From Seattle to New York and back, this Vietnamese American pastry chef is a rising star to watch
SEATTLE — Even after losing her job at the famed Gramercy Tavern in New York when the coronavirus pandemic shut down the industry last spring, pastry cook Lauren Tran was getting buzz for her work. Her Vietnamese-French desserts had been written about by New York media. Formidable restaurants including Madame Vo in the East Village wanted to host her pop-ups. Life was looking up, until she got word from back home in Federal Way, Washington, that her father had to be rushed to the hospital after suffering chest pains. Tran canceled all her cake orders, grabbed some clothes and shoved a bag of p...
The Seattle Times
Ranked-choice voting gains momentum nationwide
In a few months, New York City residents won’t just vote for their favorite candidate in the June mayoral primary. They will choose their second, third and fourth favorites, as well. Two years after New Yorkers voted to change the way they cast a ballot in municipal elections, voters in America’s most populous city will participate in the largest test of the ranked-choice system in the nation. Ranked-choice voting is unfamiliar to most of the city’s nearly 5.6 million registered voters, so local election officials are racing to educate them. The method has been used in state elections in Maine...
Environmentalists make long-shot attempt to ban new factory farms
Iowa has a poop problem. The Hawkeye State’s pigs, cows and chickens produce about as much waste as 134 million people — nearly the population of Russia. Most of that manure is spread onto fields as fertilizer, where significant amounts of it wash into Iowa waterways. The city of Des Moines uses one of the most expensive nitrate removal systems in the world to make its water supply from the Raccoon River safe to drink. “We have to ask if we can reconcile our water quality goals with the idea that we can continue to expand the livestock industry,” said Chris Jones, a professor and water quality...
Undocumented immigrants who help police can be at risk for deportation. A Pennsylvania lawyer is trying to stop that
PHILADELPHIA — When Josia's husband began beating her, the U.S. government stood ready to help, even though she was in the country illegally. If she would assist the police investigation, she could get what's called a U visa, which provides undocumented victims of serious crimes with work authorization, protection from deportation, and a path to citizenship. Congress' idea in establishing the program in 2000 was to get criminals off the streets, that having a safer society outweighs the enforcement of certain immigration violations. Josia was granted a visa after about eight months. That was i...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
As Haiti dives deeper into chaos, opposition tries forming parallel government
Haitians awoke Monday to empty streets, a tightened police presence and a deeper political crisis: Now there are two men who claim to be the nation's president. Opposition and civil society groups installed Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, the oldest member of Haiti's Supreme Court, late Sunday as president for two years. In a video shared on social media, Jean-Louis, sitting next to a Haitian flag, said he accepts "the choice of the opposition and civil society to be able to serve my country as provisional president of the ruptured transition." The installation was immediately condemned by Haiti...
Commentary: Indian farmers' democratic dissent
Indian farmers’ protests against the government in New Delhi on Jan. 25 resulted in property destruction, injuries to hundreds of people, particularly police officers, and one farmer’s death. You might draw parallels with mob attacks on the U.S. Capital and infer that farmers are destabilizing Indian democracy. To the contrary, they’re revitalizing it. The farmers’ movement is a democratic response to democratic erosion. It has consistently promoted nonviolence in face of police repression and fostered tolerance among people of different ideologies and identities. Movement leaders condemned vi...
Tribune News Service
Cheerleader sues Northwestern University, says she was groped and harassed by drunken fans
CHICAGO — When Hayden Richardson transferred to Northwestern University for her sophomore year, she hoped that joining the cheerleading team would provide a sense of community and excitement at an unfamiliar school. The team’s website and social media pages depicted smiling women, clad in purple and sparkly apparel, tumbling on the sidelines of Big 10 football games. Described as a “noncompetitive cheer team,” the program also offered scholarships and covered all travel, equipment and training expenses. But early in her first season, the “dark side” of the program emerged, according to a feder...