Sgt. Miro Brekalo talks with residents in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood, as other officers walk their beat. Their goal isn't only to stop crime; it's also to connect with citizens who are often reluctant to report crimes. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Candy Chang, co-founder of the website Neighborland, writes on an art installation in New Orleans in April. As part of a public street art project that later became Neighborland, Chang put nametag-like stickers on empty New Orleans storefronts for residents to write ideas for improving the city. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Abortion opponents demonstrate outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic in Jackson. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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David DiBenedetto, the editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun, holds an editorial meeting in the magazine's Charleston, S.C., offices. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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A New Orleans newspaper stand holds copies of Wednesday's Times-Picayune, which announced layoffs for 200 employees. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a rally in Pensacola, Fla., in January. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pictured here on April 13, 2011, Barataria Bay — part of Louisiana's Barataria Basin — was one of the hardest hit areas in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Today, obvious signs of the spill have faded, but communities are still reeling from its effects. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson, Miss., on Friday. The former Massachusetts governor has skeptics in the Deep South. Rogelio Solis/AP hide caption

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