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Apr 27, 2015

Baltimore mayor says outsiders turned peaceful protest violent

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore’s mayor and police on Sunday again blamed outside agitators for violence and vandalism that flared during a mostly peaceful protest over last week’s death of a young black man who sustained an unexplained spinal injury while under arrest.

A day after thousands of demonstrators marched through the city demanding justice in the investigation into the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake condemned the lawlessness that erupted on Saturday.

Apr 26, 2015

Baltimore man who died in police custody mourned at wake

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Mourners gathered at a Baltimore funeral home on Sunday to remember a 25-year-old black man who died a week ago while in police custody, an unexplained death that brought thousands to the city’s downtown to protest police violence.

The wake for Freddie Gray on Sunday afternoon came the day after the largest demonstration yet since he died on April 19 and two weeks after a foot chase with patrol officers, his eventual arrest and his ride in a police transport van.

Apr 26, 2015

Mourners to remember Baltimore man who died in police custody

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Mourners will gather at a North Baltimore funeral home on Sunday to remember a 25-year-old black man who died a week ago while in police custody, an unexplained death that brought thousands to the city’s downtown on Saturday to protest police violence.

The wake for Freddie Gray on Sunday afternoon comes the day after the largest demonstration yet since he died on April 19 and two weeks after a foot chase with patrol officers, his eventual arrest and a ride in a police transport van.

Oct 15, 2014

Police say tests show teen shot by St. Louis officer had gun residue on hands

Louis (Reuters) – A black teenager fatally shot last week in St. Louis by an off-duty police officer had gunshot residue on his hands, jeans and T-shirt, according to crime lab results released on Tuesday after four days of protests in the city against police violence.

The killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by a white officer last Wednesday intensified the demonstrations over the deadly Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Mar 25, 2014
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Yoga, butt naked

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New York, United States

By Shannon Stapleton

When I was assigned to photograph a naked yoga session my first thought was: how am I going to illustrate this in a way that people will actually be able to publish?

I had to take pictures of a room full of naked people without showing any frontal nudity, and I wanted to do the job in the most artistic way possible without allowing the images to become voyeuristic. 

May 2, 2013
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A piece of the past with the present

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New York City, NY

By Shannon Stapleton

Every time I have to cover a story related to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center I always hope that I will be able to forget that day and the so many lives affected by the tragedy.

Today was not different. It’s a beautiful spring day and being down near the Ground Zero site was probably the last place I wanted to be. But covering one of the last pieces being hoisted onto One World Trade Center did provide a glimmer of closure.

Apr 29, 2013
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Ghost town of Superstorm Sandy

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Breezy Point, New York

By Shannon Stapleton

Driving into the city I was listening to NPR talking about it being the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

At first I couldn’t believe it had been six months already, and then I thought more about it and it seemed like years ago. The last time I was in Breezy Point and the Rockaways not much had changed.

Apr 5, 2013
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Adventures on the western frontier

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North Dakota

By Shannon Stapleton

It had been a couple months since I traveled somewhere to cover an assignment and I have to admit I was really looking to get out of town.

So when I heard that the Reuters text operation was covering a story in Williston, North Dakota on the Bakken Oil boom I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to visit a place that I had never been before. That same day I picked up the month’s edition of National Geographic and saw on the cover that one of my favorite photographers Eugene Richards had spent some time there this past summer. I was excited to embark on an adventure to the western frontier and see for myself this modern day gold rush.

Feb 8, 2013

Flights cancelled as blizzard begins to wallop northeastern U.S

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A blizzard blew into the northeastern United States on Friday, bringing whiteout conditions to some parts of New England and threatening to drop record amounts of snow around Boston.

Authorities scrambled to prepare for the storm, which had already touched off a massive traffic pile-up in southern Maine and prompted organizers of the nation’s sledding championship in Maine to postpone a race scheduled for Saturday, fearing too much snow for the competition.

Feb 8, 2013

Blizzard begins to wallop northeastern U.S.

BOSTON/NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) – A blizzard blew into the
northeastern United States on Friday, bringing whiteout
conditions to some parts of New England and threatening to drop
record amounts of snow around Boston.

Authorities scrambled to prepare for the storm, which had
already touched off a massive traffic pile-up in southern Maine
and prompted organizers of the nation’s sledding championship in
Maine to postpone a race scheduled for Saturday, fearing too
much snow for the competition.