related. Lisa, dressed in a maroon sweat suit, glitter lash extension and her red box braids up in a bun, helps Kerry eat and wheels him around they're about the same age, but she treats him protectively, very much like a baby brother.

Kerry and Lisa have been like siblings since they were kids, and they've seen gang life in Crenshaw change over generations. They got down with the Rollin 60s when the set first started in the 1970s, and Lisa says that at the time, it was more like a youth club, a family formed to escape the ones they had at home who were neglecting or sometimes abusing them.

Lisa has great memories of those early days with her friends. She remembers sneaking out at night with a group, gathering up pillows and blankets and hopping the fence into the 59th Street Schoolyard, where they'd push benches together and make one big bed to have a sleepover under the stars. Instead of s'mores, they'd split a chicken dinner between them.

Accounts of the formation of the Crips echo that all-for-one, one-for-all mentality. The gang emerged in the void left behind as Black liberation groups like the Black Panthers were being dismantled. Lisa P even claims that Crip is an acronym for "Community Revolution in Progress."

Soon subsets like the Rollin 60s formed under the Crips' umbrella. Some sets broke off entirely, forming new gangs with new territories, colors and codes. Desperate conditions in their neighborhoods intensified over the years. When crack started flooding in, gangs went into business selling it. Beefs started over sales territory and many of those rivalries got set in stone.

By 1985, South Central L.A. was a hotspot of the crack epidemic in America and violent crime in the city kept rising for almost another decade. As it did, the LAPD's CRASH Units were smashing into homes, yoking up whoever and arresting men en masse. Incarceration rates were skyrocketing, and the hip-hop of the era, by artists like Ice-T and N.W.A., was steeped in the reality that Lisa and Kerry were living through, painting vivid pictures of harassment by police.

"Why are they saying 'F*** the police,' though?" Lisa says. "Because we could be sitting in front of a store minding our own damn business and they're trained to come and antagonize us. That's why we say 'F*** the police.' "

Musicians like NWA spoke to everything Lisa was seeing around her, and gave her pain a new vocabulary. But most people coming up in chaos like that, she says, aren't given the chance to nurture their talent.

"A lot of people aren't able to understand their purpose in my neighborhood because they're trying to survive," Lisa says. " 'I need milk. I need bread. Damn it, I just got a gas bill. Oh my god, my lights is off.... How am I going to even think of anything else? I have no room in my mind to think of nothing else because I'm so busy trying to survive.' "

By the 1980s, Kerry was married and had started his family. He was trying to hold down various jobs, but he was already on the police's radar, having been in and out of jail for robbery and battery. It made it hard to even get interviews. Selling drugs presented fewer hurdles and higher rewards.

"You know, when you would leave broke and come back with 10 or 20 thousand dollars in your hand, that became habit forming," he says. Soon he was dealing full time. But Kerry developed a reputation for giving people who were short money they owed him a break, and that became a liability.

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In 1994, Kerry was suspicious that one of his customers had been cheating him: paying him for crack rock, then breaking off a piece of it with her fingernail and then complaining that what he sold her was too small and demanding a refund. Once she even called the cops on him.

Eventually she tried this in front of other dealers and customers, and the two got into an argument that got physical.

"They put their hands on me," Kerry says, "and hit me on the back of the head, and that set the alarm off." While two other dealers held the woman down, Kerry stabbed her in the back, then ran away and left the woman to die alone in the street.

He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison.


In early 2018, while Nipsey Hussle's Victory Lap was topping the charts, Kerry was anxiously awaiting the results of a parole hearing. While in prison, he had become a model for rehabilitation. He underwent anger management, drug treatment programs and most importantly according to transcripts from his hearing victim's awareness training, which gave him insight into the impact of his crime. He also got his education in prison: certificates in mechanical drawing, cabinetry and drywall.

But still, he had reason to be nervous. His appeal for early parole had been denied once before. As he waited in the hallway while the parole board made their deliberations, he tried to comfort some of the other inmates up for parole, to ease his own nerves.

"Looking down the hallway and looking at people who just came out of the room that I was in, crying, and I say, 'Look man, come here, you don't have to cry. All you have to do is understand yourself. Go deep. Find your freedom. Because it's not in here,' " Kerry recalls.

This time the parole judges decided Kerry had earned his freedom, and in September 2018 he was finally released. At that moment, he became one of 4.5 million people on probation or parole in the United States twice the number of people currently incarcerated. About a third of those people on probation or parole are Black.

Life on parole in California comes with a lot of rules: Your residence can be searched at any time. You can't use a knife with a blade longer than two inches unless you're in a kitchen. You can't travel more than 50 miles without first notifying your parole officer. Kerry says he wasn't even allowed to go into corner stores that sell liquor. "Everything ... right is wrong. That's how clearly you could say it."

Kerry also had to agree to be entered into a gang database, so he had to observe "no go zones" places he could and couldn't go at different times of the day and rules about who he was allowed to be with. That meant that technically, Kerry couldn't be around Lisa, or at least two of his children.

"His daughter is in prison," Lisa says. "So when she comes home, she's a parolee. He's a parolee. How are they going to see each other? 'Cause they both of them in violation. ... Nine times out of 10, either you got a criminal record or somebody that you know has a criminal record."

Kerry was out, but with so many rules and such heavy consequences for breaking them, he felt like he was walking on eggshells. One in five people entering prison in the U.S. today is there for a parole violation.

Kerry and Lisa felt that they couldn't rely on the parole system. But Lisa knew of someone they could look to for help. And she says that despite never having met her or Kerry, Nipsey Hussle didn't hesitate to help Kerry when she reached out.

"They gave him hoodies. They gave him shirts, socks, tees, underwear, everything somebody getting out of prison might need," she says.

Here you have two men: Kerry, who had caused harm long ago and spent two decades wrestling with remorse, trying to make good and change his life. And Nipsey, who turned neighborhood-wide trauma into music, and that music into opportunities for his hood. Those paths both led to the parking lot in front of Marathon Clothing on March 31, 2019, where one of them ended.

Before Nipsey was born, before Kerry joined the Rollin 60s, law enforcement was figuring out a way to track people all over California.

Wes McBride is a former sergeant in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. He's retired now, but back in the 1970s he patrolled East L.A., home to a large part of the city's Hispanic population and gangs like the Marianna and the Juarez. McBride says that every time they approached someone they thought might be a gang member, officers would fill out something they called a "field interview report."

"You use it any time you stop somebody and he's up to no good, but you can't prove anything," McBride says. So officers would take down suspected gang members' names and descriptions of their vehicles, for potential use in relation to future investigations.

In the late 1970s, McBride helped to create a gang database to standardize about a dozen criteria from these field interview reports, things like location, affiliates, tattoos, even dress. If a person met just two of the criteria, they went in the database, even if they hadn't committed a crime. That database would come to be known as CalGang.

Today, McBride insists the system does not amount to racial profiling, even though police are designating individuals for inclusion in CalGang based on preconceived notions.

"I worked East L.A. Ninety-nine percent of everybody in East L.A. is Hispanic. Uh, we didn't have any other races to pick on, you know, to stop," he says. "And the same you go down to South L.A. it's all Black population. I don't make you a gang member. You make yourself a gang member with your attitude, your dress and your actions. If you want to be a gang member, you're a gang member."

Nipsey had firsthand experience with this kind of profiling. In a 2013 interview he told Combat Jack that police would "come through and get to know you. ... They'd come hop out, ask you questions, take your name, your address, your cell phone number, your social, when you ain't done nothing. Just so they know everybody in the hood."

By 2018, there were more than 100,000 people catalogued in CalGang's database. It's become standardized, used by law enforcement across the state, even federal departments. But in 2016, an audit of the database confirmed a slew of problems. People had been entered into the system without a reason. Babies under the age of one were included because of "admitting to being gang members."

There's a state law that requires anyone who has gone five years without adding anything to their record be removed from CalGang, but the audit also showed that for hundreds of people, that had not happened.

Sean Garcia-Leys, a former senior staff attorney at the Urban Peace Institute, has represented dozens of people who say CalGang infringed upon their civil liberties.

"Almost all of my clients, even the ones who are gang involved, should have been purged but for a traffic stop at some point where they were pulled over for running a stoplight or something like that, and the officer noticed that they had a tattoo even if it's a 20-year-old tattoo and that stop was then used to restart their five-year purge date," he says.

Garcia-Leys says Nipsey satisfied a lot of the criteria that could land somebody in CalGang, from his tattoos to law enforcement's suspicion that Marathon Clothing was a front for gang activity. Hypothetically, every time he went there, he could have his five-year clock restarted. But because until recently CalGang was a confidential database, there was no way to know if his name has been purged or not, or if you were ever in to begin with. All public information requests we made to the LAPD to find out whether Nipsey was in CalGang were denied.


About a week after the shooting, Kerry Lathan was released from the hospital, and he moved into a halfway house for parolees. Still recovering, he was wheelchair bound and in a lot of pain when parole officers showed up not to see how Kerry's doing or to offer support or help, but to arrest him for violating his parole.

"They said 'Gang affiliation,' and I took out the newspaper. It said, 'Nipsey Hussle: A Voice of Peace,' and I said, 'So, y'all [gonna] send me back to prison for talking to a voice of peace? Y'all crazy,' " Kerry says.

Months later, Kerry still didn't understand exactly what happened. So we asked the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the agency that oversees his parole, what rule Kerry broke. Via email, a spokesperson declined to answer, citing privacy concerns. But they said they could confirm one thing: The violation was "unrelated to the Nipsey Hussle incident."

We now know that this was a lie.

According to Kerry's parole violation report, which was obtained by NPR, parole officers interviewed Kerry at least two times while he was in the hospital, both by phone and in person. Officers cited several ways Kerry violated his parole, all stemming from the "incident in connection with the shooting death of Rapper Nipsey Hussle."

In making their case that Kerry should be arrested, the officers noted that Kerry had admitted to associating with Nipsey Hussle in those minutes before the shooting. Parole officers cited departmental resources used to confirm "that Nipsey Hussle is a documented Rollin 60s Crip gang member." According to the report the officers searched Kerry's phone and found a photo of Kerry at a strip club with two other men that officers say are "flashing" gang signs.

We asked Bruce Western, the co-director of Columbia University's Justice Lab, to read Kerry's violation report. Western studies the sociological impact of life lived on parole, and he pointed out that a group of 50-year-old men displaying gang signs might not currently be involved in criminal activity.

"It's very subjective to make that leap," he says.

In 2017, more than a third of parolees locked up in California were there because of a technical parole violation, not for committing a crime. Western says that can make people feel like they've been set up to fail.

"The person on parole only has limited control over whether or not they are going to come back into contact with the system," Western says. "If they live in a heavily policed community, the likelihood is that they will come back into contact. The system, in many cases, wants to have contact with you."

The officers took Kerry back to jail, but after media attention on his case and a petition with 20,000 signatures, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reversed his parole violation. After spending 12 days locked up, Kerry was released.

But here's what's scary to think about: If Kerry's violation had occurred because he'd been talking to any other alleged gang member besides Nipsey Hussle, he'd likely still be in jail.

Recently, there has been some effort to reform the system. In the last year, multiple LAPD officers have been criminally charged for inputting false information into CalGang, and the LAPD finally conducted an internal investigation that led, this summer, to police chief Michel Moore declaring that the department would quit using the database permanently. None of the data that the LAPD has entered into CalGang can be used by any other law enforcement agency ever again. But other law enforcement agencies in California can still access and update the database themselves.

Both Kerry and Nipsey were trying to work within the system, trying to play by its rules to improve themselves and their hood. Nipsey reached out to the cops, who delayed their meeting because they saw him as a gang member. Kerry reached out to Nipsey for help and it landed him back in jail. The way the system works, it's almost like it wants to make sure people like Nipsey and Kerry aren't working to help each other.


Nipsey Hussle's mantra was "The Marathon Continues," and depending on where you sit, that never-ending pursuit of a dream can be inspiring or exhausting.

December 19 will mark Kerry's one-year anniversary in his Long Beach rehabilitation center. He's got a piece of a bullet lodged in his back. He is coping with the effects of his stroke and still cannot walk. He told us he got COVID-19 earlier this year and is recovering. He says that when he finally gets out, he wants to find residence in public housing where his daughter and grandchildren can visit him. He will live the rest of his life under the strict regulations of a parolee.

Lisa P is a registered paralegal, and is writing a book about the history of the Rollin 60s called Orphans of the Revolution, Story of a Rollin Sixlett. She says she has found a publisher and is working to release it in 2021.

"I just want to see something different before I leave here. I don't have a lot of time ... and I just really want to see a change in my community," she says. "I can make it that."

This story consists of material published within an episode of the NPR Music podcast Louder Than A Riot. It includes editing and reporting by Adelina Lancianese, Dianne Lugo, Dustin DeSoto, Matt Ozug, Michael May and Jacob Ganz.

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