Americana: Costly Breaks

People who live in times of rapidly rising prices shouldn't throw stones. New Yorker Patrick McCarthy, 58, knows that when he is sober. But when he has a tipple or two, he tends to have an urge to toss a rock through a window and then waits patiently to be arrested. In 26 years he has broken at least 44 panes and, as a result, has spent about ten years in jail on misdemeanor charges. Neither psychiatrists nor specialists at a federal alcoholism center have been able to help him.

Last week, when McCarthy was brought to trial for his 16th rock...

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