6 Years Strong – Top 7 Stories

Since issue #1 we’ve been proud to produce the most compelling, entertaining, creative and important stories for Long Island. Among our favorites are…

Rackets: NYRA—June ‘07

In the spirit of classic muckraking, Nada, our trusted publisher + editor, delved into the rampant corruption of the New York Racing Association. The story is a ding, dong, dang! of scandal, secrecy and outright stealing…anybody remember that Steamroller guy?
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Broadwater (August 2006)

Broadwater (April 2008)

The plan: A giant natural gas barge parked 9 miles off Wading River in the Long Island Sound. The risks: Many (can you say, “exploding fireballs?”). Pat Dolan’s articles for Pulse added to the throng against this facility, and we sent $6-Billion Shell Oil packing. All hail Adrienne Esposito at Citizens Campaign for the Environment for leading the David and Goliath victory.
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Confessions of a Mortgage Predator—April ‘09

Jason Molinet’s article uncovered the seedier side of mortgage selling that was central to the economy’s demise. You know the type: After college he traded in the sex, drugs and rock and roll for, well, drugs, money and a calculator. Haven’t met this guy, but heard of him? This got you up close and personal.
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Tiger and Phil Head to Bethpage—April ‘09

Long Islanders love Phil (and not just the women)! With the occasion of the US Open Championship arriving at Bethpage State Park, the rivalry between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson was highlighted in John Westermann’s impassioned pursuit of the truth (and his sportsman’s penchant for the underdog).
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Heroin: A Truth by Pete Baggs—September 09

One of our most important stories: An autobiographical, cautionary tale about a LI heroin addict’s descent into darkness and danger, followed by an ascent into a clean and healthy life and the ever-looming threat of a relapse. The online version became the most commented article on lipulse.com of all time and continues to connect and help others dealing with addiction. If you’ve ever been curious about heroin, this will get you straight.
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Brian Dennehy Fact & Fiction—November ‘09

Publisher + editor Nada created a one-act play by rearranging the actual quotes of her interview with actor Brian Dennehy. This one-of-a-kind piece is set in a bar, with the fictional characters interjecting to steer the “plot,” illuminating Dennehy’s depth and range as a thespian as well as his sentiments about humanity and his philanthropic endeavors.
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Dead Woman Running—February ‘10

A moving piece focused on the heartbreaking murder of young mother Jo’Anna Bird at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. The hard-news, investigative (relentless, fearless) approach of writer Pat Dolan exposed the missteps of local law enforcement and prosecutors in their attempts to protect victims of domestic violence. Ultimately, the story (and Dolan’s extensive coverage) led to police discipline and ratified the civil process. This is what it’s all about folks.
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