Jeanne Marie Laskas

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The postscript to a miracle.

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They advertise murder for hire but work for the government. Inside the world of America’s fake hit men.

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The rigors of youth football.

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A graveyard, a stutter and Ray-Bans: The Vice President, profiled.

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A report from Sprague’s Sports, a firearms emporium in Yuma, Arizona.

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Life on an oil rig in the Arctic.

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The story of former Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill and the lasting impact of his concussions.

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Life as an air-traffic controller.

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A profile of Joe Paterno.

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On the life of illegal immigrant fruit pickers.

Without 1 million people on the ground, on ladders, in bushes—armies of pickers swooping in like bees—all the tilling, planting, and fertilizing of America's $144 billion horticultural production is for naught. The fruit falls to the ground and rots.

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500 feet below ground with Ohio coal miners:

I followed them underground, home, to church, to the strip club where they drink and gossip and taunt and jab and worry about one another. I listened while they worried about Smitty, the loner of the group, who had just ordered himself a mail-order woman.

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A profile of the Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleaders.

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According to Lou Dobbs, we’re wrong about his stance on illegal immigrants, wrong about why he quit CNN, and wrong about his presidential aspirations. Well, we might actually be right about that last thing.