Jamie Dean

Jamie is WORLD’s national editor based in Charlotte, N.C. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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When disaster visits the vulnerable

Coronavirus | The coronavirus threatens those who need care the most and strains networks providing help
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/23/20, 11:33 am

Jim Davis remembers one of the last games he played with elderly residents at White Oak Manor in Newberry, S.C., before the threat of the coronavirus largely confined the vulnerable population to their rooms for the foreseeable future.

On a pleasant afternoon, Davis—the facility’s activities director—led a group through a word game about flowers and pies. Between turns, the residents talked about their favorite blossoms. Some chatted about the tastiest desserts. 

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Inside the outbreak: Church in a pandemic

Churches | President calls for no gatherings of more than 10 people
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/13/20, 04:10 pm

Editor’s Note: This is an update to a story that originally published March 13, 2020.

On Sunday morning, churches across the nation went virtual: Many congregations livestreamed worship services in the wake of the coronavirus crisis that has jolted daily life in the U.S. to an unprecedented halt. 

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March madness

Politics | The once-full bracket of Democratic presidential candidates narrows to a pair of contenders and a question about what makes a moderate
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/12/20, 03:52 pm

On the morning after a bruising Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., former Vice President Joe Biden stood in the fellowship hall of a local Baptist church with a dark smudge on his forehead. 

It was Ash Wednesday, and Biden had dropped by a Catholic church earlier, where a priest applied ashes in the shape of a cross—a traditional symbol of repentance at the beginning of Lent. “Remember that you are dust,” a priest often says during the service. “And to dust you shall return.”

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