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Robert Kolker

December 3, 2012 | Features
Death by Car

After years of Bloomberg-era declines, the number of traffic-related fatalities in New York has suddenly spiked. Why? Inside the imperfect science of traffic safety.

September 24, 2012 | Features
Cheating Upwards

Stuyvesant kids do it. Harvard kids do it. Smart kids may especially do it. But why?

April 3, 2012 | Features
A Daughter’s Revenge

Brigitte Harris cut off her father's penis, accidentally killing him in the process, because, she says, he sexually abused her for years. In 2009, she was convicted of second-degree manslaughter, and sentenced to five to fifteen years. This week she'll have her first parole hearing. Should she be released? Read her story, and take our poll.

December 12, 2011 | Features
A Bronx Science Experiment

When principal Valerie Reidy turned the city’s legendary high school into a laboratory, her reforms nearly blew the place up.

October 31, 2011 | Features
Kidnapped at Birth

One day Nejdra Nance realized the woman she had called Mom for 23 years may have been at the center of one of the most harrowing kidnappings in decades—hers.

September 5, 2011 |
Zazi, Najibullah

The face of terrorism to come?

September 5, 2011 |
Stairwell A

The only way out for those above the impact line.

June 6, 2011 | Features
A Serial Killer in Common

Five prostitutes disappear. Bodies turn up on a beach. Now the families of the victims have formed a kind of sisterhood. They ask: Who murdered my daughter? Who was my sister—really?

April 18, 2011 |
The Next Best Crooks

With the masterminds of the financial crisis having escaped justice, United States Attorney Preet Bharara is left to prosecute this generation of insider traders. But is he too aggressive? And how valuable is second prize, anyway?

March 14, 2011 |
Peter King's Muslim Problem

The New York congressman says the threat of homegrown terrorism is on the rise and American Muslims aren’t doing enough to stop it. His opponents say he’s on a witch hunt.