A Republican visits Skid Row

Homelessness | Walking among the homeless with a California candidate for governor
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/23/18, 08:49 am

Last week, I joined California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox on a walk with Los Angeles police through Skid Row—a 50-block mini dystopia in downtown LA with one of the highest concentrations of homelessness and crime in the United States. 

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The dwindling death penalty

Compassion | Washington joins states that ban the practice over racial bias concerns
by Rob Holmes
Posted 10/17/18, 04:01 pm

Washington followed 19 other states to end capital punishment last week as the death penalty experiences a nationwide decline in use. The state Supreme Court unanimously struck down capital punishment last Thursday as unconstitutional, racially biased, and arbitrary.

Washington’s eight prisoners currently on death row will have their sentences commuted to life in prison with no parole, The Seattle Times reported.

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Lost in solitude

Movies | In Leave No Trace, isolation bonds a father and daughter—and drives them apart
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 10/11/18, 02:40 pm

The brokenness of life is almost unbearable in Leave No Trace, a movie inspired by a true story. Will (Ben Foster) and his daughter Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) live in the woods of a large public park near Portland, Ore., hiding from discovery by leaving few traces of their existence. They gather mushrooms, drink rainwater, and plant carefully disguised gardens in the lush forest. Will and Tom trek into town periodically, cashing Dad’s disability checks and selling his VA-supplied medications to other veterans.

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