Tovin Lapan

Freelance Journalist

What's Next for the Great Barrier Reef? - Pacific Standard

The boat slid out of dock in Port Douglas, Australia, with 30 eager divers on board, gliding past a saltwater crocodile languidly cruising the shoreline. As we started the hour-long journey to our Great Barrier Reef dive site, the underwater beasts were far from my mind.
The record crowd, 66,000 strong, screamed and shook the Houston Astrodome as the superstar appeared on a white, horse-drawn carriage. Selena, in her trademark purple, midriff-baring jumpsuit waved to the adoring fans before stepping onstage and breaking into "I Will Survive."
Don Ignacio "Nacho" Saldaña, 82, still gets up before sunrise every morning to prepare the food and man the counter at his restaurant, Tortas Ahogadas "El Güerito," open in Guadalajara's historic center since 1959. He tops his thin, closely cropped white hair with a blue baseball cap, his squinty eyes behind black metal-rimmed glasses resting on his broad nose.
Frantic messages, emergency meetings, CNN interviews and 'Lord of the Rings' After only a few hour of sleep, Astrid Silva woke up at her family home in west Las Vegas at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. Washington, D.C., three hours ahead, was already buzzing with early intel on the DACA announcement.
Individuals struggling with the mysterious, debilitating disease are finding relief in an unlikely place: the boxing gym, where patients battling uncontrollable tremors are transformed into fighters. By Tovin Lapan Through the strain on Kevin Krejci's bespectacled, reddening face, a flicker of a smile flashes as glove hits canvas, a spray of sweat punctuating every hit to the heavy bag.
The Twittersphere was quick to show its wit when news broke that a law proposed in the Nevada legislature would allow medicinal marijuana for animals. Quips rolled out about "cat cannabis" and finding the "Snoop Dogg" in your own dog.
The journey of one U.S. asylum seeker fleeing a Honduran death squad illuminates the perils and pitfalls of a fickle and complex system This month, A Beautiful Perspective relaunched as a digital magazine tackling a single theme each month. For our first month, we're exploring the concept of home.

Students Cry Foul About Paying More for Sports

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Andy Pinedo likes sports. He just doesn't want to pay more so other people can play them. As sophomore at the University of California-Santa Cruz, Pinedo voted "no" last year in a referendum about whether he was willing to hand over another $270 a year to support his school's Division III teams, above the $1,221 in fees the campus charges now.
"This ain't no En Vogue concert, this is a Stevie concert!"
When the citizenship process goes smoothly, it typically takes five or six months for someone to go from application to taking the oath of allegiance. In the case of Lebanese immigrant Abdul Nasser Karouni, it's been almost two years, and a lot of scrutiny in airports ...
MEXICALI, Baja California - Another Diaz family reunion, the seventh since November, is wrapping up at Casa Hogar, an elderly care home in this humid Mexican border town. A total of six family members have made the trip from Las Vegas to see the oldest of seven siblings, Francisco Diaz Jr., 40, who is the youngest resident of the care facility by at least 30 years.