A new wave of gentrification taking place in the area near 231st Street west of Broadway has begun to breath fresh life into Kingsbridge’s long-declining Jewish community, and may signal a possible reversal to the nearly four decade long trend of Jews leaving the neighborhood for more affluent, outlying suburban areas.Continue reading
Jenik, 67, is the pastor at Our Lady of Refuge Church and School in the north Bronx. Over the past three decades, he’s watched his parish slip into the throes of drug and substance abuse at an alarming rate.Continue reading
Donna Drummond’s family members pay part of their state income taxes to an unusual place: her 6-year-old daughter’s private K-12 school.Continue reading
By Carl Lewis
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
It’s not just the rumble of garbage trucks past Tracie Fountain’s Twiggs County home each day that perturbs her.
It’s the odor.
Fountain lives just down the road from the Wolf Creek Landfill in Dry Branch, so close that she can smell the garbage dumped there. She’s one of the 779 Twiggs County residents who have signed a petition opposing a planned expansion of the landfill. Continue reading
Some non-UK students had the chance to vote fraudulently in last week’s election because of lax safeguards and mistaken electoral rolls—and at least 13 foreign students claim to have actually voted illegally, an Oxford Student investigation has revealed.
Eight of the students interviewed declined to speak on the record or reveal their college affiliation publicly, citing concerns about revealing publicly that they broke the law or – more frequently – not wishing to speak negatively about College administrators who failed to compare for accuracy the data provided to them by local electoral officials.
Max Gallien, a German student at Queen’s College – who as an EU citizen was eligible to vote in the local council election but not in the general election – said he cast a ballot in the Oxford East parliamentary contest after election workers confirmed to him he could vote in both races.
“Slay the Jews?!”
Police report contradicts Israeli minister’s allegation of racist abuse by Union member (link to story on OxfordStudent.com)
By Carl Lewis, News Editor
6 May 2010
Police have found no evidence for the widely reported claim that a student protester yelled “Slay the Jews” during an Israeli minister’s speech at the Oxford Union last term.
A video analysis of the event has revealed that Noor Rashid, a third-year at Teddy Hall, gave an accurate account to authorities concerning what he shouted at Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.
It did not find any evidence that Rashid uttered the Arabic phrase “Idhbah al-yahud,” meaning “kill the Jews,” as Mr. Ayalon told the audience, and other media outlets have previously suggested.
Update: Follow-up story ran on Jul. 30.
Owner can’t afford $10,000 extermination price tag
By Carl Lewis
Saturday Jul. 18, 2009
COCHRAN — It smells foul on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Really, really foul.
Walking down the street toward Victoria Jackson’s home, the musky stench gets even worse. Stepping inside, it grows almost unbearable.
“It’s a very, very bad odor,” the homeowner said.
It’s the scent of the droppings from what exterminators estimate are more than 1,000 bats that have made Jackson’s home their roosting spot.
Annual Macon butterfly count keeps tabs on ecosystem
By Carl Lewis
Tuesday Jul. 7, 2009
The vehicle screeched to a halt. Rindsberg grasped his camera, binoculars and field guide and leapt out of the car.
“Look at that!” he exclaimed, gesturing at what appeared to be a clump of average roadside weeds.
Macon Mall turns to arts, entertainment to fill empty space
By Carl Lewis
Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009
Instead of showcasing his art in a downtown gallery like other artists, Michael Paul has chosen a different, less obvious place to share his work: the Macon Mall.
Paul is taking part in a new program called Artspace, which, along with a laser golf course, is one of the mall’s recent efforts to help reinvent itself.