Feature Stories

Below are some of my more in-depth stories, covering topics such as state and national politics, campus life, and more.

COVID-19 and ASU: Here's what you need to know

The University remains open, but a majority of classes will be online for at least two weeks From new health guidelines to transitioning classes to an online format where possible, ASU officials are adjusting University practices to combat the spread of COVID-19, or the new coronavirus. New class formats will start March 16, after which University officials will decide how to move forward. There are currently 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona. The first person in the state who was affecte

'I thought I was going to burn in a building': LA apartment fire raises concerns over ASU student safety

One ASU student was present during the fire When Hannah Foote woke up in Los Angeles to the sound of sirens on Wednesday morning, she didn’t think much of it — she knew they were coming from emergency personnel rushing to the scene of a fire at a nearby Wells Fargo bank. “When I kept hearing it throughout the day, I would get up for a second and then just go back to bed, kind of annoyed that it was still going on,” Foote said. But what Foote wasn’t prepared for, she said, was that another fire would soon start in her own building, and she wouldn’t know about it until it was nearly too late.

Lawyers leery of ICE's move to schedule court dates for DACA recipients

Lawyers leery of ICE’s move to schedule court dates for DACA recipients WASHINGTON – Lawyers in Arizona and southern Nevada said they have started receiving notices that Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to set new court dates for their clients who are currently protected from deportation by DACA. The notices started coming just weeks before the Supreme Court’s Nov. 12 arguments on several challenges to the Trump administration’s effort to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood

Museum honors McCain with portrait that captures his 'timeless values'

WASHINGTON – Images of Sen. John McCain have been hard to avoid for the past week – McCain the POW, the presidential candidate, the maverick politician. But until Monday, few had seen the photo of McCain now displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The never-before-published image is deceptively simple at first – McCain appears small compared to the grandeur of the Senate columns surrounding him. But that might actually be one of its strengths, say officials at the museum, which

Kashmir: India-Pakistan feud could be reaching a tipping point

India and Pakistan have been fighting over Kashmir for decades. Is this tug of war about to go nuclear? The Indian government this week moved toward revoking special status for a contested region, Kashmir, that makes up the country’s only Muslim-majority state. The decision to revoke the constitutional provision that previously gave the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir some degree of autonomy has raised concerns about fanning the flames of a violent conflict that has been ongoing for decade

California ammunition sales require background check, starting July 1

A win for public safety or a government ploy? California set to require background check for ammo sales LOS ANGELES — The bustle inside LAX Ammunition on the Friday before Father’s Day betrayed the gloom of the outside sky. Employees inside the Los Angeles-area gun shop had their hands full chatting with customers who were looking to replenish their ammo supply before July 1, with some customers spending hundreds of dollars in the process. Why the hurry? That’s the day a new state law will re

Beverly Hills approves tobacco ban, believed to be first in US

Smokers, beware: Beverly Hills says it is the first US city to ban tobacco sales The air in Beverly Hills, California, might be a little clearer by 2021, thanks to a new law that will ban the sale of tobacco products in the city. Officials in the Los Angeles suburb known for glamour, celebrities and over-the-top wealth say they believe their ban is a first in the nation. "Somebody's got to be first, so let it be us," Mayor John Mirisch said. The city council unanimously approved an ordinance

ASU students say controversial posters still stir fear among the University's minority communities

The University condemned "hateful rhetoric," but some students say they're still afraid Earlier in February, ASU students reported seeing posters in various locations on ASU’s Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses that some say were intended to intimidate students of color. While the University was quick to respond with a written statement denouncing the posters and has a team dedicated to handle such incidents, some ASU students of minority communities say they still fear they may be targeted.

A year after its supposed demise, DACA renewals struggle along

A year after its supposed demise, DACA renewals struggle along WASHINGTON – A year after the Trump administration announced plans to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program had received more than 230,000 DACA renewal applications, with more coming in every day. Although no first-time applications are being accepted, courts that blocked the administration’s plan earlier this year also ordered U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to accept and process renewal applicati

Protesters for, against Kavanaugh stage spirited, largely civil rallies

WASHINGTON – Senators heard the conflicting stories Thursday of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused him of assault, but protesters outside the hearing seemed to have already made up their minds. Hundreds of anti-Kavanaugh protesters and a smaller number of supporters rallied at the Supreme Court and around Capitol Hill for hours of spirited, but mostly civil, debate. “He’s a perpetrator, he’s a rapist, and they just don’t care,” said Ed

Youth voter turnout up, but still trails other age groups

WASHINGTON — Young Arizonans are casting ballots at more than three times the rate they did in 2014, according to an analysis of early voting, the possible result of such high-profile voter registration efforts as March for Our Lives. Despite the surge, however, young voters still have a long way to go to overtake their elders: Even though they are one of the largest groups of voters, the estimated 84,207 ballots cast so far by 18- to 29-year-olds accounted for just 7.5 percent of more than 1.1

Vietnamese restaurant was unlikely healing spot for POWs | Cronkite News

Vietnamese restaurant was unlikely healing spot for McCain, other POWs ARLINGTON, Va. – Richard Nguyen remembers as many as 100 men in his family’s restaurant, reflecting on their Vietnam War experiences over spring rolls and noodles. Over the years, that number dwindled to 40, and then to 25, as the veterans moved out of the area or passed away. Last weekend, the group lost yet another member, when Sen. John McCain died from brain cancer. It may seem unusual for Vietnam veterans to choose a