All articles by Ed Griffin-Nolan

Todo es Culpa de Obama

Immigration, Afghanistan, Benghazi

Todo es culpa de Obama. Todo.

City Super Market

Nojaim’s market sticks with its Near West Side customers

Social scientists say one of the difficulties for the urban poor is the “food desert” — the scarcity of choices in the city. Reporter Ed Griffin-Nolan looks at how Nojaim's market changes with the times.

You Get What You Pay For

How ’bout that raise?

Just a day after the elections, I’m sitting in my editor’s office and in walks our esteemed publisher. The publisher is a well-known conservative Republican. The editor describes himself as a proud liberal Democrat, and I prefer to be known as an unaffiliated radical; I’ve always been taught that in our system, political parties stand for only one thing — winning elections — and that is not a principle I care to sign on to.

School District’s Independent Monitor Begins Her Work

Tisha Edwards looks at how Syracuse deals with its outsize suspension problem.

"We can drop the numbers of suspensions down and have safe schools. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

Syracuse Woman Writes Book About Suspension, Calls it a ‘Weapon’

Suspended for Life: The Road to Unemployment, Crime, and Death

If you’ve ever seen Twiggy Billue speak at a meeting of the Syracuse Board of Education, you know that the diminutive and vocal activist is full of passion about children. If you read her recent self-published book, Suspended for Life: The Road to Unemployment, Crime, and Death, you may start to understand why she feels so strongly about the dangers of profiling poor students, especially African-American males … even more so if those students have been labeled with disabilities.

La Casita Cultural Center Honors Veterans

Walking through La Casita Cultural Center’s exhibit Balcon Criollo

Korea is often referred to as the forgotten war, and Latino veterans have good reason to consider themselves the forgotten ones within the forgotten war.

Why Maffei Should Lose

Empty slogans and exaggerated attacks

As I write this, no one knows who will win the 24th Congressional District seat. Our paper goes to bed at the end of business on Tuesdays, while voters are still making their way to the schools and churches and town halls where they cast their ballots. So I don’t know who has won the favor of the good people of this strange district, which from the sky looks like a sonogram of Syracuse with a bad case of goiter.

Maybe We Can Learn from the Fears

The teachable moment on Ebola

First to quell the rumors: It is not true that local reporters assigned to cover the Katko-Maffei congressional race have begun begging their editors to transfer them to Liberia to report on the Ebola outbreak. That did not happen, but if you had to endure up close and on a daily basis the mind numbing, childish chatter that has passed for a campaign this season, you might well understand the allure of Monrovia.

You Can’t Put the Toothpaste Back in the Tube

What Pope Francis has released here is not something you can stop

Forty years is a long time, a number especially significant for a man of a biblical faith, and so, 40 years after his ordination, Fred Daley, the only openly gay Roman Catholic priest in the Syracuse Diocese, can be forgiven for believing that the Promised Land might finally be coming into view.

Why Does a Dog Move Us More Than Dying People?

Priorities During Crisis

Ebola hemorrhagic fever doesn’t have a name or a face that we can relate to, or at least it didn’t until Thomas Duncan died Oct. 1 in Texas days after flying in from Liberia. It is believed that Duncan contracted the virus while performing an act of kindness: helping a pregnant 19-year-old woman into a cab so that she could get to a hospital.