January 30, 2007 In small-town Campton, N.H., school bus driver Diana Fannion takes pride in her skills, her safety record, and in being sometimes the only smiling face a child will see during the day.
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December 30, 2006 John Miley, 75, has collected sports broadcast recordings since he was a teenager. He has a wealth of material in his basement in Evansville, Ind.
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December 29, 2006 Thieves recently broke into an art studio in New Orleans, dismantling and stealing several bronze sculptures created by artist John T. Scott. His world-renowned artwork normally commands thousands of dollars per piece, but the sculptures likely were sold as scrap metal for a few hundred dollars.
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December 26, 2006 An Iraqi appeals court has upheld the death sentence imposed on Saddam Hussein at his first trial for war crimes. The court said Saddam must be hanged within 30 days for the killing of 148 Shiites in the central city of Dujail.
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December 24, 2006 In the downtown Cincinnati neighborhood known as Over the Rhine, one food bank gave out special meals this week -- enough to feed some 17,000 people, including 8.000 children.
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December 12, 2006 Few works in all of American literature document the musical life of pioneer America as effectively as the Little House on the Prairie series. This special features select songs and stories taken from the Little House series, with Riders in the Sky and other Nashville artists providing musical performances.
November 28, 2006 The tobacco crop is quickly disappearing from the farm fields of Kentucky. But tobacco barns, in various states of repair, stand proudly on the landscape as icons of family farming.
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November 3, 2006 Among the members of this year's University of Louisville marching band is a musician who is blind and doesn't walk. At last night's game against visiting conference rival West Virginia, Patrick Henry Hughes was in the trumpet section, in a wheelchair pushed by his father. The blonde young man, holding his silver trumpet in a white uniform, was spun around the field by his father, who wore a red Louisville jacket. The two attend all practices and halftime performances, even through the most intricate formations.
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October 23, 2006 West Virginia's annual Bridge Day attracts thousands of spectators to watch parachutists leap from a bridge spanning a gorge nearly 900 feet deep. But this year, a pioneer of the sport plunged to his death.
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October 6, 2006 Thoroughbred horse racing is a big-money industry, and when horses like Triple Crown hopeful Barbaro get injured, the damages -- in pain and suffering for the animals, and in costs to their owners -- can be huge. Some racetracks are replacing their traditional dirt tracks with an artificial surface called Polytrack, which is touted to reduce injuries.
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October 2, 2006 At a retirement home for Thoroughbred racehorses in Kentucky, a once-great stallion is nearing the end of the line. In his career, Precisionist earned more than $3 million.
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September 10, 2006 Host Noah Adams remembers how beautiful the weather was when terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.
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September 1, 2006 My final visit today was to the Fair Grounds Race Course in the Gentilly neighborhood. The "sad Fair Grounds," is the way I've come to think about the place, flooded, with plywood replacing big sheets of grandstand glass. The soft early morning sound of hoof beats around the turn of the sandy track is no longer there. I drove into the parking lot past a garish sign that proclaimed in red and black letters: "OTB OPEN NOW SERVING FOOD!" Nothing wrong with off-track betting if you like it. The TV monitors showed the action at 26 tracks. You could bet on a horse at Arlington Park in Illinois, Charles Town in West Virginia, Golden Gate in California and Evangeline Downs and Louisiana Downs in drier parts of this state. Racing at the Fair Grounds is scheduled to return on Thanksgiving Day. The winter season opening is a traditionally a grand event (this track was founded in 1872). There was no racing this past year and it's taken the full year to get things ready for the coming season. But what about the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which also sets up camp each spring at the Fair Grounds? That's another matter. Word on the street is that "it was just like it always was -- just as hot (weather and probably food), just as great (music and friends)..."
September 1, 2006 I drove out Piety Street then switched over to Desire. It's now a familiar route, heading into the Ninth Ward. This is across the Industrial Canal from the Lower Ninth and some call this neighborhood the Upper. I crossed the streets named Industry, Abundance and Treasure, then turned on Clouet to find St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. I first came here in 2004 for a story about an after school supper program – meals for children and their families prepared by students at Dillard University. That was a happy, satisfying story. Last October I came back, finding no one I knew. Only a few of the houses were sound enough to live in. Today, the crunch of dried light brown mud is gone from the streets and the grass. A few more houses have people. I met Jene Moore, a grandmother. She'd been away in Murray, Ky., and smiled when she talked about the folks there who brought a school bus to New Orleans. Jene and her family were the next in line at the convention center when the bus from Murray pulled up. Now she's back in a trailer, her collapsed house untouched. "No school," she said. "No store."
September 1, 2006 St. Claude Used Tires -- not a single place more valuable or as busy after Katrina. It's outside the business district by a few miles (on St. Claude Avenue). When the water went down after a few days, if you had a flat, Joe Peters became your best friend. And because of all the junk in the water after the storm, he had a lot of best friends. "Ambulances, Humvees, boat trailers… everybody who was in here was getting in trouble," Joe told me today. He was watching two of his men change tires for customers from a chair in the shade. I asked, "Did you have trouble with looters?" "No, everybody knows Joe. I've got a 12-gauge. I've got a big dog I tied up out front and I'd go to sleep inside." I asked him if he raised his prices a little during that time. "Stayed the same," he answered. "$8.00 to fix a tire. Same today. I don't want to get rich on poor people."
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