Wershe’s only previous parole hearing, in 2003, was a sham built on demonstrably false law enforcement testimony. Wershe was described as in the top echelon of Detroit’s drug underworld, yet police and court records show he was never charged with drug racketeering, conspiracy or operating a continuing criminal enterprise, the usual charges brought against major dope dealers. Wershe was never named as a co-conspirator, un-indicted co-conspirator or even as a trial witness in any of the major drug trials of that era. He was never charged with a violent crime or with ordering a violent crime. He admits he was guilty of selling drugs but he and his supporters say the punishment has been totally out of proportion. Admitted drug hit men who have killed multiple victims have been imprisoned and released in the time Wershe has been behind bars. … [Read more...] about FBI Made Him Into a Cocaine Dealer, Now ‘White Boy Rick’ Is Going Free After 30 Years
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Salvini has pulled out all the folksy stops to connect with voters in the region, centered around the city of Bologna, which beyond a reputation as the center of Italy’s red belt is also renowned for its food and hospitality. Salvini has sniffed a Parmesan cheese wheel, kissed a salami and hugged the statue of a fictional communist mayor, Peppone, the leftist foil to the town’s priest Don Camillo in beloved comic stories and films about the fraught political healing process in postwar Italy. … [Read more...] about Matteo Salvini seeks power in Rome through regional victory
We got together to work on EDtv in 1996, and I’m upstairs talking with Ron Howard because we’re in pre-production. I’m looking out the window to the street. I know Woody Harrelson got the role of playing my brother, Ray. So I’m looking out the window and I see this guy riding up. He’s got a 10-speed bike, biker shorts on, a helmet, the gloves, a biker top, and the bike shoes. You hear him coming up the wooden stairs—creak, crack—and he’s carrying his bike up, and he’s sweating. He comes in and goes, “Hey!” and starts talking to Ron, and about five minutes into the conversation, they begin talking about the character’s wardrobe, and Woody goes, “I didn’t ride over here just to ride over here! This is Ray! This is what I think Ray would wear.” And I remember laughing out loud and thinking, “Is this guy serious?” And he was! That didn’t end up being his wardrobe, but I remember … [Read more...] about Matthew McConaughey Discusses His Golden Globe Victory, ‘True Detective,’ and More
Wershe’s association with the Curry brothers enabled him to make connections in the drug underworld. One of those “connects” was a suburban man named Art Derrick who owned a small fleet of aircraft which enabled him to bring drugs from Miami to Detroit easily and quickly. Derrick was the weight man Wershe aspired to be. It was Derrick who gave Wershe the nickname White Boy Rick. In a sworn affidavit before he died from complications of drug abuse, Derrick said he had two customers named Rick. One was black, the other white. To avoid confusion between the two, Derrick says he called the black customer Maserati Rick for the car he drove and nicknamed Wershe White Boy Rick for his age and race. Narcs heard Derrick refer to White Boy Rick and the nickname soon found its way to a local TV news reporter working the police beat. When Wershe was eventually arrested headline writers fell in love with the nickname and used it often. … [Read more...] about Is Cocaine Legend White Boy Rick Serving Life for Busting Crooked Cops?
I am currently a senior in high school, I and all my peers await on college decisions as March rolls by us. The last four years of work and dedication for some of us means that we will be attending higher education. As early decisions have already come out, a lot of being crushed by getting rejected by our dream schools. We ask ourselves whether or not the decisions we have made in the last four years were correct or not. We ask whether there were times when we could've worked a little harder. We begin to question the meaning of it all under the devastation of not getting to a dream we have all dreamed of. It's the current societal pressure in part that forces all of us to look through college rankings and make sure to get into the big-name schools. In the midst of the depressive states of some of our peers though, many are delighted to hear that the college of our dreams accepted us. But once again, societal greed shows that for some, it wasn't the hard work that has gotten us into … [Read more...] about We asked how the college cheating scam made you feel. Your stories were incredible