Given painful budget cuts in the New York school system, parents say their homemade confections are a more wholesome way to help fund school programs. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Soprano Marlis Petersen, playing the part of Ophelia in Ambroise Thomas' opera Hamlet, stabs herself after being driven to madness by Hamlet's rejection. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. speaks as the Rev. Al Sharpton and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand look on. The three were at a vigil for Haitian earthquake victims near the Haitian Consulate in New York in January. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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