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3:57pm

Sun September 4, 2011
Author Interviews

A 'Showdown' That Changed Football's Racial History

Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. But it wasn't until 1962 that the last NFL franchise integrated — the Washington Redskins.

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1:00pm

Sun September 4, 2011
NPR Story

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 7

We have our judge, we have our writing prompt and now we have our date. Round 7 of our exclusive Three-Minute-Fiction contest starts Saturday, September 10.

12:53pm

Sun September 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Nation's Jails Struggle With Mentally Ill Prisoners

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Three hundred and fifty thousand: That's a conservative estimate for the number of offenders with mental illness confined in America's prisons and jails.

More Americans receive mental health treatment in prisons and jails than in hospitals or treatment centers. In fact, the three largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the country are jails: Los Angeles County Jail, Rikers Island Jail in New York City and Cook County Jail in Illinois.

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10:44am

Sun September 4, 2011
The Picture Show

America's Asylums In Photographs

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:27 am

Straightjacket, Logansport State Hospital, Ind.
Christopher Payne

In the 19th century, the mentally ill were often sent to horrific asylums. Today they fill the nation's jails; the conditions aren't much better. Last year, almost 1.1 million people with serious mental illnesses were arrested nearly 2 million times.

It's those old asylums — mostly closed, often abandoned — that have fascinated photographer Christopher Payne. A few years ago, he put together a book of images from those buildings, titled Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals.

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10:42am

Sun September 4, 2011
Art & Design

Dream Weaver: This Guy's Quilts ROCK!

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:27 am

Artist Ben Venom makes quilts using vintage heavy metal T-shirts.
Ben Venom

If you were a metal-head in a past life, you probably have a collection of concert t-shirts stashed away somewhere.

Maybe you use that prized souvenir from Pantera's Cowboys From Hell tour to polish your vintage 1981 Pontiac Firebird.

A San Francisco artist who goes by the name Ben Venom has come up with an unusual use for those old heavy metal shirts — he sews them into quilts.

And the results are on exhibit in galleries in the Bay Area and Birmingham, England.

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