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Resembling a nightmarish beast rearing its head from a crimson sea, this monstrous object is actually an innocuous pillar of gas and dust. Called the Cone Nebula (NGC 2264) - so named because, in ground-based images, it has a conical shape - this giant pillar resides in a turbulent star-forming region. ACS made this observation on April 2, 2002. Credit: NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (USCS/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), the ACS Science Team, and ESA
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lease by rebecca davidson

You've just signed a two-year lease for a two-room apartment. A tenement, your father says. You've sequestered the larger of the two small rooms for your bedroom. In the whole apartment, there is one closet. Sort of.
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pigtails and pressing combs by ryane jones

On the morning of the big day, I became overwhelmed with fear. I had heard horror stories about the beauty shop, from cousins and neighborhood kids. They told tales of the awful stench of konkoline and hair grease sizzling.
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new moon by barbara musial
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