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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Organic or bust?

Food
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/06/12, 03:15 pm

Instead of owning health insurance, Geyserville, Calif. mother Marci Lee relies on buying organic food. While loading her cart with cantaloupes, tomatoes, and cilantro at a local Whole Foods store, Lee said she shops strictly organic to avoid synthetic pesticides and genetically-manufactured foods: "This is our health insurance."

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A better way

Lifestyle | Ministry mentors use relatability to reach hardened hearts
by Mary Jackson
Posted 8/10/12, 04:08 am

When he was just 12 years old, Viliami Lauti began selling drugs outside a rundown East Oakland liquor store. At first, it was easy money for new tennis shoes and clothes, but soon he became hooked on drugs and the steady flow of cash. By age 24, Lauti was a fixture on the corner of Coolidge Avenue and North MacArthur Boulevard.

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Rocketship Education

Name game

Back to School | Los Angeles public schools opt for rebranding, but little change, in a battle against budget cuts
by Angela Lu Fulton & Mary Jackson
Posted 8/10/12, 04:08 am

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