Ryan J. Farrick

Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.

DHS Backtracks on Dreamers Decision

The Department of Homeland Security is issuing new instructions for Dreamers who missed an important deadline due to postal delays. The New York Times recently reported that nearly 100 beneficiaries of the terminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program were rendered illegal after they missed an October 5th deadline for renewing temporary residency and work

NTSB Blames Amtrak for Fatal Crash

A federal agency blamed the safety culture at Amtrak for last year’s fatal crash near Philadelphia, which left two railway employees dead along the tracks. Traveling at 106 miles per hour – just below its authorized speed – the train collided with a piece of construction equipment parked close to the rail line. Immediately after

Grays Harbor County Settles Suit Over Use of Solitary Confinement for Kids

Grays Harbor County in Washington agreed to pay damages and make policy changes after a suit challenged its use of solitary confinement in juvenile detention centers. According to U.S. News, the lawsuit was originally filed by a local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in March. The organization provided legal counsel to the mother

Florida Doctor Peter Katz Arrested for Illegal Drug Sales, Bad File-Keeping

A 73-year old doctor from Florida has been arrested in connection with the deaths of four former patients. Boynton Beach physician Peter Katz had already been arrested in April. According to the Sun-Sentinel, he’d been prescribing medication with “limited to no exam, no patient files and no medical history.” Sometimes Katz would try fulfilling his

9-Year Old Cheyenne Lewis Wins $4m After Dad Sues State

A 9-year old girl named Cheyenne Lewis will receive $4m from the state of Washington. The child was found living in sordid conditions in 2015. Lewis’s mother and boyfriend had kept her and two siblings locked up in a dilapidated and patently disgusting Lake Stevens home. KOMO News reports how law enforcement officers reacted after

Female Public Defenders Sue Chicago Jails Over Masturbating Inmates

Female public defenders in Chicago are now suing the city, saying it hasn’t done enough to stop masturbating inmates from exposing themselves. A half-dozen attorneys claim that serial instances of indecent exposure and masturbation are a major problem in Chicago’s courtroom lock-ups and county jails. Reuters reports that officials are aware of the problem and

Columbia University Professor Steps Down Amidst Sexual Harassment Allegations

A distinguished professor at Columbia University stepped down after being accused of kissing and groping a graduate student. The news, as relayed by The New York Times, was circulated by the university to its students and staff early last week. According to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan court against Columbia and Professor William V. Harris,