TURKEY CREEK: Surviving The Storm

ABC News, Published: August 26, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina slammed into Gulfport, Mississippi, those in the neighborhood of Turkey Creek came together to help each other survive. The release of this multimedia project was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the devastating storm.


Panhandling as a Social Experiment

The Local East Village blog of The New Yo rk Times, Published: June 24, 2011

Chris Coon takes a very methodical and well-accounted approach to panhandling, not because he is particularly fond of organization, but because he thinks of his work on the sociological level.


Declassified testimony reveals that Department of Defense officials didn’t think it was necessary to amp up security in Benghazi because of the 9/11 anniversary

The Daily Mail’s website MailOnline, Published: January 14, 2014
Hundreds of pages of transcripts from House Armed Services Committee hearings in the wake of the fatal Benghazi attack show the dispersed security forces were unable to handle a sudden attack.(continued….)


How Does The Lobster Glut Affect You?

Food Republic, Published: July 18, 2011

It’s one of the food world’s great ironies: As the price of most basic ingredients is way up, one of the most exclusive ingredients is becoming cheaper and cheaper. The lobster dinner, which often conjures up images of restaurants with crisp white linen tablecloths and posh waiters serving expensive wines by candlelight, is now something that can be had at a fast food restaurant.

Maine lobstermen brought in more lobsters than ever last year, which has led to lower prices, effectively democratizing the most elite of fine foods. (continued….)


Caitlyn Jenner Recalls ‘Getting Destroyed’ Before Her Transition

ABC News, Published: November 10, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner opened up

about the struggles with her transition while being honored as a Glamour “Woman of the Year” at Monday night’s award ceremony, detailing how she decided to tell those closest to her.(continued….)


Red pen may well be mightier than sword

Tampa Bay Online, New York Times News Service, Published: March 20, 2011

NEW YORK – In the second grade, Abraham Rutchick’s favorite teacher, Mrs. Sapienza, added creative writing time to their daily schedule. That didn’t sit well with Rutchick. He wanted to get outside and play as soon as possible and didn’t want to waste a moment writing stories.

So, like any other 8-year-old at the Brown School in Newburyport, Mass., Rutchick hurried to finish the story, putting little effort in and focusing on the kickball game that was about to go down.

The next day, the reckoning came. (continued…..)


Hoboken’s Older Drinkers Prepare for St. Patrick’s Day

The Huffington Post, Published: March 4, 2011

As preparations are made for this Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hoboken, a new generation of revelers will be donning their green t-shirts while some will be retiring their leprechaun hats.

Even though St. Patty’s Day is arguably a holiday with no age cut-off, there is a societal expiration date for public booze-fests. How old is too old for early morning beer drinking and day-long public intoxication?

The line is, appropriately, fuzzy. (continued…..)

Jose’s Journey: One Unaccompanied Minor’s Escape From Violence and Redemption in America

ABC News, Published: October 28, 2014
A different deserted lot Pete Homeyer had never served tamales at Christmas dinner at his house in Michigan before, but last December the classic Honduran staple was placed right next to the roast beef the help make Jose, a foster child who arrived in America as an unaccompanied minor at age 16, feel more at home. Jose, now 18, had spent the previous Christmas in a holding facility in Texas after escaping violence in Honduras.(continued….)


Physician, Heal Thy Deficit

Westchester Magazine, Published: May 24, 2011

It wasn’t a particularly unusual scene for Fox Lane Middle School: an instructor stood in front of a large group, clicking through a PowerPoint presentation and explaining new vocabulary words. It could have been a class in Government 101, as the teacher defined “continuing resolutions” and showed bar graphs to explain the decreasing funds for Social Security. (continued….)


Jeb Bush and Scott Walker Jostle for Position in New Hampshire

ABC News, Published: March 15, 2015
Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott walker are two possible presidential candidates who were in New Hampshire this weekend for the same reason: to introduce themselves to voters. Though there were some similarities in the schedules of the two would-be front-runners, the men received starkly different reactions.(continued….)


In the East Village, A Dearth of Rentals

The Local East Village blog of The New York Times, Published: June 17, 2011

When scouring apartment listings, it always seems like that time — that particular time when you decided to move — was the worst possible choice because there are so few apartments available. For those searching now, they’re not just imagining it. The percentage of available apartments in Manhattan this May hit its lowest rate in the past five years. (continued….)


Is No Labels Something New?

The Huffington Post, Published: December 21, 2010

Sure, it was new. In the undeniably partisan climate of today’s American political scene, still reeling from the divisive tactics of attack ads used during November’s midterm elections, the idea of Democrats and Republicans coming together definitely seemed novel and different.

But was it really? (continued….)


How a Little-Known Passport Rule Could Ruin Your Vacation, Costing Thousands

ABC News, Published: August 12, 2014
Jack Edelstein and his family were excited about their two-week vacation to Israel in June but it never got off the ground. Unlike many others whose travel to the region was delayed because of rising tensions, the Edelstein family trip was thwarted by the upcoming November expiration of 13-year-old son Jesse’s passport, meaning that it had less than six months of remaining validity.


After Tax Vote, New York Tea Partiers Fume

The New York Observer, Published: December 17, 2010

Less than two months after electing what they would hope will be an army of deficit hawks, New York’s Tea Party activists are fuming that the current Congress approved another round budget-busting stimulus in yesterday’s deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.

“My objections are that it’s too expensive, not because the continuation of the tax cut, but because of the spending and the earmarks attached,” said Frank Santarpia, the founder of the Staten Island Tea Party of the $857 billion bill, which includes a 13-month extension of unemployment benefits. (continued….)