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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
Iraq, the subprime crisis, Facebook, immigration, oil prices - 2007 had no shortage of hefty headlines. We'd like to hear about how these and other major news events of the past year affected you. Where did your life collide with the news in 2007?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Story Competition Winners for 2005

Weekend America would like to congratulate the winners of our story competition. They are Claudia Cragg from Colorado, Amanda Davis from Maine and Jennifer Guerra from Michigan.

We would like to thank everyone who entered the competition. There were some great stories and the choice was tough. Unfortunately we couldn't pick all of them. Better luck next time.

Amanda Davis

The Swing Bridge Twins
Duane and Dwight Lewis are twin brothers who operate two small swing bridges near Boothbay, Maine - the same bridges their father ran before them. It seems a lonely job but the boys disagree - they've met tourists from Japan, China and Vietnam, seen the tops of boats cut off and watched a couple get married.

Claudia Cragg

Cindy the Checkout Lady
Cindy has the most popular checkout in the Evergreen, CO Safeway for years. Most people who come through don't even know her name or bother to ask. But she entices them back to her line by striking up conversations with customers, pointing out bad produce or even recommending one brand over another.

Jen Guerra

Shakey Jake
I brake for Shakey Jake and so do the 109,591 other people who live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jake's a stroke surviving, bumper sticker inspiring, blues guitar playing transient. Since his move from New Orleans to Ann Arbor 50 years ago, Jake's endeared himself to the city singing his songs, selling his wares and peddling his wisdom.

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