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[8 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

I arrived in Yunnan province on August 31 and made the long journey to the remote Burmese border town of Nansan. My news assistant and I were so focused on getting stories about the Burmese refugees in China that we forgot what a relatively freewheeling and lawless place the border region is. The area is famous for drugs, and with drugs comes money, gambling and other vices. Nansan is accessible only by a winding road that twists and turns endlessly, as it hugs the mountains. It took us eight hours to drive there from Lincang, the nearest big city with an airport.

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[4 Sep 2009 | Comments Off | ]

I was privileged yesterday to shoot a kidney transplant from an altruistic donor, a man in his 50s who came to New York from Iowa to donate to a stranger at Presbyterian Cornell Hospital.I watched on the overhead screen as the surgeon snipped the kidney free from the surrounding fat and cauterized the veins with a tool called the harmonic ace that emitted little wisps of smoke. The internal landscape looked a bit like a set from Lord of the Rings.Then they pulled the kidney out through the tiny incision …

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[2 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]

I visited the border area to do stories about the Burmese refugees, who were fleeing across the border to escape fighting between Burmese government troops and the local Kokang militia

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[26 Aug 2009 | Comments Off | ]

A Lion Remembered
By Kane Farabaugh
In 2006, I was assigned to cover the Connecticut Senate Mid-Term election race between Democrat Ned Lamont and Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman.  In the course of that coverage, I would have the opportunity to meet Massachusetts Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy.  He was campaigning in support of Ned Lamont.  While the Iraq War was then the number one issue in America, Kennedy used that election as a platform to once again champion universal health care coverage.
2006 Democratic Senate candidate Ned Lamont was sweating as he stood outside …

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[26 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Fasting of Ramadan (the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar) is one of the five pillars of Islam