What’s next for Raising Cane’s? A deal with Panda Express, franchise locations in Hawaii, Alaska

What’s next for Raising Cane’s? A deal with Panda Express, franchise locations in Hawaii, Alaska

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Co-founder and co-CEO of Panda Express Andrew Cherng stands in front of the LSU Student Union Panda Express on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (Dilyn Stewart/The Daily Reveille)

The Advocate | February 11, 2018

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.

 

Community reaches out after little league theft

Community reaches out after little league theft

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(Courtesy of Jessica Olson)

The Desert Sun | July 21, 2017

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.

 

Palm Desert sheriff’s deputy donating kidney to former co-worker’s 3-year-old son

Palm Desert sheriff’s deputy donating kidney to former co-worker’s 3-year-old son

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Sheriff’s Deputy Alicia Lopez holds Matthew Castleberry, Jr., as he is given a pin during a media event at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in Palm Desert, Calif., Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Alicia will be donating her kidney to three-year-old Matthew who suffered severe damage to his bladder and kidneys from Posterior Urethral Valves. (Zoe Meyers/The Desert Sun)

The Desert Sun | July 11, 2017

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.

 

Indio residents voice opinions on voting district proposals

Indio residents voice opinions on voting district proposals

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Former Indio City Council member Sam Torres chats with north Indio resident Lori Mullen about a potential design for the city’s new municipal voting districts June 21, 2017. (Katie Gagliano/The Desert Sun)

The Desert Sun | June 21, 2017

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.

 

Politicians try to rename Louisiana school for politician; alumni push back

Politicians try to rename Louisiana school for politician; alumni push back

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Sens. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, left, and Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, testified in the House Education Committee on Thompson’s bill to rename the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. (Katie Gagliano/LSU Manship School News Service)

Nola.com | June 2, 2017

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.