Former Afghani Refugee Gives Back to Community

When he lived outside a metro station in Paris, Shikhali Mirzai received a sleeping bag, tent, and clothes from a student group dedicated to aiding refugees in the city. The kind gesture stayed with the then-22-year-old, who now helps the group distribute similar packages to new arrivals. “[Many Parisians] think refugees are like terrorists. SomeContinue reading “Former Afghani Refugee Gives Back to Community”

FDA, e-cigarette firms grapple with how to restrict kids’ vaping

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration has prioritized combating e-cigarette use among minors, but vaping critics and advocates are split on how to address it. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb hosted a public forum to address the increase of e-cigarette use among high-schoolers and middle-schoolers. “I still believe e-cigarettes present an opportunity for adult smokersContinue reading “FDA, e-cigarette firms grapple with how to restrict kids’ vaping”

FDA resumes some inspections as workers return — without pay

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of some high-risk foods, like cheese and milk, with inspectors returning to work without pay during the government shutdown. Other popular foods, like cake mix, peanut butter, and crackers, are still not being inspected, as the shutdown continues in its fourth week. FDA watchdog groupsContinue reading “FDA resumes some inspections as workers return — without pay”

US House Democratic Leaders Make Good on Promised Gun Control Legislation

By Jessica Floyd, Daniel Grimes and Beverly Banks WASHINGTON — Democratic House leaders attempted this week to shift focus from the shutdown and the related border wall dispute in order to draw attention to popular gun legislation, which pollsters and party strategists contend played a role in their midterm victory. “With the youth vote and theContinue reading “US House Democratic Leaders Make Good on Promised Gun Control Legislation”

Tennessee voters cast ballot for issues over candidates in midterm election

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In a state with historically low voter turnout, early and absentee vote totals more than doubled the number from the 2014 midterm election and voters seem more motivated by issues – ranging from tightening the border to expanding education spending — than the candidates. While voting at Farragut Town Hall in KnoxContinue reading “Tennessee voters cast ballot for issues over candidates in midterm election”

Coast Guard Commandant Speaks on China, Russia Advances in Arctic

ARLINGTON, Va. — Beverly Banks speaks with Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl L. Schultz about the United States security measures in the Arctic at the Military Reporters and Editors annual conference. Schultz says the United States is prepared for China and Russia’s advances in the strategically important region. Video by Patty Nieberg. Published in conjunctionContinue reading “Coast Guard Commandant Speaks on China, Russia Advances in Arctic”

Midterm Elections in West Virginia and Tennessee

ARLINGTON, Va. — Beverly Banks spoke with WJLA 24/7 anchor Dave Lucas about her midterm reporting trip in West Virginia and Tennessee. While traveling across the Appalachian region, the Medill news team covered House and Senate races. Beverly interviewed Senator Joe Manchin and Richard Ojeda, the Democratic candidate for the third congressional district in WestContinue reading “Midterm Elections in West Virginia and Tennessee”

Protests erupt during Kavanaugh confirmation vote

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of protestors demonstrated on the steps of the Capitol on Saturday before the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. Demonstrators shouted “Shame” and “Who’s Court? Our Court” in the hours leading up to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Police arrested several who refused to leave the Capitol steps. As theContinue reading “Protests erupt during Kavanaugh confirmation vote”

Youth activists galvanize communities to fight gun violence

CHICAGO – April 4, 2006 is the day that Trevon Bosley became an activist. Twelve years ago, his brother Terrell Bosley, 18, was preparing for band rehearsal outside a church on the Southeast Side of Chicago when someone fired shots and killed him. Since that day Bosley, 20, of Roseland, joined Chicago youth activist movementsContinue reading “Youth activists galvanize communities to fight gun violence”

Anti-violence protesters ‘redistribute the pain’ through Lake Shore Drive and Wrigley Field disruption

CHICAGO – Over 100 hundred anti-violence protestors shut down Lake Shore Drive and marched to Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation and raise awareness of gun violence in Chicago. The Chicago Police Department reported that about 150 protestors attended the demonstration and no arrests were made. Protestors began the rallyContinue reading “Anti-violence protesters ‘redistribute the pain’ through Lake Shore Drive and Wrigley Field disruption”