June 25, 2013 — After something like 20 years of wrangling, a panel of three federal judges last week ordered the state of California to release nearly 10,000 inmates from its state prisons by year’s end.
The issue centers on the conditions in which approximately 110,000 inmates live — conditions the U.S. Supreme Court determined were nothing short of cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Last week the federal judges ordered the state to reduce the number of prisoners to 137 percent of capacity. Current estimates put the capacity at something like 150 percent.
June 18, 2013 — I can say without hesitation I’ve had a lot of fun working for The Lassen County Times this past year, maybe more fun than I’ve ever had at a job. I got to take a lot of photos and made some new friends along the way.
But things change, and I’m leaving The Times as a staff writer, although I hope to contribute freelance articles from time to time.
I sort of stumbled into this job, and it anchored me at a time I badly needed it. Although I had worked off and on as a journalist for years, this was my first shot at news reporting, and the experience has enriched me.
June 18, 2013 — The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal email and cell phone records, branding him a “possible co-conspirator” in a classified leak case for asking questions to a government source.
These revelations sent shockwaves throughout newsrooms nationwide. Reporters can no longer assure their sources that interviews will remain confidential because there is no way to tell whether the government is listening. This attack on journalism reaches far beyond hardworking journalists and their sources. Make no mistake:The ultimate victims are the millions of Americans who rely on investigative journalism to inform them about their communities. When the government creates a chilling effect in newsrooms, it keeps important news away from the American public.
June 11, 2013 — My passion for journalism developed in the eighth grade. I always found it odd that I found my supposed calling so early in my life, yet I cannot recall why I initially fell in love with the field. But, now, as a recent college graduate and a reporter for The Lassen County Times, I am eager and a little nervous to begin my new life.
As I embark on my first journey as a reporter, and let’s face it, my first journey as an adult, I look forward to meeting, studying and writing about the community in which I have just recently made my home.
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