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Eco Movie, Take 1

A filmmaker struggles to go green

Going Over to the Dark Side

Teen lit about suicide, anorexia and techno-torture is on the rise

Sweet Spot

Now that beekeeping is legal in New York City, hundreds of prospective beekeepers are setting up hives

Should Men and Women Room Together in College?

Or should administrators even ask about the gender of prospective roommates? Some colleges experiment with “gender-blind” dorms

Is Recycling Worth It?

An inquiry into the fate of our waste

Home(less) Team

A soccer league made up of homeless people is working unexpected magic

Black Women Turn to Online Dating to Find Love

More than 40 percent have never married, one study found. So growing numbers of women are tapping into their screens.

Damaged, and Down and Out (with audio)

Even after divorce, an abused Muslim woman can’t find the help she needs

Separate, Forever

Tough U.S. immigration and marriage laws foil Americans’ relationships with same-sex foreign partners

From Farm to Shelf, in 36 Hours (video)

Though many conventional dairy farmers are struggling though a dire economy, one has found a way to survive.

The Big Business in Baby Beauty

How the beauty industry sells to kids

It Takes a Bike

An ex-Peace Corps volunteer’s bike donation program for developing countries aims to boost local economies

Cuban Musicians Resuming U.S. Performances

The Obama administration appears to be quietly relaxing a five-year Bush-era ban on Cuban cultural exchanges

Where Abortion is Illegal, Trying to Ease the Pain

NGOs in Ghana offer birth control help, and sometimes exploit loopholes to help women get abortions

Green Networking

Empowering environmentalists, one cocktail at a time

The Punk and the Professional

The generational clash over corporate dress

Polish-American Paper Fighting a Different Kind of Battle

Daily founded to champion democracy in Poland during Communist rule struggling to survive, as U.S. economy sours and some emigrants return home

Coming Out, and into Her Own

A transplanted, transgendered Texan tries to recover from two suicide attempts, and reconcile to life with HIV

A Mosque that Can't Borrow Faces the Loss of its Home (video)

Members hope Islamic financing practices arrive in time to save it

ďThatís all Iím looking for, a chance at something betterĒ

An unemployed furniture salesman, at the end of his resources, is forced into a shelter. But a new kind of employment office gives him hope.

The 23-Year-Old Intern

Did I just graduate, or am I imagining it? Journalism alumni keep right on interning at big publications, leaning on retail jobs and parents to pay the bills

The Religion Beat: Pushed Out of the Pew?

As shrinking traditional media abandon the dedicated religion beat, blogs and specialty publications are picking up the slack

Bronx Latinas Rethink the Pregnancy Choice

With the pregnancy rate for Latina teens the highest in the nation, and the rate in the Bronx the highest in New York, some Bronx girls are thinking again

Disabled Iraq War Vet Claims he was Beaten by McDonald's Workers (video)

Disabled New Yorker said workers violated the law by refusing to serve him because he was accompanied by his service dog.

FALLOUT: Six children whose dad worked in the mines died before their mid-30s

“There were times I brought home rocks that were uranium, and I would put it on my windowsill for my kids to see the work I was doing. But I was unaware of the risk.ď

Two Part Harmony

Hindu Indians who donít eat beef and Muslim Pakistanis who donít drink wine gather for congenial evenings of song, serving one another wine and beef to signal mutual respect

"Where's My Bailout?"

And other rude questions scrawled in angry graffiti around one of New York’s wealthiest neighborhoods

Foreclosing on God

Some churches that grew aggressively are losing their buildings, and are forced to double up

Documenting an Uprising, a Photographer is Charged with a Murder Coverup

An Urban Spelunker Pursues His Vision

An underground break-in for the sake of a math assignment led Steve Duncan to the Discovery Channel and a gallery show — and maybe a new career

Struggles of a Warrior Nation (slideshow)

Native American veterans’ forgotten battle with post traumatic stress

U.S. Muslim Women Fight for Power

Young, educated women are demanding more authority at the mosque

Gen Y Reads -- But Only for Nine Minutes A Day

Are twentysomethings changing the culture of literature?

An Unrepentant Repo Man

Claims he seized his own mother’s car

Scion of Disgraced Televangelists Preaching in Hipster Bars

Wearing a cross, star of David and Islamic crescent moon, Jay Bakker speaks of “inclusion.”

In this South Asian Neighborhood, Everyone (Mostly) Gets Along

Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis work to cooperate—despite horrific incidents like Mumbai

Riding (Uphill) to Prosperity

Bike tourism has helped lift the old mining town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, from its long depression. Too bad not everybodyís happy about that

Newspapers No More

For colleges, itís all the news thatís fit to print—online

New York Marijuana Delivery Services Generate Plenty of Green

Experts compare them to the ďdonít ask, donít tellĒ speakeasies of the 1920s

How Middle East Funding Brings Conservative Islam to Ghana

And creates rifts with local Muslims

Disaster for Sale

Our media’s favorite brand is fear

Who is Ghanaian?

Arguing that it will boost prosperity, immigrant-heavy Ghana pursues a national identity card

Gay Rights Issues Take a Back Seat Ė and Thatís OK

War, the economy and health care matter most, gay and lesbian rights groups say

Struggling to Adjust, Young Russian Immigrants Turn to Heroin

A problem nobody sees

Unspeakable Eats

Meet the people who dine on live octopus, snake’s blood and miso-marinated bull’s penis

Thirst for Education Overwhelms African Universities

Leaders in Ghana find it hard to say no

The Second Burial of John Gotti

The legendary mafia don hasnít been gone very long — but his old neighborhood is already changing, and forgetting him.

A Walk Through Gotti Land (slide show)

Where enemies were gunned down, friends were feted, and talking is still unpopular

Their Own Sankofa

Ghana woos its black diaspora

After 17 Years in Limbo, Liberian Refugees are No Closer to Home

Trapped between fearsome civil war memories and an alien society, they hesitate in a camp in Ghana.

Ghana's Few Jews Nurture their Western Ties

Once treated like misfits, these rural villagers are local celebrities now

Staving Off Mass Extinction, One Person at a Time

Changes in engines, bulbs and habits can help

On the Trail of Chinatownís Hidden Gods

Shopkeepers in Manhattanís Chinatown still tend shrines to their Buddhist gods, who guard the cash and the goods, and the ownerís health and wealth. Look closely, and youíll see them everywhere.

Skeptic at the Mosque

As teenagers, my friends and I would slip away to the pizza parlor while our parents worshipped. Years later, I realized Iíd missed something.

And Did You Visit Any Terrorist Camps?

Virtually all Muslim men from the Middle East now get the third degree when they fly in or out of the United States — as if a “guilty” verdict had been stamped over an entire faith