Megan Rieger

Get a life

Culture | A parallel universe online intensifies the tensions of this universe
by Megan Rieger
Posted 9/22/07, 12:00 am

While many Americans watch football or post-season baseball games next month, and many others play computer games where they control the movements of a soldier or an elf, tens of thousands of others will be manipulating virtual images of themselves-so-called avatars-in a parallel universe. They are part of Linden Lab's Second Life, a computer program that allows users to spend hours or days of their own lives trying on a different existence in a virtual world.

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Recipe for success

Special Issue | Former rescue mission residents cook their way to careers
by Megan Rieger
Posted 9/01/07, 12:00 am

VICTORY TRADE SCHOOL

It's lunchtime on a Thursday at the Cook's Kettle. The chef's special of the day is a hoagie stuffed with hot roast beef, bell peppers and fries on the side. The buffet special tomorrow will be Oriental catfish, a local favorite. What's not on the white board at the front of the restaurant is a notice of what's really special: the restaurant workers themselves. Half of them are former drug addicts or alcoholics. A few are ex-convicts. Some have had serious physical or mental health problems.

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Cheyenne Ingram and the boys of Faith Hall.

Second-chance ranch

Special Issue | Arkansas agency provides a home and family to children of delinquent parents
by Megan Rieger
Posted 9/01/07, 12:00 am

ARKANSAS SHERIFFS' YOUTH RANCHES

The children's stories are heart-wrenching. One stepfather repeatedly came into a boy's bedroom after he was asleep and whipped him on the genitals. One prostitute pimped her two daughters. She then took them to a gas station, gave them $5, told them to find their dad, and abandoned them. "Our program is so small compared to the sin in the world," said intake counselor Suzi Williams.

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