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Tue May 31, 2011
Making Babies: 21st Century Families

Nudging Young Women To Think About Fertility

Since 2004, when Christy Jones launched Extend Fertility, the first U.S. company to market egg freezing as a lifestyle choice, thousands have contacted her and hundreds have undergone the procedure. But there's a troublesome disconnect.

The average age of those inquiring is 34 1/2, an ideal time to put one's biological clock on hold. But the average age of the women who actually freeze their eggs is 37 1/2, the upper edge of the recommended range.

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Tue May 31, 2011
Movie Interviews

Shabana Azmi, Acting On Her Convictions

Identity Crisis: Shabana Azmi stars in playwright Girish Karnad's Kennedy Center production of Broken Images, about a Hindu short-story writer who wonders if she's betrayed her language and identity by writing an English best-seller.
Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

In a typical Bollywood dance number, a beauty queen might be seen singing in the rain as she awaits her lover's return. The leading lady is known for her beauty, her dance skills and her ability to deliver a convincing lip sync.

But Shabana Azmi is not your typical Indian movie star.

Yes, she's beautiful and she'll do the mainstream dance numbers — but during her 40 years in cinema, Azmi has also portrayed women fighting for a place in Indian society.

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Mon May 30, 2011
Around the Nation

Joplin Victims Offered Existing Homes

Some of the people left homeless by the Joplin tornado could be placed in rental homes nearly an hour's drive away, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday it will consider bringing in trailers, as it did for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, if enough homes are not available.

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Mon May 30, 2011

Technology Brings Digital Memories To Grave Sites

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A portrait of David Quiring Sr. This is the first image that appears when you scan the QR code at his grave. See his QR website.
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The process of burying the dead hasn't changed much over the centuries, but now their gravestones can provide a digital link to their life stories.

A Seattle-based company is creating burial markers that include a scannable, stamp-like image called a "quick read" — or QR code.

The codes can be placed on tombstones so visitors can learn more about the dearly departed, leave messages for their loved ones, and record stories for others who may visit. And all you need is a smartphone and a free app to make it work.

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Mon May 30, 2011
Children's Health

Lexi's Saga: A Lost Childhood Leaves Emotional Scars

Lexi (middle) with her two younger brothers Jorge (left) and Keegan. Before Lexi and her brother's were adopted, Lexi was their prime caretaker. "I fed them when they were very, very hungry," Lexi says.
Courtesy of Rebecca

Last names and hometown were withheld from this story to protect the family's privacy.

A girl in New Hampshire celebrated her seventh birthday Sunday.

But she's had to spend the first few years of her life acting a lot more like a mother than a little girl.

Before entering the foster care system, she was forced to take care of herself and her two younger brothers. Now, her first instinct is to take care of everybody. It's the impulse that helped her survive.

A Gift That's More Of A Curse

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