Toxic Pollutants a Growing Concern for Pregnant Mothers and Babies

Toxic Pollutants a Growing Concern for Pregnant Mothers and Babies

This story is the second in a three-part series. Read the first segment here. Deborah Bell-Holt lives near a decades-old drilling site in South L.A., where oil sucked to the surface comes laced with dangerous pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, methane and toluene. What comes up must go somewhere, and Bell-Holt is sick at the prospect […]

Review: ‘Katrina Babies,’ a Stunning Examination of a Horrific American “Folktale”

Review: ‘Katrina Babies,’ a Stunning Examination of a Horrific American “Folktale”

It’s a strange thing, seeing abject misery commingled with the utmost horror. Even to live it vicariously almost breaks you down completely.  There’s the ceiling-high water, containing the flotsam of sunken dreams and devastated plans. There are the rooftops protruding from it like desert islands, entire neighborhoods reduced to a miserable series of archipelagoes.  And […]

Republican Men Abandoned Ailing Wives, Babies in the Hospital to Vote for Kevin McCarthy

Republican Men Abandoned Ailing Wives, Babies in the Hospital to Vote for Kevin McCarthy

From left to right: Rep. Kevin Hern (Okla.), Rep. Wesley Hunt (Texas), and Rep. Roger Williams (Texas)Photo: Associated Press (AP) Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) finally became Speaker of the House late Friday after 15 humiliating rounds of voting. His pyrrhic victory wouldn’t have been possible without him backtracking like a coward, accusations of drinking on […]