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Nearly two years ago, a reclusive 70-something-year-old named Janet Schwartz was devastated when the law threatened to separate her from her domesticated deer, Bimbo. Conservation officers arrived at her generator-powered plywood shack, plopped miles away from a remote Canadian tourist town called Ucluelet, with orders to take the then ten-year-old deer into their custody. Janet was told she wasn’t allowed to keep her deer anymore because in this part of Canada, it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets. After weeks of stress and fear, Janet reached out to a few media outlets and told her story. She had rescued the deer when it was only a day old, after her neighbors found it lying in the grass near its mother’s dead body. She named the deer Bimbo after a Gene Autry song (“Bimbo Bimbo where you gonna go-e-o”). Janet had raised a buck years before, so her neighbors knew she could provide a suitable home for the fawn. Janet raised Bimbo on goat’s milk and fruits, allowing her to sleep at her bedside every night for the first two years, until she was strong enough to be tethered to a hut on the property.


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John Moore, senior staff photographer at Getty Images, recently traveled across the heart of central Iran in correlation with the 25th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini. Moore’s photographs offer a unique perspective into the daily life of Iranians. The following is an essay on his experience. ortraits of the late Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran’s current supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei hang over shoppers in the historic Bazar-e Bozorg on June 2, 2014 in Isfahan, Iran. Isfahan, with it’s immense mosques, picturesque bridges and ancient historic bazaars, is a virtual living museum of Iranian traditional culture. It’s also the Iran’s top tourist destination for both Iranian and domestic visitors. On June 4 Iran marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his legacy of the Islamic Revolution. In the background of the photo is the Imam Mosque, known as the Shah Mosque before the revolution.


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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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Members of The Denver Post’s photography staff shaved their heads in solidarity with a colleague who is undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer. Human hair grows at a rate of about half an inch per month. To get your hair to shoulder length, about 12 inches, it would take about two years starting from scratch. Those of us with freshly sheared heads in the newsroom may or may not have thought about this, but in the end, some things are more important than hair. As photojournalists, we look to each other for inspiration on a daily basis. And that inspiration extends beyond the frame of our cameras. Our bald heads are a testament to our colleague’s strength and character. Chemo can steal her hair, but not her laugh. And the laughs have multiplied as our hair has disappeared.


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Spencer Platt, senior staff photographer at Getty Images, was recently in the Iraqi­-Kurdish city of Erbil photographing events associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The following is an essay detailing his experience in the Khazir displacement camp. Kazem, a 13 day old girl who is sick, takes shelter under a sheet with her family as thousands of Iraqis who have fled recent fighting in the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar try to enter a temporary displacement camp but are blocked by Kurdish soldiers on July 2, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq. An Iraqi boy holds up a sheet to block the sun over his mother and sisters as over 1000 Iraqis who have fled fighting in and around the city of Mosul and Tal Afar wait at a Kurdish checkpoint in the hopes of entering a temporary displacement camp. An Iraqi woman holds her exhausted son as over 1000 Iraqis who have fled fighting in and around the city of Mosul and Tal Afar wait at a Kurdish checkpoint in the hopes of entering a temporary displacement camp on July 1, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq.


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For hundreds of years, a spinal injury meant never walking again. Now researchers know the spine can learn. The paralyzed have hope. Exhausting new therapies teach the spine to have a mind of its own. The Denver Post’s in-depth project “Stepping Toward Hope” chronicles the efforts of remarkable patients suffering spinal-cord injuries taking advantage of new science and locomotor therapy that may allow them to walk again. Intense struggles, aching despair and remarkable effort are all part of their grueling stories explored by Denver Post photographers Craig Walker, AAron Ontiveroz and R.J. Sangosti. Karen Gorden said her daughter, Mackenzie, loved the pool workouts because of the freedom, and the chance to more closely approximate walking at Craig Hospital. "Gravity is not working against her," Karen said. Mackenzie Gorden’s teenage life somersaulted last year when she swerved to avoid a deer near her Iowa hometown and rolled her pickup truck into a ditch. The cheerleader had her neck rebuilt at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, but Mackenzie has now come to Colorado twice for extensive, intensive therapy sessions aimed at teaching her spine and legs to walk again despite an injured connection to her brain. For James Nall a crawling exercise is his toughest task at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO. "You gotta crawl before you can walk. I gotta retrain everything. I'm like a giant kid -- a big baby." Nall’s fast-moving life as a restaurant manager, runner and fun-loving friend came to a sharp halt on a routine trip to his basement laundry room a few years ago. Despite the grimacing and pain, James was pleasantly surprised at his first October attempt to walk after a summer break from intensive physical therapy at Craig Hospital. With the aid of therapists and electrical stimulation on his right knee, he took three laps around the gym. "Psychologically and emotionally, that's a huge lift," he said. "It's awesome. It made my freakin' week."


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Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the Zetas drug cartel, was captured by Mexican Marines before dawn on July 14, 2013. The truck was halted by a marine helicopter on a dirt road in the countryside outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo, which has long served as their base of operations. Trevino Morales was taken into custody along with a bodyguard and an accountant, eight guns and $2 million in cash. Morales, known as Z-40, took over the Zetas leadership in October 2012 after Heriberto “the Executioner” Lazcano was killed in a firefight with Mexican marines. Presented below is a selection of photos documenting the toll of brutal violence inflicted by the Zetas in the last few years across Mexico and central America. Weapons and munitions seized during a police and military raid are displayed in Coban, province of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. The Guatemalan military declared a monthlong state of siege Sunday in Alta Verapaz in hopes of reclaiming cities that have been taken over by Mexico's Zetas drug gang. This mug shot released by Mexico's Interior Ministry on Monday, July 15, 2013, shows Zetas drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales after his arrest. Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the Zetas, was captured by Mexican Marines before dawn Monday who intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash on a dirt road in the countryside outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo, which has long served as their base of operations, officials announced. Lozano, who is allegedly a financial operator for the Zetas drug cartel, was arrested in the northern city of Nuevo Laredo. He was found with a large sum of money, that was seized along with ammunition, weapons, a computer and a vehicle.


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Twenty-five awesome photos from The Denver Post’s photographic archives. From a 1929 Denver cattle auction to a 1972 anti-war protest in Boulder and much more. NOV 20 1968 - Trick Shooter Ray Hollander takes Aim at Cigarette in the Mouth of his wife, Genie. The performer who lost hand and part of another credits a 1955 Denver appearance on being a turning point in life. 11-7-1952 - Worker Extracted from Cavein-Police and fire department rescue crews were called Tuesday afternoon to extricate Lyle Zigler at 107 Lincoln street, a construction worker, after he was trapped under several hundreds pounds of earth while working on a sewer excavation project at Smith road and Grape street. OCT 17 1963 - Negro Looks Into White Barbershop, Stronghold of Segregation in Public Accommodations. Officials say white barbers, by custom, do not cut Negroes' hair. If Negro insists, barber often gives poor haircut.


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