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OF SPECIAL NOTE

BLACK HISTORY MONTH-JIM CROW RELICS

People across the South are debating whether to preserve the remnants of their Jim Crow history, from segregated waiting rooms to “whites only” water fountains and long-abandoned schools for black children. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,250 words on Feb. 9. Photos, video.

A SOLITARY STORY

NEW YORK — Soon after her arrival at Rikers Island, an argument over who should clean a jailhouse shower sent Candie Hailey to solitary confinement. It was the first time, but it would not be the last. A string of misbehaviors — fighting, cursing, spitting, disobeying orders — kept adding to her time in the “bing.” Of the more than three years she served in jail awaiting trial on attempted murder charges, Hailey spent close to two-and-a-half tumultuous years in a tiny solitary cell where she tried suicide eight times. At a time when everyone from President Obama to state lawmakers are questioning the long-term effects of solitary as the punishment for hard-to-handle inmates, the AP examines one woman’s story. In the eight months since Hailey was acquitted, she has struggled to resume a normal life and break free from the trauma of her confinement. By Jake Pearson. UPCOMING: 2,400 words on Feb. 9. Abridged version and glance planned. Advance for print release Tuesday, Feb. 16. Photos, video, interactive.

FOR THIS WEEK (for immediate release except as noted):

SOMALI REFUGEES-MAINE

Though the first Somali refugees moved to the former milling city of Lewiston, Maine, 15 years ago and sparked a backlash, complete with a white supremacist rally, today the newcomers are largely accepted, showing how much has changed in the nation’s whitest state. By David Sharp. SENT: 1,040 words on Feb. 9. Photos, video. Eds: This story moved as Tuesday spotlight.

PALESTINIANS DOCTOR

After Dr. Saleem Haj-Yahia performed the first-ever successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank last month, he was greeted with flowers, balloons and cheering crowds and publicly praised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. SENT: 660 words on Feb. 9. Photos.

GRAND JURY-OFFICER STATEMENT

Georgia is considering changing its unique law that gives officers accused in use-of-force cases the chance to testify on their own behalf before grand juries weighing charges against them — without being questioned by a prosecutor. SENT: 800 words on Feb. 9. Photos.

MARDI GRAS

People across New Orleans mark the culmination of the Mardi Gras season with elaborate floats, eccentric costumes and marching bands. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 440 words on Feb. 9. Photos, interactive.

BRAZIL-CARETAS CARNIVAL-PHOTO GALLERY

TRIUNFO, Brazil — Far from the glitz and glamour of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Sambadrome parades, people in this northeast Brazilian town put a frown on their Carnival celebration. Triunfo’s “Caretas” revelers take to the streets in colorful hand-made costumes that feature huge hats, long whips — and scowling masks. SENT: 110 words on Feb. 8. Photos.

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