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Violence in America

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Few of us, said New Haven Police Chief Dean M. Esserman, keep track of how many soldiers die in Iraq and Afghanistan on any given day. The United States, he said, also has a body count. “Do you know what the body count in America was last night?” he asked surgeons at grand rounds on January 30. “The body count was 30 to 40. It is always 30 to 40. The news story goes something like this: A young man is dead. A young man is arrested or suspected. The implement of death is almost always a gun, almost always a handgun.” The number of gun deaths is extraordinary, Esserman told the assembled surgeons during his talk, given that the country is not...

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Lives of people of color neglected in the media

Online onlyLives of people of color neglected in the media

Veteran journalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, winner of two Peabodys and two...

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The mystery of HIV

The mystery of HIV

Only five men were listed in the first official recognition of what would become a worldwide...

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Evidence in our language

Evidence in our language

Evidence of individual identity almost as incriminating as a fingerprint can be gleaned from how we...

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