City Pages' Jessica Lussenhop named among "Best Young Writers on the Internet"
City Pages staff writer Jessica Lussenhop has been chosen as one of the "Best Young Writers on the Internet" by the Business Insider.
Lussenhop was one of a dozen young journalists selected for the list, joining staffers at The New York Times, The New Yorker, and a handful of writers for the Gawker empire.
The honor was the second in a short time for Lussenhop, who also took home second place for short form news story writing in the Alternative Newsweeklies' annual Alt-Weekly Awards in July.
In introducing its list, Business Insider explained, "We asked friends in the media industry for their thoughts on up and coming talent that remains under the radar."
As could be expected, the list draws heavily from young New Yorkers, but Lussenhop's stuff is just too good to ignore.
As Lussenhop's new title comes for writing online, City Pages thought it would highlight some of her recent work on the website, starting with a couple of stories from yesterday.
Just two days after the 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden was dedicated to the victims of the tragedy, one of its main components has been ruined.
The memorial includes a waterfall with a passage written in stainless steel letters. At some point last night, someone tore off a number of the letters, rendering the passage illegible.
Each fall semester, the high school traditionally celebrates Homecoming with "Dress Up Days." Pruitt experienced the tradition for the first time when entering her junior year at Red Wing High School.
In 2009, "Tropical Day" was hijacked by a group of 60 to 70 students who declared it "Wigger Day" (also called "Wigger Wednesday" or "Wangsta Day"). On this day, the white kids wore cocked baseball caps, sports jerseys, and gang colors instead of the Hawaiian shirts they were supposed to sport.
Anoka-Hennepin, the state's largest school district, has become the focus of national controversy.
The district is being probed by the Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights while at the same time defending a major lawsuit filed on behalf of five former and current students by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It also happens to be the home district of GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.
At the heart of the matter: Did a school policy requiring teachers to stay "neutral" when discussing homosexuality contribute to a string of student suicides?
Speaking on the front lawn of a quaint little home, Bachmann told a Fox News reporter, "John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too."
But The Duke is actually from a town about three hours away. The only famous John Wayne from Waterloo was one of the most deranged murderers in American history -- the "Killer Clown" himself, John Wayne Gacy. Gacy's first arrest happened in Waterloo, after two teenage boys accused him of sexually assaulting them. After spending less than two years in prison for sodomy, he went back to Waterloo, then brutally raped and murdered 33 boys and young men over a period of six years, stashing the bodies in crawl spaces, his basement or dumping them in a river. He was executed in 1994.
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