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Meaning in a disordered universe

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A better break for the mentally ill

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Wilderness north of Chicago

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The enemy of society

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The great Ungava mining project (part II)

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The great Ungava mining project (part 1)

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The strangest place in Chicago

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The Cleveland torso murders

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The blast in Centralia no. 5

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A mine disaster no one stopped

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There goes Upper Michigan

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A gentleman from Indiana

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Murder of a journalist

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Middletown revisited

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Snapshots of Muncie at peace

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Peekaboo Pennington, private eye

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