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I recently attended a party in which there were many people I didn't know. After the initial introductions, the first question always seemed to be:  “What do you do for a living?”

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          One of my favorite places to snorkel or dive is the small cove across from the 16-mile marker of Hwy 30 on the northwest side of Maui. The waves lapping upon the black-sanded beach are only ankle high. The ocean surface is pond-like calm. Mazes of coral rise to within a foot or two of the surface, and are teaming with every kind of tropical fish one could hope to find on the islands—including the occasional shark. The location is far enough south from Lahaina that it’s not crowded with tourists, and is only frequented by the locals. In short, it’s the perfect place to set up camp, picnic, and hang out for the day.

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           Dr. Jessica Bana sat comfortably at the cherry table in the enormous kitchen of Sara’s Garden, a sanctuary for abused women and children on the northwest side of Maui. She felt tired after a long day of work, and a bit tipsy from too many beers. While trying to maintain her best poker face, Jesse ran her fingers through her long brunette hair and peeked down with green-brown eyes at her mound of poker chips.

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      What does the opening day of the baseball season mean to you? Anything other than just another season of high-paid athletes strutting their stuff on the ball field? I guess your answer may depend on your age. Today’s youth have much more to occupy their time and attention. Their heroes appear in highly visual movies and video games. Their activities are more sedentary and solitary than what kids did forty or fifty years ago. The world changes, but is it for the better?

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           Something is very wrong, eleven-year-old Jack Bucher thought as he absently climbed into the freezing backseat of the waiting car. This car feels like a cold tomb. Something terrible is about to happen.

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          The recent movement of Russian troops into the Crimea got me thinking about how history repeats itself. It reminded me not only of how the Russians moved into the Georgian providences of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, but also of how the Germans effortlessly occupied Austria and Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939. During each of these “actions,” the aggressor country’s reasoning have been the same—to protect their borders and their native people in the region.

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      Nina Tala was jolted awake by an all-consuming agony unlike anything she’d known in her long years as a murderous criminal. Her muscular limbs shot out with stone-like rigidness. Every nerve ending flamed as if set afire by molten lava. Her black eyes bulged and stared unseeing from her scarred Native American features toward the ceiling of her detention cell.

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           Transcript from Salem Crier staff reporter, Scott Lumley’s, interview with Rex Bana. Special-interest article slated for possible publication in early December, 1999. Tie in 1974-75 Crier articles relating to the Napier Road Killer, the Sara Bana murder case, and subsequent articles regarding Rex Bana’s murder investigations from 1990-1995.

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