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I spent a morning with city officials in Gary, Indiana for the USA Today story “In Gary, Ind., fall of an eyesore may be rise of new era" by Aamer Madhani. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, at top, rests in front of the Sheraton Hotel site, a 14-floor eyesore that is being torn down after years of standing vacant. Accentuated by the murder of Gary Police Officer Jeffery Westerfield in July, this year has been particularly violent in Gary, but Freeman-Wilson and others, including the newly-minted Police Chief Larry McKinley, at bottom, speak of hope for the city’s future as they recruit educated Gary natives to return to their hometown.

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