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    Greensboro, NC: Supporting Non-Profits

    Find how how winning $10,000 from the Reader's Digest We Hear You America campaign allowed Greensboro to support its local...

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    Albion, MI: Reviving a Theater and Hosting Youth Activities

    In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes in

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    Edinburg, VA: Restoring the Mill

    In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes in

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    St. Johns, MI: Setting Up a Spray Park

    In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes in

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    Manchester, NH: Refurbishing a Community Art Gallery

    In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes in

    4 Amazing Caregiving Stories

    Meet some of the caregivers who have risen to the challenge. For all of them, the experience has been stressful....

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    Woman Who Lost Leg Finds Inspiration from Disabled Dolphin

    On a recent morning in Clearwater, Florida, Maja Kazazic peered down into a 73,000-gallon aquarium. For two years, she’d been

    Father Kills Bear to Save Son

    Just a few more steps, a few … more … steps. Crouched in a thick stand of pines above the

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    Excuses, Excuses: An Excerpt from Teacher Man

    I was in my third year of teaching creative writing at Ralph McKee Vocational School in Staten Island, New York,

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    11-year-old Survivor of Floodwaters Saves Her Family

    Like most Oregonians, Stephanie McRae was used to driving in foul weather. Although rain still pelted the windshield of her

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    6 Couples Share Their True Love Stories

    Also In This Story See more amazing photos—including wedding pics—of these profiled love matches! Read six-word memoirs on love and

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    Schoolteachers Take Charge of Field Trip

    It was 6 a.m. on the March day of a field trip to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Fifth-grade teacher

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    World Trade Center Attack Survivor Lauren Manning: A Long Road Back to Health

    September 2006, and Lauren Manning looks terrific. Striding across the lobby of a Manhattan high-rise, she exudes the confidence she

    The Heroes Rebuilding New Orleans

    Three years after Hurricane Katrina, die-hard citizens like these seven are bringing the city back to life.

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    Shark! How One Surfer Survived an Attack

    Silver fog blanketed California’s Monterey Bay on a late August morning last year. For Todd Endris, it was a perfect

    Hope for Deaf-Blind Triplets — Light in the Dark

    How parents of triplets found hope in a dismal situation.

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    The Killer Next Door

    Something doesn’t seem right, thought Cindy Plant, as her truck bounced along an old dirt road north of Wichita last

    Bart Corbin: Double Deception

    Jennifer Corbin was one of those people almost everybody liked, probably because she liked everybody. Tall, blonde and pretty, the

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    True Stories: Inspiring Words from Real Couples

    The 1,001 men and women who participated in the Reader’s Digest Marriage in America Survey didn’t get paid to participate;

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    Michael Oher: Homeless Hero Becomes Academic Success

    The New Kid When Sean Tuohy saw the new kid sitting in the high school gym, he saw a boy

    Bombshell: Documents Throw New Light on Marilyn Monroe’s Death

    These little-known facts will change your perspective.

    RD on TV: Gracie’s Choice

    An inspirational story about a teen hero found a way to keep three brothers from being separated.

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    Invincible: World Trade Center Attacks Survivor Lauren Manning

    Running Late On a hazy late afternoon in New York City, Lauren Manning breezes through the door with an upbeat

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    The Black Widow Killer

    Call it a mother’s intuition. When a medical examiner reported the cause of death for Glenn Turner, 31, his mom,

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    America’s Most Vicious Gang

    For the Ivano family, the school day began like any other. It was a Tuesday morning in December, just days

    Photo Essay: The Patriots Guard Riders Who Honor Fallen Heroes

    When soldiers fall or veterans pass away, this motorcycle group shows up to honor them.

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    Everyday Hero: Jeff May

    The ninth-graders in Missy Dodds’s seventh-period study hall were restless that Monday afternoon, March 21, 2005. It was the last