Todd Spivak


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  • 12 years ago | Longform

    It's not quite eight in the morning, and Barack Obama is on the phone screaming at me. He liked the story I wrote about him a couple weeks ago, but not this garbage. Months earlier, a reporter friend told me she overheard Obama call me an asshole ...

  • 12 years ago | Longform

    Paula Baade was two months pregnant when doctors learned during a prenatal ultrasound that her baby would be severely deformed and advised her to abort the fetus. On June 4, 1986, Jessica Baade was born at Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital with ...

  • 12 years ago | Longform

    "I find myself in a very uncomfortable position," says baby-faced 38-year-old Somerville Independent School District Superintendent Charles Camarillo, clutching his elbows one recent morning while seated at a conference table inside his office. Wh...

  • 12 years ago | Longform

    Dennis Davis thought maybe his family was cursed. In early 1998, his uncle Don developed an aggressive skin cancer that devoured his face. Several months later, his brother Dale died suddenly at age 46 from stomach cancer. A few weeks after that, ...

  • 13 years ago | Longform

    Editor’s Note: Please see our follow-up report at the end of this article. The 2004 magazine ad for Silver American Eagles that caught Maureen O'Neill's eye included a thumbnail history and some mumbo jumbo about the coins being "certified g...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    Queso the cat, known to lap up cheese outside a Taco Cabana in Waco, was well known to students at Baylor University. The scrawny stray later went on to gain national attention when two students brutally killed it, then got off scot-free. Texas ha...

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