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At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

Reporter Keith O'Brien spent a year following the Edna Karr High School marching band. Being a member is more than just a way to be popular; the band offers students a pathway to college.

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Why This Octopus Isn't Stuck-Up

Some chemical in octopus skin acts as a repellent to the little suction cups on the arms, a surprise finding shows. Without it, the eight-armed creature would tie itself in knots.

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War On Poverty, 50 Years Later

In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast

When even a tiny garret in a major city is crushingly expensive, the ideal of the "starving artist" has shifted since the days when poverty was held up as ennobling.

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Missing In The Housing Recovery: New Houses

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At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

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So Obvious Legs
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Hard Sole Shoe Jenny Scheinman
Swing 1 Jacob Bain, Samantha Boshnack et. al.

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Why This Octopus Isn't Stuck-Up

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Son Of? Bride Of? Cousin Of? How Many Godzillas Are There, Already?

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When States Can't Control Violent Youth, Is Prison The Answer?

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Spiritual Groove [Live/Solo] Antoine Dufour

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In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast

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