1.1 million still without power in Northeast after Philippe

By Ralph Ellis and Emanuella Grinberg, CNN CNN’s Judson Jones, Intisar Seraaj, Evan Simko-Bednarski and Joe Sutton contributed to this report. The Northeast struggled with power outages and commuting delays Monday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe passed through the region. The storm drenched the region over the weekend before racing into Canada early Monday….

Mother of Las Vegas shooting victim dies the weekend of his funeral

By Intisar Seraaj, CNN The same weekend she laid her son to rest, the mother of a Las Vegas shooting victim had a heart attack and died. Sheryl Stiles, 56, was the mother of Charleston Hartfield, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed in the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. His funeral was…

Robert Mueller jack-o-lantern keeps eye on Paul Manafort’s NYC townhouse

By Intisar Seraaj, CNN Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being watched by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller in more ways than one. A jack-o-lantern carved into Mueller’s likeness appeared outside Manafort’s New York City brownstone on Wednesday as a Halloween fright. “I was originally was going to do some feminist pumpkin, but…

Homeless Puerto Rican teen spends birthday helping hurricane victims

By Intisar Seraaj, CNN Christopher Rodriguez turned 19 on Friday in his native Puerto Rico, and he spent his birthday giving — giving aid to neighbors still struggling a month to the day after Hurricane Maria blasted the island. His birthday passed with him making care packages for his community in Añasco, Puerto Rico. Saturday,…

Families fight for normalcy after wildfires destroy autism school

By Intisar Seraaj, CNN For about two weeks, 7-year-old Caden Higuera from Windsor, California, has been cooped up in his house, playing with Legos and patching together 500-piece puzzles. This isn’t his usual schedule. He should be at school with his friends and teachers at the Anova Center for Education. But it burned down on…

In Memoriam: Las Vegas Shooting

Contributors: David Williams, Stephanie Gallman, Elwyn Lopez, Bijan Hosseini, Intisar Seraaj, Justin Lear, Shachar Peled, Lorenza Bracia, Sheena Jones On Sunday night, as a crowd of about 22,000 people took in the final performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a gunman fired into the crowd, killing at least 58 and injuring hundreds more. Here…

Puerto Rico cleans up as Turks and Caicos brace for Hurricane Maria

By Holly Yan, Euan McKirdy and Jaide Timm-Garcia, CNN Contributed by Intisar Seraaj, CNN and others San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) – The large eye of Hurricane Maria lumbered toward the popular vacation islands of Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas on Thursday, leaving Puerto Rico and its Caribbean neighbors battered, drenched and largely without power. The core of…

Piney Woods School seeks balance between legacy and the modern world

By Intisar Seraaj PINEY WOODS — Resting in a grassy, wooded area of Piney Woods School’s campus in Rankin County are the graves of its founder Laurence C. Jones and his wife Grace Jones, facing the log cabin where the school’s first classes commenced in 1909 and where students slept and ate. Every graduation, students visit…

How a humble raising crafted a dazzling Mississippi fashion designer

By Intisar Seraaj Fredrick Kendrell White, the 21-year-old Mississippi designer and owner of the Ken White Collection,  is standing on the precipice of his latest achievement: earning recognition across the Southeast for his talent and his brand. His next stop on the uphill climb is the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to pursue…

SEWing together quilts and relationships

By Intisar Seraaj Last year was difficult for Rhonda Blasingame and her family. Her daughter was attacked and underwent surgery over several weeks to rebuild her face. Even then — as the name of her group suggests — Blasingame was present to facilitate the quilting class Sewing Every Wednesday in Jackson every week. “This is my sacred time,” Blasingame said, as she sipped a cup…

National grocery delivery service coming to Mississippi

By Intisar Seraaj If you reside in the Jackson metropolitan area and can’t make it to the grocery store—or just don’t want to go—the nationwide grocery delivery service Instacart will begin serving the region starting August 24. Cities that will receive the service include: Jackson, Brandon, Byram, Pearl, Richland,Flowood, Madison, Annadale, Ridgeland, Clinton, Raymond, Western Hills, Terry,…