Mac King

Mac King

Reporter

Characters make a story memorable: jokesters, geniuses, gossips, children, octogenarians, your neighbor Maureen, your uncle Jerry, cobblers, clock-winders, professional foosball players, artisan mayonnaise-makers. In this job (and in life), I like to think I seek out characters. I'm a reader (fiction, non-fiction, books, magazines, the entire Internet). I'm a TV/movie-watcher. I'm a former camp counselor. I'm an intramural sports enthusiast. Every story of my little league career is at least mildly exaggerated. I grew up on Bainbridge Island, Wash., with two sisters, Newfoundland dogs and Siamese cats. My parents still live there with all of those pets and all of my favorite sports teams. I went to high school at Andover, where I spent more time playing stickball than studying for chemistry (Mr. Cardozo gave me a C). I then attended Bates College, where I wrote a sports column for the school paper filled with more drinking jokes than game stats (thankfully, the online archives seem to have vanished). I went to graduate school at Northwestern, where I once submitted a story about the most delicious cinnamon brioche in all of Chicago.

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Trojan Shield: FBI created message service for criminals to ensnare them

Operation Trojan Shield recruited a former distributor of a recently shut-down criminal communication network who'd developed a new encrypted messaging app called ANOM. With ANOM under FBI control, the FBI sent its new informant to sell ANOM phones to distributors all around the world.

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Getting the New York pizza taste outside of the city

Before Riccio opened the pizzeria on weekends only at the end of April, he knew to create pies and slices with the crunchy, thin crust the rest of the pizza-eating planet associates with New York City, he needed first to duplicate the natural properties of New York City water that when mixed with flour creates dough with the ideal gluten structure.

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Are we really ready to return to 'normal'?

As our various cities, states, regions, and nations start to reopen at full capacity, we don't even know what this new moment means or what it might look like in a post-pandemic era.