A wall at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., is filled with tributes, prayer cards and notes of appreciation from families whose loved ones have been cared for at the facility. Patricia Murphy/KUOW hide caption

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A Special Focus On Caring For Veterans At The End Of Their Lives KUOW

Service members often struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret. The Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs are working to help make those last days meaningful.

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Thacher Brown stands at the edge of the dune behind his Bay Head, N.J., home in November. Brown, who rebuilt a dune in front of his house after Superstorm Sandy, says he opposes Gov. Chris Christie's plan to widen beaches and build dunes along the state's 127-mile coastline. Wayne Parry/AP hide caption

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Property Owners Throw Cold Water On Protective Dunes Plan For N.J. Shore WHYY

State officials have met with stiff resistance from property owners worried about losing their ocean views or claim to beachfront land.

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Water use restrictions in California amidst the state's ongoing drought have led to the phenomenon of "drought-shaming," or publicly calling out water wasters. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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In California, Technology Makes Drought-Shaming Easier Than Ever

As the state's drought continues, social media and smartphone apps let just about anyone call out water waste — often very publicly.

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Charles Ornstein with his parents at his Bar Mitzvah. Through their voice messages, saved on his phone, Ornstein has a trove of verbal memories. Charles Ornstein hide caption

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Digital Life

'Kiss Everybody': Voice Mails Live On After Parents Are Gone

Writer Charles Ornstein's parents endure in many forms — through photos, videos, serving platters and wine glasses. But the voice mails — those unscripted moments of everyday life — he can carry in his pocket.

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Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried and learn more about their own place in the world.

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