1. Tokyo Dare


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    Tokyo Dare (The Sushi Chronicles) by Anne Van Published by Books We Love Release date: July 8, 2013 Sixteen-year-old artist, Erin Van Horn, doesn't know an Unagi Roll from a Kaiser Roll. But on a dare from her best friend, Tori Mukigawa, she wins a coveted spot as an exchange student at a prestigious Tokyo high school. Once in the Land of the Rising Sun, Erin struggles to learn the culture and deal with a host family from hell. Papasan, the father, stops speaking to her after she mistakenly "murders" his favorite bonsai tree. The mother, Mamasan, believes Erin's evil because she's left-handed and their son is an Elvis impersonator who is convinced Erin's the spitting image of Priscilla if only she'd dye her blonde hair black, and become his child bride. But Erin has a bigger problem than her crazy host family when she faces the ultimate dare from Tori—a to-do list she slipped into her backpack. Racked with guilt for winning the spot that should have gone to her best friend, Erin is determined to complete the list. Simple right? All she has to do is find a rock star boyfriend, (sure, there's one on every street corner), apprentice under a famous Japanese artist, (no problem, they'll be listed in the Tokyo Yellow Pages) and visit Tori's long lost relatives to find out what's hidden in the family closet. So what if the only words she knows in Japanese are, "Excuse me eat pretty idiot." How hard can it be?

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    • USA Today (Entertainment)


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      This is one of five show openings we did for the television show "USA Today on TV"

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      • Motel America


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        A photographic and multimedia documentary project by Paulo Siqueira & Nadia Shira Cohen In Florida, one can literally see the degradation of capitalism as the postcard sunset scenes of a recent past have begun to fade away and a new aesthetic replaces the old. Streets which were once lined with car dealerships and mom & pop shops are now vacant and unkempt. Ironically, one of the hardest hit areas of the country can be found in the counties surrounding Disney World, the historic American theme park, a place where every child’s “Dreams come true.” Yet for almost 70,000 school kids in Florida their dreams are just to have some stability and perhaps a quiet place to study as they have no home. On one strip of highway alone just steps from Disney World it’s estimated that 500 families are living in motels originally built to support tourism. It’s a precarious existence, with payments expected on a daily to weekly basis, and little tolerance for tardiness. Children such as the Cruz’s often sustain themselves with junk food as cooking meals is difficult in the small spaces, with no kitchen. Privacy is also scarce as they share single beds with each other.

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        • Yamiche Alcindor: NABJ '13 Emerging Journalist of the Year


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          Yamiche Alcindor is presently a breaking news reporter at USA Today and has reported from the scenes of some of the biggest stories in recent memory. In 2012 she traveled to Sanford, Fla. to cover the Trayvon Martin story, to Tallahassee, Fla. to cover the Florida A&M University hazing scandal, and to Newtown, Conn. to cover the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Considered a "NABJ Baby," Alcindor was NABJ's summer intern at The Seattle Times and was a participant in the prestigious NABJ Student Projects, a multimedia-reporting project which allows student reporters to cover the association and the NABJ convention. A Miami, Fla. native, Alcindor is a 2009 graduate of Georgetown University where she was a Patrick Healy Scholar and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. As a college student she interned at The Miami Herald, Mmegi, a Botswanan newspaper, washingtonpost.com, and at The Washington Post. Her career began as a reporter at Newsday where she worked for two years.

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          • Justin Bieber's most 'unbeliebable' moments


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            Justin Bieber just can't seem to stay out of the spotlight. This week, he's managed to offend Blackhawks fans and a former president. They're just the latest in a long line of 'unbeliebable' headlines.

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            • Interview with internet sensation Ryan Beatty


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              Internet sensation Ryan Beatty talks with USA TODAY's Kaveh Rezaei after a StudioA session. Watch the interview to find out why he isn't wearing shoes!

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              • Redesigning the News


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                A panel of local news-worthy media specialists came together to discuss the future of redesigning the news. The panel consisted of Mary Nahorniak of USA TODAY, Olivia Hubert-Allen and Adam Marton of Baltimore Sun, Patrick Tucker of Futurist Magazine and Ben Kutil local designer and creator of Baltimore Brew

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                • Talking Tech Meets Lyft in San Francisco


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                  Jefferson Graham visits the next-generation transportation service in San Francisco, home of the cars with the pink mustaches.

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                  • The 2000 Year Old Man on Talking Your Tech | Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner


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                    The legendary comic duo sit down with USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham to talk tech in 2013 for USA TODAY's Talking Your Tech

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                    • Jefferson Graham @TheBigPhotoShow L.A. | Making Video Easy Highlights


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                      USA TODAY photographer and #TalkingTech host Jefferson Graham @The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles, offering tips on how to make better looking videos, in a seminar based on the #VideoNation book. Video by Stephan Cooper. Thanks Mark Comon for putting on the event!

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