By Chris Haire | cha[email protected] | Long Beach Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: December 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm | UPDATED: December 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm Porche Washington cradled her newborn daughter, Aspen, in her arms. Washington’s life to that point had been marred by drugs and homelessness and unplanned pregnancies. She knew she couldn’t keep her daughter. So there Washington stood, in front of a Compton fire station around Thanksgiving 2015, ready to do the right thing, ready to drop off her child. She could just walk away, no questions asked. But she couldn’t. “She had bonded with her at the hospital,” said Detective Jennifer Valuenzela, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who would investigate what followed. Instead, Washington took Aspen and got high. Within days, Aspen lay crying in a pothole. Her story could have ended there. It could have stopped, hours later, with her swaddled in a hospital blanket, cold and lifeless and alone. But it … [Read more...] about Child once found buried in Compton pothole celebrates 3rd birthday with adopted family
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By Josh Morris is… Informer Media Group: How did you come up with the idea? Mark C. Smith: An ocean and a song created the idea for Two Balloons. During a long passage on a sailboat, I experienced a weather event I had never seen before. A funnel cloud formed a few miles ahead of the course line I was on. It was the kind of beauty that is simultaneously daunting and calming. As I watched the cloud’s conical shape skip across the water I was listening to a Weinland song called Piles of Clothes. The music and undulating waves lulled me into a daydream and that’s when the idea for Two Balloons happened. Informer Media Group: There’s such a beautiful romance between the two lemurs. I’m taken with the reference of animation (the rose) as an expression of love/courtship. What inspired you to make an animated film? Mark C. Smith: The inspiration for the film came from music and the environment. The animation element happened out of necessity. Originally Two … [Read more...] about Q&A: Director / Writer Mark C. Smith on his animated short ‘Two Balloons’
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Chapter 1 “Inmates Run This Bitch” Chapter 2 Prison Experiments Chapter 3 The CCA Way Chapter 4 “You Got to Survive” Chapter 5 Lockdown Chapter 1: “Inmates Run This Bitch” Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). I take a breath. Am I really going to become a prison guard? Now that it might actually happen, it feels scary and a bit extreme. From the editor: Why we sent a reporter to work as a private prison guard I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation’s 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it’s nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it’s usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. … [Read more...] about My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation
Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie September 12, 2018 Eric Wilcoxon had tried everything to lose weight. Dieting, exercise, he even scheduled and then backed out of a lap-band surgery, unable to justify the cost. “I would get up to probably 350 pounds and get mad at myself, go on a diet, do some sort of crash diet,” said Wilcoxon, who runs an insurance agency in Van Buren, Mo. “Three different times in my life, I’ve lost 125 pounds, but never had the ability or the will power or the gumption to keep it off. And this last time, I let myself go. It got too far out of hand.” Already a big man — he’s 6-foot-3 — he reached his heaviest five years ago: 410 pounds. He was 41 years old, and he was pretty certain the weight was going to kill him sooner rather than later. At the time, Wilcoxon’s doctor, Steven Edmundowicz at … [Read more...] about Pass the scalpel. Hold the guilt trip.