“Gun debate a test for Senator Patrick Leahy“(Boston Globe/March 13, 2013) - He lives on a dirt road, enjoys swapping long stories and fires pistols in his backyard. He even loves the Grateful Dead. Now, the 38-year Senate veteran is at the center of the gun-control debate.
“Drone makers struggle for acceptance”(Boston Globe/April 7, 2013) - Domestic drone manufacturers face an uphill public relations battle to introduce the unmanned vehicles into US skies for commercial use. Drones’ military and intelligence prowess doesn’t help their cause.
“Rise of the machines: Domestic drones take off“(Medill National Security Initiative/April 3, 2012) - Up to 30,000 drones will dot U.S. skies within a decade, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. What could that mean for your civil liberties?
“3 departures curtail New England’s political muscle”(Boston Globe/Jan. 30, 2013) - A powerful trio of veteran New England senators is now gone, sapping the region’s political clout. Olympia Snowe and Joe Lieberman retired and, on Tuesday, Joe Kerry won confirmation as secretary of state.
“Inquiry widens into Swartz prosecution”(Boston Globe/February 28, 2013) - A House committee widens its investigation of the Internet activists’ prosecution as legal arguments regarding the case rage both on and off Capitol Hill.
“Prospects limited for new gun-control laws”(Boston Globe/March 7, 2013) – With the memory of the Newtown tragedy still fresh in the national psyche, and though gun-control advocates have more political and financial capital than they have in years, additional safeguards will be hard-pressed to find traction in Congress.
“Warren rips deals with big banks“ (Boston Globe/Feb. 15, 2013) - Despite a quiet first month in office, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren came out swinging in her first Senate Banking Committee hearing.
“Deal on automatic spending cuts is unlikely”(Boson Globe/Feb. 25, 2013) - With billions in automatic budget cuts looming at week’s end, both parties in Congress hardened their positions on if and how to avert sequestration. Despite doomsday warnings from Democrats, a deal appears increasingly unlikely.
“Where memories were made”(Newsday/July 20, 2012) -The day after a storm ravages an historic gazebo, residents find memories in the rubble.
“Bad reception” (Newsday/Aug. 27, 2012) A plan to install cell phone antennas in a church clock tower was denied, closing the latest chapter of a months-long community dispute pitting historical preservation against the bottom line.
“Abandoned at birth, LI native finds parents after three decades” – Part 1 & Part 2(Newsday/July 8 and Aug. 2, 2012) – Born to and abandoned by teenage parents, Amy Brown spent three decades searching for her identity. And after telling her story to Newsday, the Long Island native found it.
“Chicago’s locomotive novelist”(Medill/April 25/2012) - A Seattle Chakra reader the 56-year-old Kevin O’Brien he had been killed violently in a former life, he said, leading to a new voice in his head.
“Imported from Detroit”(Medill/Feb. 28, 2011) – A group of suburban college kids drives through both the best and worst of Detroit, revisiting its past and debating its future.
“Why we need war reporters” (The Daily Northwestern/April 30, 2012) – Media outlets must pay a steep price to send reporters to war zones, both in dollars and personal safety. But it’s a price worth paying until the coverage of wars becomes so enthralling, so depressing and so frightening that we stop fighting them.
“Moneyball tells the new story of baseball”(North by Northwestern/Oct. 2, 2011) - As Moneyball so educationally and entertainingly points out, 21st century baseball is no longer just a game of feeling. The 162-game regular season grind requires more than that now. It requires dollars and sense.
“Food of the masses”(Medill/May 7, 2012) – You’ll taste the Kentucky Derby once the first chunk of succulent meat falls off the bone. The nearly 12-inch-long smoked turkey leg feels like a club in your hand – a club made of mouthwatering meat covered by crispy, browned skin.