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Our Best Stories of 2016: Part Three

Photo by Antonio MendozaPhoenix community meeting. (Photo by Antonio Mendoza)

Our concluding roundup of Capital & Main’s best features of the year includes profiles of public school teachers who drive for Uber to make ends meet and the story of one Los Angeles charter school that failed after it chose an ex-football player with no educational experience to run it. See stories in Part One and Part Two.



A Neighborhood Gun Range’s Legacy: Lead Contamination

Heman Smith, center, at April meeting with officials.Mangan Park residents confront Sacramento officials. (Photo by Jessica Obert)

Joe Rubin’s investigation looks at Sacramento’s civic and moral lapses following the discovery of lead contamination in a park located in the middle of a working-class neighborhood.



Debacle: How a Promising Charter School Failed

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Robin Urevich tells how a promising teacher-created charter school crashed and burned after a two-year a tug of war for power with administrators and board members.



Moonlighting Teachers Learn Hard Lessons from Uber

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Alissa Quart interviews teachers who chose to work part-time for Uber. It seemed like a good idea at the time. (Co-published by The Nation.)



Three Days on the Res: Facing the Dakota Pipeline

Lakota Sioux tepees at the Oceti Sakowin Camp.Lakota Sioux tepees at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. (Photo by Tony Zinnanti)

Tony Zinnanti gets up close to the people and locales involved in the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.



Arizona Rising

The New Southwest: Community and Labor Activists in Phoenix (Photo by Antonio Mendoza)The New Southwest. (Photo by Antonio Mendoza)

Maria Bustillos visits Phoenix to talk to community, Latino and labor activists whose 10-year crusade is reinventing politics in the Grand Canyon State. (Co-published by The Nation.)

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