Rick Jervis, USA TODAY

Rick Jervis

USA TODAY

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  • The Daily News
  • Cohasset Mariner
  • Arlington Advocate
  • The Shreveport Times
  • The News Leader
  • delawareonline
  • The Tennessean
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  • Cashay
  • El Paso Times
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Recent articles by Rick:

Racism turned their neighborhood into 'Cancer Alley.’ Now they’re dying from COVID-19.

Americans living in "Cancer Alley" suffer from high rates of cancer. In this six-part series, USA TODAY investigates how racism fuels COVID-19 deaths. → Read More

Alleged unwanted hysterectomies and other abuses at ICE facility prompts investigation

Immigration attorneys said detainees described experiences where parts of their Fallopian tube and their ovaries had been removed while in custody. → Read More

'I knew I was going to die': Shrimpers rescue each other from sinking boats while riding out Hurricane Laura

Shrimpers performed daring mid-storm rescues to save each other during Hurricane Laura. But Cameron Parish's shrimping industry remains in doubt. → Read More

Hurricane Laura makes landfall in southwestern Louisiana near Texas border as 'catastrophic' Category 4 storm

SABINE PASS, Texas — Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border as a Category 4 storm with a potentially "unsurvivable" storm surge and "extremely dangerous" winds up to 150 mph.Rivaling the infamous Hurricane Katrina of 2005, Laura is forecast to bring "catastrophic damage" to the Gulf Coast, with floodwaters possibly reaching up to 40 miles… → Read More

Fifteen years and $15 billion since Katrina, New Orleans is more prepared for a major hurricane – for now

NEW ORLEANS – Fifteen years ago this week, a Coast Guard helicopter pulled Webster Rainy from his niece's rooftop in the Lower 9th Ward as floodwaters swallowed his neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Monday, Rainy, 68, calmly cleaned his car and smoked through a pack of Kools, undaunted by the prospect of two storms – one nearly broken up, the other growing and unpredictable – headed in… → Read More

Fifteen years and $15 billion since Katrina, New Orleans is more prepared for a major hurricane – for now

NEW ORLEANS – Fifteen years ago this week, a Coast Guard helicopter pulled Webster Rainy from his niece's rooftop in the Lower 9th Ward as floodwaters swallowed his neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Monday, Rainy, 68, calmly cleaned his car and smoked through a pack of Kools, undaunted by the prospect of two storms – one nearly broken up, the other growing and unpredictable – headed in… → Read More

Category 3 Laura to hit Texas, Louisiana as major hurricane as hundreds of thousands evacuate

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Hurricane Laura, which grew to a Category 3 storm early Wednesday, is forecast to bring "potentially catastrophic" storm surge, fierce winds and flash flooding to eastern Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday night and early Thursday, the National Hurricane Center says.More than half a million people were ordered to evacuate as the storm approached, including the Texas cities of… → Read More

Fifteen years and $15 billion since Katrina, New Orleans is more prepared for a major hurricane. For now.

A $15 billion hurricane protection system guards New Orleans against flooding. Experts say it must be upgraded due to climate change and land loss. → Read More

Who are police protecting and serving? Law enforcement has history of violence against many minority groups

AUSTIN – If she sees a crime being committed, Ishia Lynette is more likely to call her father than police.Her reluctance to turn to law enforcement for protection stems from growing up half black and half Mexican in El Paso, Texas, and witnessing her African American father arrested – twice – for minor traffic violations and relatives harassed by police. “From very early on, I was fearful of the… → Read More

Who are police protecting and serving? Law enforcement has history of violence against many minority groups

Decades of mistrust of police by minority groups make them hesitant to call police for help. Some departments are taking steps to rebuild that trust. → Read More

'Death is our greeter': Doctors, nurses struggle with mental health as coronavirus cases grow

Hospitals across the U.S. are worried about protecting healthcare staff from serious mental fallout after weeks of fighting a relentless virus. → Read More

'It's carnage': Crematoriums run around the clock to meet demand from coronavirus

Crematoriums across the U.S. are adding extra shifts to meet demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. In hot spots like New York, demand has soared. → Read More

Heartbreak, prayer and mourning: US leads world in coronavirus deaths after deadliest week

In one week, coronavirus deaths soared in five major US cities. Here’s what the fight against COVID-19 looked like on the frontlines. → Read More

'We’re all stressed out': Parenting in a pandemic puts additional stress on families, children

Disruption in normal routines and anxiety over outside threats could often lead to anxiety and depression in children. → Read More

'Not just a big city issue': Coronavirus cases soar in rural America popular with tourists

Rural counties in Colorado, Utah and Idaho are experiencing some of the highest rates of coronavirus cases per capita in the nation. → Read More

Death rate soars in New Orleans coronavirus 'disaster' that could define city for generations

NEW ORLEANS -- Throngs of revelers may have brought the coronavirus to New Orleans during Mardi Gras celebrations here. But the city’s poverty → Read More

Death rate soars in New Orleans coronavirus 'disaster' that could define city for generations

Throngs of revelers may have brought the coronavirus to New Orleans during Mardi Gras celebrations. The city's death tally climbed Thursday to 46. → Read More

Cooped-up kids navigate a strange new play space

Zoom, the suddenly ubiquitous videoconferencing tool, becomes a "Hangman" hangout for the elementary school set. → Read More

Cooped-up kids navigate a strange new play space

Zoom, the suddenly ubiquitous videoconferencing tool, becomes a hangman hangout for the elementary school set. → Read More

Migrants waiting at US-Mexico border at risk of coronavirus, health experts warn

Coronavirus fears are growing among nonprofits and attorneys who monitor migrants waiting in Mexico for court dates in the U.S. → Read More