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A bracing dip weekly in the 40- to 50- degree waters off the Chesapeake Bay provides an outlet for a small, but determined, group of swimmers from the Washington, D.C., area.

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A South Los Angeles teacher started a poetry library to help his students keep up with their reading assignments. Now, Hiram Sims says the Sims Library of Poetry is more than 5,000 books strong – and he has sights to expand.

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On April 20, 2021, blue could not eclipse Black. Derek Chauvin’s murder and manslaughter verdicts meant that in George Floyd’s case, America’s constitutional laws and rights held true — justice for all.

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The pandemic disrupted drug abuse treatment for Leon Wittner’s daughter Sara. The stigma of addiction kept him from seeking help earlier. In hopes of saving others, this grieving father speaks about his family’s experience with addiction and loss.

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Retailers are tweaking their approach to wooing customers – and boosting their sales. In spite of the pandemic, people still want to celebrate special day for lovers.

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Gaelynn Lea's pandemic year of music and activism

When the singer-songwriter and disability rights advocate from Duluth, Minn., saw how Covid-19 was disproportionately affecting people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, she decided to raise her voice and do something about it in her hometown.

Quest for justice resumes as courtrooms open doors

The U.S. judicial system is designed for face-to-face experiences, but the pandemic changed that dynamic. As courts return to open sessions, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys work to dig out of the deep backlog.

Senior workers man the front lines despite coronavirus risk

For millions of seniors, working during the pandemic is a life-threatening gamble as Covid-19 disproportionately affects the elderly. Debrah Dubay, who works at a hardware store in Taos, N.M., shares why she’s still going.

Spring break 2021: Students balance risks, rewards

The pandemic put a damper on college spring break 2020. One year later, college students — and administrators — consider alternative options as safety takes precedence over fun.

CCNY students fight for flexible grading during Covid

When The City College of New York undergraduate student president, Shza Zaki saw how the fallout from Covid-19 was hurting her classmates and their grades, she decided to speak up.

Remote-learning issues and pragmatic problem-solving

Student absence rates soared during the 2020-21 school year, but U.S. school districts, educators, and parents found some creative ways to satisfy elemental needs for online instruction.

Enterprising crafters help fulfill a critical need

With every stitch, solo mask makers have helped to keep millions safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. More than a year after the pandemic emerged, their face coverings are still necessary.

Indigenous communities: Not monolithically Latino

Recognizing that many immigrants are neither Mexican nor Spanish speaking, a major part of the Comunidades Indígenas en Liderazgo mission is Indigenous interpretation, which has provided valuable information about Covid.

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Virtual visits: a good change for incarcerated families?

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has instituted video visitations. Some feel this could be a lower cost and a more humane way to connect incarcerated people with loved ones and aid reintegration with the outside world, but others worry it could end in-person visits.

'This isn’t a sprint. We’re in a marathon'

Irna Landrum, who lives near George Floyd Square, shares with photographer Nina Robinson how she is living through this historic moment.

Tender moment disrupts Black fatherhood narrative

Photographer Patience Zalanga describes what she saw in this quiet moment in George Floyd Square, and what it can teach us.

My son wonders if George Floyd memorial will live on

Photographer Kyndell Harkness reflects on bringing her son, William, to George Floyd Square in June 2020.

For this nurse, his vocation is an extension of his culture

Nurse and historian Ren Capucao reflects on how his Filipino identity motivated him to study the history of Filipino nurses in the U.S. In doing so, he came to better understand himself and his mother’s journey into the nursing field.

This time, the mass shooting was in my hometown

Rock Hill, South Carolina, is like any other small town in the South — or anywhere — with two exceptions: It is my hometown. And on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, it witnessed a horror that seems to be running on replay.

Reflections from doctor who treated patient one in U.S.

‘We were fighting for every single life.’ In January 2020, Dr. George Diaz became the doctor who tended the first-known U.S. case at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash.

A view from the front lines in the battle against Covid-19

Jeff Rhode, a staff photographer for a hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey, was given intimate and unique access to document the doctors, nurses, staff and patients as they battled the pandemic.