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In Cord Blood

9 years ago by Julia Reischel
Under bright white lights, several pairs of hands reach into a gaping red gash in the very pregnant belly of Rosa Simmons. With a squelch, her seven-pound daughter Emily, gray and wriggling, appears. It is June 6 at Northwest Medical Center in Margate. Rosa Simmons' cesarean section has been swift...
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Blood Trade

13 years ago by Eric Alan Barton
Michael Piquion, a shy 13-year-old with a soft smile and eyes that dart timidly away from strangers, sits in a Jackson Memorial Hospital room with walls decorated in pastels, polka dots, and Rugrats characters. With his left hand, he curls a crimson cord connected to a plastic bag overhead that...
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Cold Blooded

7 years ago by Sam Eifling
You know your week hasn’t gone as it should when your name appears in a headline like the one Panthers forward Richard Zednik generated in the Miami Herald: “Panthers’ Zednik lucky to be alive.” Earlier this month, Zednik made possibly the biggest news in the National Hockey League by catching...
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Blood Sport

14 years ago by Jean Oppenheimer
The 20th Century is replete with examples of unconscionable crimes carried out in the name of some quasi-political, military, or religious cause -- acts of such misguided judgment and mindless brutality that they seem to cross an invisible threshold of decency, morality, and understanding. The My Lai massacre of 1968,...
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Blood Diamonds

7 years ago by Brantley Hargrove
It's a creepy feeling, knowing these masked men have cased you for weeks, studying your every move. Leon Rozio had crossed paths with their kind before — highly organized South American theft gangs that employ sophisticated surveillance and commando-style assault tactics. Rozio, age 64, is one of a dying breed...
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