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Maryville, Missouri Is a Lawless Hellhole

And other things you can't say about small towns

Small-towners are allowed to dis big cities, but not vice versa. The Maryville rape case should change that.

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Disciplinarian

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA –– WHEN PEOPLE IMAGINE the typical John Edwards supporter, they probably imagine someone like Phil Phunn. As recently as January, Phunn was a Howard Dean man. But then one day last month Phunn wandered into an Edwards event in Iowa and heard the North Carolina senator deliver his now-famous stump speech. He was sold on the spot. “I just identified with him,” Phunn recalls. “We’re the same age, we’ve been through the same things, he just spoke to me in a way that Dean didn’t—and that was before the scream.” Phunn’s conversion was sudden—and life-changing, to a degree.

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