Lisa Fogarty


I'm a former newspaper journalist and blogger who used to travel extensively, but hasn't watched a decent in-flight safety demonstration since Obama took office. I've been interviewed on NPR and have harassed countless politicians, fashion designers, and ordinary folk who probably despise reporters now. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and toddler girl, where I've picked up and put down Infinite Jest at least 200,000 times. 

Sipping on:

Lately, wheat beer. And malt beer. And beer with chocolate.

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    The search for a missing Arkansas real estate agent has concluded in a heartbreaking way. The body of Beverly Carter, who was the mother of two sons and grandmother to four grandchildren, was reportedly found overnight in a shallow grave 25 miles away from the last house she told her husband she was showing potential buyers before she vanished.

    The 49-year-old reportedly called Carl, her husband of 30 years, on Thursday to tell him the address of the last home she would be working at that day. Hours passed and when Carl didn't hear from his wife, he says he drove over to the house and found her car parked in front. The door was left open. Carl entered to look for her but found the place abandoned.

    After days of searching, police apprehended a suspect who admitted he kidnapped the woman -- but who was then able to get away because police didn't have enough evidence at the time to book him.

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    Some folks moan and groan when big-chain restaurants find their way into their community. But one 88-year-old woman from Grand Forks, North Dakota, is reminding us that good food can be found everywhere -- Michelin stars be damned.

    Marilyn Hagerty catapulted to Internet fame in 2012 after she wrote a glowing review of the Olive Garden that had just opened up in her neighborhood. She called it the "largest and most beautiful restaurant in town" and scored herself a sweet book deal and several TV appearances because she unapologetically focused on a restaurant that most probably wouldn't think of reviewing.

    Well, I'm happy to report that Hagerty is back with another review. This time, she has taken on Applebee's in a piece she calls, "Applebee's: A Salad to Remember."

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    Family murder/suicide stories have become all too common in the news, but we can't make the assumption that's what happened here. No one -- not even detectives -- have a clue why five family members were found dead inside of their Utah home this weekend.

    The nightmare began when an older son arrived at their Springville home at around 8 p.m. Saturday and found the bodies of his parents and three younger siblings in one bedroom. Police identified the victims as Benjamin Strack, 37; Kristi Strack, 36; Benson Strack, 14; Emery Strack, 12; and Zion Strack, 11.

    Rather than help clear up this mystery, preliminary autopsy reports only confused matters even more.

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    At least 5 teenage girls were among 15 people injured after a shooting took place at a night club in Miami. And when we talk about "teens," we mean really young girls -- some of the victims who sustained gunshot wounds were reportedly between the ages of 11 and 17.

    The incident reportedly took place on Sunday at 1 a.m. at a club called The Spot. Police are still investigating the shooting, which they say sent adults and teens rushing from the club. A Miami police department spokesperson says they still don't have a motive, nor do they know how many shooters were responsible for the violence or how many shots were fired.

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    In 1994, Dorothy Lee Barnett allegedly kidnapped her then-baby daughter from her ex-husband, who had legal custody of her. Her child was less than a year old and the incident took place in South Carolina while she was enjoying a court-approved visit with her. She reportedly told everyone she was taking the girl to a birthday party, but never came back.

    And, as it turns out, not only did she disappear from ex Benjamin Harris Todd's hometown -- she basically fell off the map. For 15 years, Barnett was reportedly successful in dodging authorities and raising her daughter by herself. She allegedly remarried, changed her name, and shuffled around from South Africa to New Zealand to Australia.

    But few people can get away with their illegal actions for long. In 2012, police in Australia nabbed the 54-year-old woman on charges of international kidnapping and passport fraud. And now she'll be forced to pay the piper here, as well.

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