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Craigslist Poetry: Pirate Fairies and Churchgoersnew

The following are actual entries from the Missed Connections section of Charleston Craigslist, divided into lines and stanzas and presented without embellishment. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Charleston City Paper  |  Paul Bowers  |  12-18-2012  |  Poetry

Where Craigslist Sucks, Will Fandalism Succeed?new

A new social-networking site for musicians aims to make finding bandmates easier. But is it just adding more noise?
East Bay Express  |  Kathleen Richards  |  04-20-2012  |  Tech

To Catch a Scammernew

Con Warner exacts his revenge on the internet's worst con artists.
Charleston City Paper  |  Paul Bowers  |  03-30-2012  |  Crime & Justice

Charleston Startup Competes With Craigslistnew, the brainchild of a recent College of Charleston graduate, lets you hire people to do Foxruns — tasks like walking your dog, adding calligraphy to your wedding invitations, teaching your kid how to swim, or organizing your office — on an hourly or room-by-room basis.
Charleston City Paper  |  Paul Bowers  |  07-15-2011  |  Business & Labor Selling Junk Onlinenew

In 2008, New York City's Special Narcotics Prosecutor began leading a team of undercover investigators targeting the drug dealers who used Craigslist to advertise their wares. Three years later, drug dealing on the classified-ads website is still blatant and ubiquitous.
The Village Voice  |  David Shapiro and Joe Coscarelli  |  04-20-2011  |  Drugs

Strings Attachednew

Skilled masters manipulate the child and adult victims of human trafficking.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Kirsten Akens  |  09-27-2010  |  International

Cuba's Black Market Moves Online with Revolico.comnew

On an island where selling almost anything on the street, over the airwaves, or in the newspaper is forbidden by the socialist constitution, Revolico offers tens of thousands of items. Legions of Habaneros shop on the site every day, making it the most obvious crack yet in the foundation of Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink and Vanessa Grisalez  |  10-05-2009  |  International

The Rise of the Barter Economy: Online Trading Gains Momentumnew

Proponents of bartering tout benefits like increasing disposable income, gaining an appreciation for the true value of the goods and services, and finding an increased sense of community. But it can be hard to know if you're getting a good deal.
Boise Weekly  |  Tara Morgan  |  08-26-2009  |  Shopping

How Craigslist's Missed Connections Appeals to Our Best and Worst Selvesnew

While the rise in popularity of online dating has led to dozens of websites, Craigslist manages to stand apart, due to one category -- Missed Connections.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Virginia Leise  |  07-23-2009  |  Culture

Craig Newmark Finds an Unlikely Ally: A Victim's Familynew

In the wake of the murder of Katherine Olson, who was killed after responding to a babysitting ad on Craigslist, creator Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster are weathering a storm of criticism.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell and Matt Snyders  |  05-04-2009  |  Crime & Justice

A Guide to Inauguration Datingnew

G. Keith Harris wants a date, and he's got the bait: two tickets to Obama's inauguration, and an all-access pass to the night's balls and off-shoot parties. Packages like that are being auctioned on eBay for upward of $7,000. A date with Harris is free -- and hard to come by.
Washington City Paper  |  Amanda Hess  |  12-04-2008  |  Culture

Tales from Craigslistnew

Wherein I celebrate Halloween by messin' with people on the internet's most popular classifieds site.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Enrique Limon  |  10-29-2008  |  Culture

Sleeping Around Craigslist: Casual Sex is Anything but Casualnew

It takes a woman about a thousand words and a condom to get laid on Craigslist. But for a woman to be laid properly -- by a passionate lover who knows what he's doing -- well, that's a whole different ball game. We should know: We are both middle-aged women who have spent the past eleven months sleeping around Craigslist.
East Bay Express  |  Anna Reed and Lily Penza  |  06-18-2008  |  Culture

Prostitutes Turn to the Web as a Means of Empowermentnew

While the idea of escorts on the internet is nothing new, a new generation of local "providers" and "hobbyists" create a virtual red-light district.
Riverfront Times  |  Keegan Hamilton  |  06-13-2008  |  Sex

A Teenage Prostitute, An Inept Pimp, and Two Versions of What Happenednew

The internet limits the risk of marketing sex with underage girls, whose youth can be more easily disguised on a website than on the street. But ignorance of a girl's age doesn't equal innocence. In Levar Simms' case, the charge of transporting a minor for the purposes of prostitution hinged on strict liability. He could be found guilty regardless of whether he knew Lynette was 16.
Washington City Paper  |  Angela Valdez  |  05-15-2008  |  Crime & Justice

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