petlilitthotli.gq The news organization chronicled the chronic budget cuts and tuition increases of the time, and provided the first dependable student news entity covering the State University Board of Trustees and the New York State Legislature.
The New York Times described Francis as one of the few people not the state payroll who understood the state budget. SLNS had major scoops picked up by New York City daily newspapers and state wire services, including one on the lavish spending habits of student government leaders during the budget crisis of the early s.
His coverage of this event led to his expanding coverage of dioxins and PCBs into an international story that has appeared in Sierra , The Las Vegas Sun , The Ecologist and many other newspapers and magazines. Considered among the worst indoor PCB releases in the long history of the chemical, the New Paltz incident involved a series of nearly simultaneous transformer fires and explosions on the state college campus, which occurred while most students were on winter holiday.
Testing conducted by the state's contractors revealed that contamination had spread widely in Bliss, Capen, Gage and Scudder residence halls, as well as the Coykendall Sciences Building and Parker Theater. Subsequent negligence led to pipes freezing in Coykendall and Parker, spilling millions of gallons of contaminated water onto the campus and into the local estuary system during the winter of His reporting, which appeared in more than articles published locally and internationally, established that the dormitory buildings were re-occupied prior to being adequately tested or cleaned, yet with students, parents and staff being given reassurances of safety by campus and local government health officials.
His persistent coverage of the transformer accident that led to PCB and dioxin contamination in several dormitories at SUNY New Paltz resulted in his being banned from campus as an alleged public nuisance on May 5, Challenging the ban, he brought a federal lawsuit against the State of New York in the persons of college president Dr.
Alice Chandler, and assoc. David Eaton , on freedom of speech and equal protection grounds 1st and 14th amendments represented by civil rights attorney Alan Sussman. More recently, his independent testing confirmed that the dormitories - particularly, Capen and Gage residence halls - remained contaminated with PCBs in , 13 years after the transformer incidents there. In , he worked with students and members of his creative team to build the DioxinDorms internet site, which gives the history of the New Paltz issue as well as considerable historical background about the global PCB and dioxin situation.
His wider reporting on PCBs and dioxins, based largely on the record of a federal lawsuit titled Nevada Power vs. General Electric et al. Titled "Pandora's Poison," the article also uncovered a series of memos between Monsanto Co. The lab, Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories, was later the at the center of a scandal that consumed the reputation of nearly every major safety testing lab in the country, as the FDA found most to be operating fraudulently.
Francis is the founder of Generation published Sept. After years covering industry and government, Francis had what he jokingly describes as a "conversion experience" and began investigating astrology after reading the daily horoscope of Patric Walker — The synchronicities between 'real life' and what appeared in Walker's daily column in The New York Post were particularly stunning given the type of journalism work he was doing at the time, requiring copious research and documentation: seemingly the opposite of a horoscope column. There were more personal reasons, as well.
I needed to write in a more personal way.
His astrological teachers included David Arner, who among other things taught him classical astrology; Laurie A. Roell, who taught him the basics of interpreting an astrological chart. With one exception—Barbara Clow—all of his astrological mentors, and his most important non-astrological mentor, have been musical composers.
Through reading his work it's apparent that he was influenced greatly by Joseph Trusso, a mentor and his Gestalt-based Holistic Therapist, with whom he worked as a client for many years in Woodstock, NY also a musical composer. He was also influenced by the Hakomi Therapy movement, a body-centered method of therapy practiced mostly in the United States and Canada.
Brad Blanton's work on Radical Honesty has been another significant influence.
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Through his astrological career, he has been a prolific writer, as well as working individually with clients until early Much of his work has focused on the developments of the minor planets, such as Chiron, Pholus and Quaoar. He was quoted recently in The Wall Street Journal on the subject of minor planets and the change of classification of Pluto and Ceres.
His essays and horoscopes, currently called Planet Waves, have been published continuously in Chronogram magazine in the New Paltz, NY area since Francis is the founder, editor and publisher of Planet Waves, a general interest web magazine formed in , which features writings and photographs by Francis and many other writers on a diverse array of subjects including astrology, cultural astronomy, politics, sexuality, and spirituality. The publication offers a wide diversity of both free and subscriber content dating back to around , but has the unusual practice of giving complimentary subscriptions to premium services to anyone who asks.
Planet Waves originally appeared as an article series reported from Germany on the website of Rob Brezsny, though Francis had been on the Net for about two years prior.
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