AP STORY: America at the Tipping Point

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After living for some time in Central California, America’s top farming region – where more than 250 different fruits and vegetables are grown! – you can’t help but notice the disparities and imbalance. On one side, the farmworkers, who often earn wages well below the poverty line – because farm labor is a seasonal occupation and because it pays little. …

PHOTOS: Dance of the devils

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The residents of Campo Nebraska on the outskirts of Fresno in California’s Central Valley live in shabby houses, in near complete isolation. The migrant camp, hemmed in front all sides by vineyards and fields, is owned by a Mexican mayordomo and houses immigrants from the village San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca. They are indigenous people, most of them Mixtecos who speak …

AP STORY: Proliferation of food labels

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Healthy eating has become a big trend in the U.S. in recent years. And companies big and small have been trying to monopolize on it. Eco-labels — describing a dizzying array of sustainable agricultural practices — are increasingly cropping up on farm products, claiming everything from ‘grassfed’ to ‘free-range’ to ‘predator friendly’. Some labels are legitimate, representing a stringent cerficiation process, while others …

A killer’s handwriting

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Many details proved surprising and chilling about the mass shooting at the Fresno chicken processing plant this week. There was the way that the shooter, an employee at the plant, shot his victims execution-style, by placing the handgun against their head or neck and pulling the trigger. There was the fact that the victims, while deboning or grinding mounds of …

AP PHOTOS: Paul Ryan protest and counter protest

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Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan came to Fresno this weekend, as part of his West coast fundraising tour. The Wisconsin congressman briefly spoke at a fundraising dinner (tickets: $1,000 to $25,000) and didn’t say much that was newsworthy. Probably the most interesting part of the event was the protest rally organized by a dozen central California organizations and the counter …

AP STORY: murder-suicide or international intrigue

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At the end of March, a reporter from Indian-controlled Kashmir (now a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley) contacted me in Fresno, where I am based with the AP. He told me that he was working on a story about a former Indian army officer accused of torture and killings in Kashmir who happened to live in Selma, …

AP PHOTOS: Hmong women

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In these photos taken April 22, 2012, Vicky Xiong, left, teaches her daughter Rachel Lor how to do Hmong embroidery called Paj ntaub at their home in Fresno, Calif. (AP/Gosia Wozniacka) In this photo taken June 6, 2012, Misty Her, assistant superintendent with the Fresno Unified School District, talks to children about her job and encourages them to read at Cole …

AP Story: Hmong women, from refugee camp to college

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I often write about immigration issues, with special emphasis on the Latino community, the largest immigrant group. But California’s Central Valley is home to many other immigrant enclaves. One of these is the Hmong, an Asian ethnic minority whose people lived in the southeast Asian countries of Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as in China. The Hmong have a …