Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the political beat and other topics as national editor for WORLD Magazine. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

Florence’s ‘one-two punch’

Disaster relief | Relief groups and churches in North Carolina prepare for a second round of flooding from Florence
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/17/18, 11:05 am

On Sunday morning in New Bern, N.C., residents in one of the towns hardest hit by the effects of Hurricane Florence surveyed the massive storm’s damage and contemplated the possibility of more flooding this week, as rivers in coastal regions continue to rise.

“It’s been a pretty catastrophic storm,” said Pastor Jim Pennington of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. “And the thing is—it’s going to be a one-two punch.”

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Storm troopers

Disaster | Churches across the Carolinas respond to Hurricane Florence, as the megastorm threatens to cause catastrophic flooding
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/15/18, 05:33 pm

On Sunday morning, church members won’t gather for worship services at Lifepoint Church in Wilmington, N.C., near where Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, downing trees, knocking out electricity, and threatening to cause catastrophic flooding in North and South Carolina.

But while the congregation won’t meet during the still-dangerous conditions on Sunday, Lifepoint Pastor Jeff Kapusta told me that doesn’t mean church is canceled.

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Socialist seeds

Politics | A socialist revolution may not be imminent in the United States, but the ideology is getting a surprising boost ahead of midterm elections
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/13/18, 01:56 pm

Three months before democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, stunned politicians by defeating a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary in New York, Nicanor Ochisor, a cabbie in his mid-60s, stunned his family by committing suicide in his garage in Queens.

Ochisor, a taxi cab driver for nearly 30 years, had been dismayed by plunging profits in recent months, and his son said his father was distressed over losing significant business to the ride-sharing company Uber. Ochisor was the fourth New York City cab driver to kill himself in five months.

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