Special Reports

October 29, 2011 10:15 PM

Contemplating lives touched — but blessedly, not crushed — by the Joplin tornado

Just before 5:30 on the afternoon of May 22, the telephone rang at the home of Mary DeArmond in the 2800 block of Grand Avenue in Joplin, Mo. A friend, knowing my mother has macular degeneration and might not see the darkness eating up the sky as a churning wind raised a growing howl, telephoned a warning.

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