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For Hardee’s Workers, It’s Not a Parable, It’s a Job

Fast food used to be a transitional, temporary work. In Creston, Iowa, it has become a career.

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To Shill a Mockingbird

A 58-year-old manuscript will become Harper Lee’s second novel, but questions about Lee’s care continue to swirl in Alabama.

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The Public Life and Private Doubts of Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton wanted to be a civil rights leader in the mold of Martin Luther King, Jr. It hasn’t quite worked out that way.

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When a Stranger Threatens Suicide

An American writer living in Japan, unread and underpublished, sends an email to a group of writers he doesn’t know informing them that he is committing suicide.

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A Father's Scars

Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds, a year after his mentally ill son stabbed him multple times before committing suicide.

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Battle for the Senate: How the GOP Did It

An inside look at the Democratic infighting and Republican gameplan (“Obama, Obama, Obama”) that led to the midterm landslide.

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An Undocumented Immigrant’s Dream Deferred

Javier Flores had hopes of a last-minute change in policy that would allow him to stay in Ohio with his wife and four kids, where he had a good job, a house, paid taxes. It didn’t come.

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The Peekaboo Paradox

The dark secret life of The Great Zucchini, Washington D.C.’s most sought after children’s birthday party entertainer.

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When No Gender Fits: A Quest to Be Seen as Just a Person

“Kelsey’s gender identity is ‘non-binary.’ Or, ‘agender.’ It’s what Kelsey feels comfortable with, even though the world keeps insisting, in a million little ways, that Kelsey has to choose.”