17 Burst results for "Michelle Ashford"

"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:18 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"John Christopher had permits that he'd gone from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming this construction degree that can be recycled and I wanna crush it, and the material has value. So I'm a recycler, and beautify that was his claim to what, what is actively whereabout, John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north on Dale? And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover. For north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had lip gloss on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win. You have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it we knew become the win. We will cover up when going on mouse. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come pull up on the side of the dump. And that's where they did that business that just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and it will be down the and dates and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a magnet, that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rents girl, if it wasn't. Hundred rats at one one and people were fighting rents. They will get an at homes. I mean some of the Vanna houses on block. Everybody was dental with Renton, but worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:42 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"The guy MS Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps, so he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look way? How did he speak? What, what impression did he leave on? You. He's a very, very large person. He had one of these incredibly coastal sweaters on, you know, like a dad's wetter Colonel like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop, and that he would, but John Christopher had permits that he'd gone from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So is his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming this is construction debris that can be recycled and I gonna crush it and the material value. So I'm recycler and beautify that was his claim as to what, what is actively whereabout, John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale? And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover. North Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had looked Los on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. You could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win. We will have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it, we knew become the where we will cover up. So when going on mass. So mill city did. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and put up on the side of the dump, and that's where they did their business at just to be clear. The dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and it will be down turning dates, and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a Madinat that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rents girl, if it one hundred rats in one one and people were fighting threats they were getting their homes. I mean some of the Vanna houses on our block. Everybody was dental with.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:07 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"So we got him a cars and went on to visit. And it was this gigantic gigantic issue. Henry Henderson had learned that John Christopher, the guy MS Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps, so he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What, what impression did he leave on new? He's a very, very large person. He had one of these incredibly coastal sweaters on, you know, like a dad's wetter kinda like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop, and that he would, but John Christopher had permits that he'd gone from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So is his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction degree that can be recycled and I want to crush it, and the material has value. So I'm recycler and beautify that was his claim as to what, what is actively whereabout. John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale. And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had lived gloves on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean you could taste the on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win is you have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that we knew. Become the where we will cover up full when going on mouse. Ugly, someone that it did Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump made the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side of the dump, and that's where they did have business that just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes van, it would go back there really, like high, and it will be down turning dates, and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a magnet, that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rents girl, if it wasn't. Hundred rats at one one and people were fighting rents. They were getting their homes. I mean, some of the Vanna houses on our block everybody was dental with rents, but worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of MS Ashford's grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks. The dust from the dumps was making.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:45 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on KCRW

"Christopher, the guy MS Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps, so he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was that the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What, what impression did he leave on? You. He's a very, very large person. He had one of these incredibly colorful sweaters on, you know, well, like a dad's wetter Colonel like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop, and that he would, but John Christopher had permits that he'd gotten from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So is his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled and I wanna crush it and the material has value. So I'm a recycler, and I'm gonna beautify that was his claim as to what, what is actively whereabout, John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Lauderdale? And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover. For north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had lip gloss on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. You have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced we knew become the where we will cover up full when going on mass. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse, the guys they could come pull up on the side of the dump. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear. The dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and it will be down there, turning dates, and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a magnet, that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl, if it wasn't. Hundred rats at one one and people were fighting over threats they were getting their homes. I made some of the Vanna houses on black. Everybody was dental with rents, but.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

03:09 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on Reveal

"USA today called the city and it looks at how power is wielded in American cities, a Robin Hayao. So I guess the feds were happy with how operation silver shovel went down. Oh, yeah. Absolutely. I mean, by the time this wrapped up the feds would refer to operation silver shovel as one of the biggest and most successful corruption probes in Chicago history. They had investigated more than forty targets indicted a dozen politicians on corruption charges. Most of whom went to prison and they had also used John Christopher to launder millions of dollars in old mob, cash really hitting the outfit. The Chicago mafia where it hurt and even folded in a drug bust along the way. So this investigation was by their account very successful. What about the people of Chicago where they happy to see all these politicians get jail time. Yes. And no. The investigation did not play out in Chicago's neighborhoods. The way it played out on the nightly news. I almost all the targets of this. Instigation were black or Latino. There was a lot of criticism abyss and the government justified their results by saying. Well, look, this is just how the operation unfolded one alderman, when introduced us to another to another to another. It was all about their personal connections. And a lot of other people felt the trade not just by their elected officials who take bribes, but by the investigation itself, also well in north Lauderdale John Christopher's mountain was still standing. I mean by the time the takedown actually happened this giant illegal construction debris dump head loomed over the neighborhood for almost six years, and the FBI and the US attorney's office had no intention of removing it, it wasn't part of the investigation or part of the take down. This is what Jim Davis who was the agent in charge of the investigation told me about this. I don't think that we it any obligation to clean up Henry, because first of all, it's not what we do. And we did. Create it. I mean, there are agencies that are responsible for cleaning up stuff like that. That's not our business. What about that? I mean couldn't the EPA brought in to help clean up the dump well in theory, but the EPA looked at the situation and said, you know, there's no hazardous waste here. This is a municipal waste problem. It's not our job to clean this up, and so really the city was left holding the Bill here. Of course. The city had already sued John Christopher and one. But instead of forcing him to clean it up. He had just cleared bankruptcy and had affectively disappeared and the FBI in giving John Christopher cover while he was an informant for them made this problem worse for all the people who had been fighting him. Way they said about him being a mall, does something that we never even -ticipant it on one of my visits to north Lonsdale Rita. And Michelle Ashford told me that they were shocked to suddenly, learn that the man that they've been fighting for six years was working for the FBI. Say all this, why we couldn't get any help. This is why we couldn't get any help with it..

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

03:51 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on Reveal

"A giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So is his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled and I wanna crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler, and I'm gonna beautify that was his claim as to what, what is actively whereabout, John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale? And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly, you had a look gloss on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. You could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. We will have the closure as covering the mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it we knew. Become the win. We will cover up for when going on mouth. Some meals that it did. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come pull up on the side of the dump. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear. The dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and it would be down there, turning dates, and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a magnet, that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl, if it wasn't a hundred red sent one, one people were fighting rents. They were getting their homes. I mean some of the vinyl houses on our block. Everybody was dental with rents. But worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of MS Ashford's grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks, the dust from the dumps was making it harder for them to breathe some Woodson and her neighbors decided to confront the dumper, so group of we won't dove it talk to John Christopher and we asked him, you know, could he stop whatever he was doing over there. He told us he could do whatever he, please. And we told him, okay, we'll go to court and he said, if you do go to court when I leave him Aleve, everything just like it is now he was very Erickson. So how did you feel after that confrontation? Let's get him. Let's go to court. And so they did with Henry Henderson's help the city sued. John Christopher in June of nine. Thousand ninety. The story of a mountain in Chicago neighborhood converges with a federal probe was sacred undercover investigation. And so we weren't going to and and there's a takedown teams at wrote to search warrants than accident. Do I need a lawyer, and they told me you might remote, my knees just fell London me? I almost fell to the floor coming up next operation silver shovel. This is reveal from the center for investigative reporting and. P. R X. From the center for investigative reporting in PR X vis is reveal..

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

05:28 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Letter writing campaign. We the south west London, United block club councils are requesting that you intercede for us in protesting the installation fee sent a letter to the zoning board and the water department and the department of streets and sanitation. They sent it to the mayor and a member of congress. We wrote hear about it from who's who to who's that I thought once we can't take all of these peoples and they found out what was going on that somebody will stop it. Ms Woodson was right. At least at first in June of nineteen ninety about a month after receiving her letters, the city finally sent an inspector to check out the dump by then it was already taller than you are. I as the inspector put it more than six feet tall, Henry Henderson was a lawyer for the city, who specialized in environmental issues. People who were working, as inspectors in the city called me up and said, we've got this huge amount of material building up in this particular side. So we got in a car and went on to visit, and it was this gigantic gigantic issue. Henry Henderson had learned that John Christopher, the guy MS Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps, so he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was that the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What, what impression did he leave on? You. He's a very, very large person. He had one of these incredibly colorful sweaters on, you know, well, like dad's wetter kinda like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails going into this meeting hundreds and thought that he could demand that John. Christopher stop and that he would. But John Christopher had permits that he'd gotten from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So is his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled and I wanna crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler, and I'm beautify that was his claim as to what, what is actively whereabout, John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale? And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover. For north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had look gloves on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred she was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. Will have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced, we knew up becoming aware, we will cover up. So when gone, I'm out. Some else that it did Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse, the guys they could come and pull up on the side of the dump. And that's where they did their business that just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness. What the prostitutes being able to go back there and really like high and they will be down turning dates, and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a Madinat that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff, and the rats girl, if it one hundred rats sent one one and people were fighting with rents, they will get an at homes. I mean some of the houses on I block everybody was dealing with the rat. But. But worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of MS Ashford's grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks. The dust from the dumps was making it harder for them to breathe. Thomas Woodson and her neighbors decided to confront the dumper so group of us, we walked over there to talk to John Christopher and we asked him, you know, could he stop whatever he was doing over there. He told us he could do whatever he plays. And we told him, okay, we'll go to court and he said, if you do go to court when I leave them leave everything just like it is now he was very Eric. So how did you feel after that confrontation this getting? Let's go to court. And so they did with Henry Henderson's help the city sued, John Christopher in June of nineteen ninety. The story of a mountain in Chicago neighborhood converges with federal pro was a sacred undercover investigation. And so when weren't going to and and there's a takedown teams at wrote doing search warrants than accident. Do I need a lawyer?.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

03:55 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Center for investigative reporting in p r x this is reveal I'm L. Listen, we've been hearing about a major FBI investigation in Chicago in the mid nineties caused a stir nationwide in Chicago today federal officials announced charges in what they call operation silver, shovel a wide ranging probe of public corruption. Operation silver, shovel lasted three and a half years at the heart of it all was John Christopher a man with an extensive criminal record a man who are working as an FBI informant. Dump six stories of construction debris in the west side neighborhood, north longdale residents there called the large and unsightly dumpsite the mountain, and they accused the federal government of allowing Christopher to continue dumping and poor and minority neighborhoods while using him to target public officials US attorney burnt denies the charge Robin Amer's been our God telling the story, she's the host of the new podcast from USA today called the city. And it looks at how power wielded in American cities. Hey, robin. Hey, al. So I guess the feds were happy with how operation silver shovel went down. Oh, yeah. Absolutely. I mean by the time this wrapped up the feds would refer to operation silver shovel as one of the biggest and most successful corruption probes in Chicago history. They had investigated more than forty targets. Indicted a dozen politicians on corruption charges most of whom went to prison, and they had also used John Christopher to launder millions of dollars in old mob cash really hitting the outfit the Chicago, mafia where it hurt and even folded in a drug bust along the way. So this investigation was by their account, very successful. What about the people of Chicago where they happy to see all these corrupt politicians get jail time. Yes. And no the investigation did not play out in Chicago's neighborhoods. The way it played out on the nightly news. I almost all the targets of this investigation or black or. Latino. There was a lot of criticism of this and the government justified their results by saying, well, look, this is just how the operation unfolded one alderman would introduce us to another to another to another. It was all about their personal connections. And a lot of other people felt the trade not just by their elected officials who taken bribes. But by the investigation itself how so well in north Lonsdale. John Christopher's mountain was still standing by the time the takedown actually happened. This giant illegal construction, debris dump had loomed over the neighborhood for almost six years, and the FBI and the US attorney's office had no intention of removing it it wasn't part of the investigation or part of the take down. This is what Jim Davis who was the agent in charge of the investigation told me about this. I don't think that we had any obligation to clean up. Mount Henry because first of all it's not what we do. And we didn't create it. I mean, there are agencies that are responsible for cleaning up stuff like that. That's not our business. What about that? I mean, couldn't be EPA brought in to help clean up the dump well in theory, but the EPA looked at the situation and said, you know, there's no hazardous waste here. This is a municipal waste problem. It's not our job to clean this up. And so really the city was left holding the bell here. Of course, the city had already sued John, Christopher and one. But instead of forcing him to clean it up. He had just declared bankruptcy and had effectively disappeared and the FBI in giving John Christopher cover while he was an informant for them made. This problem worse for all the people who had been fighting him. We they said about him being a mole the something that we never even anticipated on one of my visits to north Lonsdale Rita, and Michelle Ashford told me that they were shocked to.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:05 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects that was his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction degree that can be recycled, and I want to crush it and material has value. So I'm recycler and beautify that was his claim is to what what is actually about. John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly. You had gloves on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste the on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion where you have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that we all become the where we will cover up for when going. I'm mouse. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump me the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side of the doubt. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there, really like high, and it will be down the attorney and dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl, if you're one hundred one one and people were fighting they were getting their homes. I mean, some of the van houses on our block. Everybody was dealing with the rat. But worse than the rats.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:55 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Was actually running the dumps. So he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was that the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What impression did he leave on new? He's a very very large person. He had one of these incredibly colorful sweaters on. Well, like a dad's wetter kinda like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop. And he would but John Christopher had permits that he'd gotten from the city to operate a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled, and I wanna crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler and beautify that was his claim is to what what is actually about. John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly. You had looked blow your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste the on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win. You have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that we knew up become the where we'll cover up for one going. Mouse. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump made the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side of the doubt. And that's where they did their business that just to be clear the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there, really like high, and it will be down the attorney dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl if one. Hundred one one and people were fighting. They were getting their homes. I mean, some of the Vanna houses on our block. Everybody was dealing with Iraq. But worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of massage fridge grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks, the dust from.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:38 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"June of nineteen ninety about a month after receiving her letters the city finally sent an inspector to check out the dumb by then it was already taller than you are I as the inspector put it more than six feet tall. Henry Henderson was a lawyer for the city who specialized in environmental issues. People who were working as inspectors in the city called me up and said, we've got this huge amount of material building up in this particular side. So we got in a cars and went out to visit. And it was this was this gigantic gigantic issue. Henry Henderson had learned the John Christopher the guy. Ms Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps. So he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was that the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What what impression did he leave on new? He's a very very large person. He had one of these incredibly colorful sweaters on well, like a dad's water kinda like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop. And that he would. But John Christopher had permits that he'd gone from the city to operate a rock crusher. A giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects that was his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled, and I want crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler and beautify claim is to what what is actively about John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had gloss on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. You have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that. We knew. Become the win. We will cover up for when going mouse. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump me the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side Dopp. And that's where they did their business just to be clear the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and they will be down. Yeah. Turning dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl if one. Hundred one one people were fighting. They were getting their homes. I mean, some of the houses on our block. Everybody was dental with rats. But worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of massage fridge grandchildren had severe asthma. And some of them is Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks. The dust from the dumps was making it harder for.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

01:59 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on KCRW

"Back to construction companies to use in their building projects that was his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled, and I wanna crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler, and I'm gonna be fire that was his claim as to what what is activities were about John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had. Glove on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you pay on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. You have the closer as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that. We knew all become the win. We will cover up full when going I'm else. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump me the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys Seca come and pull up on the side of the Dopp. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness. What the prostitutes being able to go back there and really like high, and it will be down the turning dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl in one. Rats it one one people were fighting those rents they were getting their homes. I mean, some of the van houses on our block. Everybody was dental with Iraq. But.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:05 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So that was his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled, and I to crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler, and I'm gonna beautify his claim is to what what is activities were about John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly. Have you had look Los on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste the on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win. You will have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that we knew become the where we will cover up for when going. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump me the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys could come and pull up on the side, the doubt. And that's where they did their business said just to be clear the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness. What the process was being able to go back there, really like high, and it will be down in turning dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and rats girl in one. Hundred rats it one one people were fighting threats. They were getting their homes. I mean, some of the Vanna houses on our block. Everybody was dental with the rat. But worse than the rats.

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

02:43 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on Reveal

"I mean, there are agencies that are responsible for cleaning up stuff like that. That's not our business. What about that? I mean, couldn't the EPA be brought in to help clean up the dump in theory. But the EPA looked at the situation and said, you know, there's no hazardous waste here. This is a municipal waste problem. It's not our job to clean this up. And so really the city was left holding the Bill here, of course, the city had already sued John, Christopher and one. But instead of forcing him to clean it up. He had just cleared. Bankruptcy and had affectively disappeared and the FBI in giving John Christopher cover while he was an informant for them made. This problem worse for all the people who had been fighting him. We they said about him being a mall does something that we never even tested on one of my visits north Lonsdale Rita, and Michelle Ashford told me that they were shocked to suddenly learn that the man that they'd been fighting for six years was working for the F B I say this why we couldn't get any help. This going to get any help with him. They knew all this was going on all alone before we even begin to fight for in the reason why we couldn't get any Justice point anything because it was all the government. And they knew it from the very beginning. We've just figured that John Christopher had that concrete pal there. He was making money off of it. And that's the purpose of it. What's civil Chauvel? That was my first thing what is civil shovel. And they said, oh, you did dumpsite as the Chris John John Christopher Gladys Woodson the block club president and north Mondale told me that she and her neighbors were collateral damage. They'd been used they were never able to get traction fighting John Christopher, and now they could see why he had the have begging, you know, 'cause people that we will contacting seem to you know, was pushing it on the not answering forever. One in north Lonsdale whose children had been hurt whose property had been damaged whose neighborhood had been disrespected. This was a huge breach of trust this people that don't have asthma attack. The people that own own oxygen machines that we have few people to move out of the neighborhood just moved because they could no longer stand the dust and stuff the news about operation, silver, shovel seem to confirm what they'd been saying for years about the government's neglect of their neighborhood because this face the fact they wouldn't have put that up in the white community. Not at all..

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

02:46 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on Reveal

"So I'm recycler, and I'm gonna beautify that was his claim as to what what is actively whereabout. John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had a look gloves on it. You're live gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety. She was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. We will have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it. We knew. Oh, become to win. We will cover up full when going on mouth. Mill city did Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side of the dump. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there, really like high, and it will be down turning dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl, if it wasn't the hundred grand sent one one and people were fighting rents they were getting their homes. I mean, some of the vinyl houses on block. Everybody was dealing with the rent. But worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of MS Ashford's grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks, the dust from the dumps was making it harder for them to breathe some Woodson and her neighbors decided to confront the dumper group of us. We won't boated talk to John Christopher and we asked him, you know, could he'd stop whatever he was doing over there. He told us he could do whatever he please. And we told him. We'll okay, we'll go to court. And he said if you do go to court, a when I leave I'm leave everything just like it is now he was very arrogant. So how did you feel after that confrontation? Let's get him. Let's go to court. And so they did with Henry Henderson's help the city sued John Christopher in June. Of nineteen ninety..

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on The City

The City

05:04 min | 2 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on The City

"In your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety. She was nineteen years old and she lived just a few houses south of the larger dump and it was. I mean, it will be just a big Kushtia win, and it will just have the closure as Korea, mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it, we knew, oh, become to wear, we cover up full when going mouse. So mill city issue. Issue, the prostitutes of yours out used to really have a problem with prostitution. That's Michelle's mother, Rita Ashford. She's talking about Roosevelt road the street, south of the larger of the two dumps the guys say, could come and pull up on the side of the dump. You know, all of that stuff is there and that's where they did their business at just to be clear. The dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes. Being able to go back there really like high. You couldn't actually see them unless you go down killed there. You actually see they will be down and it will be down ternan dates and everything right there on the street. The dumps had become a magnet that's actually a term of art in environmental circles. They were magnet in that attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff. The rents. No, that Retz actually took the seem it like that. Own it. You girl if it wasn't a. Hundred rats at one one and people were fighting rents. They will get an at homes. Everybody was talking about miss houses, Mattie, digging tunnel in her house. Everybody was dealing with the rats. We could sit on Miller's ports, look at the reds, one on the rocks crossbows of it. I'm really got hit by causing millet streaks. The Ashford's can laugh about a lot of this now, despite how serious it all was, but the dumps also began to affect their family in ways they couldn't laugh off. I have holes cake with that doesn't dust horrible because we didn't have a conditioning. So we put those fans in the windows, the fan, withdrawing in the dust as well. So is sucking into doesn't dustless something I'm in town. MS Ashford's daughter Sharona had just given birth to a baby girl Katrina. And when she was just a month old, she started to get sick here. Sure enough. I is a call fish, real bad call knows wanted in a skin was really dark. Serena took her daughter to a clinic, but she didn't get better than to the hospital in north Lonsdale and still get back still hit the shortness of Radic breezing. So I told us read, I say this something, something that's not right with that you kill too, because you hold her up and listen to her back. You could hear the weasing. And so she she was pan like that. You could actually hear it. Some like almost like a whistle. Finally, they took baby Katrina to the big hospital. They took a right on, and then that's when I gave her the first treatment he told me longs was congested and stuff, and they told me she asked us she was bronchial, but that's what they called the Ashford's now faced a horrible kind of new normal back afloat in the hospital almost every day almost every day. Yeah. In a month's time, we've probably was in the hospital. Twenty five days out of the month. Doctors prescribe the baby, a drug called prednisone and kept her on it for years. It's a powerful steroid with potentially powerful side effects of face was like so huge. My dad used to call to because she was so huge from the prednisone taking it trying to treat the asthma. We couldn't care. We have. We have to move around in the stroller. She was so heavy. She a growth. So you know be? Yeah, my. The Ashford's are convinced that the dust caused the baby's asthma, but proving cause and effect between a specific environmental hazard and a specific person's illness is often really difficult as Ashford and others actually tried in vain to get government agencies to come in and do some kind of survey or study that would provide data on the overall impact of the dumps. What I'm really wishes that they have in a medical team to Comey. And to check to see if in how that dust had -ffected them after living around that and breathing in that stuff..

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"michelle ashford" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

The West Wing Weekly

01:45 min | 3 years ago

"michelle ashford" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

"Julie is credited for all of season for accept this episode she's credited as as to mr shlomi but not on twentyfive julie really you wanna wanna come come up if there's a story there please come up if the on every episode because there was a thing that we had to do i remember there was only so much bandwidth for assistance so larne and julie alternated on lauren being errands assistant at the time i don't know if that was true in season four but it was true at one point so maybe that's why i yeah i saw that she was credited for commencement but not for twenty five i'm not sure if it was every episode but yeah wherever saying is over money and in fact we have these three projects at fx right now that are all being written by various really wonderful writers very big political shows actually not one from podcast i was telling you about malcolm gladwin podcast that we bought the rights to and revisiting that if you listen to great and there's a great episode called road to damascus and that's being developed with michelle ashford who created masters of sex we have another just very quickly we have a project that is in the process of the pilots almost on now written so we would probably go to shoot the pilot which is a and it's the wonderful thing about fx who they're really incredible group of people they allow us to sort of we pitch to four year series and it takes place over one hundred years and the end of the series is election night two thousand sixteen and the beginning is one hundred years before and it's three families in one town that jumps thirty five years in between and guess us to election night that's good.

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