January 24, 2023

How a Former Marine and Hitman Turned His Life Around

 In 1994, Self was arrested and booked on suspicion of possessing a silencer - a silencer used in the 805 freeway shooting of a San Diego orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Shoemaker. This wasn’t any everyday run-of-the-mill unexceptional shooting; it was an attempted hit. Dr. Ronald Neufeld, a former medical partner of Dr. Shoemaker, enlisted the services and expertise of Self to kill his medical partner after taking out a $1 million life insurance policy on him. 

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December 22, 2022

Under the Flesh of an Industrial Slaughterhouse

(BE’ER SHEVA, Israel) — In Harper’s Magazine’s May 2013 cover story, “The Way of All Flesh,” American author and journalist […]

women boxing

December 12, 2022

Theater Offers a Road to Rehabilitation for Juvenile Detainees in Tuscany

(Pontremoli, Italy) – It was Saturday night in Pontremoli, Italy, and the local theater was packed. When the lights dimmed, […]

December 9, 2022

Can Technology Solve Gun Violence in Durham? Some Are Not So Sure

Residents in this North Carolina town are concerned over how a gunshot-detection system will work, but city officials think it's the best solution to rising gun violence.

December 9, 2022

LAPD Officers Continue to Evade Prosecution in Shootings that Violate Department Policy

The family of 22-year-old Margarito Lopez Jr., fatally shot by LAPD in 2021, continues their calls for accountability and reforms. […]

 
 
Inglewood Oil Field

December 19, 2022

Los Angeles City Council To Phase Out Oil Drilling

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to ban the drilling of new oil and gas wells and will eventually shut down production of the drills currently in use. This ban comes after county residents in marginalized communities surrounding the area voiced concerns about the effects of oil drilling on their health. Activist groups and advocates for a healthier environment like Stand-LA, an acronym for Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling, and Black Women for Wellness, a Stand-LA coalition member, have led the charge.

December 13, 2022

The Queen Mary, A Historic Landmark Barely Holds On

(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) — Docked in the port of Long Beach, the historic RMS Queen Mary floats like a ghost […]

December 8, 2022

First New York Afro-Latina-Owned Independent Cinema Announces Expansion

In the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, sits a single-theater cinema founded by film producer Emelyn Stewart. After going […]

October 26, 2022

Tailwind Air Launches Inaugural Flight From NYC to Washington, D.C.

Seaplane operator Tailwind Air launched its New York City to Washington, D.C. route last week. The company invited ten passengers, comprised of employees, press, and celebrities, including former NFL player Vernon Davis to embark on the inaugural flight.

October 17, 2022

5 Questions With XCredit Founder Nischay Madappa

(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) —  In a world where it seems like we have conjured every invention or idea, it’s hard […]

 
 
 
 
 
Inglewood Oil Field

December 19, 2022

Los Angeles City Council To Phase Out Oil Drilling

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to ban the drilling of new oil and gas wells and will eventually shut down production of the drills currently in use. This ban comes after county residents in marginalized communities surrounding the area voiced concerns about the effects of oil drilling on their health. Activist groups and advocates for a healthier environment like Stand-LA, an acronym for Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling, and Black Women for Wellness, a Stand-LA coalition member, have led the charge.

The departures in the Brussels airport

December 9, 2022

Residents of a Brussels’ Neighborhood Want Less Air Traffic and More Sleep

(BRUSSELS) – In 2018, Maria Gkountouma decided to rent an apartment in the eastern part of Brussels. She didn’t know […]

December 5, 2022

“High” COVID Cases Could Lead to Mask Mandate for LA County

Positive Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising at a significant rate and Los Angeles County has gone from low to medium risk in the last few days. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says if the area reaches the CDC's “high” transmission and hospitalization categories, that a mask mandate will most likely be imposed.

November 17, 2022

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Announces Reimagined Winter Shelter Program

(LOS ANGELES) – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is reorganizing its winter shelter program. LAHSA announced a reimagined augmented […]

November 14, 2022

Oregon Joins Several School Districts in Lawsuit against E-Cigarette Company Juul

(BEND, Ore.) – Portland Public Schools filed a lawsuit against American electronic cigarette company Juul Labs, Inc. on September 30. […]

 

December 22, 2022

Opinion: Addicted to Regurgitation – Churnalists at Large

Everyone’s doing it. And everyone knows that it’s wrong. Churnalism is a big part of our media cycle, and like all things, it’s getting worse. Churnalism is nothing more than an attempt to get clicks by repeating what everyone else says

Sketched image of Frederick Douglass sitting and holding a paper

December 5, 2022

Opinion: Can a Newspaper Follow the North Star?

Frederick Douglass's North Star newspaper was advocacy journalism and ethical journalism at its finest, which is why it helped the United States transform into a better country.

November 16, 2022

They’re Not All Winners in The President’s Club

In 2018, The Financial Times sent Marriage undercover to the annual dinner held at The Dorchester Hotel in London to investigate claims of sexual harassment made by former female employees.

Façade of The Review Building Spokane WA

November 15, 2022

Opinion: Jim West’s Story — How Anonymity Poisoned Everything

Undercover work and anonymous sourcing are invaluable when it comes to journalism. The public has the right to know a lot. Additionally, the safety of a city, especially when it comes to potentially predatory public officials, is paramount. Even so, stories need to be sourced smartly. This one was not.

November 11, 2022

The Case for Reparations: The Pinnacle of Advocacy Journalism

(LOS ANGELES) — Ta-Nehisi Coates’s The Case for Reparations is a seminal piece of journalism, representing the very best of advocacy […]

 
Vote Yes for Worker's Rights yard sign

November 18, 2022

Illinois Approves Collective Bargaining Measure

Illinois voters approved constitutional Amendment 1, codifying the right to collective bargaining and prohibiting right-to-work laws in the state constitution, with more than 50 percent of voters in favor, according to The Associated Press. Known informally as the Worker’s Rights Amendment (WRA), the measure guarantees Illinois laborers the right to organize themselves, negotiate contracts, and advocate for desired wages and benefits. It further codifies the right to collective bargaining and prohibits right-to-work laws in the state constitution.

November 18, 2022

Karen Bass Wins LA Mayoral Race, Vows to Focus on Homelessness

(LOS ANGELES)  — Democratic Rep. Karen Bass has beat real estate developer Rick Caruso and is posed to become the […]

November 15, 2022

Rick Caruso Let’s the Money Speak for Itself

In Los Angeles, all eyes are on Rick Caruso, who is running for Los Angeles mayor and states he’s always been pro-choice, but his financial statements show otherwise. 

Guns being sold in Bend, Oregon

November 13, 2022

Oregon Passes Controversial Gun Control Measure

(BEND, Ore.) – A controversial gun control measure on the ballot for the 2022 midterm elections in Oregon has narrowly […]

November 11, 2022

Colorado Legalizes and Decriminalizes Psychedelics

The passage of the bill is another example of Colorado voters supporting initiatives to legalize federally labeled Schedule 1 substances.