Activists struggle to track transgender murders


Insider Inc. published this piece about the difficulty of tracking transgender murders. See original version. Cathalina Christina James loved to travel and hoped to visit all 50 states, her father said. But he worried about her. “I used to tell her all the time: Strike one, you’re black. Strike two, you are transgender, and strike

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How Havana is collapsing, building by building


With support from the Pulitzer Center, Katherine Lewin and I produced this piece for USA Today. See original version. HAVANA – Rafael Álvarez was up at 6:30 a.m. to warm milk for his baby daughter when he heard the sound of pebbles falling. “That’s when the floor below us came loose. We were left hanging

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Giant African snails are eating their way across Havana


I wrote this piece for USA Today. See original version. HAVANA — Giant African snails are quietly eating their way across Cuba’s capital, gobbling up leaves, flowers, bark and even the bones of dead animals. The snails, one of the world’s most invasive species, can grow up to 8 inches long and weigh a pound.

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Fidel Castro’s mixed legacy


I wrote this piece for Al Jazeera (see original story). Havana, Cuba – Fidel Castro, a titan of the Cold War who defied 10 American presidents and thrust Cuba onto the world stage, is dead at age 90. The US government spent more than $1bn trying to kill, undermine or otherwise force Castro from power,

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