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According to the U. Department of Agriculture , giant sequoias are the largest and most massive trees on Earth, and their trunks and limbs contain more carbon per tree than any other species.
Grow well, little trees. In their prime, giant sequoias can gain one and a half to two feet in height per year. None of the students or staffers at Otis will see their trees at full maturity. But if the best time to plant a sequoia is years ago, the second best is now.
On November 11, known as Remembrance Day through the countries of the British Commonwealth, the public honors those who died in the military service of their nations. Memorial Day, in May, is the U. On this day, most public presentations in the U. The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously.
Some circumstances have changed since that time; most have not. The article is here.
panel.hipwee.com/42034-what-is-the.php They all involve efforts to revive existing news operations, invent additional ones, and replace organizations that are being starved out of relevance by their hedge-fund or private-equity chain owners. Today we go to Memphis, Tennessee. This is of course the metropolis of western Tennessee, with the state of Mississippi just across the border to the south, and Arkansas just across the Mississippi River to the west.
Memphis is the second-largest city in Tennessee, after Nashville. Its population is around ,—more than 60 percent African-American, about 30 percent white, and the rest a variety of others. On average its people are poor.
The best known Memphis-based company is FedEx, which has operated there since the early s. Other major operations include the St. In , local phenom Elvis Presley broke the local color line by performing alongside Ray Charles and B. King at a benefit for a black radio station. Sanford grew up in northern Mississippi; worked as a reporter and editor for several papers including The Commercial Appeal ; and has been a professor in the journalism department at the University of Memphis since The Commercial Appeal had been owned since the s by the Scripps-Howard group.
During the Great Extinction of local and regional papers over the past dozen years, the paper went through several changes of ownership , and is now part of Gannett. Through this process, The Commercial Appeal shrank by all locally important measures: the size of its news staff, its circulation and influence, and even its connection to Memphis at all.
Its printing plant moved out of town, 90 miles away to the city of Jackson, Tennessee. The overall spiral of contraction sounds similar to what has happened in many other areas. Barnes is a prominent Memphis journalist, a novelist, and host of a popular weekly PBS news show. That is the central idea behind a one-year-old online publication called The Daily Memphian.
Eric Barnes is the CEO; Andy Cates is chairman of the board; Otis Sanford is a columnist; and together with some three dozen journalistic colleagues and many Memphis-area donors and supporters they are trying to bring locally based, serious journalism back to town. Here is a summary of what I learned by talking with the three of them, by following news on their site, and by asking for judgments from other figures in Memphis.
It reached that target within three weeks and now has about 11, paying subscribers. Frustrated by the gutting of local journalism in Memphis, a group of seasoned journalists, media professionals and concerned citizens gathered to discuss the need for strong, locally focused and locally produced daily news. We realized that there was mounting anger, across the community, that a civic function that was so critical had gone so far down.
The Texas Tribune , a well-known non-profit founded ten years ago, is a larger operation but covers an entire state. We have gone to every church. We have spoken with every group that will listen to us. We have shaken hands, kissed babies, hugged people. We have asked everyone for support, and we have gotten it. The supporters include local foundations, corporations, and wealthy individuals and families. The answer to both has been an overwhelming yes. Our goal is to put up high-level content, and have people pay for it.
That the industry ever got away from that is a real historical anomaly. Eric Barnes told me that when the site launched, he went to talk with a number of African-American church communities. But by and large it has not penetrated the market. They are working on it, and they are doing a relatively decent job so far. This is the first in a series of posts on the city of Dayton, Ohio.
Almost every trend affecting modern America is on display in Dayton. It was one of the earliest, and hardest-hit, centers of the opioid disaster. The excellent recent movie American Factory Atlantic review here portrayed the next chapter in that story, as the Chinese automotive-glass firm Fuyao reopened a closed GM plant. This past May, marchers from the Ku Klux Klan held a rally in town—and Klan opponents put on a bigger display. Just a few days later, a series of devastating tornados roared through the town.
Then, in the first weekend of August, Dayton was of course the site of a mass shooting, a few hours after another gun massacre, in El Paso.
But Dayton also has a wide variety of ambitious new projects under way. The University of Dayton, a research university founded by the Catholic Marianist order and with more than 8, students, is opening new downtown offices and research centers. Apparently not because Dayton was ever a jewelry center. Deb Fallows and I have known her and followed her career for several years.