Esther Eaton

Piraguas in the summer heat

Arts | A drop-in at the New York filming of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights
by Emily Belz & Esther Eaton
Posted 7/09/19, 02:58 pm

Today’s New York moment is courtesy of WORLD New York summer intern Esther Eaton.

A woman pushed a stroller down the sidewalk. A smiling couple paused at a corner produce stand to buy mangos. A young man inspected the prices at a barbershop.

“Cut! Reset.”

Pedestrians stopped, turned around, and returned to their starting marks as the film crew members reset their cameras.

“Background, action!”

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Robert F. Bukaty/AP

Lethal combinations

Legislation | Democrats in Maine pass dozens of bills in a legislative frenzy, expanding abortion and legalizing assisted suicide.
by Esther Eaton
Posted 6/24/19, 03:45 pm

In the months leading up to the frenzied conclusion of Maine’s 2019 legislative session, pro-life protesters in the state braved evening rain to call for revival, churches organized prayer chains, and dozens of citizens spoke at hearings or submitted statements to lawmakers. Despite their efforts, right-to-life advocates this spring found only disappointment from the many laws a newly Democratic Legislature passed in Maine.

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‘Too many funerals’

Congress | The long, complicated battle to fund healthcare for 9/11 first responders may soon be nearing an end
by Esther Eaton
Posted 6/14/19, 02:26 pm

This past spring, a new memorial finally opened at Ground Zero. Six rough-edged granite monoliths, weighing up to 18 tons and inlaid with World Trade Center steel, flank a path near the South Pool. They honor the unsung fallen of 9/11: those first responders who contracted cancer, heart conditions, or scarring of their lungs from dangerous debris at the site of the terror attacks.

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