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Living On a Dollar a Day

“One in six people in the world live at or below the poverty threshold of one dollar a day. At a time of great social and economic disruption in the world, people on the brink of survival can be easily pushed over the edge, or just as easily pulled back to safety. The people who generously shared their stories in Living On A Dollar A Day inspire us to change lives for the better. “Living On A Dollar A Day”, (Text by Thomas A. Nazario, Photographs by Renée C. Byer and Foreword by the 14th Dalai Lama), is a passionate call to action, presenting 348 pages filled with over 200 color photographs, profiles, explanatory charts and graphics that deliver an unprecedented and thought-provoking examination of global poverty, and how it impacts the poor and the rest of the world community”. – The Quantuck Lane Press

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In an e-waste dump that kills nearly everything that it touches, Fati, 8, works with other children searching through hazardous waste in hopes of finding whatever she can to exchange for pennies in order to survive. While balancing a bucket on her head with the little metal she has found, tears stream down her face as the result of the pain that comes with the malaria she contracted some years ago. This is work she must do to survive. (Photo by Renée C. Byer/Living on a Dollar a Day)

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Inside the Ebola Hospital

1191 Inside the Ebola Hospital
A woman lays dead outside the Redemption Hospital on Saturday September 20, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Ebola patients come to the hospital, which has become a transfer and holding center to intake Ebola patients, but there is no space and some die while waiting outside. Redemption is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Monrovia that locals call “New Kru Town”. Health workers are overwhelmed with a constant stream of new patients since the Ebola outbreak. On Friday there were 102 ebola related patients; nine died overnight and Today the hospital has 107 patients. Nine Ebola related deaths occurred overnight Friday but with Saturday admissions they are now holding 107. Liberians have been living under most extreme conditions as the Ebola virus worsens. (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post)

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California Pumpkin Contest Winners

1183 California Pumpkin Contest Winners
John Hawkley and his wife Patty Hawkley stand next to their 2,058 pound pumpkin and celebrate after winning the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 13, 2014 in Half Moon Bay, California. John Hawkley of Napa, California won the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off and broke a state record with his gigantic pumpkin weighing in at 2,085 pounds. Hawkley took home a cash prize of $12,510, or $6.00 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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World’s Most Expensive Burger

1180 Worlds Most Expensive Burger

A restaurant in Chelsea is giving customers the ultimate post-pub treat – by selling a burger for £1,100. The world’s most expensive burger, dubbed the “Glamburger”, is stuffed with a burger patty made from 220 grams of Kobe Wagyu beef minced with 60 grams of New Zealand venison and seasoned with smoked Himalayan salt.

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Women with Weapons

1173 Women with Weapons
A policeman demonstrates how to hold a rifle during a weapons training course conducted for girls at the firing range of the police headquarters in Ahmedabad August 12, 2014. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

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Scuffles as Protest Opponents Try to Tear Down Hong Kong Barricades

1158 Scuffles as Protest Opponents Try to Tear Down Hong Kong Barricades
Pro-democracy protesters reinforce a barricade outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 13, 2014. Hong Kong police on Monday removed some barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in the Chinese-controlled city, but said protesters could remain on the streets they have occupied for the past two weeks. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

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International Cannabis Association Convention in New York

1156 International Cannabis Association Convention in New York
Cartridges of cannabidiol (CBD)-rich hemp oil for medical use are displayed during the International Cannabis Association Convention in New York, October 12, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 3

1152 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 3
Comic Con attendee Jenni Mostflogged poses as Red Sun Wonder Woman during the 2014 New York Comic Con at Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 2

1150 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 2
General Atmosphere at 2014 Comic Con at Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 1

1148 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 1
Katie Fang, dressed as a Vocaloid character, looks at her phone near costumed attendees inside New York’s Comic-Con convention, October 9, 2014. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

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October 4-11: The Week in Protests

1141 October 4 11: The Week in Protests
Hundreds of messages are stuck on the wall of the Legislative Counsel building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. (Xaume Ollleros/Afp/Getty Images)

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Ebola Kills

1140 Ebola Kills
Juan Manuel Parra, a doctor who treated Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos who contracted Ebola, looks out of an open window of the isolation ward as another person occupying an adjacent room looks on, at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital. (Andrea Comas/Reuters)

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Nightmare New York

“Nightmare: New York”, staged in a Lower East Side building, depicts the ugliest, scariest vision of 1970s- and ’80s-era Gotham. Subways are awash in graffiti, creeps and crime. Menacing punks roam the streets. And the “characters” of Times Square don’t look anything like Elmo or SpongeBob SquarePants. Visitors wander through a 13-section maze of New York’s dark side, starting with a blackout, followed by scenes amid flashing strobe lights or a fire. Characters include a psychotic, Son of Sam-style serial killer, a urine-stained homeless man, a deranged woman crawling on the floor and tunnel-dwelling “mole people” whose grotesque faces suddenly pop up from dark corners.

“When someone screams, that’s our applause”,” says Timothy Haskell, the off-Broadway director who created the show. “But I also want them to appreciate the real-life stories that seep into your bones. Startles are ephemeral, haunting is forever”. To be sure, there is still plenty of real crime and creepiness in New York City. But the very idea that people would need to visit a haunted house to experience the worst of the “bad old days” is just what city officials like to hear. They repeatedly tout the steady drop in the city’s crime rate in the past two decades, saying New York is now the safest big city in America. Last year, 333 homicides were recorded, down from 2,245 in 1990, according to police statistics. “Nightmare” is in its 11th season, with themes changing each year. It runs through November 1. Tickets range from $30 to $60, the latter allowing the spectator to skip what’s often an hour-long line as Halloween approaches”. – Verena Dobnik via The Associated Press

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In this October 2, 2014 photo, an actor performs during “Nightmare: New York”, a haunted house attraction in New York. (Photo by Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

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Hong Kong Protests – What’s Next?

1106 Hong Kong Protests – Whats Next?
Francis Ng, 19, a lifeguard sub-contractor poses in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7, 2014. “We have a team of 30 to 40 volunteers ready for the rescue. During my shift in the past eight days I have treated seven”. Ng said, “Life is more important than politics. I am neutral”. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe – mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)

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Zombie Walk in New Jersey

150 Zombie Walk in New Jersey
Revellers take part in a Zombie Walk in Asbury Park, New Jersey October 4, 2014. Thousands of revellers met in Asbury park to attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the largest zombie gathering in the world and raise awareness for brain cancer. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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