Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Greenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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Going viral?

Medicine | Ebola so far hasn’t hit tiny Guinea-Bissau, but the disease could spread there like wildfire
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/19/14, 01:00 am

As Maritza Alvarez-Romero, 62, heads back to Guinea-Bissau, a small West African country nestled between Guinea and Senegal, she’s nervous. Like most in West Africa, she has watched as the deadly Ebola virus has spread. The hemorrhagic fever, passed through contact with bodily fluids, has killed more than 2,000 people since it appeared in Guinea last March. It has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and most recently, Senegal.

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Parents' voices heard in sex ed textbook controversy

by Mary Jackson
Posted 8/11/14, 01:26 pm

UPDATE (Friday, Aug. 15, 9:45 a.m.): The Fremont, Calif., school board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to not use Your Health Today in ninth grade health classes and will instead use the same textbook as last year. School superintendent Jim Morris continues to hope publisher McGraw-Hill will modify the book so that it eventually can be used in the Fremont schools.

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Stump of Stanford

Sports | Without carrying a title, counselor wields great influence with Stanford's athletes
by Mary Jackson
Posted 8/08/14, 01:00 am

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Rain soaked the plush Stanford University campus on a Friday afternoon as sweaty athletes filtered in and out of Jimmy V’s Sports Café. Inside, Jim Stump, 70, showed himself to be as much a fixture as the signed and framed football jerseys of university legends. Wearing a crisp, black polo with the Stanford logo, he was having his typical poached egg and coffee at a corner table looking out on a bustling Campus Drive.

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