Max Cherney

hate

The Disturbing Spike in Anti-Semitism at Northern California Schools

Bay Area teachers and staff are struggling to address a massive increase in hate targeting Jewish students.
Max Cherney
5.25.17
News

How California Cops Manufactured a Murder and Ignored a Kidnapping

After a woman was kidnapped and her husband drugged, cops thought the whole thing was a 'Gone Girl'-style hoax. They were dead wrong.
Max Cherney
10.6.16
News

The Weed Industry Now Has Its Own White-Collar Crime

As pot goes mainstream, it's not that surprising some industry players are allegedly engaging in 'Wolf of Wall Street'-style trickery.
Max Cherney
9.22.16
News

What California's Illegal Pot Farmers Think About Legalization

Some veteran pot farmers fear Wall Street and Silicon Valley swooping in to kill their way of life, and many seem determined to press on no matter what.
Max Cherney
9.14.16
News

The Sex Scandal Blowing Up Oakland's Police Department

After an 18-year-old sex worker accused more than a dozen cops of sleeping with her, the resulting scandal has seen three police chiefs get fired or quit in the space of a couple weeks.
Max Cherney
6.28.16
News

​How Prosecutors Manufacture Gang Members in California

A sprawling murder case shows what happens when lots of suspects get the "gang member" label.
Max Cherney
6.6.16
News

A Veteran Cop Talks Race and Policing in San Francisco in 2016

We touched on the recent removal of the police chief, racist text messages, and Donald Trump.
Max Cherney
5.23.16
News

The Strange Tale of 'Shrimp Boy,' the Old-School Chinatown Gangster Being Sent Back to Prison

After being convicted of 162 charges, the scion of a bygone era in organized crime—whom I got to know as he did time in a San Francisco jail—could be done for good.
Max Cherney
1.14.16
crime & drugs

New California Laws Aim to Stop Marijuana Growers From Wrecking the Environment

California’s governor signed three new bills into law on Friday that attempt to regulate an industry that has been blamed for worsening the state’s drought and causing environmental damage.
Max Cherney
10.10.15
Features

Cisco's Tactical Operations Group Brings the Internet When No One Else Can

When the worst happens, communication saves lives.
Max Cherney
8.3.15
crime & drugs

Feds Snatch Massive Weed Haul at Sites Allegedly Linked to Big Tobacco

Confidential informants told the feds that two weed farms in California have ties to the CEO of a large Canadian tobacco firm, according to a federal warrant made public this week.
Max Cherney
7.10.15
environment

Weed Growers Are Desperate for Water Amid California's Drought

Law enforcement officials found a giant water storage bladder, dams, and man-made ponds during raids of pot farms in California's Emerald Triangle.
Max Cherney
7.8.15
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