Hunger Strike Homelessness Illicit Partying Our Favorite Stories of 2016

first_imgFor all the talk about journalism being in a death spiral, Mission Local staff has some highlights of what we think are our best stories of the year. Here’s what we liked:Lydia Chávez, Executive EditorNow more than ever –  thanks to the Trump election –  journalists are asking questions about impact. Does good reporting actually matter? How could Trump get elected with all that we knew/reported about him?   I’ve wondered about impact since my days in Central America for the NYT.  There, regardless of the number of human rights violations reporters uncovered, Congress inevitably approved funding for El Salvador’s government.  Still, one does not spend a lifetime being a reporter and discard its value easily.  At my darkest, I take refuge in reporting’s value as a record of our foibles; that someone in the future will flip through old news sites and piece together what happened on a certain day.And on some days, local reporting can do very immediate good, which gets me to one of my favorite stories of the year – Laura Waxmann’s piece on a couple displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission.  Despite promises by city officials that everyone displaced in the fire would get a place to live, the couple remained homeless.  Waxmann’s like a really gentle bulldog. She keeps at stories and she wrote  in August about the couple – a story that could not help but alert city officials of how empty their promise appeared.  In October, she got to write about the same couple as housed. Without her persistence and Mission Local’s existence, I doubt that the couple would have been housed, so bravo to Waxmann for keeping at it and thank you to our subscribers for keeping us here. The Frisco Five’s Hunger Strike. There were any number of stories the staff wrote covering the Frisco Five that remain among my favorites of the year. The package as a whole was important because at times Mission Local was the only news site covering the hunger strike and the coverage – everything from the short profiles of the strikers to more weighty pieces on police reforms and breaking news – was first rate. It held public officials accountable, but also gave readers a full sense of what was unfolding. So kudos to everyone on the staff for being on top of a breaking news story.Joe Rivano Barros, Reporter“Shooting Claimed Life of ‘Ambassador of Shotwell Street’” by Laura Waxmann — Laura has a skill for obituaries, a morbid talent that served her well after the shooting death of 27-year-old Rigoberto Romero. The “Ambassador of Shotwell Street,” as friends described him, was killed at 24th and Shotwell streets in a crime that saddened those on the block — Romero was a long-time resident and knew many of the families who lived in the area. His death followed the shooting of a friend, Fidel “Happy” Amezcua, on the same intersection, who later succumbed to his injuries. For both deaths, Laura listened to friends and family and conveyed the details of those meetings to our readers, making their loss easily felt. “Illicit Nightclub with Booze, Drugs Operated at Mission Hacker Hostel” by Laura Wenus — It’s a great San Francisco tale: an undocumented immigrant and tech worker begins an illegal nightclub in the Mission and gets up to shenanigans: he’s pistol-whipped and robbed by his ex-military security guards, frequently evades police shut down, and fields complaints from neighbors concerned with the noise. “There’s a market for house parties,” the party’s operator told Laura, something Mission Local has learned from its other reporting on illegal gambling dens cum brothels. Eventually it’s the housing market, that dreaded city beast, that does him in: his parties just can’t get him the needed rent to stay in San Francisco. Laura Wenus, Managing EditorThat 2016 has been turbulent goes without saying, but some particularly telling stories have emerged at the local level. Joe’s story about the debate over the Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program in which someone describes the program as “ethnic cleansing” shows just how contentious this fight can be – even between people who generally share a goal of reducing displacement and housing people.Laura’s story about opposition to a soup kitchen run by nuns planned for 16th and Mission streets is still ongoing – from the beginning, Laura has been trying to reflect the perspectives of everyone involved, and providing some transparency to the process, which I think readers will appreciate when the outcome finally becomes clear.A lot of great reporting came out Bay Area wide during a concerted regional media effort to cover homelessness in June, but I think Laura’s story about property being disappeared by the city agencies tasked with storing it was a particularly worthwhile addition.Finally, for a bit of a laugh, there’s Joe’s story about the city citing itself for blight. In what was essentially a public version of a sticky note on the city’s collective desk reading “To Do: Tidy 16th St. Lot,” various departments appear to have gotten a touch mixed up, resulting in the wonderful passage, “It’s unclear how the city would levy fines on itself.”Laura Waxmann, ReporterFor a total of 43 weeks, Joe asked the tough questions of the candidates vying to replace Mission District supervisor David Campos come January. Joe’s smart and consistent coverage of the District 9 Supervisorial race gave our readers a more complete picture of these candidates, their goals and motivations, and will serve to ensure accountability on behalf of the Mission’s next supervisor. The series of weekly questions also set the stage for a debate among the final candidates, hosted by Mission Local in October as a public service. In light of the city’s recent push to address homelessness, particularly in the Mission, I found Joe’s probing into how the candidates view homelessness  in the city– and their approaches to addressing the issue – extremely insightful. Also, props to Joe for uncovering – and following up on – the shady happenings at an illegal Mission District gambling den that moved into a storefront once occupied by a soda shop. We may not yet have heard the end of this story.Laura’s coverage of wage theft, unpaid invoices and parking taxes on behalf of a company that operated Mission District restaurant was exemplary of in-depth, local reporting. The story was sparked by one former employee who spoke out about the injustices committed against him, and Laura’s persistent digging uncovered a laundry list of wage disputes, lawsuits and a lack of enforcement in local laws governing corporations that sometimes leave room for impunity.   0%center_img Tags: history Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ENGLAND and Wigan Warriors loose forward Sean OLo

first_imgENGLAND and Wigan Warriors loose forward Sean O’Loughlin will miss Saturday’s Autumn International with France, at Hull KR’s MS3 Craven Park, after straining his hamstring in England’s emphatic 80-12 victory over Wales on Saturday in Wrexham.The Wigan captain will now receive extensive rehab on the injury from the England medical team with a view to a return to the starting line-up when England take on France, in a repeat of this week’s Test match, in the final of the Autumn International Series at Salford City Stadium on Sunday November 11.“Unfortunately, Sean (O’Loughlin) will have to sit out the game on Saturday against France,” confirmed England coach Steve McNamara.“We have monitored his injury over the weekend and will continue to do so this week. The main aim now is trying to get him fit for the final in a fortnight’s time.”With a number of options available to him, McNamara is confident that he has enough firepower in the squad to replace the consistent O’Loughlin.“The injury to Sean means someone else will be given a chance to shine,” he said. “We have a number of options and some of the players who missed out against Wales will now be considered.“We the quality of Liam Farrell, Luke Burgess and Ben Harrison who all sat on the sidelines against Wales, I can add them to my options. There is a healthy drive for competition within the squad and every player wants to play. It is a good position to be in and will give me some food for thought when I select my side for France later in the week.”Tickets for England v France, at MS3 Craven Park on Saturday November 3 and the final of the 2012 Autumn International Series at Salford City Stadium on Sunday November 11 cost just £12 for adults and £6 concessions and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting read more

SEVEN of Saints first team squad will be dualregi

first_imgSEVEN of Saints first team squad will be dual-registered this weekend.Five players will play for Rochdale – Mark Flanagan, Anthony Walker, Greg Richards, Matty Dawson and Joe Greenwood – at Sheffield whilst Jordan Hand and Ade Gardner and are set to appear for Whitehaven at Keighley.Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “We are indebted to Ian Talbot at Rochdale and Dave Woods at Whitehaven for allowing the opportunity for our first team players to get valuable and much needed game time at a high level.“All the players have had good pre-seasons and these matches will allow them to continue that as they look to force their way into Nathan Brown’s first team plans.”last_img

KEIRON Cunningham was pleased with a solid perform

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham was pleased with a solid performance as Saints beat Castleford 28-22.He said it was a “typical epic” between the two sides.“Saints Castleford games are turning into epics every time we play,” he said. “I thought we controlled the game a little bit better for larger periods and that was the difference. My halves kicked the ball really well in the conditions.“There was a foot of snow on the pitch and then came the rain and it was always going to suit the team that kept hold of the ball and were more disciplined in defence.“We got a lot of joy from our kicking game. The biggest thing we have to learn to do is stay in that arm wrestle for long periods. The longer we are in it the better we are. Cas are a very good side. Everyone who plays for them gets a shot at the ball. The game ebbed and flowed and I’m sure it would have made for a good TV game.“I’m proud for the players for them hanging in there for the full 80.”He continued: “I thought my pack were good in the Roosters game; we haven’t got an issue in the middle. We have strong ball carriers and good defenders. I thought Lama Tasi was good today and Kyle (Amor) and big Al were outstanding. They lead the juniors around and I have no doubt James Roby loves to play off the back of them.“Atelea Vea is an 80 minute player and getting him the ball more is definitely beneficial for us.“Cas are the form side and played well. It was one of the best repeat set games we’ve had and they are the type of games you have to play in these conditions. The skill element was very good considering.“There is improvement in us for sure. We are working hard in training and getting better in attack. You can only play what’s in front of you and the conditions but we are beginning to pick up some nice points along the way.”Saints take on Wakefield next Friday March 11 at Langtree Park. You can buy your ticket from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

They will be coached by Paul Wellens Paul Scultho

first_imgThey will be coached by Paul Wellens, Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Ian Talbot.Lancashire:Aiden Roden (Wigan Warriors), Ben Davies (Widnes Vikings), Callum Green (Wigan Warriors), Eribe Doro (Warrington Wolves), Ethan Harvard (Wigan Warriors), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Jake Wingfield (St Helens), James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors), Jarrod O’Connor (Widnes Vikings), Jayden Hatton (Widnes Vikings), Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors), John Hutchings (St Helens), Josh Simms (St Helens), Matthew Foster (St Helens), Nathan Wilde (Wigan Warriors), Reece Hamlett (Wigan Warriors), Sam Royle (St Helens), Sam Walters (Widnes Vikings), Tom Nisbet (St Helens).Yorkshire:Adam Rookers (City of Hull Academy), Cameron Scott (City of Hull Academy), Corey Johnson (Leeds Rhinos), Dom Young (Huddersfield Giants), Elliott Wallis (City of Hull Academy), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Innes Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Jack Broadbent (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Brown (City of Hull Academy), Lewis Carr (Castleford Tigers), Loui McConnell (Leeds Rhinos), Louis Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Mikey Lewis (City of Hull Academy), Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Wilson (Bradford Bulls), Owen Trout (Leeds Rhinos), Robbie Storey (Castleford Tigers), Rowan Milnes (Bradford Bulls), Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos), Tyler Dupree (Leeds Rhinos).Fixtures in full:Yorkshire v Lancashire – July 28 (KO 2.30pm) Provident Stadium, Bradford Lancashire v Yorkshire – September 2, (KO 2.30pm) Victoria Park, Warrington Lancashire v Australian Schoolboys – December 1, Manchester Regional Arenalast_img read more


first_imgJustin Holbrook named his 19 man squad earlier this week and as previewed here, Luke Thompson, Mark Percival, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Danny Richardson all return to the fold.You can follow all the latest from the game by just clicking on the Match Centre button below!last_img

Duke Energy Faulty component caused warning siren malfunctions

first_img The first false alarm happened May 17 when sirens near Caswell Beach went off.The second false alarm was four days later when sirens from Boiling Spring Lakes sounded. Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport. (Photo: WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A faulty computer component is what caused the Brunswick Nuclear Plant’s emergency warning sirens to go off unexpectedly. That’s according to Karen Williams, spokesperson for Duke Energy.Williams says the component is not essential for the sirens to operate and has been disabled in the 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant.- Advertisement – last_img

Love is Bald teams with MakeAWish for fashion show fundraiser

first_img The event is at Bakery 105 in downtown Wilmington and features a chance to bid on silent auction items, enjoy entertainment, shop from local stores, and enjoy delicious food and drinks.  Most importantly it is a chance to have a good time while helping those who suffer from cancer.Click here for tickets and more information. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Love is Bald is an organization dedicated to helping people in the Cape Fear who are battling cancer, who have beat their battle, or who are helping someone living with the disease.The charity is hosting it’s 8th Annual Fashion Show on August 3rd and proceeds will got to the Make-A-Wish foundation for a local cancer patient.- Advertisement – last_img read more

5th Quarter Season Preview Bladen County

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In 2017, the East Bladen Eagles once again proved to be the top team in the county with their 48-12 win over the West Bladen Knights.Both coaches say the success East has had over West comes down to one thing: tradition.- Advertisement – “What Coach Fisher, Coach Lewis and Coach Doug Henderson built before me is big,” East Bladen Head Coach Robbie Priest said. “We’ve been lucky and fortunate for it to carry on.”“I think for us it’s just a matter of building tradition. They have a lot more football tradition than us. It’s just the way it is. But we’re still trying to build that tradition. It just takes time.”It takes time and it takes hard work, something Coach Kris Williams and the Knights continue to put in coming into the 2018 season.The team lost 16 seniors from their team a year ago that finished 4-7. But they return starting quarterback Tyre Boykin and he looks to be a difference maker this season.Related Article: WWAY’s 5th Quarter, Oct. 26, 2018“We going to try and spread things out more, but we’re still going to run the ball like we’re used to running it,” Williams said. “We’ve got a quarterback that’s one of our best athletes and we’re going to be asking him to do a lot. That means new kids have a chance to step up. They’ve got a place to be.”Meanwhile over in Elizabethtown, the Eagles have been through a lot this offseason.Not only have they lost several key stars like Xavier Wooten, but their Coach Robbie Priest battled and beat cancer. He takes the “appreciate every day” mindset into his coaching and looks to instill it in the kids.When the season begins in a few weeks, he hopes that attitude and their winning tradition can carry over into victories in 2018.“We’re going to have to rely on the seniors, that has been in the program for four years, to step up and carry the load for the team just like any other teams,” Coach Priest said. “We just prepare our boys to do the best they can and hope we put a good foot forward each Friday night. We want to put a good product on the field that the fans and the parents can be happy about.”West Bladen opens the season at home against South Brunswick. East Bladen opens up their conference title defense against Clinton. Both games are on August 24.Stay tuned to WWAY this week at 11 p.m. for the rest of our season previews.last_img read more

Suspect wanted for robbing New Hanover County gas station

first_img Circle K armed robbery suspect (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) 1 of 2 The robbery took place shortly after 1:00 a.m.According to a news release, the suspect entered the store, walked up to the cashier, appeared to have a weapon in his jacket and demanded cash. Circle K armed robbery suspect (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office)center_img Circle K armed robbery suspect (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an armed robbery suspect.It happened Tuesday morning at the Circle K on 6648 Gordon Rd.- Advertisement – After receiving cash from the cashier the suspect left the store. It’s believed he took off in a vehicle.Related Article: Police: Mom drove with son on car hood over dentist disputeThe suspect is a black male with a grey goatee wearing a black coat, grey pants, and a black beanie hat.If you have any information, contact the Sheriff’s Office or submit a tip.last_img read more