| Sep 13, 2012
| 9:04 PM
The Aberdeen Pizza Ranch is part of a company-wide initiative that donates 50 cents for every pound of roasted coffee it brews to Ethiopia Reads. The funds go toward Ethiopia Reads Literacy Initiative, a campaign to build a community library and five...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Nearly one year has passed since Samantha Paul lost her daughter Rachel Beckwith. The 9-year-old from Bothell, Wash., was killed on July 23, 2011, in a car accident on Interstate 90.
Rachel, her mother and baby sister were involved in a 14-car pileup...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 7:54 PM
On the one-year anniversary of the death of her daughter Rachel Beckwith, Samantha Paul traveled halfway around the world to Ethiopia to see the outcome of a fundraising campaign that the 9-year-old started before she was killed in a traffic accident....
| Feb 5, 2012
| 5:21 PM
The United States imports 2.3 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee a month, more than any other country, according to the International Coffee Organization.
Amid all the java flowing in the Tri-State, some businesses are selecting beans that help others....
| Aug 9, 2012
Just when the chef memoir had started tasting a little overly familiar — the long struggles to cook their food their way, the breakthrough review, the stove burns, the final 60 pages where nothing much happens but happiness and prosperity —...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 7:35 PM
It took Morgan Uceny 27 years to get to this point.
Funny, then, that it will all be over in about four minutes.
The intense training, the sacrifices, the career plans put on hold, it all comes to a head at 3:55 p.m. this afternoon when the self-...
| Apr 24, 2012
It might seem a daunting challenge to determine which of the world's repressive nations offers the least-free news media. We have so many to choose from -- Iran, North Korea, Belarus ...
But you may be surprised by the unanimity among organizations...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 7:22 AM
The people, places and organizations that make Northern Michigan a special place to live.
Making a difference
A group small in number but large in heart recently traveled to Ethiopia and made a big difference in the lives of hundreds of people.
| Nov 9, 2012
| 6:10 AM
Of the 16 days he spent in Ethiopia, Dr. Louis Zako said, "It was transforming."
Zako and five other congregation members of the New Life Anglican Church in Petoskey returned Oct. 29, from a trip during which they distributed shoes and clothing to people...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 1:04 PM
Fendika, a six-member collective of Ethiopian musicians and dancers, who’ll play at Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center on Oct. 5, produce a full-bodied sound out of few elements.
Misale Legesse, a young drummer, taps out rhythms on four...
| Oct 30, 2011
Set an out-of-towner loose to roam the Los Angeles area between West Hollywood and Koreatown and what can you expect? A food-truck overdose, perhaps. Or the bold suggestion that we extend our subway system westward. (Hey, we're working on it.) Or maybe...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 4:56 PM
A major impediment to hunting fugitives who flee across U.S. borders is America's patchwork of more than 100 extradition treaties with foreign governments.
Many of those agreements are arcane, out-of-date and omit serious felonies. And the U.S. still...