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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.

Feb 8, 2013

Powerful blizzard takes aim at northeastern U.S.

BOSTON/NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The northeastern United
States braced for a possibly historic blizzard that could drop
up to three feet (nearly one meter) of snow from Friday to
Saturday and bring travel to a halt.

Blizzard warnings were in effect from New Jersey through
southern Maine, with Boston expected to bear the brunt of the
storm. The day began with light snow and winds that were due to
pick up with much heavier snowfall by afternoon.

Jul 25, 2012
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Facing tragedy in Colorado


By Shannon Stapleton

I woke on the morning of July 20th happy and looking forward to a great weekend with my son at his last lacrosse tournament of the season.

That feeling of happiness changed quickly when I looked on the phone and it said “Can you get on a plane to Denver as soon as possible, there has been a mass shooting at the screening of Batman with 12 people dead and numerous injured.” My heart started to race and all I could think of was how just five months prior I had responded to the senseless killing of three high school students in Chardon, Ohio. A place close to my heart because it was near where I grew up and had played my last high school football in 1987.

Mar 5, 2012
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Remembering where I came from


By Shannon Stapleton

Throughout my career I have covered my share of despair caused by senseless killings, war and natural disasters in other countries and within the United States. You become kind of jaded and realize that when you get the call to go cover one of these assignments that you are going in as a journalist and your job is to cover the reality of the situation no matter how bad it is. Little did I know that I would someday be covering such tragedy in a place around 25 miles from where I grew up.

I received the call on Tuesday to get on a plane to Chardon, Ohio, a blue collar town of 5,000 outside of Cleveland a day after the senseless shooting of five high school students, that ended with three dead by the end of the week. I boarded a plane as soon as possible and arrived in Akron, Ohio around 5:00 pm where I drove for an hour to make a candlelight vigil honoring the victims of the shootings at St. Mary’s church in Chardon, Ohio.

Mar 2, 2012

Classes resume at Ohio school four days after shooting

CHARDON, Ohio (Reuters) – Classes resumed on Friday at Chardon High School, four days after a 17-year-old opened fire in a cafeteria, killing three students in the deadliest shooting rampage at a U.S. high school in six years.

After an emotional display of community support on Thursday, when students and parents marched through the streets of the small town east of Cleveland to the quiet applause of their neighbors, all Chardon schools continued what Superintendent Joseph Bergant called a “journey of rebuilding.”

Dec 13, 2011
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The future of Iraq


By Shannon Stapleton

When asked, “What do you see for the future of Iraq now that the United States military is leaving the country ?”, 12-year-old student Kharar Haider replied, “I don’t think we will have more problems and it is better than when Saddam was here. We have no heating or light in school. I don’t think that is going to get better.”

Upon arriving in Baghdad on Dec. 1st of 2011 for my first time in Iraq, the question that I couldn’t get out of my mind as we made our way through a maze of military checkpoints was “What will be the future of Iraq after we leave?” If security was this tense now, I could not imagine what was going to happen after the U.S. troops finally pulled out of this war-torn country.

Aug 19, 2011
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A Holga view of 9/11


By Shannon Stapleton

The 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center has been causing me some anxiety for some time now.

We were told that magazines, newspapers and all other outlets for pictures regarding the 9/11 attacks would need to be filed and completed by mid-summer for deadlines. For a long time I didn’t cherish the thought of covering another anniversary let alone trying to find new ways to illustrate something that for some time I have been trying to avoid. Having been there first hand on that dark day in history I truly dislike having to go down there at all and usually do my best to avoid World Trade Center site area.

Jul 30, 2009
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Uninsured camp out for free healthcare

(Click here for an emeddable version of the video)The Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corp (RAM) is a non-profit organization that provides free health care, dental care and eye care in remote areas of the United States and the world since 1985. Volunteer doctors, nurses and support workers provide the care at their own expense and the medical supplies, medicines, facilities and vehicles are all donated by supporters.From July 24-26, I attended the RAM event at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Wise, Virginia. The area is in the Appalachian Mountain region bordering Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.People received numbers and started lining up to enter the health clinic around 4 a.m.For those who did not receive the full range of health care they needed, they spent the night in their cars and returned the next day.It was truly a remarkable experience to witness how many people in the United States, ranging from infants to the elderly, have little or no access to healthcare. It was truly the front lines of the healthcare problem in our country.Editor’s note: On Wednesday, July 29, President Barack Obama discussed his healthcare plans at a town hall meeting in Bristol, Virginia, 62 miles from the Wise County Fairgrounds. He acknowledged the outstanding work of everybody associated with the event.“People are able to get care because of the great volunteer efforts of people all over the country. That’s great,” President Obama said in front of employees of the local supermarket.Further coverage elsewhere online:In Virginia, health fair tends to America’s poor (AFP)Rural Medical Camp Tackles Health Care Gaps (NPR)On health care, America looks awfully third-world (Oregonian)A different perspective on the health care debate (Daily Kos)The Doctor Is In – in the Heart of Appalachia (AARP)Uninsured queue for free healthcare (AFP)