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Stories for December 29, 2012

'Light Doesn't Die': A Sister's Poem For Slain Sandy Hook Teacher

Dec. 29
Liz Halloran / NPR

The subject line on the email my old friend Bill sent me two days before Christmas said, simply: "here is a poem emily wrote for her murdered sister lauren."

Acts Of Kindness Continue At Corner Perk Cafe

Dec. 29
NPR Staff / NPR

In January, we brought you a story from Bluffton, S.C., where acts of kindness abounded at a small coffee shop named the Corner Perk Cafe.

Years Delayed, Detroit Starts Testing Rape Kits For Evidence

Dec. 29
NPR Staff / NPR

Detroit is starting to sort through of thousands of boxes of potential evidence in rape cases that have been left unprocessed. The 11,000 "rape kits" were discovered in 2009, and Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy has been leading the effort to process them.

Hollywood Writer's Gongs Still Going Strong

Dec. 29
NPR Staff / NPR
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Andrew Borakove was a television comedy writer in Hollywood when he realized he had to make a life change.

'Truth By Repetition': The Evolution Of Political Mud-Slinging

Dec. 29
NPR Staff / NPR
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There's always name-calling in national elections, but now there are more ways to get the message out, says political opposition researcher Michael Regebian. The past election, he says, the dirt was just flying more often.

Review: 'Django Unchained'

Dec. 29
By Beth Accomando
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On Christmas Day Quentin Tarantino left a present under the tree for film lovers, it's called "Django Unchained" (opened December 25 in select theaters).

'Watch Nights,' A New Year's Celebration Of Emancipation

Dec. 29
Allison Keyes / NPR
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The National Archives is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by putting the original document on display over New Year's weekend.