SALEM — Richie Gregg lives in his foreclosed childhood home and the only reason he’s still alive is that they haven’t shut off the electricity.
PHOENIX — Mike White's eyelids are half-shut. His breathing is slow, heavy. Two days ago, he was hospitalized with pneumonia. He's still taking drugs to combat the illness and he blames the medicine for sapping his energy.
SALEM — Crowded around a telescope pointed toward the eastern sky, four students heed the deliberate instructions of a grey-haired astronomer.
“At five seconds, filter’s off!” Richard Berry says, keeping an eye on his silver wristwatch.
SEATTLE — Not even the washing instructions for Five Ultimate clothes are traditional.
HARTFORD — On a grimy CT Transit bus heading toward Bloomfield, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy leans forward on the edge of his seat, listening intently to a woman with a black and white polka-dot scarf around her head and pink Uggs on her feet.
SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas, Mexico — A telephone call from a terrified voice woke Virgil Edwards in the middle of the night. From his New York City apartment, he heard the sounds of children crying and chaos nearly 2,000 miles away.
PRESCOTT – “Fire everywhere!”
Phillip “Mando” Maldonado, a squad leader, shouts instructions as a dozen hotshots, firefighters trained to combat wildfires in extreme conditions, face a nightmare scenario: flames rushing in from all sides and their survival hinging on successfully unfolding and wrapping themselves in thin sheets of heat-reflecting material.