Aleanna Siacon Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 28, 2018 As 2018 comes to a close, it's time to hit rewind. This year was jam-packed with impactful news stories that have started conversations and garnered hundreds of thousands of online page views — from historic court decisions and the legalization of recreational marijuana to sexual assaults in Jamaica, the death of the Queen of Soul and much more. Here's a look at the top stories that racked up the most page views on the Free Press website — Freep.com — this year: 1. After 30 years in U.S., Michigan dad deported Jorge Garcia, 39, was a landscaper from Lincoln Park who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years until he was deported to Mexico on Jan. 15. He had no criminal record and paid taxes every year. Garcia, who was brought to the U.S. by an undocumented family member at the age of 10, has a wife and two children who are all U.S. citizens. Free … [Read more...] about The most viewed Detroit Free Press stories of 2018
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This is The Colorado Independent‘s complete four-part series on Walker Stapleton, Colorado’s Republican nominee for governor. You can click directly to Part 1 (Stapleton’s early years and family history), Part 2 (Stapleton’s business career and entry into Colorado politics), Part 3 (Stapleton’s time as state treasurer) or Part 4 (Stapleton’s run for governor). You can also listen to reporter Corey Hutchins discuss his series on Walker Stapleton at our Indycator podcast. We’ve also written a four-part series on Stapleton’s Democratic opponent, Boulder Congressman Jared Polis. Part 1: An elite East Coast background, a powerful family, and early political ambitions forged Colorado’s GOP nominee for governor Walker Stapleton has steer snot on his hands. He does not look particularly comfortable with it, either, as he pats the animal’s head and runs a show stick … [Read more...] about The privilege and promise of Walker Stapleton: A Portrait in Four Parts
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By The series was reported Andrew Ryan, Beth Healy, Bob Hohler, Sacha Pfeiffer and editor Patricia Wen. Today’s story was written by Ryan October 14, 2018 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A baby-faced Aaron Hernandez wore an L.L. Bean backpack when he arrived here in January 2007 as a frenzy engulfed the University of Florida. The basketball team hadwon a national championship, and on Hernandez’s first day of classes, the football team won one of its own.A torrent of students flooded University Avenue, climbing light poles and scaling restaurant roofs as they chanted: “It’s great. To be. A Flori-da Ga-tor.”Athletes walked like legends among the 52,000 students on this stately red-brick campus dotted with palm trees, live oaks, and tufts of Spanish moss. The bleachers and luxury skyboxes of the football stadium known as The Swamp stretch so high they … [Read more...] about Lessons of Gator Nation
Since Colorado legalized marijuana, the state has become a popular destination for so-called weed tourists. Johnny Welsh, a writer and bartender in Frisco, Colorado, a Rocky Mountain town near Vail, remembers when he would have the entire fall off work. "The restaurants closed, and you could travel the world," he told MoneyWatch, somewhat wistfully. But while the tourists might be there to consume recreational pot, the same isn't true for the workers. Despite generally loosening standards, Coloradans aren't showing up in droves for work while high, according to drug-test data. Nationwide, the rate of workers testing positive for drugs has increased over the past decade, according to Quest Diagnostics, a major drug-testing laboratory. It has also risen in states that have made the drug legal. But the rate of increase has been about the same across the two categories, said Barry Sample, Quest's senior director for science and technology. When Colorado and Washington state legalized … [Read more...] about Working while high? Not really a thing, it turns out, in weed-legal states
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. At first glance, Abdulrahman el-Bahnasawy, a Muslim kid from the suburbs of Toronto, seemed an unlikely jihadi. A soft-spoken 18-year-old with delicate features and thick curly hair, he had rejected Islam at 15, announcing to his parents, conservative Egyptian immigrants, that he was now an agnostic. This, he would write later, was just one of the many troubles he caused his family: After he discovered weed at 14, his terrified parents moved with him and his older sister to Kuwait. There, lonely and bullied in school, he began to take every drug he could get his hands on. He attempted suicide several times. Foreshadowing the bipolar disorder and schizophrenia he would later be diagnosed with, he would sit on the toilet in his parents’ house for hours, huffing butane and hallucinating, conversing with “Hamtaramo,” an imaginary pilot who spoke to him through the radio. “He was,” Bahnasawy … [Read more...] about ISIS Isn’t Dead Yet. A Hapless Plot to Bomb Times Square Reveals the Next Phase of the Islamic State.