Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD.

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Strike two for Seattle tiny houses

Effective Compassion | A no-strings strategy to provide for the homeless falls short
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/27/19, 01:41 pm

Seattle plans to stop funding another tiny house village for the homeless after months of fighting with the property’s managers. It will be the second time the city has closed down a tiny house development.

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Learning to wrestle pigs

Marriage | Farmers Dennis and Margaret Guth fought often—until they learned to understand and appreciate their differences
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/21/19, 01:19 pm

(Eighth in a series on long marriages.)

Margaret Guth grew up as a missionary kid in Puerto Rico. Her husband, Dennis Guth, grew up on a farm in Klemme, Iowa. They met in high school and married in 1978, a year after Dennis graduated from college. Dennis was quiet and hardworking. Margaret was very relational. 

But a few months into their marriage, Margaret remembers crying frequently: “We weren’t connecting emotionally.” She felt increasingly distant from her husband. 

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The price of being homeless

Compassion | Cities try to ease the burden of court costs on the poor while keeping public order
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/20/19, 02:14 pm

Los Angeles voided more than 2 million citations and arrest warrants for minor infractions related to homelessness last month. City Attorney Mike Feuer said the step would “help address root causes of poverty and homelessness” and allow city officials to focus on more important public safety issues.

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