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In 1984 a man named Kirk Bloodsworth was convicted of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl and was placed on death row. This man was convicted largely due to testimony of five eyewitnesses who identified him as the one who committed this horrible crime. However, after spending nine years in prison, DNA testing proved Bloodsworth to be innocent ...

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wooded road

My mother was the sort of woman who wound her way through unfamiliar places only to see if she could find her road home. But she was also the sort who sunk with relief into habit after a day made long by the weary world of customer service, happily exchanging adventure for the same patch of pavement every day for ...

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Running away is an art form, just like bank robbing, chess, and covering up a serious crime. It takes planning, quick thinking, and a sprinkle of luck. You can’t just run away on impulse; you have to wait it out until you’ve got a destination and a way to pay for it. (If the world was peaceful and in harmony ...

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Sometimes things go wrong inside, with no fanfare. With no banners strung or flags flapping wildly in the morning air. No spectators there to witness the crossing of all those special lines. Sometimes it happens quiet, like the sighful, scraping whisper of autumn leaves on empty sidewalks. Or like so many secrets slipping through so many pairs of lips. Sometimes ...

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I don’t have a lot of friends. I can count those I have on one hand, two at most, and three of those are immediate family. A fourth I married. I was a bit of an anomaly upon arrival in Denmark. I wore boot-cut jeans, was darker complected than the average Dane, and spoke with such a thick accent that ...

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I rode a dragon today

dragon book

I rode a dragon today, with scales of fiery blue Gusting wings turned each page, each chapter begun anew I dreamt I was a Thunderbird, storms marking my flight Howling winds and shrieking cries and lightning rending night Today, I was a wizard, by the badger house thus claimed Through goodness and kindness and niceties we were given our name ...

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Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders: Onset, Prognoses, and Impact


ABSTRACT Mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation disorders (FAOD) are a family of rare autosomal recessive diseases [1]. Even though FAOD affect fewer than 1 in 25,000 people [2], they can lead to dangerous or even fatal situations for those afflicted [1]. These diseases are even speculated to be a reason for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) giving them serious attention over ...

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Lone Wolf


Pain ends. Whether through drugs, time, or death, those crippling sensations that break bodies and bend wills eventually dwindle into nothingness. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. This desolate tundra hillside is the cold heart of a demon, yet my body is pure fire. My very cells are ablaze, cooking me from the inside out. Tissue inflames, blood ...

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Cultural Identity Crisis…or Not?


It has been long said that there is a natural rhythm of the world, one that is esoteric in nature so that few may keep up with it. The rhythm of the world is a saucy tango, rich in sudden shifts of movement, the pulse endearing. Many instruments comprise this rhythm, but I have always considered myself a musically gifted ...

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The Big Envelope


It’s the first day of our senior year, Isabelle and I’s tradition on the first day of school is to take our sophisticated picture by the front garage. I have on the traditional first day of school dress with a sweater that covers my shoulders. Isabelle showed up in sweats and a baggy t-shirt as if it’s what she wore ...

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