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Katie Zdunek Long Reads Place story Spring 2018 Senior Show

A Day in the Life of a School Shooting

By Katie Zdunek

The sky in Fairdealing, Kentucky, is overcast when Sheriff Kevin Byars begins his morning routine at 6 a.m., no breakfast. Afterwards, he makes the 10-minute commute from his county home to Benton. One of his office workers is on maternity leave. He opens the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department with another employee. There’s an ordinariness to the cold Tuesday morning. It’s Jan. 23, 2018.

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How I Met My Mother

By Katie Zdunek

My childhood was periodically sugar-free. Sporadic impulses led Mom to purge the house of junk food, disfiguring the pantry with Kix cereal and Nutrigrain bars. Kix tastes like cardboard spritzed with sugar water. In 2% milk, the thin coat of hope is rinsed off.

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Multicultural dinner is family tradition

By Katie Zdunek

Twelve ramekin-size white dishes are brought out on a brown plastic tray by an older Korean woman who speaks broken English and spends her time between the front and back of house. We, the largest and only multicultural family in Koreana II, sit in the middle at long, pink laminate covered tables to celebrate my birthday and Jeffrey’s adoption day dinner, while several Asian families sit at four-tops that hug the walls near the barred windows. We thank her as she places a tray on each end, not knowing one tray will only be picked over by Mom and my nieces, Maddy and Caroline, my family’s pickiest eaters.

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American girl, Bosnian girl

By Katie Zdunek

The chandelier-lit living rooms fills with a burst of laughter that drowns out the Bosnian reality show, “Couples”, on the large TV across the living room. A framed Quran clock hangs above. Damira Ibresevic, 24, tilts her head back and continues to laugh for a moment, as her mother tells her about the role her aunt, Fata Ahmetovic, played in their decision to move to Bowling Green.

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Katie Zdunek News Politics Quick Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

National and local perspectives: the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes

By Katie Zdunek

Rafey Wahlah, a Pakistani international student at Western Kentucky University, said he and his roommates found a note on the door of their apartment calling them a racial slur and telling them to go home.