International and National Coverage:
McClatchy DC. February 25, 2011
An analytical piece on Col. Moammar Gadhafi and when his long rule of Libya would end in the face of attacks from revolutionary forces.
McClatchy DC. February 23, 2011
A breaking news story of the assault and attacks by pro-Gadhafi forces in the northern town of Tajura, Libya during the uprising in 2011.
McClatchy DC. May 4, 2011
Commentary piece on the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden and how shocking it was to find him in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.
McClatchy DC and Merced Sun-Star. August 11, 2011
Dramatic rescue by a Merced girl of a boy in Washington State that made nationwide news.
McClatchy DC and Merced Sun-Star. March 9, 2011
Foreclosures among tenants was a big problem that was still facing the city of Merced.
What if you had thousands of online strangers rooting for you through chemotherapy, hospital visits, surgery and hair loss? This happened to Suleika Jaouad, the writer of The New York Times column “Life, Interrupted,” which chronicles her life after being diagnosed with leukemia at age 22. February 2015.
The city of Istanbul isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s teeming with people and chaotic traffic. The historic monuments jut out next to skyscrapers and colorful houses and apartments that are bustling with activity. October 2014.
Susan Gubar has written her way through her cancer diagnosis. In her role as the “Living with Cancer” columnist for the New York Times, Gubar chronicles insomnia, hair loss, a hospice facility tour, disorienting hospital scenarios, and more. All this she shares with her signature, graceful intelligence. August 2014.
When Dr. Paul Zak’s mother was dying of leukemia last year, the professor of economics management and psychology at Claremont Graduate University had the chance to spend a lot of time with her. He got to do all the things she once did for him– listen, talk, give her medicine, and feed her. July 2014.
In the second game during the Tulane University football season against Tulsa in Oklahoma, when his helmet first made contact with a fellow Tulane teammate, Devon Walker felt his body go numb from the neck down. June 2014.
Rarely during a visit to the hospital is one given treatment that does not involve machines, medical procedures and prescribed medications. But now the healing therapy reiki, which uses breathing and touch to promote healing, is slowly gaining popularity in medical circles in the U.S. to treat nausea, stress and anxiety. May 2014.
About a year and a half ago, on a particularly unforgiving night, Lori Koutouratsas, an advanced spiritual care resident at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, California, was singlehandedly providing care to five patients, who died within hours of each other. May 2014.
‘Respect the Pen, Not the Gun’: A Young Woman From Malala’s Hometown Calls for Education Over Violence
In December 2011, seventeen-year-old Neelam Ibrar Chattan witnessed three 10-year-old boys fighting near a private school in Saidu Sharif, a city in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Sept. 30, 2015.
The suffering that marks the lives of billions of poor people around the world today will be significantly reduced by the year 2035, because that’s when Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates says there will be “almost no poor countries left in the world. Jan. 21, 2014.
Fed up of with mudslinging between Democrats and Republicans and the current government’s inability to solve just about anything, more Americans are turning to a third choice: none of the above. Jan. 14, 2014.
After standing in line for eight hours, Amy Fowler and her beloved, Pidge Winburn, were legally married in Utah last month, during the brief window of marriage equality that opened when U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Jan. 13, 2014.
Whether Americans came from Adam and Eve or primordial goo, a new study suggests this country has come down on the side of science, not faith. Jan. 10, 2014.
Trestin Meacham, a devout Mormon in Utah, posted a picture of himself to social media on Monday, eating what looks like a spoonful of yogurt to celebrate the end of a weeks-long anti-gay hunger strike. Jan. 6, 2014.
Swimming more than a hundred miles in shark- and jellyfish-infested waters at 64 years old to achieve a lifelong dream. Dec. 27, 2013.
It’s time for the spying to stop. Dec. 11, 2013.
Across Los Angeles County this spring, open, underused plots of land in churches, front yards, schools—even outside a post office—will be teeming with native wildflowers like California coastal poppies, bluebells, and purple needle grass. Dec. 9, 2013.
Despite his deep familiarity with cycling routes in San Francisco, resident Mat Kladney found himself struggling to get from the Bayview neighborhood to the Inner Sunset by bike a few months ago. Dec. 6, 2013.
After everything Afghan women have been through in recent decades because of the Taliban, it’s hard to stomach the idea of their rights deteriorating once more, but that is what’s at risk now. Dec. 5, 2013.
Pakistani photojournalist Mobeen Ansari recalled photographing the former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and remembered that everyone who photographed him prior would talk about politics. March 28, 2016.
Sitting in the USC Annenberg Digital Lounge during spring break, Noorhan Maamoon (B.A. Print and Digital Journalism ‘17) asked her mentor Sonia Narang questions about the script for her upcoming radio story. March 25, 2016.
Police, officials on hand as ordinance is enforced. October 14, 2010.
City of Merced leaders say it’s a matter of the economy tanking, people spending less. April 9, 2011.
Because of a 2011 general deficit, the city of Merced had to lay off 64 Merced city employees. April 14, 2011.
A nearby plant in a Merced neighborhood contaminated the drinking water, causing health concerns for residents. July 23, 2011.
Coverage of the 2011 Merced city mayoral race. Nov. 8, 2011.
The California High Speed Rail Authority approved the Merced to Fresno high speed rail route amid contention. December 14, 2011.
Livingston, Calif. students in chloroform incident express regret to court and their former instructor who was accused of storing explosive and dangerous chemicals in her classroom. December 16, 2011.
Los Feliz and Larchmont Ledgers:
Attorneys for a trendy and popular eatery said they plan to ask the Los Angeles County Superior Court to strike down a city of Los Angeles ordinance as being unconstitutionally vague, both written and as applied. April 2014.
Businesses offering time saving services to busy customers is on the upswing these days like having a pedicure and foot massage at the airport terminal waiting for a flight to board. April 2014.
Lloyd Colquitt, 61, used to be chronically homeless after living on the streets of Long Beach for years. March 2014.
Assaults with deadly weapons in Los Feliz increased 88% in 2014 compared to 2013, according to Los Angeles Police Dept. statistics released in January. Echo Park, similarly, saw a dramatic increase of 80%. February 2014.
In the wake of the January terrorist attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish market in France, the Chabad of Los Feliz has not increased security at its Hillhurst Avenue location and according to Rabbi Leibel Korf, the Los Angeles Police Dept. has not increased its patrols near the location either. January 2014.
Locally, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials have stressed the risk for Ebola infection locally is low, according to an October memo to the district’s school board from the LAUSD’s executive director of student health and human services. December 2014.
The school entrance for Glenfeliz Elementary School will be revamped for safer security, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials. The change is needed, officials say, in response to shootings at other schools across the nation. December 2014.
A plethora of choices on where to drink craft beer, cocktails and liquor bombard revelers in Echo Park and Silver Lake—two of the hottest neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area—where bars and restaurants are seemingly tucked into every corner. November 2014.
Resident Netty Carr has always planted drought tolerant plants in her front and back yards since she moved to the neighborhood 17 years ago. October 2014.
The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) has sent a letter to the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) citing an “undue burden” placed on the neighborhood council system stemming from a new policy change by DONE, the overseeing body of Los Angeles’s over 90 neighborhood councils. October 2014.
When Alicia Lambarri grows up she wants to be an actress. Or maybe a lawyer., September 2014.
Brenda Garcia first knew she wanted to be involved in education when she studied at Pomona College in Claremont. She became interested in education, realizing it can lead to success. September 2014.
There’s going to be a new farm in the neighborhood. September 2014.
The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) has allotted nearly 50% of its 2014-2015 budget for outreach. July 2014.
Compromises have been offered by a restaurant owner regarding having a full bar at Señor Fish Cocinca Mexicana restaurant, after some locals complained the area is seeing too many restaurants serving alcohol and that the restaurant is in close proximity to some area schools., July 2014.
Atwater Avenue Elementary’s principal has left the Silver Lake Boulevard school amid complaints from parents, staff and parents. July 2014.
An unidentified man who assaulted his sister with a knife and then barricaded himself in a home on the 3100 block of La Clede Avenue is now in custody, according to the Los Angeles Police (LAPD). July 2014.
He speaks softly as he can’t raise his voice, so much so you have to lean in to hear what he’s saying. July 2014.
The reopening of a gate near Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium continues to cause friction between locals, a multi-million dollar Major League Baseball team and some Los Angeles city officials. And it appears the Dodgers are not budging. June 2014.
It’s a perennial complaint heard everywhere in Los Angeles.The city of Angels has some of the worst sidewalks of which people can trip, fall or take a tumble. June 2014.
In its May meeting, the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) got down to business by filling vacancies on its board. June 2014.
A video accompaniment of the Great Los Angeles River Clean Up story below., June 2014.
A shopping cart lay abandoned near the Los Angeles River and Sunnynook Bridge on a Saturday morning last month. June 2014.
Instances of certain gang-related graffiti have increased in the last few months in the area, according to the Los Angeles Police Dept.s’ Northeast Division. May 2014.
As more information is emerging, the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) issued a statement on this morning’s oil 10,000 gallon oil spill, due to a pipe malfunction. May 2014.
The Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources will survey Atwater Village next year to identify its historic resources. April 2014.
A photo essay a la “Humans of Atwater Village” on folks who live in the neighborhood. April 2014.
Two ordinances that establish landscape and urban design standards and set guidelines for new projects along the 32-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River need clarification from the city of Los Angeles, according to the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) earlier this month. April 2014.
For some Los Feliz residents—like Don Ward—who have lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, it can be dangerous to get to the Los Angeles River bike path on two wheels. March 27, 2014.
What’s more important? Four lanes for traffic across the Glendale Boulevard-Hyperion Avenue Bridge between Silver Lake and Atwater? Or more sidewalks for pedestrians? Feb. 27, 2014.
Rent is going up for a handful of local businesses. That’s the word on the street—or Glendale Boulevard that is. Feb. 27, 2014.
Glenhurst Park is tiny. Sandwiched in a residential neighborhood on Glenhurst Avenue near Garden Avenue, the park boasts blue colored bird-shaped swings, a slide, patches of grass and a windy pathway. You wouldn’t know it but the park is a source of disagreement and concern. Feb. 27, 2014.
In an effort to maintain transparency and accountability, the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) approved to post the attendance of its councilmembers meetings on its website. Jan. 30, 2014.
Plaza or no plaza? That was the question more than 30 people pondered earlier this month at an Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) town hall meeting. Jan. 30, 2014.
Santa Monica Daily Press:
There’s a growing trend in Southern California on urban farming, which is sustainable and cheaper to do during tough economic time. Aug. 30, 2013.
In a recent report from the Environment California Research & Policy Center, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, California ranked sixth in cumulative solar electricity capacity per capita, providing 75 watts per person. Aug. 11, 2013.
The “common core” standards are a set of expectations adopted by states across the country that emphasize a new style of learning that values critical thinking over rote memorization. Sept. 11, 2013.
The Santa Monica Fire Department uses bike medics and medical carts for flexibility in emergencies. Sept. 20, 2013.
Santa Monican-based nonprofits use social media to spread message, Sept. 16, 2013.
A 54-year-old patient at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center was dealing with a cancer that had spread. It had started in the abdomen and then moved into the lungs. Sept. 1, 2013.
Los Angeles Daily Journal:
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