The Clarinetist by Dominic Bracco II

The Clarinetist chronicles the life of Esteban, a 15 year-old-boy living in one of the most violent cities in the world: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The project highlights how his passion for music saves his life.

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The Monster Under the Water by Melanie Burford

In the first weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded last April 20, Jason Melerine, like most Louisiana fishermen, feared the worst: that the cocktail of oil and dispersant would immediately kill the state’s already fragile fishing industry. His worry consumed him. He pulled patches of hair from his chin and his leg. He landed in the hospital with migraines. He contemplated suicide.
“For us, it’s a life, it’s what we love to do,” said Melerine, whose four children eat crab so often they complain about it. “It’s what we know to do. Water is my life.”

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Blood in the Sand by Charlie Mahoney

In the 1900′s Barcelona was one of the world’s most celebrated bullfighting cities. With its three bullrings, it hosted more bullfights than any other Spanish city. On July 28, 2010 the Parliament of Catalonia, an autonomous region in Northeastern Spain, voted to abolish bullfighting in the region. An animal rights group, Prou forced the debate after gathering more than 180,000 signatures. This will force the closure of Barcelona’s Plaza Monumental, Catalonia’s only remaining active bullfighting ring.

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A Troubled Paradise by Charlie Mahoney

Beneath the outsiders’ vision of the Maldives lurks a troubled reality – one shaped by 30 years of a brutal dictatorship. No one knows this better than Mohamed Nasheed, the nation’s new democratically elected President, who unseated Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the Maldives’ ruler since 1978, in a landmark election in October 2008. Nasheed was imprisoned thirteen times by Gayoom and was named an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in 1991.

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Demons in the House by Melanie Burford

Terry Caffey can still taste the blood and gunpowder. He can hear the staccato gunfire, the shrieks of terror and the plaintive wail of his 13-year-old son – “Why? Why?” He can feel the heat and suffocating smoke from the fire that rolled along the floors and up the walls of his cabin tucked in the piney woods of East Texas. And he can see his wife – a humble woman whose fingers danced and spirit soared at her church’s piano – slumped at the foot of the bed, her neck slashed so savagely that… read more.

Willis Stewart by Melanie Burford

Evercare of Texas was supposed to coordinate medical and long-term care for more than 80,000 elderly, blind or disabled North Texans. “We help make it easier to get the care you deserve,” the company promises on its Web site.For many Texans, it hasn’t worked out that way. Willis Stewart, a 61-year-old carpet layer who had his teeth pulled during treatment for mouth cancer, said he has waited three months for Evercare to approve the dentures that will allow him to eat solid food again. He has lost 25 pounds – the combined effects of chemotherapy and… read more.

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