Articles written by: Kerry Breen

Kerry Breen

Multimedia / News

Opioid Usage in Philadelphia Leads to Increase in HIV Diagnoses

While the opioid crisis in Philadelphia has been a status quo for years, this endless drug use is causing a new problem: an increase in HIV rates for the first time since the mid-2000s.

News / Video

 As Purdue Pharma Settles Lawsuits, Families Feel Betrayed

Just four months before Eddie Bisch’s death from an Oxycontin overdose in February 2001, he and his father posed for a photo in October 2000.   In 2001, Ed Bisch heard the word OxyContin for the first time, standing outside his home in Philadelphia. Inside, his son, 18-year-old Eddie Bisch, lay dead in his bed from an overdose of the […]

Multimedia / News / Uncategorized / Video

Metrocard Swipes to be Replaced by Contactless System

The New York City subway system may soon be getting an update. Commuters are often frustrated by the MTA’s Metrocard system – sometimes, they don’t swipe properly; when the funds on the card run low, the machines in the stations sometimes aren’t working, or will only take cash. A potential solution is a contactless subway card. The MTA has begun […]

News

Fentanyl myths continue on despite little evidence

While fentanyl is an extremely potent and dangerous drug, it’s nearly impossible to be affected by it just from being in the same room as it, or by touching the powder. Eric Weil and Belinda McLin’s lives changed forever when they found a packet of white powder in their guest bedroom in August 2016. Family friend Justin Levesque, 30, was […]

News

Safe Injection Sites Stall in NYC

A syringe full of red blood sits on a concrete street barrier underneath an expressway off-ramp near 181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights. Photo by Razi Syed.   In May 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced four safe injection sites would be built across New York. Nearly a year later, while the opioid crisis rages on, the sites […]

Politics

Not a lot of youthful excitement for a redo of Clinton for president

Hillary Clinton speaking at a campaign event in Tempe, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore   Hillary Clinton is said to be contemplating another presidential run in 2020. But young women, who were a majority of her voters in 2016, are not sure if they will support her. “She will lose again,” said Mia Flanagan, 18, who said that she had seen […]

Features

Arts organizations give city kids a chance to experience theater

Students working with the Situation Project get a chance to shadow staff at the show. Photo courtesy of the Situation Project. For many students, after-school theatre club is a place of refuge. They become stage managers and costume designers; they are lead actresses and featured dancers. It’s an activity that lets them relieve stress, form friendships, and can lead to […]

Midterm Elections 2018 / News / Politics

Once Again, Voting Controversies Surface at Prairie View A&M

Voting rights at Prairie View A&M University have been contested for decades, including during a Supreme Court decision in 1979. Photo by Kerry Breen.   Prairie View A&M University, a four-year college about an hour outside of Houston, Texas, is ready for the 2018 midterm elections. Candidate signs are clumped together by buildings and near parking lots. Stickers for candidates […]

News / Politics

Protesters mourn Kavanagh confirmation in Washington Square Park

Voting is the only answer, they said.

News

New Yorkers have little faith in the MTA

In July 2018, it was reported  that just over 65 percent of weekday subway trains were arriving at stations on time.