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Gaines

I was active with my college newspaper, The Eastern Echo. Before I graduated college, I had my first full-time professional reporting job. I've worked as a reporter at The Marion (Ohio) Star, the Traverse City (Mich.) Record-Eagle and The Saginaw (Mich.) News, with a commitment to public service and watchdog reporting in government and politics. Covers Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the military national security and veterans beats.

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Is this the coolest avocado trick ever?
How can you keep the rest of an avocado fresh and green after your avocado toast? (T. Ortega Gaines/The Charotte Observer/TNS)

11:50 PM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

How can you keep the rest of an avocado fresh and green after your avocado toast? (T. Ortega Gaines/The Charotte Observer/TNS)
FuManChu: Charlotte's bad boy of baking
Andy Jackson poses with some of the spirits his uses for creating his cupcakes. (T. Ortega Gaines/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

9:00 PM Monday, Sep. 28, 2015

Andy Jackson poses with some of the spirits his uses for creating his cupcakes. (T. Ortega Gaines/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
Photos of the Week, September 5, 2014
RODEO DANCE--In this Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014 photo, Eliza Wagner, 4, from Fort Madison, Iowa, dances in the aisle during the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa. She was at the rodeo with her parents, Toby and Lindsey, and brother, Keller, 2. The rodeo continues through Saturday night with rodeo events and musical performances. (AP Photo/The...

1:34 AM Friday, Sep. 05, 2014

RODEO DANCE--In this Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014 photo, Eliza Wagner, 4, from Fort Madison, Iowa, dances in the aisle during the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa. She was at the rodeo with her parents, Toby and Lindsey, and brother, Keller, 2. The rodeo continues through Saturday night with rodeo events and musical performances. (AP Photo/The...