Anti-abortion activists mobilize in D.C. ahead of Roe v. Wade anniversary

Anti-abortion activists mobilize in D.C. ahead of Roe v. Wade anniversary

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire | News 

Anti-abortion activists took to the streets Tuesday to defend what they say is a fetus’ right to life to mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.

http://www.shfwire.com/anti-abortion-activists-mobilize-ahead-of-roe-v-wade-anniversary

Back in the House

The Miami Heat know how to do victory laps, specially since it’s their second time around. At the White House, it was no different. President Barack Obama welcomed the team to the East Room Jan. 14, where he congratulated them on their second consecutive NBA championship.

By the way, having also covered the Heat’s victory parade back in Miami, I’ve now promoted myself to Miami Heat Victory Correspondent.

SHFWire Photos by Melhor M. Leonor

Democrats gear up for minimum wage scuffle

Democrats gear up for minimum wage scuffle

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire | News 

Democrats are looking ahead to the next congressional showdown: raising the federal minimum wage.

http://www.shfwire.com/democrats-gear-up-for-minimum-wage-scuffle

Governors say federal inaction hurting states’ progress

Governors say federal government inaction hurts states’ progress

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire | News 

Governors say gridlock in Washington has placed undue burden on state governments, and they are calling for change in 2014.

http://www.shfwire.com/inaction-hurts-state-progress

Freezing Drizzle

Fourteen weeks just wasn’t enough.

After a holiday break in my home state of Florida, I am back in the District. This time, I will be interning for the Scripps Howard Foundation, covering politics and other national stories from the heart of D.C. Take a look at what I’ve been working on. 

Interns-Icy-RiverMost of the interns had some kind of trouble as they arrived in Washington. The weather was relentless, and waiting two hours for your bags after a delayed flight is hardly a warm welcome. The “polar vortex” quickly followed. Our first day, we trudged out in temperatures beyond anything this Florida gal had ever experienced, and when the arctic temperatures subsided, I realized what the weather would be like in the ninth circle of hell: freezing drizzle. Continue reading

People Behind Podiums

If you’ve been in Washington long enough, you know that breaking news can often look like people behind a podium. Most of the time, that won’t be the winning shot. But sometimes, expressions capture it all. Photos by Melhor M. Leonor

December jobs report unexpected, underwhelming surprise

December jobs report unexpected, underwhelming surprise

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire | News 

December’s jobs report, an indicator of economic recovery in 2013, delivered underwhelming results: the number of jobs added came short of expectations and the unemployment rate showed small real movement.

http://www.shfwire.com/December-jobs-report-underwhelming

Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market

Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market

Miami Herald | News 

Far from the splashing waves and beach sand, South Dade is a different kind of paradise.

Here, uppity cocktails turn into fresh-fruit smoothies. Flip-flops are tossed for sneakers, and no one is picking up seashells – surrounded by fields, it’s all about tropical plants and local produce.

Thousands of visitors flock to South Dade for this experience every year, and for those who host them, it’s all about redefining what it means to vacation in Miami through the area’s diverse agriculture.

Read more: Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market _ The Miami Herald