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Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says that with the help of fellow Utahns, he became something unexpected during a just-finished trip to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico: the answer to prayers. For example, he describes an elderly couple that just ran out of money for food and a gasoline-powered generator. The wife worried how to care for her bedridden husband in the heat without a fan as he suffered from infections and Parkinson's disease. As Utah volunteers knocked on her door to offer help, she told them, "I prayed last night and said, 'God, please send us help. I... [Read More]
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Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island at a rate of 2,000 a day. [Read More]
The federal government has granted people affected by the devastating hurricanes that wracked coastal states and Puerto Rico 15 extra days to sign up for... [Read More]
Efforts to restore the power grid have suffered setbacks in recent days. It's one reason more than 150,000 Puerto Ricans have left the island for Florida and other states since Hurricane Maria. [Read More]
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A majority of Americans surveyed think Puerto Ricans aren't getting the hurricane relief they need, while Texas is, according to a new poll released Monday.Seventy percent of respondents say Puerto Ricans are not g... [Read More]
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Pastor Humberto "Bert" Pizarro is delivering supplies and hope to people after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico.        ... [Read More]
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As Puerto Rico students settle into high school on the mainland — one big question emerges: What happens to my college plans? That's especially scary for seniors, as application deadlines loom. [Read More]
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Catesby Holmes, The Conversation (THE CONVERSATION) Editor's note: The following is a roundup of stories from The Conversation's archive. On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria tore across Puerto Rico. The Category 4 storm was so massive – 300 miles wide – that it enveloped the island entirely, battering it with 155 mph winds and dropping almost two feet of rain. The next day, Puerto Ricans... [Read More]
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The Herkimer County Hunger Coalition recently completed a project intended to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area. More than $3,400 was donated by area residents and organizations and sent to The Food Bank of Houston. In an effort to do something for the victims of the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico, the coalition has organized the "Suffer Not the Little Children" project in response to a request made by Ilion High School alumnus Carrie Lenarcic... [Read More]
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Protesters marched Sunday in Washington in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, criticizing the lackluster US response to the storm and calling for reform. Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in September, ravaging the US territory's infrastructure. Some 50 percent of its population of 3.4 million people still lacks electricity more than two months later. Demonstrators gathered at the US Capitol with Puerto Rican flags and signs that read "Fight for Puerto Rico," then marched toward the Lincoln Memorial at the other end of the National Mall. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of hit hip-hop musical "Hamilton," and Jose Andres,... [Read More]
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Many in Puerto Rico are having to adapt their shopping skills to live with power outages and intermittent refrigeration. [Read More]
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When Carlos Acosta arrived in Steamboat Springs in December 2016, he knew he would have a job, a steady source of income to support himself and a little extra to send back to his family in Puerto Rico. [Read More]
Arriving with very little, storm victims find a welcome... [Read More]
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Nearly two months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico - Vermonters are lending a hand. [Read More]
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'Been handling growth'... [Read More]
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My heart sank when I arrived in Puerto Rico and saw the damage and destruction of Hurricane Maria first hand. I had seen some of the news reports about it beforehand but was unprepared to witness the level of destruction the hurricane had wreaked on the Island — it was mind blowing. After spending two weeks traveling to different regions, the devastation of Puerto Rico's infrastructure was visible but more apparent was the resilience and strength of the Puerto Ricans. [Read More]
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(CNN)In the wish lists of Democratic strategists, one imagines the arrival of tens of thousands of Democratic-leaning voters to Florida, seemingly overnight, ranks pretty high.Two months after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island, new data suggests that's exactly what's happened.Figures on school enrollment provided to CNN from the Florida Department of Education suggest that well over 50,000 Puerto Ricans have moved to Florida and made it their residence heading into the midterm election next year.These voters are likely to be strong Democrat supporters, as an analysis by Dan Smith, a University of Florida professor, found that heavily-Puerto Rican... [Read More]
Ten intolerable days after Hurricane Maria trounced Puerto Rico, Sahria Garcia finally got a call from her brother on the island. The call lasted three minutes, and the news shook her: Her family had lost everything - jobs, houses, possessions, cars - and had spent days foraging for food, ice and water.Garcia, who lives in a small Orlando apartment with her three children, did not hesitate: "Don't even ask," Garcia said she... [Read More]
Ten intolerable days after Hurricane Maria trounced Puerto Rico, Sahria Garcia finally got a call from her brother on the island. The call lasted three minutes, and the news shook her: Her family had lost everything - jobs, houses, possessions, cars - and had spent days foraging for food, ice and water.Garcia, who lives in a small Orlando apartment with her three children, did not hesitate: "Don't even ask," Garcia said she... [Read More]
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