Strange Currents, Mister Manners Win Awards

the strange files

The Florida Writers Association, the state’s largest and most prestigious literary organization, has announced that two novels by J.C. Bruce —  Strange Currents and Mister Manners — have won both gold and silver medals in the 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Strange Currents won first place in the category honoring the best published mysteries in Florida. Strange Currents is the fourth […]

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Pro Publica: The Killing of the Colorado River

Colorado River

By Abrahm Lustgarten Pro Publica On a 110-degree day several years ago, surrounded by piles of sand and rock in the desert outside of Las Vegas, I stepped into a yellow cage large enough to fit three standing adults and was lowered 600 feet through a black hole into the ground. There, at the bottom, amid pooling water and dripping […]

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How Trump’s Tax Cut Fattened the Wallets of the Ultrawealthy

Trump Tax Cut

By Justin Elliott and Robert Faturechi Pro Publica In November 2017, with the administration of President Donald Trump rushing to get a massive tax overhaul through Congress, Sen. Ron Johnson stunned his colleagues by announcing he would vote “no.” Making the rounds on cable TV, the Wisconsin Republican became the first GOP senator to declare his opposition, spooking Senate leaders who were […]

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Feds Exclude Thousands of Viable Businesses from Pandemic Relief

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The Small Business Administration refuses to give pandemic relief loans to people who have filed for bankruptcy, even if their businesses can survive. By Lydia DePillis ProPublica Like every other storefront in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, the Coffee House — a cavernous student hangout slinging espresso and decadent pastries since 1987 — saw its revenue dry up almost overnight last spring […]

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