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Columbia’s Gangs

The letters “NFC” are a fairly common tattoo around here. But the tattoo doesn’t mean what it once did. In the 1980s, Columbia’s first gang came on the scene and introduced crack cocaine into the city, according to Detective Jonathan…

While You Were Away …

NOTE: To protect the identities of minors involved in this story, their names and the names of their family members have been changed. All other adults are referred to by their real names. Thomas Kub’s parents are out of town, and the…

Stop The Violence

KRCG-TV’s Columbia Bureau Chief Mark Slavit recently sat down with Lorenzo Lawson, executive director of the Youth Empowerment Zone, an organization that helps young people gain and retain employment. Lawson is also an inner-city minister…

A Father’s Odyssey

Here’s what you should believe is true: In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2001, 17-year-old high school students Charles Erickson and Ryan Ferguson, after a night of partying and drinking, mercilessly and relentlessly beat and…