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Evan Ortiz is not in the habit of overlooking people that are right in front of him. Ortiz, photojournalism student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, started photographing Hannah when they lived in the same dormitory. What began as a posed portrait assignment turned into ongoing documentary project chronicling intimate moments in Hannah’s life. Ortiz took an interest in Hannah when he learned she was struggling with her mental health, an issue he felt akin to and believed was not discussed enough. “I was touched at how open she was,” Ortiz said, “Having someone follow you into your darkest moments is not an easy thing to do.” Ortiz says Hannah’s situation is one grounded in self-doubt: “Sometimes who you want to be and who you are don’t match up, and for Hannah this means a long battle with depression, bulimia, medication abuse, and alcohol.” In a interview with Ortiz, Hannah described herself as “the antithesis of who I thought I would be.” She articulated depression as something that “gives you a way to justify everything that you hate about yourself, about everybody else.”

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Can you take a stainless cane with 3 mm in diameter and drill a hole of 2 mm alongside the cane at the depth of 3 cm? It’s fine if you can. Now let’s take a cane with 2 mm in diameter and drill an ideal 1 mm hole at the depth of 2 cm. Mind that you don’t have any power drill at your disposal but only a primitive hand brace used in 1970. Will you be successful this time? Hardly. Alexander’s favorite model is a twisted steel sword that forms a loop. It was not easy to bend the sword to get a beautiful loop. He adores weapons but hates wars. The sword is tied up and placed into the earth saying it’s time to stop wars all around the world. Today his collection consists of 50 models he has created for 30 years. He can tell you a lot about the history of the guns as well. Thus, the Thompson gun was used by American gangsters. Finding its schematic drawing was far from being easy. “The Thompson submachine gun”. Alexander is not going to shoe a flea yet as he is always busy as it is. Still, it is not a problem for him as he can turn his hand to almost anything.

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Authorities continue to investigate the scene of a fatal train derailment on a route between Washington and New York last night. The death toll stood at seven Wednesday afternoon with more than 200 injured from the accident that occurred in Philadelphia at a notorious curve on the line.

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Muammar Qaddafi has been killed in fighting in Sirte, according Libya's National Transitional Council. Anti-government fighters had been closing in on Qaddafi's final stronghold in Sirte, and reportedly attacked a convoy carrying the former leader today, capturing him. Qaddafi was apparently alive at the time, but died soon afterward. The uprising that began in February and built to an armed revolution has now claimed control of the country, the death of Qaddafi, and the capture of one of his sons today. Collected here are images from Sirte over the past ten days, and of the events surrounding the death of Qaddafi. See also How Qaddafi Fooled Libya and the World by Max Fisher. A tattered banner depicting Muammar Qaddafi hangs from a building during a street battle in the center of the city on October 12, 2011 in Sirte, Libya, eight days before the reports of the death of the former leader. National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters say this is the final assault on Muammar Qaddafi's home town as they captured the main hospital, university and the Ouagadougou Conference Center. Libyan refugees in Tunisia celebrate after hearing news that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was killed in Sirte, outside their embassy in Tunis October 20, 2011. People react during the funeral of a rebel killed in the Sirte by pro-Qaddafi forces in Benghazi, on October 13, 2011.

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Easter Island is an isolated Polynesian island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Politically, Easter Island is a special territory of Chile. Easter Island is famous for the almost 900 stone statues, called moai, that are in the shape of human heads and simple bodies. These moai statues were created by the Rapanui people hundreds of years ago. It is believed that the Rapanui people’s numbers dwindled due to the overexploitation of their tiny, isolated island. Others claim diseases from Europe are to blame for the decline. The island’s name was given in 1722 by a Dutch explorer, who landed on the island on Easter Sunday. The Polynesian name for the island is Rapa Nui, meaning “Big Rapa” in reference to a similar looking Polynesian island called Rapa. Today, Easter Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and destination for history loving tourists.

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Associated Press photojournalist David Goldman produced a compelling body of work in July covering U.S. troops in Afghanistan. From a mountain-top outpost called The Shrine to the a combat outpost called Pirtle King, his images show dramatic action as well as the quieter moments of life while deployed in the Helmand and Kunar provinces. U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Kurtis Langstraat, 20, of Loughlin, Nev., with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., reacts after receiving mail packages from his Mom and Grandfather Friday, July 15, 2011 at Combat Out Post Shir Ghazay in Helmand province, Afghanistan. It was the second time in three months the Marines have been able to receive mail. The U.S. Army's Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Cassidy, 36, of Dothan, Ala., left, and U.S Air Force's Capt. Andrew Hunter, 31, of Charlestown, S.C., right, catch some rest aboard a military transport flight Monday, July 11, 2011 out of Forward Operating Base Fenty in Kunar province, Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Sgt. Ron Jojola, 29, of Fontana, Calif., with the HMH-461 squadron out of the Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., hangs a new American flag inside a CH-53E helicopter before taking off from Bastion Air Field.

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India is one of the largest salt producer in the world. Blisko 70% z ok. 20 mln ton soli potasowej pochodzi ze stanu Gujarat. Nearly 70% of the approximately 20 million tons of potassium salt comes from the state of Gujarat. Miejscem, które z tym zajeciem wiaze sie szczególnie, jest Wielki Rann – sezonowe solnisko (slone bagna) na spornym pograniczu Indii i Pakistanu, nad Morzem Arabskim. The place, which in this particular occupation is associated, is the Great Rann - seasonal salt pan (salt marshes) on the disputed border between India and Pakistan, the Arabian Sea. Sól czesto wydobywana jest tradycyjnymi, niezmiennymi od stuleci metodami. Salt is often extracted by traditional methods immutable for centuries. Przy pracy zaangazowane sa cale rodziny, równiez dzieci. Szacuje sie, ze kazdego roku zbieraniem soli zajmuje sie 200 tys. When the work involves the whole family, including children. It is estimated that each year the collection deals with the sole 200 thousand. ludzi. people. Obok Wielkiego Ranu na zdjeciach zobaczycie równiez solnisko znajdujace sie w Indonezji, na wyspie Madura. In addition to the Grand Ranu see photos of the salt pan located in Indonesia, on the island of Madura. W miejscowosci Sumenep, po odparowaniu wody, rolnicy zbieraja ok. 10 ton soli z kazdych 100 m2. In the town of Sumenep, the evaporation of water, farmers collect about 10 tonnes of salt for every 100 m2. Sól ta jest nastepnie eksportowana – glównie do Malezji. This salt is subsequently exported - mainly to Malaysia.

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We hope you don’t mind to visit the Regional Center of Dog Service belonging to the Main Department of Internal Affairs. The first center of police tracker dogs appeared in St. Petersburg in 1909 and later it became the first cynological department of the Ministry of the Interior. But this time we are invited to the center of the Moscow Region. The center has 240 enclosures where they keep 120 dogs. 40% of cynologists are women. The enclosures are clean and neat. Some dog hotels look worse. In winter they are covered with greatcoat cloth and laid with straw. The main breed here - German shepherd. These dogs are better adapted to the Russian climate. However they also have Labradors and Rottweilers. Each day a dog is given one kilogram of by-products and 600 grams of cereals. But basically they use American dry feed PRO PAC. The company has won the tender this year and offered the best price. And now the performance part. Though it is not very impressive. The dogs do not bite with all their jaws, don’t jump from a distance, tear before they get an order. They understand that such detention may result in serious injuries, some kind of inheritance of the Soviet times. By the way, there are no universal dogs - drugs, explosives, tracking, patrolling. When a dog finds an explosive it makes a signal. It tries to show the place with its paws. The dogs trained to find weapons define the smell of powder and gun oil. In theory a dog can work with any cynologist but in practice - only with an owner. This one is a personal dog. They say that in Germany dogs are medalled but in Russia they are only special tools and don’t get rewards. German dogs are retired to have warm existence in their old age, Russian dogs may only hope to be taken to someone’s house.

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