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Astoria Characters: The Guy With Smoke in His Eyes

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.27.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It is while peering through the smoke that Ibrahim Amer sees things clearly. His cigar, resting in an ashtray like a sunbather in a lounge chair, is s...

Astoria Characters: The Cigar Aficionado

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.20.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Every time Tomas Hinojal lights a cigar, he thinks of his father. He's puffing on a Davidoff, savoring the smoke as it covers his face like a ski mask.

Leave Monica Lewinsky Alone!

Lionel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

Monica Lewinsky reemerged in the media this week and my heart breaks for her over the hell and trauma that a girl of 21 had to endure. And that she must be reliving today.

Phony Doctor Smoked Cigar During Surgery, Flushed Liposuction Fat Down Toilet

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.23.2011 | San Francisco

It was only when a Daly City woman got a severe infection shortly after receiving liposuction surgery that she knew something was fishy with her docto...

Cigar-Smoking Teen Suspected in Canyon Fire | Sharon Cotal | Posted 11.09.2011 | Home

The Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire that burned 40 acres in the Mandeville Canyon and Sepulveda Pass area is under active investigation and ...

Astoria Characters: The Old-School Sculptor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sculptor Rafael Petrosyan left Armenia nearly four decades ago, but old customs die hard. He's had his morning shot of wine already when I catch up with him.

The Things One Does...

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

This evening, at the end of the business day, I went to the Chicago Cigar Society's bi-weekly event, on this occasion to see and hear the ever enterta...

The Emerging Obama Doctrine

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

At Obama's press conference at the Summit of the Americas, the president discussed economics, narco-terrorism, and guns -- and showcased a new direction in American regional partnerships.

Mountain of Snakes

Sean Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Penn

I'm not a socialist. Or at least not entirely so. As an American, I've got a little Al Capone in me. I like the idea of individual achievement -- just not against a background of hopeless oppression.