A quick-turn news story about Panda Express co-founder and co-CEO Andrew Cherng’s visit to LSU’s campus. Cherng toured the Panda Express location in LSU’s Student Union. The CEO was in Baton Rouge for the annual Raising Cane’s Operators Conference after Cherng’s Panda Restaurant Group inked a deal with the Baton Rouge-based company to franchise the chicken finger restaurant in Hawaii and Alaska. The article was originally published in The Daily Reveille and later picked up by The Advocate.
A follow-up article I wrote on a local theft in Cathedral City. Thieves ransacked a local little league’s equipment shed and made off with 80 percent of the league’s equipment. Community members stepped in immediately to pledge donations, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who offered to replace all of the stolen equipment.
A local interest feature I wrote on Sheriff’s Deputy Alicia Lopez and the Castleberry family. Lopez donated her kidney to 3-year-old Matthew, the son of a former sheriff’s department co-worker, after years of struggling with posterior urethral valves and other health conditions.
An article I wrote about proposed voting districts in Indio, California. The city is being legally pressured into establishing voting districts for municipal elections and residents voiced discontent at the initial proposals.
An article I wrote about two politicians’ efforts to rename the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts after former state Rep. Jimmy Long of Natchitoches. Long, who died in a car accident in August 2016, was the elder brother of Sen. Gerald long, pictured above left. The renaming proposal provoked an outcry from alumni and was one of the most contentious pieces of legislation in the 2017 session.