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Alberita Johnson

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Alberita Johnson grew up in Queens, New York where she was bussed to white schools and says she experienced racial violence in the 1970’s. At the Story Corps mobile booth in Fort Myers, Johnson speaks with her friend Genelle Grant about that time, as well as what it was like moving to a still segregated Fort Myers in 2002.

Larry Aguilar / Patricia Sala

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Patricia Sala and Larry Aguilar have been together eight years. They are working on growing past the death of her 27-year-old son Evan Shepherd, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. They talked about their struggle while remembering Evan at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Fort Myers.

When new presidents address Congress for the first time, they can scarcely be said to be making a first impression. In recent years, even the youngest presidents have become familiar to everyone in the country via their careers, their campaigns and the constant attention of the media.

Yet there remains a special quality to the moment when a new president first enters the House chamber, shaking hands and making his way to the speaker's rostrum, turning finally to look out at the leading figures of the entire federal power structure — all in one place and staring back at him.

For more than a decade, Kuwait's ambassador to the U.S., Salem al-Sabah, has held a gala event every Feb. 25 to celebrate his country's national day. The annual holiday commemorates the tiny Gulf state's independence from British rule in 1961. Traditionally, the event has been held at the Four Seasons Hotel, in the heart of Washington, D.C.

But Sabah says he feels his guests have wanted a change. Last year, he held the celebration at the Newseum. For this year, he and his wife, Rima, looked into the newly opened Trump International Hotel as another possibility.

When Anna Taylor got her U.S. patent for false eyelashes in 1911, it's doubtful she could see far enough into the future to know that trying to make lashes look longer and fuller would turn into a multimillion-dollar industry.

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