At 60 years old, she was five months retired after nearly four decades in public education. She and her husband Walter, a retired adult educator, weren't convinced the timing was right for her to jump back into the workforce. But Miller, who had worked with Snipes at the Broward school district, kept pushing. "I thought she had what it took and could also provide some service to our community," Miller says. "She's a very friendly person, very knowledgeable. She adapts easily... I knew she had the temperament to be in that position." After three hours of resisting Miller's hardest sell, Snipes finally gave him a reluctant maybe. Miller stopped her right there. "Let me and Walter be the only two to ever hear that," he told her. "You might try it, and you might like it." So began Snipes' second career as supervisor of elections in Florida's second most populated county, which today has more than 1.1 million registered voters. At the end of Oliphant's term in 2004, Snipes did as Miller had … [Read more...] about Brenda Snipes Became a National Curiosity After a Puzzling Midterm Election
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In my 10 months as publisher of The Dallas Morning News, my team and I have spent many hours listening to readers to make sure we understand what our community wants from us. Along with Editor Mike Wilson and other senior leaders, I met with heads of universities, health care leaders, CEOs of our region's top companies, religious leaders, arts leaders, some of our greatest philanthropic stewards, and most important, our subscribers.We asked three questions: What do you want us to cover? What do you value most about our coverage? Where can we improve? Once we asked, the hour passed quickly as the feedback was vast and helpful.We also convened focus groups, surveyed 1,862 print and digital readers and pored over tens of thousands of data points that show us what you read digitally.All of this work was aimed at helping us understand how to best serve you. Everyone knows local journalism is a tough business; just the other day, we reported that we laid off 43 people across The Dallas … [Read more...] about We hear you, and we’re making changes to your Dallas Morning News
CHINA'S President has repeatedly warned that Taiwan "must and will be" brought back under direct rule - but why does he want this? Here's our lowdown on whether Taiwan is independent, why China wants to reunify the states, and what Xi Jinping said. Is Taiwan an independent nation? Taiwan - officially the Republic of China - is a fully-independent nation on paper, but is not recognised as such by the United Nations. This is because the People's Republic of China does not see Taiwan as an independent state, but a rogue province that needs bringing back under control. It refuses to have diplomatic ties with nations that recognise Taiwan as independent. In 2005 China passed a law authorising the use of military force if Taiwan formally tries to secede. Why does China want to reunify the two states? Beijing insists that the People's Republic of China is the sole heir to the 'China' title. The independence of Taiwan means that another country has a claim to be the true China. The 'One China' … [Read more...] about Is Taiwan an independent nation and why does China want to to reunify the two states?
The New York Times hit back at President Donald Trump’s tweet Sunday that described his recent meeting with the newspaper’s publisher A.G. Sulzberger.Trump had tweeted that he had “a very good and interesting” meeting with Sulzberger, the sixth member of his family to serve as publisher since they purchased the Times in 1896.“Spent much time talking about the vast amount of Fake News being put out by the media,” tweeted Trump, who has frequently ― and falsely ― accused the legacy paper of publishing what he calls “fake news.”Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018Soon after, the Times weighed in with additional context … [Read more...] about NYT responds to Trump tweet about ‘fake news’ meeting with publisher A.G. Sulzberger
Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society John Quincy Adams, editor of The Western Appeal was one of the most successful African American newspapers of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. At the height of its popularity, it was published in six separate editions in cities across the United States, including St. Paul. The Western Appeal was first published on June 5, 1885, in St. Paul. African American newspapers were common at the time, but few of them lasted longer than a year, since they were started for cultural purposes more than commercial ones. There had been many previous African American newspapers in St. Paul, including one printed in 1876 also named the Western Appeal. It had no affiliation with the paper established in 1885. The 1885 Western Appeal was started by Samuel E. Hardy and John T. Burgett with Frederick Douglass Parker, who also served as the newspaper's first editor. It was a weekly paper, with an edition each Friday containing news, … [Read more...] about From St. Paul, editor John Quincy Adams built ‘The Western Appeal’ into a national African American newspaper