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Desiree Wieczorek sits in a bedroom she now shares with her sister. The best part of living in a house after being homeless for five months, she says, is the warm showers. Sarah Harris/North Country Public Radio hide caption

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Education

After Months Of Homelessness, A Teen Leaves The Woods Behind

Homelessness is not just an urban phenomenon. Desiree Wieczorek spent five months living in a makeshift camp with her family near the New York-Canada border. Then her school stepped in to help.

Tom Barrett returned to the convenience store where he stole a can of beer. He spent time in jail, not for the crime, but because he couldn't afford the fines and fees that went along with wearing an electronic monitoring device. Joseph Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Guilty And Charged

Measures Aimed At Keeping People Out Of Jail Punish The Poor

An exclusive state-by-state survey by NPR found that 49 states now allow or require criminal defendants to pay for their court-ordered electronic monitoring bracelets.

The Gimp character in Pulp Fiction, clad head-to-toe in studded black leather, has no lines in the film but still manages to be memorable. Screenshot of "Pulp Fiction," produced by Miramax hide caption

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'Bring Out The Gimp': The Man Behind The Mask In 'Pulp Fiction'

Pulp Fiction introduced a number of now-legendary characters, including a very mysterious one: the Gimp. Who played that disturbing part? When he got the role, he was working on kids' cartoons.

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