Ellery Schempp was a high school junior at Abington School District, just north of Philadelphia, in 1956 when he filed suit against his school for requiring students to read versus from the Bible each day. In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Abington School District v. Schempp that Pennsylvania’s law established a religious practice and was unconstitutional. More...
Documentary filmmaker discusses his film on Ciudad Juárez violence—as reality and entertainment
by Alberto Tomas Halpern // December 6, 2013
Award-winning Israeli-American photojournalist, Shaul Schwarz, began documenting the violence in Mexico in 2008. After two years photographing the death and heartache, Schwarz decided that still photographs alone couldn’t tell the story. In 2010, he set out to make a documentary that showed the sights and sounds of drug violence in Juarez, resulting in his new film, “Narco Cultura.” More...
City manager will stay in office until the end of September
by Alberto Tomas Halpern // October 31, 2013
Wilson sat down with Newspaper Tree this week to discuss her long career in El Paso city government, the controversial Triple-A baseball stadium project, public corruption, her accomplishments, and where she sees the city headed in the future. More...
El Paso art collector exhibits selected works at El Paso Museum of Art
by Esmeralda Ojeda // October 9, 2013
Juan A. Sandoval II is a reference librarian and subject specialist at the UTEP library, but his main love has always been collecting art, books and textiles. Over a 30-year period, he has amassed almost 1,000 pieces of art and 7,000 books, all stowed away in his home in Sunset Heights. More...
El Paso mayor marks first 100 days in office
by Alberto Tomas Halpern // October 2, 2013
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser marked his first 100 days in office on Wednesday, October 2. Leeser was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and became a U.S. citizen in 1974 after his family relocated to El Paso. He has lived in El Paso ever since. More...
EPISD superintendent discusses the public trust, team building and a way forward
by Alberto Tomas Halpern // September 19, 2013
Newspaper Tree sat down with Juan Cabrera in his office on September 12 to discuss his new role as superintendent, the public corruption and cheating scandals, school finance, and what he expects from the district, students, and the community as EPISD moves forward. More...
Chief Financial Officer for the city of El Paso provides insight on the budgetary process
by Alberto Tomas Halpern // August 22, 2013
Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria is the city’s Chief Financial Officer. "Newspaper Tree" interviewed Arrieta-Candelaria this week in her office on the 16th floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown El Paso. She spoke about the budget-making process and upcoming changes to the finance department. More...
by Alberto Tomas Halpern // August 1, 2013
The data also showed that high and low voting turnout is not limited to one part of the city; rather, all parts of the city exhibited concentrations of both high and low voter turnout.
Janet Monteros, Barbara Montoya, and Pat White, members of the League of Women Voters of El Paso, visited the Newspaper Tree office this week to discuss the data, the work they do, and offered their solutions to engage citizens to participate in elections. More...
Cook announces run for Texas Land Commissioner
by Alberto Tomas Halpern // July 25, 2013
Former mayor John Cook sat down with Newspaper Tree this week outside of Kinley’s House of Coffee & Teas on North Mesa Street. With his planner laid out on the table and wearing a crisp white “El Paso: All-American City” long-sleeved shirt, the 67-year-old Vietnam veteran talked about his political future and a changing Texas. More...