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Following the community debate over the struggles of the historic Woodlawn Museum to get approval to demolish buildings on its property and move forward with an $8-million expansion plan; the fight to save the former Ticonic firehouse from demolition (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). What standards should Maine high schoolers be held to?
Community members wrestle over whether to ban single-use plastic bags; a tax to fund a unique approach to in-home care riles critics. A wind farm project once scuttled for fear of migratory bird deaths is back on the radar. Meth labs leave homeowners with hellacious cleaning bills, and residents weigh options for a new ambulance service after the city’s goes belly-up (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6).
In FOOD & ARTS:
Julia Child’s grandnephew and biographer opens up about the beloved chef. Creating a vibrant arts scene in Ellsworth; Filipino food in blueberry country; the tale of an apothecary on Main Street run by a former coder.
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Years after fleeing Guatemala and faced with deportation, one Bentonville family finds faith in its community-and home, finally: Around midnight in 2001, in a Walmart not far from the original Walton’s 5 & 10, Amanda Aristondo was standing under the fluorescent lights, looking for medicine for her young daughter. Arkansas reminded Amanda of her native Guatemala—warm and green, with gentle mountains and acres of farmland—but with a crucial difference. “We felt safe.”
on carrying a photograph of a stranger: I don’t remember the day I left Africa for the second time. I don’t remember packing my room, or my suitcase, or saying goodbye to friends, although I’m sure I did all of those things. But I remember the ten hour bus ride to Nairobi: opening the windows even an inch invited a thick coating of red dust on everything, so we kept them closed, sweat soaking between shoulder blades and pooling under thighs. Two seats in the back were inexplicably missing, literally ripped from their posts; I assumed they’d been bounced out at some point on the roads, which washed away each year in the spring rains.
On what communities are doing to clean up the air around their ports: “Why isn’t the city going full tilt with trying to green the ports? The Port Authority has been extremely behind the curve on all of this,” says Adam Armstrong, who lobbied the city for shorepower in Red Hook for years. “The west coast ports have been doing this for a decade. I think it’s being on the verge of neglectful and totally taking people’s health for granted, and expecting vulnerable populations to shoulder the burden.” Also for The Brooklyn Ink, on what happens when you call an ambulance in Brooklyn.
A Maine town faces difficult choices after a season of drought, and the State Department disagrees with Congress on how it should view Chinese asylum seekers, and it's creating chaos in the courts.
An oasis is born as old row houses and a commercial laundromat are turned into a community garden in West Philly; Prof. Ngalalume on the why women should refuse diamond engagement rings and the western scramble for a slice of the "African Cake"; and the Director of Democracy Matters talks sex, politics and money.
the guy in Little Ferry who lived with bats; on a sunny Tuesday in late August, residents of Harlem let out their worries; and a South African chef celebrates National Women's Month thousands of miles from home. Producer and reporter for the Memory Project Podcast: the story of a snappy gangster; a Syrian journalist wonders if she can ever go home again; the rise and fall of a karate school; and a young women wrestles with dyslexia and depression.