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night patrol Doris Liou

The Night Patrolman Part Two

the making of Officer Gutierrez

Gutierrez honed his interpersonal skills working at the Donald W. Wyatt maximum security prison. He hadn’t wanted to work there, but after marrying his high-school girlfriend and giving up his dream of playing pro football, he realized he needed a job to pay the bills and support the daughter they were expecting. He often worked…

Emblematic color Erica Lewis

Emblematic

The threads that wind between us

AS220, a community arts organization based in downtown Providence, has flourished because it has kept its independence paramount.   In 1992, founder Umberto Crenca purchased a 21,000 square foot building in the heart of downtown Providence, in a derelict part of town, with no running water or electricity. In the span of a year, it…

Night Patrol

The Night Patrolman

Community Policing Informed by a Troubled Past

The boy waits for the screams to start. He and his brothers go to sleep early each night, lying five in a bed, hoping to evade the sounds that haunt their home and suffocate their ears. The boy can never close his eyes. He lies there listening, tense. The boy lives with his Dominican mother…

hurricanecolor

Hurricane

Give us this day our daily bread

I find out about Hurricane Harvey in the middle of a non-stop flight to Houston, too focused on finding coffee before takeoff to check The Atlantic Daily at the airport. Reading about the worst hurricane to hit the United States in 12 years didn’t have immediate impact—from above, everything is soft, tea-logged Biscoffs and cotton…

An Abundance of Ivy

Accepting a different university

As the weather warms up, a favorite American hero returns: the student accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. This year there are at least three new members of America’s most exclusive college club: Martin Altenburg of Fargo, North Dakota; Ivan Vazquez, from Boise, Idaho; and Ifeoma White-Thorpe, from Rockaway, New Jersey. All three have…