June 24, 2012 An Arizona law that went into effect last year essentially ruled that the program offered in the city's public school system was divisive and should be scrapped. At the end of the first semester without the classes, hard feelings still linger.
February 27, 2011 To this day, Birmingham, Ala., is dealing with the aftermath of a brutal civil rights history. Many programs in the city seeking to heal lingering wounds by crossing racial and economic barriers. One of them is called Scrollworks. Through it, children are offered music lessons and instruments to practice on, free of charge.
February 26, 2011 Before the civil rights movement made Birmingham, Ala., a dateline in history, it was a famous steel town. Its mines have been closed for more than three decades, but the network of old tramways is being turned into a large park. Now it's a place to explore both the history of mining and the subtleties of race.
August 14, 2010 Oakridge fell on hard times after the government declared its forests off-limits to loggers. Now residents are trying to draw visitors by painting the town as a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. But not everyone is on board with the change in focus.
May 14, 2010 Three years ago, a massive tornado ripped through the town of Greensburg, Kan., leaving ninety percent of the population homeless and 11 people dead. But there is new growth: a super-energy-efficient City Hall made from reclaimed brick and wood; an art center powered by the sun and wind; and a home modeled on a geodesic dome. And the rebuilding brought its 900 residents closer together.