Small Farmers Take Root in Competitive New York City Christmas Tree Market
(December 15, 2015)
Charles Hurd runs a small farm just an hour and 30 minute drive upstate from New York City that sells choose-and-cut Christmas trees. Among the farm's tactics to get people to drive out to the family-owned operation is having Santa Claus skydive onto the farm on Black Friday.
Despite being close to the largest metropolis in the United States, Hurd, 31, has never been able to sell his trees in the Big Apple. Until this year.
Banned Books Week Celebrates Freedom to Read Across the Nation
(September 28, 2015)
At least once a year, Charles Brownstein receives a call complaining about the popular graphic novel "Watchmen."
As the executive director of CBLDF, Brownstein assists in about two dozen cases a year. When an attempt is made to ban a comic like "Watchmen," he tries to settle the issue — whether it's through educating the complainant or managing the legal aid of individual readers, creators, sellers and librarians.