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3:02am

Fri July 25, 2014
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Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:14 am

Roger Alvarez (left) did not graduate from high school, despite the efforts of former teacher Antero Garcia. "I just wanted you to know," Alvarez tells him, "I always respected you. ... You looked at me and you paid attention."
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1:35am

Fri July 18, 2014
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Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:32 am

Clela Rorex (right) tells her friend Sue Larson that she doesn't regret her decision to grant the controversial marriage licenses.
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For the past month, county clerks in Colorado have been challenging a ban on same-sex marriage by issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

The Colorado Supreme Court is expected to rule on their actions any day now.

But few know that this is history repeating itself.

Back in 1975, when Clela Rorex was the newly elected county clerk in Boulder, she began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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1:32am

Fri July 11, 2014
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For Two Sisters, A Family Bond Tightens In Bullet's Wake

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:13 am

Kai Leigh Harriott (center) with her sister Aja David (left) and their mother, Tonya David. Aja just graduated from college and Kai is headed to high school. The man who shot Kai is serving a 13- to 15-year sentence.
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Kai Leigh Harriott, 14, is paralyzed from the chest down, the result of a stray bullet that hit her when she was 3. She was sitting outside on her porch in Boston with her older sister, Aja David, who was baby-sitting her at the time.

It was around the Fourth of July, when the sound of fireworks is common. "All of a sudden that was the sound, although it was different. It was a gunshot," says Aja, now 25, on a visit to StoryCorps. "Someone was shooting. Not at us, but in our direction. I just was thinking about my little sister."

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1:36am

Fri July 4, 2014
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Passing The Torch: A Firefighter Dad's Legacy

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:52 am

Growing up, Dekalb Walcott III wanted to be just like his father, Dekalb Walcott Jr., a fire chief for the Chicago Fire Department. Dekalb Walcott Jr. retired in 2009, but not before the two had the opportunity to work alongside each other.
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When Dekalb Walcott III was just 8 years old, his father, a Chicago fire chief, let him tag along on a call.

Dekalb says a lot of kids idolized basketball player Michael Jordan when he was growing up in Chicago in the 1990s. Not him.

"I wanted to be like Dekalb Walcott Jr.," he says of his father.

So when his dad asked if he wanted to go on that call with him when he was 8, Dekalb was ecstatic. "I'm jumping up and down, saying, "Mom, can I go? Can I go?' "

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10:51am

Wed July 2, 2014
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Mourning In The Closet: She Was More Than My Best Friend

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:22 pm

Patty Woods, right, speaks to Cedar Lay for StoryCorps.
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OutLoud, a new StoryCorps project, records and amplifies the voices of the LGBTQ community.

Now 70, Patty Woods looks back to the late 1970s, when she met a woman who would become her partner — and leave a long-lasting mark on her life, despite the fact they were not able to be open about their relationship.

"I was working in a restaurant and she would come in every day for lunch. I was like, 'Oh my God, I want to know her,' " Woods tells her friend, 22-year-old Cedar Lay.

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