Dispatches > The Buzz


Issue: "Something's rotten," Sept. 30, 2000
  • Computer keyboards replaced drug needles at what was once a South Dallas crack house. That's because neighborhood residents Calvin and Johnny Mae Carter bought the house for $2,500 and made it a community center that provides free tutoring. Young adults now come for computer training and GED classes instead of drug deals. "Once people are trained, once they're computer literate, the jobs are there," said Mr. Carter. "But it takes a lot to turn around a 21-year-old who can't read."
  • Disturbed by the tons of perfectly good fish he constantly tossed overboard, commercial fisherman Tuck Donnelly dreamed of one day using that surplus to feed the hungry. In 1994, he made the dream reality by quitting his job to form Northwest Food Strategies, a nonprofit group that funnels surplus fish from seafood companies to food banks. Since its inception, the group has collected enough food for more than 12 million meals.

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