Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Southern California graduate. Sophia resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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State questions

Elections | Voters decided ballot initiatives on life, drugs, labor, and crime
by Leah Hickman, Charissa Koh & Sophia Lee
Posted 11/05/20, 12:55 pm

As Republicans and Democrats wrestled for control of the United States House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House on Nov. 3, voters across the country decided statewide issues that other states may eventually consider. Here’s a rundown of some of this election’s most important statewide ballot initiatives.

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San Francisco’s compassion crisis

Drug Abuse | The city’s laissez-faire drug policies leave addicts dying without hope
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/21/20, 11:01 pm

Thomas Wolf was in a pickle. His doctor no longer prescribed him the narcotic pain reliever oxycodone for his foot injury, but his supply had run out. Wolf didn’t think he could live without his pills anymore. So he searched on YouTube: “Where can I buy drugs in San Francisco?” YouTube directed him to Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. 

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Why the Breonna Taylor case became a cultural flashpoint

Police | Underlying facts remain unclear, despite months of investigations
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/09/20, 05:24 pm

A grand jury’s decision on Sept. 23 not to charge three officers with killing Breonna Taylor kicked over an already simmering cauldron of anger, grief, and frustration into the streets of Louisville, Ky. Protesters demanded that all three Louisville Metro Police Department officers who shot at Taylor in her apartment in March be charged with murder.

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