Mike Reynolds pets his cat outside his home in 1992, the year his 18-year-old daughter, Kimber, was shot and killed by a repeat offender. Two years later, his ballot initiative for California's three strikes law passed overwhelmingly. He has fought tirelessly to uphold it ever since. John Storey/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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Ninety percent of the Phoenix metropolitan area was constructed after 1950. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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In a lively conversation with Scott Simon for the public TV series Backstage With ..., Tom Hanks took on the perils — and pleasures — of fame. An hourlong version of the interview will be broadcast in January 2010 on many PBS stations. WVIZ/PBS Ideastream hide caption

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George Visger, 51, has severe short-term-memory loss due to multiple head injuries experienced while playing football. Lianne Milton for NPR hide caption

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The road into Shonto Canyon in northern Arizona, on a remote part of the Navajo Nation. Daniel Kraker for NPR hide caption

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This retinal prosthesis has been implanted in the eyes of 32 patients. The device receives wireless data from the camera which it then translates into electronic signals that are sent to the brain, restoring sight. Courtesy Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. hide caption

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Underneath Main Street in Lewistown, Mont., residents like to float on inner tubes down Spring Creek. Ian Gray/Mapping Main Street hide caption

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