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    Curious People

    Curious People

    Photography and Text by Michael Webster

    Each spring, Coney Island USA, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to preserving the past and future of Coney Island, N.Y., convenes the Congress of Curious Peoples.

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    Legacy of the Black Cowboy

    Story by Jenny Jones, Photography by Pete Marovich

    Sitting outside of the equestrian arena, Billy Ray Thunder held out his right hand and attempted to stretch his fingers. The middle finger was gnarled in a permanent bend, and the one next to it was broken and swollen, cocked in an unnatural state.

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    Extracted Dreams, Implanted Realities

    Extracted Dreams, Implanted Realities

    An examination of girls growing up in southeast Ohio

    Photography and Text by Andrea Morales

    Somewhere between teenage fantasy and the reality of poverty are the girls of Glouster, an old company town in southeast Ohio. They’re coming of age in a former coal boomtown with few modern resources, struggling as they attempt to craft their own aspirations.

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    A Holiday of Healing

    Story by Jenny Jones • Photography by Pete Marovich

    On a recent December day, the parents of a young fallen Marine turned their grief into an outpouring of love for thousands of American heroes.

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    Photography and Text by Pete Marovich

    The U.S. Capitol, the core of the federal government’s legislative branch, is visited by an estimated 3 to 5 million people each year.

    But since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, visiting the “people’s houses” has become a little more inconvenient.

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    Our mission is to share true stories about the people, places, events and icons that form the nation’s identity. The stories presented here offer glimpses into American culture in hopes of providing a better understanding of the country and its people. Please link to us and spread the word!

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    Hull's Drive-in
    Hull’s Drive-In

    It was a hot, sticky August evening, and the sun was still high as cars filled with families began lining up along the gravel drive leading into Hull’s Drive-In Theatre in Rockbridge County, Va.

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    Emergency medical technicians and paramedics provide care to the sick and injured until the patients are in the care of a doctor at a hospital. From car crashes to heart attacks, EMTs and paramedics must be prepared to handle any situation in which someone’s health and safety may be compromised.

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    Washington, D.C., is one of the most photographed cities in the United States. Its people, culture and icons are continually framed by professional and amateur photographers alike.

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    All Thrifty States

    From small towns to big cities, thrift stores pepper the American landscape. Charities operate most of the nation’s thrift stores, using the proceeds to advance their causes. Goodwill and The Salvation Army are among the most recognized charities that run thrift stores; however, thousands of lesser-known groups and churches also operate such stores.

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    Current Affairs

    My Two Moms
    Legal Stranger

    Amy and Alex traveled from their home in Virginia to nearby Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2010, to exchange wedding vows. The women had been together for four years when the District legalized same-sex marriage, and they were eager to tie the knot.

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