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Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
The weekend edition of the Messenger featured a story on Bridgeport’s Timothy Huya, who has had to learn the role of both a mom and dad after his wife, Melissa, passed away on Father’s Day last year. Much was shared during the emotional four-and-a-half hour interview, a lot of it which wasn’t used in the [...]
Posted on 12. Jun, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
An inevitable part of my job is covering bad news — namely young death. Since I started here full time in October of 2010, I’ve, unfortunately, had to cover the loss of many young lives lost — including Sam Rogers and Delaney Mancil in November 2010; Aisha Bryant two weeks ago and Saul Rodriguez last week. [...]
Posted on 05. Jun, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
I had the privilege of visiting with Keitha Story-Stephenson about her projects in Ghana (see an upcoming issue of the Messenger). Throughout the interview, I felt like I hit many gold mines with her colorful quotes and compelling anecdotes. One was the memory of her fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Grigsby, who asked all her students not [...]
Posted on 29. May, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
I finally met the unnamed gentleman I mentioned in this column: http://www.wcmessenger.com/2012/opinion/columns/dangers-of-fire-became-frighteningly-real/ Curtis Massey, husband of Newark city councilmember Chana, was the very nice gentleman who offered me assistance after I escaped a near-death experience last year. Until yesterday, I had no idea who the man was. I knew he was very nice and that [...]
Posted on 22. May, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
I spent the better part of yesterday interviewing a group of eight high school seniors at each Chico and Alvord for a couple of features in tomorrow’s edition of the Messenger. Members of this year’s graduating class of Chico High School were students in Jennifer Moss’s fifth-grade class when she died in 2005. Those students [...]
Posted on 16. May, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
I am constantly moved by the outpour of support a community demonstrates to a neighbor in need. Following a pricey medical diagnosis or a fire, benefit accounts are established at local banks and bake sales, garage sales and raffles are organized to raise money to help offset costs. But my favorite benefits are those that [...]
Posted on 08. May, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
A story in the weekend edition of the Messenger features the resilience and courage of -year-old Lily Rose Morris. After doctors told her parents she wouldn’t be able to walk, talk or make it past age 3. Lily Rose, however, wasn’t given the memo. The 45-pound bundle of energy took her first steps last August. [...]
Posted on 01. May, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
The Messenger office has fielded a few calls with story tips for This Justin, a sister paper birthed last week for the residents of our Denton County neighbor. Last week, I took a phone call from a Northwest High School senior, Alex Celis. His cousin, 6-year-old Isabel Celis was presumably kidnapped from her Tucson, Ariz., [...]
Posted on 24. Apr, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
Help the Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center make a statement tomorrow by wearing your favorite pair of jeans in observance of Denim Day 2012. Jeans became a symbol of rape awareness when the Supreme Court of Appeals in Rome overturned a conviction on a man found guilty of raping a teenage girl in Italy [...]