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"Girl Gone Missing" by Marcie R. Rendon; Cinco Puntos Press (224 pages, $15.95) ___ Renee Blackbear is a regular at the bars and pool halls that line the streets of Fargo-Moorhead as well as the farm towns along the Red River. She chain-smokes and downs beers while hustling pool and avoiding her unchallenging college classes at Moorhead State. For extra cash, she drives a beet truck late at ...

Tawanda "Tee" Marie Hanible proudly lists the things that she is: a woman, a mother, a daughter, a philanthropist, a Marine, a survivor and nobody's hero. But she also self-identifies with the moniker "bada - ." A product of the foster care system - after her father was killed on a South Side street - Hanible came of age in Chicago and endured growing pains that included expulsion from school, ...

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently began weighing an issue that has roiled America since the crack epidemic of the 1980s: whether women who abuse drugs during their pregnancies can be punished under state law as child abusers.

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