September 4, 2013

Pueblo chico, infierno grande: Cabo Polonio – Part 2

  When you wake up in Cabo Polonio you follow a pair of footprints made in the sand by the bare feet of a pretty girl you met the previous night. You follow them to a lighthouse where some horses are grazing on dry grass. Below you is the wind-swept settlement you have come so far […]

September 2, 2013

VIDEO: In defense of squatters; Cabo Polonio – Part 1

There are many myths about Cabo Polonio and they are all true. The 40 people who live there are all mad. They live off mussels and weed, and happily roam their quiet grassy peninsula in a libertarian paradise, isolated by seven kilometers of sand dunes on Uruguay’s virgin eastern coast. Electricity has long been ruled […]

August 30, 2013

Uruguayan journalist: animal cruelty discussion yet to begin here

  Last night I had a home-cooked meal at the house of Uruguayan journalist and single mother Laura Lacurcia – in exchange for some help producing a video about the animal cruelty in Uruguay. In 2009 Uruguay passed its first laws prohibiting the mistreatment of animals by their owners. Unfortunately, the enforcement has not caught […]

August 28, 2013

When the municipal workers of Montevideo went on strike, Newstramp was there

  Shed this illusion that, ‘Uruguay is the new Switzerland.’ Nearly 30 years after the military dictatorship, the country is still a volatile environment. Just this evening, on my way to a restaurant, I passed a burning dumpster in the Plaza del Entrevero. In the few short minutes that I stood there, I saw the dumpster […]

August 26, 2013

VIDEO: Perfume of José Mujica – the world’s poorest president

  The official website of the president of Uruguay, José “Pepe” Mujica, lists the president’s occupation as chacarero floriculture – a small-scale farmer of flowers. Dubbed “the poorest president in the world,” Mujica, a former left-wing revolutionary, has proven his devotion to the Uruguayan socialist party ‘s cause  through his many feats of austerity, including giving 90 percent […]

August 23, 2013

VIDEO: An enemy’s guilt: covering the trial of Nidal Hasan

One of my last assignments at the Killeen Daily Herald was covering the first day of the trial of Nidal Hasan, the Army major convicted today of the largest shooting on a U.S. military instillation in history. Today, on Fort Hood, a jury of 13 unanimously declared him guilty of 13 counts of murder and […]

August 17, 2013

Miles to go before I sleep

  Quit my job last Thursday. Sold my car on Sunday. Today my pesos arrived at the bank. And Wednesday I will board my plane bound for Montevideo, with a return flight set from Bogota six months later. I plan to cover 6,800 miles (11,000 kilometers) of ground from Uruguay to Caracas, traveling by car, […]

July 16, 2013

VIDEO: Low-income housing burns; another total loss

The fire started in the attic of Building No. 1204 of the Moss Rose low-income housing complex in Killeen a little before noon Friday. In less than two hours 20 residents had lost their homes. low-income housing Moss Rose Homes is located just one mile from the charred concrete foundation of the former Casa Tejas […]

June 15, 2013

All hat, no cattle

I had been assigned to cover an event – the W100K Wounded Warrior Bike Ride – on George W. Bush’s 1,400-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch outside of Crawford, Texas. The idea was to bring awareness to soldiers injured in the wars since 9/11. W100K Wounded Warrior Bike Ride Fourteen soldiers were chosen for the W100K Wounded Warrior Bike […]

June 10, 2013

Homeless in the Army

I hucked my trash into the dumpster today and nearly hit a homeless man in a blue Dallas Cowboys sweatshirt. He was rummaging through the trash and didn’t even notice until he heard me apologize. “I guess that’s what I get for being here,” he said, in a sad descending tone. He was not the […]

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