– TEXAS TRIBUNE
Amid state cuts, a Texas high school football coach got a $20,000 raise. His district says he’s earned it. As state cuts to public education become more common, school communities must frequently debate where and how to trim their limited budgets without harming students or teachers. Dec. 19, 2017.
In beleaguered La Marque schools, Harvey stirs up old anxieties. Last year, the state forced Texas City ISD to annex, or absorb, its neighboring district. After months of work, efforts to improve conditions for students from annexed La Marque ISD hit a significant speed bump: Hurricane Harvey. Sept. 11, 2017.
When school’s out, rural Texas towns struggle to feed their hungry kids. In East Texas, 86-year-old Clara Crawford shuttles kids to a summer meal program at the local community center. In the Panhandle, Kay Calvert and a group of volunteers want to revive a similar program in tiny Quitaque. Aug. 3, 2017.
Texas made a school district take in more students. But will it help fund them? As lawmakers debate possible reforms to the school finance system during the legislative session, they might decide whether to continue offering extra funds to districts like Texas City ISD, which last year was forced to annex a struggling district next to it. April 18, 2017.
For transgender Texans, navigating public restrooms is already complicated. A proposed bill would keep transgender Texans from using some public bathrooms that match their gender identity, further complicating a decision that already comes with extra public scrutiny and precautions against violence. April 13, 2017.
NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT
Trump Does Have City Donors. A Few. You can count the number of New Haven donors to The Donald’s campaign on one hand. August 23, 2016.
Star Teacher Adjusts To New Reality. Drastic changes at Hillhouse High School hinder Jessica Zelenski’s relationships with her students. February 26, 2016
Magnet Enrollment Efforts Fall Short. School officials don’t maximize enrollment, fail to capture $1.2 million in state money. November 5, 2015.
Paradise Blossoms At Riverside Shantytown. Curtis Libert turned an abandoned dump into an outdoor community space made of found objects. October 2, 2015
Flooding Plagues Once-Condemned Apartment. City, legal aid press corporate landlord to repair crumbling housing for Section 8 tenants. August 19, 2015.
White People Cheer On Bernie. Grassroots rally for Sanders’ presidential campaign draws homogenous crowd. July 30, 2015.
Barnard Divided On Principal’s Changes. Teachers, parents split on disciplinary issues. July 10, 2015.
Rodney King, Reality TV Star. One-man show invokes King one day after Charleston shootings. June 19, 2015.
City Hits Liquor Limit; Patil Wins; Patel Loses. State officials miscalculate permit numbers. Drama ensues. May 22, 2015.
Hindu Rites Help Murdered Clerk To Moksha. Funeral service for Sanjay Patel, shot by armed robbers. April 16, 2015.
Afghan Refugees: IRIS Misuses Resettlement $$$. Five refugees claim the local resettlement agency is neglecting to help them find jobs or housing. Dec. 29, 2014.
Pioneering Needle Exchange Keeps Saving Lives. Also still needs funding. Dec. 1, 2014.
Why so many ships fly Panama’s flag. Panama, a small nation of just three million, has the largest shipping fleet in the world. BBC News, August 4, 2014.
Little Isthmus on the Big Silver Screen. Abner Benaim is trying to bring films that fulfill a desire for familiarity to his home country of Panama. OZY, June 20, 2014.
Black Nationalist Messiah Marcus Garvey: the Early Years. Famed for his promotion of black nationalism in the U.S. and the Caribbean, Marcus Garvey also had a little-known but outsize impact in Central America. OZY, June 3, 2014.
Is Racism Behind Panama’s Canal Zone Land Grabs? Arco Iris residents are planning to take the Panamanian government to the Supreme Court. Equal Times, May 2, 2014.
Climbing the Highest Mountain in Panama- Volcan Baru. I take risks, I survive. Panama CyberSpace News, April 15, 2014.
The Hot Cool of Panamanian Calypso. Renovating a dying Caribbean genre. OZY, March 7, 2014.
Two Women and a Mosque: A Convert Community Grows in Panama City. Panamanian Muslim converts seek safe space from discrimination. Religion Dispatches, January 27, 2014.
Western Privilege and Anti-Black Racism in Panama. Being both black and American in Panama. Racialicious, December 18, 2013.
Game: Cracking Down on Ecuador’s Illegal Meat Trade. Over-hunting in the Amazon rainforest. The Yale Globalist, May 2012.
The Syn is Dead/Long Live the Syn. An autopsy of student anarchism. The New Journal (Yale University), April 2013.
One Man’s Trash. Eating garbage—by choice. The New Journal (Yale University), October 2010.
SELECTED NEWS STORIES
Toledo man, 47, dies after being shot in vehicle. The Toledo Blade, August 2, 2010.
Emotions dampen observance of bomb dropped over Hiroshima. The Toledo Blade, August 6, 2010.
Cullen Park group opposed to Corps of Engineers plans. The Toledo Blade, July 26, 2010.
Three from area first black veterans on Honor Flight. The Toledo Blade, July 21, 2010.
Classmates gather to remember kindergarten victim. The Toledo Blade, June 11, 2010.
Volunteers, groups offer tornado aid. The Toledo Blade, June 8, 2010.
SELECTED BLOG POSTS
Catcalls and Car Honks: A Culture of Machismo in Peru. Navigating lecherous gazes on Lima’s streets. The Yale Globalist, June 2012.
I Finca Better Go: Knowing When to Re-route a Journey. Orchid farm adventure gone wrong. The Yale Globalist, August 2011.
Hunting Practice. Blowguns and poison arrows in the Amazon. The Yale Globalist. July 2011.
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