Mary Jackson

Mary is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Follow Mary on Twitter @mbjackson77

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Spring freeze

| Enrollment cuts await California students unless voters agree to raise taxes
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/09/12, 02:37 am

OAKLAND-California State University officials plan to freeze enrollment next spring on most of its campuses and wait-list applicants the following fall unless voters pass a proposed tax initiative in November.

The tax proposal, which has yet to qualify for the November ballot, raises the sales tax by a quarter cent for four years and increases personal income tax for those earning over $250,000 by up to 3 percentage points, expiring after seven years.

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Weed tangle

Lifestyle | Growing marijuana use in California creates concerns about second-hand smoke and 'the right to clean air'
by Mary Jackson
Posted 2/27/12, 01:03 am

In Fairfax, Calif., a small, quirky town nestled in hilly Marin County, the Purple Haze Smoke Shop fits in with local stores like Crystal Chalice Gratitude Power (featuring an ancient crystal skull with healing powers) and Culture Shock, a gypsy-inspired clothing store that entices customers with bubbles drifting from its entry.

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Illustration by Evan Hughes

Coming to America

China | Why are a rapidly growing number of Chinese parents sending their children to Christian high schools in the United States?
by Angela Lu Fulton & Mary Jackson
Posted 2/13/12, 03:52 am

Editor's note: Given the ups and downs of Chinese church-state relations, we have changed names and dropped cities that would give potential persecutors geographic hints.

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