News writing

Relative newcomer Ferrante finds himself the center of attention

Jan. 25, 2015 — Two recent controversies have thrust Wilmington resident John Ferrante into the public spotlight.
While he’s reluctant to discuss his role in these disputes, friends and acquaintances offer some insight into the polarizing figure.


New Hanover elections board petitions to remove director

Jan. 7, 2015 — The New Hanover County Board of Elections has requested the state remove Marvin McFadyen from his position as the county’s elections director.

Same-sex weddings mean more opportunities for businesses

Oct. 27, 2014 — The equation is quite simple: Now that same-sex couples can legally marry in North Carolina, more people are planning weddings.
More weddings equals more business for caterers, florists, DJs, planners, venues, bakers, photographers and officiants.

Same-sex marriages have diverse effect on houses of worship

Oct. 16, 2014 — The Rev. Cheryl M. Walker of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington has been performing same-sex wedding ceremonies for the entire decade she’s been a minister.

Judge hears permit case for Porters Neck project

Oct. 8, 2014 — Whether New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger voted at a meeting from which he was absent is at the core of a court case heard Wednesday morning in New Hanover County Superior Court.

Domestic violence shelters find greater need for help

Aug. 31, 2014 — Angela knew she had to get out.
For months she’d suffered emotional, financial and sexual abuse. She was forced to do things she didn’t want to. Her money went missing. She had to pay rent twice. Her partner disrespected her children, and he lacked concern for their health and well-being.
And she tried to escape. For two weeks straight.
Every day, she’d sneak away to call a list of shelters in Marion County only to get the same response: We’re full.

In interest of appearing united, some school boards limit members’ speech

Aug. 18, 2014 — When a Norfolk, Va., School Board member used a “racially, emotionally charged” term in a discussion about a school reorganization plan, Cherise Newsome believed it was her duty as a reporter to ask him to expand on his remarks.

Virus kills 7 million piglets, driving up pork prices

July 20, 2014 — When he got the phone call last January, Randy Salsbery already knew a new swine disease had spread to the United States from Asia and Europe.
“Dad, I think we’ve got it,” his son told him.

Fond du Lac principal censors student news magazine’s censorship photo illustration

April 24, 2014 — WISCONSIN — The photo accompanying a story about a Wisconsin high school’s new prior review guidelines is being censored under those very guidelines, which were established in response to the publication’s last issue featuring a story about sexual assault.

Censored Ark. yearbook heads to the printer, but student editor says she’ll continue fight

March 21, 2014 — ARKANSAS — A censored version of Sheridan High School’s yearbook will be sent to the printer without the student profiles — including one of a gay student — that sparked a dispute between student editors and administrators.

In light of shrinking enrollments, Twin Cities law schools tighten their belts

Aug. 10, 2013 — Twin Cities law schools are being forced to make difficult choices about where to cut as they confront what has become a nationwide pullback in enrollments.

Hennepin County warrant sweep targets domestic abuse offenders

July 18, 2013 — At about 7 a.m. Wednesday, just before officers from 14 Hennepin County law enforcement agencies headed out for a daylong sweep aimed at serving 300 arrest warrants in domestic violence cases, they got a pep talk from a victims’ advocate.

Minneapolis couple won Sherburn cafe in essay contest

June 15, 2013 — Seth and Elizabeth Lintelman thought their longtime dream of owning a restaurant in southern Minnesota had slipped away with their home when they lost it in the bad economy last year.
But now, just a few months later, the Minneapolis couple can call the Cup N’ Saucer in Sherburn their own, thanks to a businessman and a three-page essay.

Hydroelectric plant leads world in power generation

May 2013 — For years, Itaipu Dam has led the world as the largest hydropower plant in electrical power generation.
2012 may be one of the last years it earns that title.

Volunteers toeing the line

Oct. 25, 2012 — Steve Scheel stood behind a yellow line facing the Franklin County early voting center, his arms folded over his Romney/Ryan T-shirt. His shadow crossed the line, but his feet could not.

Firefighter diversity at risk

July 23, 2012 — Cliff Foster overcame plenty of obstacles to become a firefighter in 1979.
Though a 1975 federal court mandate, which ordered Columbus to hire one black firefighter for every white firefighter who was hired, helped get him the job, the challenge didn’t stop when he walked into the Columbus Fire Division.

Potency of political ads fleeting at best

Oct. 7, 2012 — The more you try to dodge the political ads bombarding Ohio, the harder they’ll try to find you.

Issue 2 could change how faculty, administration work together

Nov. 7, 2011 — The future of faculty unions in Ohio lies in the hands of voters.

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