Cooking For Joy

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Editor’s Note: Heated has asked contributors to write about a dish they’re cooking that cuts through bleak headlines, forced isolation, and limited ingredients to bring them joy; we’ll be running at least one contribution a day through this stay-at-home stretch.

There are few more pleasurable — not to mention easy…


The pie at Larry’s Driftwood. Photos: Justin Glawe

On a Saturday morning in Creve Coeur, just across the Illinois River from my hometown of Peoria, a server at Larry’s Driftwood walked back toward the kitchen window to talk to the man in a Carhartt jacket about a 19-year-old kid who was sentenced to 80 years for murder.

“His…


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The biggest question hanging over the impeachment inquiry may be whether John Bolton details what he witnessed about a plot to extort Ukraine to benefit President Donald Trump.

Bolton is reportedly willing to testify against the wishes of the White House, the Washington Post reported Thursday, and spill about conversations…


A mariachi band plays at the Kentucky Club, hailed as one of the oldest bars in Juárez. Justin Hamel photos.

Some people call Julian Cardona the Wise Man of Juárez because of his sayings and the philosophical lilt of his speech. …


Juan Carlos Salgado is a hero, an undocumented immigrant, and someone who Republicans will never mention.

If the cops had died in the crash and Juan Carlos Salgado Villalobos had been driving the car his face would be on TVs tuned to Fox News from sea to shining sea. They’d…


Sinclair Lewis wrote in 1935 that fascism could come to America. El Paso in June shows it’s here.

June, El Paso

I woke to the sound of a Japanese motorcycle ripping it west on I-10. I’d listened to the traffic in my sleep all night. Now whoever was surging toward 10,000 RPM served as my alarm clock. WHEEEERRRRRRRNNNNNNnnnnnnn… It faded into the distance.

I couldn’t remember what day…


DHS may not be lying about the death of Jakelin Caal. But if they are, no one should be surprised.

Migrants wait on the Paso Del Norte bridge in June.

Whether or not the Department of Homeland Security lied about the death of Jakelin Caal is now at the center of this case. DHS’ story about her death has been all over the place — when they choose to tell the story at all, that is. …


In fact it already has. But the next time it happens it’ll be here.

The path toward murder began in Moragahamula, in the Kandy District of the Central Province of Sri Lanka. There, in early March, a group of Muslim men attacked a truck driver over what a local report described as a “road rage incident.” …


I was scrolling through the hate-emboldening hellhole that is Facebook the other day and came across a Peoria friend’s post about the migrants currently attempting to apply for asylum at the border. I can’t remember the exact wording of the post but it doesn’t matter. …


The Trump administration has done everything possible to prevent migrants from claiming asylum. Yesterday’s tear gas was the inevitable result.

Hello, and welcome to Where Do We Go From Here, a free-for-now newsletter on damn near everything in American life. The first edition of Where Do We Go From Here was supposed to be about Chris Collins, a corrupt US congressman who was recently re-elected alongside several other officials who…

Justin Glawe

Independent journalist and founder of Unsolved Georgia, an investigation of the murders of more than 600 women here. Subscribe at justinglawe.substack.com/

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