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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.

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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.

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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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Measures Aimed At Keeping People Out Of Jail Punish The Poor
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