This Guy Is Running For President, And So Are More Than 200 Others

Ryan Shepard looks on. | Sean McGinnis Scanlon/Courtesy of Shepard 2016 Campaign

Ryan Shepard looks on. | Sean McGinnis Scanlon/Courtesy of Shepard 2016 Campaign

 

It’s not hard to reach presidential candidate Ryan Shepard; he doesn’t have a media relations office or a slick-tongued press secretary.

Shepard, 40, is a bartender at Roc Brewing Co. in Rochester, N.Y., while also working toward a bachelor’s degree in creative writing at nearby SUNY Brockport. He plans to enroll in an master of fine arts writing program after he graduates.

He is also just as much a candidate for U.S. president as Ted Cruz, who was billed by many as the first and only candidate to file so far.

“I’m doing something,” says Shepard, when asked about his campaign. “You know, people can complain about the government all they want, but you see very few people actually attempting to do anything. A lot of those people don’t even vote.”

Cruz got 13,000 retweets when he announced on Twitter. Shepard shared a photo announcing his campaign on Facebook, and got eight likes.


You can read and listen to the rest of this piece, as it originally aired nationally on All Things Considered on April 6 , 2015.

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Target Offers $10 Million Settlement In Data Breach Lawsuit

Target has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit related to the company’s 2013 data breach.

Court documents show hacking victims could get as much as $10,000 apiece.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson indicated a hearing Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., that he planned to grant preliminary approval of the 97-page settlement, The Associated Press reported.

As the Two-Way reported, Target said immediately after the breach that “as many as 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted” in the hack. But that number quickly ballooned 70 million people affected when taking into consideration other personal information that was stolen. The breach affected holiday shoppers at Target from Nov. 27 through Dec. 18 2013.

The retailer now estimates that about 42 million people had their credit or debit information stolen, according to the court documents, with the largest totals coming from California (7.8 million), Texas (3.6 million) and Florida (2.9 million).

Target also estimates that close to 61 million people had their personal data stolen. That information could include names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

The proposed settlement would also require the Minneapolis-based Target Corp. to implement changes to its security policies within 10 business days of the settlement becoming effective.

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared at NPR.org.

Erik Martin helped make Reddit huge, then he left. What’s next for an Internet master?

Erik Martin left his position as general manager of Reddit, one of the world’s largest Web sites, a few months ago. Now, the Brooklyn resident ponders his future. (Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post)

Erik Martin left his position as general manager of Reddit, one of the world’s largest Web sites, a few months ago. Now, the Brooklyn resident ponders his future. (Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post)

A day before he was to speak at Harvard, Erik Martin was walking his 5-year-old mutt, Mog, down a few Brooklyn streets to a park.

Martin is in roomy blue jeans that fall over faded blue Nike sneakers. A few weeks ago, he was managing Reddit, one of the largest Web sites in the world. Now, he’s unemployed.

The longtime manager of one of the world’s most successful start-up Internet companies leans down to bag Mog’s droppings. The next day, he’ll speak on a panel about journalism for social change at the Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship in Cambridge.

Time magazine named Martin to its list of the most influential people in the world in 2012, when Reddit was less than a fifth of its current size. The site, said to be valued at $500 million, boasted more than 174 million unique visitors in September 2014, just weeks before Martin announced his resignation as general manager on Oct. 13.

“If the Web’s most powerful images are the ones that go viral, then Erik Martin oversees the most infectious petri dish around,” Time said of Martin in 2012. “Since its founding in 2005, the site has avoided the influence of corporate brands and self-promoting celebrities, instead favoring the sometimes questionable taste du jour of its hive mind.”

Martin’s transition from Reddit could reflect future generations of entrepreneurs with varying interests as the Internet enters its “second generation,” a time when young people coming into the workplace have had access to the Internet for their entire lives. His leadership at Reddit helped shape the model of Internet freedom we experience today.

“ ‘A.D.D.’ is a very good term to describe what is going on in the Internet world,” says Kathleen Allen, a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California, about tech entrepreneurs. “Even if they make it big, they tend to start something new. It’s a lifestyle sort of thing.”

So what’s the next step for Martin, a 37-year-old barbecue-loving, early-’90s rap connoisseur and media guru considered an expert on communication in the digital age?

“It’s called Assholes on Demand,” he says with a slight giggle.

It’s called Assholes on Demand.

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared on page C1 of The Washington Post.

DC Ferguson/ Marion Barry Live Coverage

After a grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, protests erupted across the country. For two weeks, I was tasked with following the gatherings, both the planned and unplanned. I fed remote reporting feeds to reporters at The Post‘s headquarters. Some of those stories can be found here and here.

About the same time, DC lost one of its most polarizing politicians, Marion Barry. Barry was beloved by DC’s black community, so the two events proximity to one another couldn’t be ignored. It was an emotional time.

I documented the protests as well as the city’s reaction to Barry’s death, on my Twitter and Vine accounts. Here’s a summary of the social media work I did for these stories.

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In Ward 8, vigil for Marion Barry moves from mourning to celebrating

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Dana Hall, center, lights a candle during a vigil along Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE as people gathered to remember the life of former mayor Marion Barry on Nov. 23. Barry died early that same day. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Though it could be days before an official memorial honors former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, impromptu gatherings in Anacostia brought hundreds of residents together Sunday evening to dance, sing, shout and pray.

A candlelight vigil began shortly after sunset Sunday at Anacostia’s Big Chair and picked up steam as it went along.

Teenagers leaned on the giant legs of the chair. Babies perched on their parents’ shoulders, peering over the group of Ward 8 residents, who loved Barry so much.

Vigil organizer Damian Bascom passed around a megaphone to speakers who ranged in age from recent college graduates to seniors who remember Barry’s rise to fame.

Hector Rodriguez, 72, was among a small group of Latino residents who yelled “Viva Marion Barry!” Rodriguez worked on Barry’s cabinet when he was mayor. But he also remembered meeting Barry when he “still had his Afro.”

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared in the B section of The Washington Post.

Dashed streetcar plans spread uncertainty along Columbia Pike, Crystal City corridors

Zulkuf Gezgic, owner of Attila's Restaurant on Colombia Pike, says he doubts another project is going to come to the area any time soon. (Miles Parks/The Washington Post)

Zulkuf Gezgic, owner of Attila’s Restaurant on Colombia Pike, says he doubts another project is going to come to the area any time soon. (Miles Parks/The Washington Post)

By: Patricia Sullivan and Miles Parks

Arlington County’s abrupt cancellation of two long-planned streetcar projects on Tuesday has upended plans to redevelop the Columbia Pike and Crystal City corridors and poses new uncertainty for those interested in transforming the aging neighborhoods, say business and civic leaders.

Some property owners along the congested Columbia Pike strip are now recalculating prices at which they think they could sell, predicting softer demand from developers who had been intrigued by the creation of a trendy streetcar line. Others, however, said they were relieved to hear that the projects were canceled — because they feared streetcars would bring gentrification that could force them out.

Advocates of revitalization, meanwhile, said county leaders must quickly commit to funding other transportation improvements if they want to preserve the corridor’s potential — a commitment Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette (D) promised to make.

“The risks have risen significantly for those who want to invest,” said Takis Karantonis, executive director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. “There is no credible transportation proposal in the works. So we find ourselves in limbo.”

Zulkuf Gezgic, owner of Atilla’s Restaurant on Columbia Pike, put his restaurant up for sale more than two years ago for $275,000. He is still waiting to sell and said he’d now take $220,000 if the buyer was willing to pay in cash.

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared on page B1 of The Washington Post.

Andrew Schmuhl denied bond in torture, stabbings of McLean couple

The second Springfield lawyer accused of brutally stabbing a McLean couple last week was denied bond Tuesday after new details emerged about the attack that prosecutors have described as a “torture session.”

Andrew Schmuhl, charged with two counts of malicious wounding and abduction by force, appeared at a hearing in Fairfax County.

Prosecutors say he broke into the McLean home Nov. 9 and left homeowners Leo Fisher and his wife, Susan Duncan, with life-threatening injuries. Prosecutors say Andrew Schmuhl was accompanied by his wife, Alecia, who had recently been fired by a law firm where Fisher is managing partner.

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared in the B section of The Washington Post.