Laura G. Singleton

Laura is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career class.

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In Dorian’s wake

Disasters | Amid devastation, a long recovery begins in the Bahamas
by Laura G. Singleton
Posted 9/06/19, 05:27 pm

With Hurricane Dorian wiping out all normal lines of communication to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, a satellite phone call from Man-O-War Cay to Randy Crowe in Florida lasted only a few minutes. But that was long enough for Crowe to assure the caller, a member of the church he pastored there for 12 years, that help was coming: “The cavalry is on the way.”

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Career and calling

Charity | A major league pitcher supports boys’ and girls’ homes in Uganda to combat trafficking
by Laura G. Singleton
Posted 7/04/19, 03:25 pm

Many professional athletes establish charitable foundations. Some just want a tax break, but Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd and his wife, Ashley, wanted to see what they could do at street level in Uganda, where they have now established a nonprofit, Kingdom Home, housing 146 girls and boys ages 6 to 14. Typically born into poverty or abandoned to the streets, the children are among a group that human traffickers often target.

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Laura G. Singleton

Happy and productive

Lifestyle | Chris Gargiulo lives a life with Down Syndrome his childhood doctors couldn’t foresee 
by Laura G. Singleton
Posted 4/11/19, 01:26 pm

When Chris Gargiulo finished his 30th year of working at a McDonald’s in this city 37 miles north of Tampa, 60 people attended a celebratory surprise party. Gargiulo “was shocked,” according to Cheryl Stark, a friend from church, but someone else might have been even more surprised: the doctor Gargiulo’s mother, Elizabeth Bridwell, consulted after Chris was born with Down syndrome (DS) in 1960. 

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