Zen and the Art of Chopping a Tomato

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Made this little comic after an afternoon shooting the preparation for and operation of a weekly soup kitchen by Second Harvest Japan in Tokyo's Ueno Park. In addition to the efforts of staff members, Second Harvest's work is made possible by hundreds of volunteers every year, some of whom (like Watanabe-san, pictured in this comic) have been contributing their time for years.


Men at Work

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Five Tucson city employees have resigned or were fired after an investigation revealed they had used city equipment and materials for personal gain. 

City officials allege the workers performed side jobs for personal gain at the city's expense, and that a Department of Transportation leader "treated the Streets division as a personal enterprise."

The activities went on for at least eight years, dating to 2004, city documents said.

The Tucson Sentinel has the complete story.


Money, Drugs and Guns

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In his last state-of-the-nation address before leaving office in December, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said he was not to blame for the spiraling drug-related violence, which has killed more than 50,000 people since he took office in 2006.


A Tale of Two Sheriffs

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Friday was a big day for two high-profile Arizona sheriffs, as both Joe Arpiao and Paul Babeu were cleared of wrongdoing by federal and state investigators.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced it had ended its investigation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, declining to bring charges of financial misconduct, according to a Reuters report.

Earlier in the day, the state attorney general's office cleared Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu of wrongdoing after allegations Babeu had threatened a male lover with deportation. Babeu had requested the investigation in an effort to clear his name.
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