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Biography

La Toya Tooles is a web producer for The Center for Investigative Reporting. La Toya received her master’s degree in digital media journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in print journalism. She has written for The Brooklyn Ink, Salon.com, OhDang!Mag, The Afro American, The Golden Gate [X]Press and the Western Edition.

 

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Environment

Slideshow: Yarsagumba harvesters face harsh conditions

Nepalese villagers endure harsh temperatures and steep hikes to harvest yarsagumba, the rare fungus known as “Himalayan Viagra,” which sells for about $9,400 a pound. To see more photography by Thomas L. Kelly, visit www.thomaslkellyphotos.com   Arms race on America's streets Arms race on America's streets Thomas L. Kelly Fortunes are being made in the pursuit

Mar 11, 2012
National Security

Timeline: Flashpoints in urban violence

Despite an overall decline in urban violence since the early 1990s, the past century has witnessed a series of dramatic and bloody events that have prompted law enforcement to examine their tactics and demand more sophisticated equipment to deal with perceived threats. Significant police reforms – from domestic surveillance to SWAT teams and special training

Dec 21, 2011
Criminal Justice

Slideshow: Arms race on America’s streets

Since 9/11, the federal government has spent $34 billion helping state and local law enforcement and other agencies prepare for terrorists attacks and other catastrophes. Much of that money has been spent on combat-style equipment and apparel. A 180,000-square-foot showroom of such gear accompanied the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Chicago

Dec 21, 2011