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Alison Bowen is a Chicago journalist with bylines in the NYT, Tribune, NYDN and more. Her experience ranges from writing crime, health and travel stories to editing a national books section.

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'You're only going to be stopped by your imagination'

Despite childhood ghosts of a teacher who took her inability to speak English for stupidity, Minerva Alonso fulfilled her dream of becoming a cop - and a lawyer.

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After starting journey in Poland, Eva Bornstein brings culture to Bronx

When Eva Bornstein left her hometown of Krakow, Poland, her mother tucked $5 into the lining of her coat.

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Carmen Rodriguez & Robert Santiago - NY Daily News

Carmen, 41, and Robert, 39, signed up for MiGente.com to network with other Hispanic professionals, but the Bronx pair never thought they’d find a soul mate there.

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Dana Alfano & Michael Santelli

Dana’s uncle was hamming it up at her wedding to Michael and beamed at being mentioned in the toast. And why not? After all, he was the one who introduced them....

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Dawn Toledo & William Walsh

For Dawn Toledo and William Walsh, bumping into each other at a comic-book store was no funny business — it spawned a serious relationship....

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Ebany Spencer & Lee Binks - Daily News

When Ebany Spencer and Lee Binks visited New York in August 2007, Lee had the perfect proposal planned — in a downtown Manhattan church that was partially founded by Ebany’s Irish relatives.

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Ebany Spencer & Lee Binks - NY Daily News

When Ebany Spencer and Lee Binks visited New York in August 2007, Lee had the perfect proposal planned — in a downtown Manhattan church that was partially founded by Ebany’s Irish relatives.

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Puerto Rican Family Institute celebrates 50 yrs. of help to thousands ...

Yanira Cruz expertly burped one of her 3-month-old twins as the baby's sister, in a matching yellow Pooh jacket, watched with big brown eyes from a double stroller. Balancing the care of twins is just one thing Cruz learned at the Puerto Rican Family Institute, which helps 50,000 people each year and celebrates 50 years this month.

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'We are not doing enough to bring the advances in the lab to the ...

Dr. Azra Raza speaks with the fierceness of someone whose existence revolves around life-saving matters. For more than 30 years, she's treated leukemia patients and researched how to treat pre-leukemia cells before they develop into cancer.

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West Indian Day Parade will kick off 46th year Labor Day in Brooklyn

The city’s annual West Indian Day Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday with jubilant spectators and dancers shaking and shimmying on Eastern Parkway....

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Greta Billinger & Jeremy Brautman - NY Daily News

Greta and Jeremy were excited to arrive by boat for their wedding ceremony at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. But the morning of the wedding brought drizzle.

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I want to make it easy and better for them, like I did for my grandmother

Inspired by her grandmother's struggle with Parkinson's, Eunide Alexandre started her own foundation in Queens.

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Julia Bartolf & Gregory Milne - NY Daily News

Central Park’s Conservatory Garden is a favorite place for Julia and Gregory to take walks. So on a nice day in March 2008, when Julia was studying in sweatpants and glasses, she didn’t think it strange when Gregory asked her to take a walk.

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Kimberly Howry & Frank Martinez - NY Daily News

Kimberly, 30, melted Frank, 39, with her smile at the Lighthouse Tavern in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She had joined a pool team with her friends, but the group needed one more player.

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Lauren Panepinto & Ryan Barker - NY Daily News

When Ryan got down on one knee on Cape May’s Sunset Beach, Lauren was sure he was kidding.