Stories from William Troop
As an editor at The World, I'm crashing against a deadline almost all the time that I'm in the newsroom, editing content for The World's many daily stories. When I get a chance, though, I like to report on my favorite topic: soccer. OK, actually soccer takes up most of my non-work life, but I'm cool with that.
I also consider myself a citizen of the world and a global nomad. I grew up in Mexico and Italy before moving to the United States for college and beyond. So what better place to work than The World?
That explains why I joined the original team that created The World in 1995. Since then, I've worn almost all the hats in our newsroom: producer, director, correspondent and editor. Before joining the team in Boston, I was a producer and editor at National Public Radio, and news director at NPR member station WAMU in Washington.
Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff has passed away. As part of the Dutch national team, he helped revolutionize soccer. Actually, he led the revolution.
Conflict & Justice
Here's a man who refuses to leave the war-torn city of Aleppo so he can look after his collection of vintage cars. The collection includes some vintage American models from the 1950's like a Chevy pick-up and an elegant Buick sedan. Their owner, Abu Omar, says they've been damaged by the conflict, but he's determined to fix them.
FIFA has cleared five men as candidates to lead the organization. The world soccer body says all five passed a thorough 'integrity check.' But all of them are also tainted by their past associations with an organization saddled by years of corruption allegations.
The pro-separatist parties that control the government of Catalonia are pushing decisively for a split from Spain. But opinion polls show the Catalan public split pretty much down the middle on the issue. And Spain's prime minister says he simply won't allow the country's break up.
Arts, Culture & Media
Italian non-profit Liberi Nantes organizes a soccer team each year made up entirely of migrants and asylum seekers. The group's founders say it's their response to racism in soccer.