Timothy Rankin, who owns several restaurant/bars in Albany, NY, was recently charged with hiring two men to beat up a food critic for the Albany Times Union. Steve Barnes and a friend were repeatedly punched as they were coming out of a restaurant by two glove-wearing men. “My face is swollen and bloody,” blogged Barnes, who had apparently been critical of Rankin’s restaurants. The newspaper’s police reporter had also written that Rankin allegedly failed to pay $191,000 in taxes and that ...

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