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Christal Presley grew up in tiny Honaker, Virginia, with a father who returned traumatized by Vietnam. He, in turn, traumatized her by vacillating between depression, silence and sheer rage. She grew always thought her father didn't love her and didn't speak to him for many years after she left home. She tried to find inner peace in other ways but knew that one day she would have to speak frankly with her father about Vietnam. Finally, she did, and the result of those difficult conversations turned into a book she hopes will be healing to veterans and a new generation of children of parents who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Continuing coverage of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
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Roots ripped out of the ground as a large oak tree fell toward Olga Raymond's front door. With it came a power line. Raymond had just left her one-story home in Mansfield, Connecticut. Neighbors told CNN affiliate CTNOW that a smaller pine tree had already snapped off onto Raymond's roof, startling her. She had a flashlight in hand and was on her way to a neighbor's house when the bigger tree crashed down. The 90-year-old woman -- a "spirited" bowler and grandmother of four -- was killed instantly. Across the Northeast, more stories such as Raymond's are being reported. Another tree, another town, another broken home.
Seven years after a disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is winning praise for how it's dealing with Superstorm Sandy. "This is the all-new FEMA, and the leadership is very, very good, very focused," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "They're doing an excellent job." Score one for FEMA's attempts to come back from its infamous failure after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
We should not be surprised. That's the view of many climate scientists as they survey the destruction wrought by the superstorm that ravaged the Northeast this week. The melting of Arctic ice, rising sea levels, the warming atmosphere and changes to weather patterns are a potent combination likely to produce storms and tidal surges of unprecedented intensity, according to many experts.
Claudene Christian dreamed of living a seafaring life like the historic HMS Bounty naval officer who shared her name centuries ago. She'd secured a spot as a crew member on a replica of the Bounty and had announced it proudly on her Facebook page. But less than six months after joining the ship, her dream was cut short.
Damon-Syria-Amputee (with art)
It was around 6:30 in the morning. The air was crisp, the farmers had just watered their fields -- corn perhaps, Omar doesn't entirely recall -- and the ground was muddy, slippery and uneven. There was a pack on his back, a bag slung over each shoulder, and cradled in his arms, the frail body of his 11-year-old brother Abdulrahman. Abdulrahman, the baby of the family, couldn't walk on his own. His left leg was blown off in late July. The last words of the driver who dropped them off echoed in Omar's mind: "You're on your own now."
As he strode on stage to accept the 1999 Rory Peck award for hard news journalism, Sorious Samura struggled to find the words that would fit the moment. He hadn't expected to win the prestigious prize and so hadn't prepared a speech. Looking out across audience, the pioneering video journalist made the snap decision to speak his mind rather than proffer faux gratification. "I stood there and thought of my people," he recalls, before asking, "Where were you when my people were killing, raping and maiming themselves?"
Angel Lau adjusts her iridescent blue goggles over her cherubic face, steps to the edge of the pool and dives in head first. The 7-year-old is one of the lucky ones: Her mother enrolled her in private swim lessons since the age of 3. Many other young Hong Kongers are on lengthy wait lists as demand for public swimming lessons outstrips supply in a city that's surrounded by coastline -- yet a majority of residents can't swim, according to local water safety experts.
Korean is considered one of the hardest languages in the world to master, but an elephant in a South Korean zoo is making a good start.