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She Instagrammed her exotic drug-smuggling vacation. Now ‘Cocaine Babe’ is going to prison.

A Canadian Instagrammer who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia during an exotic, made-for-social-media ocean voyage has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars.<p>Melina Roberge, 24, entered a guilty plea Wednesday to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of …

Crime

Should We Speak to Little Boys as We Do Little Dogs?

After a long car trip we consider it natural for a puppy to “grumblebark,” run in circles, maybe even nip a bit. We don’t get mad at him for needing to shake off that energy. We ask, “<i>Who’s a good boy?”</i> in a tone that the dog understands perfectly. It means, “I’m delighted with you simply because …

Man accused of killing family over inheritance defends himself in court

Meet the Preppiest Squad on Instagram

<i>By Emilia Petrarca, W Magazine.</i><p><i>(photo: courtesy of @KJP)</i><p>Photographer Sean Burke (@SeanGaleBurke) first met Kiel James Patrick (@KJP), the founder of an eponymous ultra-preppy fashion label, at a Gatsby-themed gala at the Ritz in Boston. Burke's Instagram posts of his friends at their estates, …

Social Media

A Swiss Banker Helped Americans Dodge Taxes. Was It a Crime?

Diane Butrus, a business executive from St. Louis, wandered the streets of Zurich, looking for a bank that would help her keep $1.5 million hidden from America tax collectors.<p>One bank after another turned her down on that afternoon in 2009. They were worried about a United States crackdown on tax …

Corruption

Mystery and Melancholy Surround Death of Judge Found in the Hudson

The last time someone heard from Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam apparently was on Tuesday when she called her chambers in the Graybar Building in Manhattan to say she wasn’t well and would not be coming in. At some point, she had left her apartment in Harlem, law enforcement officials said, departing …

Crime

How the cookie fortune crumbles: Dare family embroiled in lawsuit over company’s fate

In an age when the market for cookies and candies is dominated by faceless conglomerates, Dare Foods tries to retain the old-time spirit of its …

Selling

A Secret of Many Urban 20-Somethings: Their Parents Help With the Rent

Almost half of people in their early 20s have a secret, one they don’t usually share even with friends: Their parents help them pay the rent.<p>Moving into adulthood has never been easy, but America’s rapidly changing labor market is making it harder to find economic security at a young age. Skilled …

University of Michigan

A Selection of the 30 Most Disappointing Under 30

<b>Will Heller, twenty-six</b><br>After a month at a Zen silent-meditation retreat, Heller went back to his job at Goldman Sachs as a commodities trader in oil and gas.<p><b>Victor Chen, twenty-eight</b><br>Chen used an app to hire a person to pick up and deliver a Chipotle burrito to him every night for twenty-two …

What Happens to Women's Ambitions in the Years After College

When we graduated in 1993, my friends and I had big dreams for ourselves. More than two decades later I decided to find out if anyone’s had come true.<p><i>This is the first story in a seven-part series looking at women’s ambitions in the years following college.</i><p>Shortly after I turned 40 I was offered a …

The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard

This story was co-published with The Guardian.I would like to express my gratitude to Jared Kushner for reviving interest in my 2006 book, “The Price …

College & University

It's not just Trump. People freaked out over Nixon and Reagan, too.

Donald Trump’s election has been greeted by a considerable portion of the country with panic. Large swaths of commentators have described his victory as a potential disaster for the nation — placing a “xenophobic racist” and “clown” in the Oval Office. One Hillary Clinton supporter outside her …

Ronald Reagan

Frugality Isn’t What It Used to Be

What use is there today for one of the oldest virtues?<p>As many Americans go about their days, I imagine they have two little angels perched on their shoulders, whispering conflicting messages about happiness and material wealth. One angel is embodied by James Altucher, a minimalist self-help guru …

This ‘disgusting’ app for rich people is actually all of us

To open the new social network Rich Kids is to induce a bout of FOMO from which you’ll never wake. The paid Instagram knock-off is an orgy of excess: Dog massages. Lamborghinis. Stacks of gold coins. Private planes.<p>For the low, low price of €1,000 per month, Rich Kids promises the one-percent of …

Social Media

The Epicenter of American Inequality

In Greenwich, Darien, and New Canaan, Connecticut, bankers are earning astonishing amounts of money. Does that have anything to do with the poverty in Bridgeport, just a few exits away?<p>BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—Few places in the country illustrate the divide between the haves and the have-nots more than …

Visium’s Valvani Found Dead in Apparent Suicide Amid Charges

Sanjay Valvani, the Visium Asset Management partner charged with insider trading last week, was found dead in an apparent suicide at his Brooklyn …

Hedge Funds

Giving up alcohol opened my eyes to the infuriating truth about why women drink

I’m newly sober and dog-paddling through the booze all around me. It’s summer, and Whole Foods has planted rosé throughout the store. Rosé is great with fish! And strawberries! And vegan protein powder! (Okay, I made that last one up.) At the office, every desk near mine has a bottle of wine or …

Self-help

What Teens Need Most From Their Parents

As adolescents navigate the stormiest years in their development, they need coaching, support, good examples and most of all understanding<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>The teenage years can be mystifying for parents. Sensible …

Psychology

The Circles of American Financial Hell

There’s no escaping the pressure that U.S. inequality exerts on parents to make sure their kids succeed.<p>More than a half-century ago, Betty Friedan set out to call attention to “the problem that has no name,” by which she meant the dissatisfaction of millions of American housewives.<p>Today, many are …

Do this one thing to help your kids develop ‘grit’

Grit, the dictionary says, is defined as having courage and resolve.<p>Angela Duckworth says it’s doing hard things you care about, or a mix of passion …

The Bank Robber

The computer technician who exposed a Swiss bank’s darkest secrets.<p>A few days before Christmas in 2008, Hervé Falciani was in a meeting at his office, in Geneva, when a team of police officers arrived to arrest him. Falciani, who was thirty-six, worked for H.S.B.C., then the largest bank in the …

Why I had to escape my Ivy League life and disappear

<i>Nayla Kidd was an engineering student at Columbia University when reports that she had gone missing went viral. She was found perfectly healthy</i> …

Real estate heir accused of mutilating girlfriend in ‘vampire’ murder

The heir to a Canadian real estate fortune pleaded not guilty to carving up his girlfriend and leaving her bloodless body behind in their West …