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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):
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.
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.
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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