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  • Police chief's apology sows healing, friendship
    Police chief's apology sows healing, friendship

    The phone call that changed Police Chief Kevin Murphy's life came late on a Friday afternoon last year: The mayor of this cordial Southern capital asked him to greet a delegation arriving the next morning from Washington.

  • For writers in juvenile hall, sentences can be liberating
    For writers in juvenile hall, sentences can be liberating

    Eminem's "The Monster" ricocheted off the cinder-block walls and worn linoleum floor at Sylmar's Juvenile Hall.

  • 'Hi, do you have water?' In a Central Calif. town, answer is often no.
    'Hi, do you have water?' In a Central Calif. town, answer is often no.

    The grandmother sat outside in her Sunday best next to a house with peeling paint, her canned iced tea resting on top of a washing machine that didn't work. She'd been without running water for four months.

  • For China's Uighurs, knifings taint an ancient craft
    For China's Uighurs, knifings taint an ancient craft

    Here on the fertile edge of the Taklimakan Desert, people have long believed that placing a knife on their bedside keeps away bad dreams. On a baby's seventh day of life, it's tradition for parents to briefly slip a blade under the sleeping infant's head to guarantee a long and...

  • More and more children join Syrian rebels' desperate ranks
    More and more children join Syrian rebels' desperate ranks

    The prayer room in the 12th century mosque had the feel of a bachelor pad — cups of tea and coffee and half-full ashtrays covered most surfaces. A lanky teenager named Hussein Mansour plopped himself down and placed a grenade and a small bag of pretzels on the table.

  • Luxembourg premier joins vanguard of gay leaders
    Luxembourg premier joins vanguard of gay leaders

    The remarkable thing when this tiny nation legalized same-sex marriage in June wasn't that the conservative-leaning prime minister, Xavier Bettel, supported the new law.

  • U.S. Embassy worker undaunted by Taliban attack, injuries
    U.S. Embassy worker undaunted by Taliban attack, injuries

    Lying in a ditch, his head throbbing from the bomb blast, Abbas Kamwand wiggled his toes. He was shocked to discover that he still could.

  • What kind of prison might the inmates design?
    What kind of prison might the inmates design?

    The workshop leaders came laden with markers in colors other than red and blue (gang colors), drafting rulers crafted from museum board (too dull to double as weapons) and kiddie scissors (ditto).

  • Christian and Muslim clerics plead for peace
    Christian and Muslim clerics plead for peace

    In the midst of horrific attacks that killed thousands and caused an exodus of Muslims from Central African Republic, clerics are reaching across the sectarian divide to preach reconciliation. One cleric asks: 'Why do you want to kill this boy?'

  • In a decaying resort area, a pot war erupts
    In a decaying resort area, a pot war erupts

    Transients hole up in the old cottage resorts where vacationing families once came to fish and swim. Rotted docks and pier pilings litter the lake's shoreline.

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