Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

Associated Press/Photo by Wong Maye-E

Americans in North Korea beg for someone to negotiate their release

North Korea
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/02/14, 03:03 pm

North Korea paraded three American detainees before foreign media in Pyongyang on Monday, appearing to let them speak freely about their plight.

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Associated Press/Photo by Sergei Grits

Russian tanks launch an attack in southeastern Ukraine

Ukraine
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/28/14, 01:25 pm

Two columns of Russian tanks rolled into southeastern Ukraine today, following a rocket attack on a border post. The outmatched Ukrainian border guards fled, according to a top Ukrainian official. 

Officials in Kiev say 1,000 Russian troops have marched into Ukraine, but Brig. Gen. Nico Tak said that was a conservative estimate. Another 20,000 Russian troops are amassed just over the border, he said. Russia’s ultimate goal, Tak suggested, was to bolster the pro-Russian separatists and create indefinite destabilization in the country. 

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Portland public

Back to School | Seeking the peace of a very liberal city by helping to rejuvenate a deteriorating school
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/22/14, 01:00 am

PORTLAND, Ore.—Roosevelt High School is in a poor area of Portland, but the beautiful brick building, surrounded by trees and a well-maintained lawn, projects a safe and well-ordered atmosphere. That hasn’t always been the case.

Seven years ago, a lawn overgrown by weeds and a derelict track suggested deeper struggles, and Roosevelt was on a list of potential closures. It was the school where parents did not want their children.

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